Like similar school districts across the country, City Schools has faced a budget gap the past several years as expenses rise while revenues either remain flat or decrease.

With support from the foundation community, City Schools has been working with an outside firm with expertise in school funding to take a deeper look into the district’s financial situation and to help explore creative solutions that will have a lasting impact on financial stability.

In the past, City Schools focused on closing the budget gap with short-term solutions, like

While these solutions were necessary, they did not address the fundamental issue: Until the underlying expense or revenue structures are changed, City Schools will be faced with similar budget gaps in future years. Revenues compared to expenses

6 thoughts on “How We Got Here

  1. Naijha Wright-Brown Reply

    Who are the financial auditors? Where is the casino money? All this tells me is the city is bankrupt but, technically, it can not file for bankruptcy. This is really bad news.

  2. Christine Layton Reply

    I was hoping that there’d be a better explanation of how we got to this place. WHY is there a budget gap? WHAT expenses are rising? HOW are revenues declining? Related to this, what are the underlying causes behind these details? To me, the budget shortcoming is a symptom, not the diagnosis of the problem. If you understand the underlying causes of the budget shortcoming, you’ve a far better chance of a sustainable solution.

  3. antonio samuels Reply

    yes understand the graph and how expenses has increased and student enrollment has decreased. The budget method used should change. Has not research a specific budget method to propose a specific approach, but for the school system to face a deficit year after year, we need a better fix.

  4. antonio samuels Reply

    yes understand the graph and how expenses has increase and student enrollment has decreased. The formula for public funding should change. Has not research budget formulas to give a specific budget method, but for the school system to have budget deficits year after year, their need to be a better fix.

  5. Silence Dogood Reply

    There are deeper issues that has brought us to this point. The population in Baltimore continues to shrink. We’ve gone from 900,000+ in 1972 to just over 600,000 today. Plus, the percentage of school-aged kids shrinks as people have fewer kids and move out to the counties. Many of the neighborhoods have a disproportionate number of 20-somethings and empty-nesters.

    The simple fact is that we don’t have as many students as we used to have. By a big number. The school district needs to shrink to compensate.

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