FTEs comparisonCity Schools’ staff is the district’s greatest asset. They are the ones who teach our students, provide support, maintain our buildings, and so much more.

Staff costs are also the district’s greatest expense – from salaries to healthcare and pension costs. This is why, when the district faces a budget gap, savings must be found with layoffs, hiring freezes, or other steps that affect staff compensation. 

To minimize the impact on students and schools, layoffs in the past few years have occurred mostly at the district office. But as a result of these significant cuts, there is little room to make additional reductions in staff at the district office. To close the budget gap for 2017-18, schools will see a decrease in staff.

District spending on leadership compared to other districts

9 thoughts on “Staff Reductions

  1. Anonymous Reply

    I agree with MAMACANTEACH, we seem not to hold our elected representatives and legislators accountable who are charged with and run on the promises of ” Funding our Schools” and than enact legislation that has no real “teeth” and here we are again, please remember when it’s time to exercise your right to vote! We need to hold them accountable so please do not forget when they need our vote! This is extremely spirit-breaking…..

  2. Anonymous Reply

    So I question whether the calculation on the expenditures on leadership is correct; City Schools’ leadership is not supposed to be the administration for the staff and students in charter schools. If you remove the students who are in charter schools, I bet the per pupil expenditures on leadership are much greater than average. Charter schools have their own administration and governance.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    Teachers and district staff are much less effective when they have to spend all their time scrambling for money and materials. Please don’t eliminate the minimal number of positions and leave the remaining staff without sufficient funds to do their jobs. Eliminate additional positions as necessary to free up realistic operating funds.

  4. MamaCanTeach Reply

    There is no soap in the bathrooms (this includes staff, student, elementary or high schools). Only one boiler actually works properly. You cannot drink the water. Your friend got shot. Your teachers are laid off. There are 39 other students in class and not enough desks.
    The message: You are not important. Your city does not care about you.

    This is what our actions, show our children. If we want the message to change, we have to change our actions.

    Teachers in Baltimore city might get paid more, but when they work with a higher rate of students with more need than the surrounding districts, and they pay more to supply their classrooms. Not to mention if they have a child in the system, they spend more to help the teacher stock their underfunded classrooms. I hope that the decision makers take into consideration the time, money and devotion so many of their district teachers, families and children put into making their schools successful.

    If funding is tied to enrollment, then we must prove to our legislators that we need more funds per pupil. We must take this request, make it a demand, and go to their doorsteps. I understand the CEO is working to balance the budget, and I respect her for that. I hope she considers what it’s like to work in our schools and be a parent of our students when she makes decisions about how to cut funds and jobs.

    At the end of the day, more sacrifice cannot be demanded from teachers and families, unless the administrators at North Ave are called upon to do the same. If there are pay freezes or furlough days, then everyone should get them, not just teachers.

    Most importantly, the staff need to work to mobilize parents and families to demand more funds from state and city legislators. This website is nice, and I’m sure we paid good money for it, but how many parents and families have visited? How many letters have gone home asking families to call their representative and express concern? To argue that’s too political is a cop-out when we have DeRay McKesson leading our Human Capital office.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    I can’t comprehend of all the positions that could be affected by this budget cut, why would teachers be considered? As if 23-34 students per classroom grade is not enough? We have many inexperienced teachers in Baltimore City schools than in any other district! Why? Because the qualified teachers know their potential and would not subject themselves to the many hardships that come with working in BCPS. Like; lack of supplies, lack of support, buildings that aren’t operable with working heat and ac, just to name a few. The staff support time is just about absent and or very few, the classroom are larger and larger in size with only one teacher per classroom. Some classes have a total of sometimes 34 students per class with one teacher. This is totally unreasonable!! Now you consider to cover the budget cuts we should remove more teachers from the schools? Please re consider how the funding cuts will affect every student, school, staff and administrators in a Baltimore City school!! Why is this not a concern? Could it be that since the individuals proposing these cuts children don’t attend a Baltimore City school?

  6. George Reply

    I believe that when we took the RTT funds that created a we must do this or else we will lose that money. Does it really benefit the teachers and students? Then we created our AU system which I know couldn’t be sustained over a period of time. The new teachers love it and most longer tenured teachers don’t, as time went on to see its sustainability. Teachers will go take classes (which is a need anyway) build up on AUs, apply for model teacher which pays a good sum and truth be told some model teachers cannot even hold down an average class in our district, and taking on tasks that benefit the school where they are (shouldn’t you do that anyway) to get more AUs, I mean now we are here. Although this isn’t the only reason we are 130 million in debt. The payout for teacher salary is high and is great, but do they really deserve to have it just on AUs and not their performance. I mean you can be a subpar teacher and bank your AUs other ways to get your raise. Who does that benefit? Certainly not the students. We are the highest paying district in the state. A principal cannot even pay two model teachers if they wanted to because they don’t have it in their budget. Why not? Well the cost to bare is not feasible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for teachers being paid for their hard work. I makes it even harder for the district to approve a raise for teachers knowing we have this AU system in place. I say scrap it and go back to if you’re proficient then you get your step, if you’re better than proficient then you get a little more. There was nothing wrong with the old system. If your principal wants to reward his/her teacher(s) for extra they do then so be it. We, as a system, are quick to change the curriculum without thinking. Hey, the old curricula worked just fine for me. I’m college educated and I’m ok. I’m a teacher and I’m ok. We get new ideas that are no different than the old and buy it. WHY!? I mean we pay for I-ready but not the things that come with it. Instead buy something else to replace that. We have agile minds and still our kids cannot do basic math. If computers went down, our kids are stuck. We’re supposed to be the greatest country in the world, but yet we have students that don’t learn much because of timelines and constant change of curricula, underpaid teachers (salary should move with COLA), not competing on the NAEP, and a system broken. Baltimore City can affect change by making better decisions in what and how we do things…Ask the teachers what they think, not some Bureaucrat trying to make their pockets fat or people in the district who have not been in the classrooms to see what will and will not work. One thing we are good at in Baltimore City is high incarceration and it starts with educating our children. High tech jails low tech schools…I believe God will put people in place to make the best decisions for our district and I pray change will come.

    • Anonymous Reply

      I am with you George about it will take God to make the best decisions for our district and I like you pray that change will come. Our school system is broken who really cares about fixing it other than the ones (us) in the trenches.

  7. Steven Martinez Reply

    Take the money back from Principals to allow for a stricter enforcement of funds…

  8. Angela Reply

    Buildings are still in the same condition (old heating/AC systems), old windows and doors, classrooms are in the 20 plus students, lack of teachers already (qualified), no basic school supplies so exactly how do you come up with the figures that show that the money is really being spent in schools. We who work as teachers, support staff and custodial beg to differ because we lack the things that you think the money is being spent on when it really is not and you did not need to go out and spend more money to find that out. Stop asking Administrators or the people that they choose to speak for us. Be honest with the questionnaires that come in. Schools are being closed at and doubling up at ridiculous rates every year yet the studies coming from whoever sees an increase in graduation and learning, where I who am in classrooms everyday see the opposite. The money is not going in the right places for staff or students and until if ever that is addressed we will continue this process.

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