Revenue projections for the 2017-18 school year are significantly lower than the historical trend, which is contributing to the particularly large budget gap the district is facing.

Most of the district’s revenue comes from the state and is based on a per-pupil amount for each student enrolled. The main reason for the projected decrease in revenue is a decrease in enrollment. But the way state aid is calculated also means that revenue hasn’t kept up with inflation, and it’s been affected by increased wealth in the city.

11 thoughts on “Declining Revenue

  1. Anonymous Reply

    Combined spending from state and city per pupil exceeds 15,000 (and the actual number is somewhat difficult to obtain because this amount may not include certain overhead expenses paid for my North Avenue). This amount is substantial and studies suggest that throwing more money does not improve the situation. Family structure and job skills have to be addressed – single mother households, inadequate child support and non-working adults are disastrous to our children and has to change. If enrollment is declining, the schools and/or school services should be closed or relocated. Stop spending hundreds of thousand, if not millions, on transportation – use that money to ensure that every neighborhood school is up to par. Reduce spending at North Avenue and consolidate services. And I am not adverse to parents contributing towards the cost of education – even if it only a few dollars per day

  2. Annonymous Reply

    These children whom I teach everyday have been through a tremendous amount of trauma and frankly I have not seen this issue addressed. Social workers carry caseloads that are ridiculous. I just learned about the suicide of one of my students who had serious behavioral issues, The problem was solved by shipping the child to another school. Shame on us all!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    These children whom I teach everyday have been through a tremendous amount of trauma and frankly I have not seen this issue addressed. Social workers carry caseloads that are ridiculous. I just learned about the suicide of one of my students who had serious behavioral issues, The problem was solved by shipping the child to another school. Shame on us all!

  4. B'More Thoughtful Reply

    The longer-term fix will be driven by a few key things:
    1) A new State Aid funding formula via the Kirwan Commission. The Thorton formula worked for a number of years, but is no longer adequate for Baltimore given shifting relative wealth and declining enrollment.
    2) Thoughtful merging of small neighborhood schools, integrated into the 21st Century Buildings plan with extensive parent and community outreach. Communities need good promises that will be kept.
    3) Shutting down the new State voucher program. This drew 300 students from City Schools in its inaugural year.
    4) This is the hardest, but City Schools needs to have deep conversations about the resources it provides to students in schools. A shiny new building is just step 1. (Waverly, for example has the shiny new building but has struggles that run much deeper.) Fewer, better, more vibrant community schools with character that offer music and art and world languages that address childhood trauma with compassion. I think Dr. Santelises is the right person to lead this.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    I was going to ask where the casino money goes but a previous poster informed us that the government decided to put the money elsewhere. This is not a surprise but it really is sad and disgusting, isn’t it? Our governor was itching to send in the National Guard and build a prison for children, was stern and demanding for the sweating county kids to get air conditioning…but pay the people that try to get our Baltimore city kids ready for a successful future? No.

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Declining revenue is based on the fact that the city is richer, enrollment is decreasing (including fake students) and the city doesn’t pay its fair share. Expenses are increasing because you committed to a contract you can not afford. In business, they go bankrupt when that happens. When will you make the hard decisions and negotiate a contract we can afford?

  7. Ethan McLeod Reply

    Baltimore City School System has the second highest pay scale in the state. Unfortunately the tax base is not equal to the task. When the Lottery was approved years ago the proceeds were dedicated to education. The very next year it was deemed that new professional sports stadiums were more important than education so that money was directed to those projects (stadium commission).
    Casino gambling was supported with the promise that a dedicated amount of the profits would go to education. As soon as the ink was dry on that agreement the state cut the education budget and created a funding gap.
    Baltimore City Government builds a hotel. Has the City ever posted a profit from this venture?
    Baltimore City Government offers tax breaks to companies that are willing to build or move here. If a company is not taxed are they funding education?
    State and local government has failed Baltimore City School System and now we are faced with massive layoffs. No resources (Physical Education, Art, Music, Performing Arts), classes with 40 students with one teacher; is this education? Our Governor has stated “career and college ready” for our students. No computers in the class room, teachers purchasing their own copy machine paper, short staff and now this.
    To all politicians: come walk in my shoes, you wouldn’t last a week.

  8. Silence Dogood Reply

    It’s a bit slippery to look at the change in state funding between 2012 and 2016 for your pull quote and then lead with magic $180m number.

    It sure looks like the funding between 2004 and 2012 was a real gravy train. I wish I got raises like that. I bet the state funding probably rose dramatically from zero a few years before this.

    The per capita funding is much greater than almost every other school district. Right? So just because it’s declining a bit in the last few years doesn’t mean it’s fair to use the word “decling” in the title.

  9. Maura Reply

    Please post the information that details the fact the Baltimore City, as a district, funds public schools at nearly the lowest rate in the state. The Baltimore City Council needs to step up and increase funding for public schools: Education, not incarceration. Baltimore City Public Schools were underfunded for years. Then there was the Thornton Commission as a result of the state’s non-compliance with its constitution. That was in 2000. The funding formulas have not been updated since then. The recent adequacy in funding report (now handed to the Kirwan Commission) details that Maryland’s public schools are more than $2B underfunded. We are funding schools in 2017 with formulas developed in 2000. So, when the governor says he is fully funding schools, he is doing so at the floor–the 2000 mandatory formulaic funding floor. Further, the governor has withheld the GCEI funding for the past two years–about $38M for Baltimore City Schools. This money was appropriated and it’s just sitting there. Further, the adjustment to the wealth calculation was not passed last year. It needs to change this year. It’s time to stop fixing the budget gap on the backs of the staff who give so much to their students each and every day.

  10. D. Renee Reply

    How are we supposed to build our future leaders without appropriate funding? This is a reflection of the importance (or lack thereof) placed on educating our Baltimore City youth at both the city and state levels of government!!!! We have already seen what the failure to educate our people have led to in Baltimore City……high unemployment rates and even higher crime rates! While everyone makes promises throughout the campaign process, the real question then becomes, “Now that you’re in office, what is going to be done to build Baltimore back up?” It begins with our children!!!!!!! Shame on our elected leaders.

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