Compared to other Maryland school districts, City Schools serves more students with higher needs and spends more on each of those students, reflecting an investment of $72.6 million.

City Schools spends 24 percent of its operating budget on services for students with disabilities, among the highest of comparison districts. In part, this is explained by 41 percent more spending in physical health services and 60 percent more in services to support students’ social and emotional needs.

City Schools’ transportation costs are also higher for students with disabilities and are rising overall, partly because of increases in service costs and to provide services to a growing population of homeless students.

Between FY16 and FY18, City Schools expects an increase of $8 million in transportation expenses for students with disabilities.

7 thoughts on “Student Need

  1. B'More Thoughtful Reply

    The Thornton formula was meant to address students with greater needs that are more expensive to educate. It has served Maryland well, but it’s time for the next funding formula.

    On the one hand, people point to Maryland’s fairly uniform per pupil cost across districts as a success – students across Maryland are receiving roughly the same per pupil allocation (mind you, this doesn’t include parent fundraising revenue sources). On the other hand, equal is not necessarily equitable. If Baltimore City students cost more to education, our per pupil allocation should be higher, and unapologetically so.

  2. Bryce Reply

    $130 gap blows my mind. Such an insurmountable number. Sounds like some intense and on-going protesting is in order. Where is that money from slots, casinos and the lottery?! What a disgrace. Also, working in the non public, non private special education sector, I do not understand how transportation is expected to increase by 8 mill. From what I’ve heard Baltimore city is pulling back on referring students out to non publics.

  3. Angela Reply

    When you consider that a lot of schools do not provide real care for students with IEP’s although they are required to, then again the question comes in as to where is the money going because its not being spent on PT’s, Speech Therapists, etc. Few if any come to the school I am in and being in a Special ED class seeing student who should be but not receiving help is a disgrace. There are people all over the building with psuedo jobs given to them because of the buddy system but when staff is needed they can just go to the budget, tweek it and that’s that. There is no reason at all that our schools are still in the same and in some cases worse then when I was in school where there were more children, less money but supplies, where when teachers wanted to bring something special it was okay, now they have to buy supplies themselves when they are told there is no copier paper, or 2 reams to last them. Really. All our schools should have been on the same playing field when it comes to productivity and technology a long time ago especially considering that so much has been taken out of schools. And believe it or not. Our students may be passing and even graduating but most cannot read, count money, write a complete sentence. These are the issues that have been being swept under the rug for far too long and unfortunately will continue.

  4. Sheila D Griet Reply

    Students in Baltimore are still citizens of Md and should have all that is needed to be successful. I have grandchildren in city schools and county schools. For ecample…Why is Roland Park Elementary/Middle school so better equipped and produce higher test scores than Kipp Academy for example? Why do children at Wynan Elementary in Randallstown work with assigned tablets everyday? They are all public schools. Do the work and let the children know theybsre worthy..hold them. parents.teachers and administrators accountable for success of our schools. Are there statistics on whether or not elementary/middle schools better serve our students because if consistency ..if yes….then fix it and stop putting in patch work like we do our streets. These childten will be the future …good or bad…like it or not…

  5. Anonymous Reply

    City Schools spends 24 percent of its operating budget on services for students with disabilities, among the highest of comparison districts. In part, this is explained by 41percent more spending in physical health services and 60 percent more in social emotional services for students. (?)

  6. Kim Huddler Reply

    I also believe giving students/parents school choice for middle school has increased transportation costs because the schools they are choosing are not close to them and the parents don’t want their 10 or 11 yr old riding the MTA. Also, when a parent complains about a school, then they are often sent to another school and transportation is provided for the student. If the parent’s were informed that they need to problem solve with the home school this would decrease the number of transportation needs.

    Homelessness is a huge issue in the city, however, when a family has remained at the same address for more than a school year, it doesn’t appear homelessness is an issue any longer….but transportation continues.

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