Thursday, January 16, 2014

City Springs Students Engage in Annapolis

City Springs Students with State Delegate Keith E. Haynes
and Baltimore City Schools Interim CEO Tisha Edwards

By Maria Smith, BCP Program Intern

On Tuesday afternoon, twenty-five students from City Springs Elementary/Middle School attended the Maryland House Appropriations Committee briefing on the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013.

The field trip, sponsored by the Baltimore Education Coalition and led by ACLU Maryland Education Advocate Frank Patinella, gave students the opportunity to remind state legislators how important this Act is for Baltimore City Schools.

The field trip also gave students an inside perspective on the legislative process and helped them recognize the difference they can make.

Devon, a City Springs student, shared his vision for City Springs with the delegates towards the end of the briefing.

“The cafeteria needs to be bigger, more classrooms…and basically a better school,” said Devon.

“Thank you for helping us with that, we really appreciate it.”

After the briefing, students were greeted by Baltimore City Schools Interim CEO Tisha Edwards and Maryland State Delegate Keith E. Haynes. Both shared their appreciation for the students’ support.

“You helped me have confidence today. You reminded me why we are doing this work,” said Edwards.

Delegate Haynes emphasized that the Construction Revitalization and Act was passed “because of you…Baltimore City students stood up."

A special thank you to Frank Patinella, the Baltimore Education Coalition, City Springs Principal Rhonda Richetta, Tisha Edwards, Delegate Keith Haynes, Sharone Henderson, Donell Spedden and all those who made such an exciting learning opportunity possible!

The Baltimore Education Coalition will continue education advocacy work by hosting a Budget Review and Call to Action on Wednesday, January 29th from 5:30pm-8pm at Digital Harbor High School. Baltimore area students, teachers and community members are invited to come and learn how the governor’s budget will impact Baltimore City Schools. For more information or to RSVP please contact BCP Program Intern, Maria Smith, at