According to The Sun, state and city officials also pledged $180 million over the next three years to offset some of the current debt that is attributed to the decreasing enrollment as well as higher teacher salaries and a school construction program. Some schools are understaffed, even with decreasing student numbers.
According to The Sun, 115 people were laid off at Baltimore public schools in June.
Hutton reports knowing teachers who have 38 students to oversee in a single classroom; one of the classrooms Haenn worked in had more than 30 sixth graders.
Some Baltimore educators fear that increasing class sizes will make it impossible to serve their students well.
She said that the organization tries to form long-term connections with its students.
“Even in college, we’ll bring some of [our students] back to work as teaching assistants or instructors,” she said.
The program’s first class of students has now graduated from high school, and some of them have continued to practice the creative arts in college. The Sun defines poor pensioning as “a gap between the funds in the [city’s] pension account and the amount owed to retirees.” The Inside Out (i O) program in Detroit has a long history of creativity.
It has worked with over 50,000 students to help them find their voices since its founding in 1995.
Stephanie Haenn, a junior Writing Seminars major, has been volunteering with the program for the past year.
She enjoys working in classrooms and appreciates that volunteering with WBS allows her to get off campus.