What’s happening?

As the Maryland gubernatorial election approaches, the Baltimore Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS)a coalition of teachers, parents, students, school staff, and community organizations—is calling on candidates to consider improvements to the Baltimore City Public Schools, Kim Dacey reports for WBAL-TV 11. 

What changes are AROS members proposing? 

The coalition assembled a platform based on feedback from members of the public school system, which it presented at a rally on Tuesday night. At the top of the group’s priorities are addressing large classroom sizes and mental health resources, “especially coming back to a physical school year after Zoom,” said Baltimore City school student Kyliah White.

The platform includes changes such as additional resources for art classes and field trips; more funding for city schools; measures to make schools more emotionally, physically, culturally, and academically safe; adequate service for both struggling and advanced students; smaller class sizes; and more school counselors. 

Anything else I should know? 

Baltimore residents can cast their primary vote in the gubernatorial election on July 19. 

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