Baltimore is hurting. Together, we can heal.
I’m your neighborhood doctor. Every day, in the faces of my patients, I see Baltimore.
I see the toll that poverty wreaks on working families and their children. I see the true cost of drugs, alcohol, and chronic violence to our communities. I see what systemic injustice does to our most vulnerable citizens, and to our whole city.
But we can heal.
By guaranteeing healthcare to each of our citizens, we can prevent the illness and death that plague our streets.
When we focus on ending poverty instead of exacting revenge, we can end violence.
Together, we can heal our city.
Tonight's BCPS Board Meeting saw a massive turnout by concerned parents and community members from across Baltimore. Citizens shared their stories through testimony to the Board, speaking to the decrepit and unacceptable conditions of our city's schools.
Outside the meeting, Team Bruno had the chance to speak with one of the event's promoters, PTO member and community activist, Joseph Kane.
This evening, Baltimore came together to declare that no child in our city should be forced to attend school in the winter with no heat. As a father of two children in Baltimore City Public Schools, I am personally invested in making sure all of our children have a safe and warm place to go to school.
As arctic winds chill the East Coast and something meteorologists are calling a “bomb cyclone” threatens Baltimore with even more treacherous winter weather, students are shivering in public schools with broken or insufficient heating. Despite single-digit temperatures and accounts of students huddling at their desks in cocoons of coats and multiple blankets, only a handful of city schools were closed today.
Nearly eight hours ago now, the Baltimore Teachers Union urged the city to close all schools until officials could “get a handle on heating problems”, according to the Sun. That was 1:30PM. Since then, no reply from the city has been reported, and as of this writing, schools are slated to be opened tomorrow morning.
District 41 is full of amazing, unique neighborhoods, and each deserves the attention of its elected officials in Annapolis. That's why this New Year's Eve, we headed to Sabina Mattfeldt to meet with citizens who feel that the small size of their neighborhood means they aren't being listened to.
The Baltimore City school board’s decision late yesterday to shutter five schools, including two in our district, is both regrettable and unnecessary. At a time when our city faces widespread poverty, violence, and the continued flight of residents to suburban counties, the last thing we should do is close schools. Now is the time to maintain local schools as the centerpieces of our communities.
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