Greetings Arts Advocates! 

Happy New Year and welcome to BUDGET season for Baltimore City Public Schools. In the next few weeks, students, educators, families, and community members will have several opportunities to participate in the budget process for the 2023-24 school year. Arts advocates need to be alert, informed and vocal each and every step of the way. Here is how you can get involved.


Where does the money come from and where does it go? City Schools receive federal, state, and local funding based on the number of students enrolled districtwide. The majority of that money goes to schools. How much money a school receives is based on how many students are enrolled and the specific needs of the students served. To learn more, watch this short video. Please note that this video does not give an example of the current funding model for City Schools.

School-Level Budget Sessions: School administrators have the difficult job of deciding how to cover the costs of staff, programs, and everything that it takes to run a school building. Every school is required to host 3 community meetings open to families, students, educators, and community members. Check with your school leaders for details. 

  • #1: School Priority Engagement Sessions (January By January 19th)
  • #2: School Community Budget Forums (February 10 – March 4
    • Principal presents a draft budget and asks for feedback
  • #3: Budget Review Meeting (February 23 – March 16)
    • Community reviews the budget that will be submitted to the district for approval

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