Mar. 16th, 2005

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>SUPPORT THE BALTIMORE STUDENT STRIKE: The Baltimore Algebra Project
>is asking for nationwide support for the students of Baltimore as they
>prepare for a city-wide strike and walk-out this Wednesday over the
>state's refusal to adequately fund public schools in Baltimore.
>
>THE DEMAND: Baltimore students demand that their state cough up an
>immediate $110 million as partial compliance with Circuit Court orders
>in Bradford v. Maryland, a case litigated by the ACLU of Maryland in
>which the court ruled that Baltimore public schools were shortchanged
>by $200 million a year. To date, the state and the city have refused
>to comply with court orders and restore the missing millions.
>Students believe that such a refusal to adequately fund Baltimore
>public schools is an attack on their civil rights.
>
>TO SUPPORT THE STRIKE: Email and/or call state education officials
>ANY TIME before NOON tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16, 2005. See the
>forward below for Sample Letter, Instructions, and Addresses. Help
>send a message to these officials that people from across the nation
>support the students of Baltimore and are watching every move that
>Maryland makes.
>
>Also, check out this Baltimore Sun article on this issue which
>highlights a demonstration organized by the Algebra Project:
>
>http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-md.rally03feb03,1,5563828.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
>
> >From the article:
>
>Several speakers at the rally accused the state of continuing to
>violate [the circuit judge's] order and students' constitutional right
>to an adequate education.
>
>Brandon Roane, president of the Algebra Project, stood on a wooden
>podium on City Hall's steps giving a speech modeled after the Rev.
>Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
>
>"I have a dream that, one day, the state of Maryland ... will be
>transformed into a haven of freedom and education," the [high school]
>senior said, his voice booming across War Memorial Plaza. "I have a
>dream that my future children will one day live in a state where the
>quality of their education will not be determined by the city in which
>they live but by their desire to learn."

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