From Harford County Education Association (HCEA) President Ryan Burbey:
Despite considerable gains in wealth and economic growth over the years, Harford County Government has repeatedly failed to adequately fund its schools. From 2002 through 2005, HCPS was the lowest funded school system in the state of Maryland based on per pupil expenditure. During this time, it was ranked 24th out of 24 local jurisdictions in Maryland, comprised of 23 counties plus Baltimore City in its support for its schools. In 2006, HCPS was ranked 23rd in school funding. In 2007, it climbed to 15th but has been on a steady decline since. In 2010, HCPS was ranked 18th in per pupil funding. While in 2011 and 2012, it was ranked 16th and 17th respectively. Support for education in Harford County Public Schools currently ranks 19th in the state of Maryland. These indisputable facts are available within the MSDE Fact Book and The Overview of Maryland Local Governments.
Our schools simply cannot continue to operate effectively without substantial increases in funding. If funding does not improve, HCPS will be forced to cut programs, increase class sizes and make further cuts to transportation. HCPS already lags behind the rest of the state in resources and technology. If funding for our schools does not improve our children will not receive a competitive education and will lack opportunities afforded to students in other neighboring counties.
On April 8th, HCEA will host The Harford County March for Public Education to call attention to the crisis facing our schools. You can review all the details on http://www.standupforpubliceducation.net/ It is crucial that we, as a community, raise awareness to the growing problems in our schools caused by a lack of funding.
Join us on April 8th as we fight for our community, students, our schools and our teachers.