Baltimore County to leave magnet school teachers in place

Review to see if resources are distributed evenly is under way

February 09, 2010|By Liz Bowie |

Baltimore County school officials clarified a budget document Monday, saying that they will not remove any teachers from magnet schools next year, although they are doing an audit of those sites' resources.

The administration's clarification of the proposal came after an outpouring of protests from parents and students at one of the county's two arts magnet schools, George Washington Carver School for the Arts and Technology in Towson.

The proposed budget that Superintendent Joe A. Hairston presented to the board a few weeks ago calls for 37 magnet teachers to be "redirected" to curriculum offices to create specialists and supervisors. The budget does not specify where those 37 magnet teachers work now, but Carver students and parents were concerned that their school might be particularly hard hit or that the school system might be trying to eliminate the magnet programs in the county.

Carver and Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Dundalk were named "national schools of distinction in arts education" by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in October.

Phyllis Reese, a spokeswoman for the system, said Hairston will make some adjustments to the proposed budget but that the magnet programs in the high schools will remain as they are.

Twenty-nine schools have magnet programs, she said, and some principals have complained that magnet schools receive a disproportionate amount of money.

"There won't be any changes in the 2011 budget year, but they will continue to review all of the magnet programs, just to make sure that they will have equity among the programs," Reese said.

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