From the desk of Principal Matt Hornbeck
This is the year Kirwan has to pass! Maryland ranks number one in the nation in median household income but we are 31st among states in the percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent on education. A recent poll by Goucher College found that 76% of Marylanders would personally pay more in taxes to improve public education. Good schools improve the lives of families, keep families in the City, increase the earning power of skilled graduates and increase your property values. We need you to put pressure on your elected state officials to fully fund the Kirwan Commission recommendations. According to our partners at Strong Schools Maryland (https://www.strongschoolsmaryland.org), “more than half of all Maryland schools, (822 out of 1,412) are now considered to be schools meeting the standard of concentrated poverty. [Maryland] schools are tasked with off-setting the negative impacts of poverty without the resources to provide high quality, research-based solutions.” The 2020 legislative session in Annapolis is finished in 180 days. Again, Kirwan must pass this session. You can make a difference. Call your legislator, visit your legislator, write an opinion to submit to the Baltimore Sun, and get at least two other people to join you at rallies this year for public education in Annapolis. Go to the Strong Schools Maryland website to learn more about the Kirwan recommendations and why universal pre-kindergarten, high-quality vocational training and coding/programming certificates, more funding for higher-need neighborhoods, pay that will attract the very best teachers, and much more is going to make Maryland competitive again. Join Principal Hornbeck on HHA’s Team of Ten working on this once-in-a-generation issue.
Hampstead Hill Academy is a PreK-8 grade Baltimore City public charter school with a 5 star rating from the Maryland State Department of Education!