Here we see what was a strong public school athletic sports system-----these local stars playing at a DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL felt the benefits of a well-funded local athletic program in our public schools and our public recreation centers and fields----Americans have ALWAYS loved their sports----we always love to support those players who excel----but that net was once expansive allowing 99% of citizens to step into opportunity.
DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL these several years is MOVING FORWARD to being a global corporate campus JOHNS HOPKINS apprenticeship school for GLOBAL EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS----that global 3% of children identified as EXCEPTIONAL/GIFTED----so these communities sending their children to a DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL are left behind in MOVING FORWARD.
The respect of our local athletic stars felt by 99% of citizens is far different than today's GLADIATORS ----that pipeline was not free market---it was crony.
We saw these same 'heroes' in cities and towns across America---
YOU KNOW WHEN THEY DO DOCUMENTARIES THAT INSTITUTION IS GOING TO BE HISTORY!
What they're saying about ESPN's 'Baltimore Boys' documentary
Michael Brice-SaddlerContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun Aug 9, 2017
ESPN's “Baltimore Boys” documentary aired Tuesday night, chronicling the journey of what many consider to be the best high school basketball team to ever take the court.
The “30 for 30” film features the undefeated Dunbar High School boys basketball teams of 1981-1983. Containing future NBA talent such as Reggie Lewis, Reggie Williams, Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues and David Wingate, the teams managed to win 59 straight games over the course of two seasons between 1981 and 1983.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter during the film’s debut:
As always HOLLYWOOD STARS working for that global 1% created those media culture films driving Americans away from our PUBLIC RECREATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL intramural sports and college intramural sports to that drive to be the PROFESSIONAL CORPORATE SPORTS PLAYER. Those super-sized earnings of these few decades---soon to be gone as GLADIATORS in OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE were SLAVES paid nothing ---playing to save their lives.
We knew during these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA that super-sized earnings of STARS were a temporary CARROT to get those 5% to the 1% working for ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOR ONLY THOSE GLOBAL 1%.
The global 1% simply needed those STARS to lead WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% to embracing MOVING FORWARD policies-----now that ROBBER BARON period is over-----now that ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE goals are almost in place-----we don't need CULTURAL /SPORTS STARS.
- SHOW ME THE MONEY (clean edit) - YouTubewww.youtube.com/watch?v=OaiSHcHM0PA Jan 11, 2007 · Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. talking about money in the film 'Jerry Maguire'. The clip is edited, meaning profanity was removed from the scene so the ...
Field of Dreams
Published on Apr 8, 2011
In this tribute to dreamers, Kevin Costner stars as an Iowa farmer who constructs a baseball diamond in his fields after hearing the inspirational message, "If you build it, he will come."
We hear US citizens shouting that GLADIATOR SPORTS STARS are simply global banking SLAVES----and they are right. SHOW ME THE MONEY LIVING FOR TODAY----all needed for those DO ANYTHING GLOBAL 1% TELLS US-----global Wall Street pols and 5 % players.
We are seeing more and more articles REVISING what was always known to be a circuit of slavery-----true gladiators entertaining enough to those OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE were pardoned from slave status----but that was rare----it was brutal, deadly, and the glory was FAKE.
by N.S. Gill
Updated February 07, 2017
In ancient Rome, gladiators fought, often to the death, to entertain crowds of spectators. Gladiators were trained in ludi ([sg. ludus]) to fight well in circuses (or the Colosseum) where the ground surface was covered with blood-absorbing harena 'sand' (hence, the name 'arena').
Slaves chosen as gladiators tended to be 1st-generation slaves bought or acquired in war or condemned slaves.
- Circus Maxima
Types:Gladiators were divided into categories based on how they fought, their armor, and weapons. There were horseback gladiators, gladiators in chariots, gladiators who fought in pairs, and gladiators named for their origin, like the Thracian gladiators.
See specifics on Types of Gladiators and Gladiator Weapons.
Gladiators' Rewards:Victors received laurels, monetary payment, plus donations from the crowd. They could also win their freedom.
At the end of service, a gladiator won a rudis. He could then become a gladiator trainer or a freelance bodyguard -- like the men who followed Clodius Pulcher, the good-looking trouble-maker who plagued Cicero's life.
For information on the prices paid for the services of gladiators, see:
"Gladiatorial Ranking and the 'SC de Pretiis Gladiatorum Minuendis' (CIL II 6278 = ILS 5163)"
Phoenix (Spring - Summer, 2003), pp.
In the sacramentum gladiatorium 'oath of the gladiator' the potential gladiator, slave or hitherto free man, said "I will endure to be burned, to be bound, to be beaten, and to be killed by the sword" uri, vinciri, verberari, ferroque necari. This oath bound him so that he was no longer truly free.
Source: Barbara MacManus
Who Were the Roman Gladiators?:
Gladiators came from a surprisingly diverse group. Gladiators were usually men, but they could also be women. They were usually slaves, but their number included emperors. Free men who had spent their inheritance and lacked other means of support might take up a career as gladiator hoping to win lots of money and the rudis quickly.
There appears to be no evidence for the thumbs up gesture -- or at least, if it was used, it probably meant death, not mercy. A waving handkerchief also signified mercy, and graffiti indicates the shouting of the words "dismissed" also worked to save a downed gladiator from death.
See Gladiators - Ending the Fight
The Beginning of the Roman Gladiators:Roman gladiators appear to have entered the Roman scene fairly late in the Republic (about 2.5 centuries from the start of the Roman Republic), as part of funeral games for an ex-consul in 264 -- the year the 1st Punic War (264-241 B.C.) began.
Another component of Roman games, the theatrical performances, seem to have started at the end of the same war. Gladiators may have come from a possible Etruscan custom of killing slaves at funerals.
There were few gladiatorial combats during the Republic, but during the Empire, their popularity multiplied.
Attitude Towards the Games:
Mary Beard challenges conventional attitudes towards the gladiatorial games, saying that even in antiquity attitudes towards the cruelty and violence were mixed. Writers like Seneca may have expressed disapproval, but they attended the arena when the games were in process. Marcus Aurelius may have found the gladiatorial games boring and may have abolished a tax on gladiator sale to avoid the taint of human blood, but he still put on lavish games.
Gladiators in the Modern World:
Gladiators continue to fascinate us, especially when they rebel against oppressive masters.
Thus we have seen two gladiator box-office smash hits: the 1960 Kirk Douglas Spartacus and the 2000 Russell Crowe Gladiator. In addition to these movies stimulating interest in ancient Rome and the comparison of Rome with the U.S., art has affected our view of gladiators. Gérôme's painting "Pollice Verso" ('Thumb Turned' or 'Thumbs Down'), 1872, has kept alive the image of gladiator fights ending with a thumbs up or thumbs down gesture.
This is to where our once strong left social progressive President Fitness and Federal funding for community sports and college sports INTRAMURALS for all 99% of citizens ended------from BUSH ERA with Arnold Swarznegger as the GLADIATOR OLYMPIAN to using all funds that once built a strong local community network of public sports and fitness centers to sending all those funds to build OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT INFRASTRUCTURE-----so, any nation allowing global banking FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES was often that nation 'WINNING' the OLYMPIC GAMES with WORLD BANK/IMF sending funds to build those infrastructure for FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES as well as sports stadiums.
From building the network of training SUPER-STAR athletes----to building these OLYMPIC STADIUMS-----this was all MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE extreme wealth extreme poverty and it pushed every nations' sovereign citizens OUT of these global city centers preparing to build FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES.
SPORTS became a development tool for the global 1% -----and of course that gave us massive fraud and corruption of what was supposed to symbolize the best of humanity.
The running joke for the global 1% was the use of GREECE'S WINNING THE OLYMPICS to implode Greece of the map. They used this corrupt OLYMPIC GAMES to bankrupt nations loading GREECE with massive debt to hold these games----GREECE was of course the founding society for THE OLYMPICS. All of this was done with a SOCIALIST LEADER IN GREECE making all these global banking deals to implode his nation and killing 99% of Greek citizens.
IT WAS ALL ABOUT NATIONAL HONOR AND BEING THE SOVEREIGN BEST.
Corruption is killing the Olympic games — or should
By Charles Lane
May 21, 2016 | 5:01am
If anyone still believes in the “Olympic ideal,” please give me a call: I’ve got a stadium in Rio de Janeiro I’d like to sell you.
Discredited long ago by the very corruption and nationalism they were meant to transcend, the Olympic Games are embroiled in a wave of scandal that’s embarrassing even by the sorry standards of this hypocritical “movement.”
It’s hard to say what’s more outrageous: credible new allegations of a clandestine state-sponsored doping scheme carried out by the 2014 Winter Olympics’ host nation, Russia — or the fact that the International Olympic Committee entrusted the event to a despotic regime run by a glory-hungry former KGB agent in the first place.
Meanwhile, the integrity of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing — another dictatorship’s showcase — has been retrospectively undercut by the discovery of previously undetected doping by a reported 31 athletes from 12 countries; similar findings may be about to taint the 2012 London Games.
French prosecutors are investigating allegations that the IOC’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020 Summer Games was greased by payoffs, as many previous games have been.
In Brazil, where the 2016 Summer Olympics are supposed to begin Aug. 5, police and prosecutors have found evidence that Olympics-related infrastructure development became a font of payoffs and kickbacks. Potentially involved are some of the politicians implicated in the wider corruption scandal that has destabilized the Brazilian government, at precisely the moment it should have been devoting full attention to the security and efficiency of the Games.
In response, IOC officials spout indignant rhetoric and issue earnest threats against wrongdoers, just as they have on what seem like a million previous occasions.
These promised reforms are no more likely to succeed than those of the past. The truth is that incentives influence behavior. And participants in the Olympics, at all levels, face overwhelming incentives to cheat — or try to cheat — whether by using performance-enhancing drugs, rigging the venue selection or raking off government funds, which host nations borrow and spend like water in pursuit of ephemeral economic stimulus. And don’t get me started on the judges and referees.
It’s all become a grandiose mockery of the sentiment declared by the Games’ modern founder, Pierre de Coubertin of France: “The important thing at the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part; for the essential thing in life is not to conquer but to struggle well.”
Equally hollow, in view of the record — which includes the hideous 1936 Berlin Olympics hosted by Adolf Hitler — are the words of the Olympic Charter: “The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”
In fact, the Olympics have repeatedly provided a flashpoint for international rivalry, as in the alternating boycotts carried out by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and for terrorist attacks, such as the ones that marred the 1972 and 1996 Summer Games.
The threat of another such incident casts a necessary but unseemly security pall over the contemporary Games, as each host mobilizes its police and armed forces to patrol the celebration of peace and harmony.
Some host governments have used Olympic preparations as an excuse to rid themselves of inconvenient domestic elements, whether it was Mexico massacring student protesters to prevent unrest from spoiling the 1968 Summer Games, or South Korea rounding up and interning thousands of homeless people in Seoul, lest they damage the country’s image during the 1988 Summer Games.
If the Olympics have not, and cannot, achieve their lofty aims, then exactly what special purpose does this quadrennial exercise in corporate and governmental gigantism serve — other than to enrich well-connected businesses and aggrandize states?
None that I can think of. High-level athletic competition, in the form of championship events for every sport under the sun, already exists. If you love the drama of sports, as so many of us do, you can get your fill as a spectator of those contests. They’re commercialized and scandal-prone, too; but at least there’s no pretense of “promoting a peaceful society” or “preserving human dignity.”
A world without the Olympic Games might be a little less exciting every two years — and considerably more honest all the time.
Global 1% built that network of sports, music, stage SUPER-STARS to be those 5% players selling WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% that we all had that chance to climb the ladder into being rich----to be that MERCHANT OF VENICE. It was all MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FOR ONLY THE GLOBAL 1%----using our local freemasons and GREEKS thinking they were part of A BROTHERHOOD.
We shout over and again these 5% players----the merely rich---the new rich will lose all their wealth and those children and grandchildren will become those global labor pool slave labor----or those 'sovereign citizens' fighting impoverishment on their way to being those 'TERRORISTS'.
THOSE OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE GLOBAL 1% HAVE ALWAYS SIMPLY USED LOW-LEVEL BROTHERS TO ADVANCE THE WEALTH OF THESE SAME OLD WORLD RICH.
'Providing opportunities for young people was also the theme last week at a forum in East Baltimore. City Council President Jack Young told community activists and residents he's trying to shift more money from the city's police department to the schools'.
BALTIMORE YOUTH ORGANIZATION PROJECT is ONE WORLD UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL 1% MOVING FORWARD
Does this young lady know this? We often talk to our 99% of citizens placed as leaders of these global 1% NGOs who understand they are being used as 5% players.
This is the problem and solution regarding rebuilding our once strong public recreation centers and fields for intramural sports controlled by 99% of citizens for their leisure and fitness----we must stop allowing these same 5% to the 1% groups partnered with global 1% MOVING FORWARD ONE WORLD to be those leaders now telling us they are wanting to help the poor.
WE MUST STOP MOVING FORWARD US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES like Baltimore in order to bring control and public funding back to WE THE PEOPLE THE 99%. Global banking is pushing very hard from all directions to have those 5% keep the 99% from returning to 99% left social progressive capitalism.
If we know NPR/APR all our public media went global corporate along with CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and global MARKETPLACE MONEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE after the 2008 economic crash---then we know people and groups highlighted on these media programs and as with national media making headlines for helping the poor-----are 5% players. Global Johns Hopkins is the problem -----we would not look for leaders tied to our global IVY LEAGUES.
This is why for 30 years we have heard the same stories of deprivation in our US cities deemed FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES----FAILED STATES/NARCO STATES. Be those 99% REAL left social progressive capitalist leaders.
2 Years After Unrest, Baltimore's Youth Are 'Still Fighting For The Basics'
April 27, 20175:00 AM ET
Samirah Franklin, 19, is lead organizer of the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project. She lives in West Baltimore, near where the violence and looting broke out after Freddie Gray's funeral two years ago.
Baltimore erupted in violence two years ago, after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died in police custody. The unrest was about more than Gray's death, though — it exposed deep-seated problems facing many of the city's young people: lack of jobs, deep poverty, rampant crime and deteriorating neighborhoods.
Now, Baltimore residents are assessing what, if anything, has changed in the city since Gray's death.
This week, several dozen students, their parents and community activists held a rally with five members of Baltimore's city council, encouraging them to fight the mayor's proposed cuts to after-school programs. Young people here are worried that some of the millions of dollars in government and nonprofit aid that poured into the city after the unrest will dry up as memories fade.
Nineteen-year-old Samirah Franklin, who lives in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods, near where looting and riots broke out, said it's discouraging that the pace of change is so slow.
"The need has not diminished, but yet again we have to fight for the one thing that you guys gave us because of the unrest," she said. "It's very frustrating, but that hasn't stopped the work, of course."
Franklin is the lead organizer for the Baltimore Youth Organizing Project. The group emerged after the unrest, as part of a summer jobs program. Franklin and other community activists say that one positive sign since the riots is that more young people are engaged in city politics.
The need has not diminished, but yet again we have to fight for the one thing that you guys gave us because of the unrest.
Franklin says her group has interviewed hundreds of young people, and that most of them want more jobs and something to do in their free time.
"We're still fighting for the basics," she said. "Most young people in Baltimore City can't walk down the street and go to a rec center and have quality recreation and a safe place."
The city has opened two new recreation centers since Gray's death, but the number of those facilities is still significantly below what Baltimore used to have: about 40 public rec centers today vs. 76 in 1991.
Providing opportunities for young people was also the theme last week at a forum in East Baltimore. City Council President Jack Young told community activists and residents he's trying to shift more money from the city's police department to the schools.
"We need the arts. We need physical education," said Young. "We need the music. We need all those things so kids can have an outlet to channel that energy into something positive, which would keep them from being out on the corners doing all those negative things that we all hear about every day."
He noted that Baltimore has also approved a new $12 million-a-year youth fund to provide other programs for kids and teens. The city has set up a task force, which includes some young people, to decide how to spend that money.
East Baltimore resident Randall Nathaniel Bacote Jr. said he's seen other promising changes, including some thawing in tensions between young people and police — an issue that was at the heart of the protests after Freddie Gray's death. The city and the U.S. Justice Department recently signed a consent decree calling for major reforms in Baltimore's police department.
"I notice that there are a lot more police officers out on the streets actually talking to and being more pro-active with the community," Bacote said. "Instead of just trying to police the area, they're actually sitting down and talking to people that they are supposed to protect and serve."
The constant violence and poverty can take a toll on even the most determined young person, says Stefanie Deluca, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist, who's spent years tracking Baltimore's youth.
"This resilience, this passion, the raw material is there," she said, "but you can only sustain that without support for so long."
That's why she says it's so important to provide things young people can hold on to, like a job or a skill. She thinks that's starting to happen, and is encouraged that the city seems much more eager now to invest in its youth.
Still, a lot of mistrust between police and the community remains, and drug trafficking and violence have surged in the city over the past two years. Since the beginning of this year, more than a hundred people already have been murdered in Baltimore — 50 percent more than by this point in 2015.
"It's scary in this city, man, that at any time, somebody out there can snatch you away from everything for little to no reason," said Bacote.
In fact, a young woman who was due to appear in a forum Deluca organized backed out at the last minute because her sister's partner was murdered the week before. Her brother was murdered in January.
This is what we have been seeing across the nation soaring these several years of RACE TO THE TOP neo-liberal corporatization of our K-12 ----corporate campus schools of course will have no intramural sports.....we definitely will not have intramural sports as VIRTUAL CORPORATE K-CAREER is installed.
As a global corporate campus UNDERARMOUR picks and chooses to where their DONATIONS will go to build sports fields and programs we see they all go to what will become global corporate campus EXCEPTIONAL/GIFTED K-career ---those global few percent of students that are tested as exceptional.
We see that here in Baltimore as our DUNBAR HIGH SCHOOL turning global exceptional corporate campus for Johns Hopkins has global UNDERARMOUR build a sports field----Johns Hopkins has donations building its LACROSSE FIELDS------but no corporate taxes paid to build our local community recreation centers and public sports fields.
As much as the structure of AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS and WRAP-AROUND SERVICES which are simply those temporary small businesses designed to make 99% of people think all these REAL left social progressive programs as our sports are going to be maintained-----they are a step to DISAPPEARING.
ANY COMMUNITY GROUP STEPPING IN TO BE THAT TEMPORARY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM needs to WAKE UP----don't be that stepping stone to our losing strong public sports and fitness intramurals and fields in MOVING FORWARD.
Global 1% far-right wing always have pictures of children or poor or groupings of poor children to make it seem good for the 99%.
Northern Virginia as our Maryland beltway have a soaring enrollment due to soaring immigration of global labor pool and yes, they will not experience our once strong LEFT SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE K-university sports, leisure, fitness intramural system for the 99%. Where will the US WE THE PEOPLE THE 99% be? We will be those same global labor pool sent to a developing nation Foreign Economic Zone having these same ONE WORLD ONE FITNESS AND SPORTS YMCA program.
Of course the same will happen in Baltimore City and Baltimore County -----taking all state counties as global corporate campuses and global factories expand to GREATER BALTIMORE ----GREATER PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY-----
Could one of the nation’s largest school districts go without sports, activities?
Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza. (Shamus Ian Fatzinger/Fairfax County Times)
By Moriah Balingit August 4, 2015
A task force looking to cut as much as $100 million from the budget of one of the nation’s largest school systems has suggested that major savings could come from getting rid of all school sports, limiting extracurricular activities and increasing class sizes.
School administrators in Virginia’s Fairfax County, which educates about 187,000 students, say they are again facing tough choices about what to keep and what to sacrifice as funding fails to keep pace with surging enrollment. Officials are projecting
a shortfall of $50 million to $100 million next year, meaning significant programming changes would need to be implemented, schools officials said.
School district officials calculated the shortfall assuming a salary increase for teachers, a growth in enrollment and a nearly $20 million drop in state funding, though some numbers will not be determined for months. The school system also is required to put an additional $46 million into teacher retirement and health benefits next year. If the county holds firm on its commitment to give the school system a 3 percent revenue bump, the maximum shortfall is estimated at $80 million.
The 36-member citizen task force was charged with finding $100 million in savings. On Monday night, the district released an early draft of potential cuts, but they are far from official, and it is early in the budget process. Some of the task force’s ideas are sure to be controversial, such as saving nearly $11 million by eliminating high school sports and more than $12 million by axing activities such as yearbook and student newspapers, curtailing music and drama programs, and reducing middle school after-school activities.
Menu of Potential Reductions
Fairfax Superintendent Karen Garza has sounded budget alarms in previous years but has largely ended up with what the school system has requested, while adding initiatives. The school system spent millions of dollars moving to later high school start times, citing evidence of health and emotional benefits, and eliminating half-day Mondays in the county’s elementary schools — both popular with parents.
But Garza pointed out Tuesday that the school system also has cut millions from its proposals before going to the county and that the district has in recent years raised class sizes. With enrollment surging, Garza said the school system is going to have a hard time providing necessary services.
“We’re going to have some very painful decisions to make, because funding has not kept up with just the basic demands,” Garza said.
Cutting high school sports in one of the nation’s largest school districts would be a shocking move, and it appeared to be a dramatic opening salvo in what are often politically charged discussions about the Fairfax schools budget. Many families and companies have chosen Fairfax, the largest Washington area suburb, as their home because of the county’s top-tier schools.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) said she doubts that the school system would seriously consider getting rid of high school sports, a move that would prove deeply unpopular and detrimental to the traditional public school experience.
“Eliminating high school athletics is just not going to happen,” Bulova said. “I think that the rhetoric is alarmist, and I think that cut list is something that is guaranteed to generate speakers, but I think that they probably will not be things that the school board chooses to reduce.”
For athletes, eliminating sports is unthinkable. Kyle Richbourg, 18, who will be a senior at Centreville High School, plays lacrosse and football and said that sports teach him discipline and make him a better student. After graduating next year, he plans to head to the Air Force Academy, where he was recruited to play lacrosse, something he said wouldn’t be happening without school sports.
“I don’t think I’d be going to a military academy for school,” Richbourg said. “I don’t think I’d be fit for that kind of lifestyle if I didn’t have sports in my life.”
His football coach, Chris Haddock, said sports are an essential part of education for many students, teaching them discipline and a work ethic. Some athletes said their teammates might not show up to school were it not for sports.
“Sports are part of the well-rounded person that Fairfax County is trying to produce,” Haddock said. “It’s an invaluable proving ground and teaching ground for young people.”
Fairfax County schools are facing some of the same tough choices as districts across Northern Virginia. This year, Prince William County schools, dealing with a potential cut in revenue, weighed cuts to all school services not required by law — including full-day kindergarten, bus service and athletics. Ultimately, most of the budget was funded.
This year, Fairfax County had nearly all of its budget request funded — about $2.6 billion — but Garza still warned that the district would come up short next year. In a budget presentation, district officials said that per-student spending has failed to keep pace with inflation. The school system also has struggled to keep its teacher salaries on par with neighboring jurisdictions.
“We’re losing candidates to other systems,” Garza told The Washington Post in a recent meeting with reporters and editors. “It is very concerning to us.”
Garza said the task force has been focusing on ways to take a sizable bite out of the budget while making the smallest dent possible in academic opportunities for students.
The task force suggestions also included adding one student to K-12 classes and increasing preschool class sizes, a move that could yield savings of $26.2 million. Another proposal, to cut preschool for all children except those who require special education, could save the district $9 million. Other suggested cuts would hit high-poverty schools and teachers of English language learners. The district, which includes high-performing magnet high schools, also has seen an explosion in immigrant and low-income students who require extra support.
School Board Chairman Pat Hynes (Hunter Mill) said she hopes the financial picture will be rosier when it comes time to draw up an official budget proposal.
“What I hope happens is that we don’t have to find that much in cuts and we don’t have to do something as awful as cutting athletics,” Hynes said. “I have hope that our funders will do the right thing and maintain the quality of the schools system.”