"Fix the gap": Baltimore teachers rally in Annapolis as budget shortfall looms

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) - The stakes are high for Baltimore City school teachers who rallied outside the statehouse Thursday night, demanding more funding for city schools.

An estimated 2,000 teachers, administrators and students turned up the volume at Lawyers Mall, where they chanted “fix the gap”.

The Baltimore school district is facing a $130 million dollar budget gap.

Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises has warned as many as 1,000 school employees, including teachers, could face layoffs if the budget gap isn’t closed.

“Why are people with masters degrees working countlless hours just to receive pink slips?”said a student protestor. “They deserve better."

Santelises encouraged the crowd to continue rallying for more funding, as several city and state lawmakers listened.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh promised to help teachers telling them to expect an announcement on Monday.

“I will not let our school system down,” said Pugh.

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