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Save Roots and Branches School before it's too late

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The Office of New Initiatives', the group oversees charter schools, has recommended to the Baltimore City School Board that Roots & Branches be closed at the end of the current 2015-2016 school year. This recommendation comes due to the "developing" and "not effective" ratings that the school has received in categories of academic performance, climate, financial management, and governance. This is unfair because these ratings are from 2013 and they do not accurately reflect the impact that the school has on our students, their families, and the surrounding community.

Help influence the Baltimore City School Board's vote by January 2016.

Roots & Branches provides a unique and progressive approach to education that includes small class sizes, arts integration, community arts partnerships, emergent/student driven curriculum, project based learning, multi-grade classrooms, mental health services, restorative discipline (rather than zero tolerance). We are not a school that tethers students to chairs to learn how to bubble in multiple choice answers. We teach students how to use their hearts, minds, eyes, and ears to be inquisitive learners.

Many schools in the area are struggling, but closing Roots & Branches will only shortchange students, families, and the community at large in the long term.The community impact and engagement is also remarkable at the Roots and Branches School. Since its inception, Roots and Branches holds monthly community dinners to share meals and build relationships. The school works with the Maryland Food Bank to serve at least 35 school families (in addition to community members). In addition to hosting a clothing pantry, we also partner with on site vision and dental services. Roots & Branches has proven to reach beyond the classroom setting.

In the surrounding streets of Roots & Branches school are rows of abandoned and under cared for homes in our Harlem Park and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. The old school building sat abandoned for years without city officials bettering the community nor providing supportive services. Roots & Branches will fight to stay open (with your support) and continue to work with students and the community.







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