Fund the am­bas­sadors

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Thank you to Jeff Macris, Annapolis Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, and County Coun­cil­woman Lisa Rod­vien, for tes­ti­fy­ing on Thurs­day be­fore our su­per­in­ten­dent and Board of Ed­u­ca­tion in sup­port of re­tain­ing and hir­ing seven tem­po­rary teacher as­sis­tants, aka, com­mu­nity am­bas­sadors, based at Annapolis High School.

Also, thanks to state Del. Heather Bag­nall for her tes­ti­mony: “El­e­vate the role of ed­u­ca­tors” and “bridge the eq­uity gap.”

And Speaker Mike Busch has com­mu­ni­cated his full sup­port to our su­per­in­ten­dent and board to fully fund these po­si­tions in their 2020 bud­get — three full-time (30 hours weekly) and four part-time (15 hours weekly). Lit­er­ally, since 2006, these “hu­man bridge builders be­tween the school­house and the stu­dent’s house” cover all of Annapolis’ 13 pub­lic and sub­si­dized hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties for a com­bined salary of $95,850 — even break­ing down lan­guage bar­ri­ers, i.e., in­ter­pret­ing/trans­lat­ing “ed­u­ca­tion-ese.”

For these com­mu­ni­ties, this cost breaks down to $48 per house­hold per year and 13 cents per house­hold per day.

The break­down of ser­vice by com­mu­nity and po­si­tion: East­port Ter­race and Har­bour House (full-time); New­towne 20 and Wood­side Gar­dens (full-time); By­wa­ter (full-time); Annapolis Gar­dens and Ad­mi­ral Oaks (part-time); Bay Ridge Gar­dens (part-time); Blooms­bury Square, Col­lege Creek Ter­race, O’Bery Court, and The Homes at Mon­u­ment (part-time); and Robin­wood and Annapolis Mid­dle (part­time).

Our pub­lic and sub­si­dized hous­ing com­mu­ni­ties make up 12 per­cent of Annapolis’ pop­u­la­tion, with over 90 per­cent be­ing African-Amer­i­can res­i­dents.

Tes­ti­mony largely cen­tered around our “teach­ers” — our ed­u­ca­tors — those per­sons in our school­houses — which should con­tinue to in­clude fund­ing for Annapolis’ seven tem­po­rary “teacher” as­sis­tants.

RHONDA PINDELL-CHARLES Annapolis Ed­i­tor’s note: Rhonda Pindell-Charles is the alder­woman rep­re­sent­ing Ward 3. She is a full-time em­ployee at Anne Arun­del County Pub­lic Schools.

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