Parents fight to keep Southwest Baltimore elementary school open

Published on: November 22, 2022 3:20 PM EST|Updated on: November 22, 2022 3:46 PM EST

Members of the Steuart Academic Academy community gather around a table. Forms and documents about efforts to keep the school open are spread across the table.

Southwest Baltimore parent Krissy Herbert isn’t looking forward to next school year. That’s because the neighborhood elementary school two of her children attend is slated to close in the coming months.

“My children have been at Steuart Hill since we moved to Baltimore City. That’s the only school that they know,” Herbert said. “They know no other school, they know no other teachers, they know no other friends.”

Baltimore City Public Schools leaders have closed two dozen schools in the past eight years, but the Union Square community is fighting an uphill battle to keep the doors open at Steuart Hill Academic Academy. In January, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners voted 8-1 to close three schools: Steuart Hill Academic Academy, Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School and New Era Academy.

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