,The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has proposed cutting the last remaining environmental educator in the school system after 18 years of groundbreaking programs. Ann Strozyk, the award-winning educator in this role, delivers hands-on programs to 15,000 students every year through a cost-effective partnership with the Howard County Conservancy. Learn more here

We need your help to advocate for hands-on environmental education for all students in Howard County. The first budget hearing is January 25th at the Board of Education meeting. Board members want to hear from the community about budget priorities. Click here for a full schedule of the budget process. 

Ways to help: 

Thursday, Feb. 15 – 7 p.m. This hearing has reached capacity and registration is closed.

  • Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2025 Operating Budget Public Hearing II

Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 7 p.m. This hearing has reached capacity and registration is closed.

  • Superintendent’s Proposed FY 2025 Operating Budget Public Hearing III

Monday, Feb. 26 – 7 p.m.

 

Sample Email Template:

Dear X,

I am writing to express my disappointment that the HCPSS Environmental Educator position is proposed to be cut. Without school system support of environmental education, students will not have access to hands-on outdoor science experiences at an absolutely critical time for our climate. Programs like the Watershed Report Card, Climate kNOWledge and Youth Climate Institute rely on this position to provide hands-on STEM learning for county students. These incredibly important programs that provide science education, inspire future stewards and build green careers will be decimated. Howard County schools lag far behind other counties in funding of environmental education.  We can do better!  Please reconsider funding this critically important program – by keeping the HCPSS environmental educator –  for our county students. 

Sincerely, X

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