2017 Legislative Priorities
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The ACLU of Maryland’s Education Reform Project works to ensure that all children in Maryland public schools - particularly those most at risk of failure - are accorded a "thorough and efficient" education as guaranteed by the state Constitution. Our aims include securing adequate and equitable public school funding, and the wise use of that funding to support student achievement, ensuring that school buildings are safe and properly equipped, and providing a positive school climate, including fair and effective discipline policies. The ACLU’s education reform work is rooted in the Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education lawsuit, brought on behalf of Baltimore parents and students in 1994.
ACLU of Maryland Seeks to Disrupt School to Prison Pipeline with Bills Protecting Young Children
News article, March 15, 2017
Baltimore Education Coalition Statement on Mayor Pugh, Del. McIntosh Presentation on Fixing City Schools’ Budget Gap
News article, March 10, 2017
BEC Stresses Urgent Need to Fix City Schools’ $130 Million Gap to Mayor Pugh and Governor Hogan
News article, February 28, 2017
Read the BEC's statement on Mayor Pugh's press conference on Baltimore City Schools' $130 million budget deficit.
City Schools Deficit: What You Can Do
News article, February 8, 2017
Read the latest edition of the Education Reform Project's newsletter, the Education Advocate.
School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?
News article, August 15, 2016
Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline
Baltimore Education Coalition Speaks Out on Port Covington's Impact on State Education Aid
News article, August 11, 2016
Groups challenges MuniCap analysis
Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools
News article, August 5, 2016
Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget
ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy
News article, February 11, 2016
Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results
ACLU joins legal complaint against Governor's Discriminatory Transportation Policy
News article, December 21, 2015
Lack of rapid transit for African Americans in Baltimore to reach jobs, housing a civil rights issue
ACLU speaks out about Baltimore City students' right to protest
News article, December 14, 2015
Responds to Baltimore School System letter to parents, students, community members
Governor Hogan: Reconsider your position and release allocated funds
News article, September 24, 2015
The ACLU of Maryland, Advocates for Children and Youth, Baltimore Teachers Union, League of Women Voters, Maryland Education Coalition, Maryland Out of School Time Network, Maryland PTA, and Maryland State Education Association sent a letter to Governor Hogan about education funding.
Baltimore City Schools Hosts Conversations About School Police
News article, July 9, 2015
Baltimore City Public Schools and City Delegation have scheduled 7 "Community Conversations" to discuss school police policy in July 2015.
Seven districts lose funding under Governor Hogan's education budget for School Year 2015-16
News article, June 19, 2015
The state legislature set aside funding in the state budget to fully fund education. Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Governor Hogan decided not to accept the budget.
Mayor, Baltimore Schools CEO, Del. McIntosh to join coalition to call for school funding
News article, May 11, 2015
Baltimore Education Coalition to Urge Gov. Hogan to release school funding
Statement of the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline RE: BCPS Freddie Gray Related Disciplinary Actions
News article, May 7, 2015
The following is a statement from the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline.
Statement on Freddie Gray and police/community conflict in Baltimore
News article, April 28, 2015
The path to peace goes through justice
Parents and Students to Deliver Postcards to Governor, Urging Restoration of City School Funding
News article, March 9, 2015
Baltimore City Delegation to Stand with Baltimore Education Coalition
Education Coalition Urges Action for Critical City School Building Repairs
News article, November 10, 2014
BEC urges state to continue regular allocation of capital funding
ACLU of Maryland Executive Director to be Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame
News article, March 20, 2014
Ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Annapolis
ACLU of Maryland Announces 2014 Legislative Priorities
News article, January 8, 2014
Issues include taxing and regulating marijuana, stopping local police from enforcing civil immigration detainers, limiting email and cell phone surveillance, and ending the shackling of pregnant women.
ACLU Lauds Passage of the $1 Billion Baltimore City School Construction Bill
News article, April 3, 2013
Legislation comes three years after ACLU's "Buildings for Academic Excellence" report
ACLU Decries Taxpayer Dollars Diverted to Private Schools in State Budget
News article, April 2, 2013
Public money should be for public schools
Thousands Rally in Annapolis for Baltimore City School Construction
News article, February 26, 2013
3,000 parents, students, teachers, advocates, and community members gathered in Annapolis to show their support for the "Block Grant Bill" (HB860/SB743)
New State Discipline Regulations Aim to Keep Students in the Classroom!
News article, December 13, 2012
Changes to the state discipline code would refocus school discipline on keeping students connected and in school.
Baltimore City Takes Historic First Step to Rebuild All City Schools!
News article, November 29, 2012
New report outlines plan to ensure all city students learn in 21st century buildings.
"Doomsday" budget averted!
News article, May 29, 2012
State legislature restores $128 million in education funding during the May special session.
What do "doomsday" budget cuts mean for education?
News article, May 7, 2012
A chart detailing the cuts to education and other critical services should the state legislature fail to pass reconciliation and revenue bills in special session.
Legislature Mandates Study of Innovative School Construction Proposal
News article, March 30, 2012
Advocates Say Sense of Urgency Needed to Move Forward with a Comprehensive Renovation Plan
Transform Baltimore Testifies in Annapolis
News article, February 28, 2012
Teachers, Students, and Advocates Support Bill Laying the Foundation for a Mass-Scale School Construction Program
Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education
Legal case, January 23, 2012
2012 Legislative Priorities
News article, January 11, 2012
Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy
Community Leaders Launch Broad Campaign to Promote Fully Renovated and Modernized City School Facilities
News article, August 18, 2011
ACLU, Open Society Institute Ask State Board of Education to Address High Rates of Suspensions
News article, May 25, 2011
ACLU Presents Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute Plan to Finance Baltimore City School Building Modernization
News article, December 15, 2010
Financing strategy that could fully fund the $2.8 billion needed to modernize all schools in Baltimore City within 10 years
ACLU Report Urges Action Plan to Modernize Baltimore City School Buildings
News article, June 2, 2010
"Buildings for Academic Excellence" urges large-scale building and renovation effort