2014 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 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