2014 Legislative Priorities

The ACLU Education Reform Project advocates for progressive education reforms in the Maryland General Assembly.

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Transform Baltimore

We're leading the campaign for a funding plan to renovate and modernize every Baltimore City school building by 2020.

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Education Reform


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.

 

Recent Activity

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

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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.

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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

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ACLU Decries Taxpayer Dollars Diverted to Private Schools in State Budget

News article, April 2, 2013

Public money should be for public schools

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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)

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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.

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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.

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"Doomsday" budget averted!

News article, May 29, 2012

State legislature restores $128 million in education funding during the May special session.

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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.

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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

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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

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Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education

Legal case, January 23, 2012

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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy

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Community Leaders Launch Broad Campaign to Promote Fully Renovated and Modernized City School Facilities

News article, August 18, 2011

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ACLU, Open Society Institute Ask State Board of Education to Address High Rates of Suspensions

News article, May 25, 2011

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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

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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

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