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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.
A report by the ACLU of Maryland that details that discusses the negative implications of poor school building conditions, outlines the scope of need in Baltimore City, recommends solutions for solving a $2.8 billion problem, and shares successful school construction funding models from other cities and states.
A report prepared by the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute (MBTPI) that proposes a model to renovate Baltimore City school buildings within ten years, built around bond financing and new revenue sources.