Excellent school facilities are critical to providing a quality education for Maryland’s children. Extensive research has shown that deficiencies such as inadequate temperature control, lighting, ventilation, and science labs have a detrimental impact on student achievement and health. Since 2004, the ACLU has been advocating for local, state, and federal funding to improve school facilities in low-wealth districts.
In June 2010, the ACLU released a report, which led to the launching of the “Transform Baltimore: Build Schools, Build Neighborhoods” campaign. This coalition is advocating for bold and innovative financing solutions to address the $2.4 billion need in Baltimore City.
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
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.
New Video Profiles Cutting Edge School Building Renovation
News article, May 31, 2012
Students at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School Inspired by Allied Health Suite
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
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 Presents Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute Plan to Finance Baltimore City School Building Modernization
News article, December 15, 2010