Youth Rights

The ACLU of Maryland works to protect the constitutional rights of young people at home, in schools, and in their communities. We support youth by defending their freedom of expression and association, protecting their freedom to learn about and grapple with controversial ideas, working to guarantee equal access to education, ensuring due process in disciplinary action, and fighting for fair and age-appropriate treatment by the justice system.

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 Slams Montgomery County Schools For Refusing to Discuss How to Stop Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

News article, May 21, 2013

County Needs to Ensure Policy is Followed in Schools

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Montgomery County Pledge of Allegiance Harassment

Legal case, April 9, 2013

ACLU of Maryland defends Montgomery County student harassed for not standing for Pledge. Repeated violations demand systemic reform in County.

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ACLU Defends Montgomery County Student Harassed for Not Standing for Pledge

News article, April 9, 2013

Repeated Violations Demand Systemic Reform in County

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ACLU hails passage of bill to reduce youth incarceration

News article, April 9, 2013

Keeps youth charged with minor offenses out of juvenile facilities

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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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Senate Passes Bill Protecting Student Social Media Privacy

News article, March 21, 2013

Maryland Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 838, which would prohibit academic institutions from requiring a students to provide access to personal internet or electronic accounts.

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ACLU Advocates for Student Social Media Privacy Bills

News article, March 4, 2013

Legislation builds on new employee social media privacy law

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ACLU Opposes Bill to Put Police Officers in Every School

News article, February 28, 2013

Criminalizing Minor Discipline Issues Does More Harm Than Good

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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

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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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ACLU Speaks Out Against Arrest, Handcuffing of Young Children at Baltimore School

News article, March 30, 2012

BPD's actions are appalling and in violation of state regulations on school arrests

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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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2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

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

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Just-in-Time Victory for Bel Air High Drama Students Harford Officials Reverse Censorship of Gay Scene

News article, November 4, 2011

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ACLU Blasts Bel Air High School Censorship of Gay Scene in “Almost, Maine”

News article, November 3, 2011

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LGBT censorship of Bel Air High School play

Legal case, November 2, 2011

The ACLU of Maryland urged Harford County Public School officials to allow a play to be staged as written and not censor a scene that features an LGBT storyline.

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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 of Maryland to Testify Against Proposed Juvenile Curfew in Montgomery County

News article, July 26, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland stands up for youth and parent rights in Montgomery County juvenile curfew controversy

News article, July 22, 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 of Maryland Lauds Passage of Bill Advancing Parity for Girls in Juvenile Justice System

News article, April 11, 2011

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ACLU of Maryland Highlights Gender Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System at Hearing Today in Annapolis

News article, February 17, 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

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