The ACLU of Maryland works to ensure that all public school children in Maryland have an equitable opportunity to attend healthy and safe schools that provide high quality education. Our aims include securing equitable and adequate public school funding, ensuring that facilities are conducive to learning, and providing a positive school climate, including fair and effective discipline policies.
Our education work is rooted in the Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education adequacy lawsuit, brought on behalf of Baltimore parents and students in 1994. We work to impact policy and laws by educating and lobbying elected officials, working in coalition, using legal strategies, and supporting parents and communities to bring their voices to Annapolis and other forums.
The General Assembly, at its First Session after the adoption of this Constitution, shall by Law establish throughout the State a thorough and efficient System of Free Public Schools; and shall provide by taxation, or otherwise, for their maintenance.
—Article VIII, Maryland State Constitution