Education Funding

The ACLU of Maryland has consistently fought for the rights of Maryland’s most vulnerable students to receive the “thorough and efficient” education guaranteed them by the state Constitution. Adequate funding for education undergirds this right. The ACLU’s success in the Bradford court case propelled the passage of the historic Bridge to Excellence in Education Act (“Thornton” formula), which increased funds for education based on principles of “adequacy”, with additional funds allocated for at-risk children. The Education Reform Project works toward adequacy and equity in education funding through policy advocacy and collaborative work with coalition partners in Baltimore City and across Maryland.

 

Recent Activity

Baltimore Education Coalition Speaks Out on Port Covington's Impact on State Education Aid

News article, August 11, 2016

Groups challenges MuniCap analysis

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Citing Governor's Claim of "Declining Revenues," Groups Ask for Transfer of Public Funding from Private to Public Schools

News article, August 5, 2016

Call on Gov to withhold $5 million set aside for private school vouchers as part of FY2017 budget

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ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy

News article, February 11, 2016

Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results

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Governor Hogan: Reconsider your position and release allocated funds

News article, September 24, 2015

The ACLU of Maryland, Advocates for Children and Youth, Baltimore Teachers Union, League of Women Voters, Maryland Education Coalition, Maryland Out of School Time Network, Maryland PTA, and Maryland State Education Association sent a letter to Governor Hogan about education funding.

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Mayor, Baltimore Schools CEO, Del. McIntosh to join coalition to call for school funding

News article, May 11, 2015

Baltimore Education Coalition to Urge Gov. Hogan to release school funding

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Statement on Freddie Gray and police/community conflict in Baltimore

News article, April 28, 2015

The path to peace goes through justice

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AG letter of advice re Student Assistance Organization Business Grants

News article, April 8, 2015

Letter addresses $5 million in dedicated funding in Governor's Supplemental Budget #2

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ACLU Opposes Diversion of State Funds to Subsidize Private and Religious Schools

News article, April 2, 2015

Governor Hogan Adds $5 Million in Supplemental Appropriation

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Parents and Students to Deliver Postcards to Governor, Urging Restoration of City School Funding

News article, March 9, 2015

Baltimore City Delegation to Stand with Baltimore Education Coalition

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Education Coalition Urges Action for Critical City School Building Repairs

News article, November 10, 2014

BEC urges state to continue regular allocation of capital funding

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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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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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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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