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.
Baltimore Education Coalition Speaks Out on Port Covington's Impact on State Education Aid
News article, August 11, 2016
Groups challenges MuniCap analysis
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
ACLU supports promising "community schools" strategy
News article, February 11, 2016
Incorporating holistic methods of student and family engagement brings results
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.
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
Statement on Freddie Gray and police/community conflict in Baltimore
News article, April 28, 2015
The path to peace goes through justice
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
"Doomsday" budget averted!
News article, May 29, 2012
State legislature restores $128 million in education funding during the May special session.
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.
Bradford v. Maryland State Board of Education
Legal case, January 23, 2012
2012 Legislative Priorities
News article, January 11, 2012
Issues Include Marriage Equality, Criminal Justice Reform, Social Media Privacy