School Climate

Every child deserves to learn in a nurturing environment that fosters learning, promotes safety, and maintains system of rules that are applied fairly and equitably. The ACLU has aimed a spotlight on the inconsistent and ineffective policies across Maryland school districts which have led to disproportionate rates of suspension and expulsion. In Baltimore City, the Education Reform Project helped the school system develop a student Code of Conduct that has dramatically reduced suspension rates. We continue to monitor, evaluate, and advocate for nuanced, uniform discipline policies and practices in school systems throughout Maryland.


Recent Activity

ACLU Announces New Executive Director, Dana Vickers Shelley

News article, May 24, 2018

ACLU Building Mobilization, Equity Focus to Have a Greater Impact


Victory for Maryland transgender students

News article, March 13, 2018

Federal Court Rules Maryland Transgender Boy's Access to Restrooms and Locker Rooms that Align With His Gender Identity is Protected by Law


School police being used as auxiliary Baltimore police officers?

News article, August 15, 2016

Statement from Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline


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.


Statement of the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline RE: BCPS Freddie Gray Related Disciplinary Actions

News article, May 7, 2015

The following is a statement from the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline.


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 State Discipline Regulations Aim to Keep Students in the Classroom!

News article, December 13, 2012

Changes to the state discipline code would refocus school discipline on keeping students connected and in school.


2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

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