School Facilities

Extensive research has shown that school building deficiencies such as inadequate temperature control, lighting, ventilation, and science labs have a detrimental impact on student achievement and health. Since 2002, the ACLU has been advocating for local, state, and federal funding to improve school facilities in Baltimore City and other low-wealth districts in Maryland.  

The ACLU has been leading the effort to rebuild Baltimore City's school facilities since they are the oldest and most deficient in the state.  In 2011, The ACLU formed the Transform Baltimore: Build Schools, Build Neighborhoods campaign with coalition partners and took action to win an estimated $1 billion in funding for the city school construction program in 2013.  Click here to  learn more about history of the ACLU's work on the city school construction program.

The ACLU also works to protect existing state school construction funding for districts statewide that have signficant school infrastructure needs.  To ensure that school facilities improve statewide, the Capital Improvement Program, Aging Schools, and federal funding programs must be protected and increased.  Click here to learn more about these programs and ACLU action. 

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


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


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 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.


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.


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


Baltimore City Takes Historic First Step to Rebuild All City Schools!

News article, November 29, 2012

New report outlines plan to ensure all city students learn in 21st century buildings.


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


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


Transform Baltimore Testifies in Annapolis

News article, February 28, 2012

Teachers, Students, and Advocates Support Bill Laying the Foundation for a Mass-Scale School Construction Program


2012 Legislative Priorities

News article, January 11, 2012

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


Community Leaders Launch Broad Campaign to Promote Fully Renovated and Modernized City School Facilities

News article, August 18, 2011


ACLU Presents Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute Plan to Finance Baltimore City School Building Modernization

News article, December 15, 2010

Financing strategy that could fully fund the $2.8 billion needed to modernize all schools in Baltimore City within 10 years


ACLU Report Urges Action Plan to Modernize Baltimore City School Buildings

News article, June 2, 2010

"Buildings for Academic Excellence" urges large-scale building and renovation effort