West North Avenue Schools Need Your Support - Join Us on November 12th

Dear friends, neighbors, and partners from the West North Avenue corridor and beyond,

Our children need your support!  The Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC), which successfully advocated in 2013 to leverage $1 billion to renovate or rebuild up to 28 Baltimore City Schools by 2020, must continue its efforts until all children receive the education they deserve in 21st Century school buildings.

We invite you to join us on
Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation,
2140 McCulloh Street,

as the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council, Druid Heights CDC, and Coppin Heights CDC,
host a BEC Open House for residents and partners
in the 40th and 44th Maryland Legislative Districts

Please RSVP to Eli Lopatin, elopatin@reservoirhill.net

 Speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union Education Reform Project and leaders from throughout the districts will present details on the upcoming legislative session and the BEC’s goals.  Food will be provided.

We will highlight the 2015 – 2016 BEC Advocacy and Action Plan, which includes the following issues:

 Primary Issues

 Full and Adequate Funding for City Schools

Continue to oppose any cuts in school funding and work on strategies to improve long-term funding streams.

New and Fully Renovated School Buildings for All City Students

More than 100 Baltimore City schools will not be funded through the 21st Century Schools program. Phase II funding is needed.

Expand Access to Community School and Out of School Time Programs

Only 15 percent of Baltimore City Students have access to after school programming, and only 52 Baltimore City schools are classified as Community Schools.  BEC will support city and state legislation that provides additional funding.

 Secondary Issue

 Reform the Role of School Police in Baltimore City Public Schools

Baltimore City makes up 10 percent of the statewide student population statewide, but accounts for 90 percent of school-based arrests.  BEC seeks to stop the criminalization of our students.