Council unanimously passes resolution calling on school board to pass protections for trans students

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution tonight calling on the Baltimore City school board to adopt a policy allowing trans students to use their preferred pronouns, access the bathrooms that align with their gender and update school records to reflect their gender.

Activist, rapper and ‘Sorry to Bother You’ director Boots Riley to speak at Hopkins

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Radical Oakland rapper and activist Boots Riley, best known for directing 2018’s trippy, anti-capitalist satire-tour de force “Sorry to Bother You,” is coming to Homewood next month.

Garrison Forest School Receives Largest Gift in School History for Construction and Renovations


Garrison Forest School Renovations

Garrison Forest School (GFS) received a $5 million gift to support several ongoing and future projects, including a full renovation of the main Upper School building and the construction of a new dormitory, both of which are slated for completion this summer. Gifted by an anonymous alumna donor, the donation represents the largest single philanthropic gift in the independent school’s 109-year history.

“The renovation of the Elinor Purves McLennan Library, the construction of the new dormitory and the complete renovation of the Upper School’s main building are projects designed to serve our students by making sure that our facilities match the high quality of our academic, residential and extracurricular programs,” said Head of School Chris Hughes.

Student protesters disrupt Baltimore delegation’s vote on Hopkins police bill

Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

Chanting “No justice, no peace! No private police!,” student protesters this afternoon interrupted a vote by the city’s House delegation on whether to endorse a bill to give Johns Hopkins University its own police force.

Bill would give some students free eyeglasses and exams

Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Students in Maryland public schools who fail required vision screenings and do not receive recommended services would be provided free eye examinations and eyeglasses by a new Maryland Department of Health program, under legislation expected to be heard by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Calvert School Takes the Plunge and Supports Special Olympics Maryland

Calvert School Plunge
Eighth Graders at the plunge.

Three years ago, Calvert School first sent a bus full of 60 Eighth Graders to jump into the Chesapeake Bay. In the middle of January! Not even as a punishment! Since then, the school’s participation in Special Olympics Maryland’s Cool Schools Plunge has grown exponentially.

Calvert’s involvement in the Cool Schools Plunge was a natural fit. Since the inception of its middle school 16 years ago, Calvert has sought ways to instill leadership through community partnership. This concept of civic engagement is a key tenet of the school’s newly launched Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School, an initiative reaffirming Calvert’s mission to build leaders for tomorrow, today. What better way than to band middle schoolers together for a fun (but frigid!) morning to benefit a Maryland institution. In the school’s three years of participation, the community has rallied around the effort, not only plunging, but raising awareness and funds to support Special Olympic Maryland’s mission of “providing year-round training and competition to those with intellectual disabilities, so that they may develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy.”  This year, Calvert expanded its participation by partnering with neighboring St. Elizabeth School. Together, students from Calvert and St. Elizabeth submerged themselves in the winter waters, cheered together on the beaches of Sandy Point, and made connections that went beyond the event itself. This was all inspired by a Calvert student who sought to make an impact for his older sister.

Maryland legislative leaders announce schools-funding plans

William Kirwan discussed school improvements on March 5, 2019, with Strong Schools Maryland representatives in Annapolis, Maryland. Charlie Youngmann / Capital News Service

By Charlie Youngmann
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Democratic legislators announced Tuesday “The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future,” a bill that would provide funding for increased teacher salaries, improved teacher training and free, full-day prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-old children in poverty.

House aiming to mandate funding for Maryland HBCUs


By Daniel Oyefusi
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — Amid settlement talks between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and advocates for Maryland’s four historically black colleges and universities, the House of Delegates is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday on legislation that would force the governor to appropriate more than $16 million in the state budget for each university, starting in 2021.

Maryland lawmakers back sweeping education overhaul plan

William E. “Brit” Kirwan (left), chairman of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, joins Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Baltimore) (rear) to speak to reporters at the United States Capitol. (Carolina Velloso/Capital News Service)

By Carolina Velloso
Capital News Service

WASHINGTON – Maryland’s congressional delegation has voiced strong support for a sweeping plan to reform the state’s educational system.

MICA student Deyane Moses chronicles lives of school’s black students—and its racist history

Credit: Micah E. Wood

The Maryland Institute Black Archives were started not to sort through information, but to find it.

Deyane Moses, a senior photography major at the Maryland Institute College of Art, wanted her thesis project to look at the experience of African-American students at the arts school. When she went to consult a published campus history, she found only one page dedicated to the black experience, she said.