March 11, 2015
Keep our school board free from special interests
(March 11, 2015) We need YOU to tell your elected representatives that you oppose any change to the composition of Baltimore's effective school board--prior to tomorrow's hearing on a bill that would create a partially-elected school board for Baltimore City by requiring that three of its members be elected at large.
HB 310 -Baltimore City - Partially Elected School Board
will be heard in the House Ways & Means Committee on March 12 at 1:00
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Why is this important?
Under the existing governance structure of the Baltimore Board of School Commissioners, City Schools has made tremendous gains. The school board has proven itself committed to building on that success. BCF has reviewed research on this subject and we have discovered no evidence to suggest that an elected school board necessarily improves the educational outcomes of students. A shift from its current appointed membership to a partially elected structure could impede that progress. BCF works with City Schools, the School Board, and other partners to increase opportunities for the voices of parents, students, and communities to be heard by our public school leaders.
BCF opposes counterproductive changes to the composition of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. Read BCF's written testimony opposing HB 310.
Interested in traveling to Annapolis to testify at the hearing? Contact BCF for information about testifying.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue!