From The Blog
When I started teaching at an urban public school in 2002, I looked out at a class of students who, like me when I was their age, found themselves on the wrong side of opportunity and achievement gaps. I grew up in a single-parent home in a rural part of Charles County, and throughout my thirteen years in public schools, I qualified for free and reduced-price meals. A hard-working mother and extended family, a strong church community, and great teachers helped me escape the trapdoor of poverty. It was through their support and dedication that I succeeded in school, earned a vocal music scholarship to college, and became the professional I am today.
Great schools change everything.
All of our children deserve great schools, no matter their background. Together with Marylanders across the state, MarylandCAN fights for research-backed education reforms to make sure that every child has access to a great school.
Public education matters to me because I believe that all children should have access to quality teachers and curriculum that meets their needs. I believe in the work that MarylandCAN is doing by igniting movements across the state so that citizens can fight for change and better educational opportunities for all students.Karmen Rouland, parent, Montgomery County
Public schools should be valued because the majority of students with long-term dreams and goals have to depend on public education to make it to and through college. I totally agree with MarylandCAN advocating for high-quality schools for all children because I see so many kids and parents struggle in failing public schools.Shaniqua Gladney, college student, Baltimore City
I believe so strongly in equity in education that when it was time to send my own children to school, I helped found one of the first public charter-type schools in the state: the Midtown Academy. Midtown brings together two socio-economically and racially diverse neighborhoods in a school where all students receive a rigorous, arts-infused education and where empowered families and teachers work together in support of all our children. That school transformed my life, that of my family and my community. I am excited for the work MarylandCAN does because all children deserve an education as transformational as the one Midtown provides.Wendy Samet, parent and education nonprofit executive director, Baltimore City