From The Blog
by Brittany Ballentine
I know how it feels to not receive an adequate education because of the lack of resources. I attended a public elementary school where I graduated reading below grade level, and when I arrived at KIPP Ujima Village Academy in sixth grade, I was reading on a third grade reading level.
If it was not for KIPP, I would not have had the opportunity to increase my reading skills, allowing me to attend a high-performing private high school and now, Fordham University.
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.
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
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