Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

The biggest battle yet in this year’s fight to bridge Maryland’s achievement gaps is just around the corner. On Thursday, March 15, legislators will hold a hearing on HB 1218, a bill to revamp Maryland’s public charter school law and give high-performing charter schools the flexibility and support they need to innovate and grow.

We’ll all be there in matching gold-colored t-shirts to show our support for the bill. And I hope you’ll come, too.

RSVP below:

The small number of charter schools in our state struggle under a system that makes it difficult to innovate and also impossible to grow to scale. This is our chance to change that system and provide more great school options to Maryland families.

We’ll supply the t-shirts, lunch and well-researched testimony on this bill. You’ll provide the energy and the public support to make HB 1218 law.

Here are the details:

Who: You, me, parents and other advocates from across the state.

What: Show of support for HB 1218.

Where: We’ll meet at the House Building Café at the Lowe House Office Building (#14 on this map) to hand out t-shirts and materials.  Once we reach critical mass we’ll head over together to the golden staircase.

When: 11:30 on Thursday, March 15. If you want to come earlier to meet with your legislator personally, we’ll be camped out at the House Building Café starting at 10:30 a.m. to hand out materials and direct people to the offices.  If you’d like, you can bring a book or your laptop and hang around to later show your support at our hearing slated to take place sometime between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

We need to jumpstart public charter innovation, not stifle it. By passing HB 1218 into law, we’ll empower high-performing charter schools to do what they do best: bridge our state’s achievement gap and help our kids succeed. Please join us.


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