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

Just a few days ago, Annapolis was the place to be.

More than 300 parents, students and advocates showed up on the steps of the capital to rally for Charter School Advocacy Day, which MarylandCAN co-hosted with the Coalition of Baltimore Public Charter Schools and the Maryland Charter School Network.

Check out more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Our purpose was simple: to tell our elected officials that 2013 is the year to finally reform Maryland’s charter school law, which still ranks second worst in the entire country.

The good news is that there were lawmakers who heard us. Eight delegates from five counties spoke at the event, acknowledging the important role charter schools play in giving all Maryland families access to great schools.

We’re thrilled with how the day turned out, but we know it’s just the first step. Changing a law is never quick and never easy, which is why we’ll be looking to you for help throughout the session.

Everyone deserves the option to succeed. So let’s make sure the 12,000 families on charter school waiting lists have that option.


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