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

A lot of you joined us at Thursday’s hearing on HB 1218, clad in gold-colored t-shirts and armed with research showing why we need to overhaul Maryland’s charter school law. One of our younger advocates, Marquise Hayes, Jr., came with something even more compelling: his perspective as a charter student.

Marquise is a student at Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy.

Hear what he has to say about his school and why he supports HB 1218:

Today, charter schools like Marquise’s struggle under a system that makes it difficult to innovate and also impossible to grow to scale. Passing HB 1218 into law would change that.

The House Ways and Means Committee witnessed a pretty impressive showing of HB 1218 supporters yesterday, but they still need to hear from you about why passing HB 1218 is so important. Click here to take action.

In states across the country, high-performing charter schools have emerged as a key strategy for helping all students achieve at high levels. Lawmakers should listen to Marquise and give Maryland’s high-performing charter schools the flexibility and support they need to do what they do best: help students succeed.

Thank you for fighting with us to bridge Maryland’s gaps. Your voice will make all the difference for Marquise and students across the state.


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