21st Century Schools
In spring 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed legislation that will enable approximately $1 billion to be raised for renovation or replacement of dozens of Baltimore public school buildings that are in poor condition. These buildings have held the district back for decades. The accumulation of wear over the years, and insufficient resources for repairs, has caused the condition of the district’s buildings to worsen steadily, all of which is shown in a study called the Jacobs Report. These factors and many more underscore that the time is now for Baltimore City Schools to take on a massive building modernization initiative. For the first time ever, there is a clear and feasible strategy to transform all of the district’s buildings and give its students the 21st-century learning environments they need and deserve.
At the Morgan Community Mile, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Katina Burley has taken the lead on our involvement with the 21st Century Schools project. Currently, she has reached out to schools and Morgan students to create and improve mentoring opportunities.