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June Newsletter

June 21 Maryland Education Candidates Forum Recap and Call for Voter Participation in the MD Primary Elections

The Fund for Educational Excellence partnered with Baltimoreans for Educational Equity (BEE) and other organizations to host the June 21 gubernatorial forum on public education. Five Democratic candidates running for governor of Maryland in 2022 participated in the forum: former U.S. labor secretary Tom Perez, former U.S. education secretary John King, former Obama Administration official Ashwani Jain, former Obama Administration official Jon Baron and former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler. Hear what candidates had to say about such things as safety and security in and outside of schools, transportation, healthcare and the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland Schools: Watch the Full Forum Here

With the 2022 Maryland gubernatorial primary elections less than a month away, we want to encourage folks to get out and vote on July 19. We need a champion who commits and provides the support that our schools and communities need, from education to transportation.

In Baltimore, the 29,000 students who depend on public transportation to commute to and from school, extracurriculars, internships, and jobs face a consistent barrier: an inadequate transportation system. Students deserve reliable, frequent, affordable and safe public transit to access their education equitably. Transportation challenges impact students’ experiences. Check out the Fund for Educational Excellence’s student transportation docuseries featuring Imani and Na’im to learn how Baltimore and Maryland can deliver:

NOT IN SERVICE Student Transportation Videos

Do you know how Maryland’s gubernatorial candidates are bringing solutions to improve the transit experience of City Schools students? Let your voice be heard and be sure to vote in the upcoming primary elections for candidates who will fight for Baltimore’s youth!

Heart of the School Honors Recap

On Thursday, June 9th, 300 Baltimore City Public School principals, district leaders, school staff, and partners joined us at the Baltimore Museum of Industry for the Heart of the School Honors, a special event celebrating every City Schools principal for their extraordinary care, commitment and courage this past year. It was a fantastic evening packed with excellent food, drink, entertainment, and dancing. We hope all who attended had a wonderful time celebrating our hard-working City Schools principals and a successful end of the school year!

Watch the Heart of the School Honors Video

Fund for Educational Excellence on ‘Spotlight on Maryland’

In June, the Fund for Educational Excellence’ President and CEO, Roger Schulman, and Communications and Development Manager, Sydney Short, interviewed with Austin Todd for the ‘Spotlight on Maryland’ morning radio show about the Fund’s programmatic efforts. Tune in to learn a bit about who we are and what we do. For more information visit

Click Here to Listen to the Full Interview

Of Note:

Additional insights, updates and resources:

  • Are you a Baltimore City Public Schools teacher? The Fund for Educational Excellence wants to hear from you! Please take our survey and tell us about your experience, here.
  • City Schools wants to hear from parents and families! Provide feedback about what’s working in City Schools and what can be improved, here.
  • Looking for engaging programs for your kids during the summer? From pre-k to high school students – there’s something for everyone! Learn more about City Schools’ free summer learning programs, here.
  • Baltimore’s Promise is collecting info for Phase 2 of their Baltimore City Youth Opportunities Landscape! If you operated a program for youth and young adults ages 0-24 in Baltimore City during the last year, please take a minute to fill out this survey, here.

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