Education in Baltimore: Two Hour Special

North Avenue, Baltimore schoolsJune 16, 2015 – Segment 2

We spend the whole two hours of the show speaking about education,  addressing a number of issues that Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) is facing.

We’re joined by co-host Dr. Kimberly MoffittAssociate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

Education Roundtable Part 1: The first panel of guests talks about the closing of Langston Hughes Elementary School in Park Heights, as well as protests and layoffs. With: George Mitchel; Jamal Jones, co-Executive Director of the Baltimore Algebra Project; and Jerrell Bratcher, Registrar and Director of Admissions at Monarch Academy Public Charter School, one of the 59 people laid off from the school system recently.

Education Roundtable Part 2: The next panel of guests talks about layoffs, the BCPS budget, and the BCPS 10-Year Plan approved by the Board of School Commissioners in 2013. With: Bebe Verdery, Director of the EducationReform Project at the ACLU of Maryland; George Mitchel; Jamal Jones; and Jerrell Bratcher. 

Education Roundtable Part 3: Our third panel of guests talks about community schools and alternatives to the current school system. With Jerrell Bratcher,  Bebe Verdery, Director of the Education Reform Project at the ACLU of Maryland; and Jessica Strauss, Executive Director of ACTS- Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools.