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Celebrating 20 Years of School Choice with CSFB

CSFB is 20! Milestones are important because they give an organization the ability to look back, quantify successes and consider change for the future. Looking back on the past 20 years, we celebrate: 7,648 students served 14,233,192 dollars of tuition assistance paid directly to schools in Baltimore 97 percent of our 8th-grade graduates who go on to graduate from high school 84 percent of our students who attend college 78 schools our students have attended 9 categories of affiliation – Catholic, Jewish, Christian (no specific denomination), Lutheran, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, Baptist, Islamic, Non-Denominational Numbers also paint the picture of dollars [...]

CSFB is a Winning Ticket for Some Lucky Baltimore Families

  Each spring, low-income Baltimore families who have filled out the proper forms and applied for a scholarship through Children's Scholarship Fund Baltimore anxiously wait to hear the news. Maybe their K-8 son or daughter will be able to go to the private school of their choice. After the paperwork is filed, CSFB calculates the number of graduating 8th graders and begins the process of informing families who have been selected to replace these graduating students. This is what we call CSFB "Lottery Day." It is an absolute joy to be part of this process. Knowing how important school choice [...]

Committing to Studies (and Missing the Game)

The other night, I stayed up way too late watching my beloved Baltimore Ravens lose a very well-played football game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Driving into the office, I remembered a few years ago when I would come in and our program administrator of 15 years, Joanne Sanders, and I would take AT LEAST the first 15 minutes of our day reviewing plays, celebrating victories or lamenting losses. But no more. My personal football guru (who knew more about stats and players and plays than my husband, who coached little league for five-plus years) was nowhere to be found. Joanne [...]

Coming to our Senses on Education and Poverty

In this Thomas B. Fordham Institute article, panelists at a recent event emphasize education as the catalyst in their lives for change. One, Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, grew up in Kentucky and industrial Ohio, and Cynthia Dungey, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), was brought up in a poor urban area. Yet, both describe their educational trajectory as their path out of poverty. According to the article, "Dungey says we must remove obstacles and support citizens toward their pathway to success. We must see what success for poor children and families looks like–exemplified by [...]

Is school choice the right choice for your child?

I recently met with a new CSFB trustee, who described his daughter's charter middle school. It is a single sex middle school that, as of August 8th, had already started its school year. This is school choice and a great example of a school trying something different. As a Baltimore City Public Charter School, you get into this school by lottery until the school is full. Is this model the "right" one for every student? A friend's son is starting to feel crippling anxiety about the start of school in September. He is 9. The cacophony of the school and class size aren't working for this [...]