education

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 [...]

Goals Exceeded – CSFB Campaigns Conclude

  Last month, Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore wrapped up two great campaigns: The 2017-2018 Annual Fund, and 10 Scholars in 30 Days CSFB’s Annual Fund campaign raises money for each fiscal year. For the 2017-2018 year we exceeded our $145,000 goal by $257. Gifts from individuals, corporations and family foundations directly supported over 80 of our scholars at the schools their parent or guardian chooses. Our month-long fundraiser in June, 10 Scholars in 30 Days had a fantastic response! Our goal was to raise enough money to send 10 students to the school of their choice in one month. In [...]

School Choice: Finding a Love for Learning

I was a slow reader. And at the end of 1st grade, despite the best efforts of teachers at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School #232 (and a lot of help from my teacher mom), I could not “crack the reading code.” After much consideration and outreach to our family for some financial help, my parents decided to send me to private school. They understood that if I did not become proficient in reading, I would begin to fall behind. So that fall, I started school at Samuel Ready School for Girls. It was there, under the tutelage of Mrs. Charlotte Beam, […]

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 [...]