Committing to Studies (and Missing the Game)

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 [...]

Make an Impact in Baltimore City on #GivingTuesday

Last year, Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore participated in #GivingTuesday and thanks to you, we raised $3,498 — enough to give a scholarship to one low-income student! This year, CSFB's #GivingTuesday goal is $5,000, and with your help, we can continue to have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of the low-income Baltimore families we serve. With a 97% high school graduation rate and 84% of our students going on to college, donating to our tuition-assistance program is a fantastic return on a modest ($2,000 per student per year) investment. There are currently over 400 families are on our waiting list to receive support. We need YOUR help to meet [...]

Education News: These Numbers May Surprise You

In the Calculated Choices: Equity and Opportunity in Baltimore City Public Schools report, Baltimore’s Fund for Educational Excellence discovered many findings that can, and should, inform CSFB’s work related to the choices that our middle school students have as they move on to high school. Here are just a few of the numbers from that excellent report. They may surprise you! 77 vs. 15 – The percent of city school graduates from the class of 2015 who enrolled in college from Poly vs. Augusta Fells the fall after high school graduation. 74 vs. 39 – Percentage of high school students from the [...]

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 [...]