Education News

Will Your Student be “IN” School?

More than 100 private schools in the Baltimore area are currently in the process of navigating through the decision to offer online or in-person learning for their students this fall. There are pros and cons to both offerings, and fortunately, many parents will have a choice for their students, as a growing number of these schools will accommodate both. Three things have become clear to me as the fall semester approaches: I do not believe there is a right or wrong choice here, especially for elementary and younger middle school students. Think about having to choose to send your child [...]

What is Maryland’s BOOST Program? Apply today!

Established in 2016, Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides vouchers to low-income students to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Scholarships are provided to families eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program, and are given based on household income, with lower incomes served first. BOOST is the nation’s 26th voucher program and throughout the state, and 10% of families with children throughout Maryland are income-eligible. During the 2018-2019 fiscal school year, the State of Maryland allocated $7.6 million for BOOST scholarships. There were 3,410 participating students during that school year as well. With about 176 participating schools, there […]

Celebrate Read Across America All Year Long

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Every year on March 2nd, the National Education Association observes Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss)’s birthday by celebrating Read Across America Day. Started in 1997, the educational initiative is an endeavor to inspire students to read all year long. But March 2nd is a day for celebration and inspiration across the nation. The National Education Association wanted to celebrate reading on a national scale. And they thought it would be a great idea to have it on the birthday of the great children’s author Dr. Seuss. This year would be Dr. Seuss’ 119th birthday. Perhaps known […]

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 [...]