school choice

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

CSFB Board Member Marta Mossburg on Fox 45 Baltimore

Last Sunday morning, January 25th, CSFB board member Marta Mossburg joined Fox 45 Baltimore to talk about National School Choice Week and the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore’s School Choice Event happening Thursday, January 29th. What is National School Choice Week? It’s a week at the end of January designated to celebrate School Choice throughout the country. The week embraces all types of educational choices that parents can make for their children – traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools and home schooling. What does it do for education? School choice is great in the sense that it helps families find the best fit […]