Coalition Hosting Dozens of Forums to Push for Education Funding

    Maryland education advocates will hold two dozen meetings over the next few months to drum up support for a multibillion-dollar education reform proposal.

    The forums are hosted by a coalition of more than two dozen groups, including the Maryland State Education Association and Maryland PTA, along with other state employee unions, school employee associations and community groups.

    The collected organizations are known as the Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

    The Blueprint encompasses the education reform recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, which included expanded pre-kindergarten and technical education, increases to teacher salaries, and additional supports for low-income communities and schools. The recommendations are estimated to cost up to $3.8 billion additionally once fully implemented.

    The forums will be held at the following dates and times:

    Sept. 17, 7 p.m. – Sykesville Middle School, 7301 Springfield Ave., Sykesville

    Sept. 25, 6 p.m. – Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., Bel Air

    Sept. 26, 6 p.m. – Parkville High School Cafeteria, 2600 Putty Hill Ave., Baltimore

    Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. – Patapsco Middle School, 8885 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City

    Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. – Christ Lutheran Church, 1222 Vocke Road, Cumberland

    Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – Gaithersburg Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Ave., Gaithersburg

    Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. – Stoddert Middle School Cafeteria, 2040 St. Thomas Drive, Waldorf

    Oct. 15, 6 p.m. – Garrett College Room 111, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry

    Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m. – Harper’s Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia

    Oct. 22, 6 p.m. – IBEW Local 1805, 898 Airport Park Road, #207, Glen Burnie

    Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie

    Oct 24, 6 p.m. – Dorothy I Height Elementary, 2011 Linden Ave., Baltimore

    Oct. 29, 6 p.m. Aberdeen High School, 251 Paradise Road, Aberdeen

    Oct 29, 7 p.m. – Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick

    Nov. 6, 6 p.m. – Lake Elkhorn Middle School, 6680 Cradlerock Way, Columbia

    Nov. 6, 6 p.m. – Montgomery Blair High School, 51 University Boulevard East, Silver Spring

    Nov. 7, 6 p.m. – Dorchester Career and Tech Center, 2465 MD Route 16, Cambridge

    Nov. 12, 6 p.m. – Elk Room at the Cecil County Administration Building, 200 Chesapeake Blvd., Elkton

    Nov. 12, 7 p.m. – Prince George’s Community College Rennie Forum, 301 Largo Road, Largo

    Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Full Gospel Assembly of God, 890 Solomons Island Road South, Prince Frederick

    Nov. 14, 6 p.m. – Centreville Middle School, 231 Ruthsburg Road, Centreville

    Nov. 14, 6 p.m. – Wicomico Public Library, 122 S. Division St., Salisbury

    Nov. 14, 7 p.m. – Urbana Fire Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick

    Nov. 18, 7 p.m. – Oxon Hill High School Media Center, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill

    For more information, go to: www.marylandblueprint.org.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.