Troubled by the number of underperforming schools within the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), as Executive Director of the Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools Nicole Harris-Crest advocated for stronger educational options for youth and budget transparency.
- Nicole led meetings with the CEO of BCPSS, the Hogan administration, and community members as she represented 49 schools and 20,000 students statewide to improve school system policies on behalf of charter schools.
- When Baltimore charter schools faced record budget cuts, Nicole’s written and oral advocacy before the local school system encouraged the Board of School Commissioners to maintain school funding.
As 4th District Councilwoman, Nicole will champion real solutions to improve education within the BCPSS.
INCREASED STATE AND LOCAL FUNDING
Funding should be sent directly to the classroom for students, with particular focus on schools in areas of concentrated poverty.
IMPROVED SCHOOL FACILITIES & NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Each BCPSS student deserves to learn in a safe and welcoming environment that is equipped with functioning heating and air conditioning.
BCPSS should set and achieve benchmarks of success, and spending should be targeted to address areas of need and result in increased student achievement.
A community schools model provides students and families with access to wraparound services within the school community, including mental health, afterschool, and social services within. A community approach is vital to improving our school system and will take the support of churches, clergy, community groups, and community members all working together to benefit our students.
BCPSS should open its books and report how funding is spent, as well as provide a clear rationale rooted in the school system’s overall strategic plan regarding spending decisions.
STRONG ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Students must have a strong core curriculum, as well as opportunities to take honors and advanced placement courses, to make our students competitive and marketable for post-secondary education and the workforce.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Students should graduate from the BCPSS prepared to attend a four-year college, community college, trade school, or enter the workforce with a technical skill.