ABOUT US

Our Mission

The Baltimore Education Coalition’s mission is to ensure that all children in Baltimore City receive an excellent education. BEC organizes and mobilizes the Baltimore community to advocate for adequate funding and effective education reform policies.

Racial Equity Commitment Statement

The Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) acknowledges the need to intentionally operate through a racial equity lens. Recognizing that the coalition has caused harm in neglecting to utilize such a lens in the past, BEC now commits and hold itself accountable to racial equity as it relates to its operations, practices, membership, relationships, communities and the policies for which it advocates.

Our Members & Allies

Our coalition is comprised of 20+ groups from Baltimore City – including youth service providers, community associations, traditional public schools and charters, faith-based institutions, and nonprofit advocacy organizations. BEC also has ally organizations that we work with collaboratively on shared goals related to our mission. 

How We Work

Historically, BEC has always been a volunteer-driven coalition. Recently, BEC hired a Campaign Organizer to assist us as our work has evolved throughout the years. BEC Co-Chairs facilitate the activities of the coalition and members meet monthly to discuss and develop strategies, make decisions, and commit to taking action. A large part of our work involves educating and meeting with city and state lawmakers, testifying at legislative hearings, and holding press events and rallies to move our goals forward.

History of the Coalition

The Baltimore Education Coalition (BEC) was founded in 2009 to fight back against cuts to state education funding to Baltimore City school and students, proposed by the Governor and state legislature. That year, BEC increased public awareness on the harmful impact that the proposed state cuts would have had on city schools and and worked to elevate the voices of parents, students, teachers, and community members to ensure that city schools were not cut. That year, BEC prevented large precipitous losses in teaching and paraprofessional staff at the school level. Before BEC existed, there was no unified voice to fight against harmful proposals made by elected officials and decision-makers at the city and state levels.

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