Last week, Cheryl Casciani, the outgoing chair of the Baltimore City School Board, published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun highlighting the progress made during her tenure and the ongoing struggles.
Karen Webber, director of OSI-Baltimore’s Education and Youth Development program, shared the op-ed and thanked Casciani in a tweet. “Well done Cheryl,” she wrote. “Thank you for your leadership and support and thank you for highlighting all that CEO Santelises is doing well.”
Open Society Institute-Baltimore has been a steadfast partner in supporting many of the successes mentioned in the article. OSI continues to support the “Blueprint for Success” by helping to advance district-wide implementation of restorative practices; providing funding to re-engage students who have fallen behind – which assists in boosting graduation rates; and advocating alongside City Schools to provide adequate school funding through the Kirwan Commission.
“We are proud of Baltimore City Schools, whose leadership struggles against all odds to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life,” says Webber.