We’re Hiring: Program Specialist

OSI-Baltimore, the sole field office of Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, supports a grantmaking, educational, advocacy and capacity-building program to expand justice and opportunity for Baltimore residents. With support from a range of individual, corporate and foundation investors, its current…

Statement on School Police

CONTACT:  Evan Serpick 443-909-7365 Statement by the Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline about Baltimore School Police in light of incident at REACH! Partnership School BALTIMORE (March 2, 2016) – Like much of the Baltimore community, we were deeply disturbed by a…

The Importance of Student Attendance

Karen E. Webber

September is, appropriately enough, Attendance Awareness Month and a good time to talk about how attendance is a portal to many other issues involving Baltimore City students, families and schools. Nearly 85% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals, which is an indicator for poverty; and we can’t discount the attendant barriers and burdens that accompany modern poverty in America.

OSI-Baltimore statement on the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center

Open Society Institute-Baltimore

The Open Society Institute-Baltimore endorses the closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, a notorious facility that has, for decades, posed a serious risk to detainees, staff, family members and the broader Baltimore community. As the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services moves forward to end this shameful chapter in the state’s history, it is imperative that state and City stakeholders work together to leverage this unique opportunity to reduce unnecessary incarceration safely and to reinvest the savings to improve community safety.

Affirming the Case for Student Voice

Rhonda Richetta

There’s a whole body of research around restorative practices. The premise is that people are happier, more productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. In my ninth year now as a City principal, I have learned that when teachers and administrators give students voice—allowing them to speak up and for themselves—a culture develops that is conducive to learning.