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File #: 19-0134R    Version: 0 Name: Recognizing Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Baltimore City Schools
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 2/4/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 2/4/2019
Enactment #:
Title: Recognizing Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Baltimore City Schools For the purpose of recognizing the first full week of February each year as “Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action” and calling on all schools and organizations dealing with youth in Baltimore to do their part to bring awareness to the school-to-prison pipeline, the need to recruit and retain Black teachers, and the full rights of students as outlined in the National Student Bill of Rights.
Sponsors: Zeke Cohen, Bill Henry, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, Shannon Sneed, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Ryan Dorsey, President Young, Brandon M. Scott, Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, Edward Reisinger, Robert Stokes, Sr., Eric T. Costello
Indexes: Baltimore City Public School System, Black Lives Matter, Recognizing
Attachments: 1. 19-0134R~1st Reader, 2. Complete File 19-0134R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Cohen


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Recognizing Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Baltimore City Schools
For the purpose of recognizing the first full week of February each year as “Black Lives Matter At School Week of Action” and calling on all schools and organizations dealing with youth in Baltimore to do their part to bring awareness to the school-to-prison pipeline, the need to recruit and retain Black teachers, and the full rights of students as outlined in the National Student Bill of Rights.
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Black Lives Matter At School is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education. They encourage all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join their annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

Schools and local officials must actively combat racism and confront the existence of a school-to-prison pipeline in this era of mass incarceration. The educational system, as it stands, utilizes harsh disciplinary policies, provides limited opportunities for students to learn about their own cultures, and excludes the history of struggle and contribution of Black people and other people of color. Furthermore, the racial composition of our teachers does not reflect the racial composition of our student body. In fact, there is a wide gap between the percentage of Black teachers and Black students in Baltimore City.

For those reasons, Black Lives...

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