Development of the Buildings Plan

  • In spring 2013, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed legislation that would enable approximately $1 billion to be raised for renovation or replacement of Baltimore public school buildings. This kicked off the implementation phase of the 21st Century School Buildings Plan, a program managed by four partner agencies.

    The legislation was the culmination of more than two years of work by City Schools and community stakeholders that begin in fall 2010, when a comprehensive study of City Schools' school buildings was commissioned. That study, called the Jacobs report PDF icon, documented what City Schools students, families, and staff already knew: The deplorable condition of many of the district's school buildings has a negative impact on teaching and learning.

    The Jacobs report, in turn, informed 21st-Century Buildings for Our Kids PDF icon, a blueprint for renovation or replacement of every school in City Schools' buildings portfolio. The entire community rallied behind the recommendations in the report, including unprecedented support from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City of Baltimore, state lawmakers, dedicated community partners and City Schools' students, families, and staff. 

    The legislation passed in spring 2013 enables work to begin, with 23 to 28 buildings being renovated or replaced under the 21st Century School Buildings Plan new window.