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"Next Generation Schools,"

by Michael Hilton November/December 2015 issue of Poverty & Race

In early February 2015, a bill was proposed in the Maryland Senate regarding Next Generation Schools. The proposed bill recognizes the academic, cultural and professional benefits of students attending schools with significant socioeconomic diversity, and notes the high degrees of segregation for Black and Latino students in Maryland schools. The bill proposes a new school model, one open to all students statewide based on a space-available or lottery admissions process, employing an experience-based learning model, and which has a target demographic of no less than 35% and no more than 55% low-income students. Next Generation Schools would be operated under supervision of the State Board and subject to the same accountability mandates of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as other state schools, as well as being subject to the requirements of federal civil rights laws.

For the text of the proposed Next Generations Schools bill, see http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2015RS/bills/sb/sb0683f.pdf.

Michael Hilton is a Policy Analyst at PRRAC, specializing in federal education policy with a focus on school desegregation. Mr. Hilton is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. mhilton@prrac.org
 
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