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Abell Brief: Summer 2019

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Working To Enhance The Quality Of
Life In Baltimore And In Maryland.

 

 

SUMMER 2019

ABELL FOUNDATION 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

We are proud to share our 2018 Annual Report here.

ABELL REPORTS

Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

In “Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families,” author Vicki Turetsky, the former commissioner for the U.S. office of child support enforcement, examines 20 years of research and finds that Maryland’s child support system needs reform. The research shows that child support orders set beyond the ability of noncustodial parents to comply push them out of low-wage jobs, drown them in debt, hound them into the underground economy, and chase them out of their children's lives. The report makes specific policy recommendations that better meet the needs of low-income families in Maryland while ensuring that children and their families receive the support they need. 

Learn more about the report here.

The Municipal Banking Movement: An Opportunity for Baltimore

Public banks, owned by state or municipal governments and dedicated to public service, have a proven track record of promoting local economic development and financial inclusion in the U.S. and abroad. As many municipalities reconsider their relationship with the private financial services sector, should Baltimore consider a public banking option? In “The Municipal Banking Movement: An Opportunity for Baltimore,” historian Sean Vanatta explores the lessons from recent public banking initiatives in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, as well as established public banking models from other cities, states, and countries.

A Baltimore public bank should be carefully considered, and the report recommends a feasibility study be conducted.

Learn more about the report here.

Making Impactful Juvenile Justice Reform: Lessons from Recent State Efforts

In most jurisdictions today, when young people break the rules, they are often forced into a criminal-legal system that has few tools to assess their needs or risk of reoffending, been too quick to remove them from their homes, and done remarkably little to measure the outcomes and the costs of this approach. In “Making Impactful Juvenile Justice Reform: Lessons from Recent State Efforts,” author Ted Alcorn examines recent efforts at reforming the juvenile justice systems in various states and finds key lessons for Maryland.

Learn more about the report here.

ABELL-SUPPORTED RESEARCH

Preparing All Students for Economic and Career Success

The Education Strategy Group, with funding from the Abell Foundation, conducted an external assessment of career readiness priorities, practices, and programs in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), with a focus on Career and Technical Education. The resulting report, “Preparing All Students for Economic & Career Success,” used student performance data and qualitative data from key stakeholders to identify the strengths and gaps of City Schools' current career-related programs. It recommends strategies to raise the rigor and labor market value of those programs so they can more effectively prepare students for in-demand jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and build college-readiness.

Learn more about the report here.