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In a high-needs urban public school district, the focus and resources are often directed toward lower-performing students. Baltimore City Public Schools has offered few rigorous academic programs for the high-achieving student beyond five selective admission high schools. Even those programs are... Read More
Less than 7 in 10 Baltimore City public school ninth-grade students receives a high school diploma and roughly 42 percent of high school students miss more than 20 days each school year.  Fewer than half of Baltimore City graduates will enroll in college, and only 10 percent of them will earn a two... Read More
With a start-up grant from the Abell Foundation and the New Schools Venture Fund, the Urban Teacher Center (UTC) was founded in September, 2009, creating a new model to train and certify highly effective teachers in Baltimore and Washington, DC.  UTC has developed and implemented an unprecedented... Read More

Workforce Development

In 2002, the Abell Foundation hired a consultant to identify high-growth/high-shortage positions at the Johns Hopkins Health System that could be filled by Baltimore City residents.  The consultant ultimately obtained data on all 690 positions that require an Associates of Arts (AA) degree or less... Read More
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a powerful work incentive and poverty-alleviation tool, helping low-income working families to increase their earnings by as much as 40 percent.  Research indicates that the EITC has increased the employment and earnings of single women and female heads of... Read More
The need for trained technical expertise in the field of bioscience is acute, not only for the growing number of bioscience companies in Maryland, but also for research centers affiliated with universities.  The Biotechnical Institute of Maryland, Inc. (BTI) was established in the fall of 1997 with... Read More
CASA of Maryland opened the Baltimore Workers’ Employment Center at 2224 East Fayette Street on December 19, 2007. The center provides employment placement services for day laborers and low-income workers who assemble early in the morning in the hopes of being picked for low-paying jobs in... Read More
The 2012 Brookings Institution report, Building from Strength:  Creating Opportunity in Greater Baltimore’s Next Economy, argues that the manufacturing industry in Baltimore has long been recognized for offering good-paying jobs to those without a postsecondary education.  Once known for steel... Read More
Maryland New Directions, Inc., (MND) is a private, nonprofit, career counseling and job placement agency dedicated to helping individuals become contributing members of their community. Founded in 1973 as Baltimore New Directions for Women, the 41-year-old organization has helped more than 130,000... Read More
Since February 2000, with support from the Abell Foundation, the Rose Street Community Center (Rose Street) has offered small weekly stipends (no more than $10 a day) to community residents in exchange for participating in daily community clean-ups, GED classes, or gang mediation meetings. Last... Read More