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The Blueprint 2.0 is a technical companion bill to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. It modifies implementation timelines, updates funding allocations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, establishes guidelines for use of federal funds, and strengthens the language of the Blueprint.

A few of the big wins from the Blueprint 2.0:

  • Increases foundational per-pupil funding to address technology needs, including broadband, devices, and IT staff. Amount progressively increases from $7,991/student in 2022 to $12,365/student in 2033.
  • Immediate access to Judy Center funding, which increased from $275,000 to $330,000 per center.
  • Speeds up the timeline for delivery of per-pupil grants for community schools which qualify for a Concentration of Poverty Grant.
  • Eliminates SY20-21 enrollment data from funding formula calculations to account for unusual enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Inclusion of Fine Arts in the allowable use of Per Pupil Foundational Formula and Concentration of Poverty Grants.

Blueprint 2.0 meets the moment by delivering on the promise of the Blueprint while addressing the unique needs presented during the COVID-19 pandemic. This legislation will have a statewide, generational impact.

Take a moment today and thank your lawmakers!


From the Baltimore Youth Arts Advocacy Council

The Baltimore Youth Arts Advocacy Council (BYAAC) has been hard at work learning all about arts education in Baltimore City Schools and best practices for advocating for themselves and their schools.  The Council, consisting of 8 10th-12th graders, has been meeting each week to meet local partners in arts education, educate themselves on statistics, and are developing a strong advocacy campaign aimed at policy makers, their peers, and community members.  Part of their journey also includes understanding and sharing their own narratives and how the arts have played a role in shaping who they are.  You can read two of those narratives from BYAAC members Sharon Espana-Montes (Vianney) of City Neighbors High School and Jennifer Zheng of Baltimore Polytechnic High School below!


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Student Opportunities!

Courting Art Baltimore is excited to host its fifth art contest in for 2021. The competition supports Baltimore’s young artists and connects local and legal communities. Hosted by the District Court of Maryland and the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and in partnership with Arts Every Day, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Baltimore City Community College, the contest gives young artists the chance to show off their talents and receive scholarship opportunities.

THEME: Baltimore Rising
Open to Baltimore City public high school students who live in Baltimore City.
April 15, 2021 — Deadline for submissions

Contact Brian Katzenberg, bkatzenberg@coseklaw.com for more information.


Baltimore City Teachers:

Bring your student's work to life by sharing their art, music, media, and/or performances as well as your own artistic creation!

Submissions for ALL Fine Arts work are due by April 16th and will need permission from the student's parent/guardian.

If you have any questions or have something to contribute, contact jgparton@bcps.k12.md.us


Arts Every Day
120 W. North Ave, #303 | Baltimore, Maryland  21201
410-685-1172 | info@artseveryday.org

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