Carl Stokes

Baltimore school board votes to renew Banneker Blake Academy's contract for one year

Baltimore school board votes to renew Banneker Blake Academy's contract for one year

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to grant a one-year contract renewal to the Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Sciences, a public charter school that previously faced the threat of closure.

The 6-1 vote grants the North Baltimore school a conditional renewal, with benchmarks that will be set and reviewed by the district office. The decision was in line with city schools CEO Sonja Santelises’ recommendation, who cited the school’s need to improve its finances and special education services.

Students and advocates for the school, an all-boys program that enrolls roughly 220 students, crowded the school board meeting to argue for the school’s future. Many of the boys,...

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