Carl Stokes

Supporters rally around East Baltimore charter school that's recommended for closure

Supporters rally around East Baltimore charter school that's recommended for closure

Tanya Bridges’ 11-year-old son wakes up every morning, puts on a striped tie and heads to Banneker Blake Academy, a public charter school in East Baltimore. When the sixth-grader comes home at night, she says his brain is filled with dreams of Harvard.

“He’s not longer living in his neighborhood. He’s living on the Harvard campus in his mind,” Bridges said. “I don’t know of a better school for black males to make them start dreaming ahead.”

But the school’s future is in jeopardy. The school board voted in February to give the all-boys charter middle school a one-year conditional renewal, contingent on it improving in various areas. The district has since determined not...

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