Maryland Education Coalition (MEC)
The Maryland Education Coalition (MEC) has been in existence for over 40 years and is made up of 15 statewide organizations & individuals, who represent parents, civil rights, & special population groups including lower income, special needs, limited English, Gifted & Talented and people of color.
We advocate for adequate, equitable funding and systematic accountability for the estimated 900,000 public school students in Maryland’s public schools regardless of their academic, cultural, economic, geographic, racial or other demographic status.
We believe a public education allows all students access to a quality education so each may graduate college or career-ready is a constitutional right based on Article VIII of the Maryland Constitution. We also believe it is a civil right* based on several federal and state laws or regulations
*CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
ADEQUACY - Funding should be sufficient to acquire the total resources needed to reasonably expect that all students can meet academic performance standards
EQUITY - educational equity in Maryland is defined as providing the essential academic, social, & economic supports to ensure that all students have has access to appropriate educational resources & instructional rigor throughout their academic career