Dear Friends and Neighbors:
This month the City of Baltimore lost one of its most courageous champions. Congressman Elijah Cummings was a legend both here at home and in the halls of Congress. From an early age, he understood the importance of giving a voice to the voiceless and standing up for the principles you believe in. His life of service is a reminder of the obligation we all have to help our communities prosper.
Supporting Baltimore Schools
One of the most fulfilling aspects of my role as a public servant is having the chance to work with our city’s young people. This month I had the privilege of joining a number of students at Archbishop Curley High School. Thank you to the students and faculty at Archbishop Curley for giving me an opportunity to speak to them.
I was proud to partner with CollegeBound to host the first “Apprenticeship Tour” for Baltimore high school students. Students attending City Neighbors High School, Dunbar High School, National Academy Foundation, and REACH! Partnership participated in a day-long tour of three different training centers. From screwing in drywall to using an interactive machine that simulates welding, each of the participating high school students were able to get a glimpse of what a career in the building trades looks like. You can read more about the Apprenticeship Tour here.
On Tuesday, November 5, we’ll be hosting a “State of our Schools” forum to discuss education in the 45th District and throughout the State of Maryland. We’ll be joined by a distinguished group of education and policy leaders, including Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan (Chairman of the “Kirwan Commission” and former Chancellor of the University System of Maryland), Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises (CEO of Baltimore City Schools), and Kimberly Humphrey, Esq. (Public Policy Counsel for the ACLU of Maryland). We look forward to having a conversation about everything from 21st Century Schools construction to statewide investments in K-12 education. The event will be held at The REACH! Partnership School at 2555 Harford Road on November 5 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
On October 1, Senate Bill 39, which requires the Baltimore Police Commissioner to prepare a redistricting plan every ten years, went into effect. I sponsored this legislation to ensure that essential public safety services are being allocated in an efficient manner. You can read more about the redistricting here.
New Leadership in the Senate
When we return to Annapolis in January, the Senate will be led by 46th District Senator Bill Ferguson. I have worked alongside Bill since 2015 when I began serving in the Maryland General Assembly. He has just the right blend of tenacity and passion to excel as Senate President, and I look forward to seeing him take the helm this session.
One Last Thing…
Before we head into the 2020 legislative session, #TeamMcCray is hosting a community fundraiser on Wednesday, December 11. For $20.20, you can purchase a ticket to the event and support our efforts to create a safer and more equitable Baltimore. The event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at “Open Works,” which is located at 1400 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Tickets can be purchased here.
Listening. Learning. Leading.
Senator, 45th Legislative District