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March for Our Schools

mar
11

Come to Annapolis to
March For Our Schools!

On March 11th at 6 p.m., we’re holding a rally in Annapolis in front of the State House. It’s time to show up and fight for our kids, educators, and schools — we need you there.

Together we can win:

-Equitable and adequate funding for ALL schools and students
-More staff, including counselors and psychologists
-Raises for teachers and living wages for support staff
-Expanded career and technical education
-Universal pre-kindergarten
-More funding for special education and English language learners
-Community schools and support for families

 

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What’s the agenda for the event?

Buses will park at the Navy Stadium beginning in mid-afternoon. The march itself will begin at 6 p.m. from Navy Stadium (the corner of Rowe Boulevard and Herbert Sachs Boulevard) towards the State House and speakers’ stage (located at the corner of Rowe Boulevard and Calvert Street). The march will last for about 30 minutes. The speaking program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will run for approximately 45 minutes. After the speaking program concludes, we’ll return to the Navy Stadium parking lot to head home. We expect most buses to be back on the road around 8 or 8:30 p.m.

Who is speaking at the March?

While our speaking lineup is not yet finalized, speakers will include Senator Chris Van Hollen, Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton, Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost, and students, parents, and education advocates from across the state. Check back for updates on our speaking program!

Where should I park?

We strongly recommend riding a bus to the March; buses will be leaving from every jurisdiction in the state to come. Buses will park at Navy Stadium. Please note that cars will not be permitted to park at Navy Stadium. Parking is fairly limited within Annapolis, although street parking and parking garages do exist. If you are sure you want to drive, visit www.AnnapolisParking.com to look at different garage locations. Make sure you reserve a parking space in a garage in advance on the website! The city of Annapolis also runs a free Circulator bus downtown, with stops nearby many parking garages. You can check out the bus route here.

How can I get a ride on a bus headed to the March?

If you are interested in taking a local bus to Annapolis and don’t yet have a seat reserved, make sure you reach out to local organizers ASAP to see if there are seats available. Final bus orders are being placed this week, so we cannot guarantee that seats will be available in all locations at this point.

Are there accommodations for people with limited mobility?

Yes. We plan to run some shuttles from the Navy Stadium parking lot to the speakers’ stage near the State House. Please note that these shuttles are intended for people with limited mobility only. We recommend bringing a collapsible chair with you if you prefer not to stand during the speaking program.

Will American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation be available?

Yes. ASL interpretation will be provided on the stage.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes are a must. Layers are a good idea. The event will be the day after Daylight Savings Time begins so there will be an extra hour of daylight, with the sun setting just about the time that the speaking program concludes. Bring some snacks and a bottle of water if you like.

There will be restrooms open at Navy Stadium and portable restrooms near the speakers’ stage.

What should I not bring?

Any weapons or anything that can be construed as a weapon (i.e. pocket knives, scissors, etc). Do not put your sign on a stick as it violates city and Capitol Police regulations.

How long is the actual march?

About three-quarters of a mile each way on a very level road.

Can I bring my own sign?

Absolutely! We will have some signs available at Navy Stadium that you can use or customize as well. Please note that signs may not be on sticks, per city and Capitol Police regulations.

If I’m not near the stage will I be able to see and hear what’s going on?

Yes. We will have a jumbotron and array of speakers that will be staged along the march route so even if you are not close to the stage, you’ll be able to follow along.

Why is the event at 6 p.m.? Will any legislators still be there to see us?

Yes! On Mondays, the legislature doesn’t go into session until the evening. Legislators will be gathering at the State House precisely while we’re marching and rallying.