Baltimore City College students transform Latin American cultural club into powerful advocacy group

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This winter, SOMOS organizers dove into the school reopening debate, asking students to strike to be allowed to continue attending classes from home. Among several advocates and teachers who testified, Marigold Lewi, 15, spoke at City Council’s Education, Workforce and Youth Committee hearing on reopening Baltimore City schools. Limited to three minutes, Lewi presented demands including that schools hire full-time nurses and give students a break from standardized testing. Lewi spoke about her sister in kindergarten struggling at home to read full sentences and take i-Ready, a standardized assessment to verify school readiness.



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