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Education Committee


The NAACP works to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.

To achieve these goals, the Education Committee of the national board, in concert with education chairs and leaders from across the Association, have settled upon a four-prong strategy to improve educational achievement for disadvantaged students:

  • Improving Discipline: Eliminate zero tolerance; keep kids in school
  • Increasing Resource Equity: Target funds to neediest kids
  • Ensuring College & Career Readiness: A path to success after graduation for all students
  • Improving Teaching: Growing our own great teachers now in underserved communities
Interested in being a part of the Education Committee? Send email to education@howardcountynaacp.com with your name, contact info, and area of interest.

Education Committee Chair

Laura Johnson

Student and Family Resources

The Education Committee maintains a listing of Student and Family Resources

Education Committee Reports


HCPSS Budget FY21

The Howard County Board of Education Adopted its $947.8 million FY21 Budget request which will now go to County Executive Calvin Ball for approval in early March. See Superintendent Dr. Martirano’s remarks here. HoCo NAACP Education Committee Chair’s written testimony here.   The next Board of Education Meeting is February 27th, 4 and 7pm.


The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. For over thirty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. 

2019 ACT-SO competition is April 28.  Deadline for application is March 15, 2019, see ACT-SO for details.

Youth and College

We develop young civil rights and community leaders by engaging youth in leadership roles and positive community activism in Howard County, Maryland. We have won numerous awards and recognition from county and state officials for our work. Though we primarily focus on the issues affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, we strive for equality for all people and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other protected category


Tel: (443) 364-8573
P.O. Box 622 Columbia, MD 21045

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