Carl Stokes

Newsmaker

Baltimore & Region

October 30, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD

Occupation

Chairman of the Maryland Education Coalition and member of the Dunbar Advisory Board, a group charged with restoring academic excellence to Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in East Baltimore.

In the news

In a heated exchange last week at a city school board meeting, Stokes accused the board of racism for failing to follow through on a promised $48 million renovation of Dunbar. The school system spent $42 million to build Digital Harbor High School, where the student body is 24 percent white. Dunbar is 99 percent black. The school system now plans to spend $17 million to renovate Dunbar. The school board chairman, Brian Morris, called Stokes' allegations "inflammatory" and "ridiculous."

Career highlights

Stokes, 55, served as a Baltimore city councilman from 1987 to 1995 and as a member of the city school board from 1997 to 1998. He ran against Martin O'Malley for mayor in 1999. As chairman of the Maryland Education Coalition, Stokes leads a diverse group to lobby state legislators for school funding.

Personal

Divorced with two grown daughters.

Philosophy

"It is the public responsibility to make sure that those young people ... who are at greatest risk, being poor and coming from disadvantaged families, have the highest chance at a high-quality education so they can break the cycle of poverty."

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