And other legislative updates in Up the Street this month.
THIS MONTH IN ANNAPOLIS
200e Up the Street Edition
Like this 200e Edition of Up the Street is in press, this is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of communicating legislative information and creating a network of readers and activists who can use this information to improve outcomes for their profession. , their students, their families and their communities. This is not to overstate the power of a semi-regular legislative / policy update, but rather to recognize how this space has been used to tell our collective story of action and results. When MSEA started publishing Up the Street in January 2011, it was going to be a way to reach out to legislative hardliners on a weekly or monthly basis for the 90-day legislative session. Today, it is a tool for a broader narrative of educational activism that spans far beyond the actions of the General Assembly. It’s a place to find new information and context on complicated details. He recounted major battles, from retirement security and actions of the State Board of Education to coalition efforts to build and adopt the Blueprint for the Future of Maryland. And in the next 200 issues, we will continue to focus on the important work that unites us, including holding ourselves, our partners and our elected officials and appointed representatives accountable for the faithful implementation of the Master Plan and the issues. related issues that impact our school communities. . Please subscribe, read, share, comment and associate with this work. And well done to number 200!
Responsibility for the master plan advances with the appointment of the full AIB nominating committee
Progress continues towards fulfilling the Accountability and Implementation Council (AIB) which will oversee the long-term statewide implementation of the Master Plan for the Future of Maryland. As a member of the AIB Nominating Committee, MSEA President Cheryl Bost will have a voice in the selection of the nine AIB candidates to be presented to the Governor. The governor will then appoint seven members from this list to the AIB, with the advice and consent of the Senate. The six-member committee was able to begin its work once Governor Hogan appointed his two members: Edward Root, retired assistant professor and dean of education at Frostburg State University, former member and chairman of the State Board of Education (SBOE), and former principal of the School of Allegany County, and Rose Li, who is retiring after spending four years with SBOE. The two people appointed by Hogan join Bost and the other three members appointed by the presidents of the legislature, as previously reported in Up the Street.
Federal Funds and Accountability Measures Begin Prior to AIB Appointment
Although the AIB has not been officially named, Blueprint’s waiver of veto in the 2021 legislative session brought the AIB online retroactively to early July 2020. Blueprint deadlines begin immediately. By July 1, 2021, district reports on their intention to use FY21 Master Plan funds withheld during FY22 were to be submitted to the AIB, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and the Department of Legislative Services ( DLS). This coming school year, the Blueprint requires schools to deploy a system to track the progress of ninth graders to meet College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRs) by the end of their 10th grade. year. By October 1, the AIB is expected to receive reports from eligible preschool students, and by December 1, a report on the execution of the summer school and tutoring program. By February 15, 2022, the AIB is expected to submit a comprehensive implementation plan that will set the standards for all local district blueprint implementation plans. District implementation plans must be submitted by June 15, 2022 for approval by the AIB.
At the June 22 SBOE meeting, the last for Superintendent Karen Salmon, the board voted to release the state’s draft plan for the use of federal coronavirus relief funds from the law. CARES (Coronavirus Relief and Emergency Spending), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which are still in progress. Public comments on the delayed plan are open until July 9. Two-thirds of the $ 1.95 billion in ARP education funding for Maryland has gone to school districts, Salmon said. The US Department of Education (USDE) holds the remaining third until it receives the state plan for the use of the funding. The MSDE was given an extension until July 30 to submit the plan, which was originally due on June 7, citing a desire to give the SBOE and new Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury more time to review it. MSEA chairman Bost criticized the SBOE for once again presenting a near-final draft rather than getting public comment or stakeholder feedback first. Bost hoped Choudhury will host a genuine public engagement. “It was not the intention of the designers of the US bailout to show stakeholders a plan just to get them to react,” said Bost. “I’m really looking to change that under the new state superintendent.”
NEWS AND NOTES
Focus on community schools that meet long-standing and emerging needs
The power of the Blueprint to transform education was manifested when National Education Association (NEA) President Becky Pringle, Bost, TABCO President Cindy Sexton, ESPBC President Jeannette Young and local officials visited Baltimore Highlands Primary School June 15. One of the 10 community schools already in Baltimore County, Highlands, has modeled the opportunities and one-on-one services that will be provided to more students through the Blueprint. Community schools will provide the enveloping services to address long-standing educational and social inequalities that have been experienced by students and families, and to reverse the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Poverty levels at 289 schools qualify them to be community schools this year, and more will be added each year until more than 550 are estimated to become community schools in the next six years.
Blueprint funding benefits from record casino revenues
The MSEA’s successful fight to have gaming revenues used to increase funding for schools means that the new casino revenue record set in May at $ 172.4 million is good news for the Education Trust Fund (ETF) which supports the Blueprint. ETF contributions in May were $ 53,285,419, an increase of $ 5,537,940 (11.6%) from the $ 47,747,479 ETF contributions in May 2019. Gaming revenue Casino companies also support communities where casinos are located, the Maryland horse racing industry and small-, and women-owned businesses.
Educators Report Higher Stress Levels Than Other Professionals
Education Week featured a RAND Company Survey who found that educators are almost twice as likely as other professionals to experience frequent work-related stress. Data confirms this Bost impressed heads of state and spoke in a recent Conduit Street podcast on the serious conditions that educators have endured in recent months. The pandemic has worsened working conditions and intensified the attrition rates of experienced educators. The NEA has reported that a third of members are planning to take early retirement due to the pandemic. As schools fully reopen and plan to support the social and emotional well-being of students, districts need to consider the social and emotional health of their educators, who need to do their best to identify and address trauma in their students. .
More candidates enter the race for governor; Frederick, the legislative constituencies of Prince George at stake
Jon Baron, Wes Moore and Tom Perez have officially announced their campaign to become the Democratic candidate for governor. The list of candidates for the post of Democratic governor includes no less than eight suitors.
In the Republican camp, delegate Daniel L. Cox (R-Frederick and Carroll) has set up a governor’s fundraising committee. Cox is known as a Trump and Qanon supporter who sponsored buses of demonstrators join the Jan. 6 insurgency on Capitol Hill, called former Vice President Pence a traitor, and recently compared a mental health care bill to the Holocaust. His candidacy would add new levels of division and controversy to an area that includes the announced Republican candidates, Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and Robin Ficker.
Former Senate presidential candidate Senator Douglas JJ Peters (D-Prince George’s) announced he would resign at the end of the month and not stand for re-election in 2022. On Thursday, he was appointed to the University of Maryland Board of Regents by Governor Hogan. His departure leaves open a seat which may attract a number of candidates (as well as potentially trigger a reshuffle of the missions of the commissions). The Prince George Democratic Central Committee will need to select a candidate for Hogan to nominate to take the seat for the next session and ramp up for the June primary. To delegate Wanika B. Fisher (D-Prince George’s) has decided not to run for the General Assembly and instead seek a seat on Prince George County Council. to Frédéric Delegate Karen Lewis Young (D-Frederick), wife of Senator Ron Young (D-Frederick), announced her intention to run for her seat. Ron Young has not made any announcements regarding 2022, but has said he will do so in the coming weeks.