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Educators have a say in overseeing plans as implementation expands


And other legislative updates in Up the Street this month

MSEA President Cheryl Bost will continue to be a key voice in the Blueprint for the Future of Maryland as the accountability process takes shape. (Photo (c) Stephen Cherry)


Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Council takes its first steps

As full implementation of the Blueprint for the Future of Maryland begins, The MSEA is proud to have appointed President Cheryl Bost by House Speaker Adrienne Jones to serve on the six-member Accountability and Implementation Council nominating committee. Bost brings the voice of an important educator to the recruitment process for the seven-member Accountability and Implementation Council (AIB) that will oversee the long-term implementation of the statewide master plan. The AIB will be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate from a list of candidates selected by the AIB Nominating Committee.

Senate Speaker Bill Ferguson appointed Senator Paul Pinsky as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Health and the Environment, who also served on the Kirwan Committee, and Shanaysha Sauls as President and Chief Executive Officer General of the Baltimore Community Foundation. In addition to Bost, Jones appointed Franchesca Brown, principal of Woodmoor Elementary School in Baltimore County. When the presidents appointed their four nominating committee members on May 19, that now means the governor has 30 days from May 19 to appoint his two. If the governor does not make his appointments within the 30 day period, the nominating committee may proceed to a majority vote of four members. Once the board’s list of nine candidates is presented to the governor, he has 30 days to nominate seven to the AIB.

Who makes the decisions, collaborates

As stated in the blueprint, the nominating committee and members of the AIB should have expertise in educational policy, teaching strategies, systemic change in complex organizations, and finance. The AIB will approve national and local implementation plans, release or withhold funds to districts for Blueprint implementation, and receive reports on national and local execution of all Blueprint programs. In the event of a conflict between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the AIB, the AIB will have authority.

When does it start?

While preliminary programmatic features, such as funding for some community schools, expansion of preschool, and funding increases for educators, applied in fiscal years 2019 to 2021, the bulk of Blueprint programs and new funding formulas begin in FY22. By July 1, district reports on their intention to use FY21 Master Plan funds withheld in FY22 must be sent to AIB . In the fall, schools are to roll out a system to track the progress of ninth grade students to meet college and career readiness standards by the end of their 10th grade. By October 1, AIB will receive reports from eligible preschool students, and by December 1, they will receive a report on the performance 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 approved by the AIB by June 15, 2022.

Governor veto community college organization and teacher accommodation bills

Two important bills for educators during this year’s General Assembly session were the passage of HB 894, to grant collective bargaining rights to community college employees, and HB 1322, to offer educators a fairer adaptation process during the 2020-2021 school year affected by the pandemic. Sadly, Governor Hogan announced his veto on both bills late on Friday, May 28, just before the start of Memorial Day weekend.

For HB 894, his veto will likely represent only a delay and a manageable challenge as the bill passed with veto-proof majorities in both houses. MSEA will continue to work with a strong coalition of advocates to push for a waiver of the veto and the final adoption of HB 894 so that community college educators can join the ranks of educators who benefit from the force. offered by union membership.

HB 1322 would only apply to the 2020-21 school year, rendering the veto power pointless at the next legislature meeting. The progress and mass adoption of the bill, however, has helped initiate more equitable and rapid adaptation processes and responses at the local level for the educators identified in the bill itself: those who have 65 years of age or older, have an underlying medical condition identified by the CDC as putting them at greater risk of coronavirus (or who live in a household with, or are the primary caretaker of, an individual who meets one of these conditions), have not been vaccinated and who choose not to return in person instruction.


Announcement of a new state superintendent

MSEA hopes to forge a positive working relationship with the next public school superintendent, Mohammed Choudhury, whose selection the State Board of Education (SBOE) announced on May 27. Choudhury is currently working as the Associate Superintendent of Strategy, Talent and Innovation for the San Antonio Independent School District. He will begin July 1 and complete the remaining three years of Superintendent Karen Salmon’s contract. MSEA seeks a genuine collaborative relationship with Choudhury – a relationship that has been absent between MSDE and educators and other stakeholders in recent years – to ensure that educator voices are at the table for critical years to come. As Bost noted in a meeting days before the announcement, the next superintendent will have a steep learning curve involving the implementation of the blueprint for the future of Maryland and post-pandemic programs.

SBOE oblivious to effect state delay is having on local school district planning

The MSDE reported at the May 25 SBOE meeting that it had created templates for school district reports on the use of federal coronavirus relief funding. Salmon said two-thirds of education funding for the US $ 1.95 billion Maryland bailout has been distributed to school districts. The US Department of Education (USDE) will hold the remaining third until it receives the state’s plans for the use of the funding. MSDE has requested an extension to July 30 of the June 7 deadline for its report to USDE. Bost has warned the SBOE that the state’s surprise extension request is undermining local school districts who have to wait for funds as they prepare for summer and fall.

New conditions for obtaining a diploma adopted by the Council of State

At its May meeting, the SBOE adopted previously envisioned changes to graduation requirements that increase the number of math and health credits required and reduce the impact of course assessments on graduation. From the ninth year class 2021-2022, the number of credits required for graduation will increase from 21 to 22, the number of credits in mathematics will increase from three to four, and the number of health credits will increase from one by one. half credit to one credit. Computer science and engineering will be added from the subject of technology education, and advanced technology will be removed from the full options. Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, the graduation requirement that students pass assessments in Algebra, English, Science, and Government will change from a stand-alone assessment requirement to a requirement end-of-course evaluation, which would count for 20% of the student’s final grade in the course concerned.

In the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, completing the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) in Algebra, English, Science, and Government will meet graduation requirements. Students graduating from the 2020-2021 school year are not required to take the government assessment. Students can earn two state endorsements, which could be added to their degree, including a college-ready state endorsement and / or a vocational and technical education state endorsement.


More Democrats are entering the race for governor; Trone seeks re-election

Former Attorney General of Maryland Doug Gansler entered the race for governor. Gansler has been out of politics since losing to Anthony Brown in the 2014 gubernatorial primary. Baltimore tech executive and philanthropist Michael Rosenbaum announced on May 11 that he too is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. In Congressional News, U.S. Representative David Trone (D-6th) announced that he would run for his seat in Congress in 2022 instead of running for governor or some other post.


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