The Maryland Education Coalition (MEC) represents
parents, civil rights, & special student population groups. For over 40 years, MEC has advocated for adequate, equitable policies and funding and systematic accountability for the estimated 900,000 students in Maryland’s public schools, regardless of their academic, cultural, economic, geographic, racial or other demographic status. This includes students of color, those identified as lower income, special needs, limited English, homeless,
foster care, Gifted & Talented or within the Juvenile Service systems.
We believe a public education is a constitutional right based on Article VIII of the Maryland Constitution, which requires all public school students have equitable access to quality education so each may graduate college- or career-ready. We also believe that education is a civil right supported by federal and state laws or regulations.
The Maryland Education Coalition (MEC) advocates for civil rights, health, public education, and safety for all students and their families. During Maryland's 442nd General Assembly Session, we will work to advance legislation in the following areas:
MEC recommended and presented to the 2021 General Assembly eight (8) education related, legislative priorities and each was successfully acted on. Each of them was significantly addressed and approved. Briefly, they were:
IMPROVE EQUITY IN POLICY & FUNDING
MAINTAIN EXISTING EDUCATION PRIORITIES
HOLD DISTRICTS HARMLESS FOR ENROLLMENT LOSS
PROGRESSIVE REVENUE LEGISLATION
CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
PHYSICAL, BEHAVIRORAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
LEARNING LOSS AND RECOVERY (Impacts all)
STATE EDUCATION REGULATIONS/STANDARDS
We've Overridden the Governor's Veto of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future!
The Maryland Education Coalition (MEC) thanks the Maryland General Assembly members who supported the override of the Governor's veto of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future.
MEC also thanks our many partners, friends, thousands of other educators, parents, students, and community members who worked to make this a success.
MEC also thanks the Maryland Congressional Delegation members that supported the federal package of stimulus bills that allowed the General Assembly additional flexibility to more adequately and equitably fund public education, health, and other community services impacted by the pandemic so Maryland can begin to reopen and recover economically, educationally, and physically. The total amount allocated for public education in Maryland is an estimated $3.2 billion! *
Please stay tuned for next steps...
Please Email Supportive Lawmakers to say thank you at: https://linktr.ee/ssmemails
Click the link above to view the 90 Day Report
April 27, 2021 - REPORTS TO THE STATE BOARD FOR DISCUSSION/ACTION:
The Maryland State Department of Education will remain vigilant in providing all information regarding the virus as it pertains to the health and safety of students and staff in our schools.
For more information about reopening Maryland's schools, please visit: