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MEC believes there must be meaningful public education stakeholder participation in the

decision-making process at the local, state and federal level as defined in federal law.

(See ESSA Implementation Considerations: Stakeholder Engagement HERE )

Ellie MItchell & Rick Tyler, Jr. - Co-Chairs

Contact - md.ed.coalition@gmail.com     ***     For MEC Members, Click HERE

Dear Attendees of the MEC Town Hall, 

 

Thank you for attending our Town Hall on Tuesday night. For those who RSVPed and

couldn’t make it, please view the recording HERE

 

We had a great conversation with Governor Moore’s new legislative chief, Eric Luedtke.

We are excited to hear that the next four years will be much different for our public schools

and for education advocates. As champions of public education, we expect Governor Moore

and Mr. Luedtke to have an open-door policy and engage with MEC and other education

advocates statewide as we move forward TOGETHER with this enormous and complex reform plan. In his first state budget, Governor Moore has added $500 million to the budget to ensure that the Blueprint can remain on track for the next few years. However, Mr. Luedtke was clear about the need for more funding to be secured to implement the full plan in subsequent years. MEC and our allies will be there to support these efforts! 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

MEC’s Town Hall also featured advocates who are working on various aspects of the Blueprint — improving policies that govern special education and English Language Learner programs, establishing a framework and training on cultural competency, ensuring access to arts education, advocating for evidence-based literacy programs, pushing for full funding for Community Schools and more. This work takes a lot of time, especially from people who are most impacted by these policies. Take a look at our Community Guide for the Blueprint. We encourage you to reach out to us and to reach out to our partners, leading the work on various issue areas. 

 

SHOW UP FOR EDUCATION!  FEBRUARY 13, 6:15 pm!  BLUEPRINT DAY IN ANNAPOLIS! 

 

Sponsored by Strong Schools Maryland, Blueprint Day is the celebration of two years since the historic bill to increase the funding for our state's public schools and increase the services needed for all Maryland's students was passed. Because of the advocacy of community members like yourself, we are now seeing changes like moving towards universal Pre-K and increasing numbers of community schools across the state. Join us in Annapolis and invite at least five friends who want to join this movement to remind legislators to keep the promise that they've made to our state's students. Click here for more info and to RSVP!  

 

Lastly, if you are interested in learning more about what education bills will be considered during this year’s session, check out this bill chart on MEC’s website. Reach out to us if you have questions or if you are interested in working on any of these bills.  

 

Again, thank you for showing up, and we hope to see you again!

     

Ellie Mitchell & Rick Tyler, Co-Chairs of MEC

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FY 2024 PROPOSED OPERATION BUDGET– Aid to Education Highlights & Excerpts - HERE

FY 2024 PROPOSED CAPITAL BUDGET - Highlights & Excerpts - HERE

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Maryland Public Bodies that Oversee

Public Education Issues

 

 

 

https://aib.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

The AIB is an independent unit of the Maryland State government created by the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law to ensure successful implementation of the Blueprint over the multi-year implementation period and achievement of the Blueprint’s intended outcomes.

  • UPCOMING AIB MEETINGS​​

  • Blueprint Implementation Plans

    • AIB Comprehensive Plan  ​     ​​

    • MSDE Blueprint Implementation Plan     

    • LEA Blueprint Implementation Plans       

    • CTE Committee Blueprint Implementation Plan

    • Other Blueprint Implementation Plans 

    • Workgroups

  • Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports - The Maryland General Assembly included language in the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, Chapter 36 of 2021 (Kirwan education reform bill), to create a new Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports to help meet student behavioral health needs and other related challenges in a holistic, non-stigmatized manner.

State Agencies and GAM UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

 

General Assembly of Maryland Dates of Interest

Briefing Joint with Spending Affordability Committee, with the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations, & Ways Means Committees

General Assembly of Maryland 2023 Dates of Interest

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Pubs/Other/2023rs-Session-dates.pdf

 

February 6 (27th Day) — SENATE BILL INTRODUCTION DATE

  • Senate bills introduced after this date referred to the Senate Rules Committee

  • 9 In order to meet the bill introduction date, House bills must be filed with the Chief Clerk’s office by 5:00 P.M.

  • 10 (31st Day) — HOUSE BILL INTRODUCTION DATE

  • House bills introduced after this date referred to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee

  • 19 (40th Day) — “Green Bag” appointments submitted by Governor (Delivered on Friday, February 17)

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                           Maryland State Government – Home Page

          https://www.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx 

 

Find Your Federal and State Elected Officials

https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/Members/District

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Maryland Education Public Bodies

About the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Maryland has over 1,400 public schools, 24 local education agencies, and over 7,000 child care providers serving all of the state’s 23 counties plus Baltimore City. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) works collaboratively with the State Board of Education and stakeholders to ensure the promise of an excellent and equitable education for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved. At MSDE, we are a dedicated team of educators, specialists, and administrators joined together by a single vision: to be a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in college, career, and life.

CHECK OUT THE MSDE WEBSITE HERE:

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The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) was organized in Maryland in 1864 and is the head of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). The State Board has general control and supervision over public schools and the educational policy and interests of the State     MORE AT; 

https://marylandpublicschools.org/stateboard/Pages/default.aspx

 

Upcoming State Board Meetings

  • Tuesday - February 28, 2023

  • ​Tuesday - March 28, 2023

  • ​Tuesday - April 25, 2023

  • ​Tuesday - May 23, 2023

  • ​Tuesday - June 27, 2023

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Interagency Commission on School Construction

The mission of the Interagency Commission on School Construction is to achieve a safe, healthy, and educationally sufficient learning environment for every child attending a public school in Maryland. Our vision is a fiscally sustainable statewide portfolio of K-12 school facilities that will remain educationally sufficient for current and future generations of students and teachers.

Home Page - https://iac.mdschoolconstruction.org/ 

Maryland Board of Public Works

"The Board of Public Works is the highest administrative body in the Maryland state government. Consisting of the governor, the comptroller, and the treasurer, it now derives its ultimate authority from the state Constitution and is responsible for the expenditure of all capital appropriations and the superintendence of nearly all state public works projects".  

MORE AT: https://bpw.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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Department of Legislative Services

The department supports the members of the Maryland General Assembly and its committees. This includes legal, fiscal, committee, research, reference, auditing, administrative, and technological support. 

MORE AT: http://dls.maryland.gov/about-us/directors-message/

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