MEC TESTIMONY - 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

*MEC membership does not necessarily imply endorsement of all of MEC's positions. Please see individual testimonies for the MEC members in support of MEC's position.

OPPOSE

Requiring that at least one school resource officer be assigned to each public school in the State; requiring specified public schools to hire retired law enforcement officers as school resource officers for the school; requiring specified school resource officers to obtain a special police officer commission issued by the Department of State Police; requiring the county superintendent to submit an application to the Secretary of State Police for a special police commission for each school resource officer hired; etc.metal detectors). Requires the Gov. to provide $1,000,000 in capital funding in FY 2016 to fund projects from FY ‘16 – ‘20.

(McDermott)

OPPOSE

- Allows SROs, County Boards, Superintendents, and Principals to deny access school grounds to 1) suspended/expelled students, 2) non-students/school personnel, and 3) anyone disrupting/disturbing the normal educational functions of the school.

- Requires an SRO to be assigned to each public school or for a retired officer to be assigned when an SRO is not available.

- Designates employee status and salary for SROs 

- Funding to be allocated from the ETF.

(Cluster)

SUPPORT

Requires GCEI; removes the provisions regarding funding formula when there are insufficient funds in the State budget.

(Luedtke)

OPPOSE

Allows parents to claim up to $1000 for an income tax credit for expenses related to nonpublic education, including correspondence courses, instruction related materials, textbooks, or workbooks.

(Schuh)

SUPPORT

Establishes a Workgroup to assess the needs of teachers and principals in relation to the implementation of Common Core and the technological readiness for PARCC; to designed professional development and technological infrastructure plans; and make recommendations.

(Luedtke)

OPPOSE funding for private schools textbooks

Maintains or increases education funding from last year. Includes private school textbook funding.

OPPOSE

Allows parents of home-schooled children to claim an income tax credit up to $1000 for expenses incurred from home schooling their child.

(Jacobs)

SUPPORT with amendments

Expands pre-k slots from 185% FPL to 300% FPL and requires MSDE to including universal pre-k as one of the components of the Thornton school funding formula adequacy study

(President)

OPPOSE

Allows business entities to apply for a tax credit for a contribution to a “student assistance organization” that provides financial assistance to students attending eligible public and/or non-public schools. “Student assistance organizations” must spend 90% of contribution approved for tax credits to financial assistance, prioritizing FARMS students. Distribution of total tax credits may not exceed 60% for private schools and 40% for public schools. Eligible expenses for “student assistance organizations” include: tutoring, books, supplies, technology, special needs services, tuition & feeds, uniforms, transportation, etc. Establishes a MD Tax Credit Reserve Fund, which interest/earnings will be credited to General Fund.

(DeGrange)

(Mitchell)

SUPPORT with amendments 

Establishes a task force to study and make recommendations regarding strategies that would promote and improve community-partnered school based mental health programs in the state.

(Luedtke)

(Conway)

SUPPORT

Requires GCEI and establishes a capital aid target amount to be $403,000,000 in FY 16 and the lesser of the increase in projected school construction costs or 5% or the capital aid target amount for the prior FY.

(Madaleno)

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