2012 Maryland Legislative Session – Additional Education Bills

Maryland's State Legislature in Annapolis

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On Wednesday, January 11 at noon, the Maryland General Assembly convened for its 90 day session.  For the first time in a long time, education will not be at the top of legislator’s list of critical issues – at least at the beginning of the session. Some of the hot topics for 2012 will be the gas tax, same sex marriage, flush tax, gambling expansion, off-shore wind,  and of course, legislative redistricting.

We posted a previous list of education-related bills that we thought our SOEtalk readers would be interested in. We have decided to add a few more to that list. SOEtalk will keep readers informed on education-related bills as they are introduced and scheduled for hearing. We encourage all interested readers to follow those issues they care about and let their elected officials hear your opinions.

We have heard from Senator Bill Ferguson, an SOE alumni, and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, who are sponsoring legislation to provide universal preK in Maryland. Currently, preK education is offered to low-income students. The service would be funded with some of the revenue from slots machines. At this point, no hearing date has been scheduled.  We encourage readers to let us know of bills they would like us to follow.

House Bills:

HB 1110 Public Schools – Dating Violence – Kristen Marie Mitchell Law

Adding dating violence to provisions of law requiring the reporting of incidents of specified conduct by a county board of education; altering the content of a specified form and report, policies, and educational programs to include incidents of dating violence; requiring the State Board of Education to develop, by a specified date, a model policy that includes a prohibition on dating violence; altering the date by which each county board is required to submit a specified policy to the State Superintendent of Schools; etc.

The First Hearing was on February 10, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on February 22.

HB 1212 Building Better Schools through Innovation Act

Establishing a nonprofit partnership as an alternative financing arrangement for specified public school construction projects; authorizing a county board of education to enter into a contract with a specified nonprofit entity or entities for school construction projects; authorizing a county board to receive funding for school construction as a block grant; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Appropriations Committee, and the Hearing will be held on February 28.

 

HB 1217 Public Charter Schools – Chartering Authorities, Application Requirements, and Funding

Expanding the purpose of the Public Charter School Program; expanding the definition of a public charter school; authorizing the State Board of Education to be a primary chartering authority for the granting of a charter to a public charter school applicant; requiring a county board of education or the State Board to take specified actions when reviewing, evaluating, and making a decision on a charter school application; requiring each county board to disburse a specified amount of funds to each public charter school; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on March 15.

 

HB 1218 Public Charter Schools – Chartering Authorities, Application Requirements, Employees, and Facility Funding

Authorizing the State Board of Education to be a primary chartering authority for the granting of a charter to a public charter school applicant; requiring an application to the State Board to establish a public charter school to include specified information; requiring specified public charter schools to receive an annual per pupil facilities allotment; establishing the Public Charter School Facility Revolving Loan Fund; requiring the Governor to provide a specified amount of money in the State budget for the Fund; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on March 15.

 

HB 1227 Core Content Areas – Accountability Program

Requiring the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools to assist each county board of education to establish goals that conform with specified objectives for subject areas that include science and social studies; requiring each public school to survey current student achievement in science and social studies; requiring the State Board and the State Superintendent to design and implement assessment programs in specified subjects; requiring specified grade band assessments and end-of-course assessments to be implemented; etc.

The First Reading was on February 8, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on March 8.

 

HB 1240 School Infrastructure Local Option Act

Authorizing the governing body of a county to impose a tax not exceeding 1% on retail sales; exempting specified sales; requiring that the net proceeds of the tax be used only for capital funding for the construction, renovation, and upgrading of public schools; providing that before a specified law or ordinance takes effect it must first be submitted to a referendum of the qualified voters of a county for approval at the next following general election; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on March 9.

 

HB 1241 Preschool for All – Establishment

Establishing funding for prekindergarten by altering a specified definition to include prekindergarten students in the number of students enrolled; altering a funding calculation to phase in a reduction of specified funding; altering a definition to make specified children eligible for prekindergarten; requiring that specified prekindergarten programs be established by the 2015-2016 school year; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Ways and Means Committee, and the Hearing will be held on March 15.

 

HB 1246 Baltimore City Public School Construction Authority

Establishing the Baltimore City Public School Construction Authority; providing for the purpose, duties, membership, appointment, terms, and compensation of the Authority; authorizing the Authority to use alternative financing methods and issue bonds to finance public school construction projects; requiring the State to provide a specified block grant each year to Baltimore City for specified public school construction projects and requiring the Authority to administer and manage the block grant; etc.

The First Reading was on February 10, with the Appropriations Committee, and the Hearing will be held on February 28.

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