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2012 Maryland Legislative Session – Additional Education Bills

Maryland's State Legislature in Annapolis

(Photo: Washington Post)

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.

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Kline, House leader, would reduce federal role in education

Republican representative Joel Kline of Minnesota

Photo: Dawn Villella, Associated Press

From Education Week:

The federal role in K-12 education would be almost entirely eviscerated under a pair of bills introduced today by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

The bills would get rid of the adequate yearly progress provision, and allow states to craft their own accountability systems. Schools would be able to come up with their own improvement strategies. They wouldn’t have to offer free tutoring or school choice. But schools would still test students in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Testing in science would become voluntary, though.

“Decisions about education should by and large be made at the state and local level,” said Kline at the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market think thank in Washington. “All decisions should be measured against the yardstick of whether they are helping students learn and achieve. Federal spending in education has increased every single year and we haven’t seen any results

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2012 Maryland Legislative Session – Education Bills

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.

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.

Continue Reading →

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