In May, Governor Hogan vetoed the Blueprint for Maryland’s future bill, a bill that would increase education spending by approximately $3.4 billion in 10 years. The bill had bipartisan support and was overwhelmingly approved in both the House (96-38) and the Senate (37-9). Some key areas addressed in the Blueprint include:
- Fixing the current outdated regressive funding formula to address support students with disabilities, struggling students, students living in high-poverty areas and resources to provide healthcare practitioners
- Expansion of early childhood education with an early focus on 4 years in low-income families
- Expansion of college and career education opportunities including technical education
- Increase in salaries and advancement opportunities for teachers as well as limiting classroom duties
- Establishing a new accountability board to ensure that reforms are implemented
The bill includes safeguards to slow down (not abandon) during periods of possible economic downturns. We must work to make sure Gov. Hogan’s veto is overturned. The pandemic has shone a light on the disparities in our communities and threatens to further the achievement gap. Now is not the time to cut back. Arm yourself with knowledge about the "Blueprint for Maryland’s Future" and write your government representatives to override the veto!
Supporting Our HBCU's
Another key piece of legislation that Governor Hogan vetoed was HB 1260 which promises to provide $577.7 million to the state's historically black colleges and universities. The funding is due because of the systemic racism that created decades of disparity in funding provided to these educational institutions. We will stand with Maryland's HBCU's to push for a veto override for this bill.
Your Vote Matters
We are in full speed in election season mode. If you are voting by mail make sure you request your form now. We have not seen such great efforts made at voter suppression since the civil rights movement so don’t delay in getting your forms. If you don’t feel comfortable with the postal system, drop your ballot at the designated locations, engage in early voting or as a last resort, go to the polls on election day. Whatever you do, Vote! We must get new leadership in the White House and say good-bye to Betsy DeVos!
Locally, in the School Board elections, we are supporting Shayla Adams Stafford (District 4) and Kenneth Harris (District 7). After reviewing their questionnaires and participating in personal interviews, these candidates demonstrate a strong commitment to not only the cause of improving the quality of education in Prince George’s County, they are committed to our priorities:
- Implementing and expanding Community Schools
- Professional level compensation of educators
- Implementation of Restorative Practices
- Support the Collective Bargaining Process
- Supporting conditionally certified teachers
- Honoring the Negotiated Agreement
So, while you are casting your vote remember to vote for Shayla Adams Stafford (District 4) and Kenneth Harris (District 7). Candidate information is posted on pgcea.org. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Government Relations Chair