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MSEA-approved candidates advance to general election

And other legislative updates on Up the Street this month

Educators gathered and voted for Wes Moore before Primary.

Annapolis this month

MSEA Recommended Candidates Dominate Primary Elections Nationwide

Although there are still some votes, it is clear that at least 84% of the MSEA-approved candidates won the Primary on July 19th, with educators being school champions and students. It gives us a great opportunity to see them in elected positions at various levels. The winning line includes county executives, boards of education, county councils / committees, state capitols and the Senate, and candidates for state-wide positions of governor, comptroller, and prosecutor-general. increase. MSEA support is important and has proven to change the game above and below the primaries.

Maryland problem The MSEA has declared a “winner” on the list of primary winners and losers. MSEA is the only major organization to support successful Democratic candidates throughout the state. The Governor is Wesmoor, the Comptroller is Brooke Lilleman, and the Attorney General is Anthony Brown.

The choice of general elections among candidates for governor is tough with Dan Cox as a Republican candidate. With the support of Donald Trump, Cox proposes to censor the curriculum, take public funds for public schools, give them to private schools, and thwart racial and social justice. .. Brown’s opponents have the qualifications and trust to help advance the causes of racial social justice for blacks and Browns who have been disproportionately affected by the judicial system, and to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. He is called a white supremacist who has no sex at all. The November election offers some of the clearest options among state-level candidates that Marylanders have long seen, and stakes are high.

A recent Supreme Court ruling makes the 2022 state elections more important than ever to ensure that students have access to civil rights, human rights, and good public schools for everyone. increase. The MSEA will continue to gather members and supporters in the November general elections to select local and state-wide pro-public education candidates.

News and notes

Conditional teachers take breaks.State legislature waives certification deadline

The Maryland Board of Education (SBOE) voted on July 26 for a three-year exemption from the regulation of managing conditional teachers to address a serious staff shortage around the state. But overtime alone is not enough, SBOE teacher members Rachel McCasker and MSEA President Cheryl Bost told the board. They urged the Board to ensure that conditional teachers receive mentoring and appropriate support, in addition to the time it takes to complete the qualification requirements.

The Maryland district hired 3,567 conditional accredited teachers during the 2021-202 academic year. That’s twice as many as we were hired five years ago. Hundreds of those urgently needed educators were unable to complete all the requirements and teach at the same time.

Bost, local overseer, and state overseer Mohammed Choudhry impressed the board that the pandemic exacerbated staff shortages and the time constraints of conditional educators exacerbated the problem. rice field. At the discretion of the local school district, SBOE has decided to allow conditional and resident teachers to extend their conditional certificates for up to two years to meet the requirements for eligibility to stay in the classroom.

AIB selects educators from 24 people who will play the role of Blueprint Implementation Advisory

The Accountability and Executive Committee (AIB), which was tasked with overseeing the implementation of blueprints for the future of Maryland, was in line with the four pillars of blueprints: early childhood education, quality and diverse teachers. There were more than 200 applicants who acted as advisors to the subcommittee. Resources for leaders, college and career preparation, and ensuring that all students are successful. At least five current or former MSEA members were in the appointment of 24 committees. The two-year term of the Infant Committee was appointed by Jacob Bennett, an elementary school teacher who recently won the primary elections of the Harford County Council, a member of the MSEA, and a national committee-certified teacher and founder. It was Rainier Mirror. An administrative member of a consortium of skilled educators. Gina Huber, an MSEA member who is the chief teacher of Washington County, has been appointed for a one-year term.

The Quality Board of Education is served by Linda Stuart, a former primary school principal in Frederick County, for a one-year term, and Patricia Twity, Prince George’s County Chief Teacher, for a two-year term.

Maryland joins the ranks with a reduction in sales tax.Economists predict slowdown in boom time

Economists, like Maryland, are watching the decline in sales tax revenues in the state, looking at future state budget pressures. Maryland has the largest reduction in sales tax compared to April 2021. It was 35.7%. Analysts weren’t surprised to see record sales during the pandemic slumping nationwide. Maryland is one of 26 states that has declined compared to their income a year ago.

New graduation requirements postponed until 2023-2024 school year

In June, the Maryland Board of Education decided to postpone the implementation of new regulations on the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program until the 2023-2024 school year. Choudhury said more time for the school to change its comprehensive assessment of algebra, linguistic arts and science from a single assessment to an end-of-course assessment that counts as 20% of the final grade in each course. Said it was necessary. SBOE voted in favor of implementing regulations next year last year.

$ 3 billion in federal support expands pandemic meal program. USDA encourages nutritious diets

Federal funding during the pandemic, which expanded school feeding services, was scheduled to end in June, but parliamentary Democrats not only overcame supply chain problems, but also had a pre-existing food shortage. You have successfully extended a child’s nutrition exemption program to help you deal with. It lasted throughout the pandemic in poor areas. Congress has allocated $ 3 billion to cover the cost of meals for all students from summer to the next school year.

Separately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a $ 100 million health food incentive program to support innovative school feeding programs and address some supply chain issues caused by pandemics. ..

June Casino Revenue Generates $ 50 Million For Education

Maryland Lottery and Gaming reported $ 68 million in casino revenue in June, with $ 49.7 million spent on education. Six casinos reported $ 163 million in revenue that month.

ARP funding may be extended for certain approved projects

The U.S. Department of Education has informed the school district that it will consider requesting an extension of the American Rescue Plan Pandemic Relief Fund’s expiration date, which was originally due for use or loss on September 30, 2024, for some approved projects. ..