And more legislative updates in Up the Street this week
Education money missing from Hogan’s proposed FY23 budget
In a disappointing retort of disastrous education policy, Governor Hogan spared nearly $ 140 million in education funding from the budget he proposed for fiscal year 2023. Among the damaging omissions was the adjustment of the education effort. that Blueprint for Maryland’s Future has asked the fund state to help the City of Baltimore and Prince George County cover the costs of the new local Blueprint FY23 program. His move, which may not be legal, would result in a $ 99 million cut for Baltimore City and a $ 26.5 million cut for Prince George County. This and another 14 million dollars missing from Hogan’s budget (SB 290 / HB 300) directly affected the historically disadvantaged populations that the Plan specifically intended to raise. Project supporters fought hard to include funding for the educational effort in the final legislation and House Speaker Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) was quick to denounce Hogan’s omission.
Hogan’s attempts at cuts come from a game often used in his playbook of trumpeting funding levels in his pre-budget press announcements to mask the actual cuts he has proposed at projected school funding levels. This move dates back to his first budget as governor, where he proposed cuts of more than $ 100 million, and it dates back to two summers ago, when he proposed cuts of more than $ 300 million during the pandemic. Now, Hogan is again trying to cut the Blueprint funds before it even starts. Click here to email your lawmakers and invite them to restore these expected and needed funds for our schools.
In addition to cutting the adjustment to the educational effort, Hogan has cut millions more in Blueprint funding, including:
- $ 7.2 million for teacher and manager training
- $ 2.7 million for state model resume and teaching materials
- $ 1.3 million for expert review teams
- $ 1 million for national council certification
- $ 800,000 for the Career and Technical Education Committee and the Skills Council
- $ 700,000 Behavioral Health Training
- $ 500,000 college and career preparation that equals study
To compound the losses, Hogan proposed to phase out a number of sources of revenue from fiscal 23 to fiscal 27, which would turn a $ 4 billion budget surplus into a deficit over four years. The reductions proposed by Hogan, according to estimates by the nonpartisan Department of Legislative Services (DLS), would cut revenues by $ 224 million in fiscal 23 and by $ 942 million in 2027. DLS found that the costs of primary and secondary education required by current law will exceed the level required by the governor. Adjusting the forecast to reflect DLS estimates of education aid results in a structural budget deficit in fiscal year 2027 after taking into account Hogan’s proposed revenue cuts.
MSEA will review all short- and long-term implications of the governor’s proposed budget and support appropriate amendments, including the reinstatement of cuts to the governor’s school funding. Lawmakers cannot increase spending unless they find equivalent cuts to be made elsewhere. A probable source of such a cut is an area that lawmakers suggested by the DLS consider; if they want to change Hogan’s plan to allocate $ 2.4 billion to the state reserve’s Rainy Day fund. This allocation would bring the fund to a total of nearly $ 3.6 billion, or 15.9% of the fund’s overall revenue. The Spending Accessibility Committee recommends a reserve of 9%.
NEWS AND NOTES
The executive director of the AIB comes from the DLS staff involved in the development of the project
The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) has made a significant hiring as it begins administering the Blueprint statewide. Rachel Hise, a DLS analyst who has worked on the legal and tax details of the Blueprint from the start, has been appointed executive director of the AIB. Hise was the Chief of Staff of the Kirwan Commission and her deep knowledge positions her to start racing in her new position.
The state council considers the main features of the project, career incentives, the strategic plan
On January 25, the State Board of Education (SBOE) learned that the office of Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury asked the AIB for an extension of the 2022-2023 deadline to meet some of the Blueprint’s college and career (CCR) expectations. The requirement for high school students to meet CCR standards (surpassing English, history and math standards) by the end of their 10th school year started this school year. By the next school year, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) was expected to develop support pathways to help students if they don’t meet the standards by the end of the 10th grade. That deadline assumed the project had been implemented nearly a year earlier than it was, instead of being delayed by Hogan’s veto.
Choudhury and the board also struggled with the Blueprint’s description of “low-performing schools,” which are called upon to receive special funding and staff, and the relationship between those schools and the Blueprint’s salary incentives for National Board Certified (NBC) educators. ): A $ 10,000 Salary Increase for teachers who have or obtains NBC and an additional $ 7,000 for an NBC educator who teaches at a low-performing school. The definition of a low-performing school is a one- or two-star school as defined by the state accountability system or a school that a district identifies is in the lowest 10% of performing. There are currently 92 ‘low performing’ schools based on this definition.
In other SBOE news, Rachel McCusker, the former board member educator, now has a seat on her four-member Strategic Planning Committee, which will define the board’s vision for the coming years. MSDE says community engagement is a priority and for its strategic plan it begins with community meetings and an invitation to the public to complete a survey to help set goals.
The map of the legislative district approved, far from resolved while the lawsuit looms
A new map of the legislative district was passed this week when the House voted in favor of SJ 2 / HJ 2, which the Senate passed last week. The House Rules and Executive Appointments Committee on Tuesday voted to transfer him to the House in full, where he passed along party lines on Thursday. It became law immediately upon House approval, but Fair Maps Maryland said it will present a legal challenge. This would mean that the matter will go before the Maryland Court of Appeals, where the majority of the judges are appointed by Hogan. The legal challenge has the potential to confuse potential candidates this year, who have a February 22 submission deadline to run in districts that are in limbo if the court chooses to act contrary to the legislature.
Even the Congressional districts at stake, the Congressional Committee comes to the rescue
Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee entered the fray to support the congressional district map produced by the Advisory Commission on Legislative Reorganization and which the General Assembly adopted in December. The DCCC is taking action to stop the lawsuit filed by opponents to replace that map. Opponents include Republicans from various Maryland congressional districts and Hogan supporters.
Nine contending governors seeking MSEA approval participate in the education forum
On January 26, the MSEA hosted a virtual candidate forum that saw the participation of nine candidates for Democratic government asking for the MSEA’s recommendation. MSEA President Cheryl Bost moderated the event, during which candidates answered identical questions about how they would respect and support educators, fund education, and whether they would fully support the project and the right to negotiate the dimension. of the class, among other topics. Rushern Baker, Jon Baron, Peter Franchot, Doug Gansler, Ashwani Jain, John King, Wes Moore, Laura Neuman and Tom Perez attended.