Archive for February, 2016

Maggie’s Legislative Update – February 26, 2016

Posted by Matt on February 26, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update – February 26, 2016

Friends,

BEC advocates - cropIt has been a busy week here in Annapolis. The Appropriations Committee has continued hearing from various agencies about their budget requests, and today voted favorably on my TIF legislation I described last week and on a bill to give adjunct professors at Maryland’s community colleges the ability to form a union if they wish. The 43rd is home to a number of educated individuals who have or currently teach at our community colleges (including myself and Delegate Washington), and I’ve heard from many of them in support of this legislation over the past 3 sessions. On Thursday I met with members of the Baltimore Education Coalition to talk about support for public schools, and was excited to hear about their enthusiasm and passion for improving education. While not in my committee, the House Judiciary Committee also considered over thirty bills on police and criminal justice reform this week. Over 280 individuals and organizations came to Annapolis to testify. Continue Reading…

Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 19, 2016

Posted by Matt on February 19, 2016  |   Comments Off on Maggie’s Legislative Update: February 19, 2016

Friends,

As a former Baltimore City public school teacher, improving education has always been one of my passions in the legislature. That is why this session I’ve introduced three bills designed to better support our most at-risk students, which I’m excited to tell you about today.

First, some background: as I’m sure you’ve read, Baltimore City schools have lost out on nearly $24 million in state support this year and last. This amount includes $11 million in GCEI funds that the legislature approved but Governor Hogan refused to release, and funds the city lost due to declining school enrollment. At the same time that our schools have fewer resources available, the unrest in April shone a light on some of the deep-seated problems that act as barriers to student achievement.

It is also a fact that over 80% of kids in the top 25% of incomes go on to college, while only 8% of kids in the bottom 25% do. It is my sincere belief that in Maryland, one of the wealthiest states in the wealthiest country in the world, we can – and must – do better to equalize educational achievement. Continue Reading…