2017 Legislative Position Statements
LEGISLATIVE POSITION STATEMENTS - 2017 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Support local control of education policy, curriculum, calendar, and school system administration.
Support local control of appropriations and expenditures within budget categories.
Support full State funding for education including the Geographic Cost for Education Index (GCEI) and revised definitions of adequate and equitable funding that account for declining enrollment.
Oppose unfunded or partially funded State mandates.
Oppose revisions to the Charter School Law that impedes the Board's governance authority or alters operating or capital funding requirements.
Specific Legislative Positions
Support local control of the number of minutes during the school day devoted to any subject area.
Oppose legislation requiring mandatory pre-kindergarten unless both the full operating and capital costs of the program are borne solely by the State of Maryland.
Education Funding & Budget
Support as a minimum requirement the current maintenance of effort as stipulated in the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.
Support hold harmless provisions in the State operating budget and/or legislation to offset any FY17 and FY18 declines in State aid based on enrollment decline.
Support full funding of the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act for Fiscal Year 2018 including increased funding to reflect inflationary increases in the cost of education, and the impact of declining enrollment and relative wealth adjustments.
Support any measures for the State's Adequacy of Funding Study to include consideration of sustained, declining enrollment, the wealth formula, and an annual inflationary factor.
Support the inclusion of pre-kindergarten students in the state funding formula.
Oppose use of education tax dollars to support private school education.
Public School Construction - School Construction Funding
Support consistent state funding level for school construction and renovation projects.
Support legislation or regulations to revise the state’s definition of eligible project costs to include architectural, engineering and site development costs.
MABE Legislative Priorities
PSSAM Legislative Positions