EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND
2019 LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES
Be the economic engine for the Eastern Shore of Maryland by
graduating students who are college or career ready.
Due to the support of the
Governor and the Maryland General Assembly,
Maryland continues to be one of the top
performing school systems in the Nation. We are
requesting that the Maryland General Assembly
fund the education formula as delineated in the
“Bridge to Excellence Act”,
pre-kindergarten children to the funding formula,
and provide a financial incentive for county
governments to exceed maintenance of effort.”
Due to the support of the Governor and Maryland
General Assembly, we have been able to address
our aging school infrastructure. Your support has
greatly helped us address the challenge of aging
school buildings. On the Eastern Shore,
approximately 65,000 students attend 130
different schools. We are seeking your support to
fund the requested capital projects.
FY ‘20 capital project requests for the Eastern
Shore are listed on the back of this page.
The use of technology as a tool to deliver
instruction and assess student progress continues
to grow. School systems continue to struggle with
three major areas. First, school building access
to high speed internet with needed band-width
continues to be a challenge in rural areas.
Second, as more instructional devices are being
added to the school building network, school
systems continue to be challenged by the need to
up-grade internal network systems in each school
building. Third, to deliver high quality
instruction and engage students for the
information age economy, school systems struggle
with providing devices such as laptops or
notebooks or hand-held devices. We are
recommending that the State
adopt a funding mechanism to provide funds to
local school systems to upgrade infrastructure
and purchase devices for student use.
We believe school systems need to retain local
control over the types and number of benchmark
and teacher designed tests.
Assessment is critical to the learning process.
Assessment is used to monitor student progress,
deliver appropriate enrichment or intervention to
support student learning, and provide feedback to
parents, students, and educators. In general, the
types of assessments used in school systems are
standardized tests such as the SAT or PARCC,
school system designed and administered tests
such as benchmark assessments, and teacher
designed and administered tests on units or
We urge you to oppose any initiative that prevents local school systems
from using assessment as a critical tool to
monitor and support student
Local school systems must have autonomy
and flexibility to implement federal and
state education reforms.
By retaining local control over
education issues, local school systems
are in the best position to address the
unique needs of their communities.
We are strongly recommending that
the General Assembly
support the critical need for local control by opposing any
legislation that impacts the authority of
local boards of education and
superintendents of schools.
In Maryland, we are experiencing a critical
shortage of qualified teachers. On
the average, Maryland Institutions of
Higher Education graduate approximately
2,400 teachers per year while Maryland
public schools employ on average 5,000
new teachers per year, creating a
perpetual shortage. On the Shore,
competing with other shcool systems in
Maryland and our region, we hire
approximately 400 new teachers per year.
We are asking the Eastern Shore
Delegation to declare the teacher
shortage in Maryland a crisis and adopt
policies to encourage more people to
Click Below for
FY '20 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (CIP) - STATE FUNDING
to link to the
Maryland General Assembly