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EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND EDUCATIONAL CONSORTIUM

2021 LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

MISSION:  Be the economic engine for the Eastern Shore of Maryland by graduating students who are college or career ready.

RURAL BROADBAND

Despite our use of "hotspots", we continue to have rural areas of our state without internet connectivity.  With a high level of reliance on broadband to deliver instruction into student homes, we continue to struggle to the meet the needs of all of our students.  Provide funding to establish internet broadband connectivity in rural areas.

 

FUNDING

Funding has been used over the past two years to enhance special education, supplement pre-kindergarten grants, provide supplemental instruction for struggling learners, fund the schools system's Mental Health Coordinator and increase teacher salaries.  We need state funding to continue the initiatives outlined in the Blueprint for Maryland's Future.  Sustain state education funding as outlined in the Blueprint for Maryland's future.  
                                                                     

 
STUDENT COUNT  
Under Maryland law, the student count on a specific date is used to determine state and local funding.  As an example, the September 30th count is used to determine some state funding.  For this school year, with the challenges of COVID, the student census count will not be a reliable indicator of total student enrollment and enrollment by subgroups (FARMS, ELL, and Special Education).  Adopt legislation that adjusts the annual count of students for state and local funding.  
   
LOCAL CONTROL

Local school systems need the autonomy and flexibility to implement federal and state mandates.  We need to allow locally elected Boards of Education to work with their Superintendent of Schools to address the educational needs of our students.  Oppose any legislation that negatively impacts the authority of local boards of education and superintendents of school.

 

 
CAPITAL PROJECTS

Due to aging school buildings, we need to undertake systemic renovation or replace facilities.  On the Eastern Shore, approximately 65,000 students attend 129 different schools.  We need state funding to continue to meet our school building needs.  Support the FY '22 Capital Project requests for the Eastern Shore listed via the link below.

 

 

Click Below for
FY '22 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS (CIP) - STATE FUNDING REQUESTS

 

 

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Maryland General Assembly