The beginning of the General Assembly’s 2016 Legislative Session begins with 47 Senators and 141 Delegates who will meet in Annapolis to act on over 2,500 pieces of legislation. This year is unique because there are many new legislators taking their seat. This is important because it provides Maryland PTA volunteers an opportunity to visit the Maryland General Assembly and discuss education issues that arise. During the 90-calendar day session, which begins on January 13 through April 11, Maryland PTA will review legislative initiatives. I will be working closely with Maryland PTA’s Vice President for Legislation, Marla Posey-Moss and the Maryland PTA Legislative Committee to provide testimony and information to legislators on many issues of importance to parents and students.
The 2016 Legislative Agenda will soon be delivered to all state legislative offices. We are planning the PTA Night in Annapolis to be held on February 18, 2016. On January 20, 2016 Maryland PTA's 100-year history as advocates for children will be recognized with a resolution on the floor of the House of Delegates. Watch for more information on these events. I hope that you will make time to join us because visiting Annapolis is a great way to get a first-hand look at how our legislature works.
We already know that the State Legislature will begin consideration on many tax and education issues. There will be major focus on the report of the Assessment Commission. Soon, the Administration will release its budget proposal. Maryland PTA will work diligently to ensure that important services to public schools remain intact. In addition, we will continue to work to help parents get access to leave when they take time off to attend parent-teacher conferences.
Education funding will remain a focal point during the 2016 Legislative Session as parents and teachers work every day to ensure a quality education for students across the State. Our elected officials will be asked to revisit a state funding formula that was intended to eliminate disparities between rich and poor school districts, known as the Thornton Rule, which applies to all school systems across the state. The current funding formula is not keeping up with the changes in the State. We have more children in poverty now than ever before, with a changing demographic and additional students that are English language learners and students with disabilities. The current formula needs to be updated to reflect the new state population shift. Maryland PTA will support full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools. Maryland PTA supports projects that put a priority on providing students a high quality, health and safe learning environment. We want Maryland’s school to be optimal learning environments that prepare our students to become college and career ready. Maryland PTA supports strong accountability of every public dollar spent, and opposes programs that divert public funds from financially strapped public institutions.
For over 100 years, Maryland has advocated for every child, seeking to ensure that every child grows up healthy, strong, well-educated and a productive member of our society. Maryland PTA speaks for every child with one voice and works every day to make every child's potential a reality. It is this passion that drives us to improve schools and communities across the state. Join us in making 2016 the year of positive change for public education.
Thank you for everything you do every day for Maryland's children.
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PTA Night in Annapolis
Maryland House of Delegates
Bladen Street, Room 170
Annapolis, MD 21403
February 18, 2016
6:00PM - 8:00PM
is a great opportunity to speak to district representatives and other
PTA members. It will start with a Meet & Greet, followed by a few
words from each Legislator. This year we will be celebrating MDPTA’s
100th Anniversary during the event. Remember to bring a photo ID and allow time to go through security.
DayofAction in Annapolis
Monday, February 15, 2016
We are coordinating a coalition of people from all over Maryland who care about public education to come
to Annapolis to make absolutely clear - to their elected
representatives, to the leadership of both the House and Senate, to the governor - that public education is their #1 priority. Teachers. Students. Local officials. School Administrators. Education workers. Parents. Education advocates of all stripes. We also invite advocacy on other issues important to families.
Tentative Agenda includes rally on Lawyers' Mall, meetings with legislators, attending House/Senate proceedings, info sessions & tours of State House for students.
All Maryland PTAs invited to join us! Prepare for the day by making appointments for meetings with State delegates that represent your districts. Bring your students!
Our agenda will begin about 12 noon with a rally at Lawyers' Mall and go all day until the House/Senate sessions at 8pm. Come when you can, stay as long as you want.
This is a school holiday - bring the students to Annapolis!
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