Improve education equity in Maryland – Pass the Blueprint Companion bill

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Now is our chance to realize education equity for students in Maryland.

The first step is done: The General Assembly overrode Governor Hogan’s veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future bill and it is now law. The Blueprint will provide much-needed funding for Maryland’s students, especially Black and Brown students who for generations have disproportionately learned in schools that for generations have lacked adequate resources.

The second step is to ensure Maryland is intentional about filling the gaps for students who need targeted resources. This is vital to ensure the Blueprint is implemented in an equitable way.

Urge your state legislators to pass the Blueprint 2.0 bill and increase funding to achieve education equity.

Message Recipients:
Maryland State Delegates and Senators

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Dear Maryland Delegates and Senators,

As a Maryland resident, I am thankful the General Assembly overrode Governor Hogan’s veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future bill. Given your work to increase state funding for education for the upcoming school year (FY22), coupled with the large infusion of federal relief dollars, school districts will be in a much better position in the near-term to implement learning recovery plans, and to begin addressing the impact of underfunding since the cut to the state "Thornton" education funding law over a decade ago.
The Blueprint 2.0 bill (HB 1372/SB 965) includes much needed fixes to education funding that were exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I urge you to address some outstanding gaps in the Blueprint 2.0 bill for Black and Brown students, and others who need targeted resources to ensure the Blueprint is implemented in an equitable way. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that the state meets its constitutional obligation to fund school adequately.
What’s needed for the Blueprint 2.0?

1. Require the Maryland State Department of Education and the Department of Legislative Service to conduct an adequacy analysis of the Blueprint formula. One of the main charges of the "Kirwan" Commission includes ensuring funding adequacy for Maryland schools, which is required by the state constitution.

2. Reinstate the "weights" for students from families with low income, English Language Learners, and Special Education.

3. Provide a “hold harmless” provision for FY23 for schools that currently receive Concentrations of Poverty grants and for students that receive Compensatory Education funding. In the interim, the state will develop an accurate methodology for counting all students living in poverty so that schools and students can receive the funding they deserve.

Please right the wrongs of the past. Put education funding on a path that will ensure the success of Black and Brown students and those who have been left behind. It’s the constitutional right of all students in Maryland, and it’s the right thing to do.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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