February 19, 2018

Governor Hogan 2018 Legislative Initiatives

Governor Hogan Announces Funding to Assist Baltimore City Schools and Major Legislative Initiatives

On January 8, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference and issued a press release to announce that he will release $2.5 million for emergency repairs in Baltimore City Schools, and also announced that he will introduce two major education reform bills. One bill would rewrite the 2017 Protect Our Schools Act to, in part, increase the role of student test results in determining school performance (from 65% to 80%). A second bill, the Education Accountability Act, would create a state-level inspector general within the Maryland State Dept. of Education to take complaints on matters ranging from school facility conditions to school finance, procurement, and ethics.

The Protect Our Students Act

The Governor announced that he will submit emergency legislation on the first day of the upcoming session – the Protect Our Students Act of 2018 – which will require academic performance to be counted as 80 percent of a school’s composite score, aligning Maryland with the national average.

The Accountability in Education Act

The Governor announced that he will introduce the Accountability in Education Act of 2018 to create an Office of the State Education Investigator General, which will be an independent unit within the Maryland State Department of Education. The Investigator General will be selected by a commission consisting of appointees by the Senate President, Speaker of the House, and the governor, and will be charged with investigating complaints of unethical, unprofessional, or illegal conduct relating to procurement, education assets, graduation requirements, grading, education facilities, and school budgets.

More information will follow, as MABE learns more about the specific details of these Hogan Administration initiatives.

Link to article: Baltimore Sun

Link to Facebook live stream: Governor Larry Hogan Facebook

Link to Twitter live stream: Governor Larry Hogan Twitter

Governor’s Press Release (1/8/2018)