Draft plan to implement Maryland’s 10-year education reform effort expected to be released soon – Maryland Matters

by | Sep 17, 2022 | Education

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A draft to implement Maryland’s multi-billion education reform plan that lawmakers approved last year is scheduled for release next month.
The comprehensive reforms focus on five subject areas, or pillars: expanding early childhood education, creating a diverse workforce with high-quality teachers, improving college and career readiness, providing additional resources for some students and maintaining accountability.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board continues to hold work sessions with feedback from education experts, school officials and early childhood providers.
This week, the board discussed one proposal that seeks funding to ensure that 3- and 4-year-old children with disabilities, students experiencing homelessness and those from homes where English isn’t the primary language receive free, full-day prekindergarten.
The current funding formula didn’t include some of these children whose families may not meet the state’s low-income requirements.
Rachel Hise, the group’s executive director and a long-time legislative policy analyst, said money to expand free pre-K could be applied through a budget maneuver this fiscal year, or could take effect the following year.
The adjustment would require a statutory change in the law, which the new General Assembly could undertake when it convenes in January.
“Those are some details that will need to be worked out,” she said.
A few programs scheduled to start within the already-approved Blueprint plans include an allocation of $2.5 million toward a “Teacher Collaborate Grant Program;” expansion and transfer of half-day prekindergarten slots to full-day slots; and h …

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