Over the summer, the state’s Spending Affordability Committee recommended a 1% raise for state employees, as well as a restoration of the annual step increases for those workers. The Governor’s announced budget ignores these recommendations, and gives state workers no raise and no step increase for the year.
With the Federal government’s passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state and local governments have been given more leeway to decide how they want to look at student achievement, as well as assess the effectiveness of schools and teachers...
The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Fund was approved for $5 million without any public hearing. Every attempt to pass the bill through the General Assembly failed. Meanwhile, Maryland public schools need approximately an additional $3 billion in order to be properly funded, according to leading experts. Countless stories of Maryland public school teachers purchasing supplies for their classrooms with their own personal money exists due to this shortfall. Governor Hogan has proposed expanding this program without further vetting.
Many of the buildings that are owned or leased by the state are so old, the poor air quality in these buildings has been harming the health of state workers. Members of AFT-Maryland are proposing the Indoor Air Quality in State Owned and Leased Buildings Act, and have secured the sponsorship of Delegate Stephen Lafferty from Baltimore County to author this bill.
Once again, Governor Hogan has announced his preference for an expanded Charter School Program in Maryland, similar to what he had introduced two years ago. Among the possible components of this expanded plan are: a separate charter school authorizing board, removing charters from the jurisdiction and oversight of local school boards, allowing charter school administrators to establish...
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Federal Government has given each state the ability to forge its own educational path. This path includes authoring a plan for measuring accountability and student achievement and growth. In previous years, accountability was measured in the form of student scores on standardized tests. Studies have shown that this is a poor method for evaluating public education, and HB978/SB871, the Protect Our Schools Act of 2017, is intended to correct this mistake, and implement accountability measures and intervention strategies that have been proven to get results...
HB 01—Paid Sick Leave: SUPPORT
Even though members of the AFT-Maryland enjoy earned sick leave thanks to collectively bargained contracts, the people we serve—from students to families that can sometimes be struggling to make ends meet—would certainly benefit.
House Bill 1213, House Bill 1343, House Bill 453, Senate Bill 706: OPPOSE
Against the backdrop of structurally underfunding the state’s public schools, incredibly, a number of bills have been introduced this year to waste tax dollars by giving them to private schools instead.
Partially Elected School Board
House Bill 558: SUPPORT
AFT-Maryland, and its affiliate, the Baltimore Teachers Union, believe that the institution of a process that allows for the election of members of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is imperative.
Senate Bill 689 / House Bill 1104: SUPPORT
Workplace bullying and intimidation by management has been a consistent complaint by employees of state agencies for years. To address this matter, AFT-Maryland is proposing a bill that will provide a framework for curtailing and preventing inappropriate behavior on the parts of the state’s supervisory personnel.