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Members return to Annapolis to oppose budget cuts

AFT-Maryland once again took to Annapolis to let state senators they did not want to see a change in Maryland charter school law as well as to call on the General Assembly to fully fund education in Maryland.

This is fifth week that the union has been in Annapolis for either lobbying or rallies. Union members addressed delegates and state senators in their offices to stress the importance of fully funded and locally controlled education.

Education funding has been a hot button issue throughout the legislative session, since Gov. Hogan proposed a budget that had significant cuts to education. The House of Delegates didn't have much of an appetite for the Governor's cuts so most of the funding there was restored.

The battle of charter school expansion soon became intense as well. Standing in opposition to the supposed charter expansion bill, AFT-Maryland teamed up with a host of other community partners including some Baltimore City charter school operators and other state teachers unions to fight back against the Gov's bill. Senate Democrats have proposed amendments to will essentially gut the bill, but the effort to protect Baltimore's charter school students, families and teachers is still ongoing.

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