Write to Your Legislators

When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, it gave states the power to overhaul how they measure school success and practice school accountability. This is a once in a decade opportunity for Maryland to reduce the culture of over-testing and incentivize schools to focus more on things like school climate, class and caseload size, and offering a broad, challenging curriculum including the arts.

The Maryland General Assembly has passed the Protect Our Schools Act (HB 978), a bill that will make sure our state takes advantage of this opportunity. But Gov. Hogan has vetoed this bill to protect the school privatization agenda that he shares with Betsy DeVos. We need the legislature to override his veto.

The bill will help us finally address achievement gaps and improve opportunities for all kids. It will give Maryland the strongest accountability system in the nation by more effectively utilizing test scores and focusing on additional factors—like a supportive school climate—that contribute to a high-quality, equitable education for all students.

And if a school is identified as low-performing, the teachers and parents who know their kids best will finally be empowered to lead on implementing research- and community-backed plans to improve their school.

But Gov. Hogan wants to use this opportunity to double down on using test scores to identify public schools as failing so they can be converted into charter schools or to send more funding to private school vouchers. This bill stops this radical privatization agenda by preventing public schools from being transferred to private and for-profit interests who look out for their bottom lines first and our kids second.

Please fill out the form below to email your legislators and urge them to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of HB 978, the Protect Our Schools Act of 2017.