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2017 Legislative Platform

The Maryland State Board of Education establishes, through regulations, broad statewide policies and mandates, with local boards of education responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the public schools within their jurisdiction. By retaining decision-making authority at the local level, a board of education can best balance educational practices, by using available resources, appropriate public input, and measures of accountability. Such authority includes, but is not limited to, school calendars, curriculum, testing, staffing, and procurement issues.The Montgomery County Board of Education believes that today's investments in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are crucial to a prosperous economy, strong business growth, and students' ability to compete for good jobs in a global, high-tech economy. School systems must be adequately funded to prepare our youth to support future economic health. We urge the entire Maryland General Assembly to remain vigilant against the potential negative impacts of unfunded mandates. These include significant additional workload burdens with no accompanying source of revenue as well as unintended consequences of well-intentioned legislation. We look forward to a successful 2017 Legislative Session in which children's welfare continues to be paramount.

2017 Legislative Positions and Testimonies

During the 2017 session, the Board will strive to upload all testimony submitted to the various standing committees. Below, there is a link to each bill in addition to the Board's position with testimony attached. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Patricia Swanson, legislative aide to the Board of Education at patricia_r_swanson@mcpsmd.org. For further information about these and all pieces of legislation, please visit the Maryland General Assembly website. For last year's positions, please visit Prior Legislation Information

Local Bills

MC 14-17 
Montgomery County - Family Life and Human Sexuality Curriculum - Affirmative Consent
Days-Repeal
Delegates Kelly and Morales
Oppose - Local Control 

House Bills

House Bill 17 
Elementary and Secondary Education - Required Number of School
Days - Repeal
Delegate Afzali
No Position

House Bill 23  

Vehicle Laws - School Vehicles – Definition
Delegate Lam
Oppose

House Bill 56  

Public Schools - Wellness Policy - School Meals
Delegate Conaway
Oppose

House Bill 174    

Individualized Education Program Process - Parental Consent
Oppose

House Bill 186 
School Bus Monitoring Cameras
Support

House Bill 197
Remote Classroom Technology Grant Program - Establishment (Peyton's bill)
Support

House Bill 221
Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers
Support

House Bill 227
High School - Graduation Honor System
Oppose

House Bill 257
Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017
Support

House Bill 259
Public School Buses -Exemption from Tolls
Support

House Bill 263
School Bus Monitoring Cameras- Exclusion of Vehicle Rental Companies - Repeal
Support

House Bill 270
Public and Nonpublic Schools - Testing for Lead in Drinking Water
Support with Amendments

House Bill 273
Summer Meals Expansion Grant Program
Support

House Bill 286
Specialized Intervention Services Reports
Support with Amendments

House Bill 287
Hunger - Free Schools Act of 2017
Support with Amendments

House Bill 288
Free School Meals for Students from Low and Middle Income Families Act
Support

House Bill 331
Behavior Plans -Physical Restraint and Seclusion
Support with Amendments

House Bill 341
MD Student Transportation Safety Act
Oppose

House Bill 365
Wellness Policy - School Meals

Oppose

House Bill 372
Voluntary Nonsectarian Prayer at School sponsored Events
Oppose

House Bill 392
Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships- Allocation of Unused Funds
Support

House Bill 400
Public School Holidays -Presidents' Day and Easter Monday
Support

House Bill 425
Public School - Suspensions and Expulsion
Support with Amendments

House Bill 435
Security of Computerized Data- Encryption of Personal Information
Support

House Bill 461
Less Testing, More Learning Act of 2017
Support with Amendments

House Bill 495
School Bus Monitoring Cameras - Civil Penalty
Support

House Bill 497
Grounds for Discipline
Oppose

House Bill 512
James Samuel Coleman Act of 2017
Oppose

House Bill 513
Participants in Interscholastic Athletic Activities - Concussions - Penalties for Coaches
Oppose

House Bill 548
Prekindergarten Student Assessment-Moratorium
Oppose

House Bill 611
Pregnant and Parenting Students - Attendance Policy
Support with Amendments

House Bill 654
Statewide Kindergarten Assessment-Completion
Support

House Bill 669
Anonymous Two-Way Tet Messaging Tip Programs
Oppose

House Bill 786
Individualized Counseling Services Requirements
Oppose

House Bill 834
Maryland High School Diploma - Civics Test Requirement
Oppose

House Bill 845
Public Indoor Air Quality
Oppose

House Bill 878
Public Charter School Act
Oppose

House Bill 920
School Personnel - Training Requirement
Support with Amendments

House Bill 978
Protect Our Schools Act
Support with Amendments

House Bill 980
Children Exempt from Public School Attendance - Participation in Public High School Clubs and Activities
Oppose

House Bill 1082
Start Talking Maryland Act
Support with Amendments

House Bill 1123
Prekindergarten - Program Applications
Support

House Bill 1130
Prekindergarten Programs - Online Registration
Support with Amendments

House Bill 1145
Public School Employee Whistleblower Protection Act
Oppose

House Bill 1171
Public School Employees - Required Training on Retirement Benefits
Oppose

House Bill 1195
High School Graduation Requirements -Student Service- Fire Fighting and Volunteer Hours
Support

House Bill 1222
Maryland School Discipline Reform Act
Oppose

House Bill 1240
IEP - Burden of Proof in Due Process Hearings and Studies
Support with Amendments

House Bill 1268
Maryland Student Achievement Act
Oppose

House Bill 1341
Maryland Public School Transparency and Accountability Act
Oppose

House Bill 1412
Veterans Day and Easter Monday
Oppose

House Bill 1486
Teachers and Teacher Prep Programs -Research Based Reading Instruction
Oppose

House Bill 1502
Task Force to Expand Dual Language Programs in Maryland
Support

 

Senate Bills

Senate Bill 1 
Education - Specialized Intervention Services – Reports
Senator Conway
Oppose (but support workgroup)

 Senate Bill 60
Sugar-Free Schools Act

Senator Young
Oppose

Senate Bill 90
Classwork and Assessment Involving Live and Dead Animals - Student Right of Refusal

Senator Young
Oppose

Senate Bill 145
Statewide Kindergarten Assessment - Completion
Support

Senate Bill 153
Length of School Year - State of Emergency
Support

Senate Bill 154
School Bus Monitoring Cameras - Civil Penalty
Support

Senate Bill 155
School Vehicles Seat Belts Requirements
Oppose

Senate Bill 201
Fire Drill Requirements - State Fire Prevention Code
Support

Senate Bill 232
Pregnant and Parenting Students - Attendance Policy
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 233
Maryland Council on Advancement of School-Based Health Centers
Support

Senate Bill 263
Maryland High School Diploma - Civics Test Requirement
Oppose

Senate Bill 264
Public School Buses - Exemption from Tolls
Support

Senate Bill 335
Career Apprenticeship Opportunity Act
Support

Senate Bill 341
School Vehicles - Definition
Oppose

Senate Bill 346
Prekindergarten Students - Funding
Support

Senate Bill 359
Maryland Meals for Achievement for Teens Act of 2017
Support

Senate Bill 360
The Maryland Cares for Kids Act
Support

Senate Bill 361
Hunger-Free Schools Act of 217
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 452
Less Testing, More Learning Act of 2017
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 485
Remote Classroom Technology Grant Program - Establishment (Peyton's bill)
Support

Senate Bill 538
Public School Construction - Regulations - Equitable Distribution of Projects and Improvements
Oppose

Senate Bill 625
Public Schools and Shelters - Homeless Girls and Women - Feminine Hygiene Products
Support

Senate Bill 651
Suspensions and Expulsions
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 657
Wellness Policy - School Meals
Oppose

Senate Bill 667
Prekindergarten Student Assessment - Moratorium
Oppose

Senate Bill 704
Public Charter School Act of 2017
Oppose

Senate Bill 710
Children with Disabilities - Individualized Education Program Process - Parental Consent
Oppose

Senate Bill 760
Grounds for Discipline
Oppose

Senate Bill 786
Physical Restraint and Seclusion
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 864
Overdose on School Premises - Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Oppose

Senate Bill 871
Protect our Schools Act of 2017
Support with Amendments

Senate Bill 1001
Teachers Retirement and Pensions Systems - County Board of Education Payments
Support

 

 

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