Advocates for Children and Youth will oppose cuts to public education and advocate for adequate education funding for schools and students across Maryland.
HB453 & HB1343/SB706 – Maryland Education Credit
HB1213 – Broadening Options and Opportunity for Students and Teachers (BOOST) Program – Establishment
Advocates for Children and Youth opposes the Maryland Education Credit and BOOST Program legislation. These separately filed bills would divert public funds to private schools. At a time when public schools in our State need more resources than ever, the passage of these bills would be a step in the wrong direction. The bills are:
- HB453 – Maryland Education Credit, sponsored by the Speaker of the House at the request of Governor Hogan’s Administration.
- HB1343/SB706- Maryland Education Credit, sponsored by Delegate Antonio Hayes and Senator James DeGrange.
- HB1213 – Broadening Options and Opportunity for Students and Teachers (BOOST) Program, sponsored by Delegate Keith Haynes.
– March 7, 2016: All three House bills, HB453, HB1343, and HB1213 were heard in the House Ways and Means Committee. Advocates for Children and Youth submitted testimony in opposition to each bill. To read testimony, click here.
– March 9, 2016: The Senate version of the Maryland Education Credit legislation, SB706, was heard in the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This bill is the crossfile of HB1343. Advocates for Children and Youth submitted written testimony in opposition to this bill, as well.
– March 14, 2016: SB706 received a favorable report from the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and will be sent to the Senate floor for a vote.
– March 31, 2016: A hearing was held on SB706 in the House Ways and Means Committee after the measure passed the Senate with a vote of 25-19 on March 19th.
– April 11, 2016: All four bills, ultimately, failed to pass this session. The General Assembly adjourned for the year without a vote on the House bills, HB453, HB1343, and HB1213. SB706, after passing the Senate, stalled in the House Ways and Means Committee. The General Assembly did, however, include language in the Budget that would establish and fund a “BOOST” program, similar to the program proposed in HB1213. Therefore, although the individual bills failed, the State ultimately set aside 5 million in public funds to provide scholarships for private education.
HB285/SB455 – State Education Aid – Real Property Valuation – Tax Increment Financing
Advocates for Children and Youth supports HB285/SB455 that would alter the local wealth calculation used to allocate major State education aid programs for local school systems. It redefines how the value of real property in a tax increment financing (TIF) development district is calculated for purposes of determining State education aid to a particular school system according to the funding formula. The bill aims to ensure that a counties economic development does not negatively impact funding for its schools. The hearing date for HB285 was February 9, 2016 and SB455 is February 24, 2016. We are monitoring these bills closely, as they could have a major impact on school funding calculations in certain jurisdictions.
– March 3, 2016: The House bill, HB285, passed with amendments in the House of Delegates, by a vote of 135-3. It will now head to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee for a hearing on March 22, 2016.
– April 4, 2016: The amended version of HB285 passed!