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The Report Card: Week 11

The Report Card • Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Welcome to Week 11 of The Report Card, Strong Schools Maryland’s 2023 Session Newsletter.

Last week we learned that Senate President Bill Ferguson wants to use public dollars to fund private schools –– saying in a video shared by MPT that he expected the Budget & Taxation Committee to add money to Governor Wes Moore's budget for private school vouchers.

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Del. Wilkins & Sen. Washington

This week, we're shining our legislator spotlight on Senator Katie Fry Hester and Delegate Bonnie Cullison.

Senator Katie Fry Hester (Dist. 9), joined the Maryland Senate in 2019, and was named the deputy majority whip this year. She has been a supporter of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future since being elected, and is a member of the Education, Energy and the Environment Committee. Senator Hester represents constituents in Howard County and Montgomery County.

Delegate Bonnie Cullison (Dist. 19) serves as the chair of the Montgomery County Delegation's Education Committee, and has been a tested and true supporter of public education. We're telling you about Del. Cullison this week, because last week she showed grace, patience, and a willingness to fight for Marylanders when she debated against opponents of HB 283, the Trans Health Equity Act. Delegate Cullison represents Montgomery County.

Crossover was this week, and one of many bills we've supported will be heard later on today in the Senate. Delegate Ebersole's HB 185 will ensure that corporal punishment (hitting students) is prohibited in nonpublic schools and child care providers throughout the state (the practice is already prohibited in public schools in Maryland). The senate hearing is today March 22nd, at 1:00pm


📅 Drop-In Opportunities

  • MAR 27 @ 10AM and 4PM: Hop on zoom with our Local Organizer, Maya, to prepare testimony for upcoming bill hearings. She'll provide guidance and talking points for Team Leaders and Team Members who want to testify in front of the General Assembly. RSVP

  • APR 1 @ 10AM: Take a deep dive into the Blueprint with our Blueprint Certified Advocate Training. REGISTER HERE

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In 2023, we want you to help us make sure that Maryland lawmakers #KeepThePromise of World Class Schools: Sign up here to start or join a Team of 10 in your county – we're going to need all the help we can get.

Always keep an 👁️ on this space for more opportunities to meet us at the statehouse.

That's it for Week 11, join us again next Wednesday for The Report Card, and please forward this to a friend, neighbor, or co-worker who wants to get the latest on the Blueprint in their inbox.

For the Future, Strong Schools Maryland

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