The Report Card • Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Welcome back to The Report Card, Strong Schools Maryland’s 2023 Session Newsletter.
We're less than a week away from Blueprint Day 2023, and we hope you've already made plans to joins us. RSVP here.
⏱️ LEGISLATIVE MINUTE
This week, as part of our Black History Month-centered Legislator Spotlights, we're lifting up The Honorable Madam Speaker, Delegate Adrienne Jones. Speaker Jones represents District 10, which includes parts of Baltimore County. Speaker Jones is the first Black speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates and also the first woman to hold the House's highest rank.
Speaker Jones has served in the House of Delegates since 1997 and has been a fierce advocate for public education (including being a vocal Blueprint champion!) ever since.
✅ This week, Strong Schools Maryland will be supporting Delegate Julie Palakovich-Carr's HB 337, The Investing in Marylanders Act of 2023. This bill seeks to generate additional revenue (via capital gains and other wealth taxes) which will help to keep the promise of fully-funding the Blueprint. The hearing will be held tomorrow, February 9th at 1:00pm
✅ We'll also be providing written testimony for HB 320, Delegates Michelle Guyton and Anne Kaiser's bill which will better enumerate the data on disability categories that Maryland students are living and learning with. That hearing is today at 1:00pm
✅ Finally, we will be providing written testimony for HB 306, Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins' bill which will add a school counselor to the Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports. That hearing is also today at 1:00pm
(BLUEPRINT DAY 2023 IS MONDAY. CLICK THE IMAGE TO RSVP)
🏿🏻 GET INVOLVED
🥳 Upcoming Events
Monday, February 13 @ 5PM Blueprint Day 2023 Join Strong Schools Maryland and the Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland's Future as we take over Annapolis with special guests, fun activities, and opportunities to work for World Class Schools ( RSVP on Eventbrite Facebook)
Saturday, February 11 @ 12PM Frederick Douglass Day of Acknowledgement A day of education about the African American experience that will have meaningful impact on the Eastern Shore community. (RSVP via Facebook)
🪧 Start or Join a Team of 10
In 2020, people like you stood up, spoke out, and passed the Blueprint for Maryland's Future.
In 2023, we want you to help us make sure that Maryland keeps our promise: 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 (and RSVP for Blueprint Day).
That's it for Week 4, 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