MSEA's media contacts serve as principal contacts for members of the press, identifying in-house experts as well as educators in the field for interviews on a wide range of topics, including evaluations, school funding, Common Core, pensions, charter schools, and much more.
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MSEA’s Representative Assembly (RA) voted on March 15 to endorse Senator Brian Frosh in the race for Maryland’s next attorney general. Delegates from across the state voted on the endorsement during one of the association’s largest meetings of the year. Delegates also voted to endorse Peter Franchot in the race for comptroller.
The Senate’s near-unanimous passage of SB 676 is an important step in the right direction for instilling some much needed common sense in Maryland’s implementation of Common Core. The bill ensures that evaluations cannot include student test scores until at least the 2016-17 school year due to their misalignment and lack of validity.
We recognize the need for a waiver and are encouraged by the main request of a two-year moratorium on counting state standardized test scores in teacher and principal evaluations. It’s common sense that new, unproven, and unvalidated assessments do not belong in teacher evaluations.
“Governor O’Malley’s strong record of investing in our students and top-ranked schools continues with the budget he introduced today,” said MSEA President Betty Weller. “In Governor O’Malley’s eight years in office, we’ve seen an incredible investment of more than $45 billion in our public schools—and the results have been outstanding."
Maryland’s teachers need more time, support, and resources to successfully implement new evaluation systems and Common Core State Standards, according to a survey of 745 teachers. This survey reflects the on-the-ground perspectives of educators working hard to get these changes right despite the challenges they face.