MSEA Celebrates Landmark Overhaul of Maryland Education Funding

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Today the Senate joined the House in the final step to override the governor’s veto of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future which commits the state to invest in Maryland’s students by implementing the 10-year strategic plan to fund education equitably, raise academic achievement, and strengthen the educator workforce. Baltimore County elementary school teacher and Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) President Cheryl Bost released the following statement:

“We are thrilled that both houses of the General Assembly have united again in support of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school. In the wake of the pandemic, investing in our schools and students through the Blueprint is more important and necessary than ever. We know that our students will benefit from the Blueprint’s plan to expand career and technical education, community schools, and pre-kindergarten, hire more educators and pay them as professionals, give greater support to struggling students, special education, and English language learners, focus on mental health supports, and commit to creating lasting educational equity and, ultimately, a more prosperous future for Maryland. Today, we celebrate the years of educator-led activism to bring us to this moment, as well as the hard work and overwhelming support of legislators to advance this transformational bill and pass a new funding formula that supports our students, educators, and schools.”

Educators have been leading the advocacy charge for a new funding formula for years. Over the last four years, educator activism in support of a new funding formula has included:

The Blueprint is based on the findings of the Kirwan Commission and revises the state’s school funding formula for the first time in nearly two decades. Revising the funding formula has been a top goal of educators and a broad coalition of education advocates for years. Over the next decade, the Blueprint will deliver billions of dollars of new investment in Maryland schools to end the persistent underfunding of Maryland’s public schools of at least $2.9 billion per year according to an independent analysis overseen by the Maryland State Department of Education. Thanks to the advance work of the legislature, this new formula—and the new accountability system to back it—is near-entirely funded through FY26. Overriding the veto of the Blueprint will also enact the Built to Learn Act, a needed multi-billion investment to upgrade school facilities across the state