Following a recent Conduit Street article discussing the current state of affairs with Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and school funding laws, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) has responded with a vigorous response to many of MACo’s point. At its core, the MABE discussion centers on differences in the best means to address the generally acknowledged problems with the MOE law in general, its faulty waiver process, and the special difficulties created by a severely weakened economy.
From the MABE document:
If the consensus is that the old law does not hold local governments accountable in tough economic times, then the law should be amended.
This is why MABE and other education advocates are calling for a local funding floor that works even in the absence of enormous increases in state aid – and for counties to be expected to hold the line on education funding just as the state is doing. To this end, MABE is proposing a set of amendments to establish (if not restore) accountability, fairness, flexibility, predictability and transparency to the local school budgeting process.