Hogan Won’t Sign State’s Education Accountability Plan

Governor Hogan announced today he does not intend to sign off on the draft Maryland plan required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. His decision will not impede the plan being submitted to the US Department of Education, but will indicate dissent at the state level over its contents.

The Governor’s decision arises from differences over state legislation, HB 978 passed during the 2017 session, limiting the dimensions of state school reforms. The State Board of Education also opposed that legislation, styled as the “Protect Our Schools Act.” Governor Hogan vetoed the bill, but his veto was overridden by the General Assembly during the last week of the 2017 session.

From coverage in the Baltimore Sun:

Hogan’s disapproval of the plan is rooted in legislation that limits the reforms that can be used to turn around the lowest performing schools, or those in the bottom five percent.The legislation, which was passed by the General Assembly during the last legislative session, also prohibits the state school board from requiring test scores to count for more than 65 percent of a school’s performance ranking.

Read more in the Sun article online.