Blueprint Oversight Board Advisory Committees Start their Work

The statewide board tasked with overseeing implementation of the landmark Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law has established four advisory committees to help guide its work.

The Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) is tasked with overseeing the implementation of Maryland’s major education policy reform initiative known as the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

After much criticism about the lack of geographic diversity of the board’s makeup, and several funding and staffing set backs, the AIB is making good on a promise to circumvent these challenges via advisory committees.

Over the summer, the AIB launched a public search for a diverse group of advisors to serve on various topical committees. They are now up and running as four unique committees working on different subject areas: early childhood education, high-quality and diverse teachers and leaders, college and career readiness and more resources for students to be successful.

Role of advisory committees

The AIB’s website features a full section dedicated to the newly formed advisory committees:

The AIB is deeply committed to the most extensive possible stakeholder engagement that values the rich diversity of Maryland to assist the AIB in implementing the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and transforming Maryland’s education system into a world class system. In order to closely involve as many stakeholders from diverse geographic, economic, racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender backgrounds who represent various life experiences and viewpoints as possible from across the State, the Board established four advisory committees focused on four of the five Blueprint Pillars.

According to the AIB, the purpose of the advisory committees is multifold:

  1. To channel input from various stakeholders representing the rich diversity of Maryland with members and perspectives coming from diverse geographic, racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender backgrounds;

  2. To identify problems, challenges, and barriers that may arise and provide insights and suggestions on what the AIB can do to address them; and

  3. To share successes and provide input/feedback on how the work of the AIB and the Blueprint implementation are progressing.

Work on a time crunch

The work of the AIB’s four advisory committees is not only important, but it’s timely, with the groups only have a few months to review and comment on proposed Blueprint implementation plans to guide the work of local education agencies.

A draft of the AIB’s recommendations is due in October, with a public hearing scheduled to review that plan on November 10. The AIB must approve a final draft of the Blueprint implementation plan and the submit it to the General Assembly and the governor by December 1, a little over a month before the convening of the 2023 legislative session.

Advisory Committee members will serve 1-2 year terms for appointments.

Useful links

Prior Conduit Street coverage on the AIB:

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