Department of Education, Blueprint Oversight Board Emphasize Collaboration During Joint Meeting

The State Board of Education and the Blueprint Accountability and Implementation Board held a joint meeting for the first time to discuss Blueprint progress and implementation.

State Board of Education and Accountability and Implementation BoardThe Maryland State Board of Education (MSBE) and the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) met in a joint session on December 16 for the first time. The in-person meeting was “in pursuit of their shared commitment to the school children of the state of Maryland.”

During the joint session, The Boards reviewed the five pillars of the Blueprint and expected outcomes of education reform and what success might look like in the next 5 years.

The education leaders specifically discussed disadvantaged student communities and declining test scores, to which Maryland Matters reported that State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury said the Blueprint will “ensure dedicated funding will go to schools with low-income and special needs students and those in disadvantaged areas.” He also warned, however, that schools must perform well and that programs will be evaluated to make sure they’re working.

Leaders shared remarks in a joint press release following the December 16 meeting:

“Yesterday, we continued the journey with the AIB to build on our shared North Star commitment to work together to transform educational opportunities and outcomes for all of Maryland’s children,” said MSBE President Clarence Crawford. “It is important that our Boards meet and share our ideas with each other to pursue this work together.”

“The AIB looks forward to working in collaboration and partnership with MSBE and the State Superintendent to support successful implementation of the Blueprint and achieve its goals,” said AIB Chair and former Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We must improve our educational opportunities and outcomes so that every child in Maryland receives a world class education and is prepared for success after high school.”

Read the full press release.

Access video and the agenda of the December 16 meeting.

At MACo’s Winter Conference session, “Public Education 101: Key Partners for Success,” speakers will explore the role of local government in supporting public education, especially as the state embarks on the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. 

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Hit the Ground Running,” will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, MD from January 4-6, 2023 (with a pre-conference orientation for new county officials on January 3).

Learn more about MACo’s Winter Conference:

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