Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller on the Maryland Senate's passage of Senate Bill 676:
"The Senate’s near-unanimous passage of SB 676 is an important step in the right direction for instilling some much needed common sense in Maryland’s implementation of Common Core. Parents, educators, superintendents, school boards, and students all support this straightforward bill to ensure that teacher and principal evaluations are not mandated from the top down, but developed the right way— by the local educators and school systems who know their students best. The bill also ensures that evaluations cannot include student test scores until at least the 2016-17 school year due to their misalignment and lack of validity. SB 676/HB 1167, along with HB 1001/SB 910 and HB 1164, are critical pieces of legislation that can help make sure that local school systems have the time, resources, and flexibility to get the major changes taking place in our schools right."