MSEA's media contacts serve as principal contacts for members of the press, identifying in-house experts as well as educators in the field for interviews on a wide range of education topics.
Please note that all press inquiries should be directed to the contacts listed above. We look forward to working with you.
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"Due to the KRA, students lost out on instruction time during perhaps the most crucial learning period in their school experience—when they should be forming important learning habits and learning to play well with others. This bill will restore time for thousands of our youngest learners to play, learn, and develop a love for school," said MSEA President Betty Weller.
Today, the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously passed legislation to limit local, state, and federal mandated standardized testing at 2% of annual instruction time—or a little more than 20 hours a year (HB 141). The forward movement follows the unanimous passage of legislation to change the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) into a sampling test last Friday.
On January 27, Gov. Hogan's office released details on his 2016 proposals for education initiatives, including the same BOAST legislation he unsuccessfully introduced last year. Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, made the following statement:
“Standardized testing is taking more and more time away from learning. The average student sits for more than 200 tests throughout their time in school, with some students taking more than 50 hours of testing a year. This is an urgent problem that requires immediate action and we applaud Democratic leadership in the General Assembly for joining our effort for less testing and more learning," said MSEA President Betty Weller.
“The Every Student Succeeds Act is a game-changer for Maryland students and their schools. After more than a decade of being held back by counterproductive federal requirements, Maryland will have a real opportunity to focus on proven ways to provide opportunities for every student and reduce the burden of over-testing," said MSEA President Betty Weller
Maryland educators launched a statewide back-to-school advertising campaign to push for a reduction in standardized testing. The campaign—named “Less Testing, More Learning”—features ten teachers and education support professionals from across Maryland who share their firsthand experiences of how over-testing makes it more difficult for their students to learn.
MSEA launches a new video and digital advertising campaign asking Marylanders to urge Gov. Hogan to release $68 million in education funding included in the General Assembly’s passed budget. A broad, bipartisan coalition of educators, parents, school board members, superintendents, county officials, and state legislators have been holding local events since the end of the legislative session to urge Gov. Hogan to release this funding for our schools
“Public education came under assault this legislative session, but between incredible educator and parent engagement and pro-public education champions in the General Assembly, we were able to pass a budget that continues a strong commitment to public education,” said MSEA President Betty Weller. “Crucial funding is now available for our schools—all Gov. Hogan needs to do is fund it. He can do the right thing for our schools, or he can willingly make things harder for our students to succeed."
Inexplicably, Gov. Hogan appears prepared to punish Maryland’s public schools and our students as revenge for not getting his way on his initiatives, including a misguided voucher scheme to send $5 million in public funds to private schools. Despite overwhelming, bipartisan support in the General Assembly just three weeks ago to restore $132 million in Gov. Hogan’s school funding cuts, he upended an outcome supported by the vast majority of legislators and Marylanders.
Gov. Hogan's third supplemental budget proposal continues to ignore the General Assembly’s work to craft a better budget for Maryland that strengthens the pension system while also ensuring strong funding for public schools today. Gov. Hogan’s apparent eagerness to focus more on 11th hour political grandstanding than on compromise is incredibly disappointing, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the state’s pension system, and further jeopardizes critical funding for our public schools and students.