From Del. Kathy Szeliga:
The 435th session of the Maryland General Assembly convened on January 14, 2015. In three short weeks, we swore in a new House and Senate, a new Governor, a new budget, and more! On Wednesday, February 4th, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his State of the State. Gov. Hogan is moving Maryland in a new direction, and his plans will certainly improve our state.
Common Core, Town Hall & More!
The Common Core standards being implemented across our state are causing quite a stir among parents and teachers.
A Town Hall on Common Core was held at FOX45 on Thursday, January 29. Joining me on their panel were; Robert Small – local Dad arrested for interrupting MD State Dept of Education forum on Common Core; Will Estrada – Home School Legal Defense Association; & Cheryl Bost – VP, Maryland State Education Association
The audience was comprised of parents, teachers, and students. Overall, there was little support for this new program.
There are a number of bills being introduced this year in Annapolis from a repeal of Common Core to a delay in full implementation. I have opposed common core for a number of reasons. Primarily, the collection of student data is very troubling. Additionally, I oppose the federal government take-over of our local schools. Washington D.C. is pushing Common Core on the states. This “new” way to teach our children is untested, and there is no estimate of how much it will cost to fully implement the program. Let’s not experiment with our children’s education on a program that has not been analyzed for effectiveness or cost.
For more information on Common Core, you can read a great blog by Ann Miller
You might have seen my Comcast interviews in the past. Last week, I filmed my most recent interview with Yolanda Vazquez.
This short video will update you on the budget, human trafficking and more.
Representatives, Bills & Issues
If you ever need to find out who all your representatives are, it’s only a click away! You can put your address in the white address bar on this website to find most of your information.
The Maryland General Assembly has an excellent website set up to track information on bills and topics that interest you! The website is very user friendly and easy to navigate.
State of the State
Hogan Delivers the Good News!
Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan delivered his first State of the State address. With a straight forward explanation of the struggles facing Maryland, Governor Hogan outlined his clear plan for the state. Holding true to his campaign promises, the Governor illustrated how his structurally balanced budget will provide record investment in K-12 education and school construction, while cutting taxes and repealing the Rain Tax.
His plans are ambitious but very realistic.
I’m proud to support the Governor’s agenda and also his budget proposal. Holding down government spending to a modest 1% increase is reasonable.
For more information on the State of the State, you will find links below with articles and videos:
Baltimore County Public School Survey
All Are Welcome to Weigh-In
Baltimore County Public Schools is offering a Stakeholder Survey for all Team BCPS members, including current, former, and future teachers, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and supporters. If you are interested in weighing in you have until February 28th.
Thank you for your continue help and support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you and your family.
Delegate Kathy Szeliga