Board of Education's Legislative Positions Paper

2017 Legislative Positions

CCPS’s top priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session include:

  • Support for continued governance autonomy for local boards of education to set education policy and school budgets; and opposition to unfunded mandates - CCPS supports continued autonomy for all local boards to adopt education policies that promote high standards for academic and fiscal accountability. Therefore, CCPS opposes any legislative or regulatory initiatives which would have the effect of reducing local board governance or budgetary authority, or which create unfunded mandates.

  • Support for full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools - CCPS urges the Governor and General Assembly to support increased funding of public education in the FY 2017 State Budget. Local boards of education are committed to preparing all students to be globally competitive in college and careers. Increased state investments in public education are essential in these times of rapid change, rising expectations, and increased costs.

  • Support for robust State funding for school construction and renovation projects - CCPS places a high priority on providing students high quality, healthy, and safe learning environments. Therefore, we greatly appreciate the State’s consistent investment in school construction and renovation projects. The FY 2017 school construction budget should provide at least $350 million to ensure that all Maryland schools are optimal learning environments to prepare our students to be college and career ready.

  • Support for sustained local government investments in education - Funding from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City plays a critical role in combining with state and federal funding to support teaching and learning. CCPS strongly supports the Maintenance of Effort reforms enacted in 2012. CCPS also supports sustaining adequate local capital funding essential to financing the construction and renovation of high quality school facilities in partnership with the State.

Please click on the link below for the complete Legislative Positions Paper. 

2017 Legislative Positions      

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