Maryland’s new education plan moves forward despite Hogan’s disapproval

In Maryland, Gov. Hogan says he will not sign the state's proposed plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, also known as ESSA.

Although, that didn't stop the state's Department of Education from submitting their plan to the federal government Monday.

Gov. Larry Hogan isn't on board, but that doesn't mean the state isn't moving forward with new plans for education. It's a plan that has been debated and crafted over the past several months.

"The last year was really about the state to go get all of the stakeholder feedbacks from across the state through public hearings, town halls, just a series of opportunities for the state Department of Education to hear from parents, educators, and civil rights groups, and local business leaders about the types of schools that we need," says Sean Johnson, the legislative director for, Maryland State Education Association.

According to MSEA, the state's new plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act focuses not just on test scores to determine a school's success but other factors as well.

"The Maryland plan looks at attendance rates, looks at school safety ratings, discipline issues, and looks at a well rounded curriculum like do students have access to advanced placement courses, access to arts and music, and finance classes," says Johnson.

Gov. Hogan who declined to sign the plan says he did so because it didn't represent enough of a positive step forward for students.

More specifically, he was concerned about the Protect Our Schools Act which he says, "stymies any attempt to hold schools accountable for student performances and includes provisions aimed at preserving the status quo in failing schools."

But those pushing the plan see things differently.

"We get away from the test-only culture that's led to so much over testing in our state and in school districts across the state and we get to a place where local parents and educators and stakeholders have the final say in how we make our schools better," explains Johnson.

Regardless of the Governor's opinion and actions, the Board of Education can still approve of the plan, something MSEA thinks is very possible.

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