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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure relating to the composition of the state school board.

The bill vetoed Thursday would have increased the size of the Maryland State Board of Education from 12 to 15 to members by adding two certified teachers and one parent of a public school student.

The governor opposes the bill because it would have required him to appoint two teachers recommended by teachers unions.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's largest teacher's union is officially endorsing Ben Jealous for governor.

The Maryland State Education Association is announcing the endorsement Tuesday in Baltimore.

Jealous is running in a crowded Maryland Democratic primary.

The former NAACP president is scheduled to attend. Betty Weller, the MSEA's president, also is scheduled to attend.

There are 74,000 public school educators who belong to the union.

Maryland's primary is June 26.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leaders in Maryland's General Assembly are scheduled to make an announcement on school funding.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller will join educators from the Maryland State Education Association on Tuesday for the announcement in Annapolis.

Sen. Joan Conway, who leads the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, and Del. Maggie McIntosh, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee, are scheduled to attend.

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Maryland public schools still rank high nationwide, but are facing increasing challenges. While budgets are tight the school systems are facing an increasing number of students who live in poverty. Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about meeting the challenges ahead.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a bill to limit school testing to 2 percent of the annual school year.

The bill passed 139-0 on Tuesday. The measure now goes to the Senate, where a similar bill is pending with 31 co-sponsors out of the Senate's 47 members.

It would limit all district, state and federal mandated tests to 21.6 hours in elementary and middle schools and 23.6 hours in high schools.

The bill also would put teachers and parents at the table when decisions are made about changes to district testing.

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$80 million will not spent by the state of Maryland.

That’s the decision by Governor Larry Hogan who decided against the outlay because of worries about softening state revenues.

The state legislature had provided the funding in an all-or-nothing deal with the governor having the final say on whether it would be spent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that $19 million would have been spent on an additional one-time financial allocation for teacher pension contributions by state agencies.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel reviewing how to reduce school testing practices has released its final report.

The recommendations will now be adopted or rejected by local school boards by Sept. 1, and the state school board by Oct. 1.

One suggestion is for local school systems to create district committees on assessments to review all local mandated assessments and propose testing reductions to their school boards.

Another would eliminate the state's social studies test for middle school students.

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The Maryland State Education Association is protest the rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Stephen Decatur High School Tonight.

Association president Betty Weller issued a statement saying, “Donald Trump and his divisive fear-mongering have no place in the halls of Maryland’s public schools.”

Meanwhile, the group Progressive Maryland also denounced his appearance and has put up an online petition.

Reportedly it has received more than 500 signatures.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is again pushing for tax credits for people and businesses that make donations to public and private schools.

The Republican governor released education initiatives Wednesday for the legislative session. The governor would phase in tax credits over three years totaling $15 million. They are aimed at boosting donations for kindergarten through 12th grade and pre-K programs.

The proposal ran into resistance last year in the Democratically-led General Assembly.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of a teachers union is urging Maryland lawmakers to reject a tax-credit backed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for businesses that support students who attend private schools.
Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said Wednesday lawmakers should reject what she described as a "voucher scheme," whether or not Hogan "chooses to shortchange Maryland and its schools."