Vote endangers Race to the Top money
A committee of lawmakers last night voted against a proposed regulation that would require half of a teacher's evaluation to be based on student achievment, reports The Sun's Liz Bowie.
The 12-3 vote by the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review throws a new kink into Maryland's effort to draw $250 million in federal education funding from a competitive grant called Race to the Top. Maryland was one of a few states to win the contest, but its application included the regulation that the committee of lawmakers tossed out, Bowie writes.
One of the committee's chairmen, Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Prince George's County Democrat and a teacher's union organizer, said legislators felt the regulation wasn't following the letter of a law that passed ths year by the General Assembly. Bowie lays out what could happen next:
The state school board, which proposed the regulation, must now decide whether to proceed without legislative support. If the board does, it will be up to Gov. Martin O'Malley to decide whether the regulation takes effect.
A spokesman for O'Malley told Bowie that the Democratic governor, who frequently referenced winning the Race to the Top when he was on the campaign trail, "isn't going to do anything to jeopardize the $250 million."