The Maryland Board of Education will hold its monthly board meeting Tuesday in Baltimore, which will include an update on Race To The Top and an opportunity for public comment.
On the heels of a contentious Common Core meeting in Baltimore County last Thursday where a parent was arrested for speaking out of turn, the meeting is an opportune moment for citizens with concerns about Common Core or the events surrounding the arrest of Robert Small to be heard.
It will be held starting at 9am at 200 West Baltimore Street, 7th floor board room. The agenda can be viewed here.
At 10am, there is a Race To The Top update, which is the competitive federal funding program through which Maryland committed to Common Core in exchange for a quarter million dollar incentive award.
At 2pm, Dr. Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent, discusses amendments to Maryland’s Approved ESEA Flexibility Plan. Local activist Cindy Sharretts describes it as “a waiver that enables the school systems to delay full implementation of using the PARCC testing for teacher and principal effectiveness evaluation.” Sharretts says the need to delay the use of PARCC testing shows the “build it as you go” aspect of Common Core implementation.
At 2:25, a public comment period is scheduled. The meeting concludes at 3pm. Speakers may have up to three minutes comment, subject to change.
From the website: Persons desiring to speak to the State Board, must call (410-767-0467) or e-mail (email@example.com) the Board office to register to speak. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. In order to make the limited time available most effective, speakers are urged to provide multiple written copies of their comments or other material amplifying their views.