Next Steps

 

  • Delegate Dana Stein sponsored HB 493, a new bill in the House of Delegates entitled “Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs: Evidence-Based Reading Instruction”.  Right to Read-Maryland will provide testimony on February 22, 2018.  The Synopsis of the Bill states: “Requiring the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, on or before January 1, 2022 to require a candidate for a certificate to teach specified students to pass a test of research-based reading instruction, requiring the Board and the State Board of Education jointly to set the passing score for the test, subject to a specified condition; requiring the Board and the State Board jointly to set standards for the delivery of research-based reading instruction by teacher preparation programs in the State, etc.  Co-sponsors of the new bill are Delegates Hornberger, Rose, Wilkins, Washington (Mary), Washington (Alonzo), Tarlau, Reilly, McIntosh, Jones, and Shoemaker.  A copy of the bill may be read, here.

  •  Senator Joan Carter-Conway has sponsored SB 0638, a new bill in the Senate entitled “Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs: Evidence-Based Reading Instruction”.  Right to Read-Maryland will provide testimony on February 28, 2018.  The Synopsis of the Bill states: “Requiring the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, on or before January 1, 2022 to require a candidate for a certificate to teach specified students to pass a test of research-based reading instruction, requiring the Board and the State Board of Education jointly to set the passing score for the test, subject to a specified condition; requiring the Board and the State Board jointly to set standards for the delivery of research-based reading instruction by teacher preparation programs in the State, etc.  Co-sponsors of the new bill are Senators Madeleno, Robinson, Rosapepe, Waugh, Young, Nathan-Pulliam, Stalling, and King.

  • Right to Read-Maryland will request that our community partners ask their members to support this bill.

  • Right to Read-Maryland will ask all members of the coalition to promote the bill by asking people to  write to their legislators.

  • Right to Read-Maryland (member, Ben Shifrin) has generously offered to help us with creating public awareness about our bills.

     

 

 

 

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