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January 2021 -- Federal legislators passed a second round of education stimulus, which provides which provides an additional $82 billion in education stabilization funds, approximately $54 billion of which is specifically dedicated for K-12. This new bill follows the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) from March 2020 that reserved $30 billion for education stabilization funds, $13.5 billion of which were specifically dedicated for K-12.  

Here are the four potential ways EdTech-related uses for K-12 monies were outlines in the CARES Act. The new education stimulus also allows stabilization funds to be flexibly spent on essentially the same allowable uses.

      • Purchasing educational technology that aids in regular and substantive interaction between students and educators.
      • Planning and coordinating long-term closures, including providing technology for online learning.
      • Planning and implementing online learning during the summer months.
      • Supporting provisions found in major education laws, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Title IV-A of ESSA and Part D of IDEA permits federal funds toward professional learning in effective edtech use. 

With such a wide range of allowable uses, MSET and ISTE encourage states and districts to continue taking a multi-pronged approach — involving prioritized investments into professional learning, infrastructure and content — when leveraging federal funds. 

Proposed Budget Cut Lethal to Education

June 30, 2020 -- Maryland Governor Larry Hogan proposed $345 million in cuts to education is alethal injection into public schools. The pandemic forced schools to move into a remote learning environment that further highlighted the inequities that exist for students and families. Gov. Hogan's proposed budget cuts will only add to the struggle schools are expected to face in the fall.

The Board of Public Works, who decides the budget for the entire state, is currently in session and considering major slashes to the budget. On July 1, 2020, 
the Board of Public Work will take a vote on the funding which include, but is not limited to , grants to local governments for teacher retirement costs, cuts in disparity grants for less wealthy jurisdictions, and cuts to funding schools in critical needs of heating and air conditioning upgrades. This particular request by Gov. Hogan is anticipated to be $200 million taken from Education.

If you don’t know your State Representatives, who will vote to approve Board of Public Works proposal you can check this link:

    Maryland Advocacy Education News:

    2020 Maryland Legislative Recap 

    • Launch of the 10-year, $4 billion school finance reform legislation, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.
    • Launch of $2 billion school construction funding initiative through the Stadium Authority, the Built to Learn Act.
    • A record high 430+ bills introduced impacting education.
    • The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Expedited passage of Kirwan, Built to Learn, and revenue bills.

    **These bills were all vetoed based on COVID’s economic impact.

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