Measure To Increase Md. Teachers' Control Of Certification Panel Dies in

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A bill that would have given Maryland teachers more control of the state's professional-standards board has died in the legislature.

Lawmakers failed to vote on the bill this month, ending a dispute between the state board and the Maryland State Teachers' Association over who should set certification policy. (See Education Week, 3/22/95.)

The standards board now shares authority for teacher certification with the state school board, which can override the other panel's actions with a supermajority vote. The bill would have removed that power.

The union contended that the plan would allow teachers--who hold a majority of seats on the standards board--to set and enforce standards for their profession, much like doctors do.

But Christopher T. Cross, the president of the state school board, and others said they feared the move would impede school reform. Some critics said teachers might try to dismantle programs they had opposed in the past, such as renewable licensure, if the standards board were given more power.

Stuck in Committee

Both groups had lobbied for the support of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, whose candidacy was backed by the union last fall, but he took no position.

Renee Spence, the director of governmental relations for the state education department, said several organizations lined up to oppose the bill, including groups representing the state's principals, local school boards, and the business community.

"We had very strong testimony against the bill," Mr. Cross said last week. "And that raised such significant questions that [lawmakers] never really got enough support to bring it out" of committee.

Karl K. Pence, the president of the teachers' union, vowed last week to resurrect the measure, contending that enough lawmakers support the plan to enact it next session.

Vol. 14, Issue 31

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories





Sponsor Insights

Free Ebook: How to Implement a Coding Program in Schools

Successful Intervention Builds Student Success

Effective Ways to Support Students with Dyslexia

Stop cobbling together your EdTech

Integrate Science and ELA with Informational Text

Can self-efficacy impact growth for ELLs?

Disruptive Tech Integration for Meaningful Learning

Building Community for Social Good

5 Resources on the Power of Interoperability from Unified Edtech

New campaign for UN World Teachers Day

5 Game-Changers in Today’s Digital Learning Platforms

Hiding in Plain Sight - 7 Common Signs of Dyslexia in the Classroom

The research: Reading Benchmark Assessments

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

All Students Are Language Learners: The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™

Shifting Mindsets: A Guide for Training Paraeducators to Think Differently About Challenging Behavior

How to Support All Students with Equitable Pathways

2019 K-12 Digital Content Report

3-D Learning & Assessment for K–5 Science

Climate Change, LGBTQ Issues, Politics & Race: Instructional Materials for Teaching Complex Topics

Closing the Science Achievement Gap

Evidence-based Coaching: Key Driver(s) of Scalable Improvement District-Wide

Advancing Literacy with Large Print

Research Sheds New Light on the Reading Brain

Tips for Supporting English Learners Through Personalized Approaches

Response to Intervention Centered on Student Learning

The Nonnegotiable Attributes of Effective Feedback

SEE MORE Insights >