The number of weeks left in the 2011 legislative session is quickly dwindling down, but the days, complete with hearings and voting sessions, are busier than ever before. This coming Tuesday, March 22nd is the “committee reporting courtesy date”, which means that both the House and Senate committees must report to the other chamber which bills each committee plans to pass favorably.
Baltimore Day in Annapolis: This past Wednesday was Baltimore Day at the State House in Annapolis. It was great to see so many Baltimoreans, many from District 46, at the evening reception.
Baltimore City School Funding: Many of you have written to me with concerns about the funding cuts to Baltimore City Schools in Governor O’Malley’s proposed budget. This past week, House leaders decided to restore about half of the proposed cuts to Baltimore City schools. The proposed plan, which will be voted on by the House Appropriations Committee, would give back about $10 million to Baltimore City schools. I will keep you updated regarding these proposed funding changes.
KIPP and Baltimore Teachers Union Agreement: I am pleased that the KIPP schools and the Baltimore Teachers Union have come to a 10-year agreement that will keep KIPP schools in the city of Baltimore. The contract extension allows for KIPP school teachers to work 9-hour days and participate in summer school while receiving a 20 percent premium for the extra time. The initial proposed legislation in the Maryland legislature regarding this issue will no longer be necessary now that the two groups have come to an agreement.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: I am excited to announce a new addition to my Annapolis office: a new red Betta fish named Bubbles (see picture above). Bubbles was named by the first graders at Patterson Park Public Charter School. Bubbles will join Jesse, a blue Betta fish named by the students at Thomas Johnson Elementary School, in my office.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me about any issue important to you. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 410-841-3303.