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Blueprint for Maryland's Future

Updates for Blueprint Steering Committees 

April 2022

Policy Area 1 - Early Childhood Education

CCPS has been working with officials from the Charles County Government and AlphaBEST, our system’s before and after care provider, to expand access for before and after care for CCPS students below the age of five.  Currently, AlphaBEST is only licensed for students five years and older and per the regulations, students in AlphaBEST under the age of five cannot be in the same space as those above the age of five.  The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Child Care’s (OCC) will need to approve the expansion for students under five and visit every elementary school as a part of process.  We are hopeful this can be accomplished in time for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.  Dr. Navarro spoke at the public forum portion of the Maryland State Board of Education meeting on April 26th to highlight the feedback the school system has received from private childcare providers about why many providers have not applied to receive state funds to provide prekindergarten programs.  The clip can be found at the 12 minute mark on the video below:

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Policy Area 2 - Diverse Teachers and Leaders

The MSDE has provided a document called Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Implementation Guidance: Initial Eligibility for National Board Certification Salary Increase Incentives which aims to address unified language and understanding around those educators that are eligible to receive salary increases associated with National Board Certification (NBC) beginning July 1, 2022.  This document is considered a working document; therefore, additional clarifications and/or changes should be anticipated.  The most up-to-date version will be posted on the CCPS Blueprint website.  

Policy Area 3 - College and Career Readiness (CCR)

The proposed recommendation by the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) made to Maryland legislators to delay the requirement for districts to create a program of study for students that don’t meet the CCR requirement by the end of 10th grade until the 2023-24 school year has been passed and signed into law by Governor Hogan.  The steering committee worked to identify current supports in place for students and is currently working in identifying the supports that are used effectively in other school systems.

Policy Area 4 - More Resources to Ensure All Students are Successful

The steering committee recommends the following priorities be adopted in order to help with student achievement in Charles County Public Schools:

  • Provide math and reading resources aimed at improving student achievement to students, teachers, and parents/guardians based on data iReady assessment scores that are administered to students throughout the school year;
     
  • Create a hybrid or virtual option for all students that includes the same rigorous options (AP) and allows students to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities; and
     
  • Align hiring practices to ensure our best teachers are working with our neediest students.

Policy Area 5- Governance and Accountability

During the past Maryland legislative session, House Bill 1450, which altered timelines for the Blueprint’s implementation, was passed.  Specifically, this bill extends the State Implementation Plan deadline from Feb. 15, 2022 to Dec. 1, 2022; extends the MSDE deadline for plan criteria from April 1, 2022 to Sept. 1, 2022; and extends the local implementation plan deadline extended form June 15, 2022 to March 15, 2023.  The MSDE plans to provide ongoing technical support to local districts as they develop plans that will begin this summer or early fall.


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For more information about the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, please contact Christina Miller at (301) 934-7300 or cmmiller@ccboe.com .