HCPSS opinion on Blueprint for Maryland Future ( Kirwan commission)

This is the letter from HCPSS superintendent Dr. Martirano to our senators on the Blueprint for Maryland Future legislation (Senate Bill SB1000/House Bill HB1300). The full letter is attached here.

The letter talked about good side of the legislation:

There are more challenges laying ahead.

Challenges Specific to Howard County: Lack of Local aid increase/budget pressures

  • Local funding for teacher salary increases
  • Salary increases for Non-Teachers
  • Dual Enrollment costs
  • Administrative costs

Broader Implementation Challenges

  • Budgeting and reporting
  • Career Ladder Implementation
  • Early Childhood Education
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Accountability and Oversight

the really slow moving train

I was driving today on Randolph road and stopped for a train to pass. There were hundreds of cars waiting from both directions. More that ten years ago when I stopped there to wait for a train to pass for the first time, it was fun and I was excited to see a train in such a short distance. Now while waiting for the train to pass really slowly, I was wondering how many hours have been wasted for so many people for so many years. Why no bridge has ever been built?

The train of USA needs to move forward a little faster or at least not stop here, wasting people’ time. Hope the bullet train is coming to us in Maryland in my life time.