What does this indicate about the Blueprint for Maryland's Future?
All across the state local jurisdictions are voicing their concerns over how they will fund the Blueprint legislation. Many County Executives and County Councils are weighing whether the bloated Blueprint budget is worth the immense increase it will cost their taxpayers, some as much as a 10% increase. There could be an insurrection against the Blueprint in the works.
It appears that MSDE and the Accountability and Implementation Board have heard these concerns as they have postponed the deadline for school systems to submit their second set of Blueprint education reform documents to May 1st rather than March 15th. The plan has also been reduced from 164 questions and prompts to twenty-three. Superintendents across the State have expressed their gratitude.
It seems like a simple thing that just reduces clerical work, but it may be an indicator of something else.
Is MSDE and the AIB realizing that the Blueprint is not only a financial monster but a bloated administrative nightmare as well? Perhaps.
With the hiring of a new interim State Superintendent, Carey Wright, the days of Superintendent Choudhury's heavy-handed mandates are in the rear-view mirror. Wright seems more interested in real action rather than ponderous planning for action.
They may also realize that systems are struggling to find teachers while they are top heavy on paper pushing administration.
The real indicator of whether or not the State realizes that the Blueprint will collapse the Maryland's education system as more and more counties go into deficit spending to fund it or decide not to fund it at all and just maintain what they can fund without State money.
Maybe the State is reading the signposts. Let's hope so.