for Maryland's Future
The Maryland Blueprint
The Blueprint for Maryland's Future Act is a piece of legislation intended to enhance and improve the state and local investment in, and school system operation of, Maryland's public schools and each of the schools within the 24 local school systems. This 235-page bill contains the policy and funding recommendations of the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, described in much greater detail below.
House Bill 1300, the 235-page bill passed in 2020 was passed a second time in 2021 by overriding the Governor's 2020 veto. Therefore, this bill needed updating to extend timelines, and legislators wanted to include new provisions to address COVID-related issues. So, House Bill 1372 (a 45-page bill) was passed to update and complement the core legislation, House Bill 1300.
Both bills must be read (and cross-referenced) to grasp the array of funding and policy provisions that constitute the Blueprint. Later this year the Education Article (the statute containing every provision of the Blueprint) will be updated and available online. For now, the "Fiscal and Policy Notes" for the respective bills provide very helpful narrative descriptions of bill provisions as well as state and local funding tables.
In 2022, HB 1450 was passed extending timelines associated with the Blueprint.
Read our Implementation Plan:
The SMCPS Blueprint Implementation Steering Committee has developed its responses to address the Blueprint requirements in the SMCPS Blueprint Implementation Plan. This plan was presented for public input at the March 8 Board of Education Meeting and has been submitted to the Maryland State Department of Education the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB) on March 15, 2023.
Review each of our Steering Committee meetings, including slide presentations and videos.
Blueprint Virtual Forum: The Blueprint Implementation Group held a virtual public forum on January 23, 2023. During this live-streamed event, our pillar leads provided an overview of the work to date and answer questions related to the pillar's requirements.
Provide feedback through our Blueprint Community Engagement Survey
Blueprint Policy Areas
The Blueprint's requirements are delineated under five (5) policy areas, which are outlined in HB1300. Subsumed under each of these policy areas are requirements and legislated elements. These five areas are:
Legislation - The Blueprint for Maryland's Future Act (and Revisions)
HB 1300 (2020)
HB 1372 (2021)
HB 1450 (2022)