Beth Milne is a past member of the 50CAN team. 

Earlier this week our Bridge the Gaps campaign suffered a blow: the House Economic Matters Committee voted down a bill to champion parental involvement and allow parents to attend parent-teacher conferences without penalty from their employer.

The good news is that we still have a chance to bridge Maryland gaps in these last two weeks of the legislative session.

We need Marylanders to tell lawmakers to support HB 1218, which would create a task force to study our current public charter school law and recommend the specific changes needed to give high-performing charter schools the flexibility and support they need to innovate and grow.

HB 1218 is the last chance we’ll have this year to spark a long-overdue conversation in Maryland about what it will take to transform our charter law from second-worst in the nation to the very best.

In the next few days the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs committee will vote on whether to pass this bill to the Senate floor. It’s crucial that they hear from you before they do.

Maryland needs a strong charter law to create a thriving school ecosystem in which all families–including the 10,000 currently on public charter school waiting lists–have the great school options they deserve. And with your help, we can get one.


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