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Applications Open for New Education Reform Oversight Board

Applications are open for members to a new state panel that will oversee implementation of the 10-year multi-billion-dollar Blueprint for Maryland’s Future education reforms.

Once established, the Accountability and Implementation Board will be responsible for developing a statewide comprehensive plan by February 2022 to guide reform and approve county-level education reform plans. The board also has the power to withhold 25% of new state funding from counties each fiscal year until the board approves a county’s progress toward implementing reform.

Applications for the panel will be open until Aug. 4. A nominating committee hopes to present nominees to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) by mid-September.

“Selecting highly capable and experienced members to serve on the Accountability and Implementation Board is critical to the successful implementation of the Blueprint. It is an awesome responsibility that I and the other members of the Committee take extremely seriously,” Shanaysha Sauls, chair of the nominating committee, said in a written statement.

The nominating committee includes six members, two each appointed by the governor, senate president and speaker of the House of Delegates.

The nominating committee is tasked with choosing at least nine candidates from whom Hogan must appoint seven members to the Accountability and Implementation Board. Hogan will have 30 days to select seven candidates, whose appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Members of the AIB will serve six-year terms, although the terms of the initial members are staggered.

Candidates must submit a complete application and resume to [email protected] by midnight on Aug. 4 to be considered.

Instructions on how to apply, including a link to the application, can be found here.

More information on the nominating committee, AIB, and Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is on the committee’s website.

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