MD Board of Ed Member Authors Piece on Lawmaker’s Efforts to Halt Installation of New School-Accountability System

MD Board of Ed Member Authors Piece on Lawmaker’s Efforts to Halt Installation of New School-Accountability System

March 22, 2017

Chester E. Finn, Jr., president emeritus of the Fordham Institute and vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education, authored an opinion piece on Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to “prevent the State Board of Education from installing a new school-accountability system that prioritizes pupil achievement and student success” under ESSA. Finn wrote that he was “all for ESSA’s devolution of such authority back to the fifty states,” but is now concerned that “federalism can be used to advance adult interests at the expense of students.” He wrote that Gov. Larry Hogan should veto the legislation because of lawmakers who have “no interest in whether the state’s schools are actually preparing the state’s children for success in the modern world.” The Washington Post editorial board also weighed in on this issue.