We encourage you to connect with your legislators and let them know how you feel about the current issues. Let them know how important those issues are to you by trying to set up a face to face meeting or a phone meeting with them or one of their staff members. If you would like to do that, but are unsure how to go about doing that, we have set up some basic steps with ideas of what to say. Click here to view those steps. If you have any questions please reach out to us at ACSIMDLeaders@champion.org.
Register for this workshop on January 18th to learn more about ESSA Changes and Attend the ACSIMD CAPE meeting afterward.
ACSI Guidance on Maryland’s New Textbook and Voucher Legislation for the 2016–17 School Year
Changing cultural issues are creating challenging times for our Christian schools around the country. ACSI believes that Christian schools should confront the culture in a scriptural manner while being as wise as serpents and yet as harmless as doves. We know that God is not surprised by all these cultural shifts, realizing that it is our duty as Christian schools to be light in this dark world. However, the question is just how do we do it and yet protect the mission of our schools?
As you may know, on March 29 the Maryland legislature passed SB 190 (the state budget), and the governor is expected to sign it. The annual budget runs July to June. This bill authorizes the budget for July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017. The bill reauthorized the Maryland Nonpublic Student Textbook Program and the Nonpublic Aging Schools Program (Textbook Program) along with the creation of a state-run scholarship program for students to attend private schools.
Dear ACSI MARYLAND School Leaders,
There are lot of questions regarding whether or not Christian schools in Maryland should accept State Textbook and Non-public Aging School Grant money this year. You should have received a letter from Dr. John Storey, ACSI Northeast Regional Director, providing ACSI’s guidance regarding this matter. We have also received counsel from the Maryland State Department of Education who provided us wording for an addendum to the assurances we sign. All of us have to make our own decisions based on this information. I just spoke with Monica Kearns at the MSDE and she is willing to answer any questions you may have. She can be reached at 410-767-8863. Please feel free to call me as well – 410-442-5888. MATT GAINES IS ALSO AVAILABLE IF YOU NEED AT 301-751-0040. MANY SCHOOLS HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE ASSURANCES CAN BE WORKED WITH THIS YEAR.
ACSIMD LEADERS, Rob Van Ness ASCIMD Coordinator
A poll conducted in August, 2015, by OpinionWorks revealed that an overwhelming majority of Marylanders support the proposal to create a Maryland Education Credit. Two-thirds of voters support the proposal and place great value on its potential to help lower- and middle-income families obtain a quality education in both public and nonpublic schools by offering a tax credit to businesses that donate to nonprofit student assistance organizations.
Join us a Christian Schools from across MD join other Private Schools in Annapolis to rally for tax credits.
PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS NOT REQUIRED TO ADMIT UNVACCINATED STUDENT
ATTORNEY GENERAL BRIAN FROSH ISSUES LEGAL ADVICE,
AT REQUEST OF DELEGATES HETTLEMAN AND ROSENBERG
A private or parochial school is not required to admit “an unvaccinated student simply because the student asserts a religious exemption,” according to the Office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.
This legal advice, in a letter to Delegates Shelly Hettleman and Samuel Rosenberg, addresses concerns raised by the Orthodox Jewish day schools in the metropolitan Baltimore area.
As Christian schools in Maryland begin another year of educating students, we at ACSIMD want to wish you a great start! We desire to continue building on what we accomplished last year. We laid a great foundation thanks to the many people who got involved by attending the Education Tax Credit Rally and who encouraged parents to voice their opinion via the Internet through Voter's Voice.
The Maryland legislative session is now behind us, and many may be wondering what was accomplished. Quite a lot actually!