Delegate Kathleen Dumais

Democrat, Maryland House of Delegates District 15

Gov. Hogan vetoes three education bills

By: Katie Misuraca | Updated: May 24, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

MARYLAND - The Governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan (R), announced on Thursday legislative actions regarding Maryland schools.

Governor Larry Hogan vetoed three education bills on Thursday.

“The first reaction that I had was, why is he afraid to have teachers on the State Board of Education? I think of his veto letter,” said Del. Kathleen Dumais (D), District 15.

The bills included: a change to membership to the State Board of Education (Senate Bill 739), altering the employment categories of certain employees at the State Department of Education (House Bill 643 / Senate Bill 678), and altering the definitions of “supervisory employee” and “management personnel” (House Bill 808) .

“I am very glad that to see Gov. Hogan vetoes them,” said Del. Neil Parrott (R), District 2A. “It is interesting to see the power grab that the teachers union is trying to have in the state of Maryland.”

In a news release, Hogan states that the three bills are: “A crude attempt to accomplish two things: dilute the authority of the board of education by packing it with appointees that represent the interest of lobbyists rather than those of teachers, parents, administrators or students. “It is shocking to me, as well as the citizens of Maryland, the lengths the general assembly will go to weaken accountability that will hurt the performance of our school children.”

According to local leaders, they say that because of the bills’ vetos; they will expect either these bills, or bills similar to those, will be presented at the General Assembly in 2019.

Hogan’s veto of the bills is final because it is the last year of the four-year term. To find Gov. Hogan’s veto letter, click here.


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