TAAAC Update

GRADING POLICY

The Policy Committee of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education is accepting comments on the new student grading policy under consideration, and time is running out for teachers to make suggestions. Minimum acceptable grades, a prohibition against any assigned grade between 0 and 50, “do-overs” for students, and flexible time limits for in turning work, are all about to be officially imposed, potentially creating yet more workload and more undermining of teacher authority. Please click onto the below link to review the draft and make comment.  Comments are being accepted only to May 11, 2012.

Please also forward a courtesy copy to BJones@mseanea.org.

RALLY FOR FUNDING

With the recent MSBOE denial of the Leopold appeal on Maintenance of Effort, the County owes the schools $12.1 million. That money can and should be used to fund some of the portions of the Board’s budget request that were not funded on April 15th, such as personnel costs. But Mr. Leopold has not done so. Please come and help support the Council in applying the school funding where the people who run the schools say it is needed. No more loopholes. No more tricks.

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012: OLD MILL HIGH SCHOOL
  • Hearing begins at 7:00
  • Testimony Sign-ups at 6:00PM
  • Picketing 6:15PM to 7:00PM
  • Come spend 45 minutes to support your profession.
  • Bring your own sign or carry one of ours.

 

CHARTER AMENDMENT PETITION FORM ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
DOWNLOAD HERE

Dear Reps, Alternates, and Members:

You have all probably heard or read from me all the reasons why the property tax revenue cap should be changed. Whether or not you agree, it would be hard to argue why it should not be placed on the ballot as a simple matter of fairness.

The measure was voted into the county charter in 1992, twenty years ago. Since that time, the county has grown by 26%. Combine that net growth with twenty years of person-specific turnover and the result is a significantly different population now living under that cap than the one that voted it in.

It is OUR COUNTY, OUR FUTURE. Shouldn’t it be the right of every voter in today’s Anne Arundel County to have a say in how the Anne Arundel County is run today?

If you have not done so already, please print a copy of the attached petition, collect what signatures you can, or simply sign one yourself if you cannot find other signators. When/If you gather signatures, please get them in ink and do not forget to complete the bottom of the petition form after you gather names. The date you place on the bottom line cannot be any earlier than any of the signature dates above it.

Then, give it to your building rep to bring to the June 6th meeting or mail it to the TAAAC office at the below address. (In a sealed envelope, basket mail will do.)

If not us, then who?

CHARTER AMENDMENT PETITION FORM ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY
DOWNLOAD HERE

You have all probably heard or read from me all the reasons why the property tax revenue cap should be changed. Whether or not you agree, it would be hard to argue why It should not be placed on the ballot as a simple matter of fairness.

The measure was voted into the county charter in 1992, twenty years ago. Since that time, the county has grown by 26%. Combine that net growth with twenty years of person-specific turnover and the result is a significantly different population now living under that cap than the one that voted it in.
It is OUR COUNTY, OUR FUTURE. Shouldn’t it be the right of every voter in today’s Anne Arundel County to have a say in how the Anne Arundel County is run today?

If you have not done so already, please print a copy of the attached petition, collect what signatures you can, or simply sign one yourself if you cannot find other signators. Then, give it to your building rep to bring to the May 2nd meeting or mail it to the TAAAC office at the below address. (In a sealed envelope, basketmail will do.)

FY13 BUDGET UPDATE
APRIL 30, 2012

A schedule change since last week’s update has caused TAAAC to switch priority on budget hearings. A rally, complete with informational picketing, is now scheduled for the second of the two hearings rather than the first. Information is provided below.

With the recent MSBOE denial of the Leopold appeal on Maintenance of Effort, the County owes the schools $12 million. That money can and should be used to fund portion of the Board’s budget request that were not funded on April 15th. But given Mr. Leopold’s priorities, the funding may not be allocated in a way it could be used for its intended purpose. Please come and help support the Council in applying the school funding where the people who run the schools say it is needed. No more loopholes. No more tricks.

RALLY FOR FUNDING
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012: OLD MILL HIGH SCHOOL
  • Hearing begins at 7:00
  • Testimony Sign-ups at 6:00PM
  • Picketing 6:15PM to 7:00PM
  • Come spend 45 minutes to support your profession.
  • Bring your own sign or carry one of ours.