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Maryland governor vetoes bill on lagging schools

Gov. Larry Hogan is vetoing a bill he says would make Maryland's school system one the least accountable in the United States.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Gov. Larry Hogan is vetoing a bill he says would make Maryland's school system one the least accountable in the United States.

Hogan announced the veto Wednesday at the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys.

The bill creates a formula for identifying struggling schools.

Supporters in the Democrat-led legislature say the formula takes into consideration some important factors beyond academic performance, such as attendance, safety and teacher quality. They say it enables lawmakers to create a comprehensive set of standards before a September deadline for states to submit a plan to the federal government.

But the Republican governor says it's too lax on academic performance and could cost Maryland millions in federal funding. Hogan says: "Instead of racing to the top, we would be trapped in a race to the bottom."

In response, Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller released the following statement:

“Gov. Hogan’s veto of the Protect Our Schools Act isn’t out of left field, but it’s certainly out-of-touch. It’s profoundly frustrating that the governor refuses to stand with parent, educator, and civil rights groups in support of a smarter, more transparent approach to holding schools accountable, and instead stands with Betsy DeVos in attempting to privatize our public schools. It’s also inconsistent with the bipartisan agreement that an over-reliance on standardized testing has led our schools astray from what really matters for our kids. His decision is not just a political miscalculation, but much more importantly, a deeply flawed policy error. We are hopeful that the General Assembly will correct this mistake and override Gov. Hogan’s anti-public education veto.”

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