When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act to replace the failed No Child Left Behind, it gave states the power to overhaul how they measure school success and practice school accountability.

This is a once in a decade opportunity for Maryland to reduce the culture of over-testing and incentivize schools to focus more on things like school climate, class and caseload size, and offering a broad, challenging curriculum including the arts.

Unfortunately, Governor Hogan has vetoed it to protect his Betsy DeVos-style school privatization agenda.

We’ll need legislators to be ready to override his veto so we can dial back the culture of over-testing, prevent the privatization of our schools, and make sure that Maryland creates a smarter school accountability system that focuses on truly improving low-performing schools and narrowing achievement gaps.

The bill will give Maryland the strongest accountability system in the nation by more effectively utilizing test scores and focusing on additional factors—like a supportive school climate—that contribute to a high-quality, equitable education for all students.

If a school is identified as low-performing, the teachers and parents who know their kids best will finally be empowered to lead on implementing research- and community-backed plans to improve their school.

But Gov. Hogan is trying to use this opportunity to double down on using test scores to identify public schools as failing so they can be converted into charter schools or so more funding can be sent to private school vouchers. This bill stops this radical privatization agenda by preventing public schools from being transferred to private and for-profit interests who look out for their bottom lines first and our kids second.

The bill is supported by educators, the Maryland PTA, civil rights groups—including the NAACP State Conference of Maryland, ACLU of Maryland, and Casa de Maryland—and numerous education advocacy groups.

Take action today to call on legislators to override Gov. Hogan’s veto of this important bill!