Increasing Educator Cultural Competency

Bill Title: The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Bill Number(s): SB1030 and HB1413

Bill Sponsor(s): The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates

Position: Support with amendements

Legislative History: Passed enrolled

What will this bill do?

As legislation is adopted from the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also known as the Kirwan Commission, on improvements to education in Maryland, FreeState Justice urged the Commission ensure LGBTQ youth issues are included in discussion of the cultural competency of highly qualified and diverse teachers and leaders. Information about LGBTQ students’ identities, the issues they commonly face, and strategies for building inclusive and affirming spaces must be included in cultural competency understanding to ensure these students thrive in every Maryland school.  The legislation was amended to include these cultural competency requirements for educators and school leaders.