|MPPI, a joint collaboration of AMS and AMI/USA|
|On Friday, April 8th, the Maryland Senate passed House Bill 467, which will allow teachers who have a bachelor’s degree and a Montessori credential issued by the American Montessori Society, the Association Montessori Internationale, or by any MACTE accredited institution to be eligible for a Maryland State teaching license after passing any required state tests. This news comes after years of hard work and determination by Montessori Schools of Maryland (MSM) and MPPI. The legislation was proposed this year for the third time after first failing to pass in 2018 and then being allowed to die during the Covid shutdown of the legislature in 2020. |
MSM began the work with State Senator Will Smith’s office and then the work was taken up and brought to the finish by State Delegate Julian Ivey. MSM president, Nancy Anselm assembled a broad group of Maryland Montessorians and national Montessori organizations to collaborate and contribute by providing testimony and writing letters of support to legislators. MPPI and MSM closely followed the bill through the legislature, working to carefully craft the language, and also met with stakeholders outside the Montessori community to educate them on the positive impact this bill would have on education in the state of Maryland. This legislation will greatly help increase the pool of teachers eligible to teach in Maryland public Montessori schools and in turn supports increased quality and fidelity of Montessori programs in the state.
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