New Nonpublic School Transportation Task Force Bill Signed into Law by Governor Wes Moore

Annapolis, MD – May 16, 2023

Pictured L-R, (Bottom Row) Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, Senate President Bill Ferguson, Governor Wes Moore, Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, (Top Row) Matthew Pica, John Pica, Transportation Bill Sponsor Delegate Dalya Attar, Arielle Frankston-Morris (Teach Coalition), Sarah Mersky Miicke (Baltimore Jewish Council).

Governor Wes Moore has signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Jim Rosapepe, Delegate Dalya Attar and Delegate Dana Stein which creates a task force that will arrive at a feasible nonpublic school transportation program to be proposed in the upcoming legislative session. Teach MD, a project of the Orthodox Union (“OU”), praised Governor Wes Moore and the Maryland General Assembly for this step in the right direction to address an issue of great importance to families across Maryland, including those with children attending Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

The sponsors of this bill have been tireless champions for the nonpublic school community. (Sponsor, Delegate Dalya Attar, pictured at bill signing.)

In 2023, Teach MD has joined leading advocates in Annapolis including Agudath Israel of Maryland, Baltimore Jewish Council, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the Maryland Catholic Conference and MD CAPE to advance Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

This session, Teach MD’s goals were to advocate for school nurse funding, student transportation program and the restoration of BOOST. These three priorities saw success this legislative session, with a new nonpublic nursing, security, and health initiative funded at $2.5M, BOOST funding retained at 90% of the previous level, and the creation of this new nonpublic school transportation task force.

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Teach MD is a branch of the Orthodox Union’s Teach Coalition, a multi-state, grassroots movement devoted to advocating for nonpublic school programs and resources.