In September 2015, Teach Plus-MD launched our first group of Teaching Policy Fellows with teacher from Baltimore City, Prince George's County, and Montgomery County. They have testified on education bills before the Maryland State Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates; provided feedback to U.S. Senators on a bipartisan education bill; were finalists in the Fordham Institute's national accountability design competition, presented on panels for the Fordham Institute, the Hunt Institute, the Aspen Institute, the National Association of State Boards of Education and the National Conference of State Legislatures. They have published op-eds and letters to the editor in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Greater Greater Washington blog. A dozen of the Fellowship graduates were selected to serve on the Teach Plus-MD Teacher Leader Advisory Board, where they continue to advocate for policies changes that will benefit their students. In 2017, they were successful in persuading state legislators to increase academic indicators from 55% to 65% in recent state legislation.