March 22, 2018


MABE strives to be the primary voice for public education in Annapolis. The unity of 24 local boards of education lends strength to our influence in the legislative process. MABE services include lobbying representation before Maryland’s State Board of Education, General Assembly, and Congressional Delegation, and regular publications to inform and involve local board of education in the legislative process.

Upon request MABE staff are available to present local boards with legislative updates and offer legislative advocacy training. For more information, please contact John Woolums at

The Advocacy Toolkit: A Guide to Effective Education Advocacy is intended to complement board and board member efforts by providing a portable guide to assist in lobbying local, state, and federal officials on behalf of Maryland’s outstanding public schools and students. In addition, MABE has developed presentations on Effective Education Advocacy for Board Members and Effective Education Advocacy for Local Communities,

To obtain an Advocacy Toolkit publication, please contact Jackie Weisman,





General Assembly

MABE strives to be the primary voice for public education in Annapolis. The unity of 24 local boards of education lends strength to our influence in the legislative process, ensuring that the Governor, General Assembly, and State Board of Education turn to MABE to help determine what is best for school children.

MABE’s Legislative Committee holds monthly meetings to guide the association’s lobbying activities in Annapolis, and invites policy and legislative leaders to exchange ideas. The Director of Governmental Relations, in coordination with MABE leadership, conducts direct lobbying activities including written and oral testimony before the General Assembly. MABE annually adopts a Legislative Positions publication, publishes the GreenSheet legislative newsletter and provides bill tracking and testimony online during the legislative session, and publishes and presents summaries of the legislative session.

MABE’s Annapolis Advocacy Center

State Board of Education

MABE monitors and advocates on behalf of local boards before the Maryland State Board of Education and Maryland State Department of Education on myriad policy and regulatory issues. Representatives of MABE’s Board of Directors regularly attend meetings of the State Board of Education, and staff pens The Monitor, which provides a comprehensive summary of each monthly meeting. MABE frequently informs the State Board of the association’s positions on priority issues through testimony, correspondence, and meetings. In addition, MABE leadership and other local board members representing MABE routlinely participate on state workgroups, taskforces, and commissions.

MABE’s State Board Advocacy Center

Federal Government

MABE encourages all boards of education to engage in advocacy at the federal level. This active participation in federal advocacy ensures that our federal officials are well informed on MABE’s and local board priorities and perspectives on the many federal programs impacting public education. MABE’s Federal Relations Network (FRN) Committee is comprised of board members appointed to represent the association in communicating teh National School Boards Association (NSBA) and MABE positions to Maryland’s federal delegation, including our two U.S. Senators and eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

MABE’s Federal Advocacy Center