December 17, 2017

Annapolis Advocacy Center

Programs and Services

MABE strives to be the primary voice for public education in Annapolis. Therefore, MABE represents all twenty-four local boards of education and engages the General Assembly through a comprehensive governmental relations and advocacy program. The association adopts resolutions which frame positions and priorities on major policy issues. These resolutions provide the foundation for the Legislative Positions and Priorities adopted annually by the Legislative Committee.

The Legislative Committee, including representatives from all twenty-four boards, holds monthly meetings to guide the association’s lobbying activities in Annapolis, and invites policy and legislative leaders as guest speakers 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 also coordinates the Green Street Coalition, which is comprised of legislative liaisons from school systems and the superintendents association, and produces the GreenSheet newsletter highlighting MABE’s positions, bill status updates, and Calls to Action during the legislative session.

The 2017 legislative session convened on January 11, 2017 and adjourned 90 days later on April 10, 2017. In advance of the legislative session, MABE conducted its annual update of the association’s Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for MABE’s legislative and policy positions in the coming year. On October 5, 2016 local board members approved Continuing Resolutions for 2016-2017. In November 2016, MABE’s Legislative Committee adopted the 2017 Legislative Positions.

The session saw the introduction of 1672 House bills and 1208 Senate bills. Of these 2880 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked more than 400 bills, and provided testimony and advocated on more than 60 House bills and more than 40 Senate Bills. The Legislative Summary Report and Presentation highlight the major education-related bills enacted, and rejected, and the State operating and capital budgets enacted for the 2017-2018 school year.

MABE 2017 Legislative Session Summary Report and Presentation (PDF) and PowerPoint (updated 5/4/17)

MABE Presentation on Local Board Policy Changes Arising from the 2017 Legislative Session (6/15/17)

For the most detailed summary and analysis of the 2017 legislative session, read the 90 Day Report prepared by the Department of Legislative Services.