March 22, 2018

Employment Opportunity


May 22, 2017 – MABE currently has an opening for a Fiscal Officer. Employment details and the application are now available; the position will remain open until filled. 

2017 Legislative Session Summary

 The 2017 Legislative Session has ended, and MABE provides a complete summary (updated 4/19/17) of all bills impacting education in Maryland. 

Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for MABE's Excellence in Education Award 

This award was established in 2012 to honor the retiring executive director, Carl W. Smith. It may be presented every other year (alternating  with the Maryland Association Boards of Education Distinguished Board Member Service Award) to an individual who has  demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to excellence in public education in Maryland.

NSBA Equity Symposium

NSBA's one – day symposium will provide a forum for school board members, public school advocates, and community leaders to examine and discuss the strategies, current trends, research, and best practices that are positively impacting the educational outcomes of academically and economically disadvantaged students in traditional K-12 public settings. – See more at:

MABE Leadership Presents on ESSA at State Board


The State Board provided the opportunity for representatives from the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) to present the association’s perspectives on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the development of Maryland ESSA Accountability Plan.   Board President Andy Smarick welcomed MABE’s representatives, and noted that the State Board had afforded the same opportunity to other major stakeholders including the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland (PSSAM) and the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA).

MABE’s President-elect Joy Schaefer, who chairs MABE’s Committee on ESSA and is a Frederick County board member, presented MABE’s statement. She was joined by Ellen Flynn Giles, MABE’s representative on the MSDE ESSA Stakeholder Committee, and a Howard County board member, who participated in the morning’s dialogue with the State Board. 

Governor Revises Executive Order to Mandate Calendars


On October 11, 2016, Governor Hogan issued an amended Executive Order to forestall the intention of the State Board of Education to consider and grant waivers from the post-Labor Day through June 15 school year based on a local board of education's showing that commencing their academic calendar before Labor Day would provide educational benefit to students.

The new Executive Order repeals the previous waiver language and insists that the State Board follow formal regulatory procedures in adopting waiver criteria. In addition, the Order requires that local boards establish a “compelling justification” for any requested waiver by satisfying all elements stipulated in the Order. Waivers appear to be limited to individual schools with innovative programs justifying the waiver.  

On October 5, 2016, MABE members from across the State adopted revisions to MABE's Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for the association's legislative and policy positions in the coming year. The resolution on Local Board of Education Governance Authority was amended to emphasize that MABE opposes any executive or legislative initiatives that have the effect of reducing or circumscribing local board authority … encourages local boards to work in conjunction with the State Board of Education … and advocates for and supports legislation to clarify that local board governance authority is not subject to executive orders by the Governor.” 

Today, in the wake of an even more prescriptive Executive Order specifying the types of waivers the State Board of Education may consider, MABE reiterates the assocaition's recently adopted resolution in support of action in defense of the principle and operation of local governance of education policy matters.