2023 Legislative Session
MABE's 2023 Legislative Positions and Priorities focus on advocacy for local board governance and adequate and equitable state and local funding. MABE has adopted position statements on other major policy issues such as student health, school safety, special education, school facilities, collective bargaining, and vouchers.
MABE's Legislative Committee is led by Karen Yoho, Chair (Frederick Co.), and Brenda Wolff, Vice-Chair (Montgomery Co.), and includes members from all 24 local boards.
During the 2023 session, MABE leadership and staff will provide written and oral testimony to the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates reflecting these positions and actions taken by the Legislative Committee.
- The 2023 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly will convene on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 and adjourn “sine die” 90 days later at midnight on Monday, April 10, 2023.
For more information, contact John R. Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.
MABE's Legislative Positions & Priorities for the 2023 Session include position statements on the following major policy areas:
MABE’s top priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session include:
Support for governance authority for local boards of education to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources.
- MABE supports broad discretion for local board decision-making authority in exercising legislative, judicial, and executive functions in accord with state and federal law and principles of equity and excellence for all students. Specifically, MABE advocates that state and local initiatives not reduce local board governance or budgetary authority or create unfunded mandates.
Support for full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools.
- MABE supports annual state and local education budgets commensurate with the full costs of implementing new and enhanced statutory and regulatory requirements and expectations. Specifically, MABE advocates for sustained increases in state and local funding in FY 2024 and beyond to support the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law to fulfill Maryland’s constitutional duty to adopt and fund a school funding system that ensures equity and excellence in every school and college and career readiness for every student.
Support for increased State funding for school construction and renovation projects.
- MABE supports annual state and local capital and operating budgets commensurate with the costs of designing, building, renovating, operating, and maintaining high quality learning environments for each student in our 1,400 public schools. Specifically, MABE advocates for a state capital improvement program of at least $450 million in addition to the Built to Learn program to expand Prekindergarten and Career and Technical Education school facilities called for by the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and to support other locally prioritized school facility needs.
Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education.
- Funding from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City plays a critical role in the success of public education programs, services, and facilities. Specifically, MABE advocates for state laws mandating investments of local property and income tax revenues in public education, including a strong “maintenance of effort” guarantee that local funding must be sustained and increased from year to year.
Bill Status Report
During the 2023 session, MABE is monitoring all education-related bills and providing weekly bill tracking reports including bill status, hearing schedules, and MABE’s positions.
MABE Bill Status Report (February 3, 2023)
MABE Testimony & Correspondence
During the 2023 session, MABE will provide written and oral testimony to the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates reflecting positions in accordance with the association’s Continuing Resolutions, Legislative Priorities and Positions, and actions taken by the Legislative Committee.
- MABE wrote to Governor-Elect Wes Moore to request his consideration of several funding and policy issues relating to the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future and the FY 2024 State Budget. Key issues raised in the letter include: Prekindergarten expansion, enrollment, inflation, college and career readiness, student behavioral health, and governance and accountability. (Jan. 3, 2023)
- MABE and the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM) wrote a joint letter to Governor-Elect Wes Moore sharing our commonly held state education budget concerns and requesting his support to address them in the upcoming fiscal year. (Dec. 30, 2022) This letter addresses:
(1) a hold harmless funding request to address persistent declining enrollment;
(2) a targeted legislative change to the Blueprint formula to include special education, English Language Learners (ELL), and students experiencing homelessness in PreK funding;
(3) inflationary adjustments for general operating and capital funding;
(4) capital planning needs for PreK and Career Technical Education (CTE) to fulfill the vision of the Blueprint; and
(5) funding for a designated Blueprint Coordinator in each local school system.
- MABE joined the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), Maryland Municipal League (MML), and Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland (PSSAM) in a letter to the Maryland Secretary of Labor on concerns our organizations share about the planning and pending implementation of the Time to Care Act. "While we value the goals of the Time to Care Act, local governments have deep trepidations about the feasibility of the law’s implementation timeline and requirements." (Dec. 20, 2022)
2023 Bill Testimony
House Bill 69
TITLE: Education - Student Behavior - Parent and Guardian Notice and Required
Counseling (Parent and Guardian Accountability Act)
DATE: February 1, 2023
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
House Bill 81
TITLE: Community Development Administration - Live Near Where You Teach
Program – Establishment
DATE: January 26, 2023
COMMITTEE: Environment and Transportation
Senate Bill 109
TITLE: Interagency Commission on School Construction – Systemic Renovation Projects – Eligibility
DATE: January 19, 2023
COMMITTEE: Budget and Taxation
Senate Bill 120
TITLE: Public Schools - Anaphylactic Food Allergies - Guidelines and Requirements
POSITION: Support With Amendments
DATE: January 24, 2023
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and Environment
Senate Bill 127
TITLE: Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center - Student FAFSA Data - Reporting Requirement
DATE: January 24, 2023
COMMITTEE: Education, Energy, and Environment
Calls to Action
As MABE monitors and takes positions on bills, and Calls to Action will be distributed electronically and posted as soon as possible. If you are not receiving MABE emails, please contact Jen Beltz, Director of Communications & Marketing.