MABE’s Federal Advocacy Programs & Services
MABE’s Federal Relations Network (FRN) Committee meets throughout the year to discuss pending issues and coordinate meetings on Capitol Hill. The committee is comprised of board members appointed to represent the association in advocating the positions of MABE and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) to Maryland’s federal delegation, including our two U.S. Senators and eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, MABE representatives attend the annual NSBA Advocacy Institute (formerly FRN Conference) in Washington D.C. and participate in the “Day on the Hill” congressional office visits.
MABE encourages all boards of education to participate in MABE’s FRN committee and NSBA’s Advocacy Institute to engage in advocacy at the federal level. Only through these continuous efforts can we ensure that our federal officials are well informed on the priorities and perspectives of local boards of education and the fiscal and policy issues arising under the myriad federal programs impacting public education.
For additional information, contact John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations at (410) 841-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal News & Highlights
NSBA’s Federal Advocacy & Public Policy Updates
Weekly Update – September 7, 2018
(Congressional News, and U.S. Department of Education News)
- Negotiations Continue for FY2019 Education Appropriations
- House Education Committee Members Examine Apprenticeships Programs
- House Members Introduce Companion to Senate “Homework Gap” Bill
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in Maryland
State Resources – Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
- Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan Final
(Revised) January 10, 2018
U.S. Dept. of Education Resources – Maryland’s State Plan Review and Approval
MABE Presentation: From NCLB to ESSA… An Introduction to the Every Child Succeeds Act
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, represents a comprehensive revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which since 2002 has been known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). MABE and the National School Boards Association (NSBA) agree that ESSA provides a historic opportunity for school boards across the country to help shape how this law will impact their schools, teachers and students. Unlike NCLB, ESSA reduces the specificity of federal requirements while increasing the ability of States and school systems to define how school boards and individual schools are held accountable for student achievement. With the passage of this law, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and States are now embarking on the work to implement its provisions.
For more information, please see the Every Student Succeeds Act section in our Priority Issues for the 2018 legislative session.