Legislative Committee

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MABE's Legislative Committee

MABE’s Legislative Committee is led by Karen Yoho, Chair, and Brenda Wolff, Vice Chair, and includes representatives from all 24 boards of education.

The Legislative Committee holds monthly meetings to guide the association’s lobbying activities in Annapolis, and invites policy and legislative leaders as guest speakers to exchange ideas. During the legislative session, MABE’s bill testimony reflects the association’s resolutions as annually updated and adopted by the full membership,  and legislative priorities and positions as adopted by the Legislative Committee.

MABE's Legislative Positions & Priorities for the 2023 Session include position statements on 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.

 

For additional information on MABE's Legislative Positions contact John R. Woolums, Esq., MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.


 

Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials

 

Next Meeting - February 13, 2023 (10:00 a.m.-Noon) via Zoom

 


Updates

 

 

January 23, 2023

Agenda

 

January 9, 2023 (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Agenda


December 12, 2022

Agenda

 

November 14, 2022

Agenda

 

October 7, 2022

Legislative Committee Breakfast - MABE Annual Conference

Agenda

 

June 6, 2022 

Agenda

 

April 25, 2022

 

March 28, 2022

Agenda

 

March 14, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

February 28, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

February 7, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

January 10, 2022

Agenda & Materials

 

December 13, 2021

Agenda & Materials

 

November 15, 2021

Agenda & Materials

 

 

 

 

2021 Session & Interim: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

September 20, 2021

August – No Meeting Held

July 26, 2021

(June – No Meeting Held)

(May – No Meeting Held)

April 26, 2021

April 5, 2021

March 15, 2021

February 22, 2021


February 1, 2021


January 4, 2021

December 14, 2020

November 16, 2020

October 26, 2020


 

2020 Session & Interim: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

September 28, 2020

September 14, 2020 1:00-2:30 p.m.

August 31, 2020

August 3, 2020

June 22, 2020

Agenda

May 18, 2020

Budget Updates

MSDE Education Recovery Plan

Federal Nonpublic School Funding Guidance

April 27, 2020

(also planned as teleconference meeting)

Agenda & Materials

March 30, 2020

Agenda & Materials (for the teleconference meeting)

Updated Materials:

March 16, 2020 – Cancelled due to Coronavirus Public Health Concerns

March 2, 2020

Agenda & Materials

February 13, 2020

January 27, 2020

January 6, 2020

December 16, 2019 – Cancelled due to inclement weather

November 18, 2019

October 21, 2019

October 3, 2019 – Legislative Committee Breakfast Meeting


 


2019 Session: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

April 29, 2019


March 25, 2019


March 11, 2019


February 25, 2019


February 4, 2019


January 24, 2019


January 18, 2019


January 15, 2019


January 7, 2019


Dec. 17, 2018


Nov. 26, 2018


Oct. 15, 2018

Agenda & Materials


Oct. 4, 2018


Sept. 17, 2018


 

 

2017-2018 Sessions: Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

 

April 23, 2018

Agenda and Materials

March 26, 2018

Agenda and Materials

March 12, 2018

Agenda and Materials

February 26, 2018

Agenda and Materials

February 20, 2018

Agenda and Materials

Kirwan Commission Bill Outline

February 12, 2018

Agenda and Materials

January 22, 2018

Agenda and Materials

Education Budget Highlights FY 2019

Fiscal Briefing Materials: Federal Tax Impact

December 18, 2017

Agenda and Materials (Part 1 and Part 2)

Knott Commission – Funding and Process Subcommittee Materials

Kirwan Commission Preliminary Report Draft Recommendations

DLS 2018 Session Issue Papers (Education Section)

DLS Fiscal Outlook Briefing

MABE Legislative Process Presentation and PDF

Federal Update

November 13, 2017

Agenda and Materials

Policies and Procedures

Legislative Positions Publication (Final Draft for Approval)

October 16, 2017

Agenda and Materials – Draft 2018 Legislative Positions (for action on Nov. 13, 2017)

Dr. Kirwan’s Presentation (PowerPoint) (PDF) (Oct. 16, 2017)

Kirwan Commission Draft Vision & Framework for School Funding and Accountability Reforms (Sept. 14, 2017)

MABE Comments to the Kirwan Commission (Oct. 12, 2017)

President Miller/Speaker Busch Letter to Bob Gorrell, PSCP Director (Oct. 11, 2017)

Center for American Progress – A Comprehensive Analysis of Prekindergarten in Maryland (Oct. 10. 2017)

MSDE ESSA Plan Overview (Oct. 4, 2017)

Commission on the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Restorative Practices – Meeting Schedule

October 5, 2017 Legislative Committee Breakfast

Agenda and Materials

September 18, 2017

Agenda and Materials

Robert Gorrell’s Presentation

Proposed Changes to State/Local Cost Shares for School Construction Funding (for IAC approval on 9/28/17)

  Committee Schedule

  • • Jan. 9, 2023 (1:00-3:00, following the quarterly LSA meeting)
    • Jan. 23, 2023
    (Legislative Forum(s)- TBD)
    • Feb. 13, 2023
    • March 6, 2023
    • March 27, 2023
    • April 24, 2023
  • MABE’s Legislative Committee meetings are currently be conducted virtually through Zoom on Monday mornings, 10:00 to 12:00, unless otherwise indicated. (Hybrid in-person/virtual meetings coming soon!)
  • Meeting agendas and materials are posted in advance of the meetings, and updated regularly.