Legislative Committee


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.

On November 15, 2021, the Legislative Committee adopted MABE’s Legislative Priorities and Positions for the 2022 Session.

MABE’s top priorities for the 2022 Legislative Session included:

  • Support for governance authority for local boards of education to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources.

MABE consistently supported local board authority to exercise legislative, judicial, and executive functions, and to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources. In response to an unprecedented number of curriculum-related bills, MABE prioritized advocacy for local discretion in curriculum implementation based on local priorities. MABE also advocated for a balance of local and state authority in legislation setting new standards for digital technology, the use of seclusion and restraint, and the operation of virtual schools.

  • Support for full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools.

MABE advocated for sustained increases in state and local funding in FY 2023 and beyond to support the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law to fulfill Maryland’s constitutional duty to adopt a school funding system that ensures equity and excellence in every school. Specifically, MABE supported the investment of available surplus funds in the State’s commitment to launch the Blueprint, saving surplus funds for future Blueprint costs, and paying bonuses to school system support staff. Maryland’s public schools will receive record funding this year in these and other areas.

  • Support for increased State funding for school construction and renovation projects.

MABE supported a state funding level of at least $400 million for school construction and renovation projects for FY 2023 to provide the State’s share of approved projects to build, renovate, and improve schools. The legislature agreed to adopt an increased target of $450 million and invested an unprecedented amount school construction funding through bond financing and one-time cash spending.

  • Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education.

MABE supports the Blueprint’s reforms to state law to ensure local funding increases above maintenance of effort by including a local funding share for students in prekindergarten, special education, economically disadvantaged, and English learner state funding categories. However, this new approach was not fully in place for FY 2023, and the legislature and county governments agreed to hold school systems harmless by ensuring the higher of the current or prior year’s maintenance of effort amount and the new local share calculation. MABE supported this legislation to secure strong and stable local funding for the 2022-2023 school 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 - October 7, 2022 - MABE Annual Conference Legislative Committee Breakfast (Westin in Annapolis, 7:00-8:30 a.m.)


June 6, 2022 



April 25, 2022


March 28, 2022



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


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

  • • Oct. 7, 2022 (MABE Conference Legislative Committee Breakfast)
    • Nov. 14, 2022
    • Dec. 12, 2022
    • Jan. 9, 2023
    • Jan. 23, 2023
    (Legislative Luncheon - date 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.



All Board Service Academies and committee meetings are virtual during this time.

If you have any questions, please email jbeltz@mabe.org.