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.

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 include:

Support for governance authority for local boards of education.

  • Specifically, MABE supports local board authority in exercising legislative, judicial, and executive functions, and to adopt education policies and school system budgets reflecting local priorities and resources.

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

  • Specifically, MABE advocates 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.

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

  • Specifically, MABE advocates for increases in state and local funding in FY 2023 capital and operating budgets to support the locally prioritized school facility needs of all 24 school systems.

Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education.

  • 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 – January 10, 2022 (still virtual)


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

  • January 10, 2022 (12:30 - 2:30)
  • February 7, 2022
  • February 28, 2022
  • March 14, 2022
  • March 28, 2022
  • April 25, 2022
  • MABE’s Legislative Committee meetings are currently be conducted virtually through Zoom on Monday mornings, 10:00 to 12:00, unless otherwise indicated. 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.