Legislative Committee


2021 Legislative Priorities & Positions

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 16, 2020, the Legislative Committee adopted MABE’s Legislative Priorities and Positions for the 2021 Session

Equity & Excellence
MABE is uncompromisingly committed to the academic success of all students. MABE’s legislative platform reflects the association’s adoption of an equity core value, equity resolution, and equity lens. For MABE, educational equity in Maryland means providing access to essential academic, social, emotional, and economic supports in order to engage each student in rigorous well-rounded instruction toward them achieving their highest potential as learners and citizens. MABE pledges to reflect the core value of equity in the decision-making processes of the association including the priorities and positions of the legislative committee.

The COVID-19 Pandemic & Public Education
MABE recognizes the historic and devastating impacts of the ongoing public health and economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus. This is also an educational crisis, forcing school closures, emergency meal distribution, transitions to digital and distance teaching and learning, and reductions in available revenues to sustain and advance Maryland’s outstanding but already inadequately and inequitably funded public education system. The following positions represent MABE’s commitment to equity and excellence and to a strong educational recovery from the ongoing crisis on behalf of each of our nearly 1 million students.

MABE’s top priorities for the 2021 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 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. MABE opposes state initiatives which would reduce or eliminate local board governance or budgetary authority or create new unfunded mandates.

• Support for full State funding for Maryland’s outstanding public schools. Specifically, MABE supports enacting the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation to fulfill the State’s constitutional duty to adopt a school funding system that ensures equity and excellence in every school. MABE supports increased state funding in the state budget for FY 2022 and opposes legislative and executive proposals to reduce education funding.

• Support for increased State funding for school construction and renovation projects. Specifically, MABE supports enacting the Built to Learn Act to launch a $2 billion school construction program in the Maryland Stadium Authority; and at least $400 million in the FY 2022 capital budget to support all 24 school systems in designing, building, operating, and maintaining high quality learning environments for all students.

• Support for sustained and increased local government investments in education. Funding from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City plays a critical role in combination with State and federal funding. Therefore, MABE strongly supports preserving the “maintenance of effort” guarantee that local funding must be sustained and increased from year to year.

For additional information, contact John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.

Legislative Committee Calendar

January 4, 2021

        Session Convened Jan. 13, 2021

February 1, 2021

February 22, 2021

March 15, 2021

April 5, 2021 

        Session Adjourns April 12, 2021

April 26, 2021

 – No meeting held in May or June

July 26, 2021

 – No meeting held in August

September 20, 2021

October 7, 2021 – Annual Conference Legislative Committee Breakfast

November 15, 2021

December 13, 2021



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. 


Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials

Next Meeting – September 20, 2021 (virtual)


September 20, 2021

Agenda & Materials


August – No Meeting Held

July 26, 2021

Agenda & Materials

Blueprint Presentation


(June – No Meeting Held)

(May – No Meeting Held)


April 26, 2021

Agenda & Materials

2021 Session Summary Presentation

April 5, 2021

Agenda & Materials

Bill Highlights

March 15, 2021

Agenda & Materials

Bill Highlights

HB 1372 – Blueprint Revisions Bill – Section-by-section outline

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 – Presentation

February 22, 2021

Agenda & Materials

February 1, 2021

Agenda & Materials

Education Budget Highlights (K-12 & Early Education)

Education Funding Tables

School Construction Budget Highlights

Fiscal Briefing (Dept. of Legislative Services, Jan. 25, 2021) & Video

January 4, 2021

Agenda & Materials – Updated

Guest Speaker: Senator Paul Pinsky, Chair of the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee 

House & Senate Committee Procedures (MABE Slides)

NSBA Overview of December 2020 COVID Relief Funding

School Based Health Center Webpage & Report


December 14, 2020

Agenda & Materials

NSBA Call to Action for Federal COVID-19 Funding Relief

Strong Schools Call to Action for Blueprint Veto Override 


November 16, 2020


MABE’s 2021 Legislative Priorities & Positions 
(For approval on Nov. 16th)

Presentation & Discussion of Major Issues

Local Legislative Priorities and Legislative Initiatives

House (Letter) and Senate (Presentation) Reopening Guidelines for the 2021 Session 


October 26, 2020


MABE Legislative Positions for 2021
(Draft for Review & approval on Nov. 16, 2020)


September 28, 2020

Agenda & Materials


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

Agenda & Materials


August 31, 2020

Agenda (Updated)

Agenda & All Materials (Updated)

Education Recovery and Reopening Plan Issues

Equitable Services Funding 


August 3, 2020


Agenda with Materials

June 22, 2020


MABE Session Highlights & COVID-19 Updates

MABE Leadership Statements for the Briefing on Education Issues Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic before the House Ways and Means and Appropriations Committee (June 11, 2020) (Briefing Agenda)

May 18, 2020

Agenda & Materials

Kirwan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Veto

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

Agenda & Materials

FY 2021 Budget Highlights

January 6, 2020

Agenda & Materials


December 16, 2019 – Cancelled due to inclement weather

Agenda & Materials

Kirwan Blueprint

Kirwan Blueprint Return on Investment (ROI) Study

School Employees/Applicant’s Sexual Misconduct History Review

Legislation to Improve HB 486 from 2019 (draft bill for discussion)

State regulations to implement HB 486 (proposed on Dec. 3, 2019)

General Assembly Issue Papers for the 2020 Session

Education Section (pp. 52-63 of full report)

Local Government Section (pp. 86-106 of full report)

State Board Updates

Charter School Funding Regulations (proposed on October 22, 2019)


November 18, 2019

Agenda & Materials

MABE’s 2020 Legislative Positions and Priorities (Final Draft for Approval)

School Facilities

Kirwan Commission Updates


October 21, 2019

Agenda & Materials

Presentation: What’s the Kirwan Commission & Blueprint for Maryland’s Future All About

Student Transfer Regulations

MABE President’s Letter to the AELR Committee (Sept. 30, 2019)
MABE President’s Letter to Dr. Salmon and Pres. Sumpter (Sept. 30, 2019)

MABE’s Legislative Process & Draft Legislative Positions 

MABE’s Legislative Process Overview

DRAFT 2020 Legislative Positions


October 3, 2019 – Legislative Committee Breakfast Meeting

Agenda & Materials

Kirwan Commission Overview & Updates (Presentation)

School Facilities Funding & Policy Updates

Student Transfer Regulations

MABE President’s Letter to the AELR Committee (Sept. 30, 2019)
MABE President’s Letter to Dr. Salmon and Pres. Sumpter (Sept. 30, 2019)



2018-2019 Legislative Committee Meetings and Materials (Archives)

April 29, 2019

Agenda & Materials

2019 Legislative Session Summary Report (Updated April 29, 2019)

Slide Presentation (Updated April 29, 2019)

March 25, 2019

Agenda & Materials

 – House Budget Bill Summary (HB 100)

 – Senate Budget Bill Summary (HB 100)

 – Budget Conference Committee Members

–  School Construction Funding – Build to Learn Act (HB 727) and Outline

March 11, 2019

Agenda & Materials

February 25, 2019

Agenda & Materials

February 4, 2019

Agenda & Materials

January 24, 2019

MABE Briefing Presentation to the Senate Education Committee

January 18, 2019

Governor Hogan Releases his FY 2020 State Budget

Education Budget Highlights

FY 2020 Direct State Aid for Public Education

January 15, 2019

MABE Briefing Presentation to the House Ways and Means Committee 

January 7, 2019

Agenda & Materials

MABE Advocacy Presentation

Dec. 17, 2018

Agenda & Materials

Nov. 26, 2018

Agenda & Materials

Oct. 15, 2018

Agenda & Materials

Oct. 4, 2018

Agenda & Materials

Sept. 17, 2018

Agenda & Materials

2017-2018 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)

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

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