MABE places a high priority on maintaining a positive and productive relationship with the Maryland State Board of Education. The State Board plays a major role in developing the state’s educational policies, adopting state regulations, and issuing legal opinions. Therefore, MABE staff and members of the MABE Board of Directors regularly attend the monthly meetings of the State Board, and MABE is engaged throughout the year in informing the State Board of the association’s positions on priority issues through testimony, correspondence, and meetings.
For additional information, contact John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.
The Monitor is the newsletter penned by MABE staff to provide all boards with a comprehensive summary of each State Board meeting.
Maryland Register (published, proposed, and final state regulations)
COMAR (searchable database of all adopted state regulations) – MSDE/State Board regulations are contained in Title 13A
State Board Priority Issues
MABE staff monitors and engages in correspondence and other advocacy actions on priority issues before the State Board of Education. Issues often arise in advance of or in response to proposed regulations or policies as well as in response to legal decisions impacting all school systems.
COVID-19 Issues Before the State Board
Reopening & Recovery Plan Advocacy
On August 31, 2020, MABE wrote to State Board President Clarence C. Crawford and State Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon to request the State Board’s rejection of the proposal to adopt new requirements for local education recovery and reopening plans. MABE's letter emphasized that Maryland’s nearly 1 million public school students and their families deserve as much stability and transparency as possible at the outset of this school year, not the last-minute disruption which would be caused by adopting the newly proposed standards for virtual learning.
Nonpublic Funding Under the CARES Act
On May 14, 2020, MABE's letter to Dr. Salmon thanked her for leadership and engagement on COVID-19 related matters and requested her assistance in resolving our serious concerns raised by the nonregulatory guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education outlining its interpretation of the requirements regarding equitable services for students in nonpublic schools under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (Mar. 27, 2020).
Student Grading Policies
On December 20, 2019, MABE's letter to Dr. Salmon and State Board President Sumpter requested the consideration of concerns as the State Board considered regulations (COMAR 13A.03.02.08) mandating that local grading policies include strict limitations on a student’s eligibility to received course credit, and therefore to graduate, based on unexcused absences from school. This provision was included in a larger set of proposed amendments to the regulations governing graduation requirements (COMAR 13A.03.02.01-.12). In addition, MABE requested an amendment to the section of the proposed regulations (COMAR 13A.03.03.09) to implement the law passed in 2019 to ensure that students’ results on the new high school assessments to be administered in the spring of 2020 do not affect their eligibility for graduation in 2020 or in any subsequent year in which they will graduate.
Student Transfer Regulations to Allow Expanded Intra-District Transfers
On September 30, 2019 MABE's letter to Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, and Warner I. Sumpter, Brig. Gen. (Ret.), State Board President, requested consideration of comments on regulations governing local board policies and decisions regarding intra-district student transfers within local school systems. MABE strongly opposed the regulations preliminarily approved by the State Board on August 27, 2019, and published in the Maryland Register on September 27, 2019.
At the same time, MABE's letter of September 30, 2019 to the House and Senate Co-Chairs of the AELR Committee to voice strong opposition to the proposed regulations governing intra-district student transfers within
local school systems.
On May 16, 2019, MABE's letter to Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Justin M. Hartings, President of the State Board, requested the consideration of several major concerns and objections as the State Board considered modifications to regulations governing intra-district student transfers within local school systems.
State Accountability System
On April 17, 2019, MABE wrote to Dr. Karen B. Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Justin M. Hartings, President of the State Board, to provide input as the State Board of Education considered modifications for the 2019 accountability system. Specifically, MABE’s comments addressed the potential single-year adjustment of Maryland’s current Star Rating System. MABE's letter raised several concerns about modifying the system at that time.
The Monitor and selected meeting materials are uploaded to the MABE website following each Maryland State Board of Education meeting to provide local boards with timely access to the issues pending before the State Board.
October 2020 Issue - October 25th special meeting about priority setting, October 26th regular meeting covering, Review of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Accountability, Report Card, and Assessments, Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Update, Waiver Request for Juniors in the 2020-2021 School Year
September 2020 Issue - September 21st special meeting about priority setting, September 22nd regular meeting covering Career and Technical Education Summary, Review of Local School System Reopening Plans, and Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education
September 1, 2020 Issue - Coverage of the special meeting of the board to approve new virtual learning standards and to require evaluations and reports on plans to reopen schools for in-person instruction
August 2020 Issue - Recovery Plan Discussion, Educator Licensure Regulations, Student Discipline Report
July 2020 Issue - Recovery Plan Updates & Local Presentations, State Report Card Data, Charter School Regulations
June 2020 Issue - Per-Pupil Expenditure Report, Education Recovery Plan, Student Suspensions and Arrest Data
May 2020 Issue - Federal CARES Act, Education Recovery Plan, Distance Learning Participation, State Regulations
April 2020 v2 Issue - Interscholastic sports cancellation, Education Recovery Plan, Teacher and Principal Evaluations, Nonpublic School Instructional Day Waiver, Teacher Certification, Grading and Reporting
April 2020 Issue - Meals/Food Distribution, Continuity of Learning, Waiver Requests, Calendar Modification Requests
March 2020 Issue - Ratifying State Superintendent’s Closing of Schools, Federal Accountability and Assessment Waiver, Social Studies Standards Regulations, Session Summary, COVID-19 Update, Superintendent Search
February 2020 Issue - Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, Advanced Placement & SAT, Assessment Graduation Performance Requirement, Change to MISA Structure, Maryland Report Card Update
January 2020 Issue - Update on Student Support Initiatives and Research on Achievement Gaps, Maryland Report Card Analysis, Change to High School MISA Structure
December 2019 Issue - Maryland 2018-2019 Report Card, Graduation Task Force
October 2019 Issue - Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), Algebra I Assessment, Career and Technical Education Four-Year State Plan
September 2019 Issue - 2019 State Assessment Results, Financial Reporting Requirements, Heroin and Opioid Epidemic, Educator Preparation Program Regulations
August 2019 Issue - Election of Officers, 2019 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP), Graduation Task Force, School Safety Update
July 2019 Issue - Student Discipline Regulations, Lead Higher Report, The Blueprint for Maryland's Future, CSM Initiative
June 2019 Issue - Graduation Task Force, SRCL Grant, State Board Membership
May 2019 Issue - Review of School Transfer Appeals, Graduation Task Force, State Standards in Social Studies, Digital Learning Standards
April 2019 Issue - Educator Certification, ESSA Accountability Update, Maryland High School Graduation Task Force, Juvenile Services Education System
March 2019 Issue - Educator Certification, Maryland Integrated Science Assessment, Improving the Teacher Evaluation System
February 2019 Issue - ESSA Accountability Update and Data Analysis, Educator Certification, and Curriculum Vetting Regulation
January 2019 Issue - Kindergarten Readiness Results, Educator Preparation Programs: Standards and Competencies, PGCO Performance Audit Review
December 2018 Issue - Principals of the Year recognition, PGCO Performance Audit Review, ESSA Report Cards, and Teacher Certification
October 2018 Issue - Superintendent Qualifications, ESSA Implementation, and High School Graduation Task Force Recommendations
September 2018 Issue - PARCC Supplemental Results, ESSA Implementation, and School Discipline
August 2018 Issue - State Board Hears 2018 Maryland PARCC Results, Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program Update and Hears Presentation of Four-Year-Old Curriculum Project
July 2018 Issue - State Board nominates Hartings as President and Izsard as Vice President, ESSA Implementation, and Online Learning Policies
June 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses ESSA Implementation, Assessment Data Comparisons, and Plan for Principal and Teacher Evaluations
May 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses National Assessment of Educational Progress, ESSA Implementation, Online Learning Policies, and Teacher of the Year
April 2018 Issue - State Board Discusses Teacher Certification Assessments, Charter School Grant Updates, ESSA and School Calendar Waivers
March 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Definition for “At-Risk” School, Establishment of Office of Compliance and Oversight, School Calendar Waiver/Modification Requests
February 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses MCAP, Early Childhood Education and ESSA Waivers
January 2018 Issue – State Board Discusses Baltimore City School Facilities, KRA Data, and Prince George’s Graduation Rates Audit
For archived issues of the Monitor, please contact the MABE office at 410-841-2493