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Statement from MABE President Ginny McGraw on Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation Becoming Law

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“Today marks a key step forward when it comes to improving wi-fi access for Maryland students and schools, and also in preventing cyberattacks in Maryland – including in our state’s 24 school systems. Congress passing this historic, federal infrastructure legislation, and the Administration signing it into law today, means nearly $100 million going toward broadband to improve wi-fi access for Marylanders, and another $15.9 million to help prevent cyberattacks in our state.

Productive efforts like these mean a brighter future for students and school systems in Maryland, and at the end of the day help MABE’s 24 school board members throughout our state continue to achieve their collective vision of serving as a champion for excellence in public education. We thank lawmakers for joining together to pass this crucial legislation, and also thank Maryland Governor Hogan for his support of this important measure.”

Charles County’s Virginia (Ginny) McGraw Sworn in as President of MABE at Annual Conference

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Longtime Charles County resident Virginia (Ginny) McGraw was sworn in on October 7th as the new President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), a leading advocate for public education since 1957. The association consists of all 24 Maryland boards of education, whose ongoing vision is to champion excellence in public education.

McGraw’s swearing in took place during the Annapolis-based association’s Annual Conference, held this past week (October 6-8) in Annapolis. The retired Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) principal was named the 2009 CCPS Principal of the Year, and has served as a teacher and vice principal with CCPS. She continues to serve as a member of the Charles County Retired School Personnel Association, the Education Association of Charles County, and the Maryland State Education Association. She and her husband have been Charles County residents for over four decades.

“Ginny’s track record of leadership and commitment to quality public education speaks for itself,” said MABE Immediate Past President Tammy Fraley. “Her direct experience for decades in schools influences her approach to tackling the many challenges Maryland school districts continue to face, just as her active involvement with various education organizations informs her thinking on Maryland public education’s most critical issues. MABE’s 24 member school districts collectively are sure to benefit from the top-notch skills, ideas and leadership abilities she’ll bring to the table.”

Also sworn in during MABE’s Annual Conference were the association’s newly elected officers and board of directors. MABE incoming President-Elect is Joseph Goetz (Kent County); Treasurer is Michelle Corkadel (Anne Arundel County); and Secretary is Sonya Williams (Prince George’s County).

MABE’s incoming board of directors is comprised of Shantell Roberts (Baltimore City); Patricia Dorsey (Carroll County); Diana Hawley (Cecil County); Laura Layton (Dorchester County); Karen Yoho (Frederick County); Rodney Glotfelty (Garrett County); Chao Wu (Howard County); Brenda Wolff (Montgomery County); Karin Bailey (St. Mary’s County); Troy Brittingham (Somerset County); Michael Garman (Talbot County); and Melissa Williams (Washington County).

MABE’s 2021 Annual Conference drew school board officials, superintendents and other key stakeholders from around the state. Keynote speakers who focused on the most timely issues Maryland boards of education are tackling included Maryland Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury; Maryland State Board of Education President Clarence Crawford; University of Maryland, Baltimore County President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III; and Dr. Ebony Green, Senior Director of Programs – Equity and Access at the Institute for Student Achievement.

Also at MABE’s Annual Conference, MABE Board of Directors alumna Joy Schaefer (Frederick County) was presented with MABE’s Distinguished School Board Service Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to public education through school board service in Maryland. Schaefer has been active with MABE for many years. In their nomination, her Frederick County Board of Education colleagues singled out Schaefer’s talented bridge-building abilities, as well as her focus on empowering families and serving young people.

Frederick County’s Joy Schaefer, MABE Board of Directors Alumna, Presented with MABE’s “Distinguished School Board Service” Award

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The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is pleased to name MABE Board of Directors alumna Joy Schaefer as our recipient of the Distinguished School Board Service Award. This award is presented to a board member who has made outstanding contributions to public education through school board service in Maryland. Ms. Schaefer was selected from among numerous highly qualified, dedicated nominees recommended by local boards of education.

Ms. Schaefer served on the Frederick County Board of Education from 2012-2019, where she was elected both vice president and president in recognition of her leadership abilities, vision and organizational expertise. In their nomination, her Frederick County Board of Education colleagues singled out her talented bridge-building abilities, as well as her focus on empowering families and serving young people.

We at MABE also salute Ms. Schaefer for her extraordinary and inspiring level of active involvement with our Association. In addition to serving as president of MABE Ms. Schaefer also chaired several key MABE committees — Legislative, Conference Program, School Funding Adequacy, and Nominating. Notably, she also represented her MABE colleagues on the Kirwan Commission where she played a key role in chairing one of the Commission’s four policy workgroups. MABE’s Immediate Past President, Martha James, praised Ms. Schaefer’s “insights and unwavering commitment to education for each child,” noting that “her kindness is balanced by a steadfast commitment to doing what is right for the right reasons.”

We were proud to present the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Distinguished School Board Service Award to Ms. Schaefer at MABE’s Annual Conference 2021, and share our warm wishes for her continued success in the years ahead.

MABE Risk Management Officer Job Opening

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education “MABE” has an opportunity to join the organization as a Risk Management Officer “RMO”. With the retirement of current RMO Lisa Spencer, this opportunity becomes available. This RMO will work cooperatively  with Sr. RMO John Magoon to provide a full suite of Risk Management services to the school system members of MABE’s Property/Casualty and Workers’ Compensation Pools. The Employment Opportunity provides details about the position as well as information about how to apply. Required documents will be accepted through August 27th. The position remains open until filled.   Direct any questions to MABE Deputy Director Steve James.

State Board Appoints New Superintendent

Jackie Weisman

Clarence Crawford, president of the Maryland State Board of Education, today announced Mohammed Choudhury has been named Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.

MABE president Tammy Fraley stated, "On behalf of Maryland’s 24 school boards, we congratulate Mr. Choudhury on his appointment. We look forward to working collaboratively with him and the State Board as the state recovers from the pandemic and the educational challenges it has brought about. As a team, we will make what seems impossible, possible across the state of Maryland.” (more)

MABE Hired to Lead Charles County Superintendent Search

Jackie Weisman

The Charles County Board of Education has begun its search for a Superintendent of Schools with the assistance from Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).

MABE will compile the community input and provide it to Board members to help them develop the criteria and characteristics the new superintendent should possess. The information will also be used to develop a brochure and advertisements soliciting superintendent candidates. The Board will advertise nationally for the position beginning in March. First-round interviews will be held virtually in May. The Board plans to make a final decision and an announcement by June.

For more information visit: www.mabe.org/services/#search

MABE Hired to Lead Queen Anne’s County Superintendent Search

Jackie Weisman

The Queen Anne’s County Board of Education has begun its search for a Superintendent of Schools with the assistance from Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).

After receiving community and stakeholder input, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education members will develop the final desired superintendent characteristics and criteria with the help of MABE Consultant, Bill Middleton. The vacancy will be advertised starting on February 1st. Applications will be reviewed in March, with first-round interviews starting late March to early April. All interviews will be conducted virtually. The chosen candidate for the position will be announced by June for the new superintendent to officially begin on July 1, 2021.

For more information visit: www.mabe.org/services/#search

MD School Law Deskbook Now Available

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland School Law Deskbook is a concise and accessible guide written by Stephen C. Bounds, Director of Legal & Policy Services for MABE, John R. Woolums, Director of Governmental Relations for MABE, and Judith S. Bresler, Edmund J. O’Meally, and Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Maryland school law attorneys.

It is published by LexisNexis in cooperation with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). It offers current and authoritative information on legal issues facing schools within the context of state and federal education law. This is the essential desk reference for Maryland’s school administrators, school board members, superintendents, education professionals, and attorneys.

To purchase the Maryland School Law Deskbook, visit the LexisNexis Bookstore.

Tammy Fraley Elected MABE President for 2020-2021 at Annual Conference

Jackie Weisman

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, more than 100 school board members and education leaders from across the state gathered virtually for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Business Meeting and Conference. The conference’s professional development program encouraged members to discuss topics from education equity to the importance of educating the whole child.

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Statement in Opposition to the Governor’s Proposal to Cut Education Funding

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), representing all 24 local boards in the State, strongly opposes the deep cuts to state funding for public schools that Governor Hogan is proposing for Board of Public Works approval on July 1, 2020.

MABE urges Marylanders to contact the Board of Public Works and their State Delegates and Senators to speak up in opposition to the more than $100 million in education-related cuts proposed for approval by the Board of Public Works on July 1st, and the Governor’s proposal to cut another $200 million in school funding for the coming school year.

How to contact the 3 members of the Board of Public Works:

State Treasure Nancy Kopp: https://www.treasurer.state.md.us/contactus.aspx

State Comptroller Peter Franchot: pfranchot@comp.state.md.us

Governor Larry Hogan: https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governor/

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

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