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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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MABE Announces Virtual Plans for Annual Conference

Jackie Weisman

Given the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) has made the difficult, but conscientious decision to move the in-person Annual Conference to a virtual conference.

The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon October 14th and all professional development will occur on Thursday, October 15th. This was not an easy decision; however, ultimately, the health and safety of our members, exhibitors, speakers, and staff led us to conclude that canceling the face-to-face meeting was the safe, responsible action. (read more)

 

MABE’s Commitment to Equity and Diversity

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is deeply saddened and outraged at the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others who have tragically lost their lives to systemic racism over the years. We add our voice to all who have expressed the need for change and the willingness to take appropriate steps toward such change. (read more)

MABE Responds to Recovery Plan

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), welcomes the State Superintendent’s decision to extend school closures through the end of this school year. We also endorse the State Department of Education’s “Maryland Together – Maryland Recovery Plan for Education – Response to Covid-19 and a Pathway Forward.” (read more)

Gov. Hogan Vetos Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act

Jackie Weisman

Governor Hogan, in a disappointing but hopefully temporary setback, today vetoed the bipartisan Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Act, House Bill 1300. Now more than ever, our students deserve the state’s investment in closing achievement gaps and preparing each student for their future. (Read more)

MABE’s COVID-19 Response

Jackie Weisman

To address both considerations adequately, we are working with partners and staff to incorporate sound health practices and procedures.  At this time, the office will remain open and functioning; however, we are not hosting either visitors or meetings from this afternoon until at least April 6, 2020.  We are making every effort to continue to provide the caliber of services you have come to expect from us. (read more)

MABE Shares Coronavirus Resources with School Leaders

Jackie Weisman

As more cases of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crop up across the country, MABE is committed to helping school boards prepare their district with the most up-to-date information. While there are currently no confirmed cases in Maryland, the CDC recommends school leaders have appropriate plans in place. (more)

MABE Calls for Community Engagement & Action on Kirwan

Jackie Weisman

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), representing all of the State’s local boards of education, is partnering with a broad coalition of more than 20 organizations to combine forces in unified support for passage of the Kirwan Commission’s recommended legislation in 2020. The Coalition is now holding community forums across the state to push for the long-term funding commitment our students deserve.   Read more.

Martha James-Hassan Elected MABE President

Jackie Weisman

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, more than 180 school board members and other education leaders from across the state gathered for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Conference. The conference program gave members the opportunity to discuss topics such as education equity, school law, and social media. Read more.

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

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