In his first message to members, newly elected President C. Tolbert Rowe, stated, “This may seem like a lot of work, all these challenges and opportunities. But I don’t think any of us would be sitting here in this room, on this last day of a very productive and educational conference, if we did not want to do the very best for our children and by our children. I have great faith in MABE – the staff, the leadership, the Board of Directors, and every one of our members – to recognize the challenges and seize on the opportunities. I look forward to working with each of you this year.” Read More
The 2018 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly was convened on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 and adjourned “sine die” at midnight on Monday April 9, 2018. The session saw the introduction of 1,846 House bills and 1,280 Senate bills. Of these 3,126 bills and resolutions, MABE tracked more than 400 bills, and provided testimony and advocated on nearly 80 House bills and more than 60 Senate Bills. Read more in the 2018 Legislative Session Summary
In the final week of the 2018 legislative session, a more than 40-page piece of legislation was drafted, amended, and ultimately enacted as the Maryland Safe to Learn Act of 2018 (Senate Bill 1265, Chapter 30). This new law restructures the governance system for overseeing school safety policies and grants, calls for staffing guidelines regarding adequate law enforcement coverage at all schools, and calls for an expanded role of local school systems in coordinating students’ mental health services. (Read More)
MABE is currently assisting the Board of Education of Harford County with their superintendent vacancy. For more information, please visit our Superintendent Search page for details.
On January 8, 2018, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference and issued a press release to announce that he will release $2.5 million for emergency repairs in Baltimore City Schools, and also announced that he will introduce two major education reform bills. One bill would rewrite the 2017 Protect Our Schools Act to, in part, increase the role of student test results in determining school performance (from 65% to 80%). A second bill, the Education Accountability Act, would create a state-level inspector general within the Maryland State Dept. of Education to take complaints on matters ranging from school facility conditions to school finance, procurement, and ethics.
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MABE’s Legislative Committee adopted the 2018 Legislative Positions & Priorities at their November meeting. At the Annual Conference Business Meeting in October, the membership adopted resolutions which frame positions and priorities on major policy issues. These resolutions provide the foundation for the Legislative Positions & Priorities.
In support of our professional development goal, MABE offers an array of diverse and extensive programs, designed for the new board member as well as the veteran. Workshops for 2018 have been scheduled with registration now open for each. Visit our Board Service Academy page, along with our Leadership Program and Programs for Local Boards.
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.
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, more than 150 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 attend workshops on topics such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, emerging school law issues, and the future of school funding in Maryland.