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MABE Board of Directors Announces Milt Nagel to Serve as MABE’s New Executive Director

Jennifer Beltz

Board members from MABE announced today that Caroline County native Milton (“Milt”) Nagel has been named new Executive Director for the statewide association which represents all of Maryland’s 24 public school systems.

Nagel, who currently serves as MABE’s Deputy Executive Director, begins his new role leading the statewide organization on July 1, 2023. He will take the reins from Frances (“Francie”) Glendening, who has led MABE’s efforts over the past decade, during which time she successfully sustained and expanded numerous programs and offerings for MABE members.

To read more details, including Milt’s goals and planned areas of focus, please visit our related press release.

Congratulations, Milt!

Highlights from the April 2023 Issue of The MABE Scoop

Jennifer Beltz

The 2023 Session of the Maryland General Assembly concluded on April 10th, and this issue of The MABE Scoop provides an overview of education-related legislative outcomes.

You’ll also find recent state and national education- and school board-related headlines; the status of MABE’s ongoing search for our new Executive Director; an update on MABE’s new Facilitator’s Guide, a part of our ongoing Leading for Educational Equity Through School Board Governance project; a listing of upcoming MABE Board Service Academies, and other new resources meant to help school board members with their important work in Maryland.

You can find the April 2023 issue of The MABE Scoop here.

Cost-Saving MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative to Benefit Maryland Schools and Counties

Jennifer Beltz

by Chris Van Hook

Pharmacy Consultant, Keenan & Associates

MABE decided to develop its own pharmacy program in collaboration with key stakeholders and pharmacy industry experts. We constructed a custom Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) program called the MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative, co-managed with Keenan Pharmacy Services (KPS), an independent pharmacy benefit consultant with a proven track record with public schools and county governments in Maryland and across the U.S.

So how does our pharmacy program benefit people? MABE and KPS negotiate exclusive group purchase arrangements that provide deeply discounted pricing, and rigorous financial and service performance guarantees. Additionally, Keenan has negotiated a series of important services that enhances the client experience and provides real savings such as:

  • Annual improvements in discounts;
  • Payment of 100% rebates or the rebate minimum (whichever is greater);
  • Ancillary programs at no-cost or lower cost than standard PBM fees;
  • Dedicated customer service;
  • Account management team; and
  • An independent auditor that audits 100% of all patient claims, reporting quarterly to each client.

The MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative also includes a unique clinical management program with a group of industry-leading pharmacists and medical health experts that provides significant financial benefit to you and your members. This program focuses on savings for both specialty and non-specialty medications. Its specialty approach is unique in that we provide an independent prior authorization review of all specialty medications prior to them being dispensed. This review process uses custom clinical criteria and is completely independent of the PBM, which results in plan savings and more robust clinical effectiveness of the medications that are dispensed.

With specialty drug spend now exceeding 50% of the average employer’s total drug spend, it is crucial for a self-funded employer to have multiple options that provide lower-cost alternatives when an expensive specialty medication needs to be dispensed. To that end, the MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative offers a suite of clinical programs outside of the traditional PBM offerings to contain and reduce specialty spend.

What does all of this mean for county and schools in Maryland who self-fund their pharmacy benefit?

The programs offered by the MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative ensure that counties and schools have the confidence of knowing their pharmacy program is being managed by experts in the industry who have been working with these types of organizations for more than 50 years—we know your unique need of wanting a strong benefit program for your employees and their dependents, while taking a fiduciary-level approach to being good stewards of the county’s or school’s money.

Becoming part of a coalition program like MABE’s also allows your county or school to obtain deeply discounted pricing, rebates and guarantees typically available only to large health plans. We provide a more transparent program than what is typically offered in the Maryland marketplace by guaranteeing our discounts and 100% of manufacturer rebates – all of which are reviewed by an independent auditor who provides a financial assessment report that compares the plan’s performance to what is guaranteed in the contract.

The MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative is a real solution that will meet or exceed expectations via performance guarantees. Our independent clinical program will diligently manage your specialty drug spend to the lowest cost therapy for you and your members. What does this mean for you? It equals up to 30% of savings on your current drug spend. ESMEC, a current MABE collaborative member, has experienced $6 million in fully audited savings with this innovative program.

If you would like to further discuss the MABE Pharmacy Purchasing Collaborative and how it can help you control your pharmacy costs, please contact Chris Van Hook at Ph: (310) 749-6899.

MABE is Seeking Chief Financial Officer


The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving and supporting boards of education in Maryland. MABE’s mission is to provide members with a strong collective voice and support local school board governance through professional development, advocacy, and member services.

MABE is searching for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to report to our association’s Executive Director in the Annapolis office. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and three references to This position will remain open until filled, with a target start date of late-May.

For additional details about this position including duties and responsibilities, qualifications, and salary and benefits information, please visit this information sheet.

Thank you in advance for your interest, and good luck to all applicants.

Time Sensitive: MABE members, please show your opposition to House Bill 294

John Woolums

Attention MABE members: MABE is opposing House Bill 294, “County Boards of Education – Due Process Proceedings for Children with Disabilities – Burden of Proof” ( Maryland has mandated expanded special education procedures and services beyond federal requirements, and done so without shifting the burden of proof, backed by multiple earlier bills.

In Maryland and nearly all states, the party initiating the action in a special ed due process hearing (whether the parents or school system) bears the burden of proof. This is consistent with the assignment of burden of proof in the American legal system, and with the 2005 Supreme Court case Schaffer v. Weast.

What MABE members can do:
Please contact Ways & Means Committee Members ( to express your opposition to House Bill 294. Your involvement makes a real difference! The Committee’s related hearing on House Bill 294 is scheduled for Feb 8, 2023.

Examining Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

Debra Daniel

Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board

972 F.3d 586 (4th Cir. 2020)

Executive Summary

In August of 2020, the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board. The Grimm decision answers the questions of whether a school’s refusal to allow a transgender student to use the school bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, and whether it discriminates based on sex in violation of Title IX. The Fourth Circuit held that the school’s actions violated both the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX. The Fourth Circuit further held that the school’s refusal to amend Grimm’s school records to accurately reflect his gender, even after it was amended on both his driver’s license and birth certificate, also violated the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.

Background and Facts

The student plaintiff/appellee, Gavin Grimm, is a transgender male who was not allowed to use the boys restrooms at Gloucester County High School. Grimm’s assigned sex at birth, also referred to as his “biological sex,” is female, but his gender identity is male. At the beginning of high school, Grimm began to express his male identity, including changing his first name to Gavin. By the time Grimm entered his sophomore year, he was living fully as a boy, including using the men’s restrooms in public without incident.

Prior to the start of his sophomore year, Grimm and his mother met with a school guidance counselor to discuss his transition. At that time, the school’s bathrooms were all multi-stalled, single-sex (i.e., boys or girls) bathrooms and were located throughout the school. The only other options were faculty restrooms and a restroom in the nurse’s office. Grimm initially agreed to use the restroom in the nurse’s office.[1] However, once school started, he began to feel the stigma of having to use a separate restroom and “began to feel anxiety and shame surrounding [his] travel to the nurse’s office” to use the restroom. He also found that having to use the nurse’s restroom caused him to be late to class because of its location in the school.

After a few weeks of using the nurse’s restroom, Grimm requested permission to use the boys restrooms, which was approved by the principal. For seven weeks, Grimm used the boys restrooms without incident. However, adults soon began to complain including adults from neighboring communities and other states.[2] In response to these complaints, the following policy was proposed for adoption by the school board at its meeting on November 11, 2014:

Whereas the [Gloucester County Public Schools (GCPS)] recognizes that some students question their gender identities, and

Whereas the GCPS encourages such students to seek support, advice, and guidance from parents, professionals and other trusted adults, and

Whereas the GCPS seeks to provide a safe learning environment for all students and to protect the privacy of all students, therefore

It shall be the practice of the GCPS to provide male and female restroom and locker room facilities in its schools, and the use of said facilities shall be limited to the corresponding biological genders, and students with gender identity issues shall be provided an alternative appropriate private facility.

Twenty-four community members spoke at the meeting.[3] Two types of concerns predominated that meeting: 1) that the “majority” needed to be protected from this “minority” intrusion; and 2) that allowing transgender students to use the restroom that corresponded to their gender identity would allow for predatory behavior such as male students pretending to be transgender to gain access to the girls restroom.

The board voted 4-3 to delay the vote on the policy. At the next meeting in December, the speakers’ comments were, as the Court stated, “uglier.” Grimm was called a “freak” and compared to a dog. Speakers referred to Grimm’s gender identity as a “choice” and stated that they would vote out the board members if they allowed Grimm to use the boys’ restrooms.

At both meetings, Grimm and his parents spoke against the proposed policy. Grimm spoke about how “alienating” and “humiliating” it was to have to use the restroom in the nurse’s office and he shared that he uses the men’s public restrooms without “any sort of confrontation of any kind.”

The board voted in favor of the policy 6-1. In addition to the policy, the board approved a series of updates to the school’s restrooms to improve general privacy for all students. These updates included partitions between urinals in boys restrooms, privacy strips to the doors of stalls in all of the restrooms, and the construction of three single-stall unisex restrooms that were available to all students. All three unisex restrooms were located far from Grimm’s classes. In fact, none of the unisex restrooms were constructed in Hall D, where most of Grimm’s classes were held.

The Court found that a common occurrence for transgender students who are not permitted to use the restrooms matching their gender identity is “restroom avoidance,” where transgender students fast, dehydrate, or find other ways not to use the restroom. “Restroom avoidance” frequently results in medical problems. For Grimm, this caused him to suffer recurring urinary tract infections. In his junior year, Grimm was hospitalized for suicidal ideation due to being in an environment where he felt “unsafe, anxious, and disrespected.”

Grimm sought other schooling options and spent the rest of his junior year in a program in a separate building, but that program was cancelled. He had to return to his high school his senior year and spent as little time as possible at school until he graduated. During this same time, Grimm continued with his gender transition including getting chest reconstruction surgery; updating his driver’s license to reflect that he is a male; and obtaining a court order declaring that he is “now functioning fully as a male” and directing that his birth certificate be amended accordingly.

After receiving his new birth certificate, Grimm and his mother provided it to his high school and asked that his school records be updated to reflect his correct gender. Through legal counsel, Grimm was informed by letter that the school declined to update his records, but did not provide a reason.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Decision in Grimm[4]

Equal Protection Clause

The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides that “[n]o State shall . . . deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This provision has been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court to mean that “all persons similarly situated should be treated alike.” The Court first needed to decide what level of scrutiny applied to Grimm’s equal protection claim.[5] Based on Supreme Court precedent, the Court concluded that heightened scrutiny applied since the school’s bathroom policy uses sex-based classifications and because transgender people are considered at least a quasi-suspect class. In order to satisfy heightened scrutiny, the board’s bathroom policy must serve “an important governmental objective” and be “substantially related to achieving that objective.”

In applying heightened scrutiny, the Court considered the board’s stated “important governmental objective” of protecting students’ privacy and analyzed whether the policy was “substantially related to achieving that objective.” The Court noted, however, that the board’s policy was not substantially related to protecting students’ privacy since there was no evidence in the record that supported the conclusion that students had less privacy if transgender students were allowed to use the restroom that corresponded to their gender identity. The Court concluded that the board’s privacy concerns were based on “sheer conjecture and abstraction.”  The Court further noted that the board ignored evidence that there were no incidents during the seven-week period that Grimm used the boys restroom. It also ignored the growing number of school districts across the country that have implemented policies allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond to their gender identities without any negative consequences.

With respect to Grimm’s equal protection claim involving the school’s refusal to update his school records, the Court also found in favor of Grimm. The Court stated that the school’s refusal was not substantially related to its important interest in maintaining accurate records since Grimm’s legal gender in the State of Virginia “is male, not female.”

Title IX

In order to find in favor of Grimm on the Title IX claim, the Court noted that it must find “(1) that he was excluded from participation in an education program ‘on the basis of sex’; (2) that the educational institution was receiving federal financial assistance at the time; and (3) that improper discrimination caused him harm.” The Court found that “[t]here is no question that the [b]oard received federal funding or that restrooms are part of the education program.” The Court then framed the issue before it as “whether the [b]oard acted ‘on the basis of sex,’ and if so, whether that was unlawful discrimination that harmed Grimm.

In finding that the board acted “on the basis of sex,” the Court cited the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, in which the Supreme Court held that “discrimination against a person for being transgender is discrimination ‘on the basis of sex.’” In Bostock, the Supreme Court noted that “it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex.”

The Court also found that Grimm was harmed. The Court noted that Grimm described under oath that he felt stigmatized and isolated having to use separate restroom facilities; that he developed painful urinary tract infections because he avoided using the restroom; and that he had resulting suicidal thoughts, among other things.[6] The Court further noted that the alternative restrooms were inconvenient which also caused Grimm harm. Moreover, the Court quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., for the principle that “[s]egregation not only makes for physical inconveniences, but it does something spiritually to an individual.”

With respect to whether the policy unlawfully discriminated against Grimm, the Court stated that “[i]n the Title IX context, discrimination ‘mean[s] treating an individual worse than others who are similarly situated.’” The Court then concluded that “Grimm was treated worse than students with whom he was similarly situated because he alone could not use the restroom corresponding with his gender.”

The Court dismissed the board’s argument that Title IX expressly allows for “separate toilet, locker room, shower facilities on the basis of sex” as long as they are “comparable” to each other. The Court pointed out that Grimm was not challenging “sex-separated restrooms.” Instead, Grimm was challenging the board’s “discriminatory exclusion of himself from the sex-separated restroom matching his gender identity.”

The Court’s analysis of Grimm’s claim that the board violated Title IX by refusing to update his records was short and to the point. The Court found that the board did violate Title IX since the decision “harmed Grimm because when he applies to four-year universities, he will be asked for a transcript with a sex marker that is incorrect and does not match his other documentation. And this discrimination is unlawful because it treats him worse than other similarly situated students, whose records reflect their correct sex.”

Concurring Opinion

Judge Wynn filed a concurring opinion to emphasize that the board’s classification based on “biological gender,” which it defined as “the sex marker on a student’s birth certificate,” is arbitrary and inconsistent. Judge Wynn noted that “by focusing on an individual’s birth certificate, the [b]oard ensures the policy lacks a basic consistency” and “fails to treat even transgender students alike.” (Emphasis in original.) He noted that the policy targets only transgender students “whose birth certificates do not match their outward physical characteristics while ignoring those transgender students whose birth certificates are consistent with their outward physiology.” This is because transgender students who enroll in the school system after obtaining a birth certificate identifying them as the gender with which they identify would be allowed to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. It is only the transgender students that enroll prior to obtaining an amended birth certificate who are subject to the policy.

Moreover, Judge Wynn pointed out that the board’s policy “produces the very privacy harms it purportedly seeks to avoid. Despite appearing wholly male except for his genitals, Grimm could have used the girls restroom under the policy. Female students would thus have found themselves in a private situation in front of someone with the physiology of the opposite biological sex—the exact harm to male students posited by the [b]oard . . . .”

Judge Wynn further highlighted the arbitrariness of the classification by noting that “if the [b]oard’s concern were truly that individuals might be exposed to those with differing physiology, it would presumably have policies in place to address differences between pre-pubescent and post-pubescent students, as well as intersex individuals who possess some mix of male and female physical sex characteristics and who comprise a greater fraction of the population than transgender individuals.”

Judge Wynn also emphasized that the board’s policy “perpetuates a harmful and false stereotype about transgender individuals; namely, the ‘transgender predator’ myth, which claims that students (usually male) will pretend to be transgender in order to gain access to the bathrooms of the opposite sex—thus jeopardizing student safety.” This myth “echoes similar arguments used to justify segregation along racial lines.”

He concludes with a quote from an Eighth Circuit case that “[t]he Constitution of the United States recognizes that every individual . . . is considered equal before the law. As long as this principle is viable, full equality of educational opportunity must prevail over theoretical, sociological and genetical arguments which attempt to persuade to the contrary.”

Dissenting Opinion

Judge Niemeyer wrote the dissenting opinion, noting that “Title IX and its regulations explicitly authorize the policy followed by the [school]. While the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the provision of educational benefits, it allows schools to provide ‘separate living facilities for the different sexes’ . . . including ‘toilet, locker room, and shower facilities.’” He concludes that the majority opinion orders that the school “allow both transgender males and biological males to use the same restrooms, thus abolishing any separation of restrooms on the basis of biological sex.”

In concluding that “biological sex” refers to “the traditional biological indicators that distinguish a male from a female, not the person’s internal sense of being male or female,” Judge Neimeyer notes that Title IX was enacted in 1972 when “virtually every dictionary definition of ‘sex’ referred to the physiological distinctions between males and females.” (Emphasis in original.)

Judge Niemeyer concludes that “the physical differences between males and females and the resulting need for privacy is what the exceptions in Title IX are all about.” He states that Grimm’s request to allow him to use the boys restroom is “facially untenable,” since it would compromise the separation as explicitly authorized by Title IX.”

With respect to Grimm’s equal protection claim, Judge Niemeyer noted that the Equal Protection Clause requires that “all persons similarly situated should be treated alike.” He concludes that “Grimm cannot claim that he was discriminated against when he was denied access to the male restrooms because he was not, in fact, similarly situated to the biologically male students who used those restrooms.” Moreover, “there is no claim or evidence in the record that Grimm was treated differently from any other transgender student.”

Impact of Grimm on Maryland School Systems

While the board in Grimm petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari, it was denied. As such, Grimm is controlling law throughout the State of Maryland, which means that all school systems must follow the precedent of the majority opinion when adopting policies.

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[1] Restrooms were the only issue related to single-sex facilities that Grimm needed to be addressed. Grimm was given permission to complete his physical education courses online so he did not need to use the school’s locker rooms.

[2] Only one student complained, and that complaint was made prior to certain privacy improvements being made to the boys restrooms.

[3] Grimm and his family were not informed by the school or the board that this policy would be on the agenda for that board meeting, but Grimm’s mother heard about it from a friend. Grimm and his parents attended the meeting.

[4] The majority opinion was written by Judge Floyd.

[5] Under Supreme Court jurisprudence, an equal protection claim must be analyzed under one of three levels of scrutiny depending on the type of classification being challenged. If the classification involves a suspect classification (e.g., race, religion) or burdens a fundamental right (e.g., marriage, procreation) then the claim must satisfy strict scrutiny. If the classification involves a quasi-suspect class (e.g., gender, sex), the claim must satisfy intermediate (or heightened) scrutiny. All other classifications must satisfy a rational basis review.

[6] The Court also noted that the board did not provide any evidence that Grimm was not harmed but only “quibbled with the amount of harm Grimm felt.”

MABE’s Search for New Executive Director

Jennifer Beltz

Frances (“Francie”) Hughes Glendening, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), has announced her retirement effective July 2023. MABE therefore is searching for a new Executive Director for the Association. The Executive Director is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Association, appointed by and directly responsible to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for leading, directing and administering a wide range of services responsive to the needs of the membership. Recognizing that Maryland is a diverse state with rural, suburban and urban areas, and has a rich history of multi-cultural populations, s/he shall develop and maintain effective relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.

Position details and application resources including job description, job application, background authorization form and related materials may be found by visiting here.

Significant Special Education Case to Come Before the Supreme Court

Debra Daniel

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Perez v. Sturgis Public Schools, a case involving the question of whether a plaintiff must exhaust administrative remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in order to maintain suit for relief under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Miguel Perez, who is deaf, emigrated from Mexico to Michigan when he was nine years old. The Sturgis Public School District assigned him a classroom aide who was not trained to work with deaf students and did not know sign language. Despite receiving As and Bs, and being on the Honor Roll every semester, the school informed his family just months before graduation that he did not qualify for a diploma but was only eligible for a “certification of completion.”

Initial Complaint

Perez filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Education alleging that Sturgis denied him an adequate education and violated federal and state disability laws. In response to Sturgis’ motion to dismiss, the administrative law judge dismissed some of the claims but set a hearing for the IDEA claim.

Before the hearing, Perez settled with the school district. The school district agreed to pay for Perez to attend the Michigan School for the Deaf and for any “post-secondary compensatory education.” In addition, the school district agreed to pay for sign language instruction for Perez and his family and pay for the family’s attorney’s fees.

Federal Court Case

A few months after the settlement, Perez sued the Sturgis Public Schools and the Sturgis Board of Education in federal district court. He raised a couple of claims, including an ADA claim, alleging that the school had discriminated against him by not providing him the resources necessary for him to fully participate in class. He sought both declaratory relief and compensatory damages for his emotional distress.

Sturgis moved to dismiss the case arguing that the IDEA required Perez to exhaust administrative remedies before filing an ADA claim. Sturgis argued that since Perez settled his IDEA claim, the IDEA barred his ADA claim. The district court agreed with Sturgis and dismissed his claims. Perez appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Case

The Sixth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, upheld the district court’s decision, finding that the crux of Perez’s ADA claim is that he was denied an adequate education. Based on this finding, the court found that the IDEA requires that Perez exhaust administrative remedies under the IDEA before bringing his ADA claim, even when the relief sought by Perez under the ADA is not available under the IDEA. According to the Sixth Circuit, § 1415(l) of the IDEA requires parents exhaust the IDEA’s administrative procedures “to the same extent as would be required had the action been brought under the IDEA,” before bringing any suit under federal law if the suit involves a claim alleging the denial of a free appropriate public education.

The court also rejected Perez’s claim that his failure to exhaust administrative remedies should be excused because it would have been futile to go through the administrative process since it could not provide damages for his emotional distress and that he had obtained all of the educational relief available under the IDEA through the settlement. The court found that § 1415(l) does not come with a “futility exception.”

The dissenting opinion in the Sixth Circuit notes that Perez’s ADA claim is not based on the school district’s failure to provide educational services but rather on its failure to provide appropriate interpretation services, which is a classic ADA claim. The dissent found that the majority opinion’s focus on the fact that Perez’s factual allegations involve his education, deprives him, and other disabled students like him, of their ability to seek relief and damages under the ADA.

With respect to the futility argument, the dissent stated that the majority opinion, in finding no “futility exception” in § 1415(l), ignores the explanatory statements made by the legislators who wrote the provision. The dissent noted that § 1415(l) was passed by the legislature after the sponsors of the bill “explicitly and repeatedly” stated that exhaustion of administrative remedies should be excused when “it is improbable that adequate relief can be obtained by pursuing administrative remedies,” including where “the hearing officer lacks the authority to grant the relief sought,” which is exactly the case with Perez.

U.S. Supreme Court

On October 3, 2022, the Supreme Court agreed to hear this case.

The questions presented are:

1) Whether, and in what circumstances, courts should excuse further exhaustion of the IDEA’s administrative proceedings under Section 1415(l) when such proceedings would be futile; and

2) Whether Section 1415(l) requires exhaustion of a non-IDEA claim seeking money damages that are not available under the IDEA.

As of Nov. 10, 2022, the hearing for this case had not yet been scheduled.

The Scoop on Educational Equity from MABE Strategic Partner Newsela

Jennifer Beltz

How can educational equity strengthen communities as a whole? How does it have the power to unlock student potential?

Maryland law makes school boards responsible for the creation of educational policies designed to “provide quality education and equal educational opportunity for all children,” and boards also are directed to seek ways to “promote the interests of the schools” within their systems. As part of our related efforts to support Maryland school board members in reaching these goals, MABE partnered this year on our ongoing educational equity project with Newsela, known for its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging which is echoed in their mission of meaningful learning for every student.

The launch of the 2022-2023 school year was an ideal time to check in with Hasan Rafiq, Newsela’s VP of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, to get his thoughts on the value of educational equity, MABE’s recently launched “Leading for Educational Equity Through School Board Governance” workbook, and why placing a premium on educational equity in school systems holds such intrinsic promise. We invite you to access our special September issue of ‘The MABE Scoop” to read the interview with Mr. Rafiq, and access recent related headlines and MABE resources.

MABE Searching for Accountant to Join Financial Team

Jennifer Beltz

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in accounting? Are you QuickBooks certified? Are you as solid in software programs (including Microsoft Office) as you are in accounting and financial principles? Then you might just be the right fit as an Accountant with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Details for this full-time position and related benefits information is available here. Good luck to all applicants!