MABE Responds to Governor's Legislative Initiatives



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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Latest School Law Deskbook Published


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.


McDaniels Elected President at Annual Conference


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.

MABE & PSSAM Join to Provide Remarks to Kirwan Commission


The Maryland Association of Boards of Education, representing all boards of education across the state, joined with the Public School Superintendent’s Association of Maryland (PSSAM) to present remarks to the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also known as the Kirwan Commission on October 12, 2017. The panel consisted of Tolbert Rowe, MABE President-Elect, Theresa Alban, Frederick County Superintendent of Schools, and D’Ette Devine, PSSAM President and Cecil County Superintendent of Schools.

Open Meetings Training Required


New Open Meeting Requirements & Training Impacting Local Boards

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 of 2017 / SB 450 of 2017). Public bodies, including local school boards, must comply with the new requirements by October 1, 2017.

As part of these new requirements, at least one member of each local Board of Education must be designated to take a training class on the Open Meetings Act. The designated local board member has 90 days after the designation to take the class.

MABE is now a designated provider of this course and will offer two immediate opportunities for training:

1. September 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – MABE office – Online Registration

2. November 3, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – MABE office – Online Registration

2017 Annual Conference


Don’t miss the benefits of attending Maryland’s premiere conference for school system leaders! Training for effective and efficient school system governance, sharing of best practices and latest trends in education, access to quality speakers and presenters, and networking among the 24 districts’ board members and superintendents.