The Carroll County Board of Education maintains an annual interest and presence in the Maryland legislative process. Each year when the General Assembly meets, we anticipate between 200 and 400 bills that propose either a direct or indirect impact on public education.
The Board of Education meets annually with the Carroll County Delegates and Senators to discuss topics of interest during the General Assembly. In advance of the Legislative session, the Board adopts formal legislative position statements to provide input to the Carroll County Delegation and direction to the Superintendent and staff. Based on the Board’s Legislative Position Statements, the staff will offer testimony on specific bills.
Please continually review the sections of this site for general legislative information from the Board of Education, bill specific information, related professional organizations’ information, and a list of bills being tracked in the General Assembly.
2020 Legislative Position Statements
LEGISLATIVE POSITION STATEMENTS - 2020 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
- Support local control of education policy, curriculum, calendar, and school system administration.
- Support local control of appropriations and expenditures within budget categories.
- Support full state funding for education including revised definitions of adequate and equitable funding that account for declining enrollment.
- Oppose unfunded or partially funded state mandates.
- Oppose revisions to the Charter School Law that impedes the Board's governance authority or alters operating or capital funding requirements.
Specific Legislative Positions
- Support local flexibility of the school calendar to address inclement weather and other contingencies.
- Support local control of the number of minutes during the school day devoted to any subject area.
- Oppose legislation requiring mandatory pre-kindergarten unless both the full operating and capital costs of the program are borne solely by the State of Maryland.
Education Funding & Budget
- Support as a minimum requirement the current maintenance of effort as stipulated in the Education Article, Annotated Code of Maryland.
- Support holds harmless provisions in the State operating budget and/or legislation to offset any FY21 reductions in State aid based on enrollment decline.
- Support full funding of the Bridge to Excellence in Public Schools Act for (Thornton Formula) for Fiscal Year 2021 including increased funding to reflect inflationary increases in the cost of education, and the impact of declining enrollment and relative wealth adjustments.
- Support any legislative measures derived from the State's Kirwan Commission to include consideration of sustained, declining enrollment, the wealth formula, and an annual inflationary factor.
- Support the inclusion of pre-kindergarten students in any revisions to state funding formula.
- Oppose use of education tax dollars to support private school education.
School Facilities and Public School Construction Funding
- Support consistent state funding level for school construction and renovation projects.
- Support legislation or regulations to revise the state’s definition of eligible project costs to include architectural, engineering and site development costs.
- Support a local bill to statutorily define the position of JROTC instructors as being represented by the exclusive representative for teachers in Carroll County Public Schools.
MABE Legislative Priorities
PSSAM Legislative Positions
|Hough, Michael||4||To access Senator Hough's Legislative page, click here|
|Ready, Justin||5||To access Senator Ready's Legislative page, click here|
|Hester, Katie Fry||9||To access Senator Hester's Legislative page, click here|
|Cox, Dan||4||To access Delegate Cox's Legislative page, click here|
|Ciliberti, Barrie S.||4||To access DelegateCiliberti's Legislative page, click here|
|Pippy, Jesse T.||4||To access Delegate Pippy's Legislative page, click here|
|Krebs, Susan W.||5||To access Delegate Krebs' Legislative page, click here|
|Rose, April R.||5||To access Delegate Rose's Legislative page, click here|
|Shoemaker, Haven||5||To access Delegate Shoemaker's Legislative page, click here|
|Kittleman, Trent||9A||To access Delegate Kittleman's Legislative page, click here|
|Miller, Warren||9A||To access Delegate Miller's Legislative page, click here|