The Montgomery County Board of Education recently approved revisions to Policy, BBB, Ethics in response to a new state law and the adoption of new administrative regulations by the State Ethics Commission. The information on this website is designed to help individuals understand certain provisions of the ethics policy. This web page will be updated as more information becomes available.
A. It applies to all employees of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the superintendent of schools, school board members, individuals running for a seat on the Board of Education, lobbyists, and persons who file a formal complaint pursuant to the ethics policy.
(Also see Regulation GCA-RA, Employee Conflict of Interest, which outlines areas that may cause an MCPS employee to be susceptible to a conflict of interest, and potential consequences for a violation of the regulation.)
A. Yes; A finding that a Board member, school official, or employee has violated these provisions may constitute grounds for removal from office, discipline, or other personnel action consistent with provisions of the Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, or the policies of the Board.
A. Board members, candidates for the Board of Education, and certain school officials must complete financial disclosure forms as noted below:
Board Members and Candidates for the Board: Elected Board of Education members, except the Student Member of the Board, must file a financial disclosure form by April 30 for the preceding calendar year. Candidates for the Board of Education must file a financial disclosure in accordance with the timeframes set forth in policy BBB, Ethics. Those individuals appointed to a vacant position on the Board of Education must file a financial disclosure form within 30 days after appointment. A financial disclosure form must also be completed within 60 days after leaving a position with the Board or MCPS.
Employees: Employees who meet the following criteria must complete a financial disclosure form by April 30, and within 60 days after leaving the position:
A. The following is a list of some activities that are prohibited under the ethics policy:
A. Some questions or concerns may not fall within the purview of the Ethics Panel, so staff members should first contact their supervisor, the Office of the Chief Operating Officer (301-279-3626), or the Ethics Officer in the Board of Education Office (240-740-3030). The Ethics Panel is the advisory body responsible for interpreting the ethics policy and advising persons subject to this policy regarding its application and matters related to conflict of interest. The responsibilities of the Ethics Panel include: