Board of Education

 Legislative Platform

The Board began adopting a legislative platform in 2001, in preparation for the 2002 legislative session. Since that time, the development, adoption, and distribution of a platform statement prior to the beginning of each legislative session has enhanced the effectiveness of Board advocacy on the state budget and legislative issues.

The platform summarizes the Board’s positions on priority issues and serves as a foundation for our advocacy. The Board considers positions on additional legislative and budget issues that arise before, during, and after legislative session. The Legislative Platform is distributed to members of the Maryland General Assembly, partner organizations, and the community, and is always posted on the Board of Education website.

This year (2019), we expanded our section on mental health, focusing on additional funding to expand training for staff members on trauma-informed schools/care and additional funding to expand restorative justice supports. The Board also included advocacy for a regional recovery school to support our students recovering from substance abuse.

The link to our 2019 Legislative Platform is here. If you have any questions, or you would like to request a hard copy, please contact Ms. Danielle Susskind at or call 240-740-3030.