The Board of Education
schedules public hearings on issues it determines to be of widespread interest
and concern. A quorum of the Board is not required to be present for a hearing
to be conducted. In addition to special public hearings, the Board holds
hearings on its strategic plan, annual operating budget, proposed Capital
Improvement Program (CIP), and school boundaries. Hearings for the proposed
capital budget and CIP and/or boundaries are governed by Board Policy
FAA, Educational Facilities Planning.
General guidelines for
public hearings are as follows:
1. The subject, date,
and opportunities for signup for a public hearing are typically publicized
through the Board’s customary communications channels, including being posted
on the Board's website and through a release to the news media.
2. The agenda for
the hearing is closed when the maximum number of speakers is registered or at
the close of business the day before the hearing, unless otherwise specified by
the Board in the hearing notice.
3. The following time limits for testimony
apply to public hearings, unless otherwise specified by the Board in the
A person calling to speak, other than a cluster
coordinator or area vice president, may reserve only one space. Only one
speaker will be registered for any organization, unless the Board provides
otherwise. Individuals and organizations may not cede time to others who have
signed up. Elected officials are given the courtesy of being placed on the
agenda at the time of their choice. Speakers are requested to submit their
testimony electronically to the Board of Education Office at least 24
hours in advance of the hearing. If the testimony is not provided in advance,
speakers are requested to provide 20 copies of their statement at the hearing,
for distribution to the Board, staff, and press. Public hearings are recorded,
televised, and transmitted via webcast.
Additional information about
public hearings may be found in the Board of Education Handbook
Board of Education designates time, during regular board business meetings, for
public comments. The Board is interested in hearing a broad range of perspectives
from the community during this time. The
process for signing up and providing public testimony is outlined below. If you have questions regarding this process,
please submit them to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
Instructions – Regular Board Business Meeting
Individuals may sign-up to provide public comment at the next
Board of Education business meeting HERE. The sign-up period typically
opens to the public one week before the business meeting at 6:00 p.m., unless
Adjustment - Given the current public health
crisis, live public comments are suspended until further notice. Public
comments will be accepted in writing, pre-recorded video, or pre-recorded audio
testimonies will be made available to the public on BoardDocs.
Up to 20 speakers, will
be accepted to provide public comments.
These speakers will be accepted as follows:
- The first ten (10) individual speakers who sign up to speak to an agenda item will be accepted to provide testimony.
- The first five (5) individual speakers who sign up to speak to a non-agenda item, will be accepted to provide comments.
– Five (5) speaking slots are reserved for associations and organizations and
may be used to speak to an agenda item.
Three of these slots will be reserved for the following associations: Montgomery County Association of
Administrators and Principals/Montgomery County Business and Operations
Administrators (MCAAP/MCBOA); 2) Montgomery County Education Association
(MCEA); and 3) Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 500. The other
two reserved slots are for any community or school organizations or
associations and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
4) Exceptions - The Board reserves the right to limit the number of speakers and/or
similar perspectives on a particular agenda topic. When the Board receives more requests than
the allotted number of testimony slots available, registrations from
individuals who have testified at a regular board business meeting within the
last 30 calendar days may be declined, so that others may have an opportunity
In the event that the slots reserved for associations/organizations are
not filled, those speaking slots will be offered to those individuals who have
signed up to speak on an agenda topic on a first-come, first-served basis.
Comment Format & Content
speaker, association and organization will receive two (2) minutes to provide testimony.
Once the slots for
public comment are filled, speakers will receive a confirmation email with
instructions about how to prepare video/audio comments for submission. Please
adhere to the submission deadline and instructions which will be included in the
confirmation email. All written, video and audio, comments for
the meeting should be submitted to BOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.
This is not the proper
avenue to address specific student or employee matters, especially those
matters on appeal to the Board. Comments about the actions or statements of
individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comment and should be
referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through available
Those who are not able
to sign up or not selected to provide comments during the meeting, may email comments to BOE@mcpsmd.org. Emails
sent to this address are automatically distributed to all Board members and