Public Comment Sought on Amendments to Board Policy ACA, Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency

The Montgomery County Board of Education is proposing amendments to Board Policy ACA, Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency, and is seeking public comments on the amendments from now until April 1, 2021.  The draft policy reviewed by the Board on January 28, 2021 is available here

Highlights of the Board’s proposed amendments include the following topics:

  • The Montgomery County Board of Education has articulated a long-standing commitment to nondiscrimination, equity, and cultural proficiency, and Policy ACA was substantially revised in 2017 to reflect that commitment.
  • All Maryland public schools are required by the Maryland State Department of Education to update their policies to incorporate terminology and commitments in alignment with regulations set forth in the Code of Maryland Regulations section 13A.01.06.
  • The Policy Management Committee developed draft amendments to Policy ACA, Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency, to address language and/or symbols perceived to promote hatred, intimidation, or harassment, in response to the October 27, 2020 memorandum from the Board of Education.
  • Additional draft language has been proposed to reflect the Board’s commitment to antiracism as evidenced by the Board’s action on November 10, 2020 to conduct an antiracism audit of the impact of MCPS systems, practices, and policies on access, opportunities, and equitable outcomes for every student.

Public comments may be submitted here.