Policies for Public Comment   

Board of Education Policy BBB, Ethics

Public Comment Sought on Board Policy BBB, Ethics

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on draft Board Policy BBB, Ethics. The Board, recognizing that our system of representative government is dependent in part upon the people maintaining the highest trust in their public officials and employees, finds and declares that the people have a right to be assured that the impartiality and independent judgment of public officials and employees will be maintained.   As such, the Board Policy Management Committee reviewed Policy BBB, Ethics, at its September 13, 2018, meeting and recommends revising BBB to align with current Maryland law and Maryland Ethics Commission model provisions for local governments and school boards. The policy revisions were reviewed by the Board Ethics Panel on September 6, 2018.  A copy of the Panel's memo regarding the policy is provided here. On November 13, 2018, the Board considered these revisions from the Board Policy Management Committee to Policy BBB, and recommends that the Policy be sent out for public comment. 

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Board of Education Policy BFA, Policysetting

Public Comment Sought on Board Policy BFA, Policysetting

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on draft Board Policy BFA.  The Montgomery County Board of Education Policy Management Committee (Committee) reviewed Policy BFA, Policysetting, at its September 13, 2018, meeting and recommends revising Policy BFA to clarify and update procedures for setting policies to guide Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).

Policy BFA, Policysetting, has been revised to update stakeholder involvement procedures in alignment with current Board practice; and to advise persons submitting public comments on Board tentative actions that those comments become part of the public record and are publicized along with the Committee's recommendation to the Board for final action.

Further, Policy BFA, Policysetting, has been revised to provide rules of interpretation, procedures for temporary suspension of all or part of an individual policy, and procedures regarding technical amendments in the event of a conflict with more recently enacted Board policies and/or federal, state, or local laws and regulations; and, further, to permit the Board to take action at a full Board meeting to suspend all or part of a policy when a change in law or exigent circumstances with systematic implications necessitate the temporary suspension of all or part of an individual policy, then direct that the policy be reviewed by the Committee at its next scheduled meeting for recommendation for further action. In addition, Policy BFA, Policysetting, has been revised to update procedures regarding technical amendments to bring policies into alignment with current Board practice or a more recently enacted Board policy, or to comply with federal, state, or local law; and/or to update directory information or delegate responsibility to an office that performs the relevant function if the office identified in the policy no longer exists.  Additional revisions establish a process for documenting, when the Committee reviews a policy and recommends no substantive changes. On November 13, 2018, the Board considered these revisions from the Board Policy Management Committee to Policy BFA, and recommends that the Policy be sent out for public comment.  

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Board of Education Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education

Public Comment Sought on Board Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education

The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on draft Board Policy IGK.  The Montgomery County Board of Education Policy Management Committee (Committee) reviewed Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education, at its September 13, 2018, meeting and recommends renaming the policy Career Readiness, and revising Policy IGK to offer career readiness education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

The renamed and revised Policy IGK, Career Readiness, establishes a vision for pre-K-12 career readiness programming that is embedded in the instructional program and offers rigorous academic coursework with technical instruction and real-world work experiences for students.  Policy IGK sets forth a comprehensive career readiness strategy; develops knowledge in core subjects, along with cognitive strategies and learning skills and techniques, such as goal setting, persistence self-awareness, time management, collaborative learning, and self-efficacy; exposes students to a broad array of careers to inform the development of their career aspirations consistent with their interests; encourages students to think strategically and creatively about what can and should be included in their school experiences; prepares all students for the postsecondary education and training they will need to achieve their aspirations; and provides students with transition skills to access postsecondary opportunities. 

Policy IGK, Career and Technology Education, has been further amended to reflect guiding principles and focus areas set forth in the Education Strategy Group's career readiness review, Preparing All Students for Economic and Career Success, and provides opportunities for students to acquire the skills needed to be prepared for the range of roles available in the 21st century economy, which values short-term, meaningful career credentials in addition to four-year college degrees.  Such revisions align career readiness programming with all state and federal requirements for career and technology education, and prepares students for success in high skill, living wage occupations in current or emerging in-demand industry sectors. On November 13, 2018, the Board considered these revisions from the Board Policy Management Committee to Policy IGK, and recommends that the Policy be sent out for public comment.

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Board of Education Policy KEA, Political Campaigns and Political Materials

Public Comment Sought on Policy KEA, Political Campaigns and Political Materials (updated November 15, 2018)

Public Comment Sought a Second Time on draft Policy KEA, Political Campaigns and Political Materials

 The Montgomery County Board of Education is seeking comments on additional revisions to draft Board Policy KEA, Political Campaigns and Political Materials (KEA) (with recommended new policy name Civic Engagement, Political Campaigns, and Political Materials). The revised and renamed policy reflects the Board's desire to permit students to receive excused absences for participation in civic engagement activities.

As noted when this policy went out for public comment in September 2018, during the latter part of the 2017-2018 school year, numerous Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students became very involved in important issues confronting our country and even received national recognition for their engagement. As a result, students, families, and Board Members expressed interest in supporting student participation in civic activities without impact on their attendance status. Currently, Policy KEA permits students in grades 9-12 to participate in political campaign activity during school hours during the two-week period immediately prior to a primary or general election, at the request of the political candidate or organization with written parent/guardian consent, and written approval of the principal/designee.

On September 11, 2018, the Board considered revisions from the Board Policy Management Committee to Policy KEA that would allow students in grades 9-12 to be excused from school, up to 3-times per year, to participate in civic engagement activities. 

On November 13, 2018, the Board considered additional revisions to Policy KEA from the Board Policy Management Committee as well as made revisions during the meeting. These revisions include:  

  • For primary/general election activity, the Board is proposing eliminating the time frame of "during the two week period immediately prior to a primary or general election."
  • For civic engagement activity, the Board is proposing changing the requirement for "the agreement of a representative of the sponsoring organization" to "evidence of a sponsored/organized event or activity."
  • For both primary/general election activity and civic engagement activity, the Board is proposing changing the requirement for "written approval/approval of the principal/designee" to "notification to the principal/designee." 
  • For civic engagement activity, the Board is proposing adding a sentence for schools to "encourage students to reflect on their learning as they participate in civic engagement activities."
  • Further revisions clarify that student released time may be granted for a total of three school days/year for political campaign activity and/or civic engagement activity.It should be noted that this revision is for absences from school that are planned and approved in advance and not students participating in a walkout where they leave school property in the midst of the school day.  

While MCPS recognizes student's right of assembly, leaving school property can disrupt instruction for other students and pose a significant safety risk. More information about how MCPS has handled walkouts is available at https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/publicinfo/community/school-year-2017-2018/demonstrations.html

In order to expedite the implementation of these revisions, the public comment period for this policy will be limited to 30-days, until Sunday, December 16, 2018. 

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