McDaniels Elected President at MABE Annual Conference

Charles McDaniels, Jr., member of the Baltimore County Board of Education, became the 2017-2018 MABE president Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. He was sworn in during the Presidents Dinner at the MABE Conference.

Newly elected president Charles MCDaniels Jr. said about his new status:

It is truly an honor for me to serve as MABE’s president, and I want to thank the membership for allowing me to have this opportunity.  To impact the educational journey of our students is a tremendous responsibility that I approach very seriously.  All of you should be complimented for your dedication to the work of our boards, and I look forward to working with you in the coming months.

Other MABE board offers elected:

Tolbert Rowe, Caroline County, president-elect; Nancy Reynolds, Harford County, treasurer; and Martha James-Hassan, Baltimore City, secretary.

Other MABE local board members elected:

Michael A. Durso, Montgomery County; Tammy Fraley, Allegany County; Michael Garman, Talbot County; Stacy Korbelak, Anne Arundel County; Robert Lord, Carroll County; Virginia McGraw, Charles County; William J. Phalen, Sr., Calvert County; Phillip Rice, Dorchester County; Wayne Ridenour, Washington County; Laura Runyeon, Harford County; K. Alexander Wallace, Prince George’s County; and Mary Washington, St. Mary’s County.

MABE press release says about the conference:

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, more than 150 school board members and other education leaders from across the state gathered for the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Annual Conference. The conference program gave members the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, emerging school law issues, and the future of school funding in Maryland.

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At the business meeting, members adopted revisions to MABE’s Continuing Resolutions, which provide the foundation for the association’s legislative and policy positions in the coming year. Among those revisions were updates to 16 of the association’s 23 continuing resolutions, including substantial changes to resolutions on special education, technology, employee relations, and student health. The technology resolution was completely re-written and retitled as a resolution on Digital Learning that is rigorous, equitable, innovative and guided by instruction. The employee relations resolution was updated to highlight MABE’s strong opposition to “grounds for discipline” legislation to remove the authority to discipline teachers for misconduct from the local board of education and allow outside arbitrators to make these important decisions.