Introduction to 2019-2020 MABE President

During the Maryland Association of Boards of Education’s Annual Conference, a new President was inducted for the 2019-2020 year.

From Martha James-Hassan’s post-conference introduction:

It is a privilege and a pleasure to introduce myself as the newly installed president of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). For the past four and a half years, I have been fortunate to serve the students, staff and families of Baltimore City Public Schools on the Board of School Commissioners.

Like you, I have worked purposefully and intensely to ensure both academic success and equity for students in my district as well as the state of Maryland. In collaboration with you over the next year, I look forward to advocating for each district in the state because we are successful only when each child, teacher and administrator in Maryland public education have the resources necessary to thrive.

By the end of this calendar year, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education (the Kirwan Commission) will finalize its policy and funding recommendations for submission to the Governor and Maryland General Assembly. These recommendations be our primary focus and the basis for legislation in the 2020 session as we seek to realize the vision set forth in the  in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future.

As someone who grew up in rural American and subsequently spent her professional career in urban education, I understand the parallel challenges and opportunities these school systems face. The difficulties of meeting diverse students’ needs through scarce resources are interchangeable among our districts. To ensure the enactment and full funding of the Kirwan recommendations, we must be united in our advocacy.

Congratulations to Martha, MACo looks forward to continuing to work with her and the rest of the MABE team.

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