Maryland PTA has the opportunity to recommend two parents to the Maryland State Board of Education via House 590 State Board of Education - Membership - Teachers and Parents and its cross-filed bill, Senate Bill 609. This legislation affords us a unique and unprecedented opportunity to sit at the helm of the most impactful decisions in public education for Maryland Public Schools.
Maryland PTA needs you to send letters and make enthusiastic calls to members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee to request a favorable report on these bills in the interest of parents, like yourself, who seek to improve education for their children who attend Maryland public schools who receive public funds.
Sent letters of support to:

Richard.Madaleno@senate.state.md.us or call 410-841-3137

Eric.Ebersole@house.state.md.us or call 410-841-3328 
The Policy, Legal, and Legislative Committee of the Board of Education has proposed updating the administrative procedure on recess. You can read the minutes from their November meeting here. There is a proposal that the procedure be revised to state that elementary schools should have a minimum of 20 minutes of recess, with a recommendation for 30 minutes. You can read about it in the linked document.

The Maryland State Department of Education is conducting a listening tour and will be coming to Charles Herbert High School on Thursday, January 19 at 6 pm. The MSDE is gathering ideas about implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

In other words, how will they meet the federal requirements for testing, transparency, and accountability? These are hugely important issues for our kids.

Here's the information from MSDE's website:

(Source of information: PG County Advocates for Better Schools)