Guidelines and Procedures for Public Comment

Maryland State Board of Education In-Person and Virtual Public Comment Guidelines and Procedures

Members of the public are encouraged to submit comment(s)/feedback to the State Board of Education to share their views on issues pertaining to matters under its authority and the administration of the public school systems of the State. All speakers shall conduct themselves in a non-disruptive manner. Although State Board members do not respond to the comments during this segment of the Board meeting, the State Board members do listen and may take follow up action within the scope of the Board’s authority and jurisdiction. 

The information outlined below provides details on public comment procedures. Members of the public can also submit their comments in writing to the State Board at stateboard.msde@maryland.gov for distribution to all members. 

  • Members of the public who wish to provide public comment during a State Board meeting must register with the Office of the State Board of Education by calling 410-767-0467 or by emailing your request to stateboard.msde@maryland.gov. When registering please indicate whether you would like to provide your comments in-person or virtually.

  • Registration will open a week prior to the Board meeting date and close at 3 p.m. on the last business day preceding that date. For special State Board meetings (planned outside of the regularly scheduled monthly meetings), registration will open as soon as possible once the meeting is announced, and will close at 3:00 pm on the last business day preceding the meeting date. 

  • Sign-up for public comment is limited to 10 speakers and registration is first-come, firstserved. You will receive a notice to confirm your registration. If you are providing comments virtually, you will be provided with the instructions on how to connect to the meeting. Once registration has reached capacity, individuals may be placed on a waiting list. Individuals on the waiting list will be notified up to one day prior to the meeting if a space becomes available.

  • The State Board President (or meeting presider), will explain the meeting procedures and call on speakers in order of their registration.

  • Comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. Time will be monitored by staff through use of a timer. When that time expires, the speaker is permitted to complete a sentence but should make no further remarks.

  • Public comment submissions may not be related to personnel matters or issues pending in appeals to a local board or to the State Board.


Download the Guidelines and Procedures for Public Comment

(Revised January 19, 2022)