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Participation by the Public

Participation By The Public

The Board of Education of Baltimore County recognizes the value of public comment at Board meetings. Baltimore County Public Schools and offices are currently closed to the public in order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff. The Board nonetheless welcomes individuals and organizations to attend all public meetings of the Board and to address its members, even when those meetings are held virtually.

While the Board of Education, as articulated in Policy 8315, encourages public input on policy, programs, and practices within the purview of this Board and this school system, specific student or employee matters should not be discussed and existing dispute resolution processes should be utilized, as appropriate. We also discourage comment on matters that do not relate to public education in Baltimore County and remind everyone that inappropriate personal remarks or other behavior are out of order.

Written Public Comments

Written public comments are being accepted. Comments from stakeholder groups and other members of the public may be e-mailed to boe@bcps.org; all comments will be distributed to the Board of Education members, but will not be posted for public viewing on BoardDocs. By sending an e-mail, submitters acknowledge that any e-mail, including the contents of the e-mail, the full name, and the e-mail address from which they are sent are subject to disclosure under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA).

Speakers During Board Meetings – Limited Capacity

Public comment and attendance will take place in person at the meeting, with limited capacity.  Registration for stakeholder and general public comment will continue to be through the online registration form, which will open one week prior to the Board meeting date and close at 3 p.m. on the day before the meeting.  Public comment is limited to 10 speakers who will be selected using an electronic random selection process from all registration submissions received within the same designated time frame.  If selected, participants will receive confirmation of their registration and the public comment guidelines and procedures.  Comments are limited to 3 minutes per speaker.  No speaker substitutions will be allowed.  

Stakeholder group (see below) representatives may sign up to address the Board.  Comments are limited to 3 minutes per speaker. 

To register to speak, click on the link BOARD MEETING PUBLIC COMMENT – Registration Form.

Only preregistered speakers will be allowed access to the building.

Public Attendance at Board Meetings – Limited Capacity

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person, with limited capacity.   Attendees may register in advance through the online registration form, which will open one week prior to the Board meeting date and close at 3 p.m. on the day before the meeting and be randomly selected.  The number of public attendees will be based on room capacity.  


To register to attend, click on the link BOARD MEETING PUBLIC ATTENDANCE – Registration Form

Only preregistered attendees will be allowed access to the building.

PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS (Updated 4/20/21)

PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR IN-PERSON MEETINGS (New 7/30/21)

Current Stakeholder Groups

Baltimore County Student Council/Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO)

Council of Administrative and Supervisory Employees (CASE)
Educational Support Professional of Baltimore County (ESPBC)
Baltimore County Public School Organization of Professional Employees (BCPSOPE)
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees – Local 434 (AFSCME)
Area Education Advisory Council (AEAC) – Coordinator

Central AEAC
Northeast AEAC
Northwest AEAC
Southeast AEAC
Southwest AEAC

Baltimore County Alliance of Black School Educators (BCABSE)
Career & Technology Educational Advisory Council (CTEAC)
Citizens Advisory Committee for Gifted/Talented Education (GTCAC)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • Randallstown Chapter
  • Baltimore County Chapter

PTA Council of Baltimore County
Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee (SECAC)
Baltimore County Public Schools – Student