PUBLIC TESTIMONY AT BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Education meets in person in the Board Room of the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis.
Unless otherwise specified, the public may attend Board meetings. Regulations adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education require that all persons inside school or school system facilities be masked, with limited exceptions.
Board meetings are broadcast live on AACPS-TV and on AACPS' YouTube channel so the public may view the meetings live even in instances where public attendance is not permitted.
The Board will hear testimony from up to 10 total speakers (combination of virtual and in-perso) per agenda item during a single public comment section in the early portion of the meeting, prior to Board discussion of those items. The link to register to testify before the Board will be posted on this page at 3 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the meeting. Those wishing to provide testimony must register through that link. Speakers may sign up for no more than two agenda items.
To provide the most equitable and orderly opportunity for speakers with a diversity of viewpoints and varying technology access, the Board will now employ a randomized, computerized lottery to select the 10 speakers for any agenda item on which more than 10 people sign up to offer comment.
For agenda items with more than 10 registered speakers, the lottery selection procedures will be as follows:
- If more than 10 people indicate their first choice for a specific agenda item, the lottery for that agenda item will be conducted among those registrants only. Those who indicate that agenda item as their second choice will not be considered and may provide written comment as outlined below.
- If fewer than 10 people indicate their first choice for a specific agenda item but a sufficient additional number of people indicate that agenda item as their second choice, spaces will be allocated to the first-choice registrants and a lottery will be conducted for remaining spaces.
Speakers who secure a slot to speak will be notified by email at the email address they provide when they register. All speakers will be allotted 2 minutes and must only address the topic on which they signed up to speak.
Written comments on agenda items can be submitted through an online form that can be found on this page beginning at 3 p.m. on the Sunday prior to a Board meeting. Written comments must be no more than 250 words and must be submitted by noon on the day prior to a Board meeting. Comments can also be dropped off at the Parham Building, located at 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis, by that time.
Comments on non-agenda items are only accepted in writing.