Board Policies and Administrative Regulations


The next policy committee meeting is on February 21. 2017 from 3:30-4:30pm in the 1st Floor Boardroom at 200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202.
The Board will hold a work session on February 21, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the Public Comment Policy. Regular public comment will be accepted. Sign up for public comment begins at 4:30 p.m. 

Board Policies and Administrative Regulations

State law provides that the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners (“Board”), with the advice of the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), determines the educational, management, maintenance, and operational policies of Baltimore City Public Schools (“City Schools”).  Board policies are aligned with its missions and goals, as well as with applicable federal and state laws.  The Board believes that effective and strong leadership is best supported by a consistent, open and comprehensive policy development process.

The Board exercises its leadership role through the formulation and adoption of policy. Board policies guide the overall philosophy behind and development of educational and operational programs of City Schools.  Policies answer the “what” and “why” questions.

The CEO exercises her leadership role through the formulation and adoption of regulations. Administrative regulations guide the overall implementation of educational and operational programs of City Schools.  Regulations answer the “how” questions.

All of the current policies and regulations are available for the public to access through the Board’s Boarddocs website and are divided into the following twelve lettered sections:

Section A – Foundations and Basic Commitments

Section B – School Board Governance and Operations

Section C – General School Administration

Section D – Fiscal Management

Section E – Support Services

Section F – Facilities Planning and Development

Section G – Personnel

Section H – Negotiations

Section I – Instruction

Section J – Students

Section K – School, Community, and Home Relations and

Section L – Education and Agency Relations

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee develops, reviews and revises various Board policies governing City Schools, to support teaching and learning excellence for every student in every classroom system-wide and to meet both State and Federal regulations for education. The Committee does this by reviewing existing Board policies on a regular basis to ensure their alignment with the vision and mission of City Schools; and recommending revisions, when necessary, to sustain the strategic organizational direction and goals of the district.

The Policy Committee is also responsible for monitoring the Board policy-making process to ensure that is open, accessible and transparent, as well as responsive, to the educational needs of our students.

Policy Committee Meetings

The Policy Committee meets in open session generally on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Alice Pinderhughes Administration Building, 200 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202, in the 1st floor Board room.  Citizens may attend the meeting and observe the deliberative process. The Board reserves the right to reschedule meetings as needed.

2016-17 Approved Policy Committee Calendar and Matrix

Updates to 2016-17 Policy Committee Matrix

Public Comment

Public comment is not taken during the committee meetings. However, written public comment on a policy under consideration is typically accepted up to 30 days after the policy committee meeting at which it is presented.


Policy Development and Review Process 

NOTE: The Board may alter and/or suspend these procedures upon a majority vote.

Policy Development and Review Process