As we have discussed in previous posts, the Board of School Commissioners will expand from 10 to 12 seats, with the two additional seats being elected rather than appointed. Baltimore City voters took to the polls for the July Primary Election and selected 4 of the 8 candidates who are now moving on to the General Election on November 8, 2022. Congratulations to Ashley Esposito, April Christina Curley, Kwame Kenyatta-Bey, and Salimah Jasani! You can read more about the results of the Primary Election here.
Need a refresh on where the candidates stand on arts education? Read the answers to our questionnaire about the arts below. Stay tuned for an Arts Education-focused forum this Fall!
Commissioner Election Process
Baltimore City is currently the only jurisdiction in Maryland whose entire School Board of Commissioners is appointed/unelected. In 2022, the Board will expand from 10 to 12 seats, with the two additional seats being elected rather than appointed. This means Baltimore City residents will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates in the General Election on November 8, 2022.
Why the Baltimore City Public School Board Is Important
State law provides that the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, with the advice of the CEO, determines the District’s educational, management, maintenance, and operational policies. The Board votes on many big decisions that impact our students, schools and communities. From setting District priorities and reviewing curriculum to approving the annual budget, the School Board of Commissioners are an important governing body in Baltimore City.
For the first time in the history of the Baltimore City Public School District, residents will be able to decide who will occupy this important leadership role. As parents, educators, arts advocates, students, tax payers, and community members, it is crucial that we take time to get to know each candidate to inform how we vote. In the coming months, Arts Every Day will be collaborating with our incredible partners to share candidate questionnaires and events to help us all get to know the candidates and share with them the importance of the arts.
For more information on 2022 elections, visit: https://elections.maryland.