Student Member on the Board of Education Application

APPLICATION for the 2021-2022 State Student Member on the Board of Education (SMOB)

Education Article §2‑202 of the Maryland General Assembly Statute authorizes the appointment by the Governor of a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education. Approved in 1985 and amended in 2007, this legislation specifies that the Maryland Association of Student Councils (MASC) shall have the opportunity to nominate two students for the Governor’s consideration. One of these nominees will be appointed by the Governor to serve a one‑year term as the Student Member of the Maryland State Board of Education.

The responsibilities of this position are extensive, so students should read, research, talk to the current and former state SMOBs, and consider carefully.

Each public high school in Maryland is invited to nominate one student for this position. The student nominee must be regularly enrolled in a public high school, in good standing, and a junior or senior as of July 1, 2020.

Please carefully read the packet, observing the different deadlines and parts of the application.  There are no exceptions to deadlines as this is the selection of a public official.

Some of these links are openly shared Google documents. Often you cannot access linked documents in Google drives through a school system account. Please consider using a personal or different email whenever you try to access these documents.

If you are using a school email, try these files:
pdf document: SMOBApplicationPacket2020
Word document: SMOBApplicationPacket2020

2021 information Packet
(pdf file: link to file in a Google folder)
(Word file: link to file in a Google folder)


• November 16, 2020 – School nomination forms uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
• December 14, 2020 – Completed application packets must be uploaded (5:00 p.m.)
• December 14, 2020 – Required recommendations emailed (5:00 p.m.)
• December 28, 2020 –  Nominees contacted about interviews
• January 9, 2021 – Nominee interviews
• February 20, 2021 – Up to Five Finalists present at the MASC Legislative Session


Maryland State Board of Education


Ensure all students have access to a world-class educational system that prepares them to graduate ready for post-secondary learning, rewarding work, and success in society and life.


Provide leadership, set policy, and advocate for continuous improvement of Maryland’s educational system to achieve the following:

• Assist every student to realize his or her potential.
• Develop and support a strong accountability system to increase academic success for all students.
• Promote a safe, healthy, and orderly environment for learning and teaching.
• Ensure educator and administrative effectiveness.
• Promote students’ physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.
• Expand high-quality educational opportunities for students and parents.
• Work with districts to strengthen infrastructure.
• Increase communication and partnerships with stakeholders statewide.