In our diverse state, we should constantly challenge the barriers that limit every student to be successful. At one point or another I have been a FARMS, 504, or ESOL student, and had it not have been for access and opportunity, I would have been just another statistic. That being said, so many students are significantly disadvantaged by characteristics and generations of history they did not control in a system that has not always strived to serve all of us. As your State SMOB, I will continue to:

  • Challenge and work to eradicate the school to prison pipeline and unfair and discriminatory discipline practices 

  • Ensure that students with disabilities, mental health concerns, and medical barriers receive adequate resources

  • Make sure that no student goes to school feeling unsafe or unsupported in their building and classroom

  • Work to close every achievement gap that exists, increase graduation rates, and ensure every student has access to a high quality education that works for them

  • Represent all of our state’s students, spanning from the mountains of Garrett County to the Beaches in Worcester

In our diverse state, we should constantly challenge the barriers that limit every student to be successful. At one point or another I have been a FARMS, 504, or ESOL student, and had it not have been for access and opportunity, I would have been just another statistic. That being said, so many students are significantly disadvantaged by characteristics and generations of history they did not control in a system that has not always strived to serve all of us. As your State SMOB, I will continue to:

  • Challenge and work to eradicate the school to prison pipeline and unfair and discriminatory discipline practices 

  • Ensure that students with disabilities, mental health concerns, and medical barriers receive adequate resources

  • Make sure that no student goes to school feeling unsafe or unsupported in their building and classroom

  • Work to close every achievement gap that exists, increase graduation rates, and ensure every student has access to a high quality education that works for them

  • Represent all of our state’s students, spanning from the mountains of Garrett County to the Beaches in Worcester

What I will accomplish: 

When I was sworn in to the State Board of Education in July, I made a promise to all of you to fight tirelessly for the issues that affect all students in Maryland, a promise that I have kept. And to this day, I continue to believe that education can and should be a great equalizer that tears down barriers, shape people’s future, and change their lives, as it has mine. 

 

With the work I have done, the students I have met, and with knowing all the work ahead of us, I seek to stay in the fight and continue to be a strong, effective, and fierce voice for all 896,837+ of you, on and off of the board table. Continuing to work with all of you, making your goals my goals, and continue to bring every voice to the table, I plan to accomplish the following:

 

Fighting for You

In our diverse state, we should constantly challenge the barriers that limit every student to be successful. At one point or another I have been a FARMS, 504, or ESOL student, and had it not have been for access and opportunity, I would have been just another statistic. That being said, so many students are significantly disadvantaged by characteristics and generations of history they did not control in a system that has not always strived to serve all of us. As your State SMOB, I will continue to:

  • Challenge and work to eradicate the school to prison pipeline and unfair and discriminatory discipline practices 

  • Ensure that students with disabilities, mental health concerns, and medical barriers receive adequate resources

  • Make sure that no student goes to school feeling unsafe or unsupported in their building and classroom

  • Work to close every achievement gap that exists, increase graduation rates, and ensure every student has access to a high quality education that works for them

  • Represent all of our state’s students, spanning from the mountains of Garrett County to the Beaches in Worcester

 

Bringing You All to the Table

Representing upwards of a million people is not a simple task, especially when everyone’s stories are so different, which is why it is so important that at Board Meetings and in between them, the Board and the Department hear from a variety of student voices apart from mine. This year I have worked tirelessly to bring you all to the table, and plan to continue the fight in the following ways:

  • Work to expand opportunities for Maryland students to testify to the State Board of Education

  • Fight to make sure that every committee, workgroup, taskforce, or entity that serves students on the state level has a student voice at the table

  • Ensure that students know their rights, and have accurate information, resources, and access to be able to advocate for themselves and others on the state level

 

Protecting Our Voices

The role of the Student Member, as a voting, active member of any Board of Education can truly be a transformative and paramount asset to an education system. As your State SMOB, I will fight to protect this voice for us and our peers on and off the board table by:

  • Continuing to work locally, state-wide, and nationally to get more students on boards, more voting rights for those students, and more opportunities for all students to get involved at all levels of education policy

  •  Ensuring that adults and educational leaders see the value and benefit of the student voice and it’s positive effects


In closing, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve such a remarkable and driven group of students. I take my work as your voice at the State Board with great seriousness but also great pride. The students of Maryland deserve only the best. This time last year, I promised you all that I was a change you could count on, and I hope you know that you can continue to count on me.

©2019 by Noureen Badwi for Maryland SMOB. 

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