Member, Sound Barrier Review Panel, 1995-96; State Council on Cancer Control, 1995-2001; Wetlands Restoration Steering Committee, 1998-2002; Task Force to Study the Effects of Cult Activities on Public Senior Higher Education Institutions, 1999; Task Force to Study Alternative Educational Programs for Chronically Disruptive Students, 1999-2000; Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students, 2000-01; Maryland Diamondback Terrapin Task Force, 2001; State Commission on Public Funding of Campaigns in Maryland, 2002-04; Task Force to Study the Availability of Audiology and Speech-Language Services, 2003; Commission to Study Local Maintenance of Effort [for educational funding], 2005-07; Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage, 2006-; Study Commission to Explore the Expanded Application of State Stipends for National Certification of Teachers, 2007-08; Climate Change Commission, 2007-16; Task Force to Study a No Net Loss of Forest Policy, 2008-09. Member, 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary Education Work Group, 2008-09; Legislative Advisory Council, 2008-14, Southern Regional Education Board; P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland, 2010-; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011; Commission on Special Education Access and Equity, 2013-14; Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Implementation Review Work Group, 2014-15; Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools, 2015-; Commission on Climate Change, 2016-.
Member, House of Delegates, representing District 22, Prince George's County, January 14, 1987 to August 1994. Member, Environmental Matters Committee, 1987-94.
Born in Camden, New Jersey, March 5, 1950. Attended Moorestown Friends School, Moorestown, New Jersey; George Washington University, B.A. (public affairs), 1972, M.A. (education), 1978. Educator, Prince George's County Public Schools, 1976-95. Organizer for affiliate of Maryland State Teachers Association, 1995-2014. Program Consultant, Educator Effectiveness, Southern Regional Education Board, 2014-. President, Prince George's County Educators' Association, 1983-87, representing over 6,000 professional school employees. Member, Progressive Maryland, 2001-. Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention, 2016. Executive Board, Maryland Citizens Action Coalition. Member, National Education Association; Maryland State Teachers Association. Legislative Award, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 1994. Betty Tyler Award, Planned Parenthood, 1992. Outstanding Contribution to Youth Award, Prince George's County Council of PTAs, on behalf of Prince George's County Educators' Association. Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award, Prince George's County Chapter, National Conference of Christians and Jews. Citation, Maryland Healthy Air Act Coalition, 2006. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Legislator of the Year, Maryland League of Conservation Voters, 2012. Consumer Hero, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, 2013, 2014. Married; two daughters.
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