BALTIMORE — Public and private school teachers can now start voting on their choice to represent their interests on the Maryland State Board of Education.

WBAL-TV reports that voting began Sunday to choose an active school teacher from among 13 teacher candidates to fill a board seat. A bill approved during this past legislative session directed the teacher election. Voting ends Nov. 17, with the results to be released Dec. 23. The winner will serve 2½ years on the board.

Maryland State Education Association President Cheryl Bost says it’ll be good to have an active practitioner of teaching on the board to provide a voice for the profession. Teachers with active certificates are getting emails with candidate biographies.

Another new board seat will be filled by a parent.

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