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Six Maryland Public Schools Named 2017-18 State Blue Ribbon Honorees

December 5, 2017
Program Spotlights High Achievement BALTIMORE – Six Maryland public schools today were selected as 2017-18 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. All six were selected as an Exemplary High Performing School, one of the U.S. Department of Education’s two categories. The schools are being honored today before the Maryland State Board of Education. The schools are: • West Towson Elementary School, Baltimore County • Urbana ... Learn more

MSDE Releases Resource Guide to Strengthen Student Mental Health

December 1, 2017
Offers Recommendations to Prevent Suicide; Human Trafficking BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has published a new resource guide featuring Mental Health and Wellness Programs across the State, and created two new websites to provide information to districts regarding youth suicide and human trafficking. These resources mark the first outcomes of a committee, launched to place ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, December 5

December 1, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 5, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. In addition, the State Board will hold a work session on Monday, December ... Learn more

MSDE Awards Grants to Fifteen Organizations

November 28, 2017
Funds Will Help Expand, or Create Extended Day and Summer Enhancement Programs BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded grants to 15 organizations that will help expand or create extended day and summer enhancement programs for Maryland students. The Public Schools Opportunities Enhancement Act program was offered in six local systems: Allegany, Caroline, Prince George’s, Somerset, and Wicomico ... Learn more

Maryland Launches “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge

November 6, 2017
Program Aims to Ignite Student Interest in Cybersecurity BALTIMORE – Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, today announced the launch of the Maryland “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, a free online cybersecurity career exploration and mentorship platform that enables students to test drive their future by living a day in the life of six National Security Agency (NSA) leaders. ... Learn more

Independent Firm Completes Prince George’s Performance Audit

November 3, 2017
County has 60 days to respond; State to oversee remediation and consequences BALTIMORE — Today, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) releases the independent audit of Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) grading procedures, by Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services. The Maryland State Board of Education and State Superintendent are deeply concerned by the report’s findings and have asked PGCPS ... Learn more

Federal Grant to Help Strengthen Maryland’s Gifted Education Programs

November 1, 2017
Javits Award to Help Fund Gateway Program BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has been awarded a five-year federal grant to help increase the number of students gaining access to gifted education programs throughout the State. With the help of the $1.6 million Javits Gifted and Talented Education Grant, MSDE will create the “Gateway to GT Education,” a set of ... Learn more

MSDE Announcement: State Board To Meet In Closed Session on November 1

October 31, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will meet in closed session on Wednesday, November 1, at 3:30 p.m. The meeting, via conference call, has been scheduled to discuss an internal board management issue: an investigative proceeding pursuant to Section 3-305(b)(1) of the General Provisions Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The meeting will convene in open session ... Learn more

Joshua Carroll Named 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year

October 27, 2017
Statewide Winner is from Anne Arundel County BALTIMORE  –  Joshua Carroll, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher at Anne Arundel County’s South River High School, tonight was named the 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, made the announcement at the 27th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala.  The event attracted scores of educators ... Learn more

Annual Teacher of the Year Gala Held Friday, October 27

October 25, 2017
Gala Celebrates Its 27th Year, 2017-2018 Maryland Teacher of the Year To Be Announced WHO: State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Senator Paul Sarbanes 24 Maryland Teachers of the Year Educators from all 24 School Districts WHAT: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will hold its 27th Annual Teacher of the Year Gala at Martin’s West in Baltimore. The gala ... Learn more

More than 2,600 Students Receive BOOST Scholarships in Program’s Second Year

October 25, 2017
BOOST Provides Financial Assistance to Attend Nonpublic Schools BALTIMORE – The second year of the State’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provided scholarships this fall to more than 2,600 low-income Maryland students to attend nonpublic or faith-based schools during the 2017-18 school year. The BOOST legislation was created in the 2016 legislative session with the support of Senate ... Learn more

Maryland College Application Campaign Helps Students, Families to Navigate Process

October 20, 2017
Campaign Set for October 23-27 BALTIMORE – Maryland wants to make certain a higher percentage of the State’s working population has the benefit of postsecondary education. The Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, in partnership with the American Council on Education, are sponsoring the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC), October 23-27. The MCAC’s goal is to increase ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education to Meet on Tuesday, October 24

October 20, 2017
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 24, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore. It will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor beginning at 9 a.m. Please note there will be no Monday work session this month. Items on this month’s regular ... Learn more

School Bus Stop Arm Violations Drop as Maryland Places Focus on School Safety

October 13, 2017
School Bus Safety Week is October 16-20 BALTIMORE – Greater attention is being paid to the stop arms on school buses, a new Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey has found. Stop arms swing out from a bus and lights flash whenever it is making an on-roadway student pick-up. A total of 3,384 violations of school bus stop arms were recorded on ... Learn more

Maryland State Department of Education Awarded $45 Million to Strengthen Literacy

October 3, 2017
Funding Via a Three-Year Federal Grant BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has been awarded a three-year, $45 million federal grant to help advance literacy in students from birth through grade 12. The grant is MSDE’s largest competitive grant in nearly three years. The Striving Readers’ Comprehensive Literacy Grant, awarded by the US Department of Education, will support the ... Learn more

Maryland State Department of Education Awarded $17.2 Million for Charter Schools

September 29, 2017
Funding Via Five-Year Federal Grant BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has been awarded a five-year, $17.2 million federal grant to help both new and existing charter schools. Funded by the Expanding Opportunity Through Quality Charter Schools Grants to State Entities Program, the new grant will allow MSDE to award sub-grants, provide technical assistance and disseminate best practices and ... Learn more

All Six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools Awarded National Honors

September 28, 2017
Seven Nonpublic Schools Also Honored BALTIMORE–All six public schools awarded Maryland Blue Ribbons last year have been named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The State public schools receiving national honors are: • Shipley’s Choice Elementary School, Anne Arundel County • Sunderland Elementary School, Calvert County • Centerville Elementary School, Frederick County • Manor Woods Elementary School, Howard County • Ronald McNair Elementary School, Montgomery ... Learn more

New SAT Sets Baseline; ACT Scores Rise in Maryland

September 26, 2017
Another Increase in AP Participation, Success Also Registered BALTIMORE – Maryland student results on the SAT for the class of 2017 set a new baseline in both reading/English language arts and mathematics as the national exam underwent its second major revision in 11 years. For that same class, ACT exam scores for Maryland students hit a new high, following a long trend ... Learn more

MSDE Awards Grants to Several Nonprofit Organizations

September 22, 2017
Funds Will Help Advance College and Career Awareness BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded grants to seven nonprofit organizations that will help enhance college and career awareness and college completion for low-income high school students. Maryland’s new Next Generation Scholars program was established by the General Assembly (House Bill 1403) in 2016. The $4.7 million state ... Learn more

Hotline, Email Address Available to Gather Input for Prince George’s Graduation Rate Audit

September 18, 2017
Public Encouraged to Participate BALTIMORE – The public is encouraged to provide information on the audit of the Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) system graduation rates through a dedicated phone line and email address. The hotline number is 1-833-535-6103. The email is PGCPSSpecialReview@alvarezandmarsal.com. Both are available to the public today. Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services was selected ... Learn more

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