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CLARENCE CRAWFORD ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

July 30, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883 Jean C. Halle Elected Vice President BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously elected Clarence Crawford as president and Jean Halle as vice president for the 2020-2021 term. Bringing more than 45 years of combined government, leadership, business and instruction experience to the Maryland State Board of Education, Governor Hogan appointed Mr. Crawford as a board ...
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MARYLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION HOSTS VIRTUAL MEETING, TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

July 24, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883 / 410-767-0486 Public Comment Welcomed Via Teleconference, Pre-Registration Required BALTIMORE, MD – Special Notice: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Tuesday, July 28, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via livestream, and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Beginning ...
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Maryland State Board of Education Invites Live Public Comment to Virtual Board Meetings

July 23, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883 BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland State Department of Education invites live public comments in future meetings of the Maryland State Board of Education beginning with the next virtual meeting scheduled Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Members of the public are encouraged to submit comment(s)/feedback to the State Board of Education to share their views on issues pertaining to ...
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Maryland Child Care Moves Forward as Part of State’s Overall Stage 2 Recovery

July 10, 2020
             CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883  State to Transition Away from Unlicensed Emergency Care as More Licensed Providers Continue to Reopen; Family Child Care Start-up Grants Increased to $1,000; Child Care Scholarships Based on Attendance Beginning July 20th Nearly 70 Percent of Maryland’s Licensed Providers Have Reopened BALTIMORE, MD – In tandem with the State of Maryland’s advancement into Stage 2 of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: ...
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NEW GUIDELINES ANNOUNCED FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE SCHOOL MEALS

June 26, 2020
     CONTACT:  Samantha Bader, 410-767-0513/Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883                               BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has announced revised Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for free and reduced-price school meals. The guidelines are set by the federal government and adopted by MSDE. The IEGs are used to ...
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MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HOSTS VIRTUAL MEETING ON TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2020

June 22, 2020
CONTACT:  LORA RAKOWSKI, 443-797-9883/410-767-0486 BALTIMORE ­- SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Tuesday, June 23, 2020, meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via livestream, and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Beginning at 11 a.m., State Board members and presenters will ...
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Maryland Education Moves Forward as Part of State’s Overall Stage 2 Recovery

June 10, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883   Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education Updated; Summer School and Nonpublic Special Education Schools Can Reopen for In-Person Instruction; Child Care Center Groups Expanded to Maximum of 15 Annapolis  – In tandem with the State of Maryland’s advancement into Stage two of Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery, the education community is moving forward as outlined in ...
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From State Superintendent Salmon: Special Message to the Education Community

June 8, 2020
Dear Maryland Education Community, The last two weeks have laid bare the reality that there is an urgent need for change in our nation. The pain, grief, and anger felt in our communities in Maryland and across the country are undeniable. As an educator, I know that our children are looking to see how adults react and respond to that reality. ...
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MARYLAND GREEN SCHOOL PROGRAM GROWS TO 656 SCHOOLS

June 5, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 443-797-9883  Certified Green Schools Conserve Energy and Water, Reduce Waste and Protect Environmental Resources BALTIMORE  – The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) announced the 2019-20 Maryland Green School designees, which grows the Maryland Green School Program to 656 schools strong. This year’s designees include an additional 46 new Maryland Green Schools, 86 schools with recertified Maryland ...
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MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HOSTS VIRTUAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020

May 23, 2020
CONTACT:  LORA RAKOWSKI, 443-797-9883/410-767-0486 BALTIMORE  ­- SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Wednesday, May 27, 2020 meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via livestream, and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Please note the change in the meeting day. ...
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MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DEVELOPS NEW CHILD CARE RECOVERY PLAN; ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL CHILD CARE EXPANDED IN IMMEDIATE TRANSITION PHASE

May 20, 2020
CONTACT: LORA RAKOWSKI, 443-797-9883 / 410-767-0486  Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care Outlines Path Forward for Child Care During COVID-19 Pandemic BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) developed Maryland Together: Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Child Care, a plan to continue and expand child care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  As the State entered the first recovery stage, MSDE ...
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MARYLAND RECOGNIZES CHILD CARE PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY FRIDAY, MAY 8

May 8, 2020
CONTACT: LORA RAKOWSKI, 443-797-9883 / 410-767-0486 Maryland Honors Child Care Providers with a “Thank You” Video During Pandemic Emergency BALTIMORE –  Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed May 8 as Maryland Provider Appreciation Day, as he recognized the exceptional efforts of all child care providers around the state, and called special attention to those serving children of essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing Provider ...
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GOVERNOR HOGAN PROCLAIMS MAY 1, 2020 MARYLAND SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY

May 1, 2020
CONTACT:  LORA RAKOWSKI, 443-797-9883 / 410-767-0486 Maryland Honors School Food Service Staff on Front Lines of COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency BALTIMORE  –  Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed May 1 as Maryland School Lunch Hero Day,  in tribute to the extraordinary efforts and service of community and school food service professionals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency.  Recognizing National School Lunch Hero Day ...
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MPSSAA Updated Statement Regarding Interscholastic Athletics

April 28, 2020
For Immediate Release:  Contact: Lora Rakowski, MSDE, 443-797-9883 The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), after careful review and consultation with the Maryland State Board of Education and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, is officially announcing the cancellation of all MPSSAA events for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  This includes the remainder of the 2020 Boys ...
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Maryland State Board of Education Meets Via Teleconference On Tuesday, April 28, 2020

April 24, 2020
CONTACT:  Lora Rakowski, 410-767-0486 BALTIMORE – SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the April 28, 2020 meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via teleconference and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. State Board members and ...
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Celebrating Earth Day: Two Maryland Schools Earn 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Designation

April 22, 2020
CONTACT: Lora Rakowski, 410-767-0486 Oakland Terrace Elementary in Montgomery County and Wellwood International School in Baltimore County Selected for National Recognition BALTIMORE – The U.S. Department of Education announced today that two Maryland schools have earned 2020 U.S. Department of School Green Ribbon School (GRS) designation. Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Montgomery County and Wellwood International School in Baltimore County both received U.S. ...
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Maryland State Board of Education Meets via Teleconference on Tuesday, April 14

April 13, 2020
BALTIMORE –  SPECIAL NOTICE: A special meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will take place April 14, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be conducted entirely via teleconference and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.  The meeting will begin at ...
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State Board Superintendent Announcement

March 31, 2020
BALTIMORE – In light of the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, the Maryland Board of Education has asked Dr. Salmon to accept a new contract which will continue her service through June 30, 2021.  We are grateful that Dr. Salmon has agreed to continue serving Maryland’s Students during this National crisis. Additionally, with the unprecedented business conditions Nationwide, the ...
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Maryland State Board of Education Meets via Teleconference on Tuesday, March 24 

March 23, 2020
CONTACT:  Samantha Foley, 410-767-0482 BALTIMORE – SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the March 24, 2020 meeting of the State Board of Education will be conducted entirely via teleconference and there will be no public access to the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. State Board ...
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Governor Hogan Enacts Emergency Order to Expand Access to Child Care During COVID-19 State of Emergency

March 14, 2020
State Department of Education Issues Enhanced Guidelines for Day Care Facilities to Prevent The Spread of COVID-19 ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today enacted an emergency order to expand child care access to child care for critical personnel during the state of emergency. This will help ensure that child care services are available for providers of health care, emergency medical services, and ...
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