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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 ... Learn more

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 ... Learn more

State Superintendent Search: Maryland State Board of Education Seeks Input From Online Survey

March 13, 2020
BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Board of Education has initiated its search for a new State Superintendent of Schools. A key step in this process is to identify the characteristics the state is seeking for the new State Superintendent of Schools. The Board invites your participation in this process to share your views by responding to the online survey at: https://ecrasurvey.com/msdesupt2020 ... Learn more

Comment Period Opens for FFY2020 Part B of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Application

March 13, 2020
BALTIMORE – The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) requires Maryland to make the proposed State Application for Federal Funds under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) available for public review for 60 days and to accept comments for at least 30 days. The Maryland State Department of Education Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 State Application for Federal ... Learn more

State Superintendent Salmon Announces Temporary Closure of Maryland Public Schools

March 12, 2020
Contact: Samantha Foley, 410-767-0482 BALTIMORE –  This afternoon, during Governor Larry Hogan’s press conference, Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, directed that effective Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th, all public schools in Maryland will be closed. All scheduled school-sanctioned travel for students and staff will also be cancelled effective immediately. “It is crucial that we take immediate measures to ... Learn more

Comment Period Opens For FFY2020 Part C of The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) State Application

February 25, 2020
The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) requires Maryland to make the proposed State Application for Federal Funds under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) available for public review for 60 days and to accept comments for at least 30 days. The Maryland State Department of Education federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 State Application for Federal Funds under ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education Meets on Tuesday, February 25

February 24, 2020
CONTACT:  Samantha Foley, 410-767-0482 BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 25, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore.  The meeting will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor, beginning at 9 a.m. Items on this month’s regular agenda include (times approximate): 9:45 a.m.         ... Learn more

State Superintendent Search Community Forums Scheduled

February 10, 2020
Regional Forums Set to Gather Public Input BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) has scheduled several regional forums to gather public input regarding the next State Superintendent. Working with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), the forums scheduled by the State Board of Education will be used to help identify the characteristics necessary to help lead ... Learn more

Another High Mark for Maryland Students on Advanced Placement Success

February 7, 2020
BALTIMORE  – Maryland student success on the Advanced Placement (AP) remains steady, while high participation rates on the rigorous tests continue. According to a report released by the College Board, 31.5 percent of the Maryland Class of 2019 earned a score of 3 or higher on at least one AP exam while in high school. This rate is well above the nationwide number ... Learn more

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates To Lead Search For State Superintendent

February 5, 2020
Contact: Samantha Foley 410-767-0482 Illinois- Based Firm Selected By State Board BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) has retained Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to lead the national search for the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. The firm, based in Rosemont, IL, begins its work immediately.  The $49,950 contract covers multiple phases of a thorough search ... Learn more

Federal Funds Available to Serve Free Summer Meals to Children and Teens

January 28, 2020
MSDE Seeks to Expand Program’s Success BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is seeking public and private nonprofit organizations to serve free, nutritious meals to children and teens this summer through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program. Last summer, over 3 million meals and snacks were served to children and teens throughout ... Learn more

Maryland State Board of Education Meets on Tuesday, January 28

January 27, 2020
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 28, at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore.  The meeting will be held in the State Board room on the 7th floor, beginning at 9 a.m. Items on this month’s regular agenda include (times approximate): 9:45 a.m.         Quality Teacher Incentive Grant   ... Learn more

New Year, New Interactive Tool Encourages Parent/Educator Partnerships

January 21, 2020
BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Division of Early Childhood has launched a new interactive tool on the Maryland Families Engage website; the virtual Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit. The goal of the new and improved Toolkit is to help teachers, providers, parents, and families build a network of community support and share best practices. The MSDE ... Learn more

Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School to Be Honored by Lt. Governor and State Superintendent

January 13, 2020
Montgomery County School is Blue Ribbon Recipient WHO:             Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools                         Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Montgomery County Schools   WHAT:          Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School, a 2020 Maryland Blue Ribbon School, will be honored by the Lt. Governor and State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon as part of the Maryland            ... Learn more

Maryland Receives $26.5 Million Toward Early Childhood System

January 10, 2020
Grant Will Help Continue Improvements to Mixed-Delivery Early Childhood System BALTIMORE  The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has been awarded a $26.8 million Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant. The grant will help continue the strategic planning and system development of the state’s mixed-delivery early childhood system. Maryland’s earliest learners start their education in a variety of ... Learn more

MSDE Establishes Memorandum of Understanding with Italy

December 19, 2019
BALTIMORE – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently hosted a signing ceremony establishing its third Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. The MOU will be in effect for three years and promotes the study of the Italian language in Maryland schools, provides professional learning for teachers of Italian, and encourages student and educator exchanges between schools in Maryland ... Learn more

Educators Elect Carroll County Teacher to Serve on State Board of Education

December 13, 2019
CONTACT:  Samantha Foley, 410-767-0482   BALTIMORE  – The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) this week announced that Rachel McCusker, an elementary school music teacher from Carroll County Public Schools, has been elected by her peers to fill the newly-created teacher member position on the State Board of Education (SBOE). The election was required by state legislation passed last spring (Senate Bill ... Learn more

Six Maryland Public Schools Named 2019-2020 State Blue Ribbon Honorees

December 10, 2019
 Program Spotlights High Achievement BALTIMORE – Six Maryland public schools today were selected as 2019-2020 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools. All six were honored as Exemplary High Performing Schools, which places them in at least the top 15 percent of all schools in Maryland based on state assessment scores in math and English language arts (ELA). The schools were announced today in Annapolis by Governor ... Learn more

Judy Center Early Learning Hubs Celebrate 20 Years of Serving Children and Families

December 5, 2019
BALTIMORE  – This month marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first Judy P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hub (Judy Center) in Maryland, at Cool Spring Elementary in Prince George’s County. Thirteen additional centers opened across the State during the following year, and there are now 53 Judy Centers throughout Maryland. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will ... Learn more

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Produces Mixed Results about School Preparedness

December 5, 2019
State Results Show Nearly Half of Students Prepared for Kindergarten BALTIMORE  – The results of Maryland’s 2019 Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) show that more than half of the local school systems in Maryland made progress in school readiness over the past year, but overall kindergarten readiness across the State remained the same. “Preparing students to succeed in kindergarten is a key goal ... Learn more

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