The May 2018 Edition: MSDE Education Bulletin

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May 2018

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Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Salmon honor Blaine Gaskill, the School Resource Officer at Great Mills, credited with saving lives through decisive action.

Honoring a Local Hero: Maryland School Safety Summit

MSDE and the Maryland Center for School Safety aimed a special spotlight on Campus Safety in a unique meeting this April. As a response to recent school safety concerns that many students, parents and educators have brought to light in the wake of tragic gun violence situations, MSDE has worked hand in hand with the center to create discussion opportunities for school staff, law enforcement and educators alike to voice their concerns.

As part of these efforts MSDE and the Maryland Center for School Safety held the 2018 Maryland School Safety Summit. Summit Leaders from Maryland’s 24 local school systems attended the meeting held in Annapolis on April 19th. The summit focused on state-of-the art preparation and prevention ideas and protocols that were followed by discussion groups, comprised of school system administrators and guidance staff along with local law enforcement, fire departments, EMTs, and emergency management officials.

The summit also stood as an occasion to honor Deputy Blaine Gaskill, the school resource officer credited with quickly ending the Great Mills High School shooting in St. Mary’s County. Officer Gaskill was honored by Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Salmon for his heroism. For a video highlight of Officer Blaine Gaskill's Recognition Ceremony, look below! 

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School Safety Conference

Click the link for a recap of the Maryland Center for School Safety Conference. Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon welcome hundreds of educators, police, and policymakers to Annapolis with one thing on the agenda: school safety. 

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Maryland Connections Summit Register NOW!

MSDE, in partnership with           Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory, is hosting the 2018 Maryland Connections Summit. This summit brings together education professionals and highlights the vital role data plays in education decision making. 

Registration is now open! Click the link to register TODAY! 

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2017-2018 Milken Educator Awardee, Allison Felton and State Board Members

State Board Actions

April 24, 2018

The following actions were taken at the April 24, 2018 State Board of Education meeting:

  • Granted permission to publish the repeal of Regulation .06 Educational Programs for Pregnant Girls under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.08.01 General Regulations.  Regulation .06 is out-of-date and the provisions of the regulation are covered in Maryland statute and other COMAR regulations.  Specifically, the Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article 7-301 - Compulsory Attendance, COMAR 13A.05.05.01-.04 – Coordinated Programs of Pupil Services, COMAR 13A. 04.18.01 - Comprehensive Health Education Instructional Programs for Grades Prekindergarten – 12, and the Maryland Student Records System Manual contain the necessary provisions for all students, including students identified in COMAR 13A.08.01.06.
  • Granted permission to publish amendments to Regulation .06 Classification under COMAR 13A.06.03 Interscholastic Athletics in the State.  The amendments change how schools are classified for parity and equitable participation in interscholastic athletics.
  • Granted permission to publish amendments to Regulation .04 Length of School Year under COMAR 13A.02.01 Local Boards of Education.  The amendments enable the Maryland State Department of Education to monitor local school systems’ make-up recovery plans on a timely basis and update the Maryland State Board of Education on the make-up recovery plans, if needed. 
  • Approved requests from Kent County and St. Mary’s County public schools for a one-day waiver of the 180-day instructional requirement for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Approved a request from Baltimore County Public Schools to waive eight hours of the 1,170-hour high school instructional requirement for the 2017-2018 school year on the condition high school hours are increased in the 2018-2019 school calendar, as well as in subsequent years.
  • Denied requests from Caroline County, Howard County, Queen Anne’s County, and Somerset County public schools for a two-day waiver of the 180-day instructional day requirement for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Denied a request from Cecil County Public Schools for a one-day waiver of the 180-day instructional requirement for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Recognized Allison Felton, a mathematics teacher at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, as Maryland’s 2017-2018 Milken National Educator.

 The following Opinion and Orders were rendered: 

  •  Wallce and Marlene D. v. Anne Arundel County Board of Education – student suspension – Opinion No. 18-14
  • Mercy I. v. Howard County Board of Education residency – Opinion No. 18-15

      Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found at:

      The next meeting of the Maryland State Board of Education will be held on May 22, 2018 at the Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building, 200 West Baltimore Street, 7th Floor Board Room, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. 

      Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Eight business days notice prior to the event is required. Please contact Charlene Necessary at (410) 767-0467 or TTY at (410) 333-6442 so arrangements can be made.

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        Dr. Salmon with students at the 2018 Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival

        Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival

        Under sunny skies, with attendees sporting even sunnier dispositions, the first Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival kicked off on April 19th in Baltimore's Mt Vernon Square. 

        The event was a huge success, with throngs of students and educators from across the State gathering at the areas many arts venues for a chance to share, learn, and perform.

        The day started with welcoming words from Dr. Salmon, followed by art performances and showcases, and closing ceremonies and speeches by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan and Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine Pugh.

        Click here to see a slideshow of the 2018 Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival! 

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        CTE: Empowering the Workforce of the Future

        Get to know Maryland's Career and Technology Education programs from the people who know them best. Check out MSDE's new video series "Empowering the Workforce of the Future". 

        MSDE talked to a number of Maryland’s Career and Technology Education students for this special video series. Students told us, in their own words, why they chose one of these cutting edge programs. Through these programs of study, Maryland schools are empowering the workforce of the future. 


        MSDE will add a new video to this series every two weeks for the next several weeks.

        Click this link to view the videos in our series! 

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        BOOST Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for 2018-19 School Year

        The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced the opening of the application process for a scholarship program designed to help income eligible students attend nonpublic schools.

        The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program, entering its third year, will provide more than $7 million in scholarships for students who are eligible for the free- or reduced-price lunch program. 

        The application deadline is Monday, May 21, 2018 at 5 p.m. for the 2018-19 school year. The electronic application and a list of potential participating schools is available HERE