The September 2018 MSDE Education Bulletin

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Dr. Salmon with two students standing and smiling outside of Waugh Chapel Elementary School on the first day of school 2018
Dr. Salmon welcoming students on the First Day of School at Waugh Chapel Elemntary School

Welcome Back, Maryland!

Back-to-School 2018

Maryland schools are officially back in session! Dr. Salmon State Superintendent of Schools kicked off the first day of school by welcoming Governor Larry Hogan, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, parents and students to Waugh Chapel Elementary in Anne Arundel County. Students and their families were greeted by the Governor and State Superintendent and excitedly posed for photos while on their way to classes.   

This year is an exciting year for Maryland schools and will be our best year yet! Welcome back, Maryland!

Follow this link for a video recap of Waugh Chapel Elementary's Firs Day of School!

2018 School Safety Conference

Dr. Salmon, Superintendent of Schools, being honored by Ed Clarke, Director of the Maryland Center for School Safety during annual safety conference

The Maryland Center for School Safety held its 5th Annual School Safety Conference in Annapolis. An award ceremony held during the conference honored individuals and teams that went above and beyond in the name of school safety during the 2017/2018 school year. Included in those award recipients was Dr. Salmon, for her role on the Maryland Center for School Safety Governing Board. 

For a full list of awards and recipients, follow this link. 

Maryland College Application Campaign!


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The Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is participating in the American College Application Campaign #WhyApply social media contest! The contest promotes the college campaign and uses social media as a tool to interact with students and families. Take a selfie and let us know "Why should students pursue postsecondary education?" 

Tag @MdPublicSchools or 
@mcacampaign and use  #WHYAPPLY #MDCOLLEGESTRONG

The Maryland State Board of Education meeting in the State Board Room around a "U" Shaped Table.

State Board Actions

August 28, 2018 

The following actions were taken at the August 28, 2018 State Board of Education meeting:

  • Granted permission to publish amendments to Regulations .01-.05 and .07-.10, repeal Regulation .06, and adopt new Regulation .11 under Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.01.05 Appeals to the State Board.  The amendments include: (1) updating the delivery methods for filings before the State Board; (2) eliminates references to the library system because they are now an independent State agency; (3) limits the number of pages of an appeal to 15; (4) requires appeals to be filed in hard copy only; (5) directs that a response to an appeal may be made by Motion to Dismiss or by Memorandum in Response to the Appeal; (6) directs that a waiver of transcription costs may be sought from the State Superintendent of Schools; (7) allows the State Board to extend time periods for filings except for the time period for filing an appeal or motion for reconsideration; (8) establishes time periods for filing and limiting the maximum length of a motion or response to 15 pages; (9) eliminates the “mailbox rule” and establishes procedures for asserting no receipt of timely notice and placing the burden to prove timely notice was sent to the party who was responsible for ending the notice; (10) describes cases to be sent to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) allowing Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to hear additional testimony or receive additional evidence if there is good reason the party did not offer it before; (11) limits oral argument to 10 minutes per side; (12) requires parties to file a copy of the OAH transcript with the State Board; (13) allows the State Board to decide appeals on the record without hearing oral argument unless otherwise required; (14) establishes how cases will be resolved if a majority of the voting members are not in concurrence; (15) directs appeals to the circuit court in the jurisdiction in which the local board resides; and (16) establishes procedures for removal of a local board member.
  • Granted permission to adopt 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-recovery plans, if needed. 
  • Granted permission to adopt the repeal of Regulation .06 Educational Programs for Pregnant Girls under 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. 
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to Regulation .11 Disciplinary Action under COMAR 13A.08.01 General Regulations.  The purpose of these amendments is to prohibit suspension or expulsion of students in prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade, with certain exceptions, per State law.
  • Approved the 2019 State Board of Education meeting dates.

 The following Opinions and Orders were rendered: 

  •  Megan Bremer v. Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners – compensation dispute – Opinion No. 18-25
  • Monica K. v. Prince George’s County Board of Education student expulsion – Opinion No. 18-26
  • Frederick Classical Charter School, Inc. v. Frederick County Board of Education – denial of funding Opinion No. 18-27
  • Mr. and Mrs. David E. v. Harford County Board of Education – student expulsion Order No. OR18-06
  • Ebony H. v. Montgomery County Board of Education – mistreatment/school safety Order No. OR18-07

Meeting materials, Opinions, and Orders can be found HERE.

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Sarah Desrosiers, 2015-16 Charles County Teacher of the Year, and her students

T.O.Y Stories: Teaching Kids, Not Classes

Our latest Maryland Teacher of the Year Blog Post! 

This inspiring T.O.Y Story comes from Sarah Desrosiers, 2015-16 Charles County Teacher of the Year, read on for Sarah's powerful thoughts and reflections on some of the tougher sides of teaching. Click Here.

View Maryland State Board of Education Meetings Online

The Maryland State Board of Education began live-streaming its meetings at the July 24, 2018 Board Meeting.

The Board’s live-stream can be found  by visiting the State Board meeting portion of the website.

All live-streams will be closed captioned in real time. 

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Finalists Named for 2018-2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year

Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, announced the names of seven finalists for 2018-2019 Maryland Teacher of the Year. 

The finalists are: Heather Carnaghan, Anne Arundel CountyLaQuisha Hall, Baltimore City; Tina Thomen, Carroll CountyStaci Lamb, Cecil CountyDr. Richard Warren,Jr., Somerset County;  Reneé Warfield, Talbot County; Jeanine Horst, Washington County.

Continue reading here. 

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Over $3 Million Awarded to Maryland Schools to Provide Fresh Fruits and Vegetables to Students

MSDE has awarded $3,288,950 in federal funds to selected Maryland elementary schools in order to help children build lifelong healthy eating habits. The funds, made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to students enrolled in participating schools statewide. 

This year, MSDE is providing funds to 134 schools. Maryland school participation data can be found here.