The January 2019 MSDE Education Bulletin

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January 2019

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All six 2018-2019 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools show off their new Governor's Citations along side Governor Hogan and State Superintendent Dr. Salmon.

2018-2019 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools

Six Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Recognition 

This year, six Maryland public schools were selected and recognized as 2018-19 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 were honored in a ceremony held in Annapolis by Governor Larry Hogan and Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools. All six schools will have the chance to apply to be a National Blue Ribbon School and will receive monetary prizes, gifts, office supplies and school supplies. 

The schools are:

· Pinewood Elementary School, Baltimore County
· Mount Harmony Elementary School, Calvert County
· Urbana High School, Frederick County
· Clarksville Middle School, Howard County
· Glenarden Woods Elementary School, Prince     George’s County
· Ocean City Elementary School, Worcester County

For a video recap of the day's events, Click Here! 


The Power of Community

Frederick County 2015 Teacher of the Year, Erin Doolittle and student engaged in activity

Erin Doolittle, 2015 Frederick County Teacher of the Year, discusses the challenges and rewards of teaching in our latest Maryland Teacher of the Year Blog. Follow the link to read more!

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

State Board Actions

December 4, 2018 

The following actions were taken at the December 4, 2018 State Board of Education meeting:

  • Granted permission to repeal Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) I 3A.04.05 Education 1/ia! is Midhicuhural and granted permission to publish new I 3A.0 1.06 Educational Equiti’. The new educational equity regulations establish equity as a priority for the Maryland State Department of Education and all local school systems.
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to COMAR 13A.03.02.08 Grading and Reporting with the following nonsubstantive changes: (I) text has been amended to add the term “public” as a modifier of “school” to clarify that the regulation requiring each school system to recognize and accept any and all credits a student earns in school, means “public schools” only; and (2) text was amended to change “30 days” to “45 days” as the timeline for making grade changes and to add “For a change of grade for the 4th marking period, the timeline would begin on the first day of school in the new school year”.
  • Granted permission to adopt amendments to COMAR l3A.06.07.Ol-.l0 Student Transportation with nonsubstantive changes. Crime ofsecond degree assault was added as a discretionary reason for a local school system supervisor of transportation to disqualify a school vehicle driver, a school vehicle driver trainee, or a school vehicle attendant from employment in those positions. Employment disqualification for second degree assault is within the discretion of the supervisor of transportation and is not an automatic reason for disqualification.
  • Granted permission to adopt regulations under COMAR I 3A.06.09 Maryland Early Literacy Initiative. These new regulations are designed to carry out the provisions of RB 1415, which establishes the Early Literacy Initiative, a competitive grant program for up to 50 qualifying schools (Title I) to develop an evidence-based early literacy program in the school to work with participating students to meet literacy proficiency targets by the end of the eighth grade or other literacy targets as determined by the Department. • Approved Baltimore City Public Schools’ conditional waiver to open schools on February 18, 2019 (Presidents’ Day), if needed for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Approved the formation of a Task Force on Student Discipline Regulations to examine the impact of reforms in the state’s student discipline regulations and guidelines adopted by the State Board in 2014.

The following Opinions and Orders were rendered:

  • Lelah and Leone A. i’. Prince George County Board ofEducation — early K entry — Opinion No. 18-40 
  • In the Matter ofEducation Article Section 4-201 — Petition for Declaratory Ruling — Opinion No. 18-41 
  • Phil N., ci at i, Anne Aniziclel G’ounty Board ofEducation — varsity field hockey team vandalism — Opinion No. 18-42
  • Jonathan and Danidlle P. v. Calvert County Board ofEducation — early K entry — Opinion No. 18- 43 • Lee Thomassen v. Baltimore County Board ofEducation — teacher termination — Opinion No. 18-44
  • Latin Schools ofArnerica, LLC v. Baltimore Cm.’ Board ofSchool Comn;issioners — denial of charter school application — Order No. ORI 8-10
  • Herbi and Yvonne Al v. Montgomen’ County Board ofEducation — early K entry — Order No. OR 18-11
  • Beverlev G. Kelley i’. Queen Aitne s County Board ofEducation — request for reconsideration — Order No. ORI8-12  

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

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New Maryland Report Card Provides Insight on School and School System Performance

Report Card Goes Beyond Test Scores for More Complete Picture

The 2018-19 Maryland School Report Card provides educators and parents with the most complete picture of school and school system performance in State history.

The Report Card, for the first time, includes a broad selection of performance indicators to help measure how schools are doing.

Find out more by following this link.

Maryland After School Meals flier with elementary school aged child and graphic of banana and lunch tray

Maryland After School Meals Programs

More than 13 million children in the US live in "food insecure" homes. That phrase may sound mild, but it means that those families don't regularly have enough food to eat. Maryland Afterschool Meal Programs can help.

Visit for more information, and look for  #MDAfterschoolMeals on Social Media.

Maryland Awarded $10.6 Million Federal Grant to Further Strengthen Early Learning

Funding Targets Expanding Quality Programs

The Maryland State Department of Education has received a $10.6 million federal grant to help improve programs for children, birth to five, throughout the State.

The Preschool Development Grant will allow Maryland to conduct a needs assessment on the availability and quality of early childhood programs, and develop a strategic plan to fuel continued improvement.

“Early childhood education provides a strong foundation for future success in the classroom,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This federal grant will help expand educational opportunities for our youngest learners and give our children the start they deserve.”

Follow this link for more information.