Marylanders, Meet Superintendent Choudhury – An Online Profile

An interesting online profile of Mohammed Choudhury, Maryland's newly appointed Superintendent of Schools, details focus areas working in San Antonio, and forecasts some efforts he expects to bring to Maryland. On the online education-focused site The 74 Million, correspondent Bekah McNeil offers background on Mohammed Choudhury, Maryland's incoming Superintendent of Schools. The write-up discusses the Blueprint for Maryland and its decade-long implementation ahead, and meshes many of those ambitions with Choudhury's background and priorities in…

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Governor: Schools in 21-22 Without Masks, Distancing

Governor Hogan speaking to media during an event today, raised his hopes that Maryland public schools would be back open in the fall, and without masks or social distancing protocols. During a visit to the Novavax facility in Montgomery County, Governor Hogan responded to questions about the coronavirus pandemic, the vaccination effort, and related matters. His comments about the coming school year, however, may take the main attention from the day's media coverage. From coverage…

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Montgomery College Names Interim President

The Montgomery College Board of Trustees today appointed Dr. Charlene Mickens Dukes as interim president of Montgomery College, effective August 7, 2021. This follows Board Chair Michael Knapp’s April 29 announcement that current Montgomery College President Dr. DeRionne Pollard will step down this summer and assume the same position at Nevada State College. Led by Mr. Knapp, the board will conduct a search for a new president while Dr. Dukes serves in the interim. Dr.…

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State & Local Employment Still Down, Trailing National Trends

Despite a jump in overall employment, the latest reports show state and local jobs remaining unfilled, notably in education. While the American economy, with its mystifying mix of signs and signals, has continued to regain many jobs lost during the pandemic, job totals in state and local governments appear to be recovering more slowly. From coverage on Route Fifty, "State and Local Employment Remains Stubbornly Down" comes this insight: State and local government employment was…

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Maryland Casinos Set New Monthly Revenue Record

For the second time in three months, Maryland’s six casinos set a single-month gaming revenue record, generating $172,394,450 during May 2021, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The figure surpasses the previous single-month record of $169,179,016, which was set in March 2021. Last month's casino revenue represents an increase of $20,118,651 (13.2 percent) compared to May 2019, when gaming revenue was $152,275,799. All six casinos were closed throughout May 2020 due to…

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NYT Opinion Piece: Keep Remote Learning Options To Promote Equity

In a provocative opinion item in the New York Times, an education advocate argues for continued remote learning options as a tool to combat equity concerns in school outcomes. RiShawn Biddle, Senior Fellow at education think tank FutureEd, writes about equity concerns with eliminating remote schooling options, as most school systems migrate back toward in-person learning. Read a segment below from the New York Times opinion item, titled "Don’t Kill Remote Learning. Black and Brown…

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Nominating Committee Set for Blueprint Implementation Committee

The Kirwan Blueprint Bill included its own Implementation Board, with its own nominations process. The Nominating Committee to start that process has now been fully appointed. Governor Hogan has appointed his two representatives to a nominating committee to help populate the body that will oversee the transformative next decade in Maryland education spending and expectations. Among a lengthy list of appointees released last week are the Governor's two nominees to the Accountability and Implementation Board…

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Mohammed Choudhury Appointed State Superintendent of Schools

The State Board of Education has appointed Mohammed Choudhury as the new State Superintendent of Schools. The Maryland State Board of Education (State Board) has appointed Mr. Mohammed Choudhury as the next Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. Mr. Choudhury’s selection follows a rigorous and multi-phased national search, closely guided by community and stakeholder input. Currently serving as Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District, Mr. Choudhury…

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State Board of Education Selects New Superintendent

Today, the Maryland State Board of Education voted to appoint Mohammed Choudhury as the new Maryland State Superintendent of Schools. Following a national search to replace current superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, the State Board voted unanimously to appoint Mohammed Choudhury. “When we set out on our search for Maryland’s next superintendent, our goal was to identify and hire the highest caliber candidate to build the future of education for all Maryland children. Considering Mr. Choudhury’s…

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New FAQ Available For Federal Education Funds

With a wave of federal funds supporting education through two new programs, the US Department of Education has released a frequently-asked-questions document - intended for school administrators, but potentially useful to other stakeholders. The US Department of Education has issued guidance about how funding under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, including the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER program, and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund may be used in response…

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