Media Alert: Maryland State Board of Education to Meet September 24

For Immediate Release                                                      Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486

Baltimore, MD (September 20, 2013)

The Maryland State Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday, September 24 at the Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore.  The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the 7th floor Board Room.  Items on this month’s agenda include the following:

9:05 a.m.         Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Principals
The State Board will welcome three of the State’s top administrators to the meeting.  Karen Barnes, principal of Southwest Academy in Baltimore County;  Jason Dykstra, director of Accountability and Testing for Anne Arundel County and formerly principal of Southern Middle School in the county; and William Heiser, principal of Catonsville High School in Baltimore County and formerly principal of North County High School in Anne Arundel County.  All have recently received honors for their work.

9:15 a.m.         SEED School
The State Board will hear an update on the SEED School, a statewide residential school for at-risk youth.  The school opened in 2008 with 80 sixth graders.  For the 2013-14 school year, the school will serve approximately 400 students in grades 6-11.

10 a.m.           Race to the Top
The State Board will hear its regular report on progress being made in Maryland’s Race to the Top program.

2 p.m.              Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility
The State Board will consider amendments to Maryland’s approved ESEA Flexibility Plan, including allowing the State one additional year before local school systems would be required to use their new evaluation systems to inform personnel decisions.  Amendments would require U.S. Department of Education approval.