Maryland State Superintendent will not seek another term

BALTIMORE, MD—Dr. Karen Salmon informed the State Board of Education on Tuesday that she would not seek another term as the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.

The terms of her contract require notification be provided now, however, she will complete her term through June 30, 2020.

This culminates a career of over 40 years of work in public school education.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead education for Maryland.  Together, with many stakeholders and the State Board of Education, we have accomplished much,” said Dr. Salmon.  “Outstanding new staff in key positions and important restructuring has positioned MSDE to not only impact student outcomes in the short term, but also provide sustainability for the future.  My focus for the remainder of my term will be to continue to provide a quality education to our students, and to prepare a strong foundation on which the next State Superintendent can build.”

“Dr. Salmon informed the State Board of her decision to not pursue a second term as Maryland’s State Superintendent.  While the Maryland State Board is saddened by her decision, it is also grateful for her exceptional leadership,” said Brigadier General Warner Sumpter (Ret.), President of the State Board.  “Dr. Salmon brought many years of executive experience to her position and her passion for equity and excellence has benefited all of Maryland’s students.  It is her leadership that has placed Maryland education on solid footing for future achievements.  Dr. Salmon is greatly respected nationally and by many education partners throughout the State.  She will be greatly missed.  We wish Karen well in her future endeavors and offer our sincere appreciation for her tireless efforts for Maryland’s children.”

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