Education

MSDE announces Maryland Elevates Grants Program to narrow achievement gaps for students in special education programs

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education this week announced the launch of the Maryland Elevates Grants Program, designed to enhance and sharpen the State’s efforts to narrow gaps for infants and toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families in a comprehensive system of early intervention and special education services, birth through age 21. With heightened emphasis on …


Education, Health

Maryland State Department of Education launches Medicaid pilot project

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education is increasing access to free and reduced-price school meals for economically-disadvantaged students this school year through the United States Department of Agriculture Direct Certification Medicaid (DCM) pilot project. Maryland is one of seven states newly approved by the USDA to participate in the Medicaid matching pilot demonstration, which expands the Maryland Direct Certification …


Governor Hogan announces new grant program for Maryland non-public schools

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the State of Maryland will launch a new $1.6 million grant program to provide additional support for non-public schools. “Every child in Maryland deserves access to a world-class education regardless of what neighborhood they happen to grow up in,” said Governor Hogan. “Through the first-ever school choice program in state history, we …

BCPS educator among finalists for 2022-2023 Maryland Teacher of the Year

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education has named seven teachers as finalists for 2022-23 Maryland Teacher of the Year. The finalists are: Charles Whittaker of Anne Arundel County Public Schools; Berol Dewdney of Baltimore City Public Schools; Alicia Amaral Freeman of Baltimore County Public Schools; Jonathan Kurtz of Frederick County Public Schools; Ashley Gereli of Harford County Public Schools; …

Governor Hogan announces opening of application window for Child Care Stabilization Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the Maryland State Department of Education has opened the application window for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and will be accepting applications through Monday, August 29, 2022. Through this program, MSDE will distribute $50 million in state funding to help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced by child care …

Arrest warrant issued for Baltimore County man accused of sexually abusing children at daycare facility

UPDATE: Following his hospitalization, James Weems Jr., has waived extradition. He remains in custody in Washington D.C. Weems is expected to appear before a Baltimore County Court Commissioner next week. Original story below… —— OWINGS MILLS, MD—An arrest warrant has been issued for a Baltimore County man who is accused of sexually abusing children at a local daycare. Police have …

MDOT, MSDE collecting back-to-school supplies for students

BALTIMORE, MD—To help Maryland students prepare for for the upcoming school year, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club Maryland Alliance for a statewide Back to School Supply Drive from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 29, 2022. MDOT business units including the Transportation Secretary’s …

MSDE awards more than $169 million to local education agencies as part of Maryland Leads grant program

BALTIMORE, MD—This week, the Maryland State Department of Education announced the award of Maryland Leads grants funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), a bold, foundational initiative to reimagine the State’s education system and realize the promise of the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. In total, MSDE is disbursing more than $169 million in funding to LEAs across the State to directly …