Choudhury Replacing Retiring Salmon as State Superintendent of Schools 

Mohammed Choudhury. Via Maryland State Department of Education.

The Maryland Board of Education unanimously approved Mohammed Choudhury as the state’s next Superintendent of Schools on Thursday.

Currently, Choudhury is Associate Superintendent and Chief Strategy, Talent and Innovation Officer for the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas. His new role is effective July 1. Current State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon will retire June 30; she was named to the position in 2016.

According to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the San Antonio Independent School District had an F-rating prior to Choudhury’s arrival, and he helped it become the “fastest-improving large district in all of Texas.”

During a state school board meeting Thursday, Choudhury thanked board members for their warm welcome and said he is excited to foster an environment that demands equity, celebrates innovation and values accountability.

“I often like to say: we are only as strong as our most struggling student. We are only as strong as our most struggling educator,” he said. “We are only as strong as our most confused and frustrated parent. And so that will be my barometer for success.”

“I just cannot wait to hit the ground running,” Choudhury said.

“Mohammed Choudhury has gained national acclaim for his work on education reform, and shares our vision of ensuring every child has access to a world-class education,” Gov. Larry Hogan wrote on Twitter. “We’re excited to have him coming to Maryland.”

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