September 22, 2023

Maryland state schools Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury is withdrawing his request for a second term.

Choudhury on Friday informed the state Board of Education that he intends to pursue other opportunities.

The state Board of Education released a statement saying it’s “grateful to Superintendent Choudhury for his leadership in Maryland through the first phase of educational transformation in the state. Over the past two years, he rebuilt the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for the Blueprint (Maryland’s Future) era, centered the focus of the State Board and MSDE on comprehensive educational equity, led the charge to build a strategic plan, prioritized improving reading proficiency rates which recently improved to their highest level in nearly a decade, and developed innovative programs such as Maryland Leads, Maryland Works and the Maryland Tutoring Corps initiative.

“Superintendent Choudhury has also strengthened MSDE staffing infrastructure, resulting in the lowest vacancy rate in a decade while recruiting top tier talent and elevating current employees.”

The State Board said it intends to present plans for transition and a national search by its Sept. 26 meeting.

Choudhury was appointed state schools superintendent in May 2021 after Karen Salmon retired. Choudhury came to Maryland from the San Antonio Independent School District in Texas.