Maryland schools superintendent announces resignation

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former Maryland superintendent to lead local education group.

The Maryland State Board of Education announced Lillian Lowery’s resignation on Friday. FutureReady Columbus, the new educational nonprofit launched this summer by combining three local education organizations, has named the former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools as its new leader, the group announced today. Officials say Lowery will become president and chief executive officer of FutureReady Columbus, a nonprofit corporation with an initial focus on early childhood education, public policy and community engagement.

Lowery, who has served as Maryland’s state education commissioner since 2012, is leaving to head up an Ohio-based education non-profit with a focus on early-childhood education. Lowery oversaw Maryland’s federal Race to the Top grant and its transition to new, Common Core State Standards-aligned assessments through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, better known as PARCC.

State Board President Guffrie Smith says Lowery positioned Maryland “as a national leader in preparing students to be college and career ready.” The board appointed Jack Smith to serve as interim superintendent. Smith, who is currently the deputy state superintendent for teaching and learning and chief academic officer, will serve the remainder of Lowery’s term through June 2016. The City of Columbus remains as committed as ever to improving educational opportunities for our kids.” Lowery has also served as the state secretary of education at the Delaware Department of Education, and superintendent of the Christina School District in Delaware. She spent 31 years as a classroom teacher, school principal and area administrator. “I am thrilled to be joining an organization and a community that has so much energy around helping children be successful,” Lowery said in the news release. “This is one of the most important responsibilities for a community, and I’m honored to take part in the collaboration and innovation that already is taking place here.” Lowery holds a doctorate in education and educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from North Carolina Central University. She also holds multiple educational licensures in several states, including middle and secondary school principal, K-12 gifted and talented education, and secondary school administration and supervision.

Lowery has been the recipient of many awards, including the most recent, ‘Policy Leader of the Year’ award, ” in recognition of her many contributions to education. “Dr. The Dispatch reported last month that three education-focused nonprofit groups, KidsOhio, Learn4Life Columbus and Learning Circle, were joining forces under a new board headed by Coleman and Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett. That majority will give the Republican governor more influence over the choice of the next superintendent, as well as the overall direction of the state’s public education system. And he’s “pretty sure” his fellow board members shared his enthusiasm and were looking forward to working with Lowery. “I pretty much took for granted that her contract would be renewed,” he wrote. Lowery’s caliber and national reputation join us in Columbus to help us prepare our kids for success in school and in life,” said Columbus Mayor Michael B.

Hogan earlier this year pushed for major changes in the state’s charter laws and to provide tax credits to businesses that donate to private schools.

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