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House Republicans Respond to Superintendent Choudhry’s Decision

September 16th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

House Republicans today responded to the announcement that State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury will not seek an extension to his contract which is set to expire in 2024.

“Just days ago, Superintendent Choudhury came before the House Ways & Means Committee and pledged that he was staying in Maryland,” said House Minority Leader Jason Buckel.  “This abrupt turnaround and lack of transparency are endemic to Mr. Choudhury’s tenure as Maryland’s Superintendent. He has continuously failed to be upfront and accountable. It is time for our state to move on.”

“Superintendent Choudhury’s decision not to pursue a contract extension is, hopefully, a step in the right direction,” said House Minority Whip Jesse Pippy. “Public K-12 education in Maryland is at a critical juncture and it is important the next superintendent understand the needs of Maryland students, the dynamics and differences in local governments, and treats parents as a partner in their children’s education.”

“Now is a time to look to the future,” said Assistant Minority Leader April Rose. “As our local boards move forward with the Blueprint implementation, they need a State Superintendent who understands that one-size-fits-all is not the best approach and allows local latitude that supports the goals of the Blueprint but in a way that local governments can afford it.”

“It is clear that public education in Maryland has not been succeeding for the majority of our students and families even though we are spending record sums of taxpayer dollars,” said Delegate Buckel. “The next superintendent needs to work closer with local leaders to make our schools safer, improve educational outcomes, meaningfully address failing schools, and be accountable and transparent with parents and key stakeholders. Superintendent Choudhury was not getting the job done. It is time to do better.”