Maryland’s Governor-elect Could Alter State Education Board Membership

6 board member positions up for appointment this year

Maryland’s Governor Elect Larry Hogan will get to appoint at least a half dozen new members to the State Board of Education.

It’s traditional for the governor to fill open seats on the state board. But for now, no one can say how soon he’ll make those new appointments.

Half of the 12-member state board could be replaced before the end of the year. That includes the president, Charlene Dukes, whose term ended in 2014.

Board members are appointed by the sitting governor to four year terms with advice and consent from the senate. Besides the state school board president, board member Donna Hill-Staton term expired last year.

For this year, the terms run out for board members Dr. Mary Kay Finan, Luisa Montero-Diaz, Sayed Naved and student member Steven Priester.

Lillian Lowery, the state schools chief, was hired by the board during the O’Malley administration. She’s under a four-year contract which runs out in the summer of 2016. Lowery replaced long-time Maryland school superintendent Nancy Grasmick.

In November, Grasmick was appointed by Hogan to his transition team. The state board helps to shape school board policy, which includes guidelines for testing and teacher evaluations.

In 2009, Maryland was among more than a dozen states to receive federal Race to the Top funds. That money was used in part to help students succeed.

The governor-elect has the option of re-appointing current school board members.


Call your elected officials now and the media. Ask them to demand investigations, initiation of changes from Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)  and the Unions representing employees among other issues. Request that the New Governor replace the entire State Board of Education for practicing a corrupt culture.… Then thank him and other elected officials for demanding accountability and transparency in Maryland. There is no smoke without fire!!



Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Maryland State Superintendent  of schools (Pictured above) has been criticized for showing very poor leadership skills in various ways including discriminatory conduct. She has received an F grade for Common Core meetings and other reform implementations in Maryland so far. Above all, she does not believe in the due process of the law and is manipulative.


In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes (shown here) has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play,”  High suspension rates, violation of due process rights, manipulation inter alia during her tenure as President for Maryland State Board of Education. Time has come for her to go!




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