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The challenges ahead for Md.'s new schools chief

The challenges ahead for Md.'s new schools chief

After a nationwide search, the state school board announced this week the appointment of Karen Salmon as the next state school superintendent. Ms. Salmon, who is currently an interim deputy superintendent in the Maryland Department of Education, spent a decade as school superintendent in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore, as well as several years leading a small suburban school district in New York.

Those experiences no doubt will prove invaluable in her new role as leader of K-12 education in Maryland at a time when the state is facing a number of pressing issues — including charter schools, the ongoing transition to Common Core standards and debate about the role of testing...