BALTIMORE — Maryland public school systems began reopening Wednesday, Aug. 19, as a record number of students across the state prepare to start the 2015-16 academic year.

By the time all schools open their doors Sept. 9, more than 865,000 kindergarten through grade 12 students will fill classrooms and another 250,000 children will be involved in some form of pre-kindergarten, Head Start or licensed childcare program, according to a news release from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Enrollment in Maryland public schools appears primed to break the record of 869,113 students, set in 2004, MSDE said. 

Also on the rise in the state’s schools is the percentage of students coming from poverty, according to the news release. Last year, 50.4 percent of Maryland elementary students were eligible for free or reduced meals. Ten years earlier, that total was 37.1 percent, the MSDE said.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.