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Excellence and Equity in Education

The Maryland State Department of Education implements a State Regulation (COMAR 13A.04.05), expanded in 1995 and revised in 2005, that requires all local school systems to infuse Education That Is Multicultural into instruction, curriculum, staff development, instructional resources, and school climate. It also requires the Maryland State Department of Education to incorporate multicultural education into its programs, publications,and assessments.

Education That Is Multicultural is defined as "a continuous, integrated, multicisciplinary process for educating all students about diversity and commonality. Diversity factors include, but a not limited to race, ethnicity, region , religion, gender, language, socioeconomic status, age, and individuals with disabilities. Education That is Multicultural prepares students to live, interact,and work creatively in an interdependent global society by focusing on mutual appreciation and respect. It is a process which is complemented by community and parent involvement in support of multicultural initiatives."


Mary Howlett-Brandon, Specialist
Equity and Cultural Proficiency
Division of Standards, Research, Assessment & Accountability
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201