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School systems must choose more standardized tests in the fall

June 30th, 2015 | by Glynis Kazanjian

Maryland public school systems will weigh this summer whether to add more standardized testing for 11th grade students in an effort to conform to a new state law that kicks in during the 2015-2016 academic year. They face a choice of whether to add two Common Core-aligned tests to assess college and career readiness, or use scores from one of several already established college entrance exams like the SAT. It’s also possible students who take a college placement exam could be exempt from taking PARCC in school systems who elect to use it


With Red Line dead, what is Hogan’s ‘best way’ for Baltimore?

June 29th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Key moments in Gov. Larry Hogan's first term took place last week, but it is unclear how his cancer and much anticipated decisions on transit projects will define his term as governor. Those decisions left many unanswered questions about the financing of the Purple Line and what would be "the best way" to help Baltimore if the Red Line wasn't it.


Rascovar: Hogan to Baltimore: ‘Drop Dead’

June 29th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Larry Hogan Jr. never has had an affinity for Baltimore. He's never lived in a big city. He's a suburban Washington, suburban Annapolis kind of guy. Thus, it was easy for Governor Hogan to kill more than a decade worth of work, more than a quarter-billion dollars already spent and to forfeit $900 million in federal funds that would have gone toward building a pivotal rail-transit line for Baltimore, the Red Line


Progressives Bump ‘n Grind in Silver Spring, wait for Purple Line

June 25th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

The Bump 'n Grind is not a strip club in Baltimore, but a coffee bar in the new urbanized core of Silver Spring, a short walk to the D.C. line. Wednesday evening, it was briefly the center of progressives in the Maryland legislature, as Del. David Moon, about as left as they get in Annapolis, held a low-key fundraiser, heavy on the policy wonk from his fellow legislators. Advocates for the Purple Line were on hand as well.


Lt. governor scolds bureaucrats on spending for land, budget cushions

June 23rd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came down hard on state department spending this Tuesday, as he covered for Gov. Larry Hogan at the first Board of Public works meeting since the governor announced he was starting treatment for cancer. Rutherford lectured the Department of Natural Resources about their high land bids, the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Human Services for unnecessary budget “cushioning” in the millions, and shot down the Board of Elections’ request for $1.8 million for an informational ballot-campaign


Hogan battles the Big C, more formidable than the big Ds

June 22nd, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

As is typical with this tight-lipped administration, word had not leaked about the shocking news that the governor had a very virulent form of cancer (lymphoma) that was eating him up from within. Five months to the day since he took office, Hogan was again confronted with the awful and unexpected as he had been with the Baltimore uprising in April. This time the disruption was more personal, and he confronted it in the same way; plain, direct, forceful and with considerably more humor than could be expected


Rascovar: Maryland is still not quite ‘open for business’

June 21st, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Larry Hogan, Jr. was elected governor partly because he promised to bring jobs and companies to Maryland and reverse the hostile, anti-business mindset of the outgoing governor (and current presidential candidate), Martin O'Malley. Six months later the results are at best mixed,


Rascovar: Baltimore school’s dumb dumping of books

June 17th, 2015 | by Barry Rascovar

Sometimes you just want to scream, "What an outrage!" That was the case when hundreds of books were mindlessly trashed by city school officials who seemed to have forgotten their raison d'etre: to create a love of learning among children and to better the community



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