Maryland State Board of Education

State school board to release new PARCC exam results in late fall with lower scores expected

Maryland's State Board of Education on Tuesday confirmed plans to release PARCC assessment scores in late October and early December. The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, was administered for the first time in 11 states and the District of Columbia in the spring as a part of the Common Core Standards Initiative, a widespread but controversial effort to measure education in the United States.

Warren Deschenaux, second from left, referees this year's budget conference committee, with senators on the right, delegates and staff on the other side, and Hogan administration officials at the far end of the table.

Deschenaux to replace Aro as head of legislature’s nonpartisan staff

The Department of Legislative Services, the legislature's nonpartisan staff, will get new leadership and a reorganization next year as Executive Director Karl Aro retires, and Warren Deschenaux, director of policy analysis, takes his place. The move was announced late Monday afternoon by Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. With a staff of 384 and a budget of almost $48 million, Legislative Services performs most of the functions for the Maryland General Assembly

Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at a recent cabinet meeting.

Hogan heads back to hospital, but no rest for staff

Gov. Larry Hogan heads back to the hospital Friday for his fifth round of chemotherapy to treat stage 3 lymphatic cancer, but there's no respite for his staff during his five-day stays. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford said the steroids Hogan takes as part of his treatment keep him "up all night so he's focused and concentrating," shooting off emails and text messages to his staff throughout the night. "We have this long list of things to do" come the morning, and then "the last one he's firing off is asking why we haven't responded to the previous messages."

Gov. Larry Hogan announces fees cuts flanked by cabinet secretaries.

Hogan cuts fees across agencies, saving $10 million annually

Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced reductions and eliminations to state agency fees, saving Maryland taxpayers approximately $51 million over the next five years. Each state agency was asked to conduct a top to bottom review to determine which fees they could reduce or eliminate through administrative means by the end of 2015, Hogan said.

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Old-fashioned sendoff for old-school lobbyist Jeff Zellmer

It was an old-fashioned funeral service for an old-school lobbyist at the Old Wye Church in Talbot County Friday afternoon. More than 150 Annapolis insiders, family and friends bid adieu to Jeffrie Zellmer, 73, who represented the Maryland Retailers Association at the State House for the past 20 years.

Gov. Larry Hogan eulogizes Steve Kreseski at packed St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill. Photo by

Hogan, Ehrlich bid farewell to friend and advisor Kreseski

It was a sad reunion of sorts for many members of the Bob Ehrlich administration -- some now part of Larry Hogan's administration -- as both governors bid farewell to Steve Kreseski, who died last month at 58. Hogan, 59, and Ehrlich, 57, eulogized Kreseski at a packed memorial Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington attended by more than 400. Kreseski was Ehrlich's chief of staff both in Congress and as governor.

Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen. Caricatures by DonkeyHotey with Flickr Creative Commons License.

Edwards files for Senate, far behind Van Hollen in funds

Although Maryland will not elect its next senator until November 2016, the party primaries are only 230 days away on April 26. Since incumbent Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced her retirement plans in March, the primary is shaping up to be a clash between two of the state’s best-known politicians, though four lesser-knowns have filed. On Tuesday, Rep. Donna Edwards, who represents Maryland’s 4th District, took another important step in her campaign, filing her certificate of candidacy, and officially placing her name on the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.