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Free meals would be expanded to many schools by legislation

March 26th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators are moving to dish out free meals to hungry schoolkids, who are too embarrassed by living below the poverty level to eat free lunches in front of peers. The Hunger-Free Schools Act of 2015 would abolish the current enrollment process of singling out low-income students with paper applications


Standardized tests are target of proposed commission, budget debate

March 18th, 2015 | by Rebecca Lessner

Legislators hoped to “reclaim the education system” by grappling with several concerns about standardized tests in the state and the way they’ve overtaken the school calendar. With the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing being newly implemented this year, legislators are reacting to complaints from constituents and teachers about excessive testing hours


Maryland schools slip to No. 3 in Education Week report card

January 8th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick

For the umpteenth time in his two terms as governor, on Wednesday Martin O'Malley again touted that Maryland's public schools had been No. 1 in America for five years running from Education Week magazine. But Maryland's schools slipped a notch in the Education Week report card released Thursday, tripping to third place behind Massachusetts and New Jersey


Happy holidays: 10 Md. school districts recognize religious holidays by name;14 don’t

December 9th, 2014 | by Capital News Service

This school year, 14 of Maryland’s 24 school systems will not recognize any religious holidays -- such as Christmas and Rosh Hashanah - by name. The 14 include every school system on the Eastern Shore, and five others around the state. These districts instead use secular terms, like “Winter Holiday” or “Spring Break,” to describe the school closings


Baltimore teachers, students rally for $10 million from City Hall for ‘community schools’

October 23rd, 2014 | by Alexis Webb

Hundreds of Baltimore area teachers, parents, and students rallied in Baltimore City Hall Tuesday afternoon to demand support and funding for more inner city community schools. The Baltimore Teachers Union, Maryland Communities United and the Central Labor Council organized rally goers on Holliday Street in hopes of compelling Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore City Council to pledge a financial commitment of $10 million for emerging community schools


Maryland schools not #1 in two other recent rankings

September 22nd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter

Maryland top officials frequently cite the state having the “best schools in America” five years in a row, based on a report card in Education Week magazine. But recent ratings from two other sources, the "Kids Count Index" and Wallethub, indicate that the state’s school system still has room for improvement


Despite campaign promises, casinos, not schools, are big winners from gaming profits

August 5th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick

That 2012 referendum on gambling had propelled Maryland’s schools into the spotlight of a multimillion-dollar campaign where supporters touted the message that more gambling would be a win for education. But the measure, approved by voters that fall, has actually worked to send more money to the casino companies in fiscal year 2014 than to the education fund that was established when the state first legalized casino gambling in



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