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
June 18th, 2014 | by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
The Board of Public Works approved Wednesday paying $1 million to a Colorado-based contractor that will study whether Maryland schools receive adequate funding. The irony of this was not lost on Comptroller Peter Franchot, who emphatically protested the decision
June 5th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
All the benefits for pre-kindergarten education touted by the Democratic candidates for governor can be easily lost in just a year or two if there isn’t strong follow-up in kindergarten and the early grades, experts and studies show
June 4th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
All three Democratic candidates for governor have proposals for expanding pre-kindergarten education in Maryland, which they discussed in a segment of Monday’s debate. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been attacking Attorney General Doug Gansler for this failure to promise universal pre-K across Maryland. Despite having a public school system ranked top in the nation by a Education Week magazine five years in a row, Maryland still has a substantial achievement gap, as Gansler has repeatedly lamented since the launch of his campaign
June 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Here are some reactions to Monday night's debate between the Democratic candidates for governor of Maryland. They include the impressions of regular voters, bloggers, reporters and a college professor. The debate can be watched online
May 20th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
A handful of large foundations, including the Gates foundation, Carnegie foundation, Helmsley foundation and Hewlett foundation have collectively spent almost $300 million on the advocacy, development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards, analysis of the foundations’ grant reports reveals
May 18th, 2014 | by Barry Rascovar
In 24 hours last week, Maryland higher education underwent a rapid shakeup. First came the long-expected but deeply regretted retirement announcement from William "Brit" Kirwan as top dog at the University System of Maryland.
Then came the surprise announcement that former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke is returning to his hometown as president of the University of Baltimore
May 14th, 2014 | by Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
Full-time professors at Maryland public universities earn a salary roughly $16,500 above the national average, but tuition at Maryland public universities has remained lower than the national average, according to data from the American Association of University Professors
April 23rd, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
In a major shift in public education, states across the nation have been implementing a new set of standards known as the Common Core. Common Core appears as a subject in national and local news media and is a constant subject of debate, particularly in conservative circles. Despite all this attention, Common Core still remains a confusing topic for many people. This three-part series answers some basic questions about Common Core. Part 3 looks at how the standards are working in Maryland and what they will cost
April 22nd, 2014 | by Glynis Kazanjian
In a major shift in public education, states across the nation have been implementing a new set of standards known as the Common Core. Common Core appears as a subject in national and local news media and is a constant subject of debate, particularly in conservative circles.
Despite all this attention, Common Core still remains a confusing topic for many people. Part 2 of this three-part series looks at what the new standards mean for Maryland public school systems and their limited options in implementing them.