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Common Questions on Common Core Part 2: New requirements and tests in Md.

April 22, 2014

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. [...more]

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Common Questions on Common Core Part 1: About the new school standards

April 21, 2014

This year, 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 still remains a confusing topic for many people. In this three-part series MarylandReporter.com answers some basic questions about Common Core. The first part will focus on the Common Core itself and how it was developed, while parts 2 and 3 will look at the standards, how they are working in Maryland and what they will cost. [...more]

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Common Core survey results released, but show discrepancy

April 3, 2014

Last week, the State Board of Education was shown the results of a survey about Common Core curriculum standards which found "Many Md. teachers, principals unprepared for Common Core,” as reported here. But the survey was not actually released until now, and it misreports one finding of an earlier teacher survey. [...more]

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Common Core relief bills heading to governor

April 2, 2014

The Maryland Senate took action Wednesday on three bills that address concerns over the implementation of new Common Core curriculum standards across the state. Two of those bills will immediately head to the governor’s desk for signature. [...more]

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Senate rejects ban on school board members running for higher office

March 30, 2014

The Maryland Senate reversed itself Friday, and rejected a proposed ban prohibiting members of the school board in Anne Arundel County from running for higher office. [...more]

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Bill would ban school board members from running for higher office

March 27, 2014

The Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would restrict members of the Anne Arundel Board of Education from running for public office during their five-year term, even if they resign early. The bill generated an unusual battle over a local bill. [...more]

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Many Md. teachers, principals unprepared for Common Core, official state survey finds

March 25, 2014

Less than a quarter of Maryland teachers said they were "very familiar" with the Common Core State Standards when asked about it last fall, according to a survey conducted for the Maryland State Department of Education. The survey found that roughly half of teachers, 55%, said they were "somewhat familiar" with Common Core, while 24% said they were not familiar with the standards at all. [...more]

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Prince George’s Schools: Auditors find millions in overpayments, inefficiencies, lack of controls

The Prince George’s County Public School System overpaid employees millions of dollars because of lax controls on payrolls and “sick-leave banks,” according to one of many repeat findings by legislative auditors. The audit also found that hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment and expenses within the school system do not have proper oversight and safeguards. Among the findings: $200 million of equipment is not adequately protected against theft or loss by inventory tracking systems; regular physical inventory counts; and researching missing property. [...more]

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State legislatures see rise in bills targeting Common Core

March 23, 2014

State legislatures will double their efforts this year to change, slow down or outright repeal Common Core, the new standards-based education curriculum that 45 states and the District of Columbia began adopting in 2010. Several bills working their way through the Maryland General Assembly this session are part of this trend. [...more]

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Higher wages for state-funded construction pass Senate, House

March 18, 2014

Workers on many local school construction projects would be paid at a higher rate under a prevailing wage bill approved Tuesday by the Maryland Senate. The bill would increase overall construction costs by as much as 5%, estimates the state Department of Legislative Services. [...more]

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