Browsing the "Education" Category

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


Public pre-school becomes campaign issue

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


Private foundations funded push for Common Core standards

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


Rascovar on Md. highed ed: Kurt’s in, Brit’s out

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



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