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University athletics still dependent on subsidies, student fees

An analysis of Big Ten schools' athletic department finances found that Big Ten schools consistently generate more net revenue than other NCAA programs, while relying on significantly less in subsidies from state governments and university budgets to fund athletic programs. But Maryland and Rutgers, the analysis found, are exceptions. Both schools remain very dependent on state and student subsidies to fund athletic programs.

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Wide variance in hours spent in testing public schools kids, commission finds

In Queen Anne's County, second graders take 28 hours of locally mandated tests each year, the highest in any Maryland school system. In Montgomery County, they take just four hours of county required assessments but that number climbs to 23 to 26 hours by the time students are in high school. In Carroll County, high school seniors take 32 hours of required tests -- not counting the statewide assessments -- the highest amount in the state, along with Cecil County. In Howard County high schools, seniors take no locally mandated assessments. What do these numbers mean? A new commission on testing would like to figure that out.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Council member David  Marks visited Kingsville Elementary School during National Education Week in November.

Franchot steamed as legislature’s representatives defer school air conditioning plan

What began at least four years ago as a personal crusade by Comptroller Peter Franchot to get air conditioning for hot Baltimore County classrooms has now turned into a cause celebre involving the governor, his cabinet secretaries and the presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly. The heat on this political pot was turned up last week when Tim Maloney, a former delegate who represents the Senate on the Interagency Committee on School Construction, proposed deferring action on a plan to allow $15 million to be used to put room air conditioners in 1,561 classrooms. Most of them are in Baltimore County (1,109) and Baltimore City (416).

North Carroll High School  will close due to declining enrollment

Rascovar: Education politics at the State House

He masks it well, but Gov. Larry Hogan, Jr. plays a good game of partisan politics. Behind that smile and friendly voice is a fierce Republican eager to further the conservative cause. Education is a prime example of Hogan’s conservative partisanship trumping over sound public policy.

Underperformance on PARCC tests: Interactive maps of county scores

The results from Maryland's newly implemented Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams released this month showed room for improvement. During the 2014-2015 school year, Marylanders took the exam in English and algebra. Capital News Service analyzed the state Department of Education data and put the data into these interactive maps.

School testing commission meets for first time.

Md. commission studies testing in all 24 school districts

Maryland education officials and lawmakers, members of the state’s first commission to review standardized testing, appeared ambivalent on Tuesday about how they will determine the value of statewide assessments.

Some commission members wanted to look at the technology infrastructure for testing, while others want to further study the ancillary effects on students -- such as school computers being used for exams instead of instruction.

Laptop computer by mmole on Flickr

Many blame big corporation, Pearson, for school testing malaise

When a state commission meets for the first time on Tuesday to open a probe on the use of standardized testing in Maryland public schools, the elephant in the room could well be the testing vendor itself. The company, Pearson, is viewed by some as a multi-pronged education conglomerate whose standardized testing component is either a bane of classroom existence or the future of student assessments, depending on whom you speak with.

Gaithersburg High School

Hogan, Franchot criticize spending on school construction

In a heated discussion with the head of the school construction program, Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot aired serious concerns about the state’s spending on public school projects at Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting. “We can’t just keep shoveling more and more money without accountability,” Hogan said. “The taxpayers are getting pretty frustrated with the results.”

Senate President Mike Miller and other senators and delegates press Gov. Hogan to release school aid.

Democrats repeat plea for Hogan to release school aid; governor again says no

Democratic legislators are yet again asking Gov. Larry Hogan to release the final $68 million of school aid they appropriated now that the state has a larger surplus and higher revenue projections than expected when they passed the budget in April. Yet again, the Republican governor has rejected their plea, as he has throughout the year, citing structural deficits looming in the future and pension liabilities. The Democrats insist those deficits have been cured.