Tag: Education

Maryland’s teacher shortage: Will the Blueprint’s plan for better pay, training do enough?

The U.S. Department of Education keeps a Teacher Shortage Areas database — and it found that for the current school year, Maryland was short of teachers in 28 subjects, which the state defines as “areas of certification.” That’s up from 17 five years earlier. Some teacher certification areas — such as English as a second language, health science and special education — are short on teachers from pre-K through the 12th grade.

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The Equities of School Choice

Possibly the most important issue facing the Maryland General Assembly this year and every year is how to improve the pervasive problems with our state system of education. It seems that each year we fall further and further behind and drift further and further away from doing what works. 

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Education bills prioritize teacher shortages, Blueprint funding

When the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future school reform plan passed in 2021 by the Maryland General Assembly, it came on an override of former Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the bill. In contrast, Gov. Wes Moore allocated an extra $500 million on top of the required amount for funding the Blueprint and shifted some transportation funding into education, for a total of $900 million excess dollars.

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Two Tragedies of Maryland Education

Twenty-three schools in Baltimore City had ZERO students who achieved proficiency in math at grade level.  Further, in 20 schools, there were no more than TWO students who achieved proficiency in math at grade level.  What this means is that in over 50 schools, there are less than two students PER SCHOOL who achieved proficiency in math.

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