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O'Malley and Grasmick make up

Few would have predicted that Nancy S. Grasmick would survive a few rounds with Gov. Martin O'Malley. But she not only survived, she appears to have won. The swirl around yesterday's press conference has been interesting. Some insiders wondered whether there was more to the deal than was announced. Did Grasmick agree to leave by a certain time in exchange for O'Malley's promise to quit trying to get her out of a job she has held for nearly 16 years?

But many legislative and education sources said they believe it may not be any more complicated than what we can see.

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Apparently, there was little support in the legislature for bills that would have nullified the four-year contract she will begin in July. The legislature has already gone along with O'Malley with some hard-to-swallow legislation during the special session. Now he was asking for them to take a position against Grasmick, who has gathered a lot of friends around the state over the years.

Legislators may have told O'Malley they weren't enthusiastic or wouldn't support it, so he decided to back down.

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Grasmick did agree to take over some education initiatives the governor feels are important, including more career and technology education in high schools.

What are your thoughts on what may have happened? And how do you feel about four more years of Grasmick?

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