New efforts to change Maryland's charter school law, buoyed by a recent report from the Abell Foundation, appear to be a solution in search of a problem. Maryland is among the best states in academic performance and achievement. The public school system here has been applauded by observers across the nation. Furthermore, when we examine the data we see that on the whole, charters do not perform better than high quality neighborhood public schools. This is even evident in municipalities that have
Teacher preparation programs in the nation and Maryland are "an industry of mediocrity" that are failing to give young teachers the skills to be successful in the classroom, according to a long-awaited report by a national research advocacy group.
By By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun
Patricia Cook-Ferguson, a Baltimore city special education teacher and president of the Baltimore County NAACP known for wearing multiple hats in her advocacy for youth and local civil rights issues, died Nov. 28 of complications from lung cancer. She was 56.
A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a Washington nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — together gave nearly $6 million to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, providing a financial advantage that supporters say was critical to the campaign's success.
Outraged education, community and political leaders have called for increased oversight of spending in the Baltimore City school system, amid revelations that officials spent about $500,000 to upgrade offices at the district headquarters while city and state leaders fought for funding to fix dilapidated school buildings.
Baltimore City school officials say the district will reimburse all international teachers who paid out-of-pocket fees associated with obtaining their work visas, a practice that led the U.S. Department of Labor to fine the Prince George's system millions in penalties and back wages.