What officials are saying about Grasmick

March 30, 2011

"Dr. Grasmick has been an extraordinary partner in the work of Baltimore City Public Schools. Much of the credit for the progress in our schools needs to be given to her for her willingness to, at every turn, embrace innovation and push for accountability."

Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso

"She's about the overall business of good schooling; she has modeled that expectation year in and year out. That leadership style … has really been a model for other states."

Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston

"We have not always agreed on everything, but there is absolutely no question that her heart has always been with the children of Maryland and her decisions have been based on what is best for our children."

Anne Arundel schools Superintendent Kevin Maxwell

"Nancy Grasmick has been the heart and soul of Maryland's public school system for 20 years. As Maryland superintendent of schools, it was her vision and determination that transformed our state's public schools into the first in the nation."

U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin

"No other person has done more to further education in Maryland than Dr. Nancy Grasmick. … After 20 years as Maryland's First Lady of Education, Dr. Grasmick leaves a luminous legacy."

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

"Dr. Grasmick was instrumental in obtaining federal Race to the Top funding grants for Baltimore City Public Schools and schools throughout Maryland. This is a landmark achievement that is a tremendous swansong for a remarkable career spent serving public school students."

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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