May 7, 2008
The federally supported Reading First program received another bad report card last week - an unsatisfactory grade in effectiveness from its principal supporter, the Department of Education. At least two other studies have found the program awash in cronyism. Even though it is hardly a universal failure - the program has enjoyed some success in Maryland and other places - Reading First needs to be overhauled or scrapped. Created in 2002 as part of the No Child Left Behind law, Reading First is supposed to use instruction methods that are scientifically based with a record of effectiveness to improve reading skills among low-income students in the earliest grades.
January 29, 1995
School board to hold hearing on boundariesThe Board of Education will hold a public hearing on boundary adjustments at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Board Room. Those who want to address the board at the hearing should call 313-7197 after Feb. 8 to be scheduled to speak. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. The board requests that 15 copies of each presentation be provided in advance or at the time of the hearing.Public work sessions on boundary adjustments are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 14.The board will take final action regarding boundary lines at the regular meeting March 23.All meetings regarding the boundary lines are held in the Board Room at the Department of Education building, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.
February 2, 1992
Parents and others interested in the results of the Maryland report card can get copies of the complete school-by-school reports, which include more detailed information for every county school, from the Harford Board of Education, 45 E. Gordon St., Bel Air; 838-7300.Copies are to be available at individual schools by Dec. 1. The statewide report containing more detailed information for the 24 localities is available from the state Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore; 332-2000.
September 13, 1998
"Is it safe to say our kids could almost stay home and do as well?"-- Baltimore school board member Patricia Morris, commenting on the overall poor showing of city elementary students on tests measuring their progress in reading and math in the last school year."The numbers show that Baltimore City [students], like [those in] other urban systems, are not doing well compared to their peers. They reflect the problems kids bring to school."--Steven Ferrara, former director of testing for the state Department of Education, explaining the same low test scores.
November 1, 2007
Assessment test plan changes Students who haven't been able to pass the four high school assessment tests can substitute a project called the "bridge plan." To be eligible to do so, a student must: Have failed one or more of the tests twice and have already received some extra help. Have passed the course in the subject of the test. Have satisfactory attendance. Be on track to receive enough credits to graduate. For more information on the bridge plan, go to www.hsaexam.org Source: Maryland State Department of Education
February 8, 2004
Forget transfer tax; reallocate funding Although the [real estate] transfer tax is on hold for this year, I am sure it will be back to haunt us. In the meantime, the citizens of Carroll County might consider the following: Instead of lumping the three "beneficiaries" of the transfer tax (fire/EMS, sheriff, and Department of Education), each entity should be funded separately. Do we need a Tregoning Gestapo to curb the motorists who go 5 miles over the 25 mph speed limit on a seldom-traveled road?
August 21, 2005
ELEANOR K. HOCKER of Mitchellville, MD., died on Monday August 8, 2005. She graduated from Hood College in 1939 and received her Library Science Degree from Simmons College, Boston, Mass in 1939. Her lifetime career as a librarian included service in the Army Special Services in Europe and the US, Enoch Pratt, Fort Meade and the MD Department of Education. She was a longtime resident of Linthicum, Md. A private service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkridge, MD. Burial will be Monday October 3, 2005 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
September 15, 1991
Anne Arundel Community College is using a $140,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education in a three-year Talent Search program to increase participation of county low-income, first-generation and minority youth and young adults in higher education.The grant will help the county to meet state goals of lower dropout rates, improved school attendance and passing grades on mandatory state reading, math, writing and citizenship tests.Initiatives will include assisting middle and high school students to improve academic performance and standardized test scores.
October 14, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Carroll is one of only two counties in Maryland that will not be entitled to additional Title 1 money this year.Maryland public schools will receive $3.1 million more this year in federal Title 1 funds for poor and underachieving students, bringing total program funds for the state to $83.1 million.Under the redistribution, Carroll and Howard counties are affected.Both have less than 5 percent of their students living below the poverty level and will receive no additional federal funds in fiscal year 1996.
September 20, 1998
Howard, Carroll and Frederick counties, working as a consortium, will receive $228,000 in federal funds to train 135 teachers in a pilot project centered primarily on reading instruction for high school students.The program will allow teachers to work with their own students and schools to identify problems older students experience in reading in all subjects. Teachers will then try to find solutions and use them in class.The funding is part of $567,000 in federal Goals 2000 money that the Maryland State Department of Education awarded recently.