April 5, 2014
When people speak of a legacy, they usually mean something other than what the late economist Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, left behind, namely the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice (edchoice.org). The foundation has just released a small book entitled " The ABC's of School Choice : The comprehensive guide to every private school choice program in America. " The Friedman philosophy can be summed up in two sentences, which are posted on their web page: "School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their children's education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families' needs.
February 25, 2014
It's no secret that for the past eight months the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners had been conducting a robust search for the system's next CEO. With the board's selection of Gregory Thornton to take the helm, I believe the next CEO has been carefully chosen ( "New Baltimore schools chief navigated complex terrain in Milwaukee," Feb. 23). I am so honored to have been a member of the board at such a pivotal moment. I witnessed the careful decisions that were made to put the most suitable person in the leadership role responsible for 85,000 students.
January 16, 2014
We know that Baltimore County's teachers chose their essential profession out of a love of teaching and love of children. A growing group of parents, teachers, grandparents and citizens have formed to protect our children and support you, our teachers in Baltimore County. We originally came together when a parent was arrested for speaking up during a school board forum on Common Core, which alarmed and enraged citizens in Maryland and across the country. The incident affirmed our belief that recent education reforms, including Common Core standards, are being implemented in a manner that excludes parental, educator and public input.
December 3, 2013
Baltimore County's school board is one of the less than 10 percent of the school boards in the nation that is not elected by the local voters. Presently, members are selected by the governor who, in this case, is from Baltimore City. The next governor may be from Montgomery or Prince George's County near Washington, D.C. Why should a politician who has neither roots nor relationship to Baltimore County select our local educational leaders? Abraham Lincoln once said, "Government closest to the people governs best.
October 27, 2013
U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake issued a long awaited, 60-page ruling this month in the case Coalition for Educational Equity and Excellence v. Maryland Higher Education Commission. The litigation was brought by supporters of Maryland's historically black institutions (HBIs), Bowie State University, Coppin State University, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The plaintiffs argued that the state of Maryland had failed in its obligation under the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause to desegregate its higher education system.
August 22, 2013
The report by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot on the economic benefits to Maryland from a post-Labor Day school start deserves far more respect, attention and consideration than given to it in a recent editorial in The Sun ("One week and counting," Aug. 19). The comptroller's report follows approval of legislation in the last General Assembly session to establish a task force to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland public schools. It is worth noting that following public hearings in both the House and the Senate, the legislation calling for this study passed the Senate 46 to 1, passed the House of Delegates 124 to 6 and was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley.