April 4, 2004
MAYOR Martin O'Malley is so intrigued by the education system in Chicago that he has scheduled a fact-finding trip to the Windy City this month. He'll find a school system that underwent considerable reform in the late 1990s under the direction of Paul G. Vallas, the city's former budget director appointed schools chief in 1995 by Mayor Richard M. Daley. In five years, until Vallas fell out of favor at City Hall and resigned, he eliminated deficits in the system's $3.5 billion budget, raised test scores (which then leveled)
November 13, 1991
* John Wootton, 24, of Ellicott City, student is sociology and social work at University of Maryland at Baltimore:No. I come from Westminster and was in a (school) marching band. I knew how much that meant, to move to different areas for competition. Once again, they're taking money from the education system. Schools are a primary prevention program. Educating today's kids means tomorrow's future. Programslike the sports teams and bands gives kids a sense of pride in theirschool. That's important when talking to peers.
April 26, 1991
BEFORE Americans throw up their hands in despair over the nation's education system and how poorly it compares to overseas competitors, it's important to remember that what each state public education system is trying to do is unprecedented in human history: to educate massive numbers of children from all economic backgrounds, from every ethnic, racial and religious group, those native born and those who arrived just last month.It is a mammoth, and, yes, noble undertaking that no other nation has even attempted.
February 8, 2013
California Gov. Jerry Brown has done a lot to finally balance his state's budget, but his greatest challenge still lies ahead ("Jerry Brown: A survivor at the top of his game," Feb. 3). In 1978, during Mr. Brown's first term as governor, he helped pass Proposition 13, a property tax cap that has mostly benefited large corporations at the expense of California's once elite education system. Since the passage of Proposition 13, California schools have gone from the best in the country to 49th in education spending.
July 2, 2014
Your article on the University System of Maryland's highest earners apparently was not intended to address the really big issue ( "UM coaches, UMB doctors among state's highest earners," June 28). The real issue is the self-sustaining, government-run education system whose creation we have allowed that leaves students saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in debt designed to help pay the exorbitant salaries of too many university presidents, professors and bureaucrats. Furthermore, why do we even need so many universities in Maryland, each with its own president and staff, and all trying to outdo each other with programs, stadiums, field houses, etc., that only perpetuate the problem?
March 11, 2013
Thanks to Joseph Urgo, president of St. Mary's College of Maryland, for his editorial smackdown of those who think of higher education only as vocational training ("Why we need the liberal arts," March 3). His point about preparing students to really think about what makes a meaningful life versus just learning to "make a living" was well taken. It also makes me proud that our education system in Maryland supports the broader educational outlook that is only possible through rigorous study of the great philosophers, artists and thinkers who have done the most to shape our world.