November 29, 2013
The Maryland Department of Education defines a high school diploma as a 12-year course of study and achievement. Twelve years cannot be shortened, which is why the Baltimore City Department of Social Services had to go to Pennsylvania. There, what you know is more important than how long you sat in a classroom ( "Baltimore foster care youths get diploma in a day in Philadelphia," Nov. 23). I brought this problem to the attention of state officials in the 1980s, when my son scored a 1330 on the SAT at the age of 13. The Baltimore County officials would not allow him to attend college because he hadn't sat for 12 years in a school classroom.
February 4, 2014
The minimum wage is a permanent wage for the undereducated, for whom robots and overseas labor have replaced the unskilled work that once paid a living wage ( "Not so fast on minimum wage," Feb. 1). Moreover, by permitting students to leave school at age 16 without a high school diploma, as 15 percent of students currently do, the state bears significant responsibility for creating this underclass of workers. Even high school graduates who do not proceed to college or acquire a vocational skill in high school are unprepared for work that is much beyond the level of a minimum wage.
April 14, 2014
Nancy Reigle in her letter, "Is vocational education still a possibility for Maryland?" (April 10), is right on time with her remarks about students being forced to feel they must go to college, presumably to "better themselves. " Not every student is college material. Heaven knows we already have far too many lawyers, doctors, computer "experts," etc. to find work. Furthermore, there is absolutely nothing shabby about being a worker who is "gainfully employed" and making an honest living.
May 24, 2000
Principals, business leaders and education activists from across Maryland urged the state school board yesterday not to abandon plans for high school graduation exams, and their lobbying appeared to succeed. State school board President Edward Andrews -- who a month ago threatened to propose that the board kill the tests in a critical vote scheduled for this morning -- said yesterday that the testimony persuaded him to keep pushing ahead with the core of the state's plan for a rigorous set of tests.
November 14, 2004
Autism support group schedules meeting, family holiday party The Families of Children with Autism Support Group, or FOCAS, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at CHANGE Inc., 115 Stoner Ave., Westminster. The program will be "Does My Child Need an Assistive Technology Assessment?" There will be no regular meeting next month. The annual family holiday party will be Dec. 2. Free child care is available if reserved by 3 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 410-857-1596. Public school system offers practice sessions for GED Carroll County public schools offers monthly GED tests and practice sessions to those 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.
January 11, 2004
While Harford County public school students improved their scores in the second year of state high school competency testing, more than half of the nearly 3,000 test-takers still failed the English test, and barely half passed algebra, biology and government. And Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas says bringing all students up to proficiency is going to be difficult. "We face significant challenges in helping 100 percent - all - our students, regardless of circumstances or disability, to pass the high school assessments," Haas said, adding that she encourages parents to become familiar with the assessment requirements.