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.
November 2, 2008
HSA test requirement upholds diploma's value Kudos to state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, the Maryland State Board of Education and Baltimore schools CEO Andres Alonso for standing firm on requiring students to pass the High School Assessment tests to graduate from Maryland high schools ("Md. firm on tests," Oct. 29). Tenth-grade-level proficiency is the standard for these tests, so every student who graduates from high school should be required to pass them. If you cannot read at the 10th-grade level upon graduation, you will not be able to compete in the job market.
January 11, 2013
Karen L. Sitnick's job is jobs — helping people find them. As director of the Mayor's Office of Employment Development in Baltimore, she oversees an effort that isn't simple, even in the best of times, as residents struggle to overcome education gaps and other challenges. The recession and slow recovery have tested job seekers and their helpers alike. Baltimore's unemployment rate is averaging about 10 percent this year, better than the 12 percent in 2010 but still far above prerecession levels.
March 24, 2014
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) employment projections from 2012 through 2022 confirm what Americans already know: The nation is in a structural unemployment crisis, and the outlook is bleak. The U.S. job market has changed radically. Jobs are much harder to get, and better paying jobs require higher education or more advanced technical training. In 2012, workers with a post-secondary education or higher earned a median income of $57,770 - more than twice the $27,670 earned by those with only a high school diploma.