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By Annie Linskey and Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2010
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and the state Board of Education, holding separate and unrelated events Tuesday, discussed strikingly similar proposals aimed at encouraging the growth of charter schools in Maryland. Ehrlich, a Republican running to take back the office he lost four years ago to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, traveled to Montgomery County to unveil a three-point plan for charter schools. "Charters are no longer these strange animals," he said. Making the state rules more friendly to them, he said, "should not be heavy lifting."
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF WRITER | August 30, 2005
Dressed in a crisp white shirt and neatly pressed khakis, Corey Neal arrived at his new Annapolis charter school yesterday at precisely 7:30 a.m., prepared for classes that will run until 5 p.m. and for a stringent code of conduct. Corey was among thousands of Maryland students who joined an educational experiment yesterday, as 10 new charter schools opened their doors in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County. Before yesterday, Maryland's only charter school was in Frederick County. The charter schools are the first to open since a 2003 state law required local school boards to establish policies for allowing charter schools, which receive government funds but have greater freedom in curriculum and policies.
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July 27, 2010
Maryland got some very good news Tuesday, when the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was one of 18 states selected as finalists in the federal Race To The Top competition, which will award some $3.4 billion in additional aid to states that demonstrate a serious commitment to school reform. If successful, Maryland could win up to $250 million in grants to advance its reform effort. But it's too early to break out the champagne. Previous experience has shown that though many are called, but few are chosen.
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October 5, 1990
There's quite a commotion brewing in education circles. The Maryland State Board of Education's approval of a plan requiring students to spend an extra month each year in school has critics descending on the board from all directions. Those lazy, hazy days of summer won't be turned into school days if opponents have their way.This is a classic case of the patient refusing to swallow the medicine needed to affect a cure. Everyone agrees Maryland's school-age students are falling dangerously behind students from other Western nations in their mastery of scientific skills.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | May 20, 1992
The State Board of Education could decide today whether to review the Howard County school board's site choice for the planned western high school in response to a citizens group's appeal."
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By Chris Braunlich | March 6, 2001
FAIRFAX, Va. -- One issue to be resolved in the Maryland legislature is whether a local school board should be the only agency permitted to grant a charter school. Based on the record of the San Francisco School Board and others around the country, doing that would be a tragic mistake. Charter schools are independent public schools, designed and operated by educators, parents, community leaders and others. They are sponsored by local or state educational organizations that monitor their quality and integrity, but allow them to operate freed from the traditional regulatory red tape that hog-ties traditional public schools.
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By Tim Craig and Tim Craig,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
One of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s top legislative priorities appeared to be in trouble yesterday after the Senate passed a charter schools bill that the administration calls unacceptable. "This is about kids, empowering kids," said Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. "If interest groups want to water down this bill, they need to do it somewhere else." But some Democrats are incensed by the Republican administration's hard line and warn that this might be the governor's only chance to win legislative approval of charter schools.
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By From the Evening Sun's legislative bureau | February 18, 1991
The biggest lobbyists in Annapolis could take some lessons )) from 10-year-old Sylvana Christopher and her friends.The Germantown Elementary School fifth-grader was one of about a dozen students whose testimony last week captivated a committee of the House of Delegates.The children testified in support of a proposed law to require local school boards to establish recycling programs. Reading hand-written statements from notebook paper, the students explained why they volunteer their recess periods crushing cans for recycling and otherwise helping the effort.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 6, 2005
School officials and advocacy groups throughout Maryland are watching an age discrimination case that has the potential to affect the coffers of every state school system, as well as employees who think their districts wronged them. At issue is whether workers can sue local school boards in Maryland courts over suspected violations of federal protections, which include the Family and Medical Leave Act and constitutional claims. School officials fear that allowing these lawsuits in state courts would unleash potentially expensive litigation for local school boards.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | February 22, 2006
Faced with the possibility of a third rejection, a group of Columbia parents who had hoped to open a charter school this fall has given up that effort. The final blow came with this month's recommendation by a committee of more than 40 system employees urging the school board to reject an application for the Columbia Public Charter School for the 2006-2007 year. Board members -- who turned down the proposal in 2004 and again in April -- formally vote on the issue tomorrow. Proponents are not waiting.
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