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Editorial from The Aegis | October 8, 2013
Generally speaking, the general public should be a lot more interested in the formulation of a budget for the school system than attendance at public hearings on the subject would seem to indicate. From a philosophical standpoint, public education is a foundation of representative democracy. The populace cannot be expected to make informed decisions about public policy unless everyone has a baseline of general knowledge that includes the ability to read, write, do basic math, understand scientific principles and have a sense of history.
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Letter to The Aegis | March 4, 2014
Editor: During County Executive Craig's final State of the County Address, he extolled the accomplishments of his administration. Most notable among these were many construction projects, including a new sheriff's office, emergency operations center, new schools, etc. Presumably, Mr. Craig believes that these edifices alone fulfill his commitment to public safety and education. While Mr. Craig's commitment to development and construction cannot be questioned, his commitment to both public safety and education are suspect.
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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.
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By Laura Gamble, Josh Fidler and Tom Wilcox | February 12, 2014
Business leaders are investing in education in Baltimore, and not just out of charity or to "give back. " While both are worthy purposes, our business leaders recognize the bottom line value in a growing and diverse Baltimore economy. Investment in education will make that a reality. Various levels of government are reciprocating, and the legislative session and upcoming gubernatorial race offer a perfect time to take that work to the next level. These leaders are investing in public education because they need an educated workforce, because they want good schools that will help the city retain the many young adults who want to continue their urban lifestyle here when they start families, and because education is the best route out of poverty for our underserved youth.
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By ROBERT C. EMBRY, Jr | December 6, 1994
Before the recent election, I was approached by an educated and concerned friend of above average income who said he was going to vote for the Republican candidates.I acknowledged that Republicans on occasion have what I believe to be the preferable position on issues facing our state and country, but wondered what had motivated his decision. The reply was that he was fed up with government waste and high taxes.I asked him what waste did he have in mind. The response was, ''Let's start with all the money wasted on public schools in the city.
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By Libby Sternberg | October 6, 1997
IN 1839, an angry crowd attacked a Baltimore Carmelite convent for three days.They had been roused to action by the preaching and publications of Robert Breckenridge and Andrew B. Cross, both virulent anti-Catholics whose writings on the topic read like hysterical conspiracy theories and outlandish fantasies.While anti-Catholicism, like racism and anti-Semitism, is a well-known part of this country's history, less is known about how such bigoted views were tied to the enactment of laws that affect every American today.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2003
AFTER A tongue-lashing from a state legislator upset about the quality of the schools, Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston stumbled shell-shocked out of the lawmaker's Annapolis office and took a deep breath. "You think a superintendent's job is easy?" Hairston grimaced. It most certainly is not, and he isn't the only local superintendent feeling the heat. Prince George's County schools chief Iris T. Metts announced recently that she would not ask the school board to renew her contract.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | May 15, 1996
THIS MONTH marks the 200th birthday of Horace Mann, who will be recognized by a few old-timers as the father of the public school.Mann's mission in the mid-19th century was to establish a common school in every community in the United States. He succeeded, but were he around to celebrate his bicentennial, he might laugh one minute and cry the next.On the one hand, public schools serve 90 percent of Americans enrolled in schools, certainly a record to be proud of. On the other hand, Mann's "invention" is under attack at every turn.
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March 22, 2009
The economic downturn squeezing public education funding in Maryland has had a similar effect on the state's private and parochial schools, whose ability to help needy students with tuition costs has fallen victim to depressed endowments and a precipitous drop in private donations. In the Baltimore Archdiocese, for example, where Catholic schools serve more than 33,000 students, enrollments declined by 5 percent in 2008 - twice the rate of the previous five years. Officials say job losses have left many parents unable to afford annual tuition.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1997
A NUN with a long history of involvement in private religious education takes over this week as the new executive director of one of Baltimore's primary advocates for public education, the Fund for Educational Excellence.Sister Rosemarie T. Nassif, SSND, who resigned last summer after four sometimes stormy years as president of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, thinks her career move is perfectly logical. "I'm an advocate of education, public and private," says Nassif, 55. "I've seen how education transforms people.
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December 4, 2013
I have been following the Horizon Foundation's HoCo Unsweetened initiative since its inception. As a parent and teacher, I see daily evidence of how sugary drinks affect children and adults. I have serious reservations about high fructose corn syrup, a staple in these highly advertised beverages. I applaud the Horizon Foundation's willingness to stand up to "Big Soda" and champion our kids. All summer long, I have been following HoCo Unsweetened through social media as they dispatched road teams to many outdoor venues to educate parents and children about better beverages.
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October 18, 2013
Since the views of Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and the other candidates for governor on closing the achievement gap ("Gansler calls for all-day preschool," Oct. 1) were discussed in your newspaper without presenting mine, I think it's only fair to let your readers know about my proposals on the topic also. As someone who has been a teacher for almost 40 years, I find Mr. Gansler's ideas to be off the mark. Here are some educational principles: Anyone who knows anything about education knows that the first seven years of a child's life are the critical years in the development of the child's personality.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Joel R. Bailey, a longtime Baltimore County public school English teacher who also coached basketball, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 77. "The first thing, Joel really liked his students. ... He enjoyed interacting with them. He was a gentleman," said William L. McIntyre, who grew up with and attended elementary, middle and high schools with Mr. Bailey. "He was the same way in basketball. He was a good teaching coach. He communicated well with his students and he respected them, and they respected him," said Mr. McIntyre, a retired Eastern Technical High School social studies teacher.
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Editorial from The Aegis | October 8, 2013
Generally speaking, the general public should be a lot more interested in the formulation of a budget for the school system than attendance at public hearings on the subject would seem to indicate. From a philosophical standpoint, public education is a foundation of representative democracy. The populace cannot be expected to make informed decisions about public policy unless everyone has a baseline of general knowledge that includes the ability to read, write, do basic math, understand scientific principles and have a sense of history.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Robert Small, the Howard County parent whose name became known from Maine to California when he protested new nationwide education standards, is part of a chorus of increasingly strident voices rising up against the initiative - from both ends of the political spectrum. The far right believes standards known as the Common Core will mean federal control of schools and a chance for the government to collect reams of information about every child, perhaps even fingerprinting them. Joining them from the far left are a group of parents and education advocates who are opposed to standardized testing in schools.
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Dan Rodricks | September 25, 2013
A couple of reality checks in the aftermath of the foolish arrest of Robert Small at that forum last week on the new Common Core curriculum standards for public education - one about style, one about substance. First, about the form of this forum: I've attended many of these, and the experience is often eye-glazing. A panel of government officials or experts sits at a table and, after opening remarks, they take questions from the audience. The most engaging forums allow audience members to stand and ask a question.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Robert Small, the Howard County parent whose name became known from Maine to California when he protested new nationwide education standards, is part of a chorus of increasingly strident voices rising up against the initiative - from both ends of the political spectrum. The far right believes standards known as the Common Core will mean federal control of schools and a chance for the government to collect reams of information about every child, perhaps even fingerprinting them. Joining them from the far left are a group of parents and education advocates who are opposed to standardized testing in schools.
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By Marta H. Mossburg | January 18, 2011
Maryland spends on public education like a Saudi prince in Tiffany's. According to an analysis of data from the Annual Survey of State Government Finances from the U.S. Census Bureau, all education spending accounted for 47 percent of Maryland's total revenue in 2009, the most recent year available. Health spending, which is always cited as the monster in the state budget, ate 9 percent of total revenue in 2009. By comparison, public education represented 26 percent of total revenue in 2000.
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June 17, 2013
Donald F. Norris gives us a liberal rant in his recent commentary about education funding ("Flacco's pay and our skewed priorities," June 12). He says he has but "little" envy for Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's pay and that the star player's $20 million yearly salary is not his reason for writing. Yet, his attack on the business of sports, and on entertainment generally, contradicts that assertion. And so far as professional sports and public education are concerned, he seems to think that apples are oranges.
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March 15, 2013
Carroll Values Education, a nonpartisan community group created by parents to advocate on behalf of Carroll County's children and public education system, will host its first meeting Monday, March 25, at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road in Westminster. The 7 p.m. meeting is free and open to the public. Contact group founder Bob Lord at 410-861-0131 or email CarrollValuesEducation@gmail.com . For information about the group, go to http://www.facebook.com/CarrollValuesEducation or http://www.carrollvalueseducation.wordpress.com.
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