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By John Culleton | February 10, 2012
Education costs us. Poor education costs us much more. The United States lags most industrial nations in the quality of our primary and secondary education. True, Maryland ranks highest in the 50 states in quality of education by some measures (as low as ninth by others), and ranks about ninth in per-pupil expenditures. In education quality, Carroll County ranks about fourth among Maryland jurisdictions. Carroll achieves this because the bulk of the families with school-age children are educated, well off and stress the value of a good education.
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By Robert B. Reich | September 3, 2014
This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be. For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years if not decades to pay off. And too many of them can't find good jobs when they graduate, in any event. So they have to settle for jobs that don't require four years of college.
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By Kalman R. Hettleman | October 28, 2007
No one would disagree that all children should receive a quality education, and that our state and nation depend on it for a competitive work force and cohesive citizenry. Yet that isn't happening, despite the fact that such an education in Maryland is a constitutional right - as well as a matter of self-interest and moral principle. Worse, at the special session of the General Assembly that starts today - called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to deal with the state's fiscal problems - the state may be on the path to backtrack on this right and the progress achieved over the past decade.
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June 12, 2014
Editor: In the upcoming elections, District F is faced with replacing our County Council Representative, Mary Ann Lisanti, who is pursuing opportunities at the state level. Mary Ann Lisanti "has always" represented the best interests of District F and is leaving behind some tough shoes to fill. However, there is great news. Monica Worrell, an exceptional individual and candidate who also has always been committed to the best interests of Harford County and is running for this prestigious seat.
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By Sharon Hornberger | August 16, 1992
The late night talk show host is right . . . there are quite a few things in life that make you stop and say hum-m-m-m-m.One of the latest hum-m-m-m-m items in Carroll County has been the recent salary increases for top Carroll County school administrators.In tight economic times, such as we are facing now, it is difficult to justify a $6,000 salary increase to one individual and $3,000 to another -- no matter who those individuals are or what they do.Not only is there a cash increase for the superintendent, but now we have learned that there is a $700-a-month automobile use and maintenance payment . . . that is $8,400 a year.
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October 22, 2001
MARYLANDERS do it all the time. They move into a community whose schools post superior MSPAP and SAT scores and figure they've got it made for good. In their minds, they're permanently, inseparably locked into that school district. Then redistricting comes, and reality hits. The wake-up call may soon come to some residents of Baltimore County, because schools there will be redistricted to fill New Town High School, scheduled to open in 2003. Reality already has come to Columbia's River Hill Village, whose well-regarded high school is bursting at the seams.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 21, 2004
Shannon Zirkle's decision to attend Howard Community College two years ago was based on the college's affordability and on the Rouse Scholars Program, which rewards academically talented students. The HCC student government president says she has received a quality education at a reasonable price, in part because the Rouse program, named for Columbia founder James W. Rouse, has paid about $4,000 toward the cost of her education. Additional scholarships have picked up the tab for her books and other costs.
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May 22, 2005
THURSDAY Citizens Advisory Committee The Countywide Citizens Advisory Committee will discuss a survey about the school calendar at 7 p.m. in the school board's chambers in the Dr. Carol Sheffey Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis. 410-222-5414. Commission on Quality Education The Governor's Commission on Quality Education will hold a regional public hearing at 7 p.m. at Largo High School, 505 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro. This will be the last of seven public hearings held throughout the state.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 18, 2005
Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is scheduled to visit two schools in Prince George's County -- Marlton Elementary School in Upper Marlboro on Wednesday and Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville on Thursday -- to discuss the Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland. As commission chair, Steele visits schools across the state, collecting information for the panel's work and meeting with educators, parents, administrators, students and community leaders. Steele plans to visit at least one school in every county, as well as in Baltimore City, to complete his review.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | February 16, 2005
Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele is scheduled to visit Annapolis Area Christian School on Thursday to discuss the Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland. As commission chair, Steele visits schools across the state, collecting information for the panel's work and meeting with educators, parents, administrators, students and community leaders. Steele has visited 12 districts so far and plans to visit at least one school in every county, as well as in Baltimore City, to complete his review.
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By Erica Puentes | May 28, 2014
I am a proud Baltimore City College and Roland Park Middle School alumna who now attends the University of Maryland. I want to thank the City College and Polytechnic Institute students, alumni, friends and teachers whose lobbying efforts helped secure funding for the gifted programs that allowed me to receive a quality education in Baltimore and will - as of Tuesday night's school board vote - continue to provide opportunities to city kids. My academic journey began in an elementary school in my West Baltimore neighborhood.
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May 20, 2014
I read with some interest Paul Marx's commentary about the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education ( "60 years after 'Brown,' mixed results," May 16). I concur wholeheartedly with Mr. Marx's assessment that the Brown decision was a hallmark for equity in our country and that cities need better schools if they are to retain residents. His remaining conclusions deserve a second look. The intent of the Brown decision was to ensure that every child gets a quality education regardless of the color of his or her skin.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 7, 2014
Ask first-year teachers what their greatest challenge is, and they are likely to say it has been managing squirming elementary students or keeping sleepy teenagers engaged. But too few universities that train the next generation of teachers are giving them a foundation in effective classroom management techniques, according to a new report by the National Council on Teacher Quality, a research advocacy group, which highlighted St. Mary's College of Maryland as one of the best in the nation.
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June 1, 2013
Anne Neal's recent commentary about St. Mary's College of Maryland misrepresents our curriculum ("Cautionary campus tale," May 30). Far from "anything goes," our Core Curriculum is anchored in four fundamental skills: critical thinking, information literacy, written expression and oral expression - skills that employers regularly implore us to build in our students. We are well aware that current economic conditions require colleges and universities to prepare our students for a competitive and dynamic work environment.
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May 14, 2013
Morgan State University President David Wilson makes a compelling argument that "receiving a quality education at the elementary and secondary level is a civil and moral right" ("Why education should be considered a civil right," May 13). I applaud his altruism, but elementary education is too late to solve this achievement gap. Sadly, kindergartners from low-income homes have an approximate vocabulary of 5,000 words while their peers from high-income homes have a 20,000 word vocabulary.
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Editorial from The Aegis | December 18, 2012
It's easy to get lost in the back and forth about education policy decisions in Harford County, or anywhere else for that matter, and focus on problems like portable classrooms, security issues, teacher retirement plan funding and the like. A danger when this happens is the focus is lost on what's right with our public school system, and there's plenty that's right. Maryland has one of the highest-ranked public school systems in the country, and Harford County's public schools have been among the top tier in the state.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | September 24, 2004
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has announced he will sign an executive order on Monday in Annapolis to create the Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland. He said he plans to appoint Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele to chair the panel. The purpose of the commission is to examine issues critical to the academic achievement for all students in Maryland, the governor's office said. The commission's inaugural meeting is planned after the signing of the executive order.
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October 18, 2004
Schrader appointed to governor's panel on quality education State Sen. Sandra B. Schrader, a Howard Republican, has been appointed to serve on the Governor's Commission on Quality Education in Maryland. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed an executive order last month creating the commission, and Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele was named its chairman. The commission includes four subcommittees: Teacher/Principal Accountability and Growth; Schools and Community Linkages; Global Best -- Practices in Education; and School Readiness and Early Childhood Programs.
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December 8, 2012
Accompanying your story about impending tax hikes and budget cuts was a front-page picture of an Obama supporter complaining about having to work hard at her Social Security job ("On the brink of the 'fiscal cliff,'" Dec. 6). Perhaps she should join the private sector to find out what real work actually is. What you didn't report is whether she and whoever else was protesting had taken personal leave to express their feelings or whether they were "on the clock," so to speak, as they publicly complained about being expected "to do more.
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Erica L. Green | December 3, 2012
World-renowned surgeon Benjamin Carson has been named president of the board overseeing the East Baltimore Community School Inc.--the educational institution spurred by the revitalization of the city's Middle East community, including a new elementary/middle school that will anchor the community. The appointment of Carson, director of the pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, was announced by Hopkins on Monday.  He started his new post effective Dec. 1, and took over for David Nichols, former vice dean for education at Hopkins' School of Medicine.
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