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December 26, 2009
In response to the Sun's editorial "Not No. 1 in reform" (Dec. 22), why not make the National Board Certification for teachers the litmus for teacher tenure in Maryland? Teachers cannot sit for the National Board Certification until they have completed three full years of teaching in the same school district and must submit a portfolio, which should include video recordings, examples of student work and documentation of accomplishments outside the classroom that impact student learning.
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By Cal Thomas | October 11, 2014
Three points need to be made about Monday's  decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the equal protection clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Point 1: While the court's liberal wing probably wanted to accept cases banning same-sex marriage in five states that have been overturned by three different federal appeals courts in recent months, the conservative majority, along with swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, apparently wished to see states resolve the issue.
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NEWS
May 30, 2014
I read the recent commentary regarding the Baltimore School for the Arts and can understand what Patricia Schultheis was saying about helping disadvantaged students like Jabril, but the BSFA has standards ( "Who is responsible for Jabril?" May 19). Yes it's a public school but the school maintains standards that all of our public schools should have. It's a shame that the standards of regular public schools have diminished so much that the children are running the school, some teachers only do they have to because their hands are tied and parents are missing in action.
NEWS
By Kalman R. Hettleman | October 7, 2014
This summer, Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, startled public school systems nationwide by shifting the focus of enforcement of federal laws covering students with disabilities from technical compliance like timelines to accountability for academic outcomes. The shift has seismic impact, plunging the number of states who fully meet federal requirements from 41 to 18. Maryland, despite laudable efforts, is one of the fallen states. Parents of students with disabilities think the change in policy is long overdue.
NEWS
December 23, 2011
The lawsuit brought by several Baltimore are homeowners against the largest residential real estate team in the state is the direct result of the Maryland Real Estate Commission ignoring the rules governing brokers and the required course work needed to become a broker ("Lawsuit alleges fraud in real estate deals," Dec. 20). Recently, the commission allowed sales people, like Creig Northrop, to form teams without having the required training a broker must have. There is a reason brokers must have training, prior to managing salespeople.
NEWS
March 23, 2011
British writer Aldous Huxley once observed that the only "completely consistent" people were dead. If so, then the majority of Maryland's highest court can be congratulated for producing incontrovertible evidence that they are still very much alive and breathing. In a 5-2 decision released Tuesday, the Court of Appeals ruled that just because a person's signature on a petition for referendum is so sloppy that it is impossible for someone else to read doesn't mean that signature should not be counted.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
The state will consider adopting voluntary safety standards rather than an all-out ban on bumper pads that line the inside of cribs and have been determined a hazard to babies. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been pushing regulations that would make it the first state to ban the sale of bumper pads, but said Friday it will hold hearings to look at voluntary safety standards adopted by the manufacturers. Studies have found that the bumper pads, often included as part of bedding sets, can suffocate or strangle babies.
NEWS
June 24, 2007
The Senate reached an important milestone Thursday when it voted overwhelmingly to approve an energy bill that, if enacted, would require the first major increase in vehicle fuel efficiency since federal standards were imposed in 1975. The "if" is a big one. The Senate measure emerged much compromised with several of its key parts missing. Nonetheless, this turning point - in a chamber that could barely muster three dozen votes for similar proposals in the past - gives momentum to perhaps even stronger action by the House over the next few months.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
As a long-time educator, I recognize the need for the Common Core State standards and strongly support them. However, as the standards have been rolled out in the public schools, some major concerns have been raised ( "In defense of Common Core," June 27). While I agree that the Common Core standards will raise student skills in all areas, my first concern is that the Common Core has not taken into account the developmental level of the child. The standards have been mapped backward to develop the skills that students will need when they graduate, yet they fail to take into account how students' brains grow.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
IT DOESN'T TAKE a brain surgeon to understand the dangers of overworking young doctors who are in training: sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, medical mistakes. But implementing an 80-hour work week for residents might require the expertise of a professional just as highly educated. It sounds simple, but it's a change that Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and other teaching hospitals are grappling with. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has cited Hopkins for violating work hour rules in its 106-resident internal medicine program, which could endanger the program's accreditation.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
A ruling by a federal judge in a lawsuit filed by federal employees over the government shutdown last fall has given the workers hope that they could soon be eligible for a payout. U.S. Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith declined to dismiss the lawsuit brought by some 2,000 workers who were deemed essential during the during the 16-day shutdown. The plaintiffs worked through the shutdown but didn't get paid on time for their labor. Campbell-Smith wrote in an opinion that the federal government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, but she didn't go as far as saying that the government needed to pay the plaintiffs.
NEWS
August 14, 2014
Buried in the hue and cry of the war in Gaza has been the one glaring question not yet answered by the media: If Israel indeed overstepped the limits of asymmetrical warfare, then what exactly is an acceptable "symmetrical" loss ( "Hamas' terror is dwarfed by Israel's," Aug. 9)? Should Israel lose one for one, two for one, three for one? This question is not to diminish the loss of the innocent but to understand a benchmark by which the United Nations and much of the world seems to grade such questions.
HEALTH
By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month. Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough). Under the new requirements, kindergarten pupils must get an additional dose of the chickenpox vaccine, which means kindergarten students will have a total of two chickenpox vaccines upon starting kindergarten.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | July 28, 2014
As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member. " At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence. Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan and numerous locales from the TV series "MacGyver" (Gnubia, Kabulstan et al.)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Pazo opened in 2004 with a Spanish-influenced menu and it kept on being Spanish until just last month, when it unveiled a new, wholly Italian format. That's a pretty big change. I'd compare it to the ninth season of "Roseanne," when the Conners won $108 million in the Ohio state lottery. Has Pazo jumped the shark? Hardly. Pazo is still in the hands of Baltimore's most capable restaurateurs, the Foreman Wolf group, who have a track record of making their restaurants work.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
For many students who took the Maryland School Assessments this year, parts of the math sections just didn't add up. Amid the rollout of new curriculums aligned with the more rigorous Common Core standards, pass rates on the Maryland School Assessments plunged, with this year marking the steepest drops in the test's history because of a dive in math scores. There was a good chance students in grades three through eight might not have recognized at least three concepts in which they were being asked to demonstrate mastery.
NEWS
By Claudio G. Segre | May 19, 1995
Berkeley, Calif. -- HOORAY for history controversy! For years, we've agonized and anguished over how our schools teach math and science -- as we should. But history bonds us together as a people, as Americans. Isn't it time we gave it serious attention?Two recently published volumes, entitled the "National Standards for United States and World History," give us that opportunity. But let's make the discussion honest, fair and civil -- not mean-spirited misrepresentations.From Rush Limbaugh to the Wall Street Journal editorial writers to the former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lynne Cheney, critics complain that the "Standards" which are more guidelines than rigid "standards")
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
El Paraiso is a crowd-pleaser. Whether your friends are hard to impress foodie types, or cautious and careful when exploring a menu, El Paraiso ("the paradise" in Spanish) will make them happy. The restaurant, in a Reisterstown shopping center, serves tasty and familiar Mexican standards alongside authentic — and equally appealing — Salvadoran dishes like yuca con chicharron and beef tongue tacos. The restaurant opened in 2003, but the recipes date back much further. El Paraiso's owners, Mercedes and Maria Rodriguez, emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador during the Central American country's civil war in the 1980s.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
The "new higher standards" that The Sun's editorial board has just discovered as it defends the Common Core are of great interest to those who were responsible for the learning program of students for the past 50 years ( "In defense of Common Core," June 27). It is also an incredible insult to those of us who developed the curriculum and the thousands of dedicated teachers who implemented it and fostered critical thinking routinely in their classrooms. It is not new to the classroom teacher that if a second grade child needs a more challenging text, it is integrated into their program to meet their individual needs.
NEWS
July 1, 2014
As a long-time educator, I recognize the need for the Common Core State standards and strongly support them. However, as the standards have been rolled out in the public schools, some major concerns have been raised ( "In defense of Common Core," June 27). While I agree that the Common Core standards will raise student skills in all areas, my first concern is that the Common Core has not taken into account the developmental level of the child. The standards have been mapped backward to develop the skills that students will need when they graduate, yet they fail to take into account how students' brains grow.
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