Thursday, January 10, 2013
The state received a B+ grade by Education Week, which released the annual report.
Maryland schools were ranked the best in the nation for the fifth year in a row, according to a study released by Education Week. "Maryland public schools are so fortunate to have bipartisan support throughout the State," State Superintendent Lillian Lowery said in a statement. "Our schools have the benefit of strong support from the Governor, other elected officials, educators, parents, business leaders, and the public at large. This ranking could not be achieved without the support of every partner, and we won’t be able to continue our improvement without that broad coalition." The state received an 87.5, B+ grade in the publication's analysis. Massachusetts trailed by 3.4 points to secure a second place ranking. At the other end of the …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The association's leaders claimed that there would be more than $4 billion in federal funding cuts in public education nationwide if sequestration provisions are implemented.
The National School Boards Association warns that congressional inaction could force the implementation of sequestration provisions, causing critical harm to the public education system. At a Wednesday afternoon media teleconference, Deborah Rigsby, the organization's director of federal legislation, said that if legistlators did not take action before the first round of cuts take places on Jan. 2, 2013, public education will stand to lose more than $4 billion over the next 10 years nationwide in federal funding. Ostensibly, she said, school districts would lose $82,000 for every $1 million provided at the federal level for programming including Title I and special education. "The sequestration fund cuts could result in high class sizes…
Monday, December 10, 2012
Carbon monoxide leak at Atlanta elementary school sends 47 to hospital.
According to a recent Reuters story, a carbon monoxide leak caused by a faulty furnace at Finch Elementary School in Atlanta sent 43 students and six teachers to the hospital. The school did not have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and vapor levels of the deadly gas were “the highest we’ve ever seen,” said Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Marian McDaniel. As it turns out, no school in Georgia is required to install carbon monoxide detectors. Neither are schools in 47 other states. Information detailing state statutes on carbon monoxide detectors, noted on the website of the National Conference of State Legislators, says that only Maryland and Connecticut require installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Maryland Code…
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Their students' performances and tests scores could affect teachers' pay increases and promotions.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
By Tim Ebner, Capital News Service Maryland schools are moving closer to overhauling the way that they evaluate teachers, putting more emphasis on student performance and test scores. The new evaluation system is currently being tested in Baltimore City and six counties, and will be expanded to the rest of the state in June. Supporters of the new system, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, said the change was necessary because Maryland did not have a statewide teacher evaluation system that took student performance into account. Under the new system, half of a teacher's evaluation score will depend on student performance and the other half on professional development. In the seven districts where the new evaluation models are being tested - …