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For more than a hundred years, educators have debated the value of homework and they still do today. This year, a school in Chicago banned homework for kindergarten through second grades, and some local parents think schools here should do the same.

Valarie Perez-Schere, whose younger children go to Roland Park Elementary-Middle School, says the things she’s read about young children and education suggest “that there is little benefit to kids third grade and under doing homework.”

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A proposal by Baltimore city school officials to renovate or construct fewer schools than initially called for in the first year of the district’s ambitious makeover program is drawing criticism from some residents.

Several parents waiting to pick up their children at the Lake Clifton Building on St. Lo Drive, were upset that the school building may not be renovated in the first round of schools slated for major facelifts or replacements.

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Maryland education officials are making substantial progress in their efforts to develop new evaluation systems for principals and teachers. That’s according to a new independent report released today.

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About two years ago, Baltimore County officials announced a plan to provide all students with a computer and other high-tech devices. This year, they are testing that plan in ten Lighthouse schools where first through third graders are using computers daily in their lessons.

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School districts nationwide are struggling to find textbooks that are aligned with the rigorous Common Core standards for math and English Language Arts. Some critics say that’s because the controversial standards have outpaced resources.

According to a recent study by the Education Week Research Center, fewer than one-third of teachers nationwide say their textbooks are aligned with the Common Core standards. But Richard Weisenhoff, Baltimore County's executive director of academics, says publishers tell a different story.

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Schools opened in Baltimore City Monday and district officials were still hiring teachers. It’s the same in Baltimore County, where classes start Wednesday.

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About 25 Maryland physicians, who are members of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, demonstrated Thursday at Johns Hopkins University’s medical school to protest the school’s use of live pigs in teaching students.

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City officials announced Wednesday that streets near some schools will be designated as "safe routes" for students to walk or bike to school.

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A year after the Common Core education standards were rolled out, supporters and detractors continue to debate their value. For teachers, however, the more rigorous curriculum is a reality they have to accept.