Education

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Governor Martin O’Malley wants more of Maryland’s kids enrolled in pre-kindergarten programs. The governor’s budget calls for an additional $4.3 million to pay for 16,000 more kids to get into pre-K.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

With confusion still swirling around the Common Core State Standards, it is no surprise that it is high on state and local education officials’ list of priorities for 2014.

John Lee

Baltimore County teachers repeatedly stuck figurative knives and forks in their leaders’ implementation of the controversial Common Core standards during their annual legislative breakfast over the weekend. Members of TABCO, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, complained to local and state political leaders that they have been overwhelmed by a tsunami of reforms. It’s a wave that includes Common Core.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

Nearly half of all teachers quit the profession within the first five years, according to the National Education Association. But for Danielle Miller, a first-year, seventh-grade science teacher at Holabird Middle School, quitting is not an option. “Teaching is what I’m going to be doing for the rest of my life,” Miller said last week, at the halfway point of her rookie year. “I am definitely enjoying it.”

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR


Another installment in our year-long series Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

The Baltimore County teachers’ union has filed a grievance against the school board, alleging that the new Common Core curriculum makes teachers work too many hours.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

Update, 5:15pm: Seven Baltimore schools could be closing their doors for good at the end of this academic year. District officials recommended at Tuesday’s school board meeting that the contracts for four schools run by outside operators not be renewed. Three other city-run schools were also on the proposed closure list.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

For the second year, a local organization is aligning arts instruction with the new Common Core State Standards for math and English/language arts.

Baltimore City Schools

Graduation rates are slightly up, dropout rates are down, and High School Assessment scores remain stagnant according to data released by the state and individual school districts Wednesday.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

The Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today that paves the way for work to begin on Baltimore’s 10-year school building plan.

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