WYPR's Fraser Smith and Liz Bowie of the Baltimore Sun talk about recent public opposition to decisions made by Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance, and why it may increase support for a bill that makes the school board partially-elected.

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In the West African country of Ghana, 98 percent of the country's primary and secondary students are enrolled in school, but in some areas, a significant number do not attend classes regularly.  

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  The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee took up several bills yesterday aimed at fine-tuning the big changes happening in Maryland’s schools. Between Common Core, the Education Reform Act and Race to the Top, the last few years have set Maryland schools up for seismic shifts in the standards teachers teach to, the way teachers are evaluated, and the high-stakes standardized tests students take.

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Governor Martin O’Malley put $4.3 million in the budget he delivered to the General Assembly Wednesday to expand pre-kindergarten programs throughout the state.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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.

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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.