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For students like Clarksburg High School senior Angie Nseliema, standardized tests mean a disruption of the normal school routine.

On the first day of state-mandated exams, she missed all her classes for the first half of the day and had substitute teachers the rest of the day.

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  Two of the largest state employee unions say they’ve yet to get face time with Gov.-elect Larry Hogan or his top officials as the he draws up a budget likely to include big cuts. The incoming Republican governor will have to propose a budget two days after he’s sworn in next Wednesday, and he’s promised a drastic change from the business as usual of outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley, who had a strong relationship with teachers’ and state workers’ unions.

Report Says Teacher Training Programs Not Up to Par

Nov 12, 2014
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The nation's teacher training programs are not rigorous enough and education majors are being graded too easily, according to a new report released this week by the National Council of Teacher Quality, an education think tank.

The report, called “Easy A’s,” compared teacher training programs to other programs at more than 500 institutions. It concluded that education majors at 58 percent of the schools surveyed are held to lower standards than students in other majors.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

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.

Teacher Slots Still Vacant In Baltimore

Aug 25, 2014
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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.

A Year Later, Teachers Still Learning Common Core

Aug 14, 2014
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

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.

A Special Farewell Tradition In Dundalk

Jun 17, 2014
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

The teachers at Battle Monument School for special needs students in Dundalk have given their charges a special send-off on the last day of school for the last 20 years. And this year was no exception. Monday afternoon, they gathered outside the school as the students were wheeled onto their buses, smiling and waving. And when the last child was securely aboard, the buses took off, blasting horns and circling the school’s entrance drive several times as teachers cheered and waved farewell for the summer. Principal Jerry easterly says the send-off could put a tear in your eye.

Teachers Protest New Evaluation Method

Jun 17, 2014
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

More than 200 Baltimore teachers said goodbye to their students for the summer Monday and headed for the district’s headquarters on North Avenue to protest last minute changes in the way they are evaluated.

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  For Baltimore County teacher Danielle Miller, Monday is not only the last day of school; it’s the end of her rookie year.

Baltimore City Teachers Rank High In Attendance

Jun 3, 2014

Teachers are often criticized for taking too much time off from school, but a new report gives teachers in 40 of the country’s largest cities a 94 percent attendance rate for the 2012/2013 school year.