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Three steps to fix our schools
Our educational system, once an object of envy, is in need of repair
A Baltimore Sun op-ed piece written by Education & Workforce Committee chairman, James Campbell on Jan. 9, 2012
Education and Workforce News
7/10/13 - via The Baltimore Sun - Andrés Alonso accomplished what few other urban school superintendents have been able to when leaving office. Considered one of the nation's most successful CEO's, and, after six years, one of the longest serving in Baltimore, he left while at the top of his game. In the 10 years prior to his 2007 appointment, there had been seven Baltimore City school leaders. The school board, which has said it will conduct a national search, will be hard pressed to find a replacement to match his success. (Read more)
6/24/13 - via The Chronicle of Higher Education - The United States' global competitiveness is suffering in part because recent policies at all levels of education have widened the achievement gap between rich and poor, according to a report released on Monday by the Council on Foreign Relations.
The report, part of the council's "Renewing America" series, says that stalled expansion of access to community colleges and student-loan repayment plans that favor wealthy borrowers have perpetuated a class divide, increased dropout rates, and curbed college attainment. (Read the full article)
6/18/13 - via The Baltimore Sun - Three new members were appointed to the Baltimore City school board, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Tuesday.
In a release, the officials announced that Cheryl A. Casciani will begin July 1, and Anthony A. Hamilton and Peter Kannam would immediately begin their terms. Two current board members, Tina Marie Hike-Hubbard and Shanaysha Marie Sauls were re-appointed to their posts.
The new board members will replace longtime commissioners Maxine Wood, Jerrelle Francois, and outgoing board Chair Neil Duke. They also join the board during a critical time in the school district, which is entering a year of transition as the tenure of city schools CEO Andres Alonso, nears its end this month, and the massive task to revamp the school system's infrastructure begins next year. (Read more)
2/8/13 - Baltimore Community Foundation partnered with the Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now to create a task force to study charter school reform options. The resulting report outlines the task force's findings, with recommendations for legislative action.
1/29/13 - The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) announced the release of its annual rankings of state charter school laws across the country, which found that many states took significant steps to strengthen their state laws. The report, and the NAPCS model charter school law it is based upon, is designed to support the creation of high-quality public charter schools, particularly for those students most in need of better public school options. (Read more)
Read the report - Measuring Up to the Model: A Ranking of State Charter School Laws