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Maryland Schools Insider: January, 2012

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Are second-graders already over-tested?

Washington Post education blogger Valerie Strauss gave a shout-out to Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr for making the proposal to eliminate a standardized test used in the second grade.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Prince George’s takes first step toward year-round schooling

The county’s House delegation gives nod to year-round schooling in county.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  03:39 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Edu-tweeters a growing tribe

For all you tweeters out there, it’s getting easier to keep track of what’s happening in your children’s school.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  11:43 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012

School funding debates heat up in Rockville and Annapolis

This week, Montgomery County officials unveiled their capital spending plan and state lawmakers began debating education spending priorities in Annapolis. Here are a few developments to watch that could have an impact on the bottom line for Montgomery schools.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Maryland’s ‘achievement gap’ highlighted by new advocacy group

A week after a magzine named Maryland Number One state in the nation for public education, a a new advocacy group focuses on what it sees as the state’s problems.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  12:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 01/17/2012

New praise in American schools — emphasizing hard work but not perfect scores?

Washington post writer Janice D’Arcy wonders on her parenting blog today whether teachers dialing back on ubiquitous praise of students means that the Tiger Mother’s stingier approach to praise is being vindicated.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  02:38 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Maryland schools ranked number one — again

Maryland’s public school system achieved top-in-the-nation status for the fourth consecutive year, according to an analysis being released Thursday.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Inspector general finds gaps in Montgomery County school system’s financial reporting

The County Council was furious last year when school officials announced — in the eleventh hour — a $21 million surplus in health insurance reserves. The school board used the money to avoid an increase in premiums for school employees that the council had proposed.

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Montgomery County civil rights leader dies

Roscoe R. Nix, who used his political influence and confrontational style to draw attention to racial inequities in Montgomery County, died Jan. 4

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Are schools good neighbors?

As Montgomery restarts a controversial middle school site selection process, one resident asks: Are schools really so bad to be close to?

By Michael Alison Chandler  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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