AUGUST 3, 2009
The Wall Street Journal
Their childrenâ€™s hell will slowly go by.
The conflicting interests of teachers unions and students is an under reported education story, so we thought weâ€™d highlight two recent stories in Baltimore and New York City that illustrate the problem.
The Ujima Village Academy is one of the best public schools in Baltimore and all of Maryland. Students at the charter middle school are primarily low-income minorities; 98% are black and 84% qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. (more…)
By Andy Smarick
The Baltimore Sun
Legislative, symbolic actions needed to preserve an important community resource
The likely closure of Towson Catholic High School is heartbreaking for the affected students and the entire community. Sadly, though, this is just the latest episode in the ongoing tragedy of urban Catholic education. (more…)
by Ben DeGrow
School Reform News
On July 31, a 7-2 majority of the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled the state’s charter schools are entitled by law to the same per-pupil funding other public schools receive.
Upholding a 2005 decision by the Maryland State Board of Education, the judges based their determination on a current state statute’s call for “commensurate” funding.
Maryland public schools received about $11,000 in funding per student for the 2004-05 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (more…)
49% say education is among the city’s top two challenges
July 18, 2007
By Sara Neufeld
The Baltimore school system earned poor marks from Democratic voters in the city, according to a new Sun poll, which shows education second only to crime as the most important issue in this year’s mayoral election.
Asked to grade the city schools, respondents gave the system an average mark of D-plus. Forty-two percent selected grades of D or Fail.
Forty-nine percent of poll respondents ranked schools as the largest or second-largest challenge facing the city. That compares with 86 percent for crime and 15 percent for the issue in third place, the economy and availability of jobs. (more…)