Wednesday, February 27, 2013
National study suggests school meals helps productivity and reduce childhood hunger.
Lynne Evans, principal at Eastport Elementary in Annapolis, said she has seen firsthand how important school breakfast is to her students. One morning when the normal cafeteria assistant was unavailable, she and a few teachers helped distribute breakfast. "Please don't worry, I'm going to help you out with this," Evans recalled saying over the announcements. "I walked into the classroom with one of the breakfast bins and they broke into spontaneous applause." Evans was one of several school leaders from the state of Maryland and Anne Arundel County who joined Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday morning at Eastport Elementary to discuss the importance of breakfast in schools and its role in academic success. O'Malley and State Superintendent …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In 2012, 29.6 percent of Maryland students scored a three or higher on an Advanced Placement exam—the highest percentage in the nation.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The county's state delegation wants to use revenue from casinos to increase security and mental health services at public schools.
Delegates from Anne Arundel County plan to introduce a bill in the House on Tuesday that would use casino revenues to increase security and mental health services at public schools across Maryland. "If you really understand public schools in Maryland, you know this: They are becoming increasingly more difficult for classroom teachers because discipline is lacking at home and teachers are spending an increasing amount of time maintaining discipline in the classroom," Del. Nic Kipke (R-Pasadena) said. The bill would provide additional funding for mental health services like counseling and mediation. He hopes that the money would help schools hire new counselors or extend current services to help children who are struggling before their …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Maintenance of Effort funding laws are one obstacle in ensuring the state continues to be a leader in education, according to the president of the Maryland State Education Association.
For the fourth year in a row, Education Week magazine ranked Maryland public schools as No. 1 in the country. The annual state-by-state report card put Maryland on top with a "B+" rating and cited the state’s excellence in social issues, early childhood development and college readiness. Maryland State Education Association President Clara Floyd expressed her pride about the ranking in a released statement but acknowledged that key issues still stand in the way of making the public school system better. “To continue to move our top-ranked schools forward, it is imperative that we work together to repair Maryland’s broken Maintenance of Effort (MOE) law and safeguard local school funding,” Floyd said in the release. The MOE law has …