MarylandCAN News Roundup: Top 10 Education News Stories of the Week

MarylandCAN News Roundup: Top 10 Education News Stories of the Week


1. Pre-kindergarten for all? Not by a longshot

June 4, 2012 | Mariya Strauss, AlterNet

Trying to guess which states fund pre-K adequately is like going on "Jeopardy" with no preparation—it’s easy to draw a blank. But for the 1.3 million children in public pre-kindergarten classes around the country, it's a more than a game: live in the wrong state, and you may not have access to these crucial programs at all.

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2. Hoyer hears of innovation by outstanding teachers

June 6, 2012 | Laura Dukes, SoMDNews

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer hosted 15 award-winning teachers and principals from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties at a luncheon last week at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick.

Hoyer’s (D-5th,Md.) visit also included a trip to the Morgan State Estuarine Research Center at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in St. Leonard.

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3. More young Americans out of high school are also out of work

June 6, 2012 | Catherine Rampell, The New York Times

For this generation of young people, the future looks bleak. Only one in six is working full time. Three out of five live with their parents or other relatives. A large majority — 73 percent — think they need more education to find a successful career, but only half of those say they will definitely enroll in the next few years.

No, they are not the idle youth of Greece or Spain or Egypt. They are the youth of America, the world’s richest country, who do not have college degrees and aren’t getting them anytime soon.

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4. Battle brews over charter's ability to run school

June 5, 2012 | Tina Reed, CapitalGazette

Today is pass or fail time for Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School. Again.

The Hanover school is known for the number of its students who earn science and math prizes, and for the accolades it gets from passionate parents. But some county school officials say it is poorly managed.

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5. Reviving teaching with 'professional capital'

June 5, 2012 | Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves, Education Week


The results of the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher confirm what many of us are experiencing and seeing in the depressing descent of the teaching profession. In the past two years, the percentage of teachers surveyed who reported being very satisfied in their jobs has declined sharply, from 59 percent to 44 percent. The number who indicated they were thinking of leaving the profession has jumped from 17 percent to 29 percent. Imagine being a student knowing that every other teacher you encounter is becoming less and less satisfied, and close to one in three would rather be somewhere else.

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6. New Monarch Academy slated for Laurel

June 5, 2012 | Joe Burris, Baltimore Sun


The Children's Guild Institute will open an International Baccalaureate school in Laurel in Anne Arundel County, its third in the Baltimore area, the nonprofit organization said.

The county school board is expected to vote on Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's recommended contract agreement for the school, slated to be called Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School, at its meeting Wednesday. The school, which would open in fall 2013, would also include a special international studies curriculum.

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7. High school grads ‘scarred’ by high unemployment

June 6, 2012 | Tovia Smith, NPR

The job market is still bleak for young people with only high school diplomas. Nearly half of high school graduates are still looking for full-time work, according to a new report by Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

The national survey interviewed 544 recent high school grads from 2006 to 2011 who are not in college. Researchers say their hardship may have long-term emotional and financial consequences.

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8. For minorities in U.S. public schools, risk of a dismal future

June 4, 2012 | Stephanie Parker, IPSNews


NEW YORK, Jun 4, 2012 (IPS) - As the United States struggles to level the racial disparities in its education system, the birth rate of minorities has been rising steadily. Experts say this confluence of statistics should compel Americans to seriously address the flaws and failures of the country's public education system.

Public education statistics underscore an already alarming achievement gap that could widen depending on how successfully the United States addresses a host of issues, among them equal access to quality education.

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9. Core curriculum preparations for 2012-13 already under way

June 2, 2012 | Blair Ames, The Frederick News-Post


The second round of phasing in Maryland's elementary common core curriculum is scheduled for the coming school year, and Frederick County Public Schools is not procrastinating in its preparation.

Central office staff and teachers from across the county have been meeting through this school year to study new state standards and develop resources for teachers as they prepare to implement the curriculum in their classrooms.

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10. Leader chosen for Northeast Consortium schools

June 1, 2012 | Whitney Teal, Colesville Patch

About a month after Beth Schiavino-Narvaez was promoted to a central office position with Montgomery County Public Schools, the school board approved Dr. Myra J. Smith as the new community superintendent for the Northeast Consortium and Sherwood clusters.

Prior to Smith's April 30 appointment, she served as the acting community superintendent for the clusters before and after Schiavino-Narvaez's hiring.

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