Tom Zirpoli: War On Education Continues

Are educators with graduate degrees better teachers than those with an undergraduate degree? I believe that more knowledge about the subject you are teaching, along with more skills in how to teach effectively, helps make most, if not all, teachers stronger in the classroom. I also believe that teachers who invest the time, energy and money to expand their education should be compensated for their additional qualifications. We do this in most other professional fields, and teaching should not be any different. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Alan Hudson: If Not Fertilizer, Then What Will Be Done With Local Manure?

I am quite surprised that Kathy Phillips would condone this Phosphorus Management Tool. Isn’t she the individual who takes credit for making farmers and “big ag” stop piling manure outside? If manure can no longer be utilized as fertilizer, that is exactly what Maryland Department of Agriculture plans to do with it. As a matter of fact, it will be stored on state-owned land. (Daily Times)

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Dedicated County Residents Reach Out To Homeless

As long as we are tallying things to be grateful for this season, the community should give thanks for neighbors who have spent so much time trying to organize help for the homeless – even to the extent of traipsing through the woods on a frosty autumn night to find them. As we reported Sunday, volunteers last week went out searching three times in the pre-dawn hours. They ultimately found 227 people in woods and shelters; 212 answered survey questions. One objective was to locate the 55 most vulnerable members of this submerged population and find them homes within the year. (Capital)

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Be Safe In Your Travels

Fewer people are projected to be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday period, but motorists still need to exercise care and caution to ensure they make it to and from their destinations safely. The weather is likely to play a factor if your plans call for you leaving today. It is always good to check out the weather report prior to departing, not only for here, but also in areas you may be traveling through or to and, if need be, adjust your plans accordingly. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Nov. 26 // Odds not good

Chances are somewhere between slim and slimmest that Maryland’s Republican lawmakers will be able to get any of their legislative agenda passed this coming year — but they should have fun trying. House Republicans — who are outnumbered by Democrats by a 98-43 margin — previewed their agenda over the weekend, calling for a 10 percent income tax cut, repeal of what is known as the “rain tax” and the scrapping of the Common Core education initiative. (Times-News)

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Maryland offers up bogus reading scores

Let’s not sugarcoat it: Maryland schools have artificially inflated their performance on a key standardized reading test by excusing students with learning disabilities and weak English skills from the exam. The policy is so out of whack with the rest of the nation that Maryland schools are excusing students from the test at a rate five times higher than the national average and more than double that of any other state.  (Wash. Post)

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Diplomas in a day

The city social services workers who sent dozens of local foster care youth to an unlicensed out-of-state religious school that hands out high school diplomas in exchange for a $500 fee and a single day of tests may have thought they were helping smooth the way to higher education or a job. In fact, they were perpetuating a cruel hoax by giving the youth the impression they met all the qualifications for college or a career when in fact they had not. (Balt. Sun)

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GOP Stronghold

Whatever it might say about Maryland’s Republican Party, the fact that two of the announced GOP gubernatorial candidates are from Anne Arundel tells us a lot about the county. This remains a Republican stronghold, a jurisdiction any GOP candidate with statewide aspirations must carry big. (Capital)

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