By Peta Richkus. Governor Hogan has provided some notable leadership during this coronavirus crisis. But the failures of his agencies, including the MD State Department of Education (MSDE), are also Larry Hogan’s responsibility. State Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon, who had announced in December 2019 her plans to step down in June, seems to be in over her head. Never mind that tens of thousands … Continue reading Hogan’s Good Grades Don’t Include Education
By Corey Johns. Without the passage of the Build to Learn Act in Annapolis this coming legislative session, Kirwan funding might be all for naught in Baltimore County. The Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education – nicknamed Kirwan Commission for short – is a road map to positively change the trajectory for Maryland schools and the thousands of students in the state. Even at … Continue reading Kirwan For Naught Without ‘Build to Learn’
By Fergal Mullally. I have to confess that I am something of a skeptic when it comes to technology in schools. As the old saying goes, to err is human, but to really mess things up you need a computer. Just because a child is using a computer, it doesn’t mean they’re learning how to use one, and just because an application is advertised as … Continue reading All We Are Saying, Is Give Laptops a Chance
by Corey Johns. High school overcrowding issues are not a new topic of conversation in Baltimore County. In fact, it’s been going on way too long. The biggest hurdle in attempts to address the issues has been the way communities are going against each other in attempts to get the first capital project—and all it has done has made everything grind to a halt. It … Continue reading Communities Must Work Together As High School Capital Plan Develops
by Liz Brown. The Maryland General Assembly legislative session adjourned Monday night, finishing with the usual rollercoaster of last-minute legislating but also mourning the death of House Speaker Mike Busch, who passed away Sunday. This week is now filled with the usual post-mortems of what bills passed, what bills did not pass, and what exactly happened. We at Forward Baltimore look back to see how … Continue reading Baltimore County School Construction—What Happened?
by Laurie Taylor Mitchell. The Annual Spring Drive of the Student Support Network will take place tomorrow and Saturday (April 5-6, 2019) at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Download the Annual Spring Drive flyer to see what’s needed, and please consider supporting this worthy cause! The Student Support Network improves the lives of Baltimore County students in poverty by providing food, other basic necessities, and … Continue reading Student Support Network Annual Spring Drive