Black Teachers Matter
In the late 1800s, children from Indian tribes were put on trains and sent to boarding schools sometimes hundreds of miles from their homes. Once they arrived, they were explicitly and implicitly taught that their culture and their people were backwards vestiges of the past. School taught them that Indians were powerless in the face of progress and their improvement and development depended on emulating the behaviors of the adults in charge. As a country we still wrestle with
Fixing the Casino Money Bait and Switch
Democratic leadership in Annapolis offer multiple years of continued status quo, Mary Washington offers justice now. When state voters went to the polls in 2008 to vote on slot machines, Question 2 was only approved because it was for the primary purpose of providing funds to public schools. Pro-gambling ads in 2012 featuring Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Jonathan Ogden talked about pumping millions of dollars into our schools. The pro-gambling groups outspent their opponents
Fair Student Funding Is Dumb. A Comprehensive Analysis.
Fair Student funding turns ten this year and so the district is looking at the formula to see how it should be changed. Fair Student Funding is the name of a model which the district uses to decide how to distribute money to schools each year. Each student gets a base amount of funding, ($5400) and money is added to that amount if the student is an advanced student or a struggling student. Additional supplemental amounts are added for special education students and English la