Sunday, April 02, 2006

A 'heavy hand' in Baltimore

Joanne Jacobs tells us that:

Maryland's board of education voted last week to take over four failing Baltimore high schools with abysmal test scores. City leaders response is to scream about "politics," writes Baltimore Sun columnist Gregory Kane.

It's a blatant political ploy, they claim, the work of that evil Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his ally, state school Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. There's only one cogent response to this charge:

Look who's talking.

By 2009, Maryland high school students will have to pass state tests in English, algebra, government and biology to earn a diploma. One to 10 percent of students currently pass all four subjects at these schools.

How much of a difference will state control make? Probably not nearly enough.

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