Category Archives: Education

BREAKING: DeVos Confirmed, 51-50 [UPDATED]

[UPDATE: One astute reader pointed out that I’m giving too much credit to Senators Murkowski and Collins, who could have killed DeVos’ nomination in committee but chose not to do so. I think this is a very valid point – I’d also add that the public manner in which the two GOP senators’ opposition was announced was also a sham… Read more »

A New Media Star In MoCo

A local bill sponsored by Delegates Ariana Kelly and Marice Morales would require that MCPS include the concept of affirmative consent in MCPS sex ed classes. The bill was heard before the county delegation on December 7, and the star witness was Maeve Sanford-Kelly, Ariana Kelly’s daughter and a seventh grade student at North Bethesda Middle School. Her testimony runs… Read more »

Post BOE Endorsements: Kauffman, Evans, Smondrowski

In addition to all the fun of the  presidential race and the other federal contests, there are three Board of Education races in Montgomery County. Today, the Washington Post announced its endorsements in the three contests: Phil Kauffman in the at large race, Shebra Evans in District 4, and Rebecca Keller Smondrowski in District 2. Shocking true fact: despite their… Read more »

Why Is Larry Hogan Being Petulant On Facebook?

I’ve written more than once recently that Governor Larry Hogan has been increasingly irritable and erratic in his public pronouncements. Today comes evidence that the problem is getting worse, and significantly so. From Senator Rich Madaleno’s Facebook wall this morning: After Gov. Larry Hogan’s takeover of school calendars, maybe Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot should consider some other important public… Read more »

Miller On Hogan Executive Order

To paraphrase the great Jedi orator Yoda: “Begun, the school start date wars have.” Eschewing his usual multi-page, florid, and pointed rhetoric, Senate President Mike Miller issued a short, matter of fact, yet highly persuasive statement this afternoon on Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring the state’s public schools to push back start dates after Labor Day. ​“Rather than the extraordinary… Read more »

Hogan Orders Schools To Open After Labor Day

As expected, Larry Hogan issued an executive order commanding all state public schools to delay opening until after Labor Day. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he will issue an executive order requiring Maryland public schools to begin after Labor Day starting next year, likely launching a political fight. “Most people think this is long overdue,” Hogan said. He added that local… Read more »

“Labor Day Madness”

The Sun weighs in on the expected executive order from Larry Hogan today mandating a school start date after Labor Day. They’re right. Public education is a serious business, and there are far greater stakes involved than whether Thrasher’s can sell a few more fries. If Maryland’s elected leaders pursued only one goal, it ought to be this: Nurturing the nation’s best… Read more »

Decide First, Analyze Later

With all the myriad issues facing the state, it’s pretty amazing that Larry Hogan would decide to stake the power of his governorship on what – at first glance, no research yet – seems to be an illegal executive order mandating that all Maryland public schools start the school year after Labor Day. But hey, this is Larry Hogan we’re… Read more »

Hogan Wreaks Havoc On MD Counties

Last week, Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would not spend $80 million that the General Assembly had “fenced off” and demanded be spent on certain education expenses – or not at all. Hogan chose “not at all.” revenue lagging behind projections, Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget chief said Wednesday the governor would not spend $80 million the General Assembly authorized… Read more »