The Marc Steiner Show

June 15, 2010 – Hour 2

How can we improve the quality of education in Baltimore City Public Schools? A newly released report offers several controversial suggestions for improving teacher performance, including giving principals more power to hire and fire teachers, having teachers work longer hours for better pay, evaluating teachers more regularly, and linking pay to performance.  
We discuss the recommendations with:
Marietta English, President of the Baltimore Teachers Union
Kate Walsh, President of the National Council on Teacher Quality, which released the report
Lee Rutledge, public school teacher in Baltimore City, and Executive Board member of the Baltimore Teachers Union
Zeke Berzoff Cohen, a public school teacher in Baltimore City
Read Building Teacher Quality in Baltimore City Public Schools, a report issued jointly by the National Council on Teacher Quality and the ACLU. 

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Great show, Marc. I’m writing in to connect with the callers who voiced their concerns on the show (or others interested) about dilapidated school facilities in Baltimore City. The ACLU of MD’s Education Reform Project just released a report on city school facilities, “Buildings for Academic Excellence.”

    This report, which you can download for free at, calls upon city, state, and federal leaders to address deficient school buildings. Several districts across the nation were successful in finding innovative ways to comprehensively modernize their school buildings. It is possible in Baltimore City, but our legislators and gov’t officials must make this issue a priority, and row in the same direction to make it happen.

    If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, please contact us at 410.889.8555 or

  2. Marc and company:

    NCTQ thanks you very much for inviting Kate Walsh to discuss our “Building Teacher Quality in Baltimore City Public Schools” study. We’d also like to mention that the public is invited to a forum to discuss the study.

    Sponsored by the ACLU of Maryland Education Reform Project, it will take place Thursday, July 8, from 3-5 pm, at Baltimore City College High School’s Black Box Theatre, 3220 The Alameda, Baltimore, MD.

    Kate Walsh will present the study’s findings. Dr. Andrés Alonso, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools, will present a response. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

    Please let JaCina Stanton, at 410-889-8550 ext. 134 or, know if you’re going to attend. We welcome anyone with an interest in Baltimore schools and/or teacher-quality policy.

    Thanks again,
    Rich Shea
    Communications Director,

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