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Local News Roundtable: Strengthening Baltimore

Baltimore Development (Credit: South Bmore)June 19, 2017 – Segment 2

I was joined by guest host: Dr. Kimberly Moffitt, Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities. 

We hosted a Local Roundtable discussion about ways to makes our city stronger more effectively.

With: Joshua Harris, community activist and former Green Party candidate for Mayor; and Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and author of a number of books including My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.


Local Roundtable: ICE Raids and Education

Immigration Raids (Credit: WLFL)February 20, 2017 – Segment 1

We hosted a Local News Roundtable discussing topics such as local ICE Raids and Education in Baltimore. With: attorney and community activist Dana Moore, member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, former chair of the City Ethics Board, and past-President of the Charles Village Civic Association; Full-time Teacher, Artists, and Activist Edgar Reyes; and Luis Larin, leadership organizer with United Workers.

Education Roundtable: Baltimore Overcounting Students Could Result In Loss Of Millions

February 9, 2016 – Segment 2

8197862632_ab2459b054_hToday we have our Education Roundtable, where our guests will discuss the idea that the Baltimore City School district might have inflated student enrollment numbers, a revelation that could result in the loss of millions of dollars.

Joining us is: Luke Broadwater, reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where he covers Baltimore’s City Hall and local politics; Frank Patinella, advocate with the Education Reform Project; Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University; and Delegate Kathy Szeliga, House Minority Whip who represents Maryland’s District 7 in Baltimore and Hartford Counties.

Raising Strong Leaders: A Community Discussion For Parents & Young Readers

casey's dayJanuary 12, 2016 – Segment 3

Today we preview an important community event happening this weekend in Baltimore, hosted by the Center for Urban Families: Raising Strong Readers, a community discussion for parents and young readers. Our guests include Bobby Marvin Holmes, Founder of Son of a Dream, LLC, a youth development consulting and multimedia firm committed to empowering youth and families, and author of Casey’s Day with Daddy and Ryan Turner, Founder and Executive Director of The AKOBEN FOUNDATION, a nonprofit organization that develops urban youth into leaders in order to preserve future outcomes of minority communities.

Town Hall Meeting: Less Testing, More Learning

Less Testing More LearningNovember 6, 2015 – Segment 2

For today’s show we listen to a  panel that Marc moderated on Wednesday November 4th at the Montgomery County Education Association called Less Testing, More Learning.  The town hall focused on how testing has affected schools and presents open dialogue about how parents, educators and students can advocate for a reduction in standardized testing.  This is a continuation of our work with the MSEA in creating a series of town hall meetings around the state on testing.

Our panel includes: Catherine Burton, a first grade teacher at Weller Reed Elementary School in Silver Spring, and before that was a kindergarten teacher. Angela Wang, a Social Studies teacher at Clarksburg High School. Sheba Evans, mother of two Montgomery County children in Silver Spring. Nicholas Ballon, a student at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. Melissa Escobar, student at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Aryana Jones, student at Clarksburg High School, and Angie Nseliema, who also attends Clarksburgh High School as a student.

Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

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Our show begins with an  interview with former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff about her book The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools. The Prize, Russakoff’s first book, is a behind-the-scenes account of Newark, New Jersey’s attempt to right its failing public schools. Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering issues of politics, education, and social policy.

Future of Charter & Traditional Schools in Baltimore

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We continue our conversation about the future of charter and traditional public schools in Baltimore with: longtime citizen activist Kim Trueheart; Patrick McDonald, Principal of the Benjamin Banneker Eubie Blake Arts and Sciences Academy; Helen Atkinson, Director of Teachers’ Democracy Project; and Bobbi MacDonald, Executive Director of the City Neighbors Foundation.

Listen to part one of our conversation here

Dr. Pedro A. Noguera On Charter Schools & Public Education Nationally

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Marc speaks with Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, as we continue our ongoing discussion on the issue of public education and charter schools.

Listen to part two of our conversation here

Parenting In The 21st Century: From School Violence to Stereotyping

(family photo) ; www. daretobeking.netOctober 8, 2015 – Segment 1

Our guest host is Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and author of Notes From a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis and My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America.

Dr. Whitehead will moderate a parenting roundtable with: David Miller, writer and creator of Dare to be King, LLC; and Isaiah Buchanan, Social Studies teacher at the Gilman School. We will cover recent topics in the news such as the Muslim student arrested for bringing a clock to school, a high school student being nearly beaten to death while other students captured it on video and a middle school student suspended for being involved in a staring contest with a White student.

NPR’s Anya Kamenetz on Education and Testing

Anya KamenetzSeptember 2, 2015 – Segment 2

We discuss Education and Testing, with NPR’s lead education blogger Anya Kamenetz.

On Wednesday, September 2, I will be moderating a panel hosted by the Maryland State Education Association, “Less Testing, More Learning,” at the Roland Park Elementary/Middle School. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to register. 

Education in Baltimore: Two Hour Special

North Avenue, Baltimore schoolsJune 16, 2015 – Segment 2

We spend the whole two hours of the show speaking about education,  addressing a number of issues that Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) is facing.

We’re joined by co-host Dr. Kimberly MoffittAssociate Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and co-Editor of Blackberries and Redbones: Critical Articulations of Black Hair/Body Politics in Africana Communities.

Education Roundtable Part 1: The first panel of guests talks about the closing of Langston Hughes Elementary School in Park Heights, as well as protests and layoffs. With: George Mitchel; Jamal Jones, co-Executive Director of the Baltimore Algebra Project; and Jerrell Bratcher, Registrar and Director of Admissions at Monarch Academy Public Charter School, one of the 59 people laid off from the school system recently.

Education Roundtable Part 2: The next panel of guests talks about layoffs, the BCPS budget, and the BCPS 10-Year Plan approved by the Board of School Commissioners in 2013. With: Bebe Verdery, Director of the EducationReform Project at the ACLU of Maryland; George Mitchel; Jamal Jones; and Jerrell Bratcher. 

Education Roundtable Part 3: Our third panel of guests talks about community schools and alternatives to the current school system. With Jerrell Bratcher,  Bebe Verdery, Director of the Education Reform Project at the ACLU of Maryland; and Jessica Strauss, Executive Director of ACTS- Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools.

Local Action Against Wrongful Arrests of Young People

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We are joined by Charnell D. Cobb-El, Site Director of The Baltimore Algebra Project at Patterson High School and Executive Director and Founder of Convert Consulting, who tells us about an action on Thursday, March 5th on the wrongful arrests by Baltimore City Police against young people of color as well as the school funding crisis.

The Debate Over Standardized Testing in Maryland

standardized-testingFebruary 23, 2015 – Segment 2

We take a look at standardized testing in schools with: Delegate Eric Ebersole (District 12, Baltimore and Howard Counties), member of the Education Subcommittee in the House Ways and Means Committee and sponsor of the Maryland Legislative House Bill that would create a Commission to Review Maryland’s Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools; Cheryl Bost,Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association; and Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer at the Maryland State Department of Education.

What Should The Role Of Police Be In Maryland Schools?

Maryland bill to put police officers in schoolsFebruary 3, 2015 – Segment 2

We examine the role of police in schools, in light of the video that went viral last week of an officer interacting violently with Baltimore middle school students. We will also examine Delegate John Cluster’s (R-8th District) proposed bill to put armed school resource officers in all Maryland schools.

With: Mo Canady, Executive Director of NASRO, National Association of School Resource Officers; Sara Love, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Maryland; Kate Rabb, Education Policy Director for Advocates for Children and Youth, who wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun in response to the incident; Jenny Egan, Juvenile Public Defender in Baltimore City focusing on school-based arrests, who also wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun in response to the incident; and Andrew Turner, Supervisor for Safe Schools for Wicomico County Public Schools.

Do Baltimore Teens Face Worse Conditions Than Their Nigerian Counterparts?

Youth-JailJanuary 27, 2015 – Segment 2

Do poor teens in Baltimore face worse conditions than their counterparts in Nigeria, as a recent study suggests? We look at the study, published in December’s Journal of Adolescent Health, with: Dr. Kristin Mmari, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.

Howard Fuller and Danique Dolly on the Future of Education

fullerJanuary 23, 2015 – Segment 3

We look at The Future of Education. Our guests are: Howard Fuller, Distinguished Professor of Education, Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and author of No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior’s Life, From Black Power To Education Reform; and Danique Dolly, Principal of City Neighbors Charter School. Marc will be moderating a panel tomorrow, January 24, at the 5th Annual Progressive Education Summit. For more information on the conference go to

Baltimore News Roundup: Plastic Bags Banned, Council Passes Body Cameras, State of Baltimore City Schools

A body camera from Taser is seen during a press conference at City Hall September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department is embarking on a six- month pilot program where 250 body cameras will be used by officers. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)November 19, 2014 – Segment 3

We host a Baltimore News Roundtable discussion, on topics to include: the plastic bag ban, body cameras, and school closings. With: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-Host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA.


Education in Baltimore City

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We talk to Delegate Curt Anderson, who represents the 43rd District in Baltimore City, about the state of education in the city and an upcoming public hearing about it. The Baltimore City Delegation’s Education Subcommittee is hosting an Education Public Hearing on Saturday 15th in the Learning Commons building at the University of Baltimore from two to five pm.

This Week in City Paper: Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton

Dr. Gregory ThorntonOctober 22, 2014 – Segment 3

We talk with Baltimore City Paper Senior Editor Baynard Woods for our weekly check-in. This week’s City Paper features an interview with new Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Gregory Thornton.


National News Roundtable: Education and Pandemics

EbolaOctober 6, 2014 – Segment 2

Dr. Lawrence Brownactivist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc as host to round up all things newsworthy, including a discussion on the changing landscape of public education and analysis of emerging pandemics, with: A. Adar Ayira, project manager of the More in the Middle Campaign for Associated Black Charities and facilitator and analyst at Baltimore Racial Justice Action, a program of Fusion Partnerships; and Greg Kline, attorney, co-founder and contributing editor for Red Maryland, who hosts the Conservative Refugee podcast and co-hosts Red Maryland Radio.



Neuroeducation and Arts Integration

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Dr.  Charles Limb and Dr. Mariale Hardiman are pioneers in the field of neuro-education.  In lay terms, that means applying what we know about the brain to help teachers be more effective.  One important area of their research is arts integration – using the arts to teach traditional academic disciplines.  So today we sat down with them to talk about whether putting more art in the classroom – whether it’s theater in history class, music in math, or poetry in chemistry – can help kids learn.

Dr. Charles Limb is Director of Research for the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Neuro Education Initiative, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Mariale Hardiman is Assistant Dean of Urban School Partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University, a former principal in the Baltimore City Public School System, and author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model

Read Deborah Rudacille’s article, This is Your Brain on Art, in Urbanite Magazine.


Baltimore Education Coalition Forum: MD Gubernatorial Candidates on Education

Maryland gubernatorial candidatesMarch 6, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen back to the Non-Partisan Gubernatorial Forum on Education in Baltimore City, organized by the Baltimore Education Coalition, which I co-moderated with Sue Fothergill, Karen DeCamp, and Zuri Battle Wednesday night at City Springs Elementary/Middle School.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur share their visions for education in Maryland.


Baltimore Teachers Vote On A New Contract

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We look at Baltimore teachers, as members of the Baltimore Teachers Union look to vote on a new contract this Thursday. We speak with Marietta English, President of the Baltimore City Teachers Union, and Iris Kirsch, Baltimore City Public Schools teacher.


Common Core Implementation And The MSAs

EducationFebruary 5, 2014 – Segment 5

We turn to standardization of education, and discuss the move to delay implementation of the Common Core curriculum in Maryland schools and to cancel this year’s MSAs (Maryland School Assessments), with: Dr. Jack Smith, Chief Academic Officer of the Maryland State Department of Education, and Cheryl Bost, Vice President of the Maryland State Education Association.


Culture & Society: Natural Hair Under Attack In Our Schools | MSU Fraternity Suspended After Rejecting Gay Student

Danielle Cook, 13, an eighth-grader at Afya Public Charter School, is interested in applying to Cristo Rey, but she was told that her dreadlocks go against the high school's policy. Her mother, Dawnetta Jenkins, who takes care of Danielle's hair, also has dreadlocks. After inquiries from The Sun, the school said it was doing away with the policy.December 5, 2013 – Segment 4

We discuss the straight-A 8th grade student who was denied entry into a Baltimore high school because she wears dreadlocks, and the incident in which Morgan State University’s (MSU) Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has been placed on probation for discriminating against a gay student. Our guests are: Krishana Davis, reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group covering news, politics and more in Harford County; and Samantha Master, Senior at MSU, where she is a Communications major and served as the Community Service Coordinator for Rainbow Soul from 2008-2010.


Discussion of the Common Core Curriculum

Common Core CurriculumDecember 5, 2013 – Segment 2

We begin our show with a discussion of the Common Core Curriculum. Our guests are: Dr. Sandra Stotsky, former member of Common Core’s Validation Committee (2009-2010) and Professor Emerita of Education at the University of Arkansas; and Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for Opt Out and co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education.

There will be a Common Core Forum hosted by the PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) and the Howard County Education Association (our teacher’s union) on Sunday, December 8th from 5pm – 8pm in Fulton, Maryland. The event will be held in the auditorium of Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road, Fulton, Maryland.


State of Public Education in Baltimore

School closuresNovember 14, 2013 – Segment 2

In the wake of the announcement that Baltimore City is planning to close seven city schools, we begin our show with a roundtable discussion on education in Baltimore. In addition to the school closings, we will discuss the 10-year school construction plan as well as a recent report that Baltimore City suspended Pre-K students at a rate far higher than any other district in Maryland last year. Our guests include:

  • Michael Eugene Johnson, community leader who attended Northwestern High School, which has been slated for closing under the 10-year plan;
  • Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University;
  • David Beard, Education Policy Director, Advocates for Children and Youth;
  • and Hassan Giordano, Host of Reporter’s Roundtable and publisher of


Common Core: Is It Needed? & How Do We Implement It?

Common CoreSeptember 30, 2013 – Segment 1

Our first topic today is the Common Core, educational standards intended to bring curricula that vary from state-to-state into alignment with one other. We begin our conversation by examining the theory behind Common Core and then move into a discussion of its implementation. Our guests are:

  • RiShawn Biddle, editor of Dropout Nation, an education reform magazine;
  • Mike McShane, education research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute;
  • Dr. Neal P. McCluskey, Associate Director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute;
  • Kalman “Buzzy” Hettleman, former Baltimore City School Board member;
  • Dr. Morna McDermott, one of the administrators for United Opt Out and a co-organizer of Occupy the Department of Education;
  • and Lynette Guastaferro, Executive Director of Teaching Matters.


Education Roundtable: State Standardized Tests & Common Core Curriculum

Maryland State Assessment ResultsJuly 30, 2013 – Hour 1

We host an education roundtable of guests to discuss whether there should be a moratorium on state standardized testing, and debate the coming Common Core curriculum. Joining us will be:


Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action

affirmative actionJune 26, 2013 – Segment 2

We discuss this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action in higher education, sending a lawsuit challenging the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy back to lower courts. We are joined by:

  • Michael Higginbotham, Wilson H. Elkins Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Sheryl Wood, principal of the Wood Law Firm;
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter covering civil rights at ProPublica in New York City.


Teacher Evaluations


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SONY DSCThe growing controversy between Maryland State Department of Education, local school systems, and the Maryland State Teachers Association (MSEA) over teacher evaluations. Guests include: Betty Weller, President of the Maryland State Education Association and Dr. Carl D. Roberts, Executive Director of the Public SchoolSuperintendents’ Association of Maryland.





Morgan State University’s New School Of Global Journalism And Communications

DeWayne WickhamMay 17, 2013 – Segment 1

DeWayne Wickham, Chair of the MSU Department of Communication Studies, join us in-studio. Among other topics, we will discuss the exciting launch of MSU’s new School of Global Journalism and Communications.




Local News Roundtable: Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso Resigns

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Anthony McCarthy co-hosts our local news round table discussion on several headlines including the resignation of Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andres Alonso. Erica Green, education reporter for the Baltimore Sun, multi-platform journalist Krishana Davis, Marta Mossburg, columnist for the Baltimore Sun and the Fredrick News-Post, and John Bullock, professor of political science at Towson University join us for this discussion.