March 30, 2009

On today’s show Marc was joined in the studio by Dr. Nancy Grasmick,
the Maryland State Superintendent of Schools.  They unpacked many of
the recent education news stories, including the recent Education
Weekly ratings that named Maryland number one among public school
systems in the U.S.  They also discussed the Maryland High School Assessments, which up to 8% of seniors in the state are in danger of not passing this year.  Community members called in to voice their concerns about teacher qualifications, arts education, and more. 

Dr. Nancy Grasmick
is Maryland’s first female state superintendent and
is the longest serving appointed state education chief in the country. 
Before serving as Superintendent, Dr. Grasmick was Maryland’s Special
Secretary for Children, Youth, and Families.  

Interested in learning more about Education Weekly’s rankings?  Read WEAA reporter Melody Simmons’ article on Maryland Commons and former president of the Maryland State Board of Education Robert C. Embry Jr.’s op-ed in the Baltimore Sun.