“Earlier tonight in Annapolis, the Baltimore County Senate Delegation voted in favor by a 5-2 vote for an amended version SB 123, Baltimore County – Public High Schools – Adoption of School Schedule.
This bill provides a check against any school schedule changes by the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Additionally, the bill will require the Board of Education to review and vote on previous school changes, like that done at Hereford, Dulaney, Towson. The bill now awaits a vote from the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee. Thank you to everyone who helps this bill get past the first hurdle in the legislative process.
Delegate Susan Aumann is presenting cross-filed House Bill 0407 at House Ways and Means committee Thursday and to House County Delegates on Friday morning.
Delegates Impallaria, McDonough, Szeliga, and West are co-sponsoring the bill.
House Ways and Means Committee, Delegate Sheila Hixson, Chair
Delegate Anne R. Kaiser, Chair Education Sub-committee
Stakeholders can email their support for House Bill 0407 to Susan.Aumann@house.state.md.us
AB Block Schedule at the Halfway Mark –
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Contributors: Jean Suda of ABCSchools and Hereford Works!
It may be news to parents whose firstborn students began their high school career this year, but last year there were eight BCPS high schools that used a 7-period master schedule to organize the classes taken by all students. This meant that each student registered for seven classes taught in the same sequence each day. Teachers were required to teach five periods a day. Read More
Return Local Control to BCPS High Schools by Providing a favorable report on Senate Bill 123
In 2013-2014 the BCPS Superintendent took away the ability of the High school community to decide their Master Class Schedule. The following BCPS High Schools were forced to change their Schedule: Catonsville, Dulaney, Dundalk, Eastern Tech, Franklin, Hereford, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, Owings Mills, Patapsco, Perry Hall, Pikesville, Towson, and Woodlawn. Hereford, Catonsville, and Patapsco lost their very successful 4×4 Semester Block Schedule, while Dulaney, Towson, Pikesville, Loch Raven and others lost their very successful 7 period-day Schedule.
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Opposition has been building for the new scheduling format and there’s good reason for it. The issue is not a lack of flexibility among students and teachers, but rather the reasons that are given, or not given, for making the switch from the seven to eight class block schedule.
PTSA member Jean Suda puts it bluntly.
“I adopted the mantra of former President Ronald Reagan, who said regarding the then USSR’s nuclear arms reduction, ‘Trust but verify.’”
The former manager at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who holds a master’s degree in public affairs and administration from Princeton University, spent 40 hours poring over school data this fall. She has lobbied for smaller class sizes here since 2010 when the student-to-staff ratio increased significantly. Read More
The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract. The increase raises his annual salary to $265,000. Read more
County executive is on the side of the taxpayers — and good sense — in nixing the superintendent’s convoluted school construction plan. Read more
The Baltimore County school board ethics panel has ruled that Superintendent Dallas Dance violated rules when he took a consulting job with a professional development company that does business with the school system. Read More