IF YOU LOOK AT THE STATE OF TEXAS WHERE THIS 'INNOVATION CENTER' MODEL ORIGINATED A DECADE OR SO AGO, YOU WILL SEE WHERE THIS LEADS. THE ARTICLE BY KRUGMAN BELOW GIVES A GOOD DESCRIPTION. YOU WOULDN'T KNOW THE FAILURES OF THIS SYSTEM IN REGARDS THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE BECAUSE THE STATE'S 'STATISTICS' WILL GIVE FAVORABLE NUMBERS. TEXAS IS KNOWN FOR ITS TALL TALES, ITS EXTREME INCOME INEQUITY, ITS POOR QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MOST CITIZENS, AND ITS POOR EDUCATION SYSTEM. ALL A PRODUCT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, INNOVATION CENTERS, AND ONLINE SCHOOLING. IT IS A NATIONAL DISGRACE IF THE MEDIA WOULD REPORT ON THE SITUATION. THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET THIS DATA IS THROUGH ACADEMIC RESEARCH.
DO MARYLANDERS REALLY WANT TO GO THE PATH OF TEXAS AND FLORIDA IN THE QUALITY OF THEIR SOCIETY? I THINK NOT. WITH A CAPTURED MEDIA THE CASE IS MORE OF NOT KNOWING THEN IN AGREEMENT. I STRUGGLE EVERY DAY TO MAKE MEDIA IN THE CITY MORE OPEN AND WE NEED EVERYBODY SHOUTING LOUDLY AGAINST THIS PUSH TO THE BOTTOM. WHEN YOU SEE INITIATIVES LIKE THESE 'FEED THE HUNGRY CHILDREN' PROGRAMS AND KNOW THAT BILLIONS IN FRAUD AND MILLIONS IN TAXES ARE LOST TO THE CITY AND STATE TO CORPORATIONS IT IS AN INSULT TO THOSE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THESE CHILDREN.
THESE ARE POLICIES BEING PUSHED BY CARDIN, SARBANES, AND CUMMINGS WHO ARE UP FOR ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. WE ARE GOING WITH A WRITE-IN TO VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT OF OFFICE. WHILE THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IS CRITICAL IN THE REVERSAL OF THESE POLICIES, WE MUST FIRST START WITH STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS TO TAKE OUT THE FARM TEAM! DO YOU HEAR YOUR UNION AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS NAMING WHO THEY WILL BE RUNNING IN ALL THE COMING ELECTIONS? THAT IS WHERE WE START!!!!
VOTE YOUR INCUMBENT OUT OF OFFICE!!!
AS HAS BEEN THE CASE SINCE O'MALLEY BECAME GOVERNOR ANOTHER TEXAS TRANSPLANT TO MARYLAND WITH ROOTS AT HARVARD. BALTIMORE CO SUPERINTENDENT DANCE JUST ARRIVED AS WELL. TEXAS IS GROUND ZERO FOR INNOVATION CENTERS, CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND THE POOREST PERFORMING EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, BARRING FLORIDA, NOT TO MENTION GRINDING POVERTY FOR MOST OF ITS CITIZENS. TAKE A LOOK AT THE ARTICLE BELOW BY KRUGMAN. THESE O'MALLEY PICKS ARE NOT HERE FOR THE QUALITY EDUCATION BUT MORE FOR MAKING MARYLAND'S PUBLIC EDUCATION CORPORATE. I HEAR O'MALLEY IS SELLING HIS MOTHER TO WALL STREET NEXT. CHECK THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STAFFING TO SEE FROM WHERE THE DEPARTMENT HEADS COME. THEY ALMOST ALL COME FROM CONSERVATIVE, REPUBLICAN STATES PUSHING FOR PRIVATIZED EDUCATION. THE INTEREST IS EXPANDED RESEARCH AND GLOBAL GROWTH FOR PROFIT-MAKING.......NOT EDUCATION.
For Immediate Release
June 28, 2012
Contacts: Lee Tune, 301 405 4679 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Ann Rankin Named Senior Vice President and Provost at University of Maryland COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- University of Maryland President Wallace Loh today announced the appointment of Mary Ann Rankin as Senior Vice President and Provost. Rankin, a national leader in innovative and highly successful programs for boosting the supply of science and math teachers and other STEM graduates, will start at Maryland on October 1, 2012.
Rankin currently is CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in Dallas. NMSI is a public-private partnership dedicated to expanding the pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates and STEM K-12 teachers. Previously, she spent 36 years at The University of Texas at Austin, where she served for six years as chair of biological sciences and for nearly 17 years as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences.
As dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the UT, Rankin created, with her administrative team, numerous highly successful programs for undergraduates including the UTeach program for math and science teacher preparation and the Freshman Research Initiative. Working with the College of Liberal Arts, she created the Texas Interdisciplinary Program, a special opportunity curriculum for at-risk students that enrolls and enhances outcomes for over 900 students. These efforts significantly increased student retention and graduation rates particularly among underrepresented minorities.
UTeach has been cited as a national model for STEM teacher preparation by several state governors, Presidents Obama and G. W. Bush, and in the National Academy of Sciences report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm." UTeach is now being replicated in partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative in 34 universities in 16 states.
As dean, Rankin also led the launch of new interdisciplinary research initiatives, the construction of new, world-class science buildings, and growth of existing and the establishment of new research institutes at UT. She raised over $800 million in private funding for academic programs, research centers, and academic buildings, including the new $120M Gates Computer Science Complex. Under her leadership the number of women science faculty grew from 15 to 30 percent and gender parity in salaries was established. In her last three years, she managed strategically the state-imposed budget cuts.
"Mary Ann is one of the most visionary and innovative academic leaders in the country, and we are extremely fortunate to have her as our new Provost," says President Loh. "Her abilities and amazing track record make for an outstanding fit with the University of Maryland as we continue to advance as a research university of national and global renown."
"I'm excited and honored to have this opportunity. It is a privilege to become part of your leadership team and I am looking forward to working with everyone in the University of Maryland community," says Rankin. "Public universities today are facing heightened challenges as well as new opportunities. I think the University of Maryland is particularly well positioned to succeed in this challenging time, and I look forward to helping it do so."
Rankin received her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Louisiana State University, was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Iowa and Imperial College Field Station, Ascot, England, and earned a doctorate in physiology and behavior from the University of Iowa in 1972. She was a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University until joining The University of Texas at Austin in 1975 as an assistant professor of zoology. In 1986, she was promoted to professor. Rankin was chairman of the Division of Biological Sciences from 1989 until her appointment as dean of the College of Natural Sciences in 1994
FOR ALL THE INTEREST IN THINGS TEXAS, THIS IS THE REALITY OF TEXAS FOR ITS CITIZENS. IF I WAS LOOKING FOR LEADERS, I WOULDN'T BE GOING TO TEXAS :
Op-Ed Columnist Leaving Children Behind
By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: February 27, 2011 New York Times
Will 2011 be the year of fiscal austerity? At the federal level, it’s still not clear: Republicans are demanding draconian spending cuts, but we don’t yet know how far they’re willing to go in a showdown with President Obama. At the state and local level, however, there’s no doubt about it: big spending cuts are coming.
And who will bear the brunt of these cuts? America’s children.
Now, politicians — and especially, in my experience, conservative politicians — always claim to be deeply concerned about the nation’s children. Back during the 2000 campaign, then-candidate George W. Bush, touting the “Texas miracle” of dramatically lower dropout rates, declared that he wanted to be the “education president.” Today, advocates of big spending cuts often claim that their greatest concern is the burden of debt our children will face.
In practice, however, when advocates of lower spending get a chance to put their ideas into practice, the burden always seems to fall disproportionately on those very children they claim to hold so dear.
Consider, as a case in point, what’s happening in Texas, which more and more seems to be where America’s political future happens first.
Texas likes to portray itself as a model of small government, and indeed it is. Taxes are low, at least if you’re in the upper part of the income distribution (taxes on the bottom 40 percent of the population are actually above the national average). Government spending is also low. And to be fair, low taxes may be one reason for the state’s rapid population growth, although low housing prices are surely much more important.
But here’s the thing: While low spending may sound good in the abstract, what it amounts to in practice is low spending on children, who account directly or indirectly for a large part of government outlays at the state and local level.
And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right. The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.
But wait — how can graduation rates be so low when Texas had that education miracle back when former President Bush was governor? Well, a couple of years into his presidency the truth about that miracle came out: Texas school administrators achieved low reported dropout rates the old-fashioned way — they, ahem, got the numbers wrong.
It’s not a pretty picture; compassion aside, you have to wonder — and many business people in Texas do — how the state can prosper in the long run with a future work force blighted by childhood poverty, poor health and lack of education.
But things are about to get much worse.
A few months ago another Texas miracle went the way of that education miracle of the 1990s. For months, Gov. Rick Perry had boasted that his “tough conservative decisions” had kept the budget in surplus while allowing the state to weather the recession unscathed. But after Mr. Perry’s re-election, reality intruded — funny how that happens — and the state is now scrambling to close a huge budget gap. (By the way, given the current efforts to blame public-sector unions for state fiscal problems, it’s worth noting that the mess in Texas was achieved with an overwhelmingly nonunion work force.)
So how will that gap be closed? Given the already dire condition of Texas children, you might have expected the state’s leaders to focus the pain elsewhere. In particular, you might have expected high-income Texans, who pay much less in state and local taxes than the national average, to be asked to bear at least some of the burden.
But you’d be wrong. Tax increases have been ruled out of consideration; the gap will be closed solely through spending cuts. Medicaid, a program that is crucial to many of the state’s children, will take the biggest hit, with the Legislature proposing a funding cut of no less than 29 percent, including a reduction in the state’s already low payments to providers — raising fears that doctors will start refusing to see Medicaid patients. And education will also face steep cuts, with school administrators talking about as many as 100,000 layoffs.
The really striking thing about all this isn’t the cruelty — at this point you expect that — but the shortsightedness. What’s supposed to happen when today’s neglected children become tomorrow’s work force?
Anyway, the next time some self-proclaimed deficit hawk tells you how much he worries about the debt we’re leaving our children, remember what’s happening in Texas, a state whose slogan right now might as well be “Lose the future.”
IT IS RIDICULOUS TO WATCH AS POLITICIANS PRETEND TO BE SERVING THE GOOD OF THE POOR AS THEY CONSTRUCT A SOCIETY THAT FAILS THEM IN EVERY WAY. MARYLAND HAS BILLIONS IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SETTLEMENTS DUE TO COME TO THE STATE THAT WOULD FULLY FUND ALL SOCIAL SERVICES TO THE LEVELS NECESSARY AND FAILURE TO HOLD THOSE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN DUE TO MASSIVE FRAUD ARE GUILTY OF PROVIDING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF THE POOREST. THAT MARYLAND IS THE WEALTHIEST STATE IN THE NATION ALSO SHOWS A DISTORTED DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN THE STATE THAT MUST BE CORRECTED BY SYSTEMIC MONEY FLOW NOT ARBITRARY 'GIFTING' PROGRAMS. THIS IS WHAT THEY DO IN MISSISSIPPI.
Md. teachers finding hungry kids in their classes August 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left, and Tom Nelson, president of Share Our Strength
By Tricia McCarter-Joseph
Public school teachers in Maryland say they are seeing students who regularly come to school hungry and some teachers purchase food weekly for these students.
A new report finds that 63% of Maryland teachers surveyed say children are not getting enough to eat at home and this is having a negative effect on students’ academic performance.
In a panel discussion at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker and Prince George’s County Board of Education Chair Verjeana Jacobs joined other federal and state panelists to announce the findings of a survey of over 1,000 public school teachers who teach from kindergarten to 8th Grade.
In partnership with Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization advocating against hunger in schools nationwide, the discussion focused on raising awareness of state food programs available in schools across Maryland.
No jurisdictions are hunger free
“We don’t have a single jurisdiction [in the state] that’s hunger free,” said Anne Sheridan, director of the Maryland campaign for Share Our Strength.
CORRECTED: According to the Maryland State Department of Education website, about 368,000 school children were enrolled in programs for free or reduced-priced food for the 2011-2012 school year.
Finance officials who oversee these programs at the education department estimate its value at $241 million and project a slightly increased figure for the upcoming school year.
In addition, in the 12 months ending in March, 17,000 new kids were added to the School Breakfast Program, part of a state partnership called the First-Class Breakfast Initiative to end childhood hunger.
Not reaching enough children
But the teacher survey, called the No Kid Hungry Campaign, also found that programs were not reaching enough needy children and families. Of the nationwide 20 million eligible kids only 9.8 million were served last year.
“We have to be moved by these findings. It is a very real experience that [people] are facing everyday,” said Sheridan who also believes that in order to reach the goal of providing for more children, more attention needs to be paid to the teachers who see them everyday.
The deputy under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer affairs in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Janey Thornton, expressed concern regarding coming up with creative ways to get kids to participate in the programs by making it “cool” especially for high school kids.
Survey data showed that some kids do not want be singled out as poor by eating in the cafeteria and will forgo eating to socialize with friends. In response schools have implemented Grab N’ Go meals and Breakfast in the Classroom.
However, some parents are taking advantage of the programs. Panelist Lareese Cathey whose daughter participates in the breakfast program at Graysonville Elementary School.
“It’s very rewarding for us as parents to step up and make sure the needs are being met for our children,” Cathey said.
Read more: http://marylandreporter.com/2012/08/23/md-teachers-finding-hungry-kids-in-their-classes/#ixzz24qdUhxsS
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