Hypocisy? What Hypocrisy?

Hypocrisy? For those of you who IM on a regular basis, you will know what the following acronym means: ROTFLMAO. I am sure you all have read the quick hit that Eric Luedtke from Free State Politics has written. This is probably the most ill-informed post that I have ever read on that site.

For starters, if anyone made schools in Maryland a political issue, it is the current Governor Martin O’Malley (D) and the Baltimore City Delegation. O’Malley has had a history of clashing with State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick when he was Mayor of Baltimore. He has also for the past year, spoke out about his displeasure with Grasmick. The absentee ballots were barely counted before O’Malley went on a media tour saying that he does not trust Grasmick.

As reported last year when O’Malley said that he needed a Secretary of Education he can trust, Grasmick used a law that predated the federal “No Child Left Behind” law to take over a small number of Baltimore City Schools among the worst of the worst in 2006. That caused a emergency effort among Team Baltimore City to push a one year moratorium through the wanning hours of the 2006 General Assembly session. The delegation said that they needed more time to improve schools. We are coming up on two years since the initial takeover was launched and one year since the moratorium expired and Baltimore Schools do not seem to be getting better. How much more time do they need?

This is not the first time that O’Malley has played politics with the state when it comes to schools. Remember when $58 million went missing from the school system? Ehrlich made the money available, but they had to meet certain conditions. While the school system was bending over backwards to meet the requirements (and it looked like they were going meet those requirements,) then out of nowhere, O’Malley found $58 million to save the school system.

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Public Schools should be the last place where politics should enter. I think we have all learned that where the pre-2002 Board of Education in Prince George’s County cared more about where the Superintendent sat, than the job of improving the school system which Dr. Iris T. Mets was asked to do.

Maryland Schools have been among the Top 5 for a very long time and it’s all thanks to Dr. Grasmick. While I think the current tests for graduating high school should be tweaked, and they should replace the biology tests with the citizenship skills test, I am happy that she is the state schools superintendent.

O’Malley is a bully and House Speaker Michael Busch (D-Dist. 30) and Senate President Thomas Mike Miller (D-Dist. 27) are his gutless yes men. O’Malley has no reason to oust Grasmick other than the fact that she was doing her job in trying to improve schools in Baltimore City, even when he was Mayor.

Grasmick has actually kept her promise for quality and improvement in an area, What About O’Malley?

P. Kenneth Burns is the editor/writer of Maryland Politics Today and is a contributor to Red Maryland. He lives in Laurel, Prince George’s County and can be reached at kennyburns@marylandpolitics.us.

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