I am pleased to announce that I will be advancing to the Nov. 8th general election for Maryland State Delegate District 9A. I am grateful for your votes and humbled by your trust in me.
I truly appreciate our friendly competition in the primary election, Steve Bolen and Natalie Ziegler. Steven Bolen Natalie ZieglerCongratulations, Natalie Ziegler, Trent Kittleman, and Dr. Jianning Zeng. District 9A voters, I am asking for your vote in the general election. A vote for WU is a vote for YOU!
The Goucher College Poll measures the opinions of Maryland residents and voters on important policy, social, and economic issues. The poll results and a methodology statement are released to members of the media and other interested groups as a public service to the state. Goucher students help research survey questions, design the questionnaire, and analyze the results.
Maryland residents feel impact of price increases, a majority hold a positive view of the state economy; Residents divided over how state should spend the budget surplus, view crime and public safety as the top priority; Hogan remains popular, opinions divided on Biden; Residents support the legalization of recreational cannabis
Marylanders support local jurisdictions ending mandates and restrictions, give their local health departments and Gov. Hogan high marks on handling of the pandemic; Concern over contracting COVID-19 in decline; Residents see the most significant impacts of climate change on sea level, wildlife and ecosystems, and weather patterns in Maryland
THE IDEAS BEHIND THE BLUEPRINT FOR MARYLAND’S FUTURE A Presentation To The Accountability And Implementation Board
National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) Briefing on the Ideas Behind the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future in Four Parts
Marc Tucker, President Emeritus Betsy Brown Ruzzi, Vice President Emeritus
Quick summary: The presentation is not of high quality, and some key facts are wrongbecause the authors mixed things together.
I believe the authors for this report failed to separate the Maryland, Maryland counties, USA, world cities, city-like countries and provide a much more solid analytic solution/suggestion for us. I know the comments may be a little harsh. Unfortunately, this presentation will be used for policy makers to make important policies. AIB has to figure out a way to fund the blueprint first.
Starting the report, there is a problem. Comparing with Finland, Ontario(Canada), Shanghai (China) and Singapore, four of the highest performing jurisdictions on OECD’s PISA surveys. This is a wrong comparison. In order to have a better comparison, beyond the education part, the demographics, political, culture, economical aspects should be included in the discussion. Education is not alone in this discussion. Education is intertwined with other parts of the society. If we could not compare or change other part of our society, we should not expect we can change/reform education as other societies are doing.
Ignore AAPI students in their report. I got it. It is a typical stereotype that AAPI students are not American students such that they did not realize they miss their presence in their presentation, or assuming they are doing very well academically, they don’t count AAPI students in their discussion.
Put the wrong facts to support their point of view. For example, students in poor counties in Maryland actually receives higher(or no less) spending per student. NCEE probably used some talking points from their templates and they did not look at the true numbers in Maryland.
Childcare supports are much stronger in many other countries as the report correctly stated. One key reason is that they have much lower birth rate. The government has to put the incentive to encourage the birth rate.
By the way, if you have more kids, each kid will receive less attention and resources given everything else is the same.
Make CTE attractive and prestigious. This an important point. I totally agree with it.
There is some made-up stuff: for example (Page 71, the PDF page number): For more than 20 years, accountability in the United States has meant threatening schools with takeovers and teachers with firing if their students failed to meet state targets for student performance. There may be some marginal discussion on this in other states, but I never heard this in Maryland. The report focuses on Maryland blueprint but puts the wrong/inappropriate content in the presentation. At the same time, the report did not discuss/mention another dominant policy maker on the table: the teacher union.
There are many other points I don’t want to highlight. The report is very long.
One suggestion based on my personal experience
Don’t lower the admission bar for teachers in college application but offer free tuition for students who choose teaching as career. A few of my relatives (brothers and sisters) studied hard and became great teachers following this philosophy.
Can Maryland do this? Yes. It can. Assume $30k per student per year, for 1000 teacher. The cost is 30 million dollars in the state budget. Furthermore, if we consider 10% of teachers (in total, we have around 60k teachers in MD) coming from this trajectory, it costs only 180 million dollars per year. At the same time, we can get rid of many promotional or wasteful programs for this purpose.
During the last ten years, Howard County Population growth is 14.3%, the highest rate among all Maryland Counties. Maryland population growth is 4.9%, while Baltimore City and small eastern and western counties are losing populations.
I was driving today on Randolph road and stopped for a train to pass. There were hundreds of cars waiting from both directions. More that ten years ago when I stopped there to wait for a train to pass for the first time, it was fun and I was excited to see a train in such a short distance. Now while waiting for the train to pass really slowly, I was wondering how many hours have been wasted for so many people for so many years. Why no bridge has ever been built?
The train of USA needs to move forward a little faster or at least not stop here, wasting people’ time. Hope the bullet train is coming to us in Maryland in my life time.