As Washington County school board members wonder aloud how they'll pay for the projects outlined in a new strategic plan, we suggest that they look at what a Maryland business group is doing around the state to make education reform a reality.
The group is the the Maryland Business Rountable for Education, a group of more than 100 businesses that's been working for six years to improve instruction and the quality of students entering the work force.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the group's chairman, Raymond A. "Chip" Mason of Legg Mason, Inc., said that 30 years ago it was possible for students to drop out of school and make a decent living in the manufacturing area, even if they didn't have good reading or math skills.
Those learn-as-you-go jobs don't exist anymore, Mason said, and the schools must produce entry-level candidates who don't need remedial math or reading work before their on-the-job training begins. But the roundtable's commitment to reform goes beyoind pointing out the school system's flaws.