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Md. Board of Education approves Race to the Top application

May 26, 2010

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- Maryland's school board has unanimously approved an application to qualify for up to $250 million in federal education funds.

The school board voted Wednesday on the Race to the Top application, which includes changes in how teachers are tenured and evaluated in the hopes of earning additional federal funds.

Leaders of teachers unions from Baltimore, Howard, Frederick and St. Mary's counties said Tuesday they felt they were not included in the application process. They have expressed concerns about the amount of weight given to student test scores when evaluating teacher performance.

The application is due June 1 Most school boards and superintendents had signed onto the application, but the leader of the state's largest school district, Montgomery County superintendent Jerry Weast has not.

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Board endorses new math, math standards

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Maryland's Board of Education has endorsed academic standards that are part of a movement to unify reading and math instruction across the nation.

The reforms the board approved Tuesday define the skills and knowledge to be taught year by year.

Adopting the standards is one of the factors in the competition for $4 billion in federal Race to the Top funds. The final standards are to be released next week and the board plans to approve them next month.

Applications for the second round of the competition are due June 1, and Maryland officials say that endorsing the standards now will improve the state's chances.

The state hopes to win as much as $250 million in federal grants.

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