Tuesday, February 05, 2008

O'Malley Backs Off Plan To Oust Education Chief

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley asked legislative leaders yesterday to shelve a bill that would have effectively rescinded the new term of State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. He pledged instead to work with the long-serving educator on policy priorities that include signing bonuses to lure principals to troubled schools.

O'Malley (D), who has feuded openly with Grasmick, made the announcement at a news conference at which the two sat side by side and said they will also work to expand vocational course offerings and regularly survey teachers in an effort to improve the environment in classrooms.

As recently as last week, aides said O'Malley supported legislation that would have allowed his new appointees to the state school board to decide whether Grasmick would retain her job beyond this year. In December, Grasmick was awarded a four-year contract extension, at an annual salary of $195,000, by a board controlled by appointees of O'Malley's predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

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Anonymous said...

A typical democrat.
Can't do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Governor Martin O'Malley is a joke. Martin O'Malley pushed through the largest tax hike in Maryland history. Then he picks a fight with the head of Maryland schools for almost 20 years? Same head (Grasmick) who took the schools from subpar to 3rd ranked in the country. Martin O'Malley needs to learn we don't want or need more taxes!