Baltimore County missteps on curriculum and textbooks
Baltimore County spent $5 million on a curriiculum and books even as the state was moving toward new standards. A state official warned all the school districts not to rewrite curriculum back in the spring of 2010, but the school system went ahead anyway. In fact, no warning should have been needed. Back in 2009, I began writing stories about the state signing on to the common core standards. Even though the standards weren't yet written, it was clear that Maryland's curriculum was about to change. The question now is how many of the books that Barbara Dezmon picked out can be used with the common core and if any of the curriculum can be salvaged or is worth salvaging.