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Maryland Students to Move to Next Grade Level in the Fall

April 9th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon told legislative leaders Wednesday that it’s already been determined that students will move on to the next grade level next year, and that she’s preparing for a possible return of COVID-19 in the fall…

16 Responses to “Maryland Students to Move to Next Grade Level in the Fall”

  1. April 09, 2020 at 8:18 am, Bob said:

    Well, as least school policy is back to normal.


  2. April 09, 2020 at 9:23 am, Joe Wellberg said:

    Already determined even if they failed. Must be nice to reward failing students. It is as low as naming a drop out in a graduation program.


    • April 09, 2020 at 10:40 am, Jay said:

      What do you think they should do Joe?


  3. April 09, 2020 at 9:29 am, jim said:

    Blindly graduating children to the next grade. The public school system had already been doing this for years. This is not news.


    • April 09, 2020 at 9:54 am, Joe Wellberg said:

      > Not anything like this


    • April 09, 2020 at 2:06 pm, LRH said:

      > Agree


  4. April 09, 2020 at 10:43 am, Dave said:

    So if you can educate a child in a half of a year this year why did they go for nine month previous years and what is going to happen from now on? Sounds like we (the tax payer) and the students are getting the short end of the stick. And these are our educated, education leaders??


    • April 09, 2020 at 12:05 pm, Jay said:

      Dave, No one said you can educate a child in half of a school year. Actually, it was more like 70% of the school year. Are you really that concerned about how your education tax dollars are spent? Has it occurred to you that these are quite unusual circumstances which very possibly may never happen again?


      • April 09, 2020 at 1:49 pm, Dave said:

        Jay ok maybe that was put a little too sarcastically, sorry. Yes I am worried, about people, if they think that there is a well full of money someplace that will never run dry. My point if not presented well, is that the job of the education system is to educate the next generation. IF the implication is, and I say IF, that what they have been taught so far this year is sufficient, the question that comes to my mind is have they learn what they need to be taught? I fully understand we do not pass this way often, however I hope that no one is cutting the year short for expediency’s sake. There are other options, summer classes, added to next year etc, and I understand these all have minuses. I am not privileged to all the discussions that were had, so I can’t speak about what I don’t know. Tax money will come and go, it always has, always will, my concern is with the proper education of our young students. If I did not adequately express that I apologize. I pray everyone stays safe, and for those sick and may become sick, we will with God’s help prevail.


  5. April 09, 2020 at 10:49 am, Robyn said:

    That is not right . So let’s just pass these kids that don’t even try to do there work . What ever happened to the way it was when I was growing up these kids get away with to much now a days . This is why kids are like they are today cause it is like oh let’s not make them work for there education let’s just pass them on . Wrong


  6. April 09, 2020 at 11:04 am, Ron Stephen said:

    I don’t see a better answer. They could just hold everyone back a year and that way they can be in the system even longer..


  7. April 09, 2020 at 12:22 pm, Shannon said:

    If they are concerned about it returning in the fall, and they are planning on passing the kids to the next grade, won’t that mean even more material they will not learn and be behind on? This is very difficult and shouldn’t be something that is determined this early.


  8. April 09, 2020 at 3:11 pm, Ken said:

    Hmm, My youngest puts in four to five solid hours a day. If he slack off, he makes up what he missed on the weekend.

    The online system is up and running, he messages his teacher when he needs to and otherwise he’s probably doing better than when he was sitting in a class.

    The problem isn’t that our children aren’t going to school. There’s a good chance we should be looking at parents who aren’t doing their job.


    • April 09, 2020 at 4:47 pm, Virgil said:

      > Ken you are absolutely correct


    • April 09, 2020 at 9:12 pm, Bob said:

      > The main goal of public schools now is to enable parents who aren’t doing their job and make them feel good about it. The school feeding programs confirm this. This is the schools’ one function they keep going no matter what happens. Lordy, parents can’t be expected to feed their own children breakfast or lunch, or anytime even when given the money to do so. No, they should be busy having more children and, hence, providing more meal tickets for the unionized gubment employees.


  9. April 10, 2020 at 4:57 am, Ken said:

    Bob, Judging from a few of the kids my son knows, you’re way off base there.

    What you don’t seem to understand, as shown when you wrote, “even when given the money” [for food] is that food stamps is called “assistance” because it doesn’t cover a family’s total food costs.

    A family of four, with income well below the maximum income limit of $2,665 receives $640/month. Oh, that $2,655 amount is more than a person working 40 hours per week will take home in a month and if they are making that much money, their food stamps allowance would drop to near zero.

    While that sounds like a lot of money (and it is generous) this is what that means. During a 30 day month, $640 provides $21.34/day to feed four people, three meals a day. That works out to be $1.78 per person, per meal, a day.

    Go ahead, you tell us how you’d budget meals for your family on that amount. Remember, that’s the maximum a family of four can receive.

    And here’s one thing no one seems to disagree with. Hungry kids don’t learn or behave very well – well because they’re hungry.


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