Md. State lawmakers seek task force on pre-K suspensions

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State lawmakers want to form a task force of educators and advocates to look into the issue of pre-kindergarten suspensions, a little-known practice that came to light recently amid a surge in 3- and 4-year-olds being temporarily kicked out of Baltimore public schools.

A bill introduced this week by Del. Barbara Robinson calls for establishing an 11-member task force that includes political leaders, representatives of the state Department of Education and the Baltimore City school system, and members of parent and advocacy organizations.

Robinson, a Baltimore Democrat, said she was “appalled” to learn that pre-kindergartners were being suspended and that the city’s black and special-education students were being disproportionately punished.

“Rather than just make it a Baltimore City study, we wanted to make it a statewide study,” Robinson said. “We want to take a better look at it, find out why, and if we can stop those type of suspensions from happening and find a better way of disciplining.”

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 The 90-day Maryland 2014 Legislative session currently underway in Annapolis will be taking place in the months leading up to the primary election in June 2014.
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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) HQ in Baltimore City

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Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Maryland State Superintendent  of schools (Pictured above) has been criticized for showing very poor leadership skills in various ways including discriminatory conduct. She has received an F grade for Common Core meetings and other reform implementations in Maryland so far. Above all, she does not believe in the due process of the law and continues to contribute to the culture of impunity.
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In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes (shown here) has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play,”  High suspension rates, violation of due process rights, manipulation, inter alia during her tenure as President for Maryland State Board of Education.

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