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Text of Maryland superintendents’ document on school reform


Here is the text of a document approved by 22 of Maryland’s 24 local schools superintendents expressing concern about how federal and state officials are forcing school districts to implement specific school reforms. You can read more about the document and why the superintendents, through the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, decided to make public their concerns in this post.

And here’s the full text of the document: >>>> Read more Washington Post   >>>>Read more about Yesterday’s article here





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. 


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.


Happy New Year to the Chinese people


The Chinese New Year (the Spring Festival) falls today, marking the beginning of the Year of the Horse.

The festival marks the first day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar. It usually falls somewhere between the end of January and early February.

The Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and each 12 years of the lunar cycle are named after 12 animals: The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar.

The Chinese born in 12-year cycles share the same animal signs. Those born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, or 2014, are all under the sign of the horse.

Keeping with the ancient traditions and beliefs, the people born in the Year of the Horse are believed to share certain characteristics that relate to the horse. The horse is not only a symbol of travel, but also a sign of speedy success.

Those born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be highly animated, active, and energetic. They are typically elegant, independent, gentle, and hard-working.

The Spring Festival is the grandest and most exciting period for the Chinese during which they embark on the world’s biggest annual migration.

More than 250 million Chinese people board buses and trains to go and celebrate with their families. The scene of passenger transportation in China is remarkable as the people are determined to get together with their families in what has come to be referred as the great annual Spring Migration.

The festival, with a history of over 2000 years, symbolizes the breaking of a new dawn on the first morning of the New Year. As Christmas is to Christians, so is the Spring Festival to the Chinese – a time for family reunions and good cheer.


The New Year is everyone’s birthday and the Chinese usher it with pomp and color. The ecstatic populace begins to decorate their rooms. Door panels will be pasted with Spring Festival couplets, highlighting Chinese calligraphy.

Shopping stores will be bursting with eager buyers seeking to obtain necessities for the New Year. The commodities and goodies include cooking oil, rice, flour, chicken, duck, fish and meat, as well as fruit, candies and nuts.

The Chinese will suddenly become dandies and will be in their best attire. The hair will be neatly cut, new clothes and shoes will be bought as well as gifts for children, the elderly, friends and relatives.

The night before the New Year is known as “reunion night”. The reunion dinner is of utmost importance as a time to reconnect with family and recall past events and even map out the future.

Although different traditions exist, food and flowers are usually laid out to honor the ancestors. At the stroke of midnight, entertainment ensues with lively rounds of mahjong, dice, or dominoes as families watch the New Year’s gala on TV. They light firecrackers, bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the new.

When morning comes, cheerful children will greet their parents and grandparents, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The streets come alive with stunning displays of the vivacious lion, dragon and yangge dancing.

The only difference, therefore, between the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Gregorian New Year is the date. Otherwise, the common theme is thanksgiving and celebrations.

May the Chinese people be blessed with peace, prosperity and good health, now and in the future.