I found this to be very valuable hyperlocal journalism. It really shows how City Springs is a microcosm of the educational issues we face in educating children of the lower-middle and lower economic classes in Baltimore, and urban centers around the nation. It could have gone a little more in depth into the status of Direct Instruction at the school. I would have liked to know if the principal is making enforcement of that model part of her vision for change, and if so, whether she is facing pushback from teachers, etc.
My interested to learn more about how Direct Instruction is working in City Schools. From what I have read, it is the only model that has shown reproducible evidence of academic improvement in students from low-income backgrounds.
Here is a link to more information from the Baltimore Curriculum project. http://www.baltimorecp.org/history.html
I actually liked the shortness of this story. That said, it would be nice to see a longer, locally-sourced piece listing the legislators for and against this measure. I am certainly in favor of it, as it seems sad that someone with cancer suffering from chemo treatments who finds their appetite improved by marijuana would have to go to a lawbreaking drug dealer.
Seems like a reasonably balanced story. It's sad that our city government can't get its act together enough to avoid this type of situation. What's going on with SRB? I feel like I was really excited for her as mayor in 2010. Now I feel like she's trying to fly under the radar or something. Maybe I'm just not paying attention enough.
Certain folks' support for Rolley intrigues me, but so far I haven't been overly excited by him either. I might like to see them work together. We need someone like Corey Booker, but that's probably one in a million.