By Marta Mossburg
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Apr 23, 2013, 02:42 PM EDT
Even his success stories are not successes. He loves to talk about Education Week's top ranking of Maryland's public schools, for example. But that publication's report weighs spending more than achievement. Test score data shows Maryland has some of the largest gaps between white and low-income minority students and the number of remedial classes offered at community colleges and the state's flagship school, the University of Maryland at College Park, is skyrocketing under his watch because students are graduating from high school without basic knowledge of math and writing.
So go ahead and laugh at the foibles of liberal Maryland. But if Mr. O'Malley's political trajectory, which started at the Baltimore City Council, continues apace, the last laugh may be on America.
- Marta H. Mossburg is an independent columnist. Contact her at email@example.com.
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