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An Announcement to Parents. Maryland's State Education System "Ranks Number ONE Overall Four Times in a Row

BALTIMORE, MD (January 7, 2014)

The Maryland public school system has moved to the head of the class four times, according to an independent national report being released today.

Education Week, the nation’s leading education newspaper, looked at data in six critical categories over the past two years, and found that Maryland’s state education system is at the very top of national rankings.

Maryland placed at the top of the list in Education Week’s tally, just ahead of Massachusetts. Other high-scoring systems include New York and Virginia.

Maryland’s ranking is based on student performance and State education policies that reflect more than a decade of work on a preK-12 curriculum; state accountability and standards; and work on school readiness, high school reform, and preparation for college and the workplace.

“School reform doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a long-term commitment to high standards and collaboration, always keeping in mind the students and the families we serve,” said State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick. “The ‘Quality Counts’ report reaffirms Maryland’s status as one of the nation’s most desirable places to live, work, and raise a family.”

Maryland has had a history of success in Education Week’s annual review of state education systems; it ranked third in the 2008 “Quality Counts” report. But this is the first time Maryland has ranked first overall.

The publication’s detailed analysis of state education systems rated Maryland’s program of transitions and alignment—the policies and programs that take students from preschool through college- and work-readiness—as tops in the nation. Maryland scored an A, 96.4 percent.

Maryland also ranked among the nation’s leaders in “Chance for Success,” which looks at how well graduates achieve beyond high school; and in school finance, a score helped greatly by the Bridge to Excellence Act funding.

The overall grade includes scores from the 2008 “Quality Counts” report in K-12 achievement, ranking high thanks to a strong showing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), high school graduation rates, and Advanced Placement (AP) performance. Also included are 2008 scores in standards, assessments and accountability; and in teacher quality and preparation.

Education Week has often spotlighted the strength of Maryland schools in “Quality Counts.” The highly regarded report, now in its 13th year, has gone through some major changes over the past three years, while continuing to assess state progress in a variety of areas key to classroom success.

Most of the state-level data gathered by Education Week comes from a policy survey of the states conducted in the summer and fall of 2008. In addition, the publication draws on state-level data from such organizations as the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Bureau of the Census, and the American Federation of Teachers.

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Justin Bieber Needs to Grow Up

1/15/20104 Where oh where are Justin Biebers parents? Do they even talk to him anymore? I know he is of age at this point, but, his recent actions of egging a neighbors house are like those of a fourteen year old adolescent, not a 19 year old.

Looks like Will Smith needs to visit Bieber one more time to try to talk some sense into him. Last month Bieber said he was going to retire, well, maybe it realy is time so he can get his head and life going in the right direction, so he doesn't die young like so many other talented musicians.

Childhood Trauma Linked to Risk for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Published: January 5, 2009

A study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory University School of Medicine has identified childhood trauma as a significant risk factor for the development of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

The results of the study, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, confirm that childhood trauma (sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment) is associated with a six-fold increased risk for CFS. The study also found that low levels of cortisol, a hallmark biological feature of CFS, are associated with childhood trauma. Cortisol is frequently referred to as the ;stress hormone; and diminished levels result in abnormal responses to stress.

Low Cortisol Levels a Marker;The study indicates that low cortisol levels may actually be a marker for the risk of developing CFS rather than being a sign of the syndrome itself, said Christine M. Heim, PhD, lead author of the study and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.

These results are pivotal to understanding the underlying pathophysiology of CFS. More importantly, 6 of 10 people suffering from CFS have been severely abused as children. Physicians must consider this possibility when evaluating patients and devising a treatment plan. CFS patients who were abused as children need to understand that their traumatic childhood experiences are common among other CFS patients, said William C. Reeves, MD, MSc, principal investigator of the study and Chief of the Chronic Viral Diseases Branch at CDC.

CDC and Emory University collaborate CDC is currently collaborating with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine to conduct a 3-day in-hospital study of persons with CFS. This clinical study (nearing completion) will study 30 people with CFS and 60 well controls from the Georgia population sample. This study utilizes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to evaluate brain activity and neural circuit activation in response to cognitive stressors and endocrine, immune and autonomic nervous system function in response to social stressors. The objective is to better understand the pathophysiology of the illness and identify targets for therapeutic intervention.

Preventing child maltreatment before it starts, so that children have the opportunity to grow healthy and strong is a key priority for CDC. To achieve this, CDC is working with a variety of partners to support a range of research activities, early intervention, and prevention programs at the national, state, and local levels.

Children who are abused or neglected suffer physical and emotional injuries, said Ileana Arias, PhD, director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.We now know that some types of chronic diseases may surface years later as well. This research adds to that growing body of knowledge and reinforces that we must stop child maltreatment before it begins. Creating safe, stable, and nurturing relationships (SSNRs) between children and adults is an effective buffer to reduce the risk for maltreatment.

The study analyzed data from 113 people with CFS, and a control group of 124 people without CFS, drawn from a sample of almost 20,000 Georgians. The results confirm earlier findings from a 2006 study conducted in Wichita, Kansas.

Study participants underwent detailed medical and psychiatric evaluations and completed a self-reported questionnaire on five different types of childhood trauma including emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and emotional and physical neglect. Researchers also collected saliva samples from participants to record levels of cortisol over one hour after awakening, typically an individual's highest cortisol levels for the day.

Early Diagnosis Encouraged

CFS affects as many as 2.5 percent of U.S. adults, most have been ill for 5 years, but little is known about the causes and development of the condition. Risk factors include female sex, genetic predisposition, certain personality traits and physical and emotional stress. This debilitating and complex disorder is characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. The fatigue must be accompanied by at least 4 of 8 case defining symptoms the most common being: post-exertional fatigue lasting more than 24 hours, unrefreshing sleep, impaired memory or concentration, diffuse muscle or joint pain. CDC studies have found that 25 percent of CFS patients are unemployed or on disability because of the illness and that families in which an individual suffers from CFS forego about $20,000 annually in lost earnings and wages. In spite of this severe impairment, fewer than half have consulted a physician for the illness. Early diagnosis and management can substantially improve the probability of recovery.

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If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves such as attitude.  ~C.G. Jung, Integration of the Personality, 1939

Children Struggling With Hunger

11-4-2013 The kitchen is my classroom. It’s where I learn, experiment and grow. But for too many children, success is out of reach because they come to school too hungry to learn.

Childhood hunger is an “invisible” problem here in the US. When you look at a child, you can’t see that she hasn’t eaten since yesterday’s school lunch, or that her parents went without dinner so that she could eat last night.

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The kitchen is my classroom. It’s where I learn, experiment and grow. But for too many children, success is out of reach because they come to school too hungry to learn.

Childhood hunger is an “invisible” problem here in the US. When you look at a child, you can’t see that she hasn’t eaten since yesterday’s school lunch, or that her parents went without dinner so that she could eat last night.

To shed some light on this silent national epidemic, the No Kid Hungry campaign created The Story of Hungry, a unique look at life through the eyes of a small girl struggling with hunger, and how something as simple as breakfast in the classroom can changer her day, her week — and maybe even her entire future.

I’m proud to be the first to share this important story with you, and to debut the video on my show tomorrow. I’m deeply committed to making sure kids have a healthy start in life, and I believe that connecting them to school breakfast is one of the most important ways that we can do that.

No Kid Hungry is focused on connecting hungry kids with the food they need to thrive and that starts with school breakfast. Together, we’re going to change the story for kids facing hunger. Watch and share The Story of Hungry with your friends and family today. Thanks for all that you do to make No Kid Hungry a reality.


Rachael Ray

Protect Your Child From Sexual Predators

7-1-2013 The national organization RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. Because there are continually reported sexual crimes against women and children we will start to carry the RAINN news information.

Because our politicians seem determined to not pass laws to keep the most vulnerable among us safe is another reason this content will be reprted here on this site.

According to RAINN officials:1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape)

17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape.1

9 of every 10 rape victims were female in 2003.2

15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12.3

7% of girls in grades 5-8 and 12% of girls in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.4

3% of boys grades 5-8 and 5% of boys in grades 9-12 said they had been sexually abused.

Tips to Protect Your Child From Sexual Predators:

1. Parents need to talk to their children about the things they see and hear no matter what.

2. Trust their instincts and yours as well.

3. Trust your pets instincts if they growl when a certain person comes around and tries to tease your children.

4. Do not leave your where abouts details online, anyone can access that information.

5. Use your cellphone as a tool to check in with friends who you ae going to meet, and don't be late or let them know.

6. College acquaintences, don't assume that a new person in your life has your best interest at heart.

8. Don't be afraid to hurt someone's feelings,it is perfectly okay to lie if you feel unsafe in someone's company.

9. Stick with friends you know, and watch out for one another. Never go off with someone you have just met, ever. Go home with your friends who brought you.If they are not able to take you home, call your parents. That could save a lot of lives and uneccessary grief for a lifetime.

10. Be aware of everyone within 50 feet and what they are doing and who they are with.

11. If you see something isn't right, let someone else know or call your parents.

12. Never,ever get into a car or vehicle with a stranger, never.

13. If there is someone your child does not want to go with in a car or anywhere else, do not force them to go, ever.

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Terrified Tears and Parenting in Public

11-13-2009 Three parents in the past three months have had their children out in public and ignored them while an older child tormented the youngest to terrified tears and did nothing about it. As an employee of a retail store which i will not name, I heard trhe loud tormented tears of these babies as their older siblings harassed and terrfieid them while in shopping cart seats. The first was a baby girl aproximately 7 months old, I could hear her crying getting higher pitched and angry because she just did not understand why someone, who turned out to be her older brother was tormenting her. By the time the mother was at the checkout the baby was almost hysterical. I went up to her and said something to the boy about tormenting his little sister and he grinned because someone had paid attention to him, but I was not pleased and glard back at him. I offered to hold the baby while the woman finished checking out but, she said no and ordered the boy to leave the baby alone.

I have a hard time sleeping at night because I think about how this woman must let the boy torment the baby girl on a regular basis while in their home.

And I am not sure what I could have done except find them at an earlier time during their time in the store. The mother just ignored the baby as she cried and the boy actions against the baby. This mother was white.

Then today, another child approximately two years old kept crying in anger at someone who was trying to torment her. I did not wait very long because I could not bear to hear this child cry any longer. Sure enough an older brother had been poking her with a measuring tape. The father dressed in a nice business suit was talking on his cell phone. He ignored the boys behavior until I approaced them. I had a cart in my hand and told the little girl it would be okay she was too pretty to cry like that. The father did not get off of the cell phone, but told the boy to stop. He apparently did stop.The children were clean and looked well cared for.

I went on my way through the store and found some tissue paper as her tears were streaming down her face and the father did nothing. I went back up to them and showed the father I had tissue in my hand and wiped the tears first from one pretty eye and then the other, I then handed the tissue to the baby girl and left them. Her father was still on his cell phone. The baby girl was no longer crying.This father was black.

Parent number three a young woman probably 23 or so had her three children and who appeared to be either her mother or grandmother with her. The children ranged in age from about 2 years old, to three and four years old. They were clean happy children. The youngest was sitting with the older woman who tried to keep the children occupied while their mother was on her cell phone. The children becme rambunctious yet the mother ignored them time and again leaving the older woman to handle them. The only time she took the cell phone from her heard was when she walked out the door. I really felt sorry for the children and the older woman was being ignored as well.

I know the young mother may have been having problems and could have been trying to solve them on the phone. But, she did so at the expense of everyone else around her even her own children.

I really think that cell phones should be banned in retail stores and all restaurants so the people and others around them wont be subjected to hear all of their personal issues.  

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