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Expected $2.4 Million ‘Signing Bonus’ For Chosen AACPS Superintendent

Expected $2.4 Million ‘Signing Bonus’ For Chosen AACPS Superintendent

| April 6, 2014

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is currently conducting a search for the next superintendent to replace interim Superintendent Mamie Perkins.  As has been widely reported, the three finalists are George Arlotto, Maureen McMahon, and Francisco Duran.  The Board plans to appoint the next superintendent at its April 23, 2014 meeting. Two of the […]

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Editorial: Annapolis is ill prepared for Annapolis Neck emergencies

Editorial: Annapolis is ill prepared for Annapolis Neck emergencies

| April 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

Boy did Annapolis drop the ball this past week.  It started with a car fire on Thursday night that snarled traffic for 3+ hours and shut down the main intersection leading into the lower Annapolis Neck peninsula. Four days later, a car hit a telephone pole and shut down Forest Drive for 18 hours.  And […]

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How the Next Superintendent Will Really Be Selected

How the Next Superintendent Will Really Be Selected

| March 15, 2014

We have recently observed Russia’s “democratic” takeover of Crimea.  As a democratically elected Crimean parliament holds a democratic referendum to join Russia, the stage-managing has been superb.  However, AACPS has demonstrated its ability to stage manage even more discreetly, which is very helpful in manipulating a supposed democratic process.  By contrast, Russia looks like a […]

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An open letter to the Anne Arundel County GOP leaders

An open letter to the Anne Arundel County GOP leaders

| March 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Dear Anne Arundel County and GOP Leaders: I write to you this morning in absolute disgust and embarrassment for our Party, our County, and our State, and call upon you to take immediate action that publically condemns the latest irresponsible action and publicity stunt by Del. Don Dwyer (R-Pasadena) and demands either his immediate resignation […]

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Our Highly Politicized Board of Education

Our Highly Politicized Board of Education

| March 2, 2014

Members of our Board of Education love to pretend that they are above politics; that such behavior is reserved for County Council, General Assembly, and other public officials.  As for themselves, they claim all they care about is what’s best for Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) students. But their track record running for higher […]

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Court Likely to Let Leopold Run for Public Office

Court Likely to Let Leopold Run for Public Office

| February 11, 2014

In January 2013, a local court convicted former County Executive John Leopold on two counts of misconduct in office.  In addition to requiring him to serve jail time, it banned him from running for elective office for five years.  In September, Leopold appealed the lower court’s ruling, and last week Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals […]

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Can The Annapolis Market House Survive?

Can The Annapolis Market House Survive?

| February 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

When the Annapolis Market House re-opened for the most recent time this past September, the looming question in everyone’s mind was “can it survive?”  The building sat vacant for so many years and went through so many failed renovations in 12 years and two Mayors, it was a reasonable question. The mix of merchants in […]

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Two General Assembly Bills to Democratize the AACPS School Board

Two General Assembly Bills to Democratize the AACPS School Board

| February 2, 2014

Last Wednesday the Maryland Senate’s Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee held hearings on two bills to create a more democratically accountable system for selecting school board members in Anne Arundel County.  One bill focused on fixing the electoral system for the eight adult members of the AACPS Board of Education; the other on fixing […]

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Canceled Plunge: The Right Call

Canceled Plunge: The Right Call

| January 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

Early this morning, disappointment filled the air as Special Olympics Maryland made the gut wrenching decision to cancel today’s Polar Bear Plunge and the accompanying PlungeFest. Safety Weather conditions deteriorated through the night and began to look better in the morning, but high winds and snow were forecast for today as well. With 7,000 people […]

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Explaining the Capital’s Inane Political Reporting

Explaining the Capital’s Inane Political Reporting

| January 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Campaign finance articles are a staple of good journalism, as campaign contributions may signal to the public more credibly than campaign promises the type of interests a politician will represent once in office.  But good campaign finance reporting requires that a newspaper be willing to invest in investigative reporting and report the results even if […]

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More Misleading Education Reporting From The Capital

More Misleading Education Reporting From The Capital

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday the Capital ran a story on the results of the superintendent survey designed to elicit feedback on the characteristics the public wants in its next public schools superintendent.   From November 22 to December 12, 2013, AACPS encouraged the public to fill out the survey (I reported on that here).  On December 16, 2013, it […]

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Superintendent Search Update: AACPS Answers Capital’s Criticism

Superintendent Search Update: AACPS Answers Capital’s Criticism

| November 24, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last summer the Capital criticized AACPS for a lack of public involvement in the interim superintendent search (see Capital-Gazette Takes On AACPS).  AACPS promised to address that issue in its search for the next fulltime superintendent.  It has now taken its first major step to fulfill that promise. On November 22, 2013, the AACPS PR […]

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6 People To Not Sweep Out Of Annapolis City Hall

6 People To Not Sweep Out Of Annapolis City Hall

| November 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

Annapolis Mayor-Elect Mike Pantelides campaigned on a platform of sweeping Annapolis clean and I have no doubt that he will do just that. City Hall has been bloated for some time and there really is a need to pare down the rank and file.  But Mike (to be known in shorthand as MiPa) might not […]

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Annapolis Election 2013: Who Will Win & Why

Annapolis Election 2013: Who Will Win & Why

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eye On Annapolis does not endorse candidates.  However, that does not mean that we are not interested in the candidates or have our own opinions.  And with that in mind, here is our analysis of what we believe will happen at the polls on Tuesday.  Call it guessing or crystal balling, but the analysis is […]

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Getting What We Pay For: Are our school board members underpaid?

Getting What We Pay For: Are our school board members underpaid?

| October 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Should we apply to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education the maxim that “you get what you pay for”?  Regular school board members earn $6,000/year (the president earns $8,000/year) to oversee an operating and capital budget of over $1 billion, one of the fifty largest public school districts in the United States out of […]

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Capital-Gazette Takes On AACPS

Capital-Gazette Takes On AACPS

| August 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the last few weeks, the Capital-Gazette (Capital) has flipped from years of mindlessly repeating AACPS talking points to a critical stance, including a news story with multiple, competing sources.  How well did it do? Consider, first, where it is coming from.  During the past year it has printed more than a dozen of the […]

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Top Myths Of 110 Compromise Street

Top Myths Of 110 Compromise Street

| August 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

When Mark Ordan proposed building a project at 110 Compromise Street, the former Fawcett’s property, there were a few renderings distributed to present a concept. Seemingly opposed to any new “concepts,” a group was formed to oppose the project; and Ordan and his investment group walked away from the project. The Mayor is trying to […]

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School Board Pays Maxwell $4,582/Day In July; Maryland Taxpayers Pay Perkins $410,018 Signing Bonus on Top of $249,735 Annual Salary

School Board Pays Maxwell $4,582/Day In July; Maryland Taxpayers Pay Perkins $410,018 Signing Bonus on Top of $249,735 Annual Salary

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Board of Education has been generous to outgoing superintendent Kevin Maxwell for his last month of employment ending July 31, 2013.  Excluding his health benefits and the increase in his pension, which is paid for by the State of Maryland, I estimate his daily pay at $4,582/day.  Assuming […]

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Poll: Media Coverage of Superintendent Maxwell

Poll: Media Coverage of Superintendent Maxwell

Superintendent Kevin Maxwell’s last day in office is tomorrow, July 31, 2013. On August 1, 2013, he takes over the helm of the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) spends a large fraction of County taxes and receives a corresponding amount of print press coverage. What are your thoughts […]

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Maxwell’s Political Legacy: Not Pretty

Maxwell’s Political Legacy: Not Pretty

After more than seven years at the helm of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), Superintendent Kevin Maxwell will resign and become head of the Prince George’s County public schools, effective August 1, 2013.  What is his AACPS legacy? Many encomiums have been written about Maxwell’s AACPS legacy as a champion of children.  Those […]

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Real <del>Housewives</del> Rich Guys Of Annapolis

Real Housewives Rich Guys Of Annapolis

| July 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has nothing on Annapolis. In fact, the theatrics that happened over the course of 8 hours last night, likely would win an Oscar or two.  If you want to read a recap of the the latest Annapolis City Council meeting, please read Elisha Sauers’ article in The Capital or Pam […]

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Understanding The Capital Gazette’s Political Biases

Understanding The Capital Gazette’s Political Biases

My Ph.D. is in the field of political communications, and I’ve worked in various capacities covering media policy, including as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in Communications and Public Policy, a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, and a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Joan Shorenstein Center on […]

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