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Education Ad Wars (in Baltimore only)


Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) boasts of his endorsement by Maryland's largest teachers union and outlines broad goals for education in a television ad that his gubernatorial campaign began airing yesterday in the Baltimore region.

O'Malley's latest ad comes as the Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich (R) campaign continues to air an ad saying that some of the state's lowest-performing schools are in Baltimore. O'Malley's campaign released another radio ad yesterday, narrated by O'Malley's running mate, Prince George's County Del. Anthony G. Brown, that responds directly to Ehrlich's ad.

"The truth? Test scores for Baltimore schools are up, and graduation rates are improving," Brown says in the ad, which is airing primarily on black radio stations in Baltimore. "But it's no surprise Bob Ehrlich is attacking their progress, given his own failed record on education."

Ehrlich spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver dismissed the ad, saying "The bottom line is Mayor O'Malley is promising to do for the state what he has failed to do for ..... Baltimore City."

By John Wagner  |  August 4, 2006; 11:08 AM ET
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Why would Md's largest teacher's union endorse a mayor presiding over an underacheiving school district anyway? There's no party favoritism here is there? Md schools are receiving record funding under Ehrlich. The Governor has provided the resources and it's up to the school boards and local governments to use it wisely. What do you have to say O'Malley?

Posted by: BG from PG | August 4, 2006 11:22 PM | Report abuse

BG, you obviously are a typical Ehrlich voter.....completely in the dark about the facts, just as Bobby wants it.

The Baltimore City Public School System is run under a ridiculous City-State Partnership that was the brain child of Nancy Grasmick, our perpetually failing state superintentant. Under this scheme, the City School Board is jointly appointed by the city and the state and then that board appoints the CEO of the system. City Hall has no control over the spending or curriculum, but Nancy does. The partnership has been a failure from the start and largely responsible for the massive deficit that was uncovered a few years back. If Ehrlich was responsible, he would remove Grasmick from her post, but he needs the campaign dollars that Grasmick's husband her fifteen year record of failure continues.

Posted by: Grasmick needs to go. | August 5, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

are you trying to convince me that Baltimore City schools progress over the last 4 years is better than, worse than or equal to progress in the rest of the state? Even holding constant the baseline of where they started in relation to each other - and I understand the city schools have a number of challenges not faced by the rest of the state, but let's say city schools started 4 years ago at a 2.5 and the rest of the state started at a 7. I would say the rest of the state is now a 9 - and increase of a full 2 points - while the city schools are maybe a 2.3

And O'Malley said education would be his top priority - along with reducing crime. Both have been miserable failures.

Posted by: ok, wait | August 7, 2006 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"If Ehrlich was responsible, he would remove Grasmick from her post, but he needs the campaign dollars that Grasmick's husband her fifteen year record of failure continues."

By simple arithmetic 11 of those years of failure were under Democrat governors. Her husband must be an equal opportunity grafter.

Posted by: Steve | August 8, 2006 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I would be very hesitant to vote for anyone the Maryland Teacher's Union endorsed without doing some serious investigation of my own.

Posted by: Richard | October 3, 2006 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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