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Grasmick Gets Mixed Response at State House

Less than 24 hours after declaring a truce with Gov. Martin O'Malley, State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick returned to the State House this morning for a brief ceremony in the House of Delegates.

Grasmick stood behind the lectern on the House floor to announce Maryland's teacher of the year, as well as the teachers of the year from each of the state's 24 jurisdictions.

As House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) introduced Grasmick, the top two Republicans in the chamber stood to initiate a standing ovation. About half the delegates quickly stood to cheer the longtime schools chief, while others remained seated in their chairs.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Grasmick. Yesterday, O'Malley (D) asked legislative leaders yesterday to shelve a bill that would have effectively rescinded her term as superintendent and instead pledged to work with Grasmick on education policy priorities.

For more about the detente reached yesterday between Grasmick and O'Malley, read John Wagner's story in today's Washington Post.

-- Philip Rucker

By Philip Rucker  |  February 5, 2008; 10:38 AM ET
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O'Malley's advisors have merely put their fingers to the wind and realized that he's already unpopular enough. Ordering his goons, Miller and Busch to amend the constitution would be seen as over the top-even for this wreckless Governor.

Posted by: Tell it like it is | February 5, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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