Letter to Bill Gates

The Rand Corporation recently released its findings on the effectiveness of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation intervention in reforming education. The key part of the reform was data management. The report essentially finds the effort was did not improve teacher effectiveness, or student outcomes. It did create a more hostile environment. Mr. Gates has admitted his efforts did not work. I have included a link to the Conservative Townhall publication. Right after No Child Left Behind was enacted, most teachers knew the data management …

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The Sun Endorsement

The Baltimore Sun endorsed me for the Board of Education. Their endorsement comes after submitting answers to questions on my background and my ideas. I feel this is meaningful as it recognizes qualifications and not political alliances. The Board of Education members were selected inside a political context leading to the current 8 to 4 divide along political factions. The Board of Education needs educators as part of the group, ideally with experience in BCPS. That may sound self-promoting and to a certain extent, it …

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MSEA Workshop on Advocacy

 

Yesterday I attended a retired teachers workshop in Annapolis, sponsored by the Maryland State Teachers Association. Most of the TABCO-R Committee members attended as we gave a presentation in the afternoon session. The morning began with a talk from Shelly Moore Krajacic. She currently is on the NEA Executive Committee, on leave from her teaching job in Wisconsin. She shared her experiences as a teacher in the wake of Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts and changes in education. This was a warning of what could happen …

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TABCO Endorsement

Last Thursday, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) published their endorsements for Board of Education candidates. I was endorsed for District 6.  Matt Gresick, a Howard County teacher and Catonsville resident, was endorsed for District 1. I attended the annual meeting for Loch Raven Village and had the opportunity to speak with the residents who overlap into District 5. David Marks and Cathy Bevins, County Council legislators, both addressed the audience. Both took questions after their presentations. Steve Lafferty spoke about legislation …

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Discipline

On Friday, I travelled with a group of other concerned Baltimore County folks to Washington to meet with members of the Dept. of Education to discuss school discipline. Current Board of Education member Ann Miller started the conversation and facilitated the group members’ contributions. A student from Sparrows Point Middle School, a school in which I taught, shared stories of being bullied and harassed at a level I had never seen. A member of the Baltimore County Police Department, who had worked with School Resource …

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“I am alive today because of him.”

“I am alive today because of him!” These are the words from Kelsey Friend, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, referring to teacher Scott Beigel who died protecting his students. Aaron Feist, an assistant coach, literally shielded students with his body and paid the ultimate price. Ashley Kurth, a culinary arts teacher, risked her own life by shuttling students into her room, exposing herself to any potential harm.

 

If Scott Beigel and Aaron Feist had been police officers, their names would be included on …

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Future events

Future events

As Ed looks to connect with the community, local leaders, and fellow educators, he is attending events throughout Baltimore and Maryland.  Future events include a meeting with legislators in Annapolis, meetings with other BOE candidates from other districts, and monthly meetings of the Baltimore County Committee on Disabilities.

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TABCO Legislative Breakfast

TABCO Legislative Breakfast

On January 6, 2018, Ed attended the TABCO Legislative Breakfast at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore in Lutherville, MD.

TABCO, The Maryland State Education Association and the National Education Association are all part of one professional organization. MSEA and NEA provide services and benefits and revenue to TABCO. TABCO members are elected to positions which govern MSEA and NEA. There are approximately 73,000 MSEA members and 3.2 million NEA members.  TABCO is an organization of teachers representing all “teachers” in Baltimore County Public Schools. TABCO represents over …

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Ed Kitlowski officially declares candidacy

Ed Kitlowski officially declares candidacy

On January 3, Ed Kitlowski, retired BCPS special education teacher, announced his candidacy for the Board of Education for District 6. His intention is to LIFT Baltimore County Schools through work on the Board of Education.  LIFT is an acronym for Leadership, Integrity, Focus and Transparency. Ed believes all the parents, teachers and students of Baltimore County, not Just District 6, will be best served having someone who worked in the system on the Board of Education.

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