BALTIMORE, Md. (November 18, 2010) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown visited Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School in Baltimore today in celebration of the National Education Association’s American Education Week. Lt. Governor Brown read to two classes of second grade students and discussed with them the importance of reading.
“Because of Governor O’Malley’s leadership and our strong partnerships with our educators and community groups, Maryland students have great teachers, the best schools in the nation, and every opportunity to succeed in the classroom,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “We are so proud of our students and we will continue to work to improve our schools and ensure every child maximizes his or her potential and has access to a world-class education.”
In honor of the 89th American Education Week, Lt. Governor Brown read Bill Cosby’s “The Worst Day of My Life” to Ms. DeWatson’s and Ms. Homer’s second grade classes. Coldstream Park Elementary Middle School, headed by Principal Edwin Saunders, is located in the Coldstream Homestead Montebello neighborhood.
Celebrated the week prior to Thanksgiving, American Education Week began in 1921 as a way to generate public support for education at a time when illiteracy was a major problem. Today, it is an opportunity to honor teachers and support professionals who have dedicated themselves to the education of young people. Each day of the week focuses on a different aspect of education, with today’s theme being “Educator for a Day,” when community leaders are invited to serve as educators for the day and to experience the work of a teacher.
Maryland public schools have been ranked best in the nation for two consecutive years by Education Week magazine. College Board ranked Maryland’s high schools number one in the nation for Advanced Placement participation and achievement for the second year in a row. And Maryland was recently named a winner President Obama’s “Race to the Top” grant initiative, bringing up to $250 million in education investments to Maryland’s public schools.