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Education is the place for The Tentacle readers to learn about what is happening in their child’s classroom.  We publish what other media is too afraid to talk about.  Our agenda is looking out for what is in your child’s best interests and the interest of you, the parents and guardians.

ReOpen Maryland’s Reopen Schools Project

ReOpen Maryland is asking for public support in getting the Maryland State Department of Education to reopen our schools under "normal" conditions. They request you share their one-page handout on Schools and Coronavirus with your own friends and send an email to MSDE at educationplan.msde@maryland.gov.

Earth Day, a/k/a Vladimir Lenin’s Birthday

Even with distance learning, Frederick County Public Schools is still on a mission to elevate Earth Day over Constitution Day.  For the...

Board of Education Candidate, Sue Johnson – Part III

On April 2, The Tentacle sent a Questionnaire to each Board of Education candidate containing 19 questions. Below are Question and Answers...

Technology – Not The Magic Bullet We Were Promised

With all the studies that show learning from print is far more effective than from screens, why in the world is Frederick...

To The Graduating Class Of 2020

As schools draw closer to graduation, I wanted to take a second to say something to the Graduating Class of 2020. I...

Is Home School An Option For Your Family

Were you frustrated over distance learning? Have your eyes been opened to what your child is actually being taught? Perhaps they aren’t being taught what you think they should be learning at their age? Are the lessons too repetitive? Not repetitive enough?

Message From Karen Salmon, Superintendent Maryland Public Schools

As we close out the school year, I applaud the outstanding efforts of administrators, educators, support staff, and parents for engaging children in learning during this historic pandemic. Special congratulations to our Class of 2020 graduating seniors and families who have had to sacrifice the traditional rites of passage associated with high school commencements with grace and maturity.

Frederick County Public Schools and the Dismantling of America – Part III

Per her National Education Association video seen in Part II, Councilman/teacher Fitzwater admitted “Being an activist effects my students.” We know Frederick County Public Schools is currently educating our children’s teachers on “anti-racism and how to be an “anti-racist educator.”

What Does Local Control In Education Look Like Anyway?

By Desiree Mortenson In January, interviews were held to fill a vacant seat on the School Board after Joy...

Superintendent of Maryland Schools – Planning For The Fall

With the 2019-20 school year now closed, I hope that our students, teachers, parents, administrators and staff enjoy time to recharge as we close the unprecedented 2019-2020 school year. Together we redefined education – moving classrooms from brick and mortar settings to the virtual sphere.