As I sat on the stage, preparing to present medallions to more than 100 outstanding students from across our school system, I looked into the audience of teachers, administrators, community supporters and parents. I was struck by the realization that this important event was the culmination of a shared vision that compelled many people of all ages toward positive action. Students created written and artistic expressions and demonstrated excellent character. Teachers guided them. Parents encouraged and supported them. The community came out to applaud them. It was a good feeling.
The next week came the news that for the fourth consecutive year our state’s public school system ranked first in the nation according to an independent national report by the country’s leading education newspaper. Education Week gave Maryland a grade of B+, placing us ahead of Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. Most other states received grades in the C ranges or below.
When I read State Superintendent of Schools Bernard Sadusky’s quote about this top honor, I was reminded once again of the very potent power of having a collective vision and working together to transform it into action.
Dr. Sadusky said that Maryland has never wavered from the goal of having the highest quality schools in every neighborhood. “Schools are only as good as the school in your neighborhood, where your child or grandchild goes to class, or where you work as a teacher,” he said.
What Dr. Sadusky means is that all of us with FCPS and in our community have a share in Maryland’s achievement – another excellent reason to celebrate!
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