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Maryland's Schools Superintendent Announces Retirement

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Nancy Grasmick will leave her position as superintendent on June 30.
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Nancy Grasmick will leave her position as superintendent on June 30.

She says Maryland's schools have received the top ranking by Education Week magazine three years in a row, and that it's a good time to pass the job on to someone else.

Grasmick is Maryland's first female superintendent. She began her career as a teacher of deaf children in Baltimore.

In 1989 she was appointed the Maryland special secretary for Children, Youth and Families, and in 1991 Maryland's State Board of Education appointed her superintendent.

Grasmick will retire on June 30.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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