Maryland State School Board Considering Vouchers, Charters for Failing Schools

The State school board is considering bold measures — offering vouchers, creating new charter programs and establishing a statewide school district — to improve consistently low-performing schools.

The ideas — none of which has been formally proposed — would be radical departures from current practices. They’re being discussed in broad terms by board members as they work to rewrite the regulations that will govern how Maryland’s students and schools are judged beginning next school year.