A report by The New York Times examines a decision by state education officials in Maryland to assume control of four underachieving Baltimore City high schools and an additional seven middle schools. The decision marks the first time a state has voted to takeover schools under the provisions afforded state governments by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick said the controversial move was necessary to help the city’s students achieve a higher rate of success under the law, the paper said. (Note: This site requires registration.)