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Kirwan School Overhaul Passes Senate As General Assembly Nears Close

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A sweeping overhaul of Maryland’s public school system is one step closer to fruition after the state Senate passed it Monday night. The changes came out of what’s known as the Kirwan Commission, a state panel that spent three years developing recommendations for making Maryland’s schools globally competitive.

Rachel Baye discusses the latest version of the legislation with Nathan Sterner. 

Rachel Baye is a reporter for WYPR's newsroom. @RachelBaye
"If radio were a two-way visual medium," WYPR host Ashley Sterner would be able to see listeners every weekday between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Each weekday morning Ashley serves up the latest Maryland news and weather delightfully interspersed with the occasional snarky comment.

Listeners may also hear Ashley's familiar voice during the day as they guide listeners through what's known as continuity breaks until midday. Ashley is known to add audio flair on Sheilah Kast's morning show, "On the Record." They may also infrequently fill in for Tom Hall during the "Midday" radio program. They are a pitch hitter and often contributes to fundraising and "additional tasks where assigned."

When not working inside the WYPR studios, Ashley can be found teaching a class on how to produce audio documentaries for Towson University. In their spare time, they can be seen running around Baltimore neighborhoods or hiking around Maryland natural vistas.

Before coming to WYPR, Ashley spent 8 years with WAMU in Washington D.C. where they worked nearly every job in the radio station. That spanned from part-time receptionist to on-air host but also included experience in promotions, fundraising, audience analysis and program production. They've also served as a fundraising consultant, assisting dozens of public radio stations nationwide with on-air fundraisers.

Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Ashley has called Charm City home since 2005.
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