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Liz Bowie

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Liz Bowie writes about state and local education issues for the Baltimore Sun. Since joining The Sun in 1986, she has covered environment, business and state government, but for the past 15 years she has focused on education. She grew up in Baltimore and her mother was a reporter and editor for The Evening Sun. Her husband, Dan Fesperman, is a former Sun foreign correspondent turned fiction author. She is a former Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University.

Recent Articles

  • Maryland school board would streamline waivers from Labor Day order

    Maryland school board would streamline waivers from Labor Day order

    The state school board signaled Tuesday that it will streamline decisions on granting waivers to local boards of education that don't want to go along with Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order pushing the start of school until after Labor Day next year. After a spirited discussion at its regular...

  • State releases district-level PARCC scores for Maryland students

    State releases district-level PARCC scores for Maryland students

    Howard County and Carroll County students scored better last spring in nearly every grade and subject on Maryland's annual standardized tests — widening the gap with other Baltimore area school systems, which reported mixed results. But even in those highest-performing counties, only about half...

  • Maryland to release district-level PARCC scores

    Maryland to release district-level PARCC scores

    Maryland education officials are expected to release data Tuesday morning showing how public school students did on the state’s annual standardized test. The new test data will show the district and school level scores. Statewide results on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College...

  • SAT scores drop for Md. 2016 graduating seniors

    SAT scores drop for Md. 2016 graduating seniors

    Maryland's graduating seniors scored lower as a group on the SAT than any class in the past 20 years and also scored below the national average, according to results being released Tuesday. But a top state education official downplayed the significance of the decline. Caroll Visintainer, assistant...

  • Baltimore County seeking input on school boundary change

    Baltimore County seeking input on school boundary change

    Baltimore County public school officials are seeking public participation in the process of redrawing attendance boundary lines for Cromwell Valley and Hampton elementary schools. The school system is re-establishing a magnet program at Cromwell Valley that will draw from a small neighborhood attendance...

  • Baltimore schools officials attend White House conference on improving education for girls of color

    Baltimore schools officials attend White House conference on improving education for girls of color

    Baltimore City was one of 23 school districts around the nation chosen to participate in a White House conference on ensuring that girls of color do not face barriers in getting an education. Responding to concerns about the harmful impact of sexual assault on girls of color and high school discipline...

  • Maryland 2016 public school graduates get more than $1 billion in scholarships

    Maryland's 2016 graduates earned won more than $1.3 billion in college scholarship offers, nearly equaling the amount awarded to the class of 2015, according to the results of a new state survey. The survey found that about one-third of the 2016 graduating class of 56,954 received scholarship offers...

  • Report says Maryland doesn't focus enough attention on high achievers

    Report says Maryland doesn't focus enough attention on high achievers

    Maryland's school accountability system forces schools to focus on its lowest performing students while the high achievers are largely ignored, according to a report by a Washington think tank. The report, released recently by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute says that under No Child Left Behind,...

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