Recent stories by Erica L. Green
6:21 PM EDT, April 13, 2014
A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore school officials scrambling for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and school programs.
10:23 PM EDT, April 10, 2014
The principal of a celebrated Baltimore high school has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of nearly $2 million he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry.
9:19 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
Amid reports of an "active shooter" on campus Monday, Stevenson University students threw their desks against the classroom door, then prayed with near-strangers under computer carts.
5:44 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
One student was injured and another arrested in a stabbing that took place at Patterson High School this week, school officials said.
7:38 PM EDT, April 2, 2014
Last year, Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee failed to live up to its name.
8:45 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
A fifth-grade math and science teacher whose principal calls her the "cream of the crop" and whose students say makes them forget they're learning equations and elements was named Baltimore City's 2014 Teacher of the Year.
6:14 PM EDT, April 2, 2014
Baltimore County schools will embark on a number of new initiatives next year, including expanding pre-kindergarten for its poorest students and those with special needs, a Spanish blended-learning program in 10 schools, and more opportunities for middle and high students to advance their studies.
March 19, 2014
Maryland has faced several challenges in fulfilling its $250 million promise to overhaul the way it educates students and evaluates educators, the U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday.
9:31 PM EDT, April 2, 2014
A Baltimore high school teacher lost part of her finger Wednesday while breaking up a fight at Western High School, according to a school police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.
7:29 PM EDT, March 17, 2014
The Baltimore school board is considering a more than 20 percent tuition increase next year for students who are not residents, which would make the city's rates higher than Baltimore County's and competitive with some Catholic programs.
5:40 PM EDT, March 16, 2014
Nearly one-third of Baltimore principals are facing disciplinary action over high student absenteeism, drawing the ire of a union leader who has fired back that parents are the problem, not schools.
4:04 PM EDT, March 27, 2014
The Baltimore school board voted against a tuition increase next year for students who aren't city residents, amid a push from district officials to make its rates more competitive.
7:34 PM EDT, March 14, 2014
Ebony Scott remembers vividly the day she got the piece of paper she hoped would change her life.
9:59 PM EDT, March 11, 2014
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to give a four-year contract worth more than $1 million to Gregory Thornton, the Milwaukee administrator introduced last month as the next superintendent of the school system.
7:09 PM EDT, March 9, 2014
More than a decade before thousands rallied outside the State House in Annapolis for adequate school facilities for the city's children, several dozen residents met in a school lunchroom in Northeast Baltimore to lay the groundwork for building just one new school in their community.
12:24 PM EST, March 7, 2014
The rumor was that the president of the United States was going to appear at Baltimore City College on Thursday, so teacher Mark Miazga swapped his usual polo for a shirt and tie in case he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before resuming his day of teaching Steinbeck.
7:21 PM EST, March 3, 2014
The snow continued to play havoc with school schedules Monday, delaying the beginning of state testing in some places and keeping students home for yet another day.
8:01 PM EST, February 22, 2014
— Newly named to head Baltimore's public schools, Gregory E. Thornton has unfinished business in the district he is leaving behind after 31/2 tumultuous years.
10:45 PM EST, February 18, 2014
Before a crowd of students, education leaders and activists, new Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Tuesday that he was "coming home" to Maryland, where he will take the helm of one of the state's lowest-performing but highest-profile school districts later this year.
10:52 PM EST, February 17, 2014
City lawmakers said Monday that they were shocked by newly published reports of school violence and plan to hold hearings to address the hundreds of injury claims filed by teachers.
11:31 AM EST, February 18, 2014
Gregory E. Thornton, the superintendent of Milwaukee's public schools, was named on Tuesday the next CEO of the Baltimore City school system.
7:18 PM EST, February 10, 2014
Baltimore school officials are investigating hazing allegations involving the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School football program, and parents are protesting the possibility that the school's celebrated coach might be removed.
11:04 PM EST, February 4, 2014
Baltimore school bus drivers and aides have reached a settlement with Durham School Services, the transportation contractor that workers sued over unfair wages, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs.
8:33 PM EST, February 5, 2014
On any given day, a teacher's mailbox is usually chock full of messages: leaflets advertising professional development, discount coupons for office supplies, publications from curriculum companies, and book club invitations.
4:56 PM EST, February 1, 2014
State lawmakers want to form a task force of educators and advocates to look into the issue of pre-kindergarten suspensions, a little-known practice that came to light recently amid a surge in 3- and 4-year-olds being temporarily kicked out of Baltimore public schools.
9:12 PM EST, February 6, 2014
Baltimore teachers voted Thursday to ratify a three-year contract that will give them annual raises of 1 percent and opportunities for promotion, but leaves uncertainty about evaluations and a career ladder that was introduced three years ago.
8:26 PM EST, January 28, 2014
Maryland's high school graduation rate has been climbing steadily for the past four years and reached nearly 85 percent — far above the national average — this past June, according to data released Tuesday.
10:30 PM EST, January 25, 2014
When he heard the news that there'd been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend.
8:49 PM EST, January 16, 2014
Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.
6:46 PM EST, January 27, 2014
Delvond Grady disliked attending middle school at New Hope Academy so much, he began finding ways to get sent home.
5:44 PM EST, January 8, 2014
Federal education and justice officials unveiled during a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday the first set of national school discipline guidelines to reduce out-of-school suspensions and address the disproportionate suspension rates of students of color and those with disabilities.
5:28 PM EST, January 5, 2014
Just a few months before Artemus Werts stood before classes in Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, he had to relearn math concepts he hadn't reviewed in years.
7:12 AM EST, December 24, 2013
Highs in the lower 40s are forecast for Tuesday, and scattered flurries are expected in the afternoon.
7:31 PM EST, January 2, 2014
Hundreds of Baltimore students started 2014 exploring a sprawling new campus that officials say will become a national model for urban education reform.
6:56 PM EST, January 1, 2014
In the early 1800s, a successful businessman watched as young homeless girls roamed the docks of Baltimore, selling items to survive. He thought that if they just had an education, that could make all of the difference. So he began planning for a school.
9:20 PM EST, December 18, 2013
A man is in custody after he barricaded himself inside a Hampton home for nearly seven hours Wednesday, Baltimore County police said.
4:56 PM EST, December 29, 2013
Nicholas James Kiladis, a former contracts administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration, died Dec. 25 at Oak Crest, a long-term care facility in Parkville, of complications from a brain injury he suffered in November 2012. He was 79.
8:24 PM EST, December 18, 2013
Baltimore's fourth- and eighth-graders posted significant gains in reading on a rigorous national exam, but math scores declined and student achievement still lags significantly, according to results released Wednesday.
9:00 PM EST, November 23, 2013
City police are investigating a shooting in West Baltimore where a 30-year-old man was shot in the buttock.
10:35 PM EST, December 17, 2013
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to close six schools at the end of the school year but spared two other schools from immediate closure after passionate protests from the community.
9:27 PM EST, November 25, 2013
The Baltimore Department of Social Services on Monday pledged a comprehensive review of alternative education programs for foster children, after revelations that it paid $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day.
8:30 PM EST, December 2, 2013
When a representative from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School visited Danielle Cook's class, the eighth-grader thought she fit the criteria for the rigorous college preparatory high school in Baltimore. She has been a straight-A student since preschool, is at the top of her class at Afya Public Charter School and participates in a half-dozen extracurricular activities.
9:23 AM EST, November 24, 2013
A 37-year-old man shot to death in Southwest Baltimore Saturday has been identified as Demetrius Beatty, city police said Sunday.
12:55 PM EST, December 18, 2013
Baltimore County police say a person has barricaded themselves inside a Towson home Wednesday morning, and are asking residents in the area to stay inside.
4:51 PM EST, November 21, 2013
The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding an emergency education stakeholder meeting Monday to discuss the high rates of suspensions among pre-kindergartners in Baltimore City.
11:38 PM EST, November 12, 2013
Baltimore schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards announced a sweeping plan Tuesday that would close seven schools in June, including struggling programs that originally were slated to stay open and undergo renovations.
9:11 PM EST, November 23, 2013
The journey to a high school diploma for most Maryland students spans four years, 720 days of classes, and a slate of state tests. But for dozens of Baltimore youths, the journey has involved a two-hour trip up Interstate 95, a three-hour exam and a $500 check.
9:08 PM EST, November 11, 2013
Dozens of pre-kindergartners were suspended last school year in Maryland, with the most suspensions in Baltimore, highlighting a little-known practice that some education experts say is too extreme for toddlers who are just being introduced to educational settings.
9:00 AM EDT, November 2, 2013
It wasn't long into Deaisha Nixon's dental appointment this week that she found herself taking charge.
11:58 AM EDT, November 1, 2013
State officials and attorneys representing Maryland's historically black colleges and universities will head to mediation to resolve the remnants of a legal battle spurred by the institutions' complaint that the state hasn't done enough to help them overcome segregation-era policies.
6:46 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
The Baltimore school board will no longer back loans for charter school facilities, a move that the city's coalition of charter operators calls "short-sighted" and said could deter those looking to open the in-demand schools.
9:45 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
Seven senior administrators in the Baltimore City school system are being offered $10,000 each to stay through June to assist with the transition to a new administration — an expense that school officials say is the price of maintaining stability.
3:38 PM EST, November 24, 2013
Standing in the center of downtown Baltimore's economic hub, amid blocks of hotels that house tourists, about 100 advocates called Saturday for adequate and affordable housing that they say has been unjustly denied to the homeless.
7:45 PM EDT, October 30, 2013
The overwhelming majority of Maryland's high school graduates are passing state assessments needed to obtain a diploma, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education, though gaps persist between minority students and their peers.
9:23 AM EDT, October 21, 2013
Mega Millions players in Maryland will see jackpots and their odds of winning increase under a new rollout of the popular multi-state game that will debut Tuesday.
5:02 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
Several students at a Northeast Baltimore middle/high school ate cookies laced with suspected marijuana this week, sources with knowledge of the incident and the investigation confirmed.
6:55 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
Isaiah House won't be one of the students who walks through the doors of the newly renovated Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in a few years, but he jumped at the opportunity Wednesday to propose what he thought those who come after him should see and experience.
10:30 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
A group of young people banded together more than a decade ago to overcome public opinion, personal doubt and bureaucracy and build a safe space where Baltimore's youths could thrive and be recognized as productive members of the community.
5:50 PM EDT, October 17, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur rolled out a plan Thursday that would expand pre-kindergarten to 3-year-olds and overhaul the state's income eligibility requirements for child care subsidies.
10:20 PM EDT, October 11, 2013
A Baltimore County English teacher who the state superintendent said "personifies the cutting edge Maryland educator" was named Maryland's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year, state education officials announced Friday.
9:44 PM EDT, October 1, 2013
The next Baltimore city schools CEO should lead with integrity, have compassion for students, and be politically and technologically ready to meet 21st century demands.
7:32 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
Community, education and political leaders gathered Monday at Arlington Elementary/Middle School to celebrate a partnership that is providing thousands of city students new libraries — an effort that could eventually transform learning spaces at two dozen schools.
8:10 PM EDT, September 21, 2013
A Glen Burnie man who police believe suffered a medical emergency while driving was killed after his car crossed lanes and hit a tree in Anne Arundel County, police said.
6:35 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
The family of a Baltimore school student was awarded a $50,000 settlement after their son was severely injured on a faulty playground at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School last year.
9:13 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
Police say four people beat a man to death in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood after one of the suspects yelled that the man had raped her.
6:32 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
A man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in East Baltimore, police said.
12:24 AM EDT, August 15, 2013
Baltimore administrators kicked off the coming school year Wednesday in an unconventional ceremony during which interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards told them that they would be encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and push the limits of what's possible.
5:00 AM EDT, September 19, 2013
When filmmaker Ramona Persaud decided to home-school her children, she soon realized how difficult it would be.
12:01 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Homeless families in Baltimore have filed a federal lawsuit against the city school system, contending that their children have been denied transportation to school and been stigmatized because they couldn't afford field trips and uniforms.
9:01 PM EDT, September 10, 2013
Students at two Baltimore schools were tapped for advice about how to keep children off the street and in the classroom this year, as a campaign revs up at City Hall to engage and protect the city's youths.
5:00 AM EDT, August 26, 2013
When Baltimore school officials lobbied state lawmakers to fund an ambitious $1 billion, 10-year plan this year to modernize facilities, no one understood having a decade-long vision more than Sen. Catherine Pugh.
5:56 PM EDT, September 2, 2013
Baltimore students who bring a switchblade, pepper spray or other weapon that is not a firearm to school this year will not be automatically suspended under a revised code of conduct distributed to parents in the first week of school.
4:53 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty to voter fraud after she was charged with signing her dead mother's name on an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election, the state prosecutor's office announced Thursday.
3:29 PM EDT, August 6, 2013
Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was raised to $425 million, Maryland lottery officials said Tuesday, which marks the fourth largest jackpot ever.
8:49 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
Jonathan Brice, a key player in the administration of former city schools CEO Andrés Alonso, will leave his post to take an appointed position at the U.S. Department of Education.
5:00 AM EDT, September 5, 2013
Sonja Santelises stood before a room of Baltimore educators whose faces were filled with angst as she spoke about a rigorous new curriculum that would soon change everything they thought they knew about teaching.
7:10 PM EDT, July 28, 2013
The Baltimore school system paid nearly $150,000 in accrued leave this month to former CEO Andrés Alonso, a lump sum outlined in his contract that a compensation expert said reflects an overly generous package that should have been scrutinized when it was approved.
7:12 PM EDT, July 27, 2013
The third man believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy that rocked the city in May has been apprehended in Louisiana, Baltimore police said Saturday.
6:48 PM EDT, September 10, 2013
The Baltimore school board will launch the first public phase of its search for the next schools CEO —a community input campaign that will allow city residents and school communities to weigh in on issues and the characteristics and qualifications they believe are important for the next superintendent to have.
11:01 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
Baltimore school officials are investigating allegations at a middle school that dozens of students were given passing grades so they could move on to the next grade, even though their teachers had given them failing marks.
5:00 AM EDT, August 22, 2013
The Baltimore school system is raising the price of student lunches to $3 — one of the highest among the nation's large, urban districts — under a plan that also provides free meals to every low-income student.
6:01 PM EDT, July 10, 2013
Every principal can use an extra set of hands, but Mary Donnelly of Baltimore's John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School never imagined she'd have 80.
7:12 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
A recent appointee to the Baltimore City school board resigned Thursday, according to the mayor's office, which said it had discovered inconsistencies in his resume.
8:05 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
In classrooms at William C. March Middle School this week, students bantered with their teachers about why their answers to math problems were right, while others diligently scribbled in their notebooks.
9:19 PM EDT, July 27, 2013
A man found shot in the head Friday night near Mount Pleasant Park died, Baltimore city police said Saturday.
7:33 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
A Baltimore City school police officer fired into a vehicle Thursday while responding to a report of an armed robbery, city school officials said.
7:48 PM EDT, July 18, 2013
Joe Arrington thought a car had hit his house, or a truck hit a speed bump too fast on South Bruce Street.
12:41 PM EDT, July 28, 2013
A man was killed Saturday when his car hit an embankment and flipped over in Joppa, Harford County sheriff officials said.
8:43 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
Maryland's student test scores declined significantly for the first time in a decade, a drop officials attributed to the beginning of a tumultuous time in public education that will bring widespread changes to what is taught from kindergarten through high school.
10:00 PM EDT, June 28, 2013
In Baltimore schools, the cost of doing business can often be found on a plate — eggs Benedict or a French-toast buffet for breakfast, crab cakes or beef Wellington for lunch, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.
5:42 PM EDT, July 3, 2013
Baltimore City police were investigating two overnight shootings, and a man shot Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore succumbed to his injuries.
7:41 PM EDT, June 20, 2013
Teachers in most Maryland school districts may get a one-year reprieve from being judged on student test scores, as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has indicated he would consider delaying the requirement.
12:41 PM EDT, June 16, 2013
Baltimore police said Sunday they are continuing to investigate the death of an adult male who was shot in the head Saturday in Northwest Baltimore.
6:18 PM EDT, June 21, 2013
The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community.
3:24 PM EDT, June 29, 2013
In walks Tisha Edwards, a parade of teenagers in her wake.
7:47 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
At the height of the Baltimore Pride event Saturday, the song "We Are Family" played over the parade's speakers. Spectators lining North Charles Street called the song a fitting anthem, despite a recent dispute among community leaders about the spirit of the event.
7:51 PM EDT, June 28, 2013
In Baltimore schools, the cost of doing business can often be found on a plate — eggs Benedict or a French-toast buffet for breakfast, crab cakes or beef Wellington for lunch, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.
10:51 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
At the height of the Baltimore Pride event Saturday, the song "We Are Family" played over the parade's speakers. Spectators lining North Charles Street called the song a fitting anthem, despite a recent dispute among community leaders about the spirit of the event.
9:20 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
Howard County police are investigating a crash that injured a motorcyclist when a car allegedly failed to yield the right of way.
11:22 AM EDT, June 18, 2013
Teacher preparation programs in the nation and Maryland are part of "an industry of mediocrity" that is failing to give young teachers the skills to succeed in the classroom, according to a long-awaited report by a national research advocacy group.
11:42 PM EDT, May 25, 2013
Baltimore police said an officer who was integral in arresting a suspect in the Cherry Hill shooting that killed a 1-year-old boy Friday night shot a suspect connected to a Saturday afternoon shooting near a downtown deli.
5:09 PM EDT, June 7, 2013
The president of Calvert Hall College High School announced Friday that he will step down from the post on June 30.
5:26 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
Baltimore school union leaders questioned the need for an outside firm to conduct a national search for the next permanent superintendent Thursday as the school board began the process of hiring a consultant.
11:51 PM EDT, June 11, 2013
The Baltimore City school board approved three new charter schools to open beginning in 2014, including two schools that will be subject to heightened scrutiny throughout their contracts.
6:53 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
The Baltimore school system said Thursday that it will review all contracts awarded by a former chief information technology officer after school officials in Dallas said he could face a federal indictment stemming from his tenure in the Atlanta public school system.
8:25 PM EDT, June 12, 2013
While other city high school principals excitedly read off the names of colleges and universities their students will disperse to at the end of the school year, Denise Gordon fanned through a stack of acceptance letters with less enthusiasm.
10:51 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
Baltimore police said they are investigating the death of an adult male, who was shot in the head Saturday in Northwest Baltimore.
12:55 AM EDT, May 26, 2013
A Perry Hall man died after his motorcycle veered off the road and struck a tree, Baltimore County Police said.
7:05 PM EDT, May 21, 2013
The Baltimore school system ranked second among the nation's 100 largest school districts in how much it spent per pupil in fiscal year 2011, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
9:34 PM EDT, May 30, 2013
Baltimore school union leaders questioned the need for an outside firm to conduct a national search for the next permanent superintendent Thursday as the school board began the process of hiring a consultant.
1:26 PM EDT, May 24, 2013
Bus drivers and aides employed by a Baltimore schools contractor say that unsafe conditions such as fires and mold spores are endangering lives and unfair wages are threatening their livelihoods.
6:16 PM EDT, April 25, 2013
City school officials said they will take extra security measures at a Southeast Baltimore charter school after five fires were set this week at the school, which also had an altercation that injured an administrator and a student arrest.
9:20 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
Baltimore County fire officials have temporarily suspended a search that failed to turn up a 26-year-old man reported missing Saturday afternoon after falling from his kayak in Gunpowder Falls.
9:45 PM EDT, May 14, 2013
The city school board is considering proposals for seven charter schools that include two named for female trailblazers, another attempt at an all-male, college-preparatory program in East Baltimore, and an elementary school for at-risk youths.
9:59 AM EDT, April 26, 2013
A collision involving three cars has shut down a northbound lane of I-95, closing off some access to the ramp of 395 into Baltimore City.
7:04 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, has been named the new executive vice president and provost at Penn State University, the college announced Friday.
8:45 AM EDT, May 23, 2013
The Maryland State Department of Education may have to pay back up to $540,000 in federal money intended to help the state's poorest schools after a scathing audit found that Baltimore City was one of two school districts that misspent the funds, using the money for dinner cruises, makeovers and meals.
3:49 PM EDT, April 13, 2013
The Baltimore principals union is calling for schools CEO Andrés Alonso to pay back thousands of dollars in bonuses he received in years that schools were later found to have cheated on state tests.
9:05 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Following a two-month impasse, the Baltimore City school board voted Tuesday to extend a one-year contract to the operators of Baltimore Talent Development High School.
1:37 AM EDT, May 26, 2013
One man is dead after a serious accident on Bel Air Road, and homicide detectives are investigating an East Baltimore shooting, according to police.
3:09 PM EST, March 9, 2013
When city school police officer Joseph Baribeault attempted to arrest two combative students at the old Greenspring Middle School, he ended up injured at the bottom of two flights of concrete stairs.
7:07 PM EDT, May 21, 2013
The Maryland state school board adopted regulations Tuesday that require more concussion training for those responsible for student-athletes and beef up protocols for addressing head injuries.
10:13 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
The Baltimore school board unanimously passed a $1.2 billion budget Monday that essentially remained intact since it was presented.
10:57 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
The Baltimore County school system has hired a local architecture firm to help document its long-term school facilities needs, following a similar strategy the city school system used to generate a $2.4 billion plan and secure some of that funding from the General Assembly.
7:13 PM EDT, April 17, 2013
Johns Hopkins University alum and best-selling author Wes Moore will replace Dr. Ben Carson as speaker at the university's School of Education commencement, officials said Wednesday, after the world-renowned neurosurgeon came under fire for his political views on same-sex marriage.
8:53 PM EDT, May 6, 2013
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso tearfully announced his resignation Monday, ending a six-year tenure marked by bold yet often divisive reforms and casting uncertainty on the future of the long-troubled school system.
9:41 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
Baltimore school officials unveiled a $1.174 billion budget plan Tuesday, which they said focuses on academics with a new science team to implement curriculum, programs for advanced students and a shifting of staff in the central office.
3:47 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
Before Lauren Preston opened the cover of the book "Spring" to read to her pre-kindergarten class at Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School, her students excitedly told her why, and showed her how, the season was underway.
9:39 PM EST, February 24, 2013
Northwestern High alumni have gone to court to try to stop the Baltimore school from closing, as civil rights activists say the plan is discriminatory because shuttering the institution would disproportionately affect low-income, minority students.
9:05 PM EDT, March 29, 2013
A Baltimore City police sergeant faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of perjury and malfeasance for using false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant.
9:18 PM EST, March 5, 2013
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday to close its smallest elementary school in order to accommodate a plan that would allow county officials to sell property for development.
5:02 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
With a little yelp, lots of tears and a bouquet of flowers from her developmentally disabled twin sister, who inspired her to help students persevere, special educator Ketia C. Stokes was named Baltimore City's 2013 Teacher of the Year.
7:42 PM EDT, April 12, 2013
Police swarmed Towson University Friday after a report of gunfire on campus, but university officials soon said the report appeared to be false.
9:13 PM EDT, March 28, 2013
A longtime Towson University professor has resigned his post as the head of the city school system's ethics panel amid allegations that his published academic articles contain content from dozens of sources without proper — or in some cases any — attribution.
7:17 AM EDT, April 1, 2013
A Denver-based scholarly librarian leveled plagiarism allegations against a Towson University professor after doing research for his watchdog blog and alerting university officials, journals and The Baltimore Sun.
7:56 PM EDT, March 14, 2013
Baltimore County school librarians are worried about their next chapter.
11:15 PM EST, February 12, 2013
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday night to not renew the contracts of several charter and other independently run schools — but deferred making decisions about whether most of them would close.
8:32 PM EST, February 26, 2013
A state audit found that the Maryland State Department of Education did not conduct routine but critical inspections of child care facilities and failed to follow up on red flags raised by background checks of staff working for the programs.
4:55 PM EST, February 7, 2013
The Calvert School, a private day school with a nationally recognized homeschooling curriculum, will welcome a new headmaster in July, the school announced Thursday.
7:59 PM EDT, March 22, 2013
Long-held dreams of freshly painted walls, hallways bathed in natural light and classrooms buzzing with technology could become a reality in Baltimore as schools watch with cautious optimism as a financial plan to overhaul the district's buildings moves forward in the General Assembly.
7:40 PM EST, February 21, 2013
University of Maryland University College may have overpaid $3.3 million to a marketing contractor, state auditors found in a review that came just before the school's president was placed on indefinite leave and then abruptly resigned.
6:30 PM EST, February 6, 2013
As tens of thousands of Maryland families reveled in purple pride at M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday, one mile away, the mood at Digital Harbor High School was blue.
8:27 PM EST, February 11, 2013
Baltimore continues to lead area school systems in improving its dropout rate, and most districts in the region are making progress in graduating more students in four years, according to new high school data released Monday by the Maryland State Department of Education.
11:12 AM EST, January 30, 2013
Michael T. McCarthy Sr., a longtime Electrolux vacuum cleaner salesman who helped foster children find homes in his retirement, died on Jan. 23 of sudden cardiac arrest at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center.
3:21 PM EST, February 9, 2013
In response to a system that many believed had long failed young black boys, a school began to take shape seven years ago in a small East Baltimore neighborhood.
10:51 PM EST, January 27, 2013
Anne Arundel County police charged a man with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of a man found in the woods in Glen Burnie early Sunday morning.
9:43 PM EST, January 22, 2013
A task force charged with strengthening Maryland policies regarding head trauma in student athletes called Tuesday for more staff training, parental notification of concussions and further study of ways to limit such injuries.
11:59 PM EST, January 30, 2013
In a public forum packed with emotion as well as people, the Baltimore school board heard Wednesday from independently operated schools fighting for contract extensions as some presented narratives describing their strengths and weaknesses.
9:10 PM EST, February 20, 2013
More African-American students in Maryland's Class of 2012 successfully passed a rigorous Advanced Placement exam than ever before, as the state continued to lead the nation in the percentage of students deemed college- and career-ready, according to data released Wednesday by the national College Board.
9:37 AM EST, January 27, 2013
A 23-year-old man was robbed and shot early Sunday while leaving his job in northeast Baltimore, according to Baltimore city police.
8:03 PM EST, January 14, 2013
The Baltimore school system is paying bonuses to teachers and administrators at struggling schools that reduce suspensions, drawing criticism from union leaders who say the program could provide a financial incentive to ignore problems and jeopardize school safety.
6:54 PM EST, January 24, 2013
A Baltimore student's tweet raised red flags 3,000 miles away this week, spurring a local investigation into a possible threat to a city high school, city police confirmed Thursday.
8:46 PM EST, January 17, 2013
State lawmakers appeared to warm Thursday to the Baltimore school system's $2.4 billion building modernization plan that received a chilly reception last year, but the blueprint fell short of garnering the endorsement of the state's public school construction agency.
11:01 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Baltimore school officials recommended Thursday severing ties with independent operators of six schools after a months-long review of more than two dozen diverse programs.
10:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012
The Baltimore school system failed to follow its policies when hiring a temporary employee who allegedly misrepresented himself as a child therapist and is now charged with raping a teen.
10:12 PM EST, December 4, 2012
Armed with a plan for protests and petitions, phone banks and pep rallies, the Northwestern High School Alumni Association has set "Operation Hands-Off Northwestern" in motion.
3:13 PM EST, January 10, 2013
For the fifth year in a row, Maryland has the best public school system in America, according to rankings published Thursday by a leading education publication that gave the state high marks for post-graduation outcomes, state funding levels and overall student achievement.
8:21 PM EST, December 17, 2012
A Baltimore school staff member was injured Monday during an altercation with a woman who pulled out a knife when she was informed she couldn't visit a student, according to city school officials.
5:43 PM EST, January 4, 2013
A veteran college educator has been appointed interim president of Baltimore City Community College, the school's board of trustees announced Friday, after a string of controversies that led to the ouster of the school's president last month.
3:27 PM EST, January 3, 2013
While most children see dream jobs, spouses and freedom in their futures, Brian Bailey saw only death. The autistic boy, who stopped speaking at 18 months, grew up with anxiety about getting older, and his rocky educational track record early on didn't allay his fears.
3:49 PM EST, January 1, 2013
Francis Joseph McNerney III, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School where he was known as the Fighting Gael mascot, died Dec. 21 at the University of Maryland Medical Center from complications related to a lung transplant. The Canton resident was 23.
5:41 PM EST, December 11, 2012
After making it to the last round of the inaugural federal Race to the Top district competition, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County school systems fell short of securing grants that would have strengthened individualized learning and helped close the achievement gap.
6:39 PM EST, November 22, 2012
In one Baltimore County school next semester, students will swap notebooks for 1-inch touch screens, textbook passages for online articles, worksheets for apps, and writing utensils for a keyboard, launching the first "paperless classroom" in a county school.
7:17 PM EST, November 26, 2012
The Baltimore City and Baltimore County school districts have been named among 61 finalists nationwide to vie for millions in federal grants under the new Race to the Top program, the U.S. Dept. of Education announced Monday.
9:37 PM EST, January 8, 2013
The Baltimore school board approved Tuesday a sweeping plan that would close or renovate more than 150 schools, with the goal of bringing the oldest school infrastructure in the state up to 21st-century standards in one decade.
9:22 PM EST, November 29, 2012
As Baltimore City education and political leaders prepare to present a $2.4 billion facilities plan in Annapolis next legislative session, officials in Baltimore County said they are eyeing a similar approach to repair their school infrastructure.
4:39 PM EST, November 25, 2012
Eighteen charter schools seeking contract renewals to continue operating in Baltimore are undergoing a rigorous review process that will uniformly evaluate them for the first time since they began populating the district 10 years ago.
11:38 PM EST, November 27, 2012
In the next 10 years, Baltimore's school system will have a leaner, modernized look under a proposed $2.4 billion facilities plan that calls for closing 26 school buildings and upgrading 136 others in a large-scale face-lift of Maryland's oldest school infrastructure.
10:28 PM EST, December 6, 2012
City school officials offered few answers to Hazelwood Elementary/Middle parents during a contentious meeting Thursday about an employee accused of impregnating a 15-year-old and misrepresenting himself as a child therapist.
10:04 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
Maryland students earned diplomas last year at the highest rate in recent history, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education, which also unveiled a new system of tracking graduates and dropouts.
6:50 PM EST, November 23, 2012
A Mr. Tire employee is recovering from first- and second-degree burns after a car fire broke out in the Parkville auto repair shop Friday.
10:21 AM EST, November 5, 2012
Three men were killed in a spate of shootings in Baltimore this weekend.
6:30 PM EST, November 15, 2012
In her 22 years at Johnston Square Elementary School, Janice Shelford has spent more than $15,000 of her own money at the Dollar Store and Staples for school supplies for her students. But as of Thursday, she and dozens of other teachers will be heading to a new supply store whose impact on their classrooms will be priceless — literally.
3:51 PM EST, November 21, 2012
A Edmondson High School senior was stabbed in his left side on his way to school this morning, according to school officials.
10:19 PM EST, November 4, 2012
Baltimore city police responded Saturday night to three shootings of men in their early 20's within six minutes of the other, all of which were non-fatal, police said in a release Sunday.
7:31 PM EST, December 19, 2012
As the Newtown, Conn., community looks for comfort in the wake of one of the most deadly school shootings in history, it will be able to tap into the hearts of students in Baltimore City.
9:32 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Members of the Baltimore school police union cast a vote of "no confidence" in their police chief last month, pointing to what they said was his lack of responsiveness to their concerns, union leaders announced Thursday.
8:18 PM EST, November 20, 2012
The father of a Baltimore elementary school student is facing kidnapping and other charges after police said he locked his son's 11-year-old classmate in his car, and drove around cursing at him after learning the two boys had been in an altercation that day.
11:16 PM EST, December 5, 2012
For Erica Hamlett-Nicholson's 11-year-old son, Shawn Nowlin was his most trusted confidant when the Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School fifth-grader suffered from depression caused by his parents' separation.
6:18 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
Ricardo Campos was born in El Salvador, but it was three years ago in a hospital room at Johns Hopkins Hospital that he was given life. Suffering from bone cancer, he underwent surgery in 2009 that required him to use a wheelchair for one year, until he could learn to walk again.
3:36 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
A family that sued Johns Hopkins University over its intent to build high-rise buildings on a gift of land intended for a low-rise campus will appeal a judge's decision to allow the institution to move forward with its plans.
11:26 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
Day after day, Richard Stokes rode the bus past his alma mater, New Hope Academy, until he decided to drop in one day and say hello to the teachers and staff who helped him rise above the problems that landed him at the school for behaviorally and emotionally challenged students.
3:35 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
The Baltimore school system spent more than $2.8 million on overtime in fiscal 2010, even though it was doubtful that employees worked all of the hours for which they were paid.
7:56 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
All 6,000 Baltimore educators will take part this year in testing a new teacher evaluation system that ties their effectiveness more closely to student performance, school officials announced this week. This system, tested in the city last year for 309 teachers, comes as preparation for the state's implementation of more rigorous evaluations next year.
6:38 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
City public works officials say they are adjusting water bills for Baltimore public schools after several were overbilled this year by thousands of dollars — including one school whose bill rose nearly $200,000.
9:16 PM EST, November 28, 2012
Lawmakers across Maryland lauded the Baltimore school system's ambitious $2.4 billion blueprint to shed underused school buildings and upgrade the most dilapidated ones — calling the plan a critical first step in securing financial backing from the state.
10:31 AM EDT, October 6, 2012
Orioles fans were still bubbling Saturday morning, many clad in orange while going for their morning jog or cup of joe, basking in the baseball glow that took more than a decade to shine on the city.
10:54 AM EST, November 7, 2012
If 2,500 Baltimore middle school students have their way Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be re-elected, children of some illegal immigrants will pay in-state tuition rates, same-sex couples can marry and gambling in Maryland will not expand.
8:38 PM EST, December 17, 2012
The Baltimore school system is evaluating whether to retain hundreds of temporary employees and plans to let many of them go by the end of the week — before schools close for the holiday break.
8:35 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
The students of Medfield Heights don't have a National Blue Ribbon greeting them at the door or a name that has historically been synonymous with elementary school excellence. But this year, the North Baltimore school earned a distinguished title all its own: It's now the home of the "Three-Peat."
10:03 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
Hundreds of Baltimore students and residents have had their high school completions hanging in limbo since the state transferred the General Education Development responsibilities to a new department, according to city and adult education officials.
6:42 PM EST, November 28, 2012
When the mother of a 15-year-old girl said she was having behavior problems with her daughter, a prosecutor says, Shawn Edward Nowlin offered to take her in and help the girl work on her issues.
4:02 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
A Baltimore high school student was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon after he was stabbed in his upper body during an in-school confrontation with another student, school officials said.
5:19 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
The Baltimore school system has hired a leading data forensics company to review thousands of state assessment results dating to 2009 — a third-party analysis that school officials say is needed to inject fairness into investigations of alleged cheating.
3:56 PM EST, November 4, 2012
Families looking for a cheap getaway, friends looking to do a little duty-free shopping and couples celebrating over some drinks and gambling returned Sunday morning from a two-night stay on the Chesapeake Bay, after embarking on a Carnival Cruise Line deal spurred by Hurricane Sandy.
7:48 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso defended the system's financial management Thursday as a complex work in progress, in response to a state audit released Thursday outlining 26 recommendations that address inadequate oversight.
7:23 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Anyone who didn't believe that Reisterstown Elementary was enduring 105-degree classrooms this past month only needed to take a look at the kindergartners' crayons.
6:58 PM EDT, October 30, 2012
Skeletons, butterflies, frogs and even baby chickens bounced around the festive food court at the Mall in Columbia on Tuesday, as officials urged residents to celebrate Halloween despite Sandy's after-effects, and parents enthusiastically tried to comply.
9:51 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
The nearly three-decade legal fight that transformed the long-beleaguered special-education system in Baltimore city schools has officially come to an end.
7:22 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
This time last year, Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School librarian Sharon Smith used the only technology she had — a laptop and a projector — to bring color and excitement to her students by shining animated books from the Internet onto a barren wall.
9:10 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
A 27-year-old Joppa man was killed Saturday after he was hit by a car after a fall from his bicycle landed him in the middle of the street, Baltimore County police said. Jason David Leonard, 27, whom police found lying on Right Wing Drive in Essex at around 3:34 a.m., was pronounced dead at the scene.
7:22 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
Four men were shot in locations across Baltimore early Saturday, police said, including a double shooting in the Druid Heights neighborhood that continued a violent start to September.
8:02 PM EDT, August 20, 2012
The family of a 6-year-old special-needs student who died after he jumped from a moving school bus has filed an $80 million lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the Baltimore school system and the contractor hired to transport him.
10:06 PM EDT, August 17, 2012
Drawing on the last drumrolls of the Perry Hall High School marching band, Baltimore County schools superintendent S. Dallas Dance greeted 700 applauding administrators Friday to deliver his inaugural back-to-school address, sending a message he hoped would resonate for the next 10 months.
8:50 AM EDT, July 30, 2012
It isn't unusual for students to remember the impact a teacher had on them well into adulthood, but on Saturday, many students of former Baltimore music teacher Lucille Marcus Brooks had an unusual opportunity to tell her — more than a half-century after they sat in her classroom.
7:19 PM EDT, September 7, 2012
Ten Maryland schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Friday.
11:19 PM EDT, September 4, 2012
Hundreds of Perry Hall High School parents and students packed into the auditorium one week after the first day of school was marred by gunfire, demanding answers about what unfolded in the cafeteria and posing questions about student safety.
6:27 PM EDT, June 21, 2012
As pedestrians scurried through the sunshine that bathed Patterson Park this week, 12-year-old Daniel John took refuge under a tree, poring over a book, enjoying a space all his own.
5:17 PM EDT, September 16, 2012
Baltimore schools opened the year with 87 teacher vacancies, a trend that is not uncommon in the region but comes during a critical year for the system as it embarks on a new student curriculum and teacher evaluation system.
7:56 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
The pastel-colored ball of yarn made its way from one tiny hand to another at the Camp Kesem "empowerment ceremony," with each camper unraveling their part of a common, painful thread.
11:31 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
Ten people were injured when an MTA bus collided with a car in Glen Burnie on Saturday night, according to Anne Arundel County fire officials.
4:23 PM EDT, July 22, 2012
For a decade, the news from the city schools was good. Buildings might be dilapidated, deficits might bring schools to the brink of bankruptcy, and superintendents might be fired, but every summer, educators released test results standing next to charts that showed steady improvement. Baltimore was no longer the worst school system in the state.
6:05 PM EDT, June 23, 2012
At 4 years old, Imani Frederick couldn't recognize colors. Even a year later, he couldn't form complete sentences and struggled to count to 10. When he was 6, a neuropsychologist observed the fidgety, easily frustrated boy and diagnosed attention deficit hyperactive and expressive language disorder.
9:37 PM EDT, August 24, 2012
Twenty-two Baltimore schools will open Monday without permanent principals in place, continuing the unprecedented turnover under Andrés Alonso — moves that the administrators union says reflect "vindictive" and "capricious" decisions by the schools chief.
8:27 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Baltimore's top leadership called on the school system Monday to tighten oversight of its expenditures after a Baltimore Sun investigation found central office staff spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on items such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club.
3:39 PM EDT, August 25, 2012
Despite tightening school budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, Baltimore school administrators spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on expenses such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel, $300-per-night stays at hotels, and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club, credit card statements show.
4:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2012
For the third year in a row, Baltimore's scores on state tests show a double-digit achievement gap between chronically absent students and their peers who attend school regularly, and the system's recent spike in suspensions has created a similar disparity.
8:09 PM EDT, August 23, 2012
Any high school graduate who thinks that college is merely a next step should walk a mile in Gabe Acheson's shoes. When the Park School graduate arrived Thursday at Yale University, he'd walked nearly 400 miles, fulfilling a promise he'd made in his application to the Ivy League school, and to himself, to not just embark on a new adventure but create one.
6:24 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
A mathematics educator whose students have consistently scored among the highest in Baltimore and Maryland on state assessments was named the city's 2012 Teacher of the Year.
7:47 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Fifty Baltimore schools are so dilapidated or underused that they should be closed or rebuilt, according to a new report that also identified $2.45 billion in school infrastructure needs across the city. The findings, released Tuesday, were used by school officials to launch a 10-year campaign to bring the system's buildings up to 21st-century standards.
9:18 PM EDT, May 23, 2012
State officials approved more than $161 million in school construction funding Wednesday that will allow school systems in the Baltimore area to undertake renovation projects, tackling problems that include sweltering and overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated buildings and amenities.
10:03 PM EDT, May 31, 2012
Citing "crude" and "incompetent" investigations into test-tampering allegations at a Baltimore elementary school, hearing officers have recommended the reinstatement of two administrators city schools CEO Andrés Alonso attempted to dismiss amid suspicions of cheating.
7:16 PM EDT, July 7, 2012
Public safety workers toiled in record-breaking heat in Baltimore and around the region Saturday to help vulnerable residents regroup as Maryland attempted to return to normal life after a devastating series of weather events.
9:43 PM EDT, April 30, 2012
Until this year, the only items that resembled produce on Blessin Giraldo's school lunch tray were berry-flavored Popsicles and Fruit Roll-Ups.
8:56 PM EDT, July 7, 2012
Jack and Betty Scrivener of Stoneleigh lost power last August thanks to Hurricane Irene. They lost it again when storms pummeled the region June 30 — and after one very long, very hot week, the elderly couple still hadn't gotten it back. They don't know if they can take another extended outage.
8:57 PM EDT, June 27, 2012
Baltimore school officials assured special-education advocates Wednesday that efforts to provide students with a quality education will continue after a lawsuit ends this year that has kept the system under a microscope for 28 years.
7:38 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
Baltimore's school system has been in transition over the past five years, and the next five will see more "stops, starts and uncertainties," with a newfound focus on the classroom, schools CEO Andrés Alonso told principals Tuesday.
7:24 PM EDT, June 18, 2012
As the Baltimore school system prepares to implement a more stringent curriculum next year, sample evaluations of more than two dozen schools show that many are struggling with how to effectively teach children.
12:35 PM EDT, May 28, 2012
A man who police say attacked his girlfriend and shot himself following a barricaded stand-off with police at his Northeast Baltimore home has been identified as Ansley Turner, 28.
7:00 AM EDT, April 18, 2012
Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the longtime president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County whose trailblazing work in educating minority students in the sciences has catapulted the university onto the national stage, has been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world.
8:33 PM EDT, March 29, 2012
State education leaders say proposed legislation that would force local school systems to continue funding a federal tutoring program could derail their efforts to gain relief from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.
9:46 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
A decade after passage of a federal law requiring statewide school assessments, nearly 90 percent of Maryland's elementary students are passing their reading and math tests, but that success does not continue when students hit middle school.
9:16 PM EDT, March 18, 2012
Baltimore police called in extra officers and arrested at least 10 juveniles Saturday night as a crowd that witnesses described as rowdy and numbering in the hundreds walked around Downtown.
10:14 PM EDT, May 22, 2012
The Baltimore City school board voted Tuesday to pass the district's proposed $1.31 billion budget, which includes a decrease in the per-pupil funding for charter schools.
4:15 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
Six Northeast Baltimore schools were on lockdown for about 30 minutes past dismissal because of police activity in the area Wednesday afternoon.
10:02 PM EDT, May 27, 2012
Baltimore County police said a shooting and stabbing that took place in Dundalk on Sunday morning appear to have occurred during an attempted home invasion.
9:45 AM EDT, July 7, 2012
Baltimore city police are investigating an overnight shooting that left an adult male injured, officials said Saturday.
7:40 PM EDT, April 16, 2012
Once students hurled computers out the windows at Calverton Middle School, but today they are learning on state-of-the-art technology that has flooded into the West Baltimore school. Once teachers couldn't wait to transfer out of a place where students ruled the classrooms, but now faculty turnover has slowed.
7:17 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
The Baltimore school board approved applications this week to open the Creative City Public Charter School, an arts integration elementary school, and the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a college preparatory program that starts in fourth grade.
1:57 AM EDT, March 19, 2012
Emiline D. Lazzeri, a Baltimore County native who as a child lived for a year in a glass-encased room at Johns Hopkins Hospital while being treated for rheumatic fever, died of congestive heart failure March 14 at her home in Largo, Fla.
5:21 PM EDT, May 7, 2012
As the school year draws to a close, one group of Baltimore students isn't making plans for summer. They deflect discussions about courseloads for next year, and shy away from questions about which colleges they hope to attend. They don't talk about "the future."
7:15 PM EDT, May 5, 2012
A ray of hope, and a touch of grace.
11:10 AM EDT, March 18, 2012
Baltimore County fire officials battled an early-morning boat blaze that spread to the dock of the Essex Marina on Sunday, a department spokesman said.
10:50 PM EDT, April 8, 2012
Equipped with a flip phone and 400 free minutes, each member of a group of truant students at Carver Vocational Technical High School knows that at any moment a call could come that changes his or her day — or life.
11:06 AM EDT, March 18, 2012
Two motorists were arrested and charged with drunken driving at a Howard County sobriety checkpoint late Saturday, police said in a statement, adding that officers also arrested two more drivers on other charges.
10:49 AM EDT, July 7, 2012
A southbound lane along part of York Road in Cockeysville is closed after a water main break affected traffic in Cockeysville for the second time this week.
5:55 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
Maryland will receive another infusion of federal funding to continue turnaround efforts in the state's worst schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.
9:47 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Baltimore school employees would be forced to take furlough days if the district has to absorb millions of dollars in education cuts outlined in the state's "doomsday" budget, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso said Tuesday as he prepared to present the fiscal year 2013 budget.
10:07 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to delay the closing of a struggling Cherry Hill high school and proceeded with district recommendations to eliminate middle grades from three elementary programs.
7:07 PM EST, February 16, 2012
A group of clergymen called on the city's political leaders Thursday to commit to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's bottle tax proposal and schools CEO Andrés Alonso's large-scale facilities plan that would fund a huge overhaul of the city's dilapidated school buildings.
6:39 PM EDT, May 29, 2012
Maryland was one of eight states granted a waiver Tuesday from some of the strictest requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which will allow the state to set more reasonable goals for student achievement levels and adopt reforms to close the achievement gap.
12:07 PM EDT, March 18, 2012
Seven people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a vehicle collided with a "mobility" bus that was transporting five special-needs passengers, Anne Arundel County fire and police officials said.
10:47 PM EDT, June 1, 2012
When Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke visited Abbottston Elementary after news broke that the school had cheated on state testing for students in 2009, she despaired because she never believed Principal Angela Faltz, whom she had known for decades, could cheat her children or her community.
7:08 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
The competitive chess team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County fell less than a point short of regaining its national title at the 2012 President's Cup, which culminated Sunday in Herndon, Va.
9:30 PM EDT, April 1, 2012
Baltimore city police responded to three shootings Sunday, including a possible homicide.
3:49 PM EST, March 4, 2012
The Baltimore school system will deploy testing monitors to all schools administering the state assessments next week, even as the city principals union has called for investigations into alleged cheating at 16 schools to be suspended.
7:51 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school's 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday.
9:06 PM EST, March 8, 2012
Each member of the Western High School Robotics team brings a range of individual strengths that help them compete, everything from a knack for maneuvering a remote control to extraordinary math and science skills. But, they say, they also have a competitive edge that's harder to match: girl power.
9:21 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
The Baltimore school system has paid its employees about $65 million for unused leave over the past five years, a rare perk that many employers have abandoned and that has come under fire as school districts have experienced shrinking budgets.
8:42 PM EST, March 1, 2012
The cash-strapped Baltimore school system has paid more than $14 million in overtime over the past four years, mostly to its understaffed police force and hundreds of temporary employees who have filled gaps created by CEO Andrés Alonso's plan to shrink the central office.
9:54 AM EDT, April 30, 2012
Outraged education, community and political leaders have called for increased oversight of spending in the Baltimore City school system, amid revelations that about $500,000 was spent to upgrade offices at the district headquarters while city and state leaders fought for funding to fix dilapidated school buildings.
12:59 PM EST, March 7, 2012
A career biochemist will take the reins of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on July 1, the university announced Wednesday.
6:32 PM EST, February 29, 2012
The Baltimore school system is facing a $35 million shortfall as it plans for its fiscal 2013 budget, a gap that officials said could have a serious effect on schools' spending power for the second year in a row.
7:37 PM EST, January 19, 2012
Go purple, or go to the library.
9:36 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
New furniture, a flat-screen television, decorative light fixtures, interactive white boards — these are among amenities the city school system bought during $500,000 in renovations to the central office, even as administrators decried the state of crumbling school buildings and sought funding to fix them.
5:54 PM EST, February 2, 2012
Even as Baltimore principals have been given an unprecedented amount of responsibility over the past four years under schools CEO Andrés Alonso, their average salary has remained among the lowest in the state.
7:17 PM EST, February 23, 2012
Patterson High School became the latest political battleground in the effort to rebuild Baltimore's decrepit school infrastructure this week, with students throwing their support behind a proposed bottle tax that could help raise about $300 million for facility upgrades.
7:19 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
On any given day, the activity in Ellen Vikestad's classroom would resemble a round of bumper cars.
8:02 PM EST, November 22, 2011
The Baltimore school system will launch its first districtwide Saturday School initiative in December, a program promised by city schools CEO Andrés Alonso to help remedy declining scores on state tests.
8:29 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
The Baltimore school system is projecting that it will spend $155 more per pupil next year, as the district looks to protect schools' spending power as costs rise.
1:40 PM EST, February 15, 2012
Baltimore school officials will begin meeting with four school communities Wednesday, after the district made recommendations that will displace dozens of staff and hundreds of students at one failing high school in Cherry Hill and three elementary/middle schools.
10:12 PM EST, March 6, 2012
Armed with picket signs and passion for their schools, Baltimore residents packed the district's headquarters Tuesday night, pleading with school board members to preserve the programs that CEO Andrés Alonso has recommended be closed or dismantled.
7:31 PM EST, January 17, 2012
Six elementary schools have been added to the prestigious Maryland list of Blue Ribbon designees after they were recognized as the highest performers and for raising achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
9:16 PM EST, February 7, 2012
A significant number of Baltimore teachers — in some schools as many as 60 percent of the staff — have received unsatisfactory ratings on their midyear evaluations as the system moves to implement a pay-for-performance contract that's considered a bellwether for a national movement.
10:18 PM EST, December 1, 2011
Kennedy Krieger High School student Jeremy Holmes had two dreams after graduating in 2013: visiting Hawaii and following his father's footsteps to stand alongside U.S. Marines.
7:33 PM EST, December 29, 2011
Special-education advocates are calling for the state to do more to address the bullying of disabled students, saying that a recent lawsuit against the city school system highlights the long-lasting harm that harassment can do to such children.
6:54 PM EST, January 5, 2012
The family of a special needs student who lost a $1.3 million lawsuit against the Baltimore city school system last month is seeking a new trial, saying the jury wasn't impartial and violated court instructions.
4:14 PM EST, January 1, 2012
Three Baltimore schools have extended their school day by three hours, using a national program that has boosted achievement in other urban districts and has been hailed as a way to make American students competitive in the 21st century.
November 10, 2011
The Baltimore school system was among 23 educational organizations from across the nation to be named finalists in a highly competitive U.S. Department of Education program that will dole out nearly $150 million for innovative programming this year.
7:23 PM EST, December 21, 2011
Ruling that a $1.3 million lawsuit filed against the Baltimore school system was too broad, Circuit Judge W. Michael Pierson granted Wednesday the district's motion to throw out nine of the 13 counts, leaving a city jury to decide whether two principals were negligent in the alleged bullying of two students.
6:01 PM EST, December 22, 2011
A lack of evidence led a Baltimore jury to rule that two principals were not negligent in a $1.3 million bullying lawsuit against the city school system, but jurors said they were also conscious of a snowball effect that could subject systems around the country to a barrage of lawsuits.
8:21 PM EST, December 15, 2011
A city jury heard opening statements Thursday in a $1.3 million lawsuit in which parents allege that the school system was grossly negligent and failed to prevent their two children, including a special-needs student, from being bullied.
7:26 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
A federally mandated tutoring program targeting thousands of students who attend Baltimore City's worst performing schools is shelling out millions of dollars annually to organizations that are operating in the district with little oversight and virtually no academic accountability measures, according to a report released Tuesday by the Abell Foundation.
6:24 PM EST, November 13, 2011
Two of Baltimore's most recognizable landmarks will be lit up in blue Monday in honor of World Diabetes Day — a commemoration inspired by a 16-year-old girl's desire to draw attention to the prevalent disease.
1:39 PM EDT, August 15, 2011
Margaret Ann Wotthlie Curtis, career-long Baltimore County educator of special needs children, died Aug. 11 of cancer at Dove House in Westminster. She was 71.
12:56 PM EST, November 13, 2011
Baltimore city police have identified a man who was shot and killed in West Baltimore Saturday as 20-year-old Darren Robertson.
10:06 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
Maryland's public schools are graduating a higher percentage of students than they have in the past 15 years but they have seen a troubling increase in the number of students dropping out.
8:13 PM EST, December 20, 2011
A principal named in a $1.3 million lawsuit alleging that the school system failed to protect two students against bullying took the stand Tuesday, saying that bullying "has become a buzz word" and acknowledging that two attacks on the students, including a special needs child, "may have been mentioned" to him by their parents.
11:53 AM EDT, August 14, 2011
A 25-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly stabbed his step-father and choked his mother in their Brooklyn Park home, according to Anne Arundel County police.
11:41 PM EST, December 14, 2011
From the desolate and dilapidated block of Denmore Avenue, a chant rang through the Park Heights neighborhood Wednesday as Baltimore political, community and business leaders gathered with residents to launch a project that many called a "new beginning" for the long troubled community.
10:08 AM EDT, October 15, 2011
Baltimore City police are investigating two separate nonfatal shootings that wounded men in their 30s Friday and Saturday.
7:58 PM EDT, September 23, 2011
In Roland Park, home to one of Baltimore's highest-performing public schools, dozens of parents are at odds with administrators over an academic perk: recess for middle-schoolers.
8:06 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
Band teacher Charles Funn's voice thundered in a classroom at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, shouting the names of familiar Southern foods as a way to help the students to find their rhythm. You can feel both, he explained, in your soul.
6:12 PM EDT, September 19, 2011
Clutching a portfolio and a messenger bag with a city schools logo, Monique Robbins knew her unannounced visit to the homes of chronically absent students in West Baltimore on a recent misty evening might seem ominous.
6:44 PM EDT, October 16, 2011
Geneva Biggus sometimes barely recognizes her chatty, confident fifth-grader, who just 18 months ago was so vulnerable and desperate that she threatened to jump from the second-floor window of her West Baltimore school to escape bullies.
7:29 PM EST, November 14, 2011
After at least three weapons-related incidents in as many months, including one in which a student was stabbed in the abdomen, city school officials acknowledge that they are struggling with a problem that has led to dozens of students being expelled and more than 100 weapons being confiscated last year.
7:15 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
A recent unannounced vote by a legislative task force that ruled out changing the Baltimore County school board to at least partly elected is being protested by four County Council members.
October 8, 2011
Loaded with an armful of rainbow-colored promotional brochures, Troynell Fischer waded through the sea of tutoring providers, searching for someone to provide extra academic support to her five children. She rejected one vendor's pitch for a laptop computer that her children could keep after the year of tutoring was over, but listened intently to another who gave an example of a math problem on cue.
9:48 PM EDT, September 10, 2011
Calvin Owens knows that when he hears the boulders begin to roll away from the dam across the street from his Port Deposit home, it's time to pack an overnight bag.
11:04 AM EDT, October 9, 2011
Baltimore city police said they were investigating an overnight shooting in Northwest Baltimore that injured a 25-year-old man.
9:46 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso said Friday that he plans to close more than a dozen schools by 2014 in an effort to vacate underused and dilapidated buildings.
6:28 PM EST, December 12, 2011
Pointing to an unprecedented partnership between Baltimore's school district and union leaders, officials signed a new teacher contract last year that they said would revolutionize the city's teaching profession by implementing a pay-for-performance plan.
6:48 PM EDT, August 18, 2011
John Hilton left his journalism career in Pennsylvania to join an innovative Baltimore program that develops teachers for the public schools, hoping for "another opportunity to effect change for the greater good."
7:37 PM EDT, October 9, 2011
Having just observed Yom Kippur, Zoey Solomon knew what it felt like to be hungry.
9:31 AM EDT, September 10, 2011
Officials in Port Deposit said Saturday that 30 floodgates remained open at the Conowingo Dam as water steadily receded, though the town remained under its mandatory evacuation.
8:43 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
Since Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso took the helm four years ago, only about one-quarter of the system's principals have remained in their posts, a high turnover rate that has rankled education advocates who say they are concerned that leadership vacuums hamper progress.
6:43 AM EDT, August 26, 2011
For decades, tensions have brewed between residents of the city's Middle East community and neighboring Johns Hopkins institutions, as generations watched its prosperous past fade to blight while Hopkins continued to build its august future.
4:59 PM EDT, October 16, 2011
A historic aqueduct in Western Maryland has been restored nearly four decades after two of its three arches collapsed, leaving the now-139-year-old structure in ruins.
6:55 AM EDT, October 7, 2011
School reforms in Baltimore City and Baltimore County stand to gain significant financial support under a historic $8 million endowment given the Baltimore Community Foundation that will double its resources to support education projects.
9:03 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
At the beginning of the week, Principal Amanda Rice had all the first-day-of-school preparations at George Washington Elementary: a pristine building, a fresh vision and a new suit.
6:33 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
The number of Baltimore City high school graduates enrolling in four-year colleges and universities has dropped in recent years as more head to two-year institutions where they are far less likely to graduate.
8:57 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
A state legislator is proposing to abolish the current structure of the Baltimore school system and return its reins to the mayor under legislation due to come before the Maryland General Assembly in January.
1:57 PM EDT, August 1, 2011
A construction worker who was injured in an accident Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor has had his condition upgraded, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Monday.
7:13 PM EDT, September 15, 2011
Ten Maryland schools have received a National Blue Ribbon designation, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday, an award bestowed on the highest-performing schools in the nation or those with extraordinary success in closing the achievement gap.
6:29 PM EST, November 24, 2011
Kelly Fleming doesn't mind building her family's Thanksgiving schedule around a football game. She's the mother of two Calvert Hall students and knows the annual Turkey Bowl matchup with Loyola gets top billing in her house.
9:54 PM EDT, September 2, 2011
A rare air of controversy has marked the new school year at the Baltimore School for the Arts, with administrators disclosing this week that the school's payroll practices are being investigated.
6:47 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
Residents and vendors from the many corners and cultures of Baltimore descended on the campus of Polytechnic Institute/Western High this weekend for the annual Baltimore International Festival.
8:15 PM EDT, August 31, 2011
Breaking from the tradition of beginning the school year with the city's Blue Ribbon recipients and highest performers, Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso personally welcomed back students and staff who will take part in radical transformations at schools that have struggled with academics.
1:11 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
Anne Arundel County officials have recovered the body of a 48-year-old man who jumped from a boat into Stony Creek on Saturday and never resurfaced.
4:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
Two Baltimore city high school students were arrested Monday after they were found in the bathroom at the Renaissance Academy High School with an unloaded hand gun, city school officials said.
6:06 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
Taikira White chose City College for its nationally renowned choir, but her quests to find a fully functional bathroom in the school could make her a track star by the time she graduates.
10:23 AM EDT, August 14, 2011
Baltimore city police are investigating an overnight homicide that occurred in Northwest Baltimore.
11:43 AM EDT, August 7, 2011
Baltimore police have identified the victim who died in a fatal motorcycle collision Friday night as 34-year-old Devon Lomax.
11:24 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
In Baltimore Sunday, two men were murdered, four others were shot and a woman's body was discovered, city police reported. The incidents appeared to be unrelated and occurred in different parts of the city.
8:27 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
In addition to swimming with Michael Phelps' instructors and battling with handmade robots, Baltimore summer school students will be building soapbox cars to help keep their minds revving until the next school year.
4:19 PM EDT, June 30, 2011
While students around the state showed progress on the Maryland School Assessment, Baltimore City not only experienced a setback this year with declines in math and reading, but several dozen of the district's schools were among those that performed the worst in the state.
8:04 PM EDT, June 26, 2011
The days after William Donald Schaefer's death were filled with pomp and circumstance — a long farewell that culminated with hundreds packing a downtown Baltimore church to memorialize one of Maryland's larger-than-life figures.
7:54 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
The surviving worker involved in a fatal mishap Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor was downgraded to critical but stable condition, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Sunday night.
2:42 PM EDT, July 12, 2011
Baltimore police have identified a woman found dead inside her Southeast Baltimore home Sunday, one of four killings detectives are investigating from the weekend.
6:58 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
The body of a boater who went missing in Ocean City was recovered Sunday morning, officials said.
12:33 AM EDT, July 30, 2011
The performance of Baltimore's first- and second-grade pupils fell significantly in reading and math on a national standardized test, mirroring the drops on statewide assessments this year.
6:20 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
Local archaeologists have not only confirmed that Baltimore's Lafayette Square Park was once the stomping ground of a Civil War army barracks, but they also dug up a little-known fact about the soldiers who dwelled there: They had a knack for losing buttons.
8:34 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
Nearly 90 percent of Baltimore elementary and middle schools fell short of academic targets on state assessments this year, signaling a trend that education officials nationwide say will eventually label most American schools as failures.
4:43 PM EDT, June 26, 2011
An East Baltimore church was destroyed in an early morning blaze Sunday after a burglar stole sound equipment from the building, according to police.
10:10 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
As they prepare to welcome students back in two weeks, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso encouraged hundreds of principals Tuesday to overcome last year's across-the-board test score declines, which he said shouldn't eclipse other successes.
7:54 PM EDT, July 25, 2010
The young East Baltimore woman gave police a vivid description of her rape: A man snatched her off the street and used a pocketknife to force her into the darkness of Ellwood Park.
6:32 PM EDT, July 29, 2011
The eight handmade race cars that successfully zoomed down the 5-foot wooden ramp in the hallway at Sarah M. Roach Elementary on Friday not only highlighted the work of a diligent group of Baltimore third-graders, but marked the beginning of a revved-up effort by the city school system to get a long-derailed academic program back on track.
6:30 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
Marian Shriver McSherry, long-time devotee of Maryland's Catholic aristocracy and mother of 12 children, died on July 24 of breast cancer at her home in Frederick. She was 85.
6:00 PM EDT, July 3, 2011
As the Baltimore school system attempts to rebound from a series of cheating scandals and its first significant test score decline in years, leaders are considering a worrisome possibility: They might have hit a wall in educating children.
11:05 PM EDT, June 14, 2011
For decades, visitors arriving at Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove have been greeted by a brick wall. And for years, city school leaders said Tuesday, that has sent the wrong message to the Curtis Bay neighborhood, a struggling area whose community high school has long fought to stem its dropout rate.
9:45 PM EDT, June 29, 2010
City leaders are establishing a hot line for victims who believe their reports of rape or sexual assault were not investigated fully by police.
12:41 PM EDT, July 31, 2011
Baltimore police have identified the man they found in the trunk of a car in East Baltimore on Friday.
4:39 PM EDT, June 26, 2011
A motorcyclist died early Sunday after he was struck by a car in White Marsh, county police said.
9:18 AM EDT, June 21, 2011
The Baltimore City Council voted Monday to approve a $1.3 billion operating budget for next year, in spite of last-minute protests by residents and a city councilman who wanted to restore funding to a summer youth employment program.
12:12 AM EDT, June 23, 2011
Widespread cheating on state assessment tests has been uncovered at two Baltimore elementary schools, state and district officials are expected to announce today.
9:26 PM EDT, April 17, 2011
Annapolis emergency officials said Sunday that water was receding after Saturday storms led to flooding that was still causing minor detours around the City Dock area a day later.
12:07 AM EDT, July 1, 2011
Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso has signed on to lead the city school system for four more years, according to school board officials.
9:47 PM EDT, June 28, 2010
A group of Baltimore government and law enforcement representatives plans to conduct a systematic review of rape reports that have been deemed "unfounded" by police investigators, in response to news reports showing the city leads the nation in such cases, officials said Monday.
8:44 PM EDT, June 13, 2011
Baltimore school officials say the district will reimburse international teachers who paid out-of-pocket fees to obtain work visas, a practice that led the U.S. Department of Labor to order Prince George's County schools to pay nearly $6 million in penalties and back wages.
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