•The Baltimore school board hires Andrés Alonso, New York City's No. 2 education official, as its schools CEO.
•Alonso introduces "Fair Student Funding," which gave principals the autonomy to formulate their budgets. He also cuts more than 300 jobs from the central office, and by 2012, he had reduced the number of central office employees from 1,500 to about 1,000.
•Alonso seeks to bring back dropouts, demanding high school staff reach out to students who left school. He also opens the Success Academy for students on long-term suspensions and expulsions.
•Alonso introduces the first district shake-up, which closed, merged and expanded about three dozen schools.
•The school system marks historic gains on state tests and is removed from Maryland's list of failing school systems.
•Alonso offers then-school board President Brian Morris a $175,000-a-year job as his deputy, only to find that he had a long history of financial and legal woes and hadn't finished his bachelor's degree as he had claimed. Morris steps aside.
•Alonso expands "school choice" to include both middle and high school students.
•Alonso announces that cheating on state tests took place at a Blue Ribbon school, George Washington Elementary.
•The city reaches a settlement agreement to end the more than 25-year-old lawsuit for the system's failure to serve special-education students.
•Alonso reaches a landmark deal with the Baltimore Teachers Union that ties their promotions and raises to student performance.
•Alonso signs four-year, $260,000 contract.
•Hearing officers question the evidence that was used to fire a principal at Abbottston Elementary, another school that Alonso said had cheated on state tests. The principal was later reinstated.
•School system is criticized over financial mismanagement after a series of missteps, including a critical state legislative audit.
•The state legislature approves a bill to help finance a $1 billion plan to upgrade the city's school infrastructure. The measure stems from Alonso's 10-year facilities plan.
•May 6: Alonso resigns, effective June 30.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun