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Thornton looking at money-saving measures

Thornton looking at money-saving measures 

Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Wednesday that he is in the early stages of assessing where the central office can be more efficient and already cut back on two expenditures criticized during the previous administration.

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City paves safer paths to school under new program

City paves safer paths to school under new program

The city is paving safer paths to school under a new program that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration hopes will increase physical fitness and better pedestrian safety for students and their families.

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New Goucher College president uses off-beat videos to welcome students

New Goucher College president uses off-beat videos to welcome students

In one video, Jose Bowen claps chalkboard erasers, organizes books on a shelf in the library, sprays lines on the athletic field and enthusiastically pops out from behind a tree.

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Morgan State settles lawsuit with man beaten by cannibal

Morgan State settles lawsuit with man beaten by cannibal 

Morgan State University has settled a lawsuit contending that it did not do enough to protect a student who was beaten by Alexander Kinyua just days before Kinyua committed a cannibalistic murder.

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Residency program tries to solve problem of teacher burnout

Residency program tries to solve problem of teacher burnout 

As principal of a small Southeast Baltimore school, Anthony Ruby has guided an array of first-year teachers, from the stars who seem to have an innate sense of how to handle a class to those who were so ineffective he declined to renew their contracts.

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County school board bumps up Dance's benefits

County school board bumps up Dance's benefits 

When the Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday on a contract that includes a raise for Superintendent Dallas Dance, they talked about a $5,000 salary increase. They didn't mention in public other benefits that will bump up his compensation by another $22,000.

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Baltimore County schools to focus on equity, achievement gaps

Baltimore County schools to focus on equity, achievement gaps 

On Friday morning, in the auditorium of Loch Raven High School, more than 300 school administrators closed their eyes for 30 seconds.

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Mentor-tutor program helps ensure Howard County students are A-OK

Mentor-tutor program helps ensure Howard County students are A-OK

Sometimes, they offer help solving math problems, or writing sentences, or forming short paragraphs.

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BCCC hires new president after turmoil

BCCC hires new president after turmoil 

Baltimore City Community College has hired the former head of a Michigan community college campus as its next president, officials announced Thursday, nearly two years after its last leader was forced out of her job.

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Plan for long-term special-education substitutes in city draws concerns

Plan for long-term special-education substitutes in city draws concerns 

Dozens of Baltimore classrooms could be staffed by long-term substitutes when school begins in less than two weeks, a plan drawing concern particularly because special-education students — who struggle the most academically — could be the largest group affected.

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School superintendent Dance gets $5,000 raise

School superintendent Dance gets $5,000 raise

The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract.

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Maryland gets federal grant to support AP and IB

Maryland gets federal grant to support AP and IB

Low-income students in Maryland who decide to take the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests will get some subsidies from the federal government to help cover some of the cost.

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Federal investigation opened into JHU response to alleged rape

Federal investigation opened into JHU response to alleged rape 

The U.S. Department of Education has opened a formal investigation into the Johns Hopkins University's response to an alleged rape at a fraternity house, the university disclosed Tuesday.

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City still has hundreds of teacher vacancies

City still has hundreds of teacher vacancies 

Baltimore school officials are working to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies in the weeks before the school year starts, according to information presented to the school board Tuesday.

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Ridgely Middle principal finalist for national principal of the year

Ridgely Middle principal finalist for national principal of the year

Ridgely Middle School principal Susan Evans has been named one of six finalists for National Principal of the Year.

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Howard County library programs prepare students for school

Howard County library programs prepare students for school

The Howard County Library will hold events Monday designed to help prepare kindergartners for classes; and middle schoolers for the next step in their education journey.

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Cherry Hill residents question superintendent on plans for building upgrades

Cherry Hill residents question superintendent on plans for building upgrades 

Michael Middleton calls poverty Baltimore's biggest enemy.

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Howard awards scholarships from county-sponsored Pathways program

Howard awards scholarships from county-sponsored Pathways program

When Howard Community College nursing student Danielle LaClair discovered that her tuition payment plan had been canceled, she didn't know what to think.

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Summer center can be 'life-changing' experience for students

Summer center can be 'life-changing' experience for students 

Ari'Yonna Vrathwaite thought she would be a music producer when she grew up, until she started attending a program at the National Aquarium this week. Now, the program that gets students involved in research about the Chesapeake Bay watershed has given Ari'Yonna something to think about: marine biology as a career.

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MICA to launch master's program for filmmakers

MICA to launch master's program for filmmakers

The Maryland Institute College of Art announced Wednesday that it will launch a master's program in filmmaking and will run it out of a historic Station North theater that will be home to both MICA and the Johns Hopkins University's film programs.

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Groundbreaking for 4-star College Park hotel set for next spring

Groundbreaking for 4-star College Park hotel set for next spring

The University of Maryland, College Park announced Wednesday that developers will break ground next spring on a four-star, $115 million hotel near the college's main entrance, considered a key part of the institution's goal of enhancing its surroundings.

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Morgan State warned again about problems in research program

Morgan State warned again about problems in research program

Morgan State University continues to have problems managing the largest federal research program in its history and has faced financial penalties from the organization that oversees the program, according to documents released this week.

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Dance tells Kamenetz he's dropping plans for two schools

Dance tells Kamenetz he's dropping plans for two schools

In a letter Tuesday to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, school Superintendent Dallas Dance said he had agreed to drop the plan to renovate the former Loch Raven Elementary School and put an addition on the Cromwell Valley Elementary School.

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Mayor and new superintendent hold forums in lead up to school year

Mayor and new superintendent hold forums in lead up to school year 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and new schools CEO Gregory Thornton will kick off a listening tour around the city on Monday, as part of a back-to-school campaign scheduled throughout the month that will include hearing out parent concerns and expectations for the upcoming school year.

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Kamenetz rejects school system's plans to renovate several schools

Kamenetz rejects school system's plans to renovate several schools 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a new 700-seat elementary school near the center of Towson on Friday to relieve overcrowding, telling the school superintendent that he won't fund the school system's plans to renovate two other schools.

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Howard school board, teachers' union reach tentative agreements

Howard school board, teachers' union reach tentative agreements

The Howard County school system and its teachers' union have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract, avoiding potential arbitration and resolving disputes that lingered throughout the past school year.

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Elkridge resident travels abroad for college STEM research project

Elkridge resident travels abroad for college STEM research project

Linda Ogwuazor, a Howard University student from Elkridge, packed her bags and boarded a flight to summer school this month. Her destination: Thailand, where she and other students from around the world are taking part in an international science mission.

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UMUC may experiment with business and learning models

UMUC may experiment with business and learning models 

The University of Maryland, University College has a history of experimentation.

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Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test.

Would you be able to graduate from high school in Maryland? Take the test.

Maryland education leaders voted this past week to raise the bar for rising ninth- and 10th-graders by requiring them to pass the new PARCC assessments to graduate from high school. The PARCC tests, which are tied to the Common Core curriculum, will replace the current High School Assessments and are considered to be harder. Beginning this school year, rising ninth- and 10th-graders will need to pass English and Algebra I tests in order to graduate.

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Maryland school board approves discipline guidelines

Maryland school board approves discipline guidelines

The Maryland state school board voted this week to distribute a set of discipline guidelines intended to be a model for school systems as they move away from zero tolerance policies of the past two decades.

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Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

Board OKs pact to protect UM security breach victims

The state Board of Public Works approved a contract worth an estimated $2.6 million Wednesday for a firm to monitor the credit activity of an estimated 300,000 people whose personal information was exposed as a result of a computer security breach discovered at the University of Maryland early this year.

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Maryland to give harder tests for high school graduation requirement

Maryland to give harder tests for high school graduation requirement 

Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.

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Maryland gets waiver extension for teacher evaluations

Maryland gets waiver extension for teacher evaluations

Maryland can put off using test scores to evaluate teachers through the next school year under a waiver to federal law.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Erica Green has covered the Baltimore school system since 2010. Erica attended elementary and middle school in the city before moving to Howard County where she graduated from Wilde Lake High School. She attended Goucher College, and earned her master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her award-winning coverage at The Sun includes investigations into school system spending and the barriers parents face to get special education services for their children.

Liz Bowie began covering education at The Baltimore Sun in 1997, just as Baltimore City turned over part of its control of schools to the state. In 2005, she began covering statewide education issues. She now writes about state and national education reforms, and covers the Baltimore County public schools. During the 2012-2013 academic school year she was a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has written extensively about high schools, homeless teens and Advanced Placement. She is the mother of two Baltimore County public school graduates.

Carrie Wells covers colleges and universities on the higher education beat. She joined The Sun in January 2013 as a breaking news reporter after covering local government for a newspaper in Florida. She's also a proud Terp.
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