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City schools purge about 1,000 dependents from health care rolls

More than 1,000 spouses and children of city schools employees were purged from the district's benefit rolls after an audit found they weren't eligible for health insurance plans.

The audit yielded $3.6 million in savings, according to schools CEO Gregory Thornton. In reviewing records of 5,336 city school employees, auditors found that 651 children and 392 adults no longer qualified for coverage as...

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Sojourner-Douglass sues Middle States Commission over loss of accreditation

Sojourner-Douglass College is suing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, alleging the organization discriminated against the predominantly black college in withdrawing its accreditation Tuesday.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland, says the Baltimore college has met "the terms of the [commission's] warning notice point after point" but the accrediting body arbitrarily...

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New leadership appointments for school board, headquarters

The Baltimore city school system underwent several leadership changes Tuesday night.

During a special board meeting, the school board voted to appoint a new school board chair and vice chair.

Marnell Cooper, a local attorney, will take over the board July 1. He replaces Shanaysha Sauls, who stepped down from the board to run a local charter school.

“I am honored to serve the students and families...

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Middle States Commission reaffirms Baltimore City Community College accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed Baltimore City Community College's accreditation for the next five years after placing the college on "warn" status a year ago.

The accrediting body said the college, which enrolls about 18,000 students, had failed to comply with four of 14 standards involving the school's focus, goals and effectiveness. The Middle States Commission said...

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Kirwan says goodbye to chancellor job

Chancellor of the University System of Maryland William "Brit" E. Kirwan is serving his last day of his 13-year tenure Tuesday before Robert L. Caret takes over on July 1.

Caret is returning to Maryland after serving as president of the University of Massachusetts system. He was president of Towson Univeristy from 2003 to 2011.

Kirwan will remain a member of the math faculty at the University of Maryland,...

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Mayor says city should have confidence in Thornton

The Baltimore Sun published a piece Sunday looking back at city schools CEO Gregory Thornton's first year, which was described by supporters and critics as tumultuous.

Many agreed that Thornton faces enormous challenges, but disagreed on whether he's the one to guide the district through them.

Some say that Thornton lacks vision, his plans lack transparency, and his initiatives lack substance.

Others...

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