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Sojourner-Douglass College loses bid to restore accreditation

A federal judge has denied a request for an injunction to temporarily restore the accreditation of troubled Sojourner-Douglass College.

U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander ruled Thursday against restoring Sojourner-Douglass' accreditation while the Baltimore-based college's lawsuit against the Middle States Commission on Higher Education moves forward.

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Teacher wellness center at city school has goal to promote fitness, ease stress

An exhausted Morgen Piper used to roll past her workout studio just down the street from Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School at the end of the day, thinking "I just can't do it."

Beginning this year, the special education teacher will have to muster only enough energy to walk down the hall.

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Baltimore schools staffed with leaders, but many still need teachers

All Baltimore city schools are poised to open with a leader this year, but there are 90 teaching vacancies that remain.

The district announced seven principal appointments Tuesday in a special meeting, and said they were working to process the remaining teacher vacancies by Monday when students return to school. One vacancy remains.

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City school officials to ease hiring rules for applicants with criminal records

Baltimore school officials are seeking to relax hiring rules to make applicants with nonviolent misdemeanor convictions — such as drug possession and burglary — eligible for jobs renovating school buildings.

The proposal comes as the school district embarks on a $1 billion plan to renovate and rebuild more than two dozen schools over the next decade.

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School systems open with stronger links to technology

On the first day at Lyons Mill Elementary school in Owings Mills on Monday, Alayla Michael was bursting with questions about the new laptops her class will use this school year.

"It is a better way to learn," said the 10-year-old, who believes learning on a tablet will be more fun than using paper and pencil.

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City schools CEO clashes with council over principal vacancies, budget

Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton told the City Council on Monday that the district is having difficulty retaining principals — but chided the city for not providing more money for its public schools.

Thornton and other school officials said 30 of the district's more than 180 schools lost their principals this past year — a turnover rate he said was about twice as high as national norms.

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