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Morgan State professor receives three years in fraud scheme

Morgan State professor receives three years in fraud scheme

A Morgan State University professor was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and will pay $105,726 in restitution in connection with a scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation and his students, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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Dallas Dance named to White House advisory commission

Dallas Dance named to White House advisory commission

Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance was named this week to the federal Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans by President Barack Obama.

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Hammond's Jody Zepp is a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year

Hammond's Jody Zepp is a finalist for Maryland Teacher of the Year

Hammond High School teacher Jody Zepp has been named one of seven finalists for Maryland Teacher of the Year for 2014.

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For state fair participants, start of school before Labor Day hits home

For state fair participants, start of school before Labor Day hits home 

Hannah Sheats raises goats, makes clothes and bakes items with the 4-H to show at the Maryland State Fair. But the 11-year-old Parkton girl hasn't been to the State Fairgrounds in Timonium as much as she'd like since Baltimore County public schools opened Wednesday.

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Former North Korean detainee, 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Office' actors among upcoming JHU speakers

Former North Korean detainee, 'Breaking Bad,' 'The Office' actors among upcoming JHU speakers

Johns Hopkins University will host a former North Korean detainee, the hiker whose accident was adapted into the movie "127 Hours," and actors from "Breaking Bad" and "The Office," among several other speakers this fall.

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Hopkins student team selected in competition to build 'Star Trek'-like device

Hopkins student team selected in competition to build 'Star Trek'-like device 

A team of Johns Hopkins University undergraduates was named a finalist in a competition to build a real-life version of the tricorder, a fictional device used on the TV show "Star Trek" to diagnose health ailments.

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Excitement and some tears as children go back to school

Excitement and some tears as children go back to school 

At the front door of a home near Holabird Academy in Southeast Baltimore, new city schools CEO Gregory Thornton and the Baltimore Oriole Bird mascot greeted a gaggle of young children with fresh uniforms and backpacks, all ready for the first day of school.

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School year starts with continuing reforms

School year starts with continuing reforms 

Last year, the Common Core was debated by everyone from conservative talk show hosts to parents flooding state capitals, and teachers rebelled against a new evaluation system they believe is unfair.

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Maryland schools see influx of immigrants from Central America

Maryland schools see influx of immigrants from Central America 

With just $40 in his pocket and the killing of two friends fresh in his mind, 13-year-old Leonardo Enrique Navas set off from El Salvador in July and traveled alone for 15 days on buses and taxis until he crossed the border into Texas.

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Md. college campus police also getting military surplus gear

Md. college campus police also getting military surplus gear 

Three campus police departments in Maryland now own surplus military gear including "riot type" shotguns, M16 assault rifles and an armored truck under a Defense Department program that's sparked new controversy this month.

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Baltimore County school grievance resolved

Baltimore County school grievance resolved

A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday.

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Howard school staff return to classes, prepare for new education model

Howard school staff return to classes, prepare for new education model

Monday marked the return of public schools staff in Howard County before next week's opening of school for students, and teachers were greeted with pulsating Motown music and call-and-response chanting.

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Chief of schools' new achievement office reaches out to set agenda, mend fences

Chief of schools' new achievement office reaches out to set agenda, mend fences

Anthony Alston was appointed by Anne Arundel County Public Schools to address achievement gaps among student groups.

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Anne Arundel school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel school system unveils new elementary pilot program

Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program in the new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society.

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McDonough asks state prosecutor to investigate Baltimore County school board

McDonough asks state prosecutor to investigate Baltimore County school board

State Del. Pat McDonough has asked the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office to investigate whether the Baltimore County school board acted properly when it gave the superintendent an increase in his pay and benefits package of $27,000.

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Towson University president takes leave of absence because of health issues

Towson University president takes leave of absence because of health issues 

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke is taking a leave of absence through the end of the year because of "health and personal challenges," she wrote in a letter to the university community Thursday.

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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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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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