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Hereford parents petition school board about schedule change

Hereford parents petition school board about schedule change

Hereford High School parents aren't giving up on their quest to keep their school's current schedule, and they filed a legal petition Monday with the Baltimore County school board.

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State of Schools address sponsored by school system contractors

State of Schools address sponsored by school system contractors

The Baltimore County Education Foundation put on the superintendent's annual "State of the Schools" address this month, a luncheon for hundreds at Martin's West in Windsor Mill during which Superintendent Dallas Dance highlighted successes and his...

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Towson University president diagnosed with cancer, expects full recovery

Towson University president diagnosed with cancer, expects full recovery

Towson University President Maravene Loeschke told faculty and staff Friday that she was recently diagnosed with cancer but expects to make a full recovery.

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Loyola University Maryland lays off 15 employees

Loyola University Maryland lays off 15 employees

Loyola University Maryland has laid off 15 staff members and its president said Friday that the college had reached a "critical moment" where large tuition increases could no longer be sustained.

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Frederick Douglass principal convicted of fraud

Frederick Douglass principal convicted of fraud

The principal of a celebrated Baltimore high school has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of nearly $2 million he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry.

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New state higher-education plan addresses changing demographics of students

New state higher-education plan addresses changing demographics of students

The body overseeing higher education in Maryland unveiled a new four-year plan Wednesday intended to help serve the low-income, first-generation and nontraditional students that make up a growing segment of the academic population.

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City school system presents scenario that could mean layoffs

City school system presents scenario that could mean layoffs

Baltimore city school officials presented Tuesday a budget scenario that could call for "considerable staff layoffs and de-funding key contracts that serve schools" if a $31 million deficit is not closed.

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Four new schools apply to open in city

Four new schools apply to open in city

Four new schools are vying to open in Baltimore in the next two years, including an early college high school that would bring a successful model to the city that allows students to earn a college degree by the time they graduate.

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New member appointed to city school board

New member appointed to city school board

A veteran Baltimore city educator has been appointed to serve as a commissioner on the city school board.

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Nation of Islam leader may speak at Morgan State University in the fall

Nation of Islam leader may speak at Morgan State University in the fall

Morgan State University is working with a group that intends to bring Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak on campus this fall, a university spokesman said Saturday.

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Districts set dates for last day of school after the long winter

Districts set dates for last day of school after the long winter

School districts are finding it hard to get snow day waivers from Maryland School Superintendent Lillian Lowery, who has quickly denied some five-day applications.

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Archbishop Curley teacher charged with sexual abuse

Archbishop Curley teacher charged with sexual abuse

A science teacher at Archbishop Curley High School accused of engaging in sexual activity with a student was charged Friday with sexual abuse of a minor.

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Rawlings-Blake speaks with KIPP students after lockdown

Rawlings-Blake speaks with KIPP students after lockdown

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts met with students at KIPP charter schools Friday to ease their fears, a day after a visiting college student's tripod was mistaken for a gun, setting off an hours-long lockdown.

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City names 2014 Teacher of the Year

City names 2014 Teacher of the Year

A fifth-grade math and science teacher whose principal calls her the "cream of the crop" and whose students say makes them forget they're learning equations and elements was named Baltimore City's 2014 Teacher of the Year.

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School, police vigilant in face of reports of gunmen

School, police vigilant in face of reports of gunmen

Amid reports of an "active shooter" on campus Monday, Stevenson University students threw their desks against the classroom door, then prayed with near-strangers under computer carts.

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City teacher loses part of finger breaking up fight

City teacher loses part of finger breaking up fight

A Baltimore high school teacher lost part of her finger Wednesday while breaking up a fight at Western High School, according to a school police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

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Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton

Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton

Last year, Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee failed to live up to its name.

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Dance promotes new initiatives in county schools

Dance promotes new initiatives in county schools

Baltimore County schools will embark on a number of new initiatives next year, including expanding pre-kindergarten for its poorest students and those with special needs, a Spanish blended-learning program in 10 schools, and more opportunities for middle and high students to advance their studies.

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McDaniel penalizes fraternity, sorority for 'CMT vs. BET' party

McDaniel penalizes fraternity, sorority for 'CMT vs. BET' party

McDaniel College placed a fraternity and a sorority accused of throwing a "CMT vs. BET"-themed house party in January on "deferred suspension," the school announced Tuesday.

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Loyola annexes Notre Dame, UMD rejoins ACC and more April Fools' Day jokes

Loyola annexes Notre Dame, UMD rejoins ACC and more April Fools' Day jokes

Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University students prepare for a violent and drunken clash after Loyola's president declared the college would annex Notre Dame. University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh is carted off in handcuffs after being caught selling student and faculty Social Security numbers. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County plans to build a new enclosed escalator to carry students up a large hill that will feature "free hot-and-cold beverage service."

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UMUC to lay off 70 amid declining enrollments

UMUC to lay off 70 amid declining enrollments

The University of Maryland University College announced Friday that it would lay off 70 employees — the latest problem to hit the school that caters to nontraditional students, including members of the military, the federal government and working adults.

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Univ. Of Md. President testifies to Senate about data breach [Video]

University of Maryland president testifies to Senate about data breach [Video]

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Enrollment declines at University System of Maryland expected in coming years

Enrollment declines at University System of Maryland expected in coming years

Enrollment at the University System of Maryland is expected to decline in the coming academic year and the following year, the first projected drop since the 1990s.

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City school board votes down tuition increase

City school board votes down tuition increase

The Baltimore school board voted against a tuition increase next year for students who aren't city residents, amid a push from district officials to make its rates more competitive.

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Towson University students win national debate championship

Towson University students win national debate championship

Two Towson University students edged out 170 other teams to win a national debate championship held in Indiana this week, the second time in recent years a Towson team has netted national debate honors.

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City principals prepared to file class-action grievance over PIPs

City principals prepared to file class-action grievance over PIPs

The Baltimore City administrators union is preparing to file a class-action grievance against the school system in response to Interim CEO Tisha Edwards' plan that has 61 principals facing disciplinary action if they don't do more to prevent students from missing 20 or more days of school this year.

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As snow falls, state school board allows way out of 180-day rule

As snow falls, state school board allows way out of 180-day rule

A Maryland school superintendent wouldn't ordinarily give local systems a pass on the requirement that public school students go to school for 180 days a year.

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City councilwoman urges different approach to combating student absenteeism

City councilwoman urges different approach to combating student absenteeism

A Baltimore city councilwoman is calling on school system leaders to reconsider using a disciplinary tool against more than one-third of principals in order to improve student attendance, saying it takes an entire community to get students to school.

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New strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero

New strategy would drop college textbook costs to zero

Holding a whiteboard, the University of Maryland, College Park students scrawled their complaints and posed for a picture.

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Thornton sends words of encouragement to city principals

Thornton sends words of encouragement to city principals

Incoming Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton sent a letter to all city principals this week, explaining why he's not here in Baltimore and encouraging them to stay strong through the rest of the school year.

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Baltimore County student brings gun that shoots plastic pellets to class

Baltimore County student brings gun that shoots plastic pellets to class

Baltimore County school officials found a gun that shoots plastic pellets in the backpack of a student at Charlesmont Elementary School in Dundalk on Wednesday.

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Students try out new PARCC assessment

Students try out new PARCC assessment

The educators at Marley Elementary School near Glen Burnie are a little worried about what may happen when their students receive the next generation of tests.

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Marylou Yam named Notre Dame of Maryland president

Marylou Yam named Notre Dame of Maryland president

Notre Dame of Maryland University announced Thursday that a New Jersey liberal arts college provost known for her research on domestic violence will be its new president.

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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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