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  • Coppin's problem is that Maryland has failed to fund the school adequately

    The Sun suggests that the buck stops at Coppin State University President Reginald Avery's door regarding efforts to improve student retention and graduation rates and point the school in a new direction ("Which way for Coppin?" July 25). But whatever...
  • Negotiations with Howard teachers continue as board signs contracts

    Negotiations with Howard teachers continue as board signs contracts
    Negotiations between the Howard County Board of Education and the teachers' union are edging further and further into the summer months, even as the board signed agreements last week with several other bargaining units. At its meeting on Thursday,...
  • Corrections department questioned over pace of jail review

    Corrections department questioned over pace of jail review
    Maryland corrections officials faced questions from state lawmakers Thursday over whether they are acting swiftly enough to investigate potential corruption among employees. A legislative panel on prison corruption met for the first time in the...
  • Howard school board to sign contracts with several unions

    The Howard County Board of Education announced last week that it had reached tentative agreements with the majority of the bargaining units in the Howard County Public School System, but negotiations with the teachers' union are ongoing. Under the...
  • Maryland corrections job applicants to get polygraphs

    Maryland corrections job applicants to get polygraphs
    Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to beef up the internal investigations unit at the state corrections agency and subject all prospective officers to polygraph tests, according to a summary of reforms his administration will discuss at a legislative hearing...
  • Independent city jail audit shows widespread disorder

    Independent city jail audit shows widespread disorder
    Outside auditors warned the state early this year that conditions at the Baltimore jail had deteriorated to the point that the complex had become dangerous, allowing some inmates access to chemicals in a janitorial closet while others scrawled graffiti on...
  • City jail security chief failed lie-detector test, Maynard says

    City jail security chief failed lie-detector test, Maynard says
    The head of security at the Baltimore jail failed a polygraph test administered after a federal indictment alleged widespread corruption on her watch, corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard told lawmakers at a hearing in Annapolis. Shavella Miles is...
  • Inmates ask officers for contraband, retirees say

    Inmates ask officers for contraband, retirees say
    The inmates' requests often start small, former corrections officers say: a ballpoint pen, for example, or a sandwich from beyond the prison walls. "You may think it's insignificant," said former Cpl. Sheila Hill, who retired last year from the Patuxent...
  • Assaults on staff are focus of scathing report at Catonsville psychiatric hospital

    Assaults on staff are focus of scathing report at Catonsville psychiatric hospital
    In-patient units at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville have become troubled environments where serious assaults on hospital staff are common, according to a scathing new report from a consultant for the Maryland health department. The chaos...
  • Unions do their business on taxpayers' dime

    It's the old "fair share" argument, but this time it holds even less water than usual. The Maryland State Education Association, the union that bargains on behalf of K-12 teachers throughout Maryland, wants to force all teachers — members or not &#...
  • Health employees seek legislation to address workplace violence

    Health employees seek legislation to address workplace violence
    Bernice Troy, a geriatric nursing assistant in Baltimore for the past 20 years, has been spat on and cursed, scratched and punched on the job. A patient once slammed Jo Samrow, a nurse in Southern Maryland, into a wall so violently that she developed a...
  • Lawmakers ask County Council to postpone vote on retirement appeals bill

    Lawmakers ask County Council to postpone vote on retirement appeals bill
    State lawmakers are asking the Baltimore County Council to postpone a vote on a measure that would change the way public employees may challenge decisions on retirement benefits, saying it could violate state law. All but two members of the county...