| Jun 22, 2011
| 9:12 PM
Widespread cheating on state assessment tests has been uncovered at two Baltimore elementary schools, state and district officials are expected to announce today.
Investigators with the state Department of Education found that Maryland School...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 8:12 PM
After announcing that cheating had occurred at two elementary schools in the past two years, Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso vowed Thursday that results of the 2011 Maryland School Assessment tests would be the most "extraordinarily transparent set of...
| Jun 25, 2011
| 2:46 PM
In Camden, N.J., a principal said the pressure to pump up students' standardized test results came with a threat from a district supervisor — nice medical benefits you have for your sick daughter, sure would be a shame to lose them.
In Atlanta, one...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 5:34 PM
Nearly 90 percent of Baltimore elementary and middle schools fell short of academic targets on state assessments this year, signaling a trend that education officials nationwide say will eventually label most American schools as failures.
Only 15 of...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 12:46 PM
The news last week that nearly 90 percent of Baltimore City elementary and middle schools failed last year to make adequate yearly progress is less an indictment of the city educational system than it is evidence of the flaws of the Bush-era's No Child...
| May 7, 2012
| 12:39 PM
The surprise endorsement of same-sex marriage on Sunday by Vice President Joe Biden is leading to some predictable election-year cynicism. Was this the Obama White House trying to have it both ways — sending a signal to gay supporters that the...
| Mar 14, 2012
| 6:21 PM
The Baltimore school system has paid its employees about $65 million for unused leave over the past five years, a rare perk that many employers have abandoned and that has come under fire as school districts have experienced shrinking budgets.
| Mar 15, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Maryland will receive another infusion of federal funding to continue turnaround efforts in the state's worst schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.
The state will receive $6.7 million in federal school improvement grants to dole...
| Mar 28, 2012
| 6:21 PM
When S. Dallas Dance was searching for his first teaching job out of college, he was hired by a Virginia high school principal nearly twice his age.
Just a decade later, after a meteoric career rise that impresses some and worries others, Dance has ended...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 3:00 AM
I am a proud product of the Baltimore City public school system. My high school years at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute prepared me exceptionally well for the rigorous academic studies that led to a career in medicine, health policy and economics, and...
| May 14, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Baltimore County parents and legislators will ask incoming schools Superintendent Dallas Dance to consider putting more teachers in high schools, where class sizes have swelled since positions were eliminated a year ago.
Maryland Sen. James Brochin, a...
| May 16, 2012
| 1:28 PM
Barack Obama made himself a one-term president last week by telling ABC, "I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."
Up till now, he was politically savvy, saying his position was "evolving." But in repealing the military's "don't ask,...