| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:45 PM
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.
Elizabeth Barletta, in her...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 9:00 AM
At one point, I was hoping that Tisha Edwards would be hired as the next CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools. Now, I am glad she was not.
Threatening principals with "performance plans" (a precursor to dismissal) is guaranteed to work as well as...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 5:08 PM
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...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Many good things are happening in Baltimore's public schools. We've moved away from zero-tolerance discipline policies, graduation rates are on the rise, and middle-graders are scoring higher on national assessments.
But much more progress is needed,...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 2:19 PM
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....
| Mar 21, 2014
| 8:00 AM
I am amazed that The Sun's editorial writers have sided with interim Baltimore City schools CEO Tisha Edwards in blaming school principals for the high rates of absenteeism at some schools ("AWOL from class," March 17).
Do your writers actually read the...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 9:31 AM
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.
The letter was sent one day after The...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 9:45 AM
After being regaled by The Sun's investigative report about the horrific attacks on teachers and what it is costing Baltimore, interim Schools CEO Tisha Edwards should put first things first. Sure, it's important that students show up for class ("Students...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 1:50 PM
Baltimore City principals are criticizing interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards' decision to hold them accountable for high rates of chronic absenteeism among their students. The principals say it's the parents' fault if children don't come to class and...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 2:40 PM
Nearly one-third of Baltimore principals are facing disciplinary action over high student absenteeism, drawing the ire of a union leader who has fired back that parents are the problem, not schools.
Baltimore schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards said 61...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 6:59 PM
The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to give a four-year contract worth more than $1 million to Gregory Thornton, the Milwaukee administrator introduced last month as the next superintendent of the school system.
The contract, approved unanimously by...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 4:09 PM
More than a decade before thousands rallied outside the State House in Annapolis for adequate school facilities for the city's children, several dozen residents met in a school lunchroom in Northeast Baltimore to lay the groundwork for building just one...