| May 1, 2014
| 4:54 PM
Two months after nearly one-third of the city's principals were penalized over poor student attendance, the school system has made marked progress, education officials said at a hearing Thursday called by City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.
| 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 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 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 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 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 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...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:46 AM
Incoming Baltimore schools superintendent Gregory Thornton is already shaking up the ranks at city school headquarters, naming three key Cabinet heads who will start with him on July 1.
The city school board approved in a special meeting Tuesday the...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 4:18 PM
Baltimore school officials are investigating hazing allegations involving the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School football program, and parents are protesting the possibility that the school's celebrated coach might be removed.
School officials declined to...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Before a crowd of students, education leaders and activists, new Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Tuesday that he was "coming home" to Maryland, where he will take the helm of one of the state's lowest-performing but highest-profile school...