Baltimore schools CEO Sonja Santelises kicked off the new school year on Monday by having breakfast with students at John Eager Howard Elementary School, where children were welcomed back by school staff, political leaders and even African drummers.
"I love the first day of school," Santelises said. "It always shows the potential of the system."
Schools also opened Monday in Howard and Carroll counties. With a new superintendent at the helm in Baltimore, however, the pomp of the annual "first-day tour" had a different feel.
"It's a reminder that we have to start with what kids bring to the classroom, which, yes, includes...