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  • Edwards says she will not 'lower standards' on teacher evaluations

    Edwards says she will not 'lower standards' on teacher evaluations
    About 100 Baltimore educators rallied at city school headquarters Monday, protesting last-minute changes to their evaluation system that the teachers union vowed it would fight to reverse. But district officials say doing so would result in "lower...
  • Dorothea Rawlings, teacher

    Dorothea Rawlings, teacher
    Dorothea Arvin Rawlings, a former teacher at Barclay Elementary/Middle School, died of cancer March 9 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The West Baltimore resident was 73. Born Dorothea Arvin Simmons in Baltimore, she was raised on Calhoun Street at...
  • City youth protest school closure process in national day of action

    A group of Baltimore youth called Monday for communities throughout the city to have more say over what happens to their neighborhood schools under the city school system's 10-year-plan to upgrade its crumbling infrastructure. The youth and young adults...
  • 'Tis the season to give away books around the city

    'Tis the season: the season of lights and decorations, the season of too much food, too much drink, too much hustle bustle, too much, too much.  'Tis also the season of giving: giving donations and time to favorite charities, giving gifts to family,...
  • Report criticizes colleges' teacher preparation programs

    Report criticizes colleges' teacher preparation programs
    Teacher preparation programs in the nation and Maryland are part of "an industry of mediocrity" that is failing to give young teachers the skills to succeed in the classroom, according to a long-awaited report by a national research advocacy group. The...
  • Brenda J. Clayburn, City Union of Baltimore president, dies

    Brenda J. Clayburn, City Union of Baltimore president, dies
    Brenda J. Clayburn, a founder and later president of the City Union of Baltimore who was also a longtime city Police Department supervisor, died Sunday of undetermined causes at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 63. "She had recently been sick, and...
  • Michelle Rhee's education organization gives Maryland policy, reforms a grade of D+

    A controversial set of national report cards issued this week by StudentsFirst--the advocacy and lobbying organization started by former Washington, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee-- gave Maryland's educational policies and reforms a grade of D+...
  • Patricia Cook-Ferguson, teacher and Balto. Co. NAACP president

    Patricia Cook-Ferguson, teacher and Balto. Co. NAACP president
    Patricia Cook-Ferguson, a longtime Baltimore teacher and president of the Baltimore County NAACP known for wearing multiple hats in advocating for youth education and civil rights advancements, died Wednesday of complications from lung cancer. She was 56....
  • American Federation of Teachers, BTU parent union, proposes new 'bar exam' for teachers

    In the next five years, teachers entering the profession would first have to pass an comprehensive licensing exam--much like the bar exam for attorneys--as part of their certification, under a new proposal announced this week by the largest U.S....
  • Baltimore Teachers Union supports call to halt Common Core consequences

    The Baltimore Teacher's Union has called for the district hold off on attaching penalties to schools' performance on the the new  Common Core assessments, citing insufficient professional development and resources to implement the new high-stakes...
  • Diverse coalition funded same-sex marriage effort

    Diverse coalition funded same-sex marriage effort
    A broad coalition of donors — including casino giant MGM, Delta Airlines, a Washington nightclub and thousands of individuals across the country — together gave nearly $6 million to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland,...
  • Baltimore educators to rally in support of Chicago teacher strike

    Baltimore City educators are planning to rally in solidarity with their Chicago Public Schools counterparts, who made national news Monday by executing their first teacher strike in 25 years. About 25,000 Chicago unionized educators fulfilled their vow...