Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's chief of staff is leaving the job less than five months after she started. Former acting Baltimore schools CEO Tisha Edwards will depart the administration to become president of BridgeEDU, the mayor's office said Friday.
Often the difference between a good schools CEO and a mediocre comes down to fit with the district. Therein lies the basis for the enthusiastic hope engendered by the appointment of Sonja Santelises as the new CEO of the Baltimore city schools. Unlike the departing Gregory Thornton, her strong suit is academic leadership.
The 3rd District, which Robert Curran has held tight since 1995 (when he took over for his brother, Mike, who retired from the City Council after 18 years), is another open seat with plenty of viable candidates. There are nine contenders—eight Democrats and one Green. Of the eight Democrats, four have raised significant money and/or have some name recognition or a political track record. Two have a lot of money and backing.
Joan Hammonds, a longtime Baltimore City teacher who served as executive assistant to the school district's interim CEO, died last week of unknown causes at Good Samaritan Hospital, her son said. She was 65.
A number of Baltimore City schools were forced to eliminate staff this week following mid-year budget cuts. Nearly 130 staff were left looking for job placements after the school district imposed budget cuts because student enrollments turned out to be lower than estimated before the school year began.
Maryland's performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress assessment — also known as the "Nation's Report Card" — put Maryland student achievement in the middle of the pack of states nationwide.
Roughly half of Maryland's kindergartners were deemed ready to tackle a more rigorous curriculum that's being rolled out in schools, according to the results of a new state assessment released Tuesday.
For the past three years, while their peers were sleeping in or on vacation, a group of teenagers from across Baltimore City have converged on Digital Harbor High School with a common goal: to face a challenge.
As the Baltimore school system was running up a $72 million deficit last year — a gap that officials say will force job cuts for the first time in decades — it paid out $46 million in bonuses, overtime pay and accrued leave, pushing the earnings of many of its employees into six figures.
In the first major policy move he's proposed since taking over as CEO in July, Thornton is requiring the principals of more than 30 of the city's struggling schools to follow mandates in areas where the previous administration allowed them to make their own decisions.
The Baltimore school board will vote Tuesday on a $1.3 billion budget that has drawn backlash from schools and lawmakers for its cuts to programs and has led the board to consider a possible overhaul of the district's funding formula as some high schools face up to $450,000 in cuts.