Senior cabinet members in the Baltimore City school system are being offered $10,000 to stay through June to assist with the transition to a new administration — a $70,000 expense that school officials say is the price of maintaining stability.
When Baltimore school officials pressed state lawmakers to fund an ambitious $1 billion, 10-year plan this year to modernize school facilities, no one understood having a decade-long vision more than Sen. Catherine Pugh.
Baltimore school administrators kicked off the coming school year Wednesday in an unconventional ceremony where interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards told school leaders that they would be encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and push the limits of what's possible.
I don't tune into Baltimore's morning news shows expecting hard-hitting, revealing interviews. Traffic, weather, softer features and a few nuts-and-bolts news stories are the usual order of the day. But WBFF's Patrice Sanders stopped me cold on May 24 with an interview she did with Baltimore City Schools CEO Andres Alonso in response to an audit that found tens of thousands of federal stimulus dollars had been misspent on his watch.
The Baltimore school system ranked second among the nation's 100 largest school districts in how much it spent per pupil in fiscal year 2011, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The city school board is considering proposals for seven charter schools that include two named for female trailblazers, another attempt at an all-male, college-preparatory program in East Baltimore, and an elementary school for at-risk youths.