The Harford school system is doing everything it can to recruit and retain more minority teachers, and more teachers overall, but it is working against national trends that show a declining interest in teaching.
Class was in session early Thursday at the East Baltimore School where a majority of teachers called out sick en masse on Wednesday in what city schools officials said appeared to be a protest against potential layoffs and budget cuts.
Since becoming a parent, I think often of Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree" — a story about sacrifice and unconditional love. The tree gives first its apples, then its branches, then its trunk, until finally nothing remains but a weary stump. Often that metaphor can feel like the lived reality of many parents. But this week, I'm thinking about it in terms of Baltimore's principals, teachers and staff who, year after year, are asked to give everything they have, first with one arm tied
Baltimore school officials are asking state and city lawmakers for $65 million to shrink their $130 million budget deficit and avert the possible layoff or more than 1,000 employees. But schools CEO Sonja Santelises said she has "no firm commitments" from Annapolis or City Hall.
Bernard C. McGinn, 79, a retired children's advocate in the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services who was later a Calvert Hall High School faculty member, died of cancer Jan. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.
When a right wing legislators and the state's teacher's union agree on something, it's probably worth sitting up and taking notice. That seems to be the case when it comes to standardized testing of pre-kindergarten students.
Maryland Democratic lawmakers made their case Tuesday against a series of education bills that they say push a "privatization agenda" championed by President Donald Trump and his controversial new education secretary, Betsy DeVos.
The Harford County Board of Education faced a packed house and more pleas for swimming, drama and Harford Glen during its fourth and final public input session on the fiscal 2018 budget. Possible savings also were discussed, such as putting high and middle school students on the same buses.
Harford County faces a severe shortage of highly qualified teachers that will only get worse if more funding is not provided to the public school system, warned several participants in County Executive Barry Glassman's virtual town hall budget meeting Thursday night.
In the fall, students and teachers are excited for the school year, but by winter break both are feeling deflated and despairing. Why is that? What happens in those four months? Lack of support and poor relationships among all parties is largely to blame.
With one last public input session on the Harford County Public Schools superintendent's proposed budget for the next school year scheduled for Thursday night, many of the same subjects debated at three earlier sessions are again expected to be front and center.
Warren A. Sheffey, a retired Baltimore public schools educator and former member of the Baltimore City Foster Care Review Board, died Dec. 14 from complications of a stroke at Northwest Hospital. He was 87.
The Baltimore County school system would give its employees a 2 percent pay increase and hire more than a 100 new teachers as part of a 8.5 percent increase in local funding under the proposed spending plan presented to the school board Tuesday night.
Athanasia Kyriakakos, an art teacher at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School who was honored as Maryland Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists to be named the top educator in the nation.
Two years ago, Hailey Brennan was like many American 14-year-olds: knowledgeable about her friends, her schoolwork and her favorite music, but clueless when it came to making the most basic repairs around the house.
A Howard County high school English teacher was placed on administrative leave last week after assigning students to write a "fun" slave song as part of a lesson on abolitionist Frederick Douglass — the latest in a string of racially charged incidents in the suburban school system.
Editors of student newspapers and other student publications produced in Harford County Public Schools will have more freedom to publish potentially controversial stories under a new journalism policy adopted Monday night by the county's Board of Education that limits pre-publication censorship.
Stephen M. Eller, a retired educator and social studies department head who organized the first Holocaust curriculum for city public schools, died Nov. 17 from Parkinson's disease at Milford Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. He was 73.
I was born in rural South Carolina, the son of an auto mechanic and a homemaker. Thanks to great teachers and much-needed scholarships, I was the first member of my family to attend college — and it radically changed my life. Through the liberal arts, I delved into subjects I didn't know existed. I studied in other countries and developed a profound sense of the importance of diversity. Most of all, I figured out "the why" of my life: I was born to teach.
A new study published in The Lancet by senior author Dr. Andrew Pickles and 17 contributing authors about parents raising children with autism, reinforces our understanding of the power of early intervention and effective parent training, especially for families of children with disabilities. The study found that parents can learn how to "alleviate" the "symptoms" of children with autism and that parents could, indeed, be taught to "improve parent-child interactions in the home."