Baltimore schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards announced a sweeping plan Tuesday that would close seven schools in June, including struggling programs that originally were slated to stay open and undergo renovations.
The overwhelming majority of Maryland's high school graduates are passing state assessments needed to obtain a high school diploma, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education, though gaps persist between minority students and their peers.
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.
$1.6 million in renovations to two public schools in Charles Village are the first tangible results of the Homewood Community Partners Initiative that was announced in December. The Initiative was Hopkins' attempt to help 10 struggling communities in the north Baltimore area. This morning, Hopkins president and interim schools CEO were on hand to announce the renovations to Barclay and Margaret Brent elementary/middle schools.
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.