As Corey Witherspoon cradled a senior who had just been stabbed in the heart at Baltimore's Renaissance Academy High School, the boy's mentor tried to stop the bleeding with his hands. He screamed: "Fight. You can make it. You'd better keep breathing!" Those words became the unofficial mantra for Renaissance's Class of 2016, a group that endured so much trauma last year, perhaps the toughest year ever for the school, or any school.
Fifteen years after Maryland committed to enhance its historically black institutions (HBIs) through a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and after many years of litigation and mediation, the state has proposed a "remedy" ostensibly designed to eliminate the vestiges of de jure era segregation found to still exist in Maryland's higher education system. Rather than offering programmatic enhancements that would support our efforts to bring
By Mickey L. Burnim, Juliette Bell and Maria Thompson
Tiana Jones and Demarkis Cooper are helping bring notice to the school's Professional Golf Management program. It is one of 19 accredited by the PGA of America and the only one at a historically black university.
Coppin State University suffered a $2.5 million revenue shortfall this year because of a dip in enrollment, and school officials said Tuesday that the deficit is being offset with personnel changes and cost-saving measures rather than tuition increases.
More than from any other school district in the state, Baltimore students' test scores have pushed them into noncredit remedial courses that they must take before college-level classes, according to new data from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
This was the promise: No longer would African-Americans be forced to pick up their meals from the back door of restaurants. No longer would they need to fear being unable to find lodgings on their way home from a trip.
Now 23 years old, Ian Chiles -- a 7-foot-2, 260-pound center at Morgan State for the last four seasons -- has spent the past month and a half practicing jump shots in workouts for teams as he prepares for Thursday's NBA draft.
As the work begins to remedy what a federal judge ruled were persistent segregative policies that hurt Maryland's historically black universities, the process is expected to be lengthy, expensive, and potentially contentious.
A restaurant/sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., where Roger Browns lives bears his name. Brown, a onetime 300-pound All Pro defensive tackle, also owns establishments in Williamsburg and Newport News. On the menu is a club sandwich called the "Fearsome Foursome," a nod to the nickname given the celebrated defensive lines on which Brown played in both Detroit and L.A.
State officials and attorneys representing Maryland's historically black colleges and universities will head to mediation to resolve the remnants of a legal battle spurred by the institutions' complaint that the state hasn't done enough to help them overcome segregation-era policies.
By By Erica L. Green and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun
Presidents of the state's historically black colleges and universities were cautiously optimistic Tuesday that a recent federal court ruling ordering remedies for persistent segregative policies in Maryland higher education would result in new opportunities and resources for their campuses
Teacher preparation programs in the nation and Maryland are "an industry of mediocrity" that are failing to give young teachers the skills to be successful in the classroom, according to a long-awaited report by a national research advocacy group.
By By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green and The Baltimore Sun