Recent stories by Erica L. Green

Thornton looking at money-saving measures

7:18 PM EDT, August 20, 2014

Thornton looking at money-saving measures

Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Wednesday that he is in the early stages of assessing where the central office can be more efficient and already cut back on two expenditures criticized during the previous administration.

Plan for long-term special-education substitutes in city draws concerns

9:20 PM EDT, August 13, 2014

Plan for long-term special-education substitutes in city draws concerns

Dozens of Baltimore classrooms could be staffed by long-term substitutes when school begins in less than two weeks, a plan drawing concern particularly because special-education students — who struggle the most academically — could be the largest group affected.

City still has hundreds of teacher vacancies

7:27 PM EDT, August 12, 2014

City still has hundreds of teacher vacancies

Baltimore school officials are working to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies in the weeks before the school year starts, according to information presented to the school board Tuesday.

Boosting college readiness is goal for new city schools CEO

5:39 PM EDT, August 9, 2014

Boosting college readiness is goal for new city schools CEO

As hundreds of Baltimore public school graduates prepare to set foot on a four-year college campus in Maryland this month, nearly half will notice something familiar on their schedules: a class they took in high school.

Mount Washington school redefines education

6:00 AM EDT, August 7, 2014

Mount Washington school redefines education

Caroline Chavasse stood before a room of fidgeting young bodies and wandering eyes and made a tearful plea for her livelihood.

Annapolis police make arrests in recent robberies

9:18 PM EDT, August 2, 2014

Annapolis police make arrests in recent robberies

Annapolis police arrested a man and two juveniles for two robberies that took place last month.

City officials, police urge public to help solve murder of 3-year-old girl

10:14 PM EDT, August 2, 2014

City officials, police urge public to help solve murder of 3-year-old girl

Devastated parents and distressed police and political leaders took to the streets Saturday to plead with the Waverly community to help catch the killers of 3-year-old McKenzie Elliott, whose shooting death has galvanized the city to stop a surge of violence in the past week.

City seeks to curb pre-K and kindergarten suspensions

7:43 PM EDT, July 9, 2014

City seeks to curb pre-K and kindergarten suspensions

Baltimore principals will be required to take extra steps before suspending 4- and 5-year-olds under a new policy that seeks to curb the practice of kicking the youngest students out of school.

Mayor and new superintendent hold forums in lead up to school year

7:14 PM EDT, August 2, 2014

Mayor and new superintendent hold forums in lead up to school year

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and new schools CEO Gregory Thornton will kick off a listening tour around the city on Monday, as part of a back-to-school campaign scheduled throughout the month that will include hearing out parent concerns and expectations for the upcoming school year.

Police say man fatally shot in West Baltimore on Saturday night

10:43 AM EDT, July 6, 2014

Police say man fatally shot in West Baltimore on Saturday night

Baltimore city police said a 23-year-old man in a West Baltimore neighborhood died Saturday after being shot multiple times.

Elderly relatives dead in apparent murder-suicide

10:43 AM EDT, July 6, 2014

Elderly relatives dead in apparent murder-suicide

Two elderly relatives who both battled health problems were found dead in an East Baltimore home Saturday in what Baltimore City police believe was a murder-suicide.

Hopkins settlement not the end for victims

11:25 PM EDT, July 22, 2014

Hopkins settlement not the end for victims

Attorneys for Johns Hopkins Hospital and a plaintiffs' group have settled on a dollar figure in the case of the gynecologist who was secretly filming patients during examinations, but some victims say their trauma will last well beyond the complex litigation.

Washington College president to step down

1:37 PM EDT, June 17, 2014

Washington College president to step down

The president of Washington College announced Tuesday that he will step down this fall to take a new post in Virginia.

Shifts in Maryland math curricula shown in test scores

5:45 PM EDT, July 12, 2014

Shifts in Maryland math curricula shown in test scores

For many students who took the Maryland School Assessments this year, parts of the math sections just didn't add up.

UMB official resigns amid fraud lawsuit

11:14 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

UMB official resigns amid fraud lawsuit

A University of Maryland, Baltimore official resigned Thursday amid inquiries into allegations that he defrauded an Oklahoma university of more than $1 million in a previous job and diverted the money to businesses from which he financially benefited.

Baltimore teachers union files grievance over evaluations

June 9, 2014

Baltimore teachers union files grievance over evaluations

The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a class action grievance against the city school system after the district made last-minute changes to its evaluation system, which knocked teachers down in ratings that are also tied to their ability to earn pay raises.

At Pimlico Race Course, big bets and disappointment for California Chrome bettors

10:47 PM EDT, June 7, 2014

At Pimlico Race Course, big bets and disappointment for California Chrome bettors

The owners of California Chrome might have had to face the world after the colt fell short of a Triple Crown victory Saturday, but Tim McCoig faced an even tougher crowd after the loss: his wife.

City formalizes partnership with local 'anchors'

8:23 PM EDT, June 24, 2014

City formalizes partnership with local 'anchors'

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will sign a pact with several leading universities and hospitals Wednesday to work together on some of the city's most vexing challenges, officials said.

South Baltimore students protest against planned plant near 2 schools

11:57 PM EDT, June 16, 2014

South Baltimore students protest against planned plant near 2 schools

A group of Baltimore students are calling on the school board to pull out of its agreement to purchase energy from a planned plant that would burn waste within a mile of two schools in one of the most polluted neighborhoods of the city.

City teacher provided students with answers to state exam

6:06 PM EDT, June 13, 2014

City teacher provided students with answers to state exam

All that was standing between AuQwan Griffin and a high school diploma was a state biology exam and a conflicted conscience. That crossroads led to the biggest teachable moment of his educational career.

MTA officer shoots, kills woman

11:30 AM EDT, June 8, 2014

MTA officer shoots, kills woman

A Maryland Transit Administration officer shot and killed a woman who attacked her at a light rail station in Glen Burnie Saturday night, according to Anne Arundel County police.

City school board votes to fully fund gifted programs

9:26 PM EDT, May 27, 2014

City school board votes to fully fund gifted programs

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to fully fund programs for gifted students, which were originally slated for cuts next year, and to tap its rainy-day fund to avoid layoffs and cuts to central office operations.

City's summer school program results backslide

5:28 PM EDT, June 8, 2014

City's summer school program results backslide

Baltimore school officials want to attract more highly effective teachers and raise awareness about attendance in summer school after the percentage of middle and high school students successfully completing academic programs plummeted last year.

1:42 PM EDT, May 26, 2014

Vote on controversial Baltimore school budget Tuesday

Baltimore's school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $1.3 billion budget that has drawn backlash from schools and lawmakers for its program cuts, and has led the board to consider overhauling a local funding formula that left some high schools with as much as $450,000 in cuts.

Task force recommends starting school after Labor Day

6:36 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Task force recommends starting school after Labor Day

A task force assigned to study a post-Labor Day start date for Maryland schools will recommend to Gov. Martin O'Malley that the summer break be extended, a measure that has been embraced by one Eastern Shore school district but opposed by most of the state's superintendents.

Vote on controversial city school budget Tuesday

7:22 AM EDT, May 27, 2014

Vote on controversial city school budget Tuesday

Baltimore's school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $1.3 billion budget that has drawn backlash from schools and lawmakers for its program cuts, and has led the board to consider overhauling a local funding formula that left some high schools with as much as $450,000 in cuts.

City's low-income students among highest achievers

6:00 AM EDT, May 22, 2014

City's low-income students among highest achievers

Most education research suggests that students at Hamilton Elementary and Thomas Johnson Middle would be handicapped by their low-income backgrounds.

City wants 2,000 school employees to start paying into pensions

5:49 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

City wants 2,000 school employees to start paying into pensions

The city pension board is requiring about 2,000 school employees to begin contributing to the municipal retirement system, a plan met with resistance by school officials, who say the district won't be able to meet the July 1 deadline.

School board to review weighted GPAs

10:16 PM EDT, May 12, 2014

School board to review weighted GPAs

When John Crosby takes his final exams this week, it will be a lot like playing "Jeopardy." Every question could be the one that costs the Polytechnic Institute senior thousands of dollars.

Hopkins under fire over not disclosing alleged rape

11:38 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

Hopkins under fire over not disclosing alleged rape

The Johns Hopkins University has come under fire for not disclosing to the campus an alleged rape at a fraternity house, leading a group of students to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and others to stage a protest Friday.

Students maced, handcuffed after fights outside Baltimore IT Academy

11:31 PM EDT, May 14, 2014

Students maced, handcuffed after fights outside Baltimore IT Academy

Several fights broke out among a group of roughly 60 students from city schools on the campus of Baltimore Information Technology Academy Wednesday afternoon, according to an internal communication obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

60 years after Brown v. Board of Ed, pockets of segregation remain in Md. schools

May 11, 2014

60 years after Brown v. Board of Ed, pockets of segregation remain in Md. schools

At 16, Dorant Wells has experienced the complexities of what Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation ruling, has wrought: He attended a middle school full of students of different colors and nationalities, but one where he sometimes felt there were lower expectations for black students.

Baltimore Teachers Union hosts first 'Prom Giveaway'

6:32 PM EDT, May 3, 2014

Baltimore Teachers Union hosts first 'Prom Giveaway'

Daja Dorsey had a list of things she was looking for in the perfect prom dress. And as the senior at Baltimore's Coppin Academy High School perused racks of dresses Saturday, looking for something short and sparkly, she was relieved to have at least one thing crossed off: an affordable price tag.

City student charged in school stabbing

5:45 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

City student charged in school stabbing

A 17-year-old Baltimore student is facing several assault charges in connection with a stabbing that occurred at a Southeast Baltimore school last week, according to court records.

City student stabbed in chest at school

8:25 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

City student stabbed in chest at school

A 14-year-old student at Friendship Academy of Science and Technology in Baltimore was stabbed Friday in the chest with a knife after a verbal altercation with a fellow student, according to a notification sent out to school officials obtained by The Baltimore Sun. A 17-year-old student was arrested.

Most of city principals who had been penalized over attendance removed from improvement plans

7:54 PM EDT, May 1, 2014

Most of city principals who had been penalized over attendance removed from improvement plans

Two months after nearly one-third of the city's principals were penalized over poor student attendance, the school system has made marked progress, education officials said at a hearing Thursday called by City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.

Baltimore County educator named National Teacher of the Year

8:10 PM EDT, April 30, 2014

Baltimore County educator named National Teacher of the Year

Awake in the middle of the night, Sean McComb couldn't wait to write one of the most important thank-you notes of his career: "Today is a really cool day," it began. "It's cool because you all became the National Students of the Year!"

To improve schools, Obama administration focuses on training teachers

9:19 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

To improve schools, Obama administration focuses on training teachers

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is developing new rules aimed at improving schools by focusing on the training that teachers receive before they enter the classroom — an idea that met with a mix of cautious support and questions from Maryland's leading schools of education.

School funding falls short for city gifted programs

7:22 AM EDT, April 30, 2014

School funding falls short for city gifted programs

Darius Johnson says he's just an ordinary student, presented with an educational opportunity in his freshman year of high school that led him to extraordinary choices: Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Duke, Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Stanford and Washington universities, the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

School, police vigilant in face of reports of gunmen

9:19 PM EDT, April 3, 2014

School, police vigilant in face of reports of gunmen

Amid reports of an "active shooter" on campus Monday, Stevenson University students threw their desks against the classroom door, then prayed with near-strangers under computer carts.

Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton

7:38 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Arts education advocates see promise in Thornton

Last year, Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee failed to live up to its name.

City school board considers tuition increase for nonresident students

7:29 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

City school board considers tuition increase for nonresident students

The Baltimore school board is considering a more than 20 percent tuition increase next year for students who are not residents, which would make the city's rates higher than Baltimore County's and competitive with some Catholic programs.

Frederick Douglass principal convicted of fraud

10:23 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Frederick Douglass principal convicted of fraud

The principal of a celebrated Baltimore high school has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal government of nearly $2 million he received in a previous job to feed disadvantaged children, but used instead for other purposes, including leasing luxury cars and buying jewelry.

Dance promotes new initiatives in county schools

6:14 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Dance promotes new initiatives in county schools

Baltimore County schools will embark on a number of new initiatives next year, including expanding pre-kindergarten for its poorest students and those with special needs, a Spanish blended-learning program in 10 schools, and more opportunities for middle and high students to advance their studies.

City names 2014 Teacher of the Year

8:45 PM EDT, April 3, 2014

City names 2014 Teacher of the Year

A fifth-grade math and science teacher whose principal calls her the "cream of the crop" and whose students say makes them forget they're learning equations and elements was named Baltimore City's 2014 Teacher of the Year.

U.S. Department of Education criticizes Md.'s Race to the Top progress

March 19, 2014

U.S. Department of Education criticizes Md.'s Race to the Top progress

Maryland has faced several challenges in fulfilling its $250 million promise to overhaul the way it educates students and evaluates educators, the U.S. Department of Education reported Wednesday.

Dyane Fancey, poet

11:01 PM EDT, April 20, 2014

Dyane Fancey, poet

Dyane Fancey, a prominent poet in Baltimore's arts community who also worked in the city school system and at a popular Mount Vernon restaurant, died April 13 of heart failure. The Hampden resident was 63.

City principals face discipline for student absenteeism

5:40 PM EDT, March 16, 2014

City principals face discipline for student absenteeism

Nearly one-third of Baltimore principals are facing disciplinary action over high student absenteeism, drawing the ire of a union leader who has fired back that parents are the problem, not schools.

City school board approves Thornton contract

9:59 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

City school board approves Thornton contract

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to give a four-year contract worth more than $1 million to Gregory Thornton, the Milwaukee administrator introduced last month as the next superintendent of the school system.

City College teacher wins Milken Educator Award

12:24 PM EST, March 7, 2014

City College teacher wins Milken Educator Award

The rumor was that the president of the United States was going to appear at Baltimore City College on Thursday, so teacher Mark Miazga swapped his usual polo for a shirt and tie in case he got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity before resuming his day of teaching Steinbeck.

City foster youths sent to get diploma in a day have trouble enrolling in college

7:34 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

City foster youths sent to get diploma in a day have trouble enrolling in college

Ebony Scott remembers vividly the day she got the piece of paper she hoped would change her life.

City teacher loses part of finger breaking up fight

9:31 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

City teacher loses part of finger breaking up fight

A Baltimore high school teacher lost part of her finger Wednesday while breaking up a fight at Western High School, according to a school police report obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

City school board votes down tuition increase

4:04 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

City school board votes down tuition increase

The Baltimore school board voted against a tuition increase next year for students who aren't city residents, amid a push from district officials to make its rates more competitive.

City schools budget has board seeing red

6:21 PM EDT, April 13, 2014

City schools budget has board seeing red

A slowdown in revenue has Baltimore school officials scrambling for budget adjustments that won't require the system to raid its rainy-day fund or cut central office positions and school programs.

Stabbing reported at city high school

5:44 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Stabbing reported at city high school

One student was injured and another arrested in a stabbing that took place at Patterson High School this week, school officials said.

Snow delays MSA testing in some school districts

7:21 PM EST, March 3, 2014

Snow delays MSA testing in some school districts

The snow continued to play havoc with school schedules Monday, delaying the beginning of state testing in some places and keeping students home for yet another day.

New Baltimore schools chief navigated complex terrain in Milwaukee

8:01 PM EST, February 22, 2014

New Baltimore schools chief navigated complex terrain in Milwaukee

— Newly named to head Baltimore's public schools, Gregory E. Thornton has unfinished business in the district he is leaving behind after 31/2 tumultuous years.

Gregory Thornton announced as new city schools chief

10:45 PM EST, February 18, 2014

Gregory Thornton announced as new city schools chief

Before a crowd of students, education leaders and activists, new Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Tuesday that he was "coming home" to Maryland, where he will take the helm of one of the state's lowest-performing but highest-profile school districts later this year.

Council wants hearings on school violence

10:52 PM EST, February 17, 2014

Council wants hearings on school violence

City lawmakers said Monday that they were shocked by newly published reports of school violence and plan to hold hearings to address the hundreds of injury claims filed by teachers.

Gregory Thornton named new city schools CEO

11:31 AM EST, February 18, 2014

Gregory Thornton named new city schools CEO

Gregory E. Thornton, the superintendent of Milwaukee's public schools, was named on Tuesday the next CEO of the Baltimore City school system.

Hazing investigated at Dunbar High School

7:18 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Hazing investigated at Dunbar High School

Baltimore school officials are investigating hazing allegations involving the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School football program, and parents are protesting the possibility that the school's celebrated coach might be removed.

Long-promised community school comes to fruition

7:09 PM EDT, March 9, 2014

Long-promised community school comes to fruition

More than a decade before thousands rallied outside the State House in Annapolis for adequate school facilities for the city's children, several dozen residents met in a school lunchroom in Northeast Baltimore to lay the groundwork for building just one new school in their community.

School bus driver lawsuit settled

11:04 PM EST, February 4, 2014

School bus driver lawsuit settled

Baltimore school bus drivers and aides have reached a settlement with Durham School Services, the transportation contractor that workers sued over unfair wages, according to attorneys for the plaintiffs.

City teachers upset about mail clause in proposed contract

8:33 PM EST, February 5, 2014

City teachers upset about mail clause in proposed contract

On any given day, a teacher's mailbox is usually chock full of messages: leaflets advertising professional development, discount coupons for office supplies, publications from curriculum companies, and book club invitations.

Maryland graduation rate rises to 85 percent

8:26 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Maryland graduation rate rises to 85 percent

Maryland's high school graduation rate has been climbing steadily for the past four years and reached nearly 85 percent — far above the national average — this past June, according to data released Tuesday.

State lawmakers seek task force on pre-K suspensions

4:56 PM EST, February 1, 2014

State lawmakers seek task force on pre-K suspensions

State lawmakers want to form a task force of educators and advocates to look into the issue of pre-kindergarten suspensions, a little-known practice that came to light recently amid a surge in 3- and 4-year-olds being temporarily kicked out of Baltimore public schools.

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

10:30 PM EST, January 25, 2014

Grieving friends recall mall shooting victims

When he heard the news that there'd been a shooting at the Zumiez store at The Mall in Columbia, Abhishek Rishi posted a panicked message hoping for a phone call from his friend.

Md. schools need $100 million in technology upgrades for new testing

8:49 PM EST, January 16, 2014

Md. schools need $100 million in technology upgrades for new testing

Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Schools around the state already reducing suspensions

6:46 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Schools around the state already reducing suspensions

Delvond Grady disliked attending middle school at New Hope Academy so much, he began finding ways to get sent home.

Federal officials unveil school discipline guidance in visit to Baltimore

5:44 PM EST, January 8, 2014

Federal officials unveil school discipline guidance in visit to Baltimore

Federal education and justice officials unveiled during a visit to Baltimore on Wednesday the first set of national school discipline guidelines to reduce out-of-school suspensions and address the disproportionate suspension rates of students of color and those with disabilities.

Report gives local Teach for America educators high marks in math

5:28 PM EST, January 5, 2014

Report gives local Teach for America educators high marks in math

Just a few months before Artemus Werts stood before classes in Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, he had to relearn math concepts he hadn't reviewed in years.

City teachers ratify new contract

9:12 PM EST, February 6, 2014

City teachers ratify new contract

Baltimore teachers voted Thursday to ratify a three-year contract that will give them annual raises of 1 percent and opportunities for promotion, but leaves uncertainty about evaluations and a career ladder that was introduced three years ago.

Scattered flurries forecast for Christmas Eve

7:12 AM EST, December 24, 2013

Scattered flurries forecast for Christmas Eve

Highs in the lower 40s are forecast for Tuesday, and scattered flurries are expected in the afternoon.

East Baltimore students start new year in new school

7:31 PM EST, January 2, 2014

East Baltimore students start new year in new school

Hundreds of Baltimore students started 2014 exploring a sprawling new campus that officials say will become a national model for urban education reform.

Local organization marks $10 million in scholarships

6:56 PM EST, January 1, 2014

Local organization marks $10 million in scholarships

In the early 1800s, a successful businessman watched as young homeless girls roamed the docks of Baltimore, selling items to survive. He thought that if they just had an education, that could make all of the difference. So he began planning for a school.

9:20 PM EST, December 18, 2013

Man in custody after Towson barricade

A man is in custody after he barricaded himself inside a Hampton home for nearly seven hours Wednesday, Baltimore County police said.

Nicholas James Kiladis

4:56 PM EST, December 29, 2013

Nicholas James Kiladis

Nicholas James Kiladis, a former contracts administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration, died Dec. 25 at Oak Crest, a long-term care facility in Parkville, of complications from a brain injury he suffered in November 2012. He was 79.

City students improve in reading, lag in math on national test

8:24 PM EST, December 18, 2013

City students improve in reading, lag in math on national test

Baltimore's fourth- and eighth-graders posted significant gains in reading on a rigorous national exam, but math scores declined and student achievement still lags significantly, according to results released Wednesday.

9:00 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Man shot in buttock in West Baltimore

City police are investigating a shooting in West Baltimore where a 30-year-old man was shot in the buttock.

City board votes to close six schools in 2014

10:35 PM EST, December 17, 2013

City board votes to close six schools in 2014

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to close six schools at the end of the school year but spared two other schools from immediate closure after passionate protests from the community.

Social Services to review alternative education programs offered to foster youths

9:27 PM EST, November 25, 2013

Social Services to review alternative education programs offered to foster youths

The Baltimore Department of Social Services on Monday pledged a comprehensive review of alternative education programs for foster children, after revelations that it paid $40,000 to send students to a school in Philadelphia where they obtained a diploma in one day.

Police identify victim in Southwest Baltimore slaying

9:23 AM EST, November 24, 2013

Police identify victim in Southwest Baltimore slaying

A 37-year-old man shot to death in Southwest Baltimore Saturday has been identified as Demetrius Beatty, city police said Sunday.

No dread: Private school cuts hair policy

8:30 PM EST, December 2, 2013

No dread: Private school cuts hair policy

When a representative from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School visited Danielle Cook's class, the eighth-grader thought she fit the criteria for the rigorous college preparatory high school in Baltimore. She has been a straight-A student since preschool, is at the top of her class at Afya Public Charter School and participates in a half-dozen extracurricular activities.

Edwards calls for 7 city schools to close

11:38 PM EST, November 12, 2013

Edwards calls for 7 city schools to close

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.

Forum scheduled on pre-K suspensions

4:51 PM EST, November 21, 2013

Forum scheduled on pre-K suspensions

The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is holding an emergency education stakeholder meeting Monday to discuss the high rates of suspensions among pre-kindergartners in Baltimore City.

Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools

9:08 PM EST, November 11, 2013

Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools

Dozens of pre-kindergartners were suspended last school year in Maryland, with the most suspensions in Baltimore, highlighting a little-known practice that some education experts say is too extreme for toddlers who are just being introduced to educational settings.

12:55 PM EST, December 18, 2013

Possible shots fired at Towson barricade

Baltimore County police say a person has barricaded themselves inside a Towson home Wednesday morning, and are asking residents in the area to stay inside.

First dental certification program opens in city schools

9:00 AM EDT, November 2, 2013

First dental certification program opens in city schools

It wasn't long into Deaisha Nixon's dental appointment this week that she found herself taking charge.

City's charter schools call new policy 'discouraging'

6:46 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

City's charter schools call new policy 'discouraging'

The Baltimore school board will no longer back loans for charter school facilities, a move that the city's coalition of charter operators calls "short-sighted" and said could deter those looking to open the in-demand schools.

Baltimore foster care youths get diploma in a day in Philadelphia

9:11 PM EST, November 23, 2013

Baltimore foster care youths get diploma in a day in Philadelphia

The journey to a high school diploma for most Maryland students spans four years, 720 days of classes, and a slate of state tests. But for dozens of Baltimore youths, the journey has involved a two-hour trip up Interstate 95, a three-hour exam and a $500 check.

Maryland's HBCUs, state head to mediation

11:58 AM EDT, November 1, 2013

Maryland's HBCUs, state head to mediation

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.

High proportion of Maryland students continue to meet graduation requirements

7:45 PM EDT, October 30, 2013

High proportion of Maryland students continue to meet graduation requirements

The overwhelming majority of Maryland's high school graduates are passing state assessments needed to obtain a diploma, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education, though gaps persist between minority students and their peers.

City school executives offered retention stipends

9:45 PM EDT, October 25, 2013

City school executives offered retention stipends

Seven senior administrators in the Baltimore City school system are being offered $10,000 each to stay through June to assist with the transition to a new administration — an expense that school officials say is the price of maintaining stability.

Advocates 'sleep out' for housing justice

3:38 PM EST, November 24, 2013

Advocates 'sleep out' for housing justice

Standing in the center of downtown Baltimore's economic hub, amid blocks of hotels that house tourists, about 100 advocates called Saturday for adequate and affordable housing that they say has been unjustly denied to the homeless.

Better odds, bigger jackpots planned for Mega Millions

9:23 AM EDT, October 21, 2013

Better odds, bigger jackpots planned for Mega Millions

Mega Millions players in Maryland will see jackpots and their odds of winning increase under a new rollout of the popular multi-state game that will debut Tuesday.

Several city students ate cookies laced with suspected marijuana

5:02 PM EDT, October 24, 2013

Several city students ate cookies laced with suspected marijuana

Several students at a Northeast Baltimore middle/high school ate cookies laced with suspected marijuana this week, sources with knowledge of the incident and the investigation confirmed.

Pimlico students give input on new school building

6:55 PM EDT, October 9, 2013

Pimlico students give input on new school building

Isaiah House won't be one of the students who walks through the doors of the newly renovated Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in a few years, but he jumped at the opportunity Wednesday to propose what he thought those who come after him should see and experience.

Youth Dreamers start new chapter

10:30 PM EDT, October 4, 2013

Youth Dreamers start new chapter

A group of young people banded together more than a decade ago to overcome public opinion, personal doubt and bureaucracy and build a safe space where Baltimore's youths could thrive and be recognized as productive members of the community.

Mizeur would expand pre-K to 3-year-olds

5:50 PM EDT, October 17, 2013

Mizeur would expand pre-K to 3-year-olds

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Del. Heather Mizeur rolled out a plan Thursday that would expand pre-kindergarten to 3-year-olds and overhaul the state's income eligibility requirements for child care subsidies.

Baltimore County educator named Md. Teacher of the Year

10:20 PM EDT, October 11, 2013

Baltimore County educator named Md. Teacher of the Year

A Baltimore County English teacher who the state superintendent said "personifies the cutting edge Maryland educator" was named Maryland's 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year, state education officials announced Friday.

Community sounds off on Baltimore superintendent search

9:44 PM EDT, October 1, 2013

Community sounds off on Baltimore superintendent search

The next Baltimore city schools CEO should lead with integrity, have compassion for students, and be politically and technologically ready to meet 21st century demands.

Weinberg Foundation school library project to double in size

7:32 PM EDT, September 23, 2013

Weinberg Foundation school library project to double in size

Community, education and political leaders gathered Monday at Arlington Elementary/Middle School to celebrate a partnership that is providing thousands of city students new libraries — an effort that could eventually transform learning spaces at two dozen schools.

Glen Burnie man killed in Arundel crash

8:10 PM EDT, September 21, 2013

Glen Burnie man killed in Arundel crash

A Glen Burnie man who police believe suffered a medical emergency while driving was killed after his car crossed lanes and hit a tree in Anne Arundel County, police said.

City principals kick off year of 'what's possible'

12:24 AM EDT, August 15, 2013

City principals kick off year of 'what's possible'

Baltimore administrators kicked off the coming school year Wednesday in an unconventional ceremony during which interim schools CEO Tisha Edwards told them that they would be encouraged to take risks, make mistakes and push the limits of what's possible.

Family gets $50,000 after city student hurt on school playground

6:35 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Family gets $50,000 after city student hurt on school playground

The family of a Baltimore school student was awarded a $50,000 settlement after their son was severely injured on a faulty playground at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School last year.

Four charged in Reservoir Hill beating

9:13 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Four charged in Reservoir Hill beating

Police say four people beat a man to death in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood after one of the suspects yelled that the man had raped her.

Roland Park teaching to be subject of documentary

5:00 AM EDT, September 19, 2013

Roland Park teaching to be subject of documentary

When filmmaker Ramona Persaud decided to home-school her children, she soon realized how difficult it would be.

Students sound off on need for more school programs

9:01 PM EDT, September 10, 2013

Students sound off on need for more school programs

Students at two Baltimore schools were tapped for advice about how to keep children off the street and in the classroom this year, as a campaign revs up at City Hall to engage and protect the city's youths.

The Baltimore Design School -- a blueprint for transformation -- opens

5:00 AM EDT, August 26, 2013

The Baltimore Design School -- a blueprint for transformation -- opens

When Baltimore school officials lobbied state lawmakers to fund an ambitious $1 billion, 10-year plan this year to modernize facilities, no one understood having a decade-long vision more than Sen. Catherine Pugh.

Man fatally shot in city Thursday

6:32 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Man fatally shot in city Thursday

A man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in East Baltimore, police said.

Powerball lottery jackpot raised to $425 million

3:29 PM EDT, August 6, 2013

Powerball lottery jackpot raised to $425 million

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot was raised to $425 million, Maryland lottery officials said Tuesday, which marks the fourth largest jackpot ever.

Code of conduct allows principals to not suspend students for certain weapons

5:56 PM EDT, September 2, 2013

Code of conduct allows principals to not suspend students for certain weapons

Baltimore students who bring a switchblade, pepper spray or other weapon that is not a firearm to school this year will not be automatically suspended under a revised code of conduct distributed to parents in the first week of school.

Frederick woman pleads guilty to voter fraud

4:53 PM EDT, September 19, 2013

Frederick woman pleads guilty to voter fraud

A Frederick County woman pleaded guilty to voter fraud after she was charged with signing her dead mother's name on an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election, the state prosecutor's office announced Thursday.

City's academic chief departure comes amid critical instruction year

5:00 AM EDT, September 5, 2013

City's academic chief departure comes amid critical instruction year

Sonja Santelises stood before a room of Baltimore educators whose faces were filled with angst as she spoke about a rigorous new curriculum that would soon change everything they thought they knew about teaching.

8:49 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

Second city school cabinet member resigns

Jonathan Brice, a key player in the administration of former city schools CEO Andrés Alonso, will leave his post to take an appointed position at the U.S. Department of Education.

Baltimore school system sued over homeless students

12:01 PM EDT, September 24, 2013

Baltimore school system sued over homeless students

Homeless families in Baltimore have filed a federal lawsuit against the city school system, contending that their children have been denied transportation to school and been stigmatized because they couldn't afford field trips and uniforms.

Alonso paid $150,000 for unused leave

7:10 PM EDT, July 28, 2013

Alonso paid $150,000 for unused leave

The Baltimore school system paid nearly $150,000 in accrued leave this month to former CEO Andrés Alonso, a lump sum outlined in his contract that a compensation expert said reflects an overly generous package that should have been scrutinized when it was approved.

Third suspect arrested in fatal May shooting of 1-year-old

7:12 PM EDT, July 27, 2013

Third suspect arrested in fatal May shooting of 1-year-old

The third man believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old boy that rocked the city in May has been apprehended in Louisiana, Baltimore police said Saturday.

Grade changes investigated in city school

11:01 PM EDT, July 22, 2013

Grade changes investigated in city school

Baltimore school officials are investigating allegations at a middle school that dozens of students were given passing grades so they could move on to the next grade, even though their teachers had given them failing marks.

City invited to weigh in on school superintendent search

6:48 PM EDT, September 10, 2013

City invited to weigh in on school superintendent search

The Baltimore school board will launch the first public phase of its search for the next schools CEO —a community input campaign that will allow city residents and school communities to weigh in on issues and the characteristics and qualifications they believe are important for the next superintendent to have.

Nation's principals build playground for Baltimore school

6:01 PM EDT, July 10, 2013

Nation's principals build playground for Baltimore school

Every principal can use an extra set of hands, but Mary Donnelly of Baltimore's John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School never imagined she'd have 80.

City school board member resigns over questions about credentials

7:12 PM EDT, August 1, 2013

City school board member resigns over questions about credentials

A recent appointee to the Baltimore City school board resigned Thursday, according to the mayor's office, which said it had discovered inconsistencies in his resume.

City school lunch prices to increase

5:00 AM EDT, August 22, 2013

City school lunch prices to increase

The Baltimore school system is raising the price of student lunches to $3 — one of the highest among the nation's large, urban districts — under a plan that also provides free meals to every low-income student.

Man shot in head Friday dies, Baltimore police say

9:19 PM EDT, July 27, 2013

Man shot in head Friday dies, Baltimore police say

A man found shot in the head Friday night near Mount Pleasant Park died, Baltimore city police said Saturday.

Police ID man killed in single-vehicle crash in Harford Co.

12:41 PM EDT, July 28, 2013

Police ID man killed in single-vehicle crash in Harford Co.

A man was killed Saturday when his car hit an embankment and flipped over in Joppa, Harford County sheriff officials said.

City's summer school program sees results

8:05 PM EDT, August 2, 2013

City's summer school program sees results

In classrooms at William C. March Middle School this week, students bantered with their teachers about why their answers to math problems were right, while others diligently scribbled in their notebooks.

10:00 PM EDT, June 28, 2013

City schools food bills top $1 million

In Baltimore schools, the cost of doing business can often be found on a plate — eggs Benedict or a French-toast buffet for breakfast, crab cakes or beef Wellington for lunch, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

School police officer involved in shooting

7:33 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

School police officer involved in shooting

A Baltimore City school police officer fired into a vehicle Thursday while responding to a report of an armed robbery, city school officials said.

Small plane crashes in Maryland City

7:48 PM EDT, July 18, 2013

Small plane crashes in Maryland City

Joe Arrington thought a car had hit his house, or a truck hit a speed bump too fast on South Bruce Street.

Delay in teacher evaluations possible

7:41 PM EDT, June 20, 2013

Delay in teacher evaluations possible

Teachers in most Maryland school districts may get a one-year reprieve from being judged on student test scores, as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has indicated he would consider delaying the requirement.

State test scores decline significantly

8:43 PM EDT, July 23, 2013

State test scores decline significantly

Maryland's student test scores declined significantly for the first time in a decade, a drop officials attributed to the beginning of a tumultuous time in public education that will bring widespread changes to what is taught from kindergarten through high school.

12:41 PM EDT, June 16, 2013

Police investigating N.W. Baltimore homicide

Baltimore police said Sunday they are continuing to investigate the death of an adult male who was shot in the head Saturday in Northwest Baltimore.

Man shot Tuesday in Park Heights dies

5:42 PM EDT, July 3, 2013

Man shot Tuesday in Park Heights dies

Baltimore City police were investigating two overnight shootings, and a man shot Tuesday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore succumbed to his injuries.

At Baltimore Pride celebrations, community prevails over conflict

7:47 PM EDT, June 15, 2013

At Baltimore Pride celebrations, community prevails over conflict

At the height of the Baltimore Pride event Saturday, the song "We Are Family" played over the parade's speakers. Spectators lining North Charles Street called the song a fitting anthem, despite a recent dispute among community leaders about the spirit of the event.

Henderson-Hopkins school divides East Baltimore community

6:18 PM EDT, June 21, 2013

Henderson-Hopkins school divides East Baltimore community

The residents and redevelopers of East Baltimore agree that the $42 million school taking shape on 7 acres along Ashland Avenue symbolizes hope for the community.

Baltimore schools' interim CEO has 'passion with a punch'

3:24 PM EDT, June 29, 2013

Baltimore schools' interim CEO has 'passion with a punch'

In walks Tisha Edwards, a parade of teenagers in her wake.

City schools food bills top $1 million

7:51 PM EDT, June 28, 2013

City schools food bills top $1 million

In Baltimore schools, the cost of doing business can often be found on a plate — eggs Benedict or a French-toast buffet for breakfast, crab cakes or beef Wellington for lunch, and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

10:51 PM EDT, June 15, 2013

At Baltimore Pride celebrations, community prevails over conflict

At the height of the Baltimore Pride event Saturday, the song "We Are Family" played over the parade's speakers. Spectators lining North Charles Street called the song a fitting anthem, despite a recent dispute among community leaders about the spirit of the event.

Report criticizes colleges' teacher preparation programs

11:22 AM EDT, June 18, 2013

Report criticizes colleges' teacher preparation programs

Teacher preparation programs in the nation and Maryland are part of "an industry of mediocrity" that is failing to give young teachers the skills to succeed in the classroom, according to a long-awaited report by a national research advocacy group.

Motorcyclist injured in Howard County collision

9:20 PM EDT, June 15, 2013

Motorcyclist injured in Howard County collision

Howard County police are investigating a crash that injured a motorcyclist when a car allegedly failed to yield the right of way.

Police-involved shooting in Pigtown

11:42 PM EDT, May 25, 2013

Police-involved shooting in Pigtown

Baltimore police said an officer who was integral in arresting a suspect in the Cherry Hill shooting that killed a 1-year-old boy Friday night shot a suspect connected to a Saturday afternoon shooting near a downtown deli.

Calvert Hall president steps down

5:09 PM EDT, June 7, 2013

Calvert Hall president steps down

The president of Calvert Hall College High School announced Friday that he will step down from the post on June 30.

City schools to review contracts under former IT officer

6:53 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

City schools to review contracts under former IT officer

The Baltimore school system said Thursday that it will review all contracts awarded by a former chief information technology officer after school officials in Dallas said he could face a federal indictment stemming from his tenure in the Atlanta public school system.

City starts process of hiring superintendent search firm

5:26 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

City starts process of hiring superintendent search firm

Baltimore school union leaders questioned the need for an outside firm to conduct a national search for the next permanent superintendent Thursday as the school board began the process of hiring a consultant.

City school board approves three new charters

11:51 PM EDT, June 11, 2013

City school board approves three new charters

The Baltimore City school board approved three new charter schools to open beginning in 2014, including two schools that will be subject to heightened scrutiny throughout their contracts.

Baltimore second in per-pupil spending, Census Bureau says

7:05 PM EDT, May 21, 2013

Baltimore second in per-pupil spending, Census Bureau says

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.

City school scene of five fires, fight that hurts employee

6:16 PM EDT, April 25, 2013

City school scene of five fires, fight that hurts employee

City school officials said they will take extra security measures at a Southeast Baltimore charter school after five fires were set this week at the school, which also had an altercation that injured an administrator and a student arrest.

Motorcyclist dies after hitting tree

12:55 AM EDT, May 26, 2013

Motorcyclist dies after hitting tree

A Perry Hall man died after his motorcycle veered off the road and struck a tree, Baltimore County Police said.

Dean of Hopkins engineering school appointed Penn State provost

7:04 PM EDT, April 19, 2013

Dean of Hopkins engineering school appointed Penn State provost

Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, has been named the new executive vice president and provost at Penn State University, the college announced Friday.

Some city schools say final farewells

8:25 PM EDT, June 12, 2013

Some city schools say final farewells

While other city high school principals excitedly read off the names of colleges and universities their students will disperse to at the end of the school year, Denise Gordon fanned through a stack of acceptance letters with less enthusiasm.

Friday traffic: Lane shut down on I-95N into Baltimore

9:59 AM EDT, April 26, 2013

Friday traffic: Lane shut down on I-95N into Baltimore

A collision involving three cars has shut down a northbound lane of I-95, closing off some access to the ramp of 395 into Baltimore City.

Baltimore police investigating N.W. Baltimore homicide

10:51 PM EDT, June 15, 2013

Baltimore police investigating N.W. Baltimore homicide

Baltimore police said they are investigating the death of an adult male, who was shot in the head Saturday in Northwest Baltimore.

9:34 PM EDT, May 30, 2013

City starts process of hiring superintendent search firm

Baltimore school union leaders questioned the need for an outside firm to conduct a national search for the next permanent superintendent Thursday as the school board began the process of hiring a consultant.

School bus drivers protest working, safety conditions

1:26 PM EDT, May 24, 2013

School bus drivers protest working, safety conditions

Bus drivers and aides employed by a Baltimore schools contractor say that unsafe conditions such as fires and mold spores are endangering lives and unfair wages are threatening their livelihoods.

Kayaker missing in Baltimore County

9:20 PM EDT, June 15, 2013

Kayaker missing in Baltimore County

Baltimore County fire officials have temporarily suspended a search that failed to turn up a 26-year-old man reported missing Saturday afternoon after falling from his kayak in Gunpowder Falls.

City school system receives seven charter applications

9:45 PM EDT, May 14, 2013

City school system receives seven charter applications

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.

City school police seek better benefits for injuries in line of duty

3:09 PM EST, March 9, 2013

City school police seek better benefits for injuries in line of duty

When city school police officer Joseph Baribeault attempted to arrest two combative students at the old Greenspring Middle School, he ended up injured at the bottom of two flights of concrete stairs.

Federal audit finds city schools misspent stimulus, Title I funds

8:45 AM EDT, May 23, 2013

Federal audit finds city schools misspent stimulus, Title I funds

The Maryland State Department of Education may have to pay back up to $540,000 in federal money intended to help the state's poorest schools after a scathing audit found that Baltimore City was one of two school districts that misspent the funds, using the money for dinner cruises, makeovers and meals.

Principals union wants Alonso to return bonuses in light of cheating investigations

3:49 PM EDT, April 13, 2013

Principals union wants Alonso to return bonuses in light of cheating investigations

The Baltimore principals union is calling for schools CEO Andrés Alonso to pay back thousands of dollars in bonuses he received in years that schools were later found to have cheated on state tests.

After deadlock, city school board renews contract of Hopkins-run school

9:05 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

After deadlock, city school board renews contract of Hopkins-run school

Following a two-month impasse, the Baltimore City school board voted Tuesday to extend a one-year contract to the operators of Baltimore Talent Development High School.

State school board adopts concussion regulations

7:07 PM EDT, May 21, 2013

State school board adopts concussion regulations

The Maryland state school board adopted regulations Tuesday that require more concussion training for those responsible for student-athletes and beef up protocols for addressing head injuries.

City school system passes $1.2B budget

10:13 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

City school system passes $1.2B budget

The Baltimore school board unanimously passed a $1.2 billion budget Monday that essentially remained intact since it was presented.

Baltimore County hires consultant to assess facilities needs

10:57 PM EDT, May 20, 2013

Baltimore County hires consultant to assess facilities needs

The Baltimore County school system has hired a local architecture firm to help document its long-term school facilities needs, following a similar strategy the city school system used to generate a $2.4 billion plan and secure some of that funding from the General Assembly.

Wes Moore to replace Carson as Hopkins commencement speaker

7:13 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

Wes Moore to replace Carson as Hopkins commencement speaker

Johns Hopkins University alum and best-selling author Wes Moore will replace Dr. Ben Carson as speaker at the university's School of Education commencement, officials said Wednesday, after the world-renowned neurosurgeon came under fire for his political views on same-sex marriage.

City schools budget includes new academic endeavors

9:41 PM EDT, April 23, 2013

City schools budget includes new academic endeavors

Baltimore school officials unveiled a $1.174 billion budget plan Tuesday, which they said focuses on academics with a new science team to implement curriculum, programs for advanced students and a shifting of staff in the central office.

Northwestern High alumni sue school system over closure

9:39 PM EST, February 24, 2013

Northwestern High alumni sue school system over closure

Northwestern High alumni have gone to court to try to stop the Baltimore school from closing, as civil rights activists say the plan is discriminatory because shuttering the institution would disproportionately affect low-income, minority students.

1:37 AM EDT, May 26, 2013

Man dead in Saturday night accident on Bel Air Road

One man is dead after a serious accident on Bel Air Road, and homicide detectives are investigating an East Baltimore shooting, according to police.

City's revamped pre-K showing promise

3:47 PM EDT, April 27, 2013

City's revamped pre-K showing promise

Before Lauren Preston opened the cover of the book "Spring" to read to her pre-kindergarten class at Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School, her students excitedly told her why, and showed her how, the season was underway.

City schools chief Alonso resigns

8:53 PM EDT, May 6, 2013

City schools chief Alonso resigns

Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso tearfully announced his resignation Monday, ending a six-year tenure marked by bold yet often divisive reforms and casting uncertainty on the future of the long-troubled school system.

Special educator named Baltimore Teacher of the Year

5:02 PM EDT, April 18, 2013

Special educator named Baltimore Teacher of the Year

With a little yelp, lots of tears and a bouquet of flowers from her developmentally disabled twin sister, who inspired her to help students persevere, special educator Ketia C. Stokes was named Baltimore City's 2013 Teacher of the Year.

9:05 PM EDT, March 29, 2013

Baltimore police sergeant convicted of perjury

A Baltimore City police sergeant faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted Friday of perjury and malfeasance for using false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant.

9:18 PM EST, March 5, 2013

Baltimore County school board votes to close Eastwood

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday to close its smallest elementary school in order to accommodate a plan that would allow county officials to sell property for development.

Report of gunfire at Towson University deemed false

7:42 PM EDT, April 12, 2013

Report of gunfire at Towson University deemed false

Police swarmed Towson University Friday after a report of gunfire on campus, but university officials soon said the report appeared to be false.

Some scholarly journals charge author fees

7:17 AM EDT, April 1, 2013

Some scholarly journals charge author fees

A Denver-based scholarly librarian leveled plagiarism allegations against a Towson University professor after doing research for his watchdog blog and alerting university officials, journals and The Baltimore Sun.

8:32 PM EST, February 26, 2013

Audit finds lapses in Md. child care oversight

A state audit found that the Maryland State Department of Education did not conduct routine but critical inspections of child care facilities and failed to follow up on red flags raised by background checks of staff working for the programs.

4:55 PM EST, February 7, 2013

Calvert School appoints headmaster

The Calvert School, a private day school with a nationally recognized homeschooling curriculum, will welcome a new headmaster in July, the school announced Thursday.

In dilapidated schools, excitement at prospect of new buildings

7:59 PM EDT, March 22, 2013

In dilapidated schools, excitement at prospect of new buildings

Long-held dreams of freshly painted walls, hallways bathed in natural light and classrooms buzzing with technology could become a reality in Baltimore as schools watch with cautious optimism as a financial plan to overhaul the district's buildings moves forward in the General Assembly.

Towson professor investigated over allegations of plagiarism

9:13 PM EDT, March 28, 2013

Towson professor investigated over allegations of plagiarism

A longtime Towson University professor has resigned his post as the head of the city school system's ethics panel amid allegations that his published academic articles contain content from dozens of sources without proper — or in some cases any — attribution.

Balto. Co. school librarians skeptical of changes

7:56 PM EDT, March 14, 2013

Balto. Co. school librarians skeptical of changes

Baltimore County school librarians are worried about their next chapter.

UMUC probe came just before president resigned

7:40 PM EST, February 21, 2013

UMUC probe came just before president resigned

University of Maryland University College may have overpaid $3.3 million to a marketing contractor, state auditors found in a review that came just before the school's president was placed on indefinite leave and then abruptly resigned.

City school board revokes contracts of several schools

11:15 PM EST, February 12, 2013

City school board revokes contracts of several schools

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday night to not renew the contracts of several charter and other independently run schools — but deferred making decisions about whether most of them would close.

Schools note high absences, blame 'the purple fever'

6:30 PM EST, February 6, 2013

Schools note high absences, blame 'the purple fever'

As tens of thousands of Maryland families reveled in purple pride at M&T Bank Stadium on Tuesday, one mile away, the mood at Digital Harbor High School was blue.

 Md. sees improvement in graduation, dropout rates

8:27 PM EST, February 11, 2013

Md. sees improvement in graduation, dropout rates

Baltimore continues to lead area school systems in improving its dropout rate, and most districts in the region are making progress in graduating more students in four years, according to new high school data released Monday by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Michael T. McCarthy Sr., 69, advocate for foster children

11:12 AM EST, January 30, 2013

Michael T. McCarthy Sr., 69, advocate for foster children

Michael T. McCarthy Sr., a longtime Electrolux vacuum cleaner salesman who helped foster children find homes in his retirement, died on Jan. 23 of sudden cardiac arrest at the Baltimore-Washington Medical Center.

Charter and independent schools faced financial, academic challenges

3:21 PM EST, February 9, 2013

Charter and independent schools faced financial, academic challenges

In response to a system that many believed had long failed young black boys, a school began to take shape seven years ago in a small East Baltimore neighborhood.

State board reviews concussion task force recommendations

9:43 PM EST, January 22, 2013

State board reviews concussion task force recommendations

A task force charged with strengthening Maryland policies regarding head trauma in student athletes called Tuesday for more staff training, parental notification of concussions and further study of ways to limit such injuries.

Man charged with murder in Glen Burnie case

10:51 PM EST, January 27, 2013

Man charged with murder in Glen Burnie case

Anne Arundel County police charged a man with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting and stabbing death of a man found in the woods in Glen Burnie early Sunday morning.

Independently operated schools sound off on contract recommendations

11:59 PM EST, January 30, 2013

Independently operated schools sound off on contract recommendations

In a public forum packed with emotion as well as people, the Baltimore school board heard Wednesday from independently operated schools fighting for contract extensions as some presented narratives describing their strengths and weaknesses.

Record number of black students in Md. passed AP tests

9:10 PM EST, February 20, 2013

Record number of black students in Md. passed AP tests

More African-American students in Maryland's Class of 2012 successfully passed a rigorous Advanced Placement exam than ever before, as the state continued to lead the nation in the percentage of students deemed college- and career-ready, according to data released Wednesday by the national College Board.

City police say man was robbed, shot in the face

9:37 AM EST, January 27, 2013

City police say man was robbed, shot in the face

A 23-year-old man was robbed and shot early Sunday while leaving his job in northeast Baltimore, according to Baltimore city police.

Teachers get bonuses in some schools with lower suspension rates

8:03 PM EST, January 14, 2013

Teachers get bonuses in some schools with lower suspension rates

The Baltimore school system is paying bonuses to teachers and administrators at struggling schools that reduce suspensions, drawing criticism from union leaders who say the program could provide a financial incentive to ignore problems and jeopardize school safety.

Canadian 'Mounties' alert Baltimore to school threat

6:54 PM EST, January 24, 2013

Canadian 'Mounties' alert Baltimore to school threat

A Baltimore student's tweet raised red flags 3,000 miles away this week, spurring a local investigation into a possible threat to a city high school, city police confirmed Thursday.

State leaders appear to warm to city's school facilities plan

8:46 PM EST, January 17, 2013

State leaders appear to warm to city's school facilities plan

State lawmakers appeared to warm Thursday to the Baltimore school system's $2.4 billion building modernization plan that received a chilly reception last year, but the blueprint fell short of garnering the endorsement of the state's public school construction agency.

11:01 PM EST, January 10, 2013

City recommends severing ties with operators of six schools

Baltimore school officials recommended Thursday severing ties with independent operators of six schools after a months-long review of more than two dozen diverse programs.

City school system broke policy in hiring of Nowlin

10:09 PM EST, December 7, 2012

City school system broke policy in hiring of Nowlin

The Baltimore school system failed to follow its policies when hiring a temporary employee who allegedly misrepresented himself as a child therapist and is now charged with raping a teen.

Northwestern High School preparing for fight

10:12 PM EST, December 4, 2012

Northwestern High School preparing for fight

Armed with a plan for protests and petitions, phone banks and pep rallies, the Northwestern High School Alumni Association has set "Operation Hands-Off Northwestern" in motion.

8:21 PM EST, December 17, 2012

Woman injures city school employee in altercation

A Baltimore school staff member was injured Monday during an altercation with a woman who pulled out a knife when she was informed she couldn't visit a student, according to city school officials.

Nonpublic special education school graduates outpace their peers in public settings

3:27 PM EST, January 3, 2013

Nonpublic special education school graduates outpace their peers in public settings

While most children see dream jobs, spouses and freedom in their futures, Brian Bailey saw only death. The autistic boy, who stopped speaking at 18 months, grew up with anxiety about getting older, and his rocky educational track record early on didn't allay his fears.

Maryland schools rank No. 1 for fifth year in a row

3:13 PM EST, January 10, 2013

Maryland schools rank No. 1 for fifth year in a row

For the fifth year in a row, Maryland has the best public school system in America, according to rankings published Thursday by a leading education publication that gave the state high marks for post-graduation outcomes, state funding levels and overall student achievement.

6:39 PM EST, November 22, 2012

Baltimore County school to launch 'paperless classroom'

In one Baltimore County school next semester, students will swap notebooks for 1-inch touch screens, textbook passages for online articles, worksheets for apps, and writing utensils for a keyboard, launching the first "paperless classroom" in a county school.

BCCC appoints longtime faculty member as interim president

5:43 PM EST, January 4, 2013

BCCC appoints longtime faculty member as interim president

A veteran college educator has been appointed interim president of Baltimore City Community College, the school's board of trustees announced Friday, after a string of controversies that led to the ouster of the school's president last month.

Francis Joseph McNerney III, Mount St. Joseph graduate

3:49 PM EST, January 1, 2013

Francis Joseph McNerney III, Mount St. Joseph graduate

Francis Joseph McNerney III, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School where he was known as the Fighting Gael mascot, died Dec. 21 at the University of Maryland Medical Center from complications related to a lung transplant. The Canton resident was 23.

5:41 PM EST, December 11, 2012

City, Baltimore County not among winners of Race to the Top grants

After making it to the last round of the inaugural federal Race to the Top district competition, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County school systems fell short of securing grants that would have strengthened individualized learning and helped close the achievement gap.

City school board OKs 10-year facilities plan

9:37 PM EST, January 8, 2013

City school board OKs 10-year facilities plan

The Baltimore school board approved Tuesday a sweeping plan that would close or renovate more than 150 schools, with the goal of bringing the oldest school infrastructure in the state up to 21st-century standards in one decade.

City schools unveil 10-year renovation plan

11:38 PM EST, November 27, 2012

City schools unveil 10-year renovation plan

In the next 10 years, Baltimore's school system will have a leaner, modernized look under a proposed $2.4 billion facilities plan that calls for closing 26 school buildings and upgrading 136 others in a large-scale face-lift of Maryland's oldest school infrastructure.

7:17 PM EST, November 26, 2012

Baltimore city, county finalists in federal competition

The Baltimore City and Baltimore County school districts have been named among 61 finalists nationwide to vie for millions in federal grants under the new Race to the Top program, the U.S. Dept. of Education announced Monday.

Hazelwood parents unsatisfied with school officials' answers

10:28 PM EST, December 6, 2012

Hazelwood parents unsatisfied with school officials' answers

City school officials offered few answers to Hazelwood Elementary/Middle parents during a contentious meeting Thursday about an employee accused of impregnating a 15-year-old and misrepresenting himself as a child therapist.

9:22 PM EST, November 29, 2012

Baltimore Co. officials eyeing city's creative facilities plan

As Baltimore City education and political leaders prepare to present a $2.4 billion facilities plan in Annapolis next legislative session, officials in Baltimore County said they are eyeing a similar approach to repair their school infrastructure.

Baltimore charters looking to the next decade

4:39 PM EST, November 25, 2012

Baltimore charters looking to the next decade

Eighteen charter schools seeking contract renewals to continue operating in Baltimore are undergoing a rigorous review process that will uniformly evaluate them for the first time since they began populating the district 10 years ago.

10:04 PM EDT, October 31, 2012

More Maryland students pass High School Assessments

Maryland students earned diplomas last year at the highest rate in recent history, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education, which also unveiled a new system of tracking graduates and dropouts.

6:50 PM EST, November 23, 2012

Employee injured in Mr. Tire car fire in Parkville

A Mr. Tire employee is recovering from first- and second-degree burns after a car fire broke out in the Parkville auto repair shop Friday.

Balto. police investigating multiple weekend shootings

10:21 AM EST, November 5, 2012

Balto. police investigating multiple weekend shootings

Three men were killed in a spate of shootings in Baltimore this weekend.

First 'wish-list depot' launched in city schools

6:30 PM EST, November 15, 2012

First 'wish-list depot' launched in city schools

In her 22 years at Johnston Square Elementary School, Janice Shelford has spent more than $15,000 of her own money at the Dollar Store and Staples for school supplies for her students. But as of Thursday, she and dozens of other teachers will be heading to a new supply store whose impact on their classrooms will be priceless — literally.

3:51 PM EST, November 21, 2012

Edmondson High School student stabbed

A Edmondson High School senior was stabbed in his left side on his way to school this morning, according to school officials.

10:19 PM EST, November 4, 2012

Baltimore police investigating multiple shootings

Baltimore city police responded Saturday night to three shootings of men in their early 20's within six minutes of the other, all of which were non-fatal, police said in a release Sunday.

Baltimore students make paper hearts for Newtown families

7:31 PM EST, December 19, 2012

Baltimore students make paper hearts for Newtown families

As the Newtown, Conn., community looks for comfort in the wake of one of the most deadly school shootings in history, it will be able to tap into the hearts of students in Baltimore City.

City school police cast vote of 'no confidence' in chief

9:32 PM EST, November 8, 2012

City school police cast vote of 'no confidence' in chief

Members of the Baltimore school police union cast a vote of "no confidence" in their police chief last month, pointing to what they said was his lack of responsiveness to their concerns, union leaders announced Thursday.

8:18 PM EST, November 20, 2012

Parent of Baltimore student charged with kidnapping son's classmate

The father of a Baltimore elementary school student is facing kidnapping and other charges after police said he locked his son's 11-year-old classmate in his car, and drove around cursing at him after learning the two boys had been in an altercation that day.

Sex abuse suspect had won trust of city parents, students as school employee

11:16 PM EST, December 5, 2012

Sex abuse suspect had won trust of city parents, students as school employee

For Erica Hamlett-Nicholson's 11-year-old son, Shawn Nowlin was his most trusted confidant when the Hazelwood Elementary/Middle School fifth-grader suffered from depression caused by his parents' separation.

3:36 PM EDT, October 29, 2012

Family to appeal decision over Hopkins planned research institution in Gaithersburg

A family that sued Johns Hopkins University over its intent to build high-rise buildings on a gift of land intended for a low-rise campus will appeal a judge's decision to allow the institution to move forward with its plans.

1,000 students, advocates march for Maryland Dream Act

6:18 PM EDT, October 6, 2012

1,000 students, advocates march for Maryland Dream Act

Ricardo Campos was born in El Salvador, but it was three years ago in a hospital room at Johns Hopkins Hospital that he was given life. Suffering from bone cancer, he underwent surgery in 2009 that required him to use a wheelchair for one year, until he could learn to walk again.

City graduate gives back to school as mentor

11:26 PM EDT, October 20, 2012

City graduate gives back to school as mentor

Day after day, Richard Stokes rode the bus past his alma mater, New Hope Academy, until he decided to drop in one day and say hello to the teachers and staff who helped him rise above the problems that landed him at the school for behaviorally and emotionally challenged students.

City schools criticized in financial audit

3:35 PM EDT, October 6, 2012

City schools criticized in financial audit

The Baltimore school system spent more than $2.8 million on overtime in fiscal 2010, even though it was doubtful that employees worked all of the hours for which they were paid.

7:56 PM EDT, October 10, 2012

City to pilot new evaluations for all teachers

All 6,000 Baltimore educators will take part this year in testing a new teacher evaluation system that ties their effectiveness more closely to student performance, school officials announced this week. This system, tested in the city last year for 309 teachers, comes as preparation for the state's implementation of more rigorous evaluations next year.

City schools overcharged on water bills

6:38 PM EDT, October 18, 2012

City schools overcharged on water bills

City public works officials say they are adjusting water bills for Baltimore public schools after several were overbilled this year by thousands of dollars — including one school whose bill rose nearly $200,000.

Orioles fans overjoyed at first playoff run in 15 years

10:31 AM EDT, October 6, 2012

Orioles fans overjoyed at first playoff run in 15 years

Orioles fans were still bubbling Saturday morning, many clad in orange while going for their morning jog or cup of joe, basking in the baseball glow that took more than a decade to shine on the city.

State lawmakers hopeful for city schools facilities plan

9:16 PM EST, November 28, 2012

State lawmakers hopeful for city schools facilities plan

Lawmakers across Maryland lauded the Baltimore school system's ambitious $2.4 billion blueprint to shed underused school buildings and upgrade the most dilapidated ones — calling the plan a critical first step in securing financial backing from the state.

5:19 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

City school system hires national test security company

The Baltimore school system has hired a leading data forensics company to review thousands of state assessment results dating to 2009 — a third-party analysis that school officials say is needed to inject fairness into investigations of alleged cheating.

GED test takers face obstacles

10:03 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

GED test takers face obstacles

Hundreds of Baltimore students and residents have had their high school completions hanging in limbo since the state transferred the General Education Development responsibilities to a new department, according to city and adult education officials.

4:02 PM EDT, October 1, 2012

Officials confirm stabbing at city high school

A Baltimore high school student was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon after he was stabbed in his upper body during an in-school confrontation with another student, school officials said.

'Voters of tomorrow' weigh in on 2012 election

10:54 AM EST, November 7, 2012

'Voters of tomorrow' weigh in on 2012 election

If 2,500 Baltimore middle school students have their way Tuesday, President Barack Obama will be re-elected, children of some illegal immigrants will pay in-state tuition rates, same-sex couples can marry and gambling in Maryland will not expand.

8:38 PM EST, December 17, 2012

City school system plans to let many temporary employees go

The Baltimore school system is evaluating whether to retain hundreds of temporary employees and plans to let many of them go by the end of the week — before schools close for the holiday break.

Medfield Heights Elementary celebrates three years at No. 1

8:35 PM EDT, September 17, 2012

Medfield Heights Elementary celebrates three years at No. 1

The students of Medfield Heights don't have a National Blue Ribbon greeting them at the door or a name that has historically been synonymous with elementary school excellence. But this year, the North Baltimore school earned a distinguished title all its own: It's now the home of the "Three-Peat."

6:42 PM EST, November 28, 2012

Schools employee charged with underage sex with teenager

When the mother of a 15-year-old girl said she was having behavior problems with her daughter, a prosecutor says, Shawn Edward Nowlin offered to take her in and help the girl work on her issues.

Spurred by Sandy, 'Cruise to Nowhere' provides a deal and a distraction

3:56 PM EST, November 4, 2012

Spurred by Sandy, 'Cruise to Nowhere' provides a deal and a distraction

Families looking for a cheap getaway, friends looking to do a little duty-free shopping and couples celebrating over some drinks and gambling returned Sunday morning from a two-night stay on the Chesapeake Bay, after embarking on a Carnival Cruise Line deal spurred by Hurricane Sandy.

7:48 PM EDT, October 11, 2012

Alonso defends school system in light of audit findings

Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso defended the system's financial management Thursday as a complex work in progress, in response to a state audit released Thursday outlining 26 recommendations that address inadequate oversight.

7:23 PM EDT, September 20, 2012

Baltimore County schools roll out plan for air-conditioning

Anyone who didn't believe that Reisterstown Elementary was enduring 105-degree classrooms this past month only needed to take a look at the kindergartners' crayons.

Weinberg, city schools celebrate three new libraries

7:22 PM EDT, September 12, 2012

Weinberg, city schools celebrate three new libraries

This time last year, Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School librarian Sharon Smith used the only technology she had — a laptop and a projector — to bring color and excitement to her students by shining animated books from the Internet onto a barren wall.

Halloween should go off without a hitch

6:58 PM EDT, October 30, 2012

Halloween should go off without a hitch

Skeletons, butterflies, frogs and even baby chickens bounced around the festive food court at the Mall in Columbia on Tuesday, as officials urged residents to celebrate Halloween despite Sandy's after-effects, and parents enthusiastically tried to comply.

9:51 PM EDT, September 20, 2012

City schools special education legal fight ends

The nearly three-decade legal fight that transformed the long-beleaguered special-education system in Baltimore city schools has officially come to an end.

Four men shot early Saturday in latest Baltimore spree of violence; 1 dead

7:22 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Four men shot early Saturday in latest Baltimore spree of violence; 1 dead

Four men were shot in locations across Baltimore early Saturday, police said, including a double shooting in the Druid Heights neighborhood that continued a violent start to September.

9:10 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

Man struck, killed by car after falling off bike

A 27-year-old Joppa man was killed Saturday after he was hit by a car after a fall from his bicycle landed him in the middle of the street, Baltimore County police said. Jason David Leonard, 27, whom police found lying on Right Wing Drive in Essex at around 3:34 a.m., was pronounced dead at the scene.

8:02 PM EDT, August 20, 2012

Family of boy who died in bus fall sues city school system

The family of a 6-year-old special-needs student who died after he jumped from a moving school bus has filed an $80 million lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the Baltimore school system and the contractor hired to transport him.

Balto. Co. schools chief kicks off first year with message of teamwork

10:06 PM EDT, August 17, 2012

Balto. Co. schools chief kicks off first year with message of teamwork

Drawing on the last drumrolls of the Perry Hall High School marching band, Baltimore County schools superintendent S. Dallas Dance greeted 700 applauding administrators Friday to deliver his inaugural back-to-school address, sending a message he hoped would resonate for the next 10 months.

Students honor 100-year-old teacher

8:50 AM EDT, July 30, 2012

Students honor 100-year-old teacher

It isn't unusual for students to remember the impact a teacher had on them well into adulthood, but on Saturday, many students of former Baltimore music teacher Lucille Marcus Brooks had an unusual opportunity to tell her — more than a half-century after they sat in her classroom.

Summer camp for homeless helps students through transition

6:27 PM EDT, June 21, 2012

Summer camp for homeless helps students through transition

As pedestrians scurried through the sunshine that bathed Patterson Park this week, 12-year-old Daniel John took refuge under a tree, poring over a book, enjoying a space all his own.

Perry Hall community airs concerns after school shooting

11:19 PM EDT, September 4, 2012

Perry Hall community airs concerns after school shooting

Hundreds of Perry Hall High School parents and students packed into the auditorium one week after the first day of school was marred by gunfire, demanding answers about what unfolded in the cafeteria and posing questions about student safety.

Baltimore school test results hit three-year lull

4:23 PM EDT, July 22, 2012

Baltimore school test results hit three-year lull

For a decade, the news from the city schools was good. Buildings might be dilapidated, deficits might bring schools to the brink of bankruptcy, and superintendents might be fired, but every summer, educators released test results standing next to charts that showed steady improvement. Baltimore was no longer the worst school system in the state.

For Baltimore schools, special education still a work in progress

6:05 PM EDT, June 23, 2012

For Baltimore schools, special education still a work in progress

At 4 years old, Imani Frederick couldn't recognize colors. Even a year later, he couldn't form complete sentences and struggled to count to 10. When he was 6, a neuropsychologist observed the fidgety, easily frustrated boy and diagnosed attention deficit hyperactive and expressive language disorder.

KIPP Ujima math educator named Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year

6:24 PM EDT, April 18, 2012

KIPP Ujima math educator named Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year

A mathematics educator whose students have consistently scored among the highest in Baltimore and Maryland on state assessments was named the city's 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Ten Maryland schools receive National Blue Ribbon

7:19 PM EDT, September 7, 2012

Ten Maryland schools receive National Blue Ribbon

Ten Maryland schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Friday.

Kids whose parents have cancer find comfort at Camp Kesem

7:56 PM EDT, August 10, 2012

Kids whose parents have cancer find comfort at Camp Kesem

The pastel-colored ball of yarn made its way from one tiny hand to another at the Camp Kesem "empowerment ceremony," with each camper unraveling their part of a common, painful thread.

Absent, suspended city students falling further behind on MSAs

4:08 PM EDT, July 15, 2012

Absent, suspended city students falling further behind on MSAs

For the third year in a row, Baltimore's scores on state tests show a double-digit achievement gap between chronically absent students and their peers who attend school regularly, and the system's recent spike in suspensions has created a similar disparity.

7:47 PM EDT, June 26, 2012

Report finds $2.45 billion in city school building upgrades

Fifty Baltimore schools are so dilapidated or underused that they should be closed or rebuilt, according to a new report that also identified $2.45 billion in school infrastructure needs across the city. The findings, released Tuesday, were used by school officials to launch a 10-year campaign to bring the system's buildings up to 21st-century standards.

5:17 PM EDT, September 16, 2012

Dozens of vacancies mark start of critical year in Baltimore

Baltimore schools opened the year with 87 teacher vacancies, a trend that is not uncommon in the region but comes during a critical year for the system as it embarks on a new student curriculum and teacher evaluation system.

City leaders call for review of schools credit cards

8:27 PM EDT, August 27, 2012

City leaders call for review of schools credit cards

Baltimore's top leadership called on the school system Monday to tighten oversight of its expenditures after a Baltimore Sun investigation found central office staff spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on items such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club.

11:31 PM EDT, September 8, 2012

10 hurt when bus, car crash in Glen Burnie

Ten people were injured when an MTA bus collided with a car in Glen Burnie on Saturday night, according to Anne Arundel County fire officials.

City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending

3:39 PM EDT, August 25, 2012

City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending

Despite tightening school budgets and a perpetual rallying cry for more funding, Baltimore school administrators spent roughly $500,000 during the past year and a half on expenses such as a $7,300 office retreat at a downtown hotel, $300-per-night stays at hotels, and a $1,000 dinner at an exclusive members-only club, credit card statements show.

Two city principals suspected of testing improprieties recommended for reinstatement

10:03 PM EDT, May 31, 2012

Two city principals suspected of testing improprieties recommended for reinstatement

Citing "crude" and "incompetent" investigations into test-tampering allegations at a Baltimore elementary school, hearing officers have recommended the reinstatement of two administrators city schools CEO Andrés Alonso attempted to dismiss amid suspicions of cheating.

State approves last round of school construction projects

9:18 PM EDT, May 23, 2012

State approves last round of school construction projects

State officials approved more than $161 million in school construction funding Wednesday that will allow school systems in the Baltimore area to undertake renovation projects, tackling problems that include sweltering and overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated buildings and amenities.

City, agencies hit the streets to help residents beat the heat

7:16 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

City, agencies hit the streets to help residents beat the heat

Public safety workers toiled in record-breaking heat in Baltimore and around the region Saturday to help vulnerable residents regroup as Maryland attempted to return to normal life after a devastating series of weather events.

22 city schools to start year without permanent leaders

9:37 PM EDT, August 24, 2012

22 city schools to start year without permanent leaders

Twenty-two Baltimore schools will open Monday without permanent principals in place, continuing the unprecedented turnover under Andrés Alonso — moves that the administrators union says reflect "vindictive" and "capricious" decisions by the schools chief.

Salad bars sprouting up in city school cafeterias

9:43 PM EDT, April 30, 2012

Salad bars sprouting up in city school cafeterias

Until this year, the only items that resembled produce on Blessin Giraldo's school lunch tray were berry-flavored Popsicles and Fruit Roll-Ups.

Power outages put focus on storm response, lessons for future

8:56 PM EDT, July 7, 2012

Power outages put focus on storm response, lessons for future

Jack and Betty Scrivener of Stoneleigh lost power last August thanks to Hurricane Irene. They lost it again when storms pummeled the region June 30 — and after one very long, very hot week, the elderly couple still hadn't gotten it back. They don't know if they can take another extended outage.

Park School graduate walks 400 miles to Yale

8:09 PM EDT, August 23, 2012

Park School graduate walks 400 miles to Yale

Any high school graduate who thinks that college is merely a next step should walk a mile in Gabe Acheson's shoes. When the Park School graduate arrived Thursday at Yale University, he'd walked nearly 400 miles, fulfilling a promise he'd made in his application to the Ivy League school, and to himself, to not just embark on a new adventure but create one.

City school officials assure special education advocates at meeting

8:57 PM EDT, June 27, 2012

City school officials assure special education advocates at meeting

Baltimore school officials assured special-education advocates Wednesday that efforts to provide students with a quality education will continue after a lawsuit ends this year that has kept the system under a microscope for 28 years.

City school evaluations show problems in instruction

7:24 PM EDT, June 18, 2012

City school evaluations show problems in instruction

As the Baltimore school system prepares to implement a more stringent curriculum next year, sample evaluations of more than two dozen schools show that many are struggling with how to effectively teach children.

12:35 PM EDT, May 28, 2012

Suspect in city barricade incident identified

A man who police say attacked his girlfriend and shot himself following a barricaded stand-off with police at his Northeast Baltimore home has been identified as Ansley Turner, 28.

UMBC president named among world's most influential leaders

7:00 AM EDT, April 18, 2012

UMBC president named among world's most influential leaders

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the longtime president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County whose trailblazing work in educating minority students in the sciences has catapulted the university onto the national stage, has been recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the world.

4:15 PM EDT, April 18, 2012

Six city schools locked down for police activity

Six Northeast Baltimore schools were on lockdown for about 30 minutes past dismissal because of police activity in the area Wednesday afternoon.

Baltimore schools chief notes areas for improvement

7:38 PM EDT, August 14, 2012

Baltimore schools chief notes areas for improvement

Baltimore's school system has been in transition over the past five years, and the next five will see more "stops, starts and uncertainties," with a newfound focus on the classroom, schools CEO Andrés Alonso told principals Tuesday.

8:33 PM EDT, March 29, 2012

Lawmakers, education leaders spar over embattled tutoring program

State education leaders say proposed legislation that would force local school systems to continue funding a federal tutoring program could derail their efforts to gain relief from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Students continue to improve on state tests

9:46 PM EDT, July 10, 2012

Students continue to improve on state tests

A decade after passage of a federal law requiring statewide school assessments, nearly 90 percent of Maryland's elementary students are passing their reading and math tests, but that success does not continue when students hit middle school.

City schools pass 2013 budget

10:14 PM EDT, May 22, 2012

City schools pass 2013 budget

The Baltimore City school board voted Tuesday to pass the district's proposed $1.31 billion budget, which includes a decrease in the per-pupil funding for charter schools.

9:16 PM EDT, March 18, 2012

Youths gather downtown Saturday; 10 arrested

Baltimore police called in extra officers and arrested at least 10 juveniles Saturday night as a crowd that witnesses described as rowdy and numbering in the hundreds walked around Downtown.

City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results

7:40 PM EDT, April 16, 2012

City schools with federal turnaround grants have mixed results

Once students hurled computers out the windows at Calverton Middle School, but today they are learning on state-of-the-art technology that has flooded into the West Baltimore school. Once teachers couldn't wait to transfer out of a place where students ruled the classrooms, but now faculty turnover has slowed.

10:02 PM EDT, May 27, 2012

Baltimore County police: Dundalk shooting, stabbing tied to home invasion

Baltimore County police said a shooting and stabbing that took place in Dundalk on Sunday morning appear to have occurred during an attempted home invasion.

9:45 AM EDT, July 7, 2012

West Baltimore shooting leaves man injured, police say

Baltimore city police are investigating an overnight shooting that left an adult male injured, officials said Saturday.

7:17 PM EDT, June 13, 2012

City school board approves two new charters

The Baltimore school board approved applications this week to open the Creative City Public Charter School, an arts integration elementary school, and the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a college preparatory program that starts in fourth grade.

Emiline D. Lazzeri, survivor of rheumatic fever

1:57 AM EDT, March 19, 2012

Emiline D. Lazzeri, survivor of rheumatic fever

Emiline D. Lazzeri, a Baltimore County native who as a child lived for a year in a glass-encased room at Johns Hopkins Hospital while being treated for rheumatic fever, died of congestive heart failure March 14 at her home in Largo, Fla.

For children of Filipino teachers, an uncertain future

5:21 PM EDT, May 7, 2012

For children of Filipino teachers, an uncertain future

As the school year draws to a close, one group of Baltimore students isn't making plans for summer. They deflect discussions about courseloads for next year, and shy away from questions about which colleges they hope to attend. They don't talk about "the future."

11:10 AM EDT, March 18, 2012

Baltimore Co. firefighters battle Essex Marina blaze

Baltimore County fire officials battled an early-morning boat blaze that spread to the dock of the Essex Marina on Sunday, a department spokesman said.

For at-risk students, veteran mentors are a phone call away

10:50 PM EDT, April 8, 2012

For at-risk students, veteran mentors are a phone call away

Equipped with a flip phone and 400 free minutes, each member of a group of truant students at Carver Vocational Technical High School knows that at any moment a call could come that changes his or her day — or life.

Ravens' Ray Rice hosts anti-bullying forum in Howard County

7:15 PM EDT, May 5, 2012

Ravens' Ray Rice hosts anti-bullying forum in Howard County

A ray of hope, and a touch of grace.

11:06 AM EDT, March 18, 2012

Four nabbed in St. Patrick's Day sobriety checkpoint

Two motorists were arrested and charged with drunken driving at a Howard County sobriety checkpoint late Saturday, police said in a statement, adding that officers also arrested two more drivers on other charges.

5:55 PM EDT, March 15, 2012

Md. to receive another round of federal funds to overhaul failing schools

Maryland will receive another infusion of federal funding to continue turnaround efforts in the state's worst schools, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday.

York Road in Cockeysville mostly open after water break

10:49 AM EDT, July 7, 2012

York Road in Cockeysville mostly open after water break

A southbound lane along part of York Road in Cockeysville is closed after a water main break affected traffic in Cockeysville for the second time this week.

7:07 PM EST, February 16, 2012

City clergymen ask leaders for bottle tax and commitment for school facilities

A group of clergymen called on the city's political leaders Thursday to commit to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's bottle tax proposal and schools CEO Andrés Alonso's large-scale facilities plan that would fund a huge overhaul of the city's dilapidated school buildings.

12:07 PM EDT, March 18, 2012

7 hospitalized after car collides with special needs bus

Seven people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a vehicle collided with a "mobility" bus that was transporting five special-needs passengers, Anne Arundel County fire and police officials said.

City school employees could see furloughs if doomsday budget stands

9:47 PM EDT, May 8, 2012

City school employees could see furloughs if doomsday budget stands

Baltimore school employees would be forced to take furlough days if the district has to absorb millions of dollars in education cuts outlined in the state's "doomsday" budget, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso said Tuesday as he prepared to present the fiscal year 2013 budget.

10:07 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

City school board votes to delay Southside closing

The Baltimore school board voted Tuesday to delay the closing of a struggling Cherry Hill high school and proceeded with district recommendations to eliminate middle grades from three elementary programs.

7:08 PM EDT, April 1, 2012

UMBC falls short of regaining chess title

The competitive chess team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County fell less than a point short of regaining its national title at the 2012 President's Cup, which culminated Sunday in Herndon, Va.

Maryland receives No Child Left Behind waiver

6:39 PM EDT, May 29, 2012

Maryland receives No Child Left Behind waiver

Maryland was one of eight states granted a waiver Tuesday from some of the strictest requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which will allow the state to set more reasonable goals for student achievement levels and adopt reforms to close the achievement gap.

Documents show that system ignored flawed information in cheating investigation

10:47 PM EDT, June 1, 2012

Documents show that system ignored flawed information in cheating investigation

When Baltimore City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke visited Abbottston Elementary after news broke that the school had cheated on state testing for students in 2009, she despaired because she never believed Principal Angela Faltz, whom she had known for decades, could cheat her children or her community.

City schools pay nearly $65 million for unused leave over 5 years

9:21 PM EDT, March 14, 2012

City schools pay nearly $65 million for unused leave over 5 years

The Baltimore school system has paid its employees about $65 million for unused leave over the past five years, a rare perk that many employers have abandoned and that has come under fire as school districts have experienced shrinking budgets.

City schools pay $14 million overtime in four years

8:42 PM EST, March 1, 2012

City schools pay $14 million overtime in four years

The cash-strapped Baltimore school system has paid more than $14 million in overtime over the past four years, mostly to its understaffed police force and hundreds of temporary employees who have filled gaps created by CEO Andrés Alonso's plan to shrink the central office.

Baltimore Catholic school to name community center after Bill and Camille Cosby

7:51 PM EDT, March 30, 2012

Baltimore Catholic school to name community center after Bill and Camille Cosby

A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school's 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday.

9:30 PM EDT, April 1, 2012

Baltimore police investigating three shootings Sunday

Baltimore city police responded to three shootings Sunday, including a possible homicide.

Purple Pride overzealous at Roland Park school, say some parents

7:37 PM EST, January 19, 2012

Purple Pride overzealous at Roland Park school, say some parents

Go purple, or go to the library.

12:59 PM EST, March 7, 2012

UM Eastern Shore appoints new president

A career biochemist will take the reins of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on July 1, the university announced Wednesday.

3:49 PM EST, March 4, 2012

City schools to continue heightened testing security

The Baltimore school system will deploy testing monitors to all schools administering the state assessments next week, even as the city principals union has called for investigations into alleged cheating at 16 schools to be suspended.

City principals among lowest-paid school leaders in state

5:54 PM EST, February 2, 2012

City principals among lowest-paid school leaders in state

Even as Baltimore principals have been given an unprecedented amount of responsibility over the past four years under schools CEO Andrés Alonso, their average salary has remained among the lowest in the state.

Western 'RoboDoves' soaring in robotics

9:06 PM EST, March 8, 2012

Western 'RoboDoves' soaring in robotics

Each member of the Western High School Robotics team brings a range of individual strengths that help them compete, everything from a knack for maneuvering a remote control to extraordinary math and science skills. But, they say, they also have a competitive edge that's harder to match: girl power.

Critics seek more oversight of renovations at school district headquarters

9:54 AM EDT, April 30, 2012

Critics seek more oversight of renovations at school district headquarters

Outraged education, community and political leaders have called for increased oversight of spending in the Baltimore City school system, amid revelations that about $500,000 was spent to upgrade offices at the district headquarters while city and state leaders fought for funding to fix dilapidated school buildings.

8:02 PM EST, November 22, 2011

City schools launching Saturday School initiative

The Baltimore school system will launch its first districtwide Saturday School initiative in December, a program promised by city schools CEO Andrés Alonso to help remedy declining scores on state tests.

6:32 PM EST, February 29, 2012

City schools face $35 million shortfall in 2013 budget

The Baltimore school system is facing a $35 million shortfall as it plans for its fiscal 2013 budget, a gap that officials said could have a serious effect on schools' spending power for the second year in a row.

As school facilities crumble, executive suites get remodeled

9:36 PM EDT, April 26, 2012

As school facilities crumble, executive suites get remodeled

New furniture, a flat-screen television, decorative light fixtures, interactive white boards — these are among amenities the city school system bought during $500,000 in renovations to the central office, even as administrators decried the state of crumbling school buildings and sought funding to fix them.

Baltimore Teachers Union surprises special educator with extreme classroom makeover

7:19 PM EDT, March 27, 2012

Baltimore Teachers Union surprises special educator with extreme classroom makeover

On any given day, the activity in Ellen Vikestad's classroom would resemble a round of bumper cars.

Students call on city leaders to pass bottle tax

7:17 PM EST, February 23, 2012

Students call on city leaders to pass bottle tax

Patterson High School became the latest political battleground in the effort to rebuild Baltimore's decrepit school infrastructure this week, with students throwing their support behind a proposed bottle tax that could help raise about $300 million for facility upgrades.

8:29 PM EDT, March 13, 2012

City schools plan to increase per-pupil funding by about 3 percent

The Baltimore school system is projecting that it will spend $155 more per pupil next year, as the district looks to protect schools' spending power as costs rise.

1:40 PM EST, February 15, 2012

City proposes one school closure, scaling back grade levels at three others

Baltimore school officials will begin meeting with four school communities Wednesday, after the district made recommendations that will displace dozens of staff and hundreds of students at one failing high school in Cherry Hill and three elementary/middle schools.

10:12 PM EST, March 6, 2012

City residents plead their case for school targeted for closure

Armed with picket signs and passion for their schools, Baltimore residents packed the district's headquarters Tuesday night, pleading with school board members to preserve the programs that CEO Andrés Alonso has recommended be closed or dismantled.

7:31 PM EST, January 17, 2012

6 Md. schools get Blue Ribbon designation

Six elementary schools have been added to the prestigious Maryland list of Blue Ribbon designees after they were recognized as the highest performers and for raising achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

9:16 PM EST, February 7, 2012

Large number of city teachers receive unsatisfactory evaluations

A significant number of Baltimore teachers — in some schools as many as 60 percent of the staff — have received unsatisfactory ratings on their midyear evaluations as the system moves to implement a pay-for-performance contract that's considered a bellwether for a national movement.

Local Young Marines to participate in Pearl Harbor commemoration

10:18 PM EST, December 1, 2011

Local Young Marines to participate in Pearl Harbor commemoration

Kennedy Krieger High School student Jeremy Holmes had two dreams after graduating in 2013: visiting Hawaii and following his father's footsteps to stand alongside U.S. Marines.

7:33 PM EST, December 29, 2011

Advocates, experts call for more attention to bullying of special needs-students

Special-education advocates are calling for the state to do more to address the bullying of disabled students, saying that a recent lawsuit against the city school system highlights the long-lasting harm that harassment can do to such children.

6:54 PM EST, January 5, 2012

Family seeks new bullying trial against city schools

The family of a special needs student who lost a $1.3 million lawsuit against the Baltimore city school system last month is seeking a new trial, saying the jury wasn't impartial and violated court instructions.

4:14 PM EST, January 1, 2012

Three city schools to extend day by three hours

Three Baltimore schools have extended their school day by three hours, using a national program that has boosted achievement in other urban districts and has been hailed as a way to make American students competitive in the 21st century.

November 10, 2011

Baltimore school system among top competitors for federal grant

The Baltimore school system was among 23 educational organizations from across the nation to be named finalists in a highly competitive U.S. Department of Education program that will dole out nearly $150 million for innovative programming this year.

Margaret Ann Wotthlie Curtis, 71

1:39 PM EDT, August 15, 2011

Margaret Ann Wotthlie Curtis, 71

Margaret Ann Wotthlie Curtis, career-long Baltimore County educator of special needs children, died Aug. 11 of cancer at Dove House in Westminster. She was 71.

7:23 PM EST, December 21, 2011

Judge throws out 9 of 13 counts in bullying lawsuit

Ruling that a $1.3 million lawsuit filed against the Baltimore school system was too broad, Circuit Judge W. Michael Pierson granted Wednesday the district's motion to throw out nine of the 13 counts, leaving a city jury to decide whether two principals were negligent in the alleged bullying of two students.

10:06 PM EDT, September 30, 2011

State reports highest graduation rate in past 15 years

Maryland's public schools are graduating a higher percentage of students than they have in the past 15 years but they have seen a troubling increase in the number of students dropping out.

6:01 PM EST, December 22, 2011

Jury finds in favor of principals, school system in bullying lawsuit

A lack of evidence led a Baltimore jury to rule that two principals were not negligent in a $1.3 million bullying lawsuit against the city school system, but jurors said they were also conscious of a snowball effect that could subject systems around the country to a barrage of lawsuits.

6:24 PM EST, November 13, 2011

Student inspires city landmarks to go blue Monday

Two of Baltimore's most recognizable landmarks will be lit up in blue Monday in honor of World Diabetes Day — a commemoration inspired by a 16-year-old girl's desire to draw attention to the prevalent disease.

8:21 PM EST, December 15, 2011

Bullying suit against city schools goes to trial

A city jury heard opening statements Thursday in a $1.3 million lawsuit in which parents allege that the school system was grossly negligent and failed to prevent their two children, including a special-needs student, from being bullied.

7:26 PM EDT, September 27, 2011

Abell report critical of tutoring program

A federally mandated tutoring program targeting thousands of students who attend Baltimore City's worst performing schools is shelling out millions of dollars annually to organizations that are operating in the district with little oversight and virtually no academic accountability measures, according to a report released Tuesday by the Abell Foundation.

8:13 PM EST, December 20, 2011

Principal, special needs student testify in bullying trial

A principal named in a $1.3 million lawsuit alleging that the school system failed to protect two students against bullying took the stand Tuesday, saying that bullying "has become a buzz word" and acknowledging that two attacks on the students, including a special needs child, "may have been mentioned" to him by their parents.

12:56 PM EST, November 13, 2011

Police identify 20-year-old W. Balto. shooting victim

Baltimore city police have identified a man who was shot and killed in West Baltimore Saturday as 20-year-old Darren Robertson.

11:53 AM EDT, August 14, 2011

Arundel man charged after allegedly attacking family

A 25-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and assault after he allegedly stabbed his step-father and choked his mother in their Brooklyn Park home, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Park Heights celebrates 'new beginning'

11:41 PM EST, December 14, 2011

Park Heights celebrates 'new beginning'

From the desolate and dilapidated block of Denmore Avenue, a chant rang through the Park Heights neighborhood Wednesday as Baltimore political, community and business leaders gathered with residents to launch a project that many called a "new beginning" for the long troubled community.

City schools launch attendance campaign

6:12 PM EDT, September 19, 2011

City schools launch attendance campaign

Clutching a portfolio and a messenger bag with a city schools logo, Monique Robbins knew her unannounced visit to the homes of chronically absent students in West Baltimore on a recent misty evening might seem ominous.

Dunbar High School resurrects marching band

8:06 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

Dunbar High School resurrects marching band

Band teacher Charles Funn's voice thundered in a classroom at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, shouting the names of familiar Southern foods as a way to help the students to find their rhythm. You can feel both, he explained, in your soul.

10:08 AM EDT, October 15, 2011

Baltimore police investigating two separate nonfatal shootings

Baltimore City police are investigating two separate nonfatal shootings that wounded men in their 30s Friday and Saturday.

9:48 PM EDT, September 10, 2011

For residents of flood prone areas, riverfront living a trade-off

Calvin Owens knows that when he hears the boulders begin to roll away from the dam across the street from his Port Deposit home, it's time to pack an overnight bag.

Roland Park parents push for middle-school recess

7:58 PM EDT, September 23, 2011

Roland Park parents push for middle-school recess

In Roland Park, home to one of Baltimore's highest-performing public schools, dozens of parents are at odds with administrators over an academic perk: recess for middle-schoolers.

7:15 PM EDT, September 15, 2011

Balt. Co. Council members protest vote against elected school board

A recent unannounced vote by a legislative task force that ruled out changing the Baltimore County school board to at least partly elected is being protested by four County Council members.

6:44 PM EDT, October 16, 2011

Bullying reports surge in city schools

Geneva Biggus sometimes barely recognizes her chatty, confident fifth-grader, who just 18 months ago was so vulnerable and desperate that she threatened to jump from the second-floor window of her West Baltimore school to escape bullies.

7:29 PM EST, November 14, 2011

City school system grapples with weapons

After at least three weapons-related incidents in as many months, including one in which a student was stabbed in the abdomen, city school officials acknowledge that they are struggling with a problem that has led to dozens of students being expelled and more than 100 weapons being confiscated last year.

Doctors Without Borders campaigns for better childhood nutrition

7:37 PM EDT, October 9, 2011

Doctors Without Borders campaigns for better childhood nutrition

Having just observed Yom Kippur, Zoey Solomon knew what it felt like to be hungry.

City tutoring services under scrutiny

October 8, 2011

City tutoring services under scrutiny

Loaded with an armful of rainbow-colored promotional brochures, Troynell Fischer waded through the sea of tutoring providers, searching for someone to provide extra academic support to her five children. She rejected one vendor's pitch for a laptop computer that her children could keep after the year of tutoring was over, but listened intently to another who gave an example of a math problem on cue.

11:04 AM EDT, October 9, 2011

Police investigating Northwest Baltimore shooting

Baltimore city police said they were investigating an overnight shooting in Northwest Baltimore that injured a 25-year-old man.

Alonso plans to close schools that are underused, dilapidated

9:46 PM EDT, October 14, 2011

Alonso plans to close schools that are underused, dilapidated

Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso said Friday that he plans to close more than a dozen schools by 2014 in an effort to vacate underused and dilapidated buildings.

Flood cresting lower, earlier

9:31 AM EDT, September 10, 2011

Flood cresting lower, earlier

Officials in Port Deposit said Saturday that 30 floodgates remained open at the Conowingo Dam as water steadily receded, though the town remained under its mandatory evacuation.

Teachers say frustration marks first year of landmark contract

6:28 PM EST, December 12, 2011

Teachers say frustration marks first year of landmark contract

Pointing to an unprecedented partnership between Baltimore's school district and union leaders, officials signed a new teacher contract last year that they said would revolutionize the city's teaching profession by implementing a pay-for-performance plan.

6:48 PM EDT, August 18, 2011

City schools cut back on hires from alternatively certified program

John Hilton left his journalism career in Pennsylvania to join an innovative Baltimore program that develops teachers for the public schools, hoping for "another opportunity to effect change for the greater good."

City school system grapples with principal turnover

8:43 PM EDT, August 10, 2011

City school system grapples with principal turnover

Since Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso took the helm four years ago, only about one-quarter of the system's principals have remained in their posts, a high turnover rate that has rankled education advocates who say they are concerned that leadership vacuums hamper progress.

Hopkins, Morgan take reins of city school

6:43 AM EDT, August 26, 2011

Hopkins, Morgan take reins of city school

For decades, tensions have brewed between residents of the city's Middle East community and neighboring Johns Hopkins institutions, as generations watched its prosperous past fade to blight while Hopkins continued to build its august future.

4:59 PM EDT, October 16, 2011

40 years after collapse, Catoctin Aqueduct restored

A historic aqueduct in Western Maryland has been restored nearly four decades after two of its three arches collapsed, leaving the now-139-year-old structure in ruins.

6:55 AM EDT, October 7, 2011

Baltimore Community Foundation announces historic education endowment

School reforms in Baltimore City and Baltimore County stand to gain significant financial support under a historic $8 million endowment given the Baltimore Community Foundation that will double its resources to support education projects.

Power outages force schools to adjust lesson plans

9:03 PM EDT, September 1, 2011

Power outages force schools to adjust lesson plans

At the beginning of the week, Principal Amanda Rice had all the first-day-of-school preparations at George Washington Elementary: a pristine building, a fresh vision and a new suit.

7:13 PM EDT, September 15, 2011

Ten Maryland schools receive National Blue Ribbon Designation

Ten Maryland schools have received a National Blue Ribbon designation, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday, an award bestowed on the highest-performing schools in the nation or those with extraordinary success in closing the achievement gap.

More Baltimore graduates attend two-year colleges, where they are less likely to earn degree

6:33 PM EDT, September 11, 2011

More Baltimore graduates attend two-year colleges, where they are less likely to earn degree

The number of Baltimore City high school graduates enrolling in four-year colleges and universities has dropped in recent years as more head to two-year institutions where they are far less likely to graduate.

1:57 PM EDT, August 1, 2011

Condition of worker hurt in slots site accident improves

A construction worker who was injured in an accident Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor has had his condition upgraded, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Monday.

8:57 PM EDT, October 7, 2011

City delegate proposes mayoral control of city schools

A state legislator is proposing to abolish the current structure of the Baltimore school system and return its reins to the mayor under legislation due to come before the Maryland General Assembly in January.

School for the Arts opens year amid controversies

9:54 PM EDT, September 2, 2011

School for the Arts opens year amid controversies

A rare air of controversy has marked the new school year at the Baltimore School for the Arts, with administrators disclosing this week that the school's payroll practices are being investigated.

4:12 PM EDT, September 12, 2011

Two students arrested after being found with gun in school

Two Baltimore city high school students were arrested Monday after they were found in the bathroom at the Renaissance Academy High School with an unloaded hand gun, city school officials said.

For football fans, a flexible holiday

6:29 PM EST, November 24, 2011

For football fans, a flexible holiday

Kelly Fleming doesn't mind building her family's Thanksgiving schedule around a football game. She's the mother of two Calvert Hall students and knows the annual Turkey Bowl matchup with Loyola gets top billing in her house.

International Festival builds bridges, business

6:47 PM EDT, August 7, 2011

International Festival builds bridges, business

Residents and vendors from the many corners and cultures of Baltimore descended on the campus of Polytechnic Institute/Western High this weekend for the annual Baltimore International Festival.

City kicks off 'Grand Prix' summer school

8:27 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

City kicks off 'Grand Prix' summer school

In addition to swimming with Michael Phelps' instructors and battling with handmade robots, Baltimore summer school students will be building soapbox cars to help keep their minds revving until the next school year.

Alonso first-day school tour sets tone for year of academic focus

8:15 PM EDT, August 31, 2011

Alonso first-day school tour sets tone for year of academic focus

Breaking from the tradition of beginning the school year with the city's Blue Ribbon recipients and highest performers, Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso personally welcomed back students and staff who will take part in radical transformations at schools that have struggled with academics.

1:11 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

Police recover body of missing Arundel boater

Anne Arundel County officials have recovered the body of a 48-year-old man who jumped from a boat into Stony Creek on Saturday and never resurfaced.

Candidates would spend more on schools

6:06 PM EDT, August 7, 2011

Candidates would spend more on schools

Taikira White chose City College for its nationally renowned choir, but her quests to find a fully functional bathroom in the school could make her a track star by the time she graduates.

10:23 AM EDT, August 14, 2011

Police investigating overnight homicide in Northwest Baltimore

Baltimore city police are investigating an overnight homicide that occurred in Northwest Baltimore.

11:43 AM EDT, August 7, 2011

Baltimore police identify victim of fatal motorcycle crash

Baltimore police have identified the victim who died in a fatal motorcycle collision Friday night as 34-year-old Devon Lomax.

11:24 PM EDT, July 10, 2011

Baltimore police investigate three Sunday deaths

In Baltimore Sunday, two men were murdered, four others were shot and a woman's body was discovered, city police reported. The incidents appeared to be unrelated and occurred in different parts of the city.

City experiences setback on MSAs

4:19 PM EDT, June 30, 2011

City experiences setback on MSAs

While students around the state showed progress on the Maryland School Assessment, Baltimore City not only experienced a setback this year with declines in math and reading, but several dozen of the district's schools were among those that performed the worst in the state.

Ellicott City church honors Schaefer

8:04 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

Ellicott City church honors Schaefer

The days after William Donald Schaefer's death were filled with pomp and circumstance — a long farewell that culminated with hundreds packing a downtown Baltimore church to memorialize one of Maryland's larger-than-life figures.

City to gather past rape reports, claims of mistreatment through new hot line

9:45 PM EDT, June 29, 2010

City to gather past rape reports, claims of mistreatment through new hot line

City leaders are establishing a hot line for victims who believe their reports of rape or sexual assault were not investigated fully by police.

8:34 PM EDT, July 14, 2011

Number of city schools missing academic targets surges

Nearly 90 percent of Baltimore elementary and middle schools fell short of academic targets on state assessments this year, signaling a trend that education officials nationwide say will eventually label most American schools as failures.

7:54 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

Worker injured in Arundel Mills slots site accident still critical

The surviving worker involved in a fatal mishap Friday at the construction site of the Arundel Mills slots parlor was downgraded to critical but stable condition, a Maryland Shock Trauma spokeswoman said Sunday night.

4:43 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

East Baltimore church burns down after burglary

An East Baltimore church was destroyed in an early morning blaze Sunday after a burglar stole sound equipment from the building, according to police.

2:42 PM EDT, July 12, 2011

Woman found dead in Southeast Baltimore identified

Baltimore police have identified a woman found dead inside her Southeast Baltimore home Sunday, one of four killings detectives are investigating from the weekend.

9:26 PM EDT, April 17, 2011

Annapolis workers clean up after flooding

Annapolis emergency officials said Sunday that water was receding after Saturday storms led to flooding that was still causing minor detours around the City Dock area a day later.

Rape cases dismissed by Baltimore police later found valid

7:54 PM EDT, July 25, 2010

Rape cases dismissed by Baltimore police later found valid

The young East Baltimore woman gave police a vivid description of her rape: A man snatched her off the street and used a pocketknife to force her into the darkness of Ellwood Park.

Archaeological dig at Lafayette Square turns up Civil War history

6:20 PM EDT, July 10, 2011

Archaeological dig at Lafayette Square turns up Civil War history

Local archaeologists have not only confirmed that Baltimore's Lafayette Square Park was once the stomping ground of a Civil War army barracks, but they also dug up a little-known fact about the soldiers who dwelled there: They had a knack for losing buttons.

Benjamin Franklin High celebrates renovations

11:05 PM EDT, June 14, 2011

Benjamin Franklin High celebrates renovations

For decades, visitors arriving at Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove have been greeted by a brick wall. And for years, city school leaders said Tuesday, that has sent the wrong message to the Curtis Bay neighborhood, a struggling area whose community high school has long fought to stem its dropout rate.

6:58 PM EDT, August 7, 2011

Officials recover body of missing Ocean City boater

The body of a boater who went missing in Ocean City was recovered Sunday morning, officials said.

12:33 AM EDT, July 30, 2011

City notes second declining set of test scores

The performance of Baltimore's first- and second-grade pupils fell significantly in reading and math on a national standardized test, mirroring the drops on statewide assessments this year.

6:00 PM EDT, July 3, 2011

City school system looks to rebound after MSA disappointment

As the Baltimore school system attempts to rebound from a series of cheating scandals and its first significant test score decline in years, leaders are considering a worrisome possibility: They might have hit a wall in educating children.

9:18 AM EDT, June 21, 2011

Baltimore City Council approves budget

The Baltimore City Council voted Monday to approve a $1.3 billion operating budget for next year, in spite of last-minute protests by residents and a city councilman who wanted to restore funding to a summer youth employment program.

Alonso sends encouraging message to school leaders

10:10 PM EDT, August 16, 2011

Alonso sends encouraging message to school leaders

As they prepare to welcome students back in two weeks, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso encouraged hundreds of principals Tuesday to overcome last year's across-the-board test score declines, which he said shouldn't eclipse other successes.

City turns attention to elementary science education

6:32 PM EDT, July 29, 2011

City turns attention to elementary science education

The eight handmade race cars that successfully zoomed down the 5-foot wooden ramp in the hallway at Sarah M. Roach Elementary on Friday not only highlighted the work of a diligent group of Baltimore third-graders, but marked the beginning of a revved-up effort by the city school system to get a long-derailed academic program back on track.

Marian Shriver McSherry

6:30 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

Marian Shriver McSherry

Marian Shriver McSherry, long-time devotee of Maryland's Catholic aristocracy and mother of 12 children, died on July 24 of breast cancer at her home in Frederick. She was 85.

Group to explore city rape reports

9:47 PM EDT, June 28, 2010

Group to explore city rape reports

A group of Baltimore government and law enforcement representatives plans to conduct a systematic review of rape reports that have been deemed "unfounded" by police investigators, in response to news reports showing the city leads the nation in such cases, officials said Monday.

Cheating, tampering found in city schools

12:12 AM EDT, June 23, 2011

Cheating, tampering found in city schools

Widespread cheating on state assessment tests has been uncovered at two Baltimore elementary schools, state and district officials are expected to announce today.

12:41 PM EDT, July 31, 2011

Baltimore police identify body found in trunk of car

Baltimore police have identified the man they found in the trunk of a car in East Baltimore on Friday.

4:39 PM EDT, June 26, 2011

Motorcyclist struck, killed in White Marsh accident

A motorcyclist died early Sunday after he was struck by a car in White Marsh, county police said.

8:44 PM EDT, June 13, 2011

City school system to reimburse teachers for visa fees

Baltimore school officials say the district will reimburse international teachers who paid out-of-pocket fees to obtain work visas, a practice that led the U.S. Department of Labor to order Prince George's County schools to pay nearly $6 million in penalties and back wages.

Alonso signs on for four more years

12:07 AM EDT, July 1, 2011

Alonso signs on for four more years

Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso has signed on to lead the city school system for four more years, according to school board officials.

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