Recent stories by Liz Bowie
6:56 PM EDT, October 16, 2014
Local education leaders are pressing the state to delay using tougher, new exams as graduation requirements in Maryland public schools, saying the state can't predict how well students will do on the tests.
12:56 PM EDT, October 7, 2014
As more students took the SAT in Maryland last year, average scores on the college readiness exam plummeted, falling below the national average for the first time in years, according to data released Tuesday.
7:02 PM EDT, October 14, 2014
A local nonprofit asked residents of Baltimore what they think about their public schools and found both optimism and frustration in neighborhoods from Pigtown to Hamilton.
7:19 PM EDT, October 1, 2014
A limit should be set on the time it takes to clear or dismiss a teacher accused of misconduct so that employees do not remain out of their schools for months and even years, legislators and education advocates said this week.
5:45 PM EDT, October 11, 2014
For Austin Bradburn, a fresh cup of coffee, brewed and delivered during the busy early-morning hallway rush, became an unlikely path into the complex social world of his high school.
7:56 PM EDT, October 10, 2014
In the latest effort to be technologically savvy, Baltimore County schools launched a website this fall that enables parents to check on homework assignments and track their children's grades on tests and quizzes.
6:09 PM EDT, September 30, 2014
Six public schools and three Catholic schools in Maryland were named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, a designation given to the most successful schools in the country.
6:56 PM EDT, September 23, 2014
A survey of Maryland's public educators shows that teachers don't feel the new system for evaluating them is going as well as the principals who are grading them do.
2:15 PM EDT, September 29, 2014
While Baltimore County officials were deciding whether Michael Williams was fit to continue teaching, he was assigned to a dusty, windowless room at a Pulaski Highway warehouse that held old textbooks, surplus computers and other materials. He, along with a dozen or so employees, sat at a long table reading detective novels and playing Trivial Pursuit.
7:51 PM EDT, September 20, 2014
It began with a bathroom renovation and ended with a toilet race Saturday at Hampdenfest.
4:23 PM EDT, September 20, 2014
Ten people with minor injuries are being taken to hospitals after an accident involving an MTA bus, according to the Baltimore City fire officials.
9:49 AM EDT, September 21, 2014
A Forest Hill man was shot and killed early Saturday morning outside a Southeast Baltimore seafood restaurant, Baltimore police said.
9:08 PM EDT, September 19, 2014
A 78-year-old woman died at Johns Hopkins Hospital Friday evening after being struck by a car in the 200 block of E. 33rd Street, according to Baltimore City Police.
9:05 PM EDT, September 19, 2014
Anne Arundel County residents can drop off their prescription and over-the-counter drugs on Saturday, Sept. 27 at five police department locations.
8:35 PM EDT, September 19, 2014
The first gas station in Baltimore to offer a type of ethanol gas called E85 opened recently on Frederick Avenue, the result of a partnership designed to help drivers who have flex-fuel vehicles.
5:40 PM EDT, September 19, 2014
A suicidal man barricaded himself inside a townhouse near Joppatowne High School early Friday afternoon and held police at bay for several hours before fatally shooting himself, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said.
3:06 PM EDT, September 13, 2014
The $31 million donation to the University of Maryland, College Park on Friday from a computer tech millionaire was the largest donation in the history of the university, but there have been others nearly as big.
10:13 PM EDT, September 11, 2014
He didn't even finish his degree at the University of Maryland, College Park, but entrepreneur Brendan Iribe found other creative geniuses and best friends as he tinkered in the computer science department there.
9:33 PM EDT, September 12, 2014
As school assemblies go, this one was a winner.
9:05 PM EDT, September 9, 2014
North Carroll Middle School was flooded with phone calls Tuesday after an erroneous news report that a student had shot and killed herself inside the Hampstead school.
September 9, 2014
There were few surprises for local colleges and universities in the oft-quoted U.S. News and World Report annual rankings released Tuesday.
10:01 PM EDT, September 2, 2014
A 32-year-old Baltimore man is charged with fatally stabbing his girlfriend when she was nine months pregnant with his daughter, Baltimore County police and prosecutors said.
10:52 AM EDT, September 2, 2014
Baltimore City police have released the name of a Baltimore man shot and killed on Monday night.
2:40 PM EDT, August 24, 2014
Last year, the Common Core was debated by everyone from conservative talk show hosts to parents flooding state capitals, and teachers rebelled against a new evaluation system they believe is unfair.
8:42 AM EDT, August 24, 2014
With just $40 in his pocket and the killing of two friends fresh in his mind, 13-year-old Leonardo Enrique Navas set off from El Salvador in July and traveled alone for 15 days on buses and taxis until he crossed the border into Texas.
6:13 PM EDT, August 21, 2014
State Del. Pat McDonough has asked the Maryland State Prosecutor's Office to investigate whether the Baltimore County school board acted properly when it gave the superintendent an increase in his pay and benefits package of $27,000.
3:47 PM EDT, August 20, 2014
Dunbar Brooks, a longtime Turners Station civic activist who was the first African-American to serve as president of the Baltimore County school board and later became president of the Maryland State Board of Education, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center of an infection. Mr. Brooks was 63.
2:19 PM EDT, August 16, 2014
When the Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday on a contract that includes a raise for Superintendent Dallas Dance, they talked about a $5,000 salary increase. They didn't mention in public other benefits that will bump up his compensation by another $22,000.
6:23 PM EDT, August 13, 2014
The Baltimore County school board gave Superintendent Dallas Dance a $5,000 a year pay increase this week, part of several changes to his four-year employment contract.
10:43 AM EDT, August 18, 2014
As principal of a small Southeast Baltimore school, Anthony Ruby has guided an array of first-year teachers, from the stars who seem to have an innate sense of how to handle a class to those who were so ineffective he declined to renew their contracts.
9:04 PM EDT, August 8, 2014
She was buried in a small pink coffin.
6:32 PM EDT, July 22, 2014
Starting next year, students will face tougher requirements to graduate from Maryland's public high schools.
6:00 AM EDT, July 15, 2014
At nearly every Baltimore County school board meeting for the past decade, Dr. Bash Pharoan has testified for his allotted three minutes about a single issue: the calendar.
11:33 PM EDT, July 29, 2014
Baltimore County Public Schools has withdrawn its contentious, $35 million proposal to renovate and reuse Loch Raven Elementary School, its superintendent said Tuesday.
8:23 PM EDT, August 1, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proposed a new 700-seat elementary school near the center of Towson on Friday to relieve overcrowding, telling the school superintendent that he won't fund the school system's plans to renovate two other schools.
8:45 PM EDT, July 11, 2014
Student test scores had the largest one-year drop since the Maryland School Assessments began a decade ago — an outcome that many had predicted after officials changed what teachers taught in the classroom but not the annual test.
2:52 PM EDT, June 28, 2014
After years of holding schools accountable for student test scores, the idea of using those scores to evaluate teachers and determine their pay has become the latest battleground in education across the nation.
6:44 PM EDT, June 27, 2014
The state's major education players — from school boards to teachers unions and superintendents — signed a pledge Friday to work together to fine-tune a new teacher evaluation system put in place this school year.
7:59 PM EDT, July 17, 2014
Three years ago, no student at Milford Mill Academy passed the Advanced Placement calculus exam, which made it clear that unprepared students were being pushed into the high-level class.
6:53 AM EDT, June 27, 2014
A man was reported to have been shot in the arm Thursday at about 11:30 p.m. near Westwood Avenue and North Bentalou Street in Baltimore's Coppin Heights neighborhood, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
9:40 PM EDT, June 12, 2014
The Baltimore County school board ethics panel has ruled that Superintendent Dallas Dance violated rules when he took a consulting job with a professional development company that does business with the school system.
6:11 PM EDT, June 25, 2014
Under a new federal accountability system, Maryland is no longer in compliance with the rules governing special-education students because the state's schools exempt a high percentage of students from national testing.
7:58 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
A 59-year-old Pikesville man pleaded guilty on Friday of conspiracy to traffic in black market cigarettes, the U.S. Attorney for Maryland announced Friday.
7:19 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
Residents of Federal Hill were being asked to move their parked cars off Riverside Avenue on Friday evening after a small sinkhole developed.
9:53 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
A majority of the editorial staff at WYPR has asked management of the NPR affiliate in Baltimore to recognize their representation by SAG-AFTRA, a national union of public-media professionals.
10:33 PM EDT, June 4, 2014
It was just a moment of poor teenage judgment: One student threw a marker across a classroom at Digital Harbor High, sparking an argument between a Latino student and a black student. Since they couldn't fight in class, they agreed to meet after school on Federal Hill.
11:31 AM EDT, June 17, 2014
Two of Maryland's teacher preparation programs were ranked among the best in the country in the second annual report released today by a national research advocacy group.
6:09 PM EDT, May 25, 2014
Like many artists before her, Lisa Su has found inspiration from the intricate patterns and textures found in nature: the red seeds from the inside of a pomegranate, barnacles adhering to a rock.
May 11, 2014
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.
9:55 PM EDT, June 3, 2014
Digital Harbor High School staff and police met with parents Tuesday evening to reassure the community that they are taking steps to ensure that children are safe in the classroom and on their way home.
8:58 PM EDT, May 13, 2014
William E. Kirwan, who as chancellor of the University System of Maryland over the past dozen years helped oversee the rise of several of the state's public universities to national prominence, will step down from his position as soon as a successor is found, he said Tuesday.
5:33 PM EDT, June 15, 2014
Most years, the last day of school comes with a sigh of relief, but this year what students and teachers describe is more akin to the body-draining feeling of finishing a marathon.
9:52 PM EDT, June 4, 2014
After 22 years of teaching in Baltimore County, JoAnne Field says she will be leaving her third-grade classroom this year. She loves the children, has a principal she believes is "wonderful and supportive" and is committed to public education.
8:57 PM EDT, April 28, 2014
Union officials and lawmakers seized on Baltimore County's bungled rollout of a Common Core curriculum to renew calls to give teachers and school districts more time to implement the new rigorous education standards.
9:19 PM EDT, April 25, 2014
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.
9:14 PM EDT, June 6, 2014
State Highway Administration bridge inspectors closed the westbound Interstate 70 between I-695 and Route 29 on Friday at 4 p.m. shortly after finding the beginning of a small crack in a steel girder under the I-70 bridge over the Patapsco River, according to Lora Rakowski, a public information officer for the SHA.
7:53 PM EDT, June 2, 2014
In the American dream a child can rise above a low-income background to go to college and then a high-paying job, but research by a Johns Hopkins University sociologist over a quarter of a century shows it rarely happens in Baltimore.
8:01 PM EDT, April 26, 2014
As Baltimore County prepared for a major shift in education to take effect this school year, Superintendent Dallas Dance promised that the system's 53,000 elementary students would be taught with a "world-class" curriculum.
1:36 PM EDT, May 28, 2014
Two people were arrested in connection with a large fight that broke out outside a Baltimore County high school graduation Monday.
6:16 PM EDT, April 22, 2014
The Maryland State Board of Education took steps Tuesday to amend the new requirement that students take four years of math during high school.
1:35 PM EDT, April 27, 2014
The Common Core education standards have elicited a national debate that extends well beyond the classroom — touching a wide range of fears, from a federal takeover of local schools to government use of databases to collect information on children.
9:19 PM EDT, April 3, 2014
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.
5:41 PM EDT, April 14, 2014
Hereford High School parents aren't giving up on their quest to keep their school's current schedule, and they filed a legal petition Monday with the Baltimore County school board.
9:10 PM EDT, March 30, 2014
When the Orioles take the field Monday, one of the least visible but most beloved members will be missing from the team.
7:49 PM EDT, April 15, 2014
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz released a budget proposal Tuesday that he says is part of a long-term plan to eliminate school overcrowding, resulting in a surplus of classroom seats by 2021.
4:45 PM EDT, April 12, 2014
The Baltimore County Education Foundation put on the superintendent's annual "State of the Schools" address this month, a luncheon for hundreds at Martin's West in Windsor Mill during which Superintendent Dallas Dance highlighted successes and his plans for the coming year.
10:08 AM EDT, April 24, 2014
Two houses in the 2700 block of N. Calvert Street were damaged in a fire that began around 3:40 a.m. Thursday, according to the Baltimore City fire department.
8:43 PM EDT, March 28, 2014
Maryland Superintendent Lillian M. Lowery informed Anne Arundel County on Friday that she will not waive five days of school for the district because of snow this year.
7:25 PM EDT, March 17, 2014
Goucher College sent congratulatory emails to the parents of 60 applicants on March 12 telling them their children had been admitted.
7:03 PM EDT, March 12, 2014
An accomplished jazz musician who has written about both the power of a liberal arts education and the need for small private colleges to transform their classroom teaching was named the 11th president of Goucher College on Wednesday.
6:32 PM EDT, March 20, 2014
Baltimore County school officials found a gun that shoots plastic pellets in the backpack of a student at Charlesmont Elementary School in Dundalk on Wednesday.
6:55 PM EDT, March 20, 2014
The educators at Marley Elementary School near Glen Burnie are a little worried about what may happen when their students receive the next generation of tests.
10:12 PM EDT, March 11, 2014
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to approve one of its largest contracts in recent years, an ambitious $205 million plan to supply laptop computers to the system's 150,000 students and teachers over the next seven years.
10:45 PM EST, February 18, 2014
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.
12:01 AM EDT, March 11, 2014
U.S. News and World Report ranked the Johns Hopkins University's School of Education No. 1 in the nation for graduate education programs, above two state programs better known as teaching schools: University of Maryland, College Park at No. 26 and Towson University at No. 116.
9:03 PM EDT, March 25, 2014
A Maryland school superintendent wouldn't ordinarily give local systems a pass on the requirement that public school students go to school for 180 days a year.
9:37 PM EST, March 5, 2014
The SAT — that anxiety-provoking test required for so many college applications — is being redesigned to focus more on classroom learning and less on brain teasers.
10:19 PM EST, February 12, 2014
It will soon be payback time for Maryland students who have spent those lazy snow days sleeping until 10 a.m., playing with friends and sledding.
6:43 PM EST, February 11, 2014
It was an uncommon partnership for a Maryland school and an aerospace company.
6:42 PM EST, February 28, 2014
Rumors that a shooting would occur at Gen. John Stricker Middle School on Friday spread quickly over social media the night before, resulting in a message being sent to Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance via Twitter.
7:21 PM EST, March 3, 2014
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.
7:57 PM EST, February 25, 2014
Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance announced Tuesday small adjustments to his new high school scheduling plan, but made it clear he will not delay its implementation for a year as parents requested.
9:58 PM EST, March 2, 2014
A year and a half into the tenure of the superintendent they hired for his communication skills, Baltimore County school board members probably did not expect such an uproar.
8:01 PM EST, February 22, 2014
— 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.
8:26 PM EST, January 28, 2014
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.
11:39 PM EST, February 25, 2014
Amid a developing backlash against fast-paced, state-mandated education reforms, Maryland school officials want to delay the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers for three years.
7:46 AM EST, January 16, 2014
A 40-year-old Baltimore man has been charged with burglarizing a house in Texas and stealing more than $200,000 worth of women's handbags — including two Hermes Birkins valued at $38,000 each, according to Maryland State Police.
11:31 AM EST, February 18, 2014
Gregory E. Thornton, the superintendent of Milwaukee's public schools, was named on Tuesday the next CEO of the Baltimore City school system.
3:15 PM EST, February 8, 2014
From sprawling Los Angeles to tiny Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore, educators are experimenting with the next wave of technology in schools: a tablet or laptop in every student's hand. The results have drawn national attention — for both their embarrassing failures and their successes.
6:36 PM EST, February 15, 2014
From the time she learned that her husband had lost his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan's Helmand province until noon Saturday, Morgan Kessler felt as though her world was turning in circles.
12:21 PM EST, January 18, 2014
If there is one thing Katie Boltz has mastered in high school, it is how to use every minute of her day efficiently. With five Advanced Placement classes, the Dulaney High School senior doesn't text her friends or watch TV so she can focus on homework — but still only manages three or four hours of sleep some nights.
12:38 PM EST, February 11, 2014
For the eighth year in a row, Maryland is No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of graduates who have passed at least one Advanced Placement exam, according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board.
11:22 PM EST, January 26, 2014
Howard County police on Sunday identified 19-year-old Darion Marcus Aguilar of College Park as the man who entered a store at The Mall in Columbia and fatally shot two employees before apparently killing himself.
8:49 PM EST, January 16, 2014
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.
11:45 AM EST, January 16, 2014
An elderly woman was seriously injured in an early morning fire in Laurel, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
5:38 PM EST, January 15, 2014
Sean McComb was sitting Wednesday morning on one of the worn wooden benches at Baltimore's Penn Station reading a book on how to improve teaching when his phone began to buzz wildly with text messages and email notifications.
6:46 PM EST, January 27, 2014
Delvond Grady disliked attending middle school at New Hope Academy so much, he began finding ways to get sent home.
7:54 PM EST, January 28, 2014
After four years of deliberation, the Maryland school board passed new disciplinary regulations Tuesday that will end a zero-tolerance policy that sent home large numbers of boys, special education students and African-Americans for minor infractions.
7:55 PM EST, January 22, 2014
School districts across the nation will be able to apply for competitive grants to develop or update their school safety plans, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced Wednesday in Baltimore County.
12:01 AM EST, January 9, 2014
Maryland's superintendent of schools has no plans to take down dozens of signs in the windows of her agency's headquarters that proclaim Maryland No. 1 in education. Likewise, Gov. Martin O'Malley is unlikely to stop bragging that Maryland is No. 1 in the nation, a point he made again Wednesday on Twitter.
1:28 PM EST, January 27, 2014
Gunfire pierced the Saturday morning bustle at The Mall in Columbia, a gathering place for many in the planned suburban community, sending shoppers racing for cover as two store employees were fatally shot by a man who police said then killed himself.
6:15 PM EST, January 7, 2014
Ask first-year teachers what their greatest challenge is, and they are likely to say it has been managing squirming elementary students or keeping sleepy teenagers engaged.
6:45 PM EST, January 29, 2014
With more than 60 percent of Dulaney High's seniors taking tough college-level Advanced Placement classes, their principal has fewer worries about achievement than most administrators.
10:54 PM EST, January 26, 2014
Darion Marcus Aguilar became a vegan after watching a television show about how animals are slaughtered. That transformation, says a family friend, shows just how much the teen cared about life.
8:57 PM EST, January 14, 2014
Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance rolled out Tuesday a $1.4 billion proposed budget for next year that would shave principals' budgets, increase seats for pre-kindergartners and add money for employee raises.
6:33 AM EST, January 16, 2014
The Baltimore area is expected to have a high temperature of 45 degrees and overcast skies Thursday with no rain, however the sun should peek through the clouds sometime in the afternoon.
8:50 PM EST, January 10, 2014
The Baltimore County school system is eliminating the jobs of more than 100 technology teachers in elementary schools next fall, saying it is time to move away from teaching technology in a computer laboratory.
6:10 PM EST, January 14, 2014
Two Maryland legislators are sponsoring a bill to halt giving the state's annual tests this year as opposition to the testing grows among teachers, parents and local superintendents.
3:09 PM EST, January 4, 2014
When a top Baltimore City school official was asked by a company to help train administrators, she sought advice from the city ethics panel and was told to donate her earnings to the school system.
5:19 PM EST, December 30, 2013
A Maryland legislator has filed a complaint with the Baltimore County school board's ethics panel, saying he wants them to rule on whether Superintendent Dallas Dance violated board policy when he took a part-time job with a company doing business with the school system.
9:38 PM EST, December 14, 2013
Superintendent Dallas Dance quit a consulting job Saturday amid questions over the propriety of his work for a company that does business with the Baltimore County school system.
8:33 PM EST, December 5, 2013
Baltimore County teachers at a town hall meeting Thursday night told Superintendent Dallas Dance they are desperately trying to keep up with the fast pace of state-mandated educational changes that have brought them more work and much frustration.
5:52 PM EST, November 20, 2013
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance will receive an award at the White House on Thursday for his commitment to bringing technology into schools.
8:50 PM EST, December 17, 2013
Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance should have sought the school board's approval before taking a consulting job with a company that had a contract with the system, board President Lawrence Schmidt said Tuesday night.
1:59 PM EST, November 20, 2013
In an unusual move, Baltimore County teachers filed a grievance this week against the county school board saying new education initiatives are forcing them to work long hours beyond their normal day.
5:59 PM EST, December 5, 2013
After Ravens running back Ray Rice posted on Facebook about the alleged bullying of a boy at Dundalk High School, Baltimore County school officials said Thursday that they had "thoroughly investigated" the situation.
9:55 PM EST, December 13, 2013
Several months after the Baltimore County school system signed an $875,000 contract with a professional development company in Illinois, Superintendent Dallas Dance took a part-time job with that company to coach Chicago school principals.
5:19 PM EST, December 11, 2013
Two Baltimore-area schools, Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Baltimore County and Linthicum Elementary in Anne Arundel County, were among the six named state Blue Ribbon winners on Wednesday.
8:59 PM EDT, October 29, 2013
School days for Baltimore County high school students will be significantly different next year when Superintendent Dallas Dance imposes a uniform, eight-class schedule throughout the district.
5:00 AM EDT, October 16, 2013
As a 4-year-old boy bounded to the electronic blackboard at Battle Grove Elementary School in Dundalk, Principal Jennifer Gounaris described the financial and logistic challenges she has overcome to open the pre-K classroom. The result, she said, was worth it.
7:58 PM EST, November 22, 2013
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, remarkably transforming an elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory.
6:45 PM EST, November 28, 2013
Acknowledging that scores on a national reading test may have been inflated, Maryland education officials changed course this week, saying they will work harder to reduce the number of special education students excluded from taking the test.
12:12 AM EST, November 16, 2013
Maryland's scores on a national reading test may have been inflated because the state's schools excluded a higher percentage of special-education students than any other state, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.
5:00 AM EDT, October 7, 2013
Dundalk's high school deteriorated during the past two decades just as the community's once-bustling steel mill declined. From the school's top floor, you could see the Key Bridge and the detritus of a shuttered industrial past.
6:32 PM EST, November 7, 2013
Maryland fourth- and eighth-graders scored slightly lower in math on a national test than two years earlier, though the state's pass rates still remain among the best in the country, according to data released Thursday.
7:34 PM EST, November 13, 2013
Schools from Ocean City to Garrett County are struggling to put in place two major shifts in education policy this year, with teachers working longer hours and sometimes feeling overwhelmed, according to a survey released Wednesday by the state teachers union.
8:22 PM EST, November 12, 2013
Donald Whitby, a library media specialist at Arbutus Middle School, decided not to join the Baltimore County teachers union when he began teaching in 2001. So he was surprised when a large packet of information from the union arrived in the mail at his home in August, demanding that he begin paying union dues.
5:48 PM EDT, November 2, 2013
— Brent Ashley may have aged into the enforcer role at a certain point, but he still remembers when he was the miscreant.
6:31 PM EST, November 6, 2013
After five years of below-average performance, Baltimore County's only charter school will lose its license to operate in July, but will continue as a regular public school next year.
10:09 PM EDT, October 5, 2013
The victim of a shooting was taken to a hospital Saturday night after an incident in the 7100 block of Darlington Drive in Parkville, according to Baltimore County Police.
7:07 PM EDT, October 24, 2013
There is a debate raging on the campus of Towson University over a nationally ranked team.
5:14 PM EDT, October 25, 2013
Towson University's debate team won its argument with school officials and will be going to a Harvard University competition this weekend.
7:13 PM EDT, September 24, 2013
Maryland's state Board of Education said Tuesday that state testing will go forward as planned, despite calls from school district superintendents and the teachers union for a one-year moratorium.
7:33 PM EDT, September 29, 2013
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police were searching on the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill on Sunday for the body of a 63-year-old Salisbury man who is presumed dead, according to DNR spokeswoman Candy Thomson.
7:34 PM EDT, October 5, 2013
Robert Small, the Howard County parent whose name became known from Maine to California when he protested new nationwide education standards, is part of a chorus of increasingly strident voices rising up against the initiative — from both ends of the political spectrum.
6:55 PM EDT, October 3, 2013
Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down.
September 26, 2013
The more money a family in Maryland earns, the more likely their child is to have higher-than-average SAT scores, according to data released by the College Board on Thursday.
9:08 AM EDT, September 29, 2013
A Howard County police officer and another man are both in stable condition at Shock Trauma after an early Sunday morning car accident on Route 1 in the Elkridge area, according to Howard County Police.
12:13 AM EDT, September 10, 2013
The Johns Hopkins University edged closer to the top 10 of national universities on the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings, which were released Tuesday.
7:48 PM EDT, September 29, 2013
With the deadline to avoid a federal government shutdown looming, some of the thousands of Maryland workers who could be furloughed said they were frustrated at the impasse Sunday.
6:34 PM EDT, September 20, 2013
Robert Small said he wanted to express his dismay over the introduction of a new school curriculum at a public forum Thursday night in Towson, but instead the Ellicott City parent was pulled out of the meeting, arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer.
1:08 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
Maryland wants to continue annual assessments of students this year at a cost of about $6 million, even though the scores wouldn't be used to gauge school progress — one of the main reasons for giving the tests.
10:13 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
The Howard County father whose arrest became a viral web video and a cause celebre of conservative talk radio won't be prosecuted for disrupting a meeting on state education standards.
5:02 AM EDT, September 23, 2013
Westowne Elementary teacher Kathleen Mannion has spent long hours after classes using a cumbersome website to access the curriculum she is supposed to teach the next day.
2:15 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
Baltimore City and Baltimore County public schools will close two hours early Wednesday because temperatures are expected to be above 90 degrees.
8:24 PM EDT, August 8, 2013
When students return to Perry Hall High School for the first day of school Aug. 27, they will find new safety measures in place, as well as an opportunity to get psychological counseling.
6:59 PM EDT, August 13, 2013
A recent statewide survey shows fewer drivers are flouting laws that require them to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off children, but the number of violations still remains in the thousands a day.
7:19 PM EDT, July 19, 2013
It had been just two hours since Damond Williams Sr. heard from his 16-year-old daughter, and he knew something was wrong. The girl was a homebody, a standout student. She was rarely out after dark.
8:19 PM EDT, September 7, 2013
A bus tour that began in Newtown, Conn., on the six-month anniversary of the school shooting there came to Baltimore on Saturday where a small group of ministers, legislators and activists gathered to call on Congress to pass legislation to reduce gun violence.
5:19 PM EDT, August 28, 2013
Much has changed for the last three generations of 17-year-old Charles Evans' family. His grandfather participated in the March on Washington, but he still dared not dream that a black man would become president, Evans said. When Evans' father later joked that he wanted to be the first African-American president, his grandfather dismissed the idea.
7:13 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley wedged himself and his lunch tray between two first-graders at a table at Hillcrest Elementary School in Baltimore County and began eating pieces of banana as he struck up a conversation with the 6-year-olds.
8:27 PM EDT, July 17, 2013
When Tyren Day found success in a biology class at a city high school, he began to fix on the idea of going to college and becoming a scientist.
8:52 AM EDT, September 8, 2013
A man died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in Baltimore's Hamillton Hills neighborhood on Friday night, the first of three shootings that left three others injured, city police said.
8:00 PM EDT, August 27, 2013
Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday.
7:20 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
After a stint in the military and on his way to earning a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Rory Holderness decided he wanted to become a high school teacher.
8:55 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
A number of education leaders are calling for a moratorium on annual student assessments until Maryland switches to tests that match a new curriculum being implemented in classrooms.
8:43 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
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.
8:00 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
Robert L. Bogomolny, who led efforts to revive the University of Baltimore's four-year undergraduate program and to transform the campus and surrounding neighborhood, announced Tuesday that he will step down as president after this academic year.
11:07 AM EDT, July 16, 2013
A small but vocal group of community leaders rallied Monday morning on a west Baltimore street corner to pressure Coppin State University and its contractors to hire more neighborhood residents during construction of an $87 million science and technology building — the latest in a series of efforts to force government-supported projects to hire in the city.
5:05 PM EDT, July 8, 2013
The University of Maryland University College announced Monday that the Department of Defense awarded it a 10-year contract to offer undergraduate and graduate courses to service members in Europe.
4:14 PM EDT, June 25, 2013
Maryland became the fourth state in the nation Tuesday to adopt new science standards that will require teachers to emphasize the process of doing science rather than memorizing facts, a move designed to get more children interested in science and science careers.
8:20 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
The dramatic drop in test scores in math this year came down to one simple equation, according to state officials: If you don't teach students material, they won't be able to answer questions about it on a test.
9:59 PM EDT, August 29, 2013
A Baltimore grand jury indicted a city police officer on Thursday on charges that he had a sexual relationship with a girl who was a minor, according to a statement by the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office.
3:05 PM EDT, August 14, 2013
Some would say that Philip Krach is just a gardener, a man whose existence revolves around the seasons, the emergence of hundreds of iris blooms and roses in the spring, the relentless growth of weeds and grass in the summer, the quick disappearance of the perennials in the fall frost.
12:10 PM EDT, July 7, 2013
Vivienne Sharp is too young to carry with her vivid memories of Sept. 11, 2001, but she had a solemn reaction as she walked in the rain last week amid the long benches of the Pentagon's memorial to those who died that day.
7:24 PM EDT, August 7, 2013
With a pressing need to build a new elementary school to relieve overcrowding near Owings Mills, the Baltimore County school board will soon have to decide whether it wants to locate the new building on land with an underground gas pipeline.
7:12 PM EDT, August 1, 2013
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.
7:41 PM EDT, June 20, 2013
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.
11:22 AM EDT, June 18, 2013
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.
6:30 PM EDT, June 14, 2013
The Eastwood school's librarian, Cheryl Madden, had just finished saying her farewells to the fifth-grade class seated attentively in their dress-up clothes in the front-row seats. She ended with a line from a quote, saying that "one can go backward toward safety or forward toward growth."
9:14 PM EDT, August 3, 2012
The Baltimore County school system will begin moving some of its employees into vacant county government space in downtown Towson, a move that officials say will save $1.5 million annually.
8:29 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
Emergency regulations passed by the state school board Tuesday will require that athletic coaches be trained in how to identify traumatic head injuries and that students be pulled out of a game as soon as a concussion is suspected.
6:54 PM EDT, July 16, 2012
Maryland students have made greater gains on national tests than their peers across the country and are catching up with students in top-performing nations in the world, according to a Harvard study released Monday.
8:58 PM EDT, July 13, 2012
Former Baltimore County school superintendent Joe A. Hairston signed employment contracts before he retired with two top aides that would pay them nearly a half-million dollars in severance if his successor fired them when bringing in his own leadership team.
7:25 PM EDT, August 28, 2012
Returning to school a little shaken, some students walked in clusters behind their parents, while others went arm-in-arm. A few even took their parents' hands, as though they needed the same reassurance they had received in elementary school.
12:00 PM EDT, September 19, 2012
When Beth Kennedy's head hit the ice hard, she was stunned. The teen got up slowly, skated to her hockey team's bench and asked her rec league coach if she could sit out for a bit. But she returned to the heat of the tournament game a few minutes later.
8:53 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
Dallas Dance knew a little of what the Perry Hall High School students were going through Monday after a student was critically wounded in the cafeteria by another student.
7:40 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
Randy Race's shiny new generator was making a comforting racket Monday in the backyard of his home in Glendale in Baltimore County.
11:53 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Baltimore County school leaders have paid a total of $150,989 in a settlement with two high-ranking employees who signed contracts with the former superintendent, even though the school system and new superintendent contend that the contracts were not legal.
10:05 PM EDT, July 20, 2012
Four Maryland hospitals will be contacting patients who might have come in contact with a health care worker infected with hepatitis C when he worked in the state between 2008 and 2010, according to the state health department.
9:53 PM EDT, August 7, 2012
The two high-ranking school employees who signed contracts with former Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston before he retired have both left the system.
5:23 PM EDT, August 26, 2012
Here's fair warning for students: Monday isn't just the first day of school in Baltimore City and the surrounding five counties, it's the beginning of life with a whole new set of expectations from teachers.
9:46 PM EDT, July 10, 2012
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.
7:33 PM EDT, August 22, 2012
In remarks that elicited applause from 800 Baltimore County English teachers, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday that teachers should earn more and there should be more focus on educating the whole child.
4:23 PM EDT, July 22, 2012
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.
5:15 PM EDT, June 30, 2012
Although dozens are vying for Dallas Dance's attention in his first days as Baltimore County school superintendent, he plans to seek out disengaged students and parents of private school students, two groups that he hopes respectively to keep and to attract back into the fold.
7:15 PM EDT, July 24, 2012
Deborah Phelps, the mother of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, is leaving her job as principal of Windsor Mill Middle, a Baltimore County school she opened six years ago.
8:22 PM EDT, June 26, 2012
Amid an increased awareness of concussions in sports (the NFL and Ivy League universities have limited football practices involving contact), the Maryland state school board is questioning whether action is needed to prevent head injuries in young athletes.
10:38 PM EDT, June 7, 2012
Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston looked out this week at 700 elementary students spread out on their school's lawn to celebrate the groundbreaking for a long-awaited new wing.
6:19 PM EDT, August 16, 2012
Dylan Guest's elementary school world was full of frustration and embarrassment. Everything about his special education classes was a struggle. He came home each day demoralized and asked his mother why people called him a "retard."
11:24 AM EDT, August 9, 2012
Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance is recommending the county's only charter school be given two more years to improve its sagging performance.
2:41 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
Not much happens on the last day of school, but at Villa Cresta Elementary in Baltimore County, the principal made sure students would remember Friday.
8:30 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
Students at a Baltimore County high school drew a racially offensive picture on a classroom board last week and then sent it out on Twitter, prompting the principal to call police and suspend several students.
7:11 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
Kevin Hobbs, a top administrator in the Wake County, N.C., public schools, appeared on the verge of becoming the new deputy superintendent in Baltimore County schools Tuesday night before the school board voted 6-6 against the appointment because of a certification issue.
9:04 PM EDT, July 11, 2012
At Shipley's Choice Elementary— one of the highest-achieving schools in the Baltimore region — the important state test is almost not relevant to what is going on in the classroom anymore.
11:16 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to get rid of a zero-tolerance approach to discipline and replace it with a policy that will give principals more discretion in deciding how to handle serious offenses.
9:22 PM EDT, May 17, 2012
Baltimore County school officials told middle and high school principals last week that they must limit the number of leadership positions next year to save $814,000, a move teachers say means schools have again been targeted for cuts.
6:06 PM EDT, June 29, 2012
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education removed Baltimore City Community College from probation on Friday after the college made progress in assessing student performance.
7:27 PM EDT, June 21, 2012
Baltimore County principals are protesting a new financial disclosure form that is the most detailed of any required in the region, setting up a debate over how much personal information some school officials should have to divulge to the public.
8:18 PM EDT, May 10, 2012
James Fitzpatrick leans back in a huge black office chair with wheels and points at a projection on a screen in the front of the classroom, not far from the Soccer Barbie dolls and a clock featuring the portrait of French writer Voltaire.
9:01 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
Ella Johnson thought she was done raising kids. Then one night her daughter, asleep in bed with her 1-year-old son, died of a heart condition, and Johnson suddenly found herself mothering a grieving grandchild who clung to the picture of his dead mother.
7:02 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
When Lisa Moore searched outside her house in Jacksonville on Thursday for her 4-year-old daughter, she instead found a 2-year-old black bear.
6:54 PM EDT, May 9, 2012
Dallas Dance, Baltimore County's soon-to-be superintendent of schools, won't officially take the job until July 1, but the school board approved a contract Tuesday night that will allow him to begin working as a consultant for the month of June.
6:51 PM EDT, June 8, 2012
Not much happens in classrooms on the last day of school, but at Villa Cresta Elementary in Baltimore County, the principal made sure students would remember Friday.
11:03 PM EDT, May 20, 2012
An Anne Arundel County parent whose gentle spirit is said to have built bridges between cultures at her sons' elementary school was named the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award winner Friday night.
11:13 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
A 33-year-old man was shot and killed near the intersection of North Loudon Avenue and West Franklin Street at 4:42 p.m. Sunday, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
7:48 PM EDT, May 3, 2012
Newly appointed Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance has picked a transition team that includes two former state superintendents and a college president among the 21 individuals who will guide him in the first three months of his job.
4:00 PM EDT, April 26, 2012
Former headmistress Lila B. Lohr, will return to the St. Paul's School for Girls in Baltimore County next year as an interim head of the school, the school announced Thursday.
7:36 PM EDT, May 4, 2012
A pre-kindergarten student at Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore brought a small gun to school Friday morning, according to school officials.
9:37 PM EDT, May 13, 2012
Aberdeen Proving Ground will celebrate Armed Forces Week with a variety of events including a golf tournament, veterans luncheon, and a museum open house.
8:52 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
Parents of the only charter school in Baltimore County are criticizing the system for not having a process for the school to renew its contract, which is set to expire in two months.
8:42 PM EDT, April 20, 2012
An outsider with experience in leading a neighboring state through sometimes-unpopular reforms will become the next Maryland superintendent of schools, the state school board announced Friday.
9:21 PM EDT, April 27, 2012
An Anne Arundel County elementary school principal has asked for a transfer to another school after district officials began investigating concerns that she did not respond to complaints about a student before he ended up threatening a teacher.
7:12 PM EDT, March 30, 2012
The Baltimore County school board is expected to vote to approve S. Dallas Dance, a Houston school administrator, as its next superintendent at a special meeting Tuesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in the school board offices on Charles Street.
7:36 PM EDT, May 14, 2012
Baltimore County parents and legislators will ask incoming schools Superintendent Dallas Dance to consider putting more teachers in high schools, where class sizes have swelled since positions were eliminated a year ago.
4:22 PM EDT, May 12, 2012
Baltimore County's decision to cut nearly 200 teaching positions last year has had far-reaching consequences in high schools, where hundreds of classes have been dropped from the rolls, leaving many more students packed into classrooms.
7:53 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley and top leaders of the General Assembly are considering the possibility of holding two special legislative sessions — one in May to deal with the state budget and another in summer to consider an expansion of casino gambling in Maryland.
7:40 PM EDT, April 16, 2012
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.
9:01 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
The Baltimore County school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve S. Dallas Dance, a Houston school administrator, as the next superintendent of its 105,000-student system.
6:59 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Two Easton High School lacrosse players should not have been suspended or arrested for having a penknife and lighter in their lacrosse bags, according to the Maryland state school board, which ordered that the boys' records be wiped clean.
10:00 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
Near City Hall, 5-year-old Shalyn Lloyd stood wearing a green hoodie and carrying a sign that read: "Are we next?"
9:08 PM EDT, March 20, 2012
The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday evening to build an elementary school in Mays Chapel despite angry opposition from neighbors.
9:21 PM EDT, March 28, 2012
When S. Dallas Dance was searching for his first teaching job out of college, he was hired by a Virginia high school principal nearly twice his age.
6:47 PM EDT, April 7, 2012
In the crowded glass and steel lobby of the Houston school headquarters, Principal Susan Monaghan paused briefly to touch the shoulder of her boss, a man with far less experience in the education field and young enough to have been her student.
11:14 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
The Tony Hawk Foundation has given $25,000 toward the construction of a skateboard park in Roosevelt Park in Hampden.
10:19 PM EDT, April 24, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley made a rare appearance at the state school board meeting Tuesday to welcome the new state school superintendent, Lillian M. Lowery, and encourage the members to work harder on preparing principals and providing vocational training to students.
10:25 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
As the clock ticked toward midnight Monday, school boards in Howard and Baltimore County were scrambling to make job offers to their next superintendents.
2:40 PM EDT, March 24, 2012
Searching for a new school superintendent in Maryland sometimes takes the skills of a CIA agent, including clandestine meetings and flights to faraway places.
9:29 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
For the second time in four years, there's a fight brewing in northern Baltimore County that raises questions about the scarcity of county-owned land for parks and schools.
12:00 PM EDT, April 18, 2012
So little snow fell this year that Baltimore County public schools are shortening the school year by four days.
2:51 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
S. Dallas Dance, chief middle schools officer in the Houston school district, has been chosen as the next superintendent in Baltimore County.
7:16 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Several months after Nancy S. Grasmick left her job as state superintendent of schools, Michelle Rhee, the former schools chief in Washington, spoke in Baltimore and let a secret slip.
7:28 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
John E. Schmick, the Gilman School's headmaster, announced Wednesday that he will step down in July 2013 after a replacement is found.
9:26 PM EST, March 6, 2012
Faced with opposition from Mays Chapel residents, the Baltimore County school board postponed a final vote Tuesday night on whether to build an elementary school on 20 acres there to relieve overcrowding.
7:39 PM EST, February 28, 2012
Officials would only be allowed to suspend students for more than 10 days if they believe doing so is the only way to ensure the school is kept safe, under a draft proposal released Tuesday by the Maryland state school board.
4:11 PM EST, February 26, 2012
State education leaders expect to apply Monday for a waiver from some of the most rigid requirements of a federal law widely viewed as flawed because it has labeled so many schools as failing.
7:46 PM EST, February 28, 2012
To force counties to pay their share of the cost of operating K-12 schools, top legislators in Annapolis want the state to seize local tax dollars and deliver them directly to school systems.
8:22 PM EST, January 13, 2012
Baltimore County school employees have reached a tentative agreement with the school system that would raise the contributions employees make to their health care plans over the next five years in exchange for guarantees that there will be no layoffs or furloughs for three years.
8:26 PM EST, March 7, 2012
It was hard to tell whether his eyes were actually open when Derek Jones shuffled into his dimly lit kitchen at 5:45 a.m., the smell of bacon in the air. The 16-year-old didn't speak, but took directions from his mother who whispered: "I have your coffee made and your breakfast sandwich ready."
5:17 PM EST, March 5, 2012
Leslie C. Norins, a 1958 Johns Hopkins University graduate, has established a charitable trust to fund an exchange program for students and young science faculty between Hopkins and an Australian research center, the university announced Monday.
5:00 PM EST, February 19, 2012
State school board members still don't know her name, but a Dorchester County girl who was denied access to an education for a year is the pivotal figure in their push to abandon long-held zero-tolerance discipline policies across Maryland.
7:49 PM EST, February 6, 2012
The 2013-2014 school year may seem like a long way off, but state school officials are already fretting over a perfect storm of education reforms that could make today's extensive state testing regimen seem like a snap.
6:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012
Baltimore County school leaders are reconsidering discipline policies that have led to one of the highest suspension rates in the state, saying they want to reduce the number of times students are sent home for minor infractions.
6:37 PM EST, January 17, 2012
A new education advocacy group, formed late last year, has pledged to lobby for charter schools, funding for pre-kindergarten education and leave time for parents attending meetings with teachers.
9:19 AM EST, January 14, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley joined legislative leaders Friday in saying they will take action this General Assembly session to make county governments live up to their responsibility to fund public schools at a minimum level required under state law.
8:44 PM EST, February 23, 2012
An Air Force squadron commander who grew up in Middle River and graduated from Baltimore County public schools is among those who have applied to be the school system's next superintendent.
11:31 PM EST, February 19, 2012
Baltimore County Executive Kevin B. Kamenetz said he is seeking legislation that would combine some school system and county government functions, an effort to save money if teacher pension costs are transferred to counties.
8:45 PM EST, February 8, 2012
For the fourth year in a row, Maryland ranked No. 1 in the nation in the percentage of its graduating seniors who successfully passed the rigorous Advanced Placement exams, leaping further ahead of other top states.
10:18 PM EST, February 27, 2012
A proposed regulation governing gifted education in Maryland has come under criticism from opponents who contend it would identify students for the program too early and limit opportunities for minorities and low-income students.
8:33 PM EST, January 10, 2012
After receiving criticism last school year for cutting high school teaching positions while keeping administrators, Baltimore County Superintendent Joe A. Hairston is proposing to do the reverse next year — preserve classroom teachers and eliminate 46 administrative positions.
4:03 PM EST, January 2, 2012
A proposal to build solar panels on a historic property in Mount Washington has drawn criticism from neighbors who believe it will be an eyesore for some nearby houses.
8:45 PM EST, December 25, 2011
Baltimore County reported the highest suspension rate of any Maryland district apart from the Eastern Shore in the last school year, despite its efforts to focus on discipline that doesn't require students to miss classroom time.
6:54 PM EST, November 18, 2011
A $500,000 contribution immortalized Mike Callas' name on the North Hagerstown High School Stadium. Other donors had their names placed on the athletic field for a $250,000 contribution and on the scoreboard for $100,000. And for $10,000, you could have your name put on one of the facility's restrooms.
6:15 PM EST, January 31, 2012
State education leaders have offered legislators their recommendations for fixing the state law that requires local governments to fund their public schools at a minimum level.
8:27 PM EST, January 12, 2012
While Maryland has been ratcheting up aid to local school systems, state education officials say that seven counties aren't paying their share and are failing to fund schools this year at the minimum level required under state law.
7:55 PM EST, December 6, 2011
The state school board voted Tuesday to recommend that students maintain a C average to be able to play sports in public high schools over concerns raised by some educators and coaches that marginal students might drop out without the incentive of sports.
January 12, 2012
Maryland schools have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by a leading education publication for the fourth year in a row, earning a grade of B+ compared to the national average of C.
9:26 PM EST, December 7, 2011
Baltimore's scores on a rigorous national math and reading test were in the bottom third of large urban school districts across the country, though educators highlighted some progress in math and a promising trend of better-than-average results among some low-income black students.
1:20 PM EST, December 19, 2011
The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation announced that they will donate $8 million over five years to provide scholarships to children attending Jewish day schools in the Baltimore area.
November 26, 2011
Darius Riley displays the concentration of a tightrope walker as he fastens his eyes on the lined paper in front of him and grips his No. 2 yellow pencil down to its point to make his most perfect curly letters.
8:04 PM EST, November 13, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Sheriff's office arrested 38 people Sunday morning in an effort to reduce the number of outstanding warrants in the county.
6:57 PM EST, February 4, 2012
Wearing just their T-shirts and underwear, Christina Means and her family escaped from a house fire that struck in the middle of the night.
5:05 PM EST, November 13, 2011
Joshua Parker fell in love in 10th grade, discovering the power of words when his English teacher put a volume of Langston Hughes in his hands.
7:42 PM EST, December 1, 2011
The Baltimore County school board, which has been criticized in the past two years for failing to listen to complaints from the public, has pledged to seek advice on the hiring of the next superintendent from an array of interests in the community.
6:46 PM EST, December 16, 2011
Maryland was one of nine states that won a federal competition Friday for early education funds intended to boost the quality of programs available to young children.
10:48 PM EDT, October 30, 2011
St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a Jesuit middle school for boys housed in a small space between the parish church and Center Stage on Calvert Street, will be moving to new digs in Federal Hill.
9:56 AM EST, February 4, 2012
A 31-year-old Glen Burnie man is in critical condition after a crash on Green Branch Lane in Anne Arundel County, according to Anne Arundel County police.
9:14 PM EST, January 24, 2012
Concerned about the high numbers of student suspensions, state school board members are proposing an overhaul of discipline codes that would move away from zero-tolerance policies.
4:43 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Most mornings, students arrive early at City Springs Elementary/Middle School to throw a football around on the blacktop. They love the game, but it is hard to play in the raggedy yard behind the school.
6:50 PM EST, December 13, 2011
A school security officer used pepper spray to break up a fight between two students at an Essex high school, causing the school to be evacuated and sending 16 students to the hospital Tuesday morning, officials said.
8:53 PM EST, January 6, 2012
Jo Keller relies on her Kindle when she travels so she can forgo lugging hardback books, but when it comes to her children's reading habits, she feels differently.
9:05 AM EST, November 23, 2011
Saying that money had been wasted and school system policies had not been followed in the purchases of books and writing of curriculum, Baltimore County school board members asked administrators Tuesday night for reassurances that similar mistakes would not be made in the future.
7:32 PM EDT, November 1, 2011
Maryland's public school students made greater gains on a national standardized test than their peers in nearly every other state, although the achievement gap between white and minority students persists.
4:50 PM EST, November 27, 2011
With 600 students, including a significant percentage of immigrants, music teacher Diane Schaming wanted to try something new to interest the children in the music of different cultures.
7:53 PM EDT, October 25, 2011
The state school board is considering whether students who play sports in high school should maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to be eligible, a requirement already in place in 16 school systems in Maryland.
9:01 PM EDT, October 19, 2011
At Stoneleigh Elementary School south of Towson, classrooms are too crowded to hold all the students, so many classes are held in portable trailers parked outside. It's a common problem in Baltimore County's York Road corridor, where trailers are being used at eight of the 12 elementary schools from Stoneleigh to the Pennsylvania line.
7:44 PM EDT, October 24, 2011
Catholic school enrollment continued to decline this year, although at a slower pace than in recent years, according to the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
6:58 PM EDT, October 27, 2011
Maryland is one of 17 states leading a movement to evaluate teachers based on student performance in the classroom, but the state doesn't require a teacher to be evaluated on an annual basis, according to a new report.
11:22 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Joshua Parker, a 28-year-old Windsor Mill Middle School teacher in Baltimore County, was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year on Friday night, beating out five other finalists from across the state.
7:18 PM EDT, October 13, 2011
Maryland will not be one of the first states to apply for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act, state education officials said Thursday.
12:14 AM EDT, September 26, 2011
Baltimore County police say an officer shot a man near Dundalk Sunday night after responding to a call of a man threatening to kill himself with a knife about 9:20 p.m.
9:09 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston formally announced Friday that he will leave his post this June, saying he has a record of success.
9:09 PM EDT, October 11, 2011
The Baltimore County school board began the process of selecting the next superintendent Tuesday night by creating a committee to set guidelines for public participation and choosing a search firm.
8:17 PM EST, November 10, 2011
Baltimore County school leaders disregarded advice from state officials and forged ahead to overhaul the teaching of English, spending more than $5 million over the past few years to buy textbooks that mostly sit unused and to rewrite a curriculum that has been shelved.
2:12 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
As it begins the search for a new state school superintendent, the Maryland state school board will hold meetings in different areas of the state as well as provide an online survey for the public to give input on what they want in a new leader.
9:59 PM EST, November 11, 2011
Baltimore County leaders expressed concern Friday that the school system may have wasted as much as $5 million on textbooks and a curriculum that are not being widely used, calling on school officials to more closely monitor spending.
9:23 PM EDT, October 6, 2011
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said Thursday that he does not plan to seek another contract when his current four-year deal expires in June.
7:58 PM EDT, October 19, 2011
State Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized Baltimore County leaders Wednesday for failing to use $7 million in school construction funds to air-condition schools.
9:50 PM EDT, September 25, 2011
A portion of Cathedral Street will remain closed indefinitely until the city repairs a broken storm drain that was leaking water into the Walters Art Museum.
8:20 PM EDT, August 27, 2011
By the time most other high schools began their ritual end-of-summer awakening, the teachers at Dundalk were already a week on the job, clustered in the stuffy classrooms of a tired school that so many others had written off as a lost cause.
6:54 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
Baltimore County's average teacher salary is the lowest among large school systems in Maryland, but its two top officials are some of the highest-paid, according to data collected by the state.
10:03 PM EDT, September 22, 2011
President Barack Obama is prepared to offer states that have embraced his administration's key education reform initiatives — including Maryland — a break from the most rigid requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, senior officials said Thursday.
9:57 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
A month before longtime Baltimore County school Superintendent Joe A. Hairston said he will step down when his contract ends in June, the school board voted in private not to extend his employment.
8:38 PM EDT, August 22, 2011
Rodgers Forge Elementary had reached nearly double its capacity, so parents and students were relieved last year when the new $22 million WestTowson Elementary opened to ease crowding at neighboring schools in Baltimore County.
12:48 PM EDT, September 27, 2011
Concerned about the academic achievement of students at Baltimore City Community College, Gov. Martin O'Malley has overhauled its board of trustees, replacing the majority of its members.
8:45 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
Baltimore County will be just one of a number of large school districts in the nation and several in Maryland looking for new leaders this year, but those familiar with the process said that despite the competition, the county will be attractive to many applicants.
12:33 AM EDT, July 30, 2011
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.
11:45 AM EDT, September 15, 2011
Maryland's graduating seniors scored slightly lower on the SATs this year, mirroring a national trend that the College Board attributed to an increase in the number and diversity of students who take the tests.
8:12 PM EDT, August 8, 2011
The Baltimore County school board is expected to vote Tuesday night on a revised facilities policy that would allow PTAs and community groups to hold craft fairs and bingo games that had been in jeopardy.
10:06 PM EDT, September 30, 2011
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.
9:10 PM EDT, September 20, 2011
Maryland has joined a multi-state campaign to improve science education — a move that will lead to a greater emphasis on analytical and conceptual thinking.
8:54 PM EDT, September 26, 2011
A man fatally shot by a Baltimore County police officer Sunday through a closed glass storm door had charged at the officer while brandishing a large knife after his girlfriend told a 911 operator that he was "fixing to get someone hurt," authorities said.
5:34 PM EDT, August 14, 2011
When Khalek Kirkland and one of his college buddies imagined their dream jobs, they wanted to be in charge of schools where they had students for enough hours in the day to change the course of their lives.
7:50 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
They might as well have been ninth-graders puzzling over the SAT word of the day. Instead, they were teachers sitting in a Towson High School classroom, their heads bent over a list of new vocabulary words and phrases they couldn't seem to categorize in a way that made sense.
September 10, 2011
A legislative task force considering ways to improve the selection of Baltimore County school board members abruptly decided Friday to rule out recommending the addition of any elected board members.
8:57 PM EDT, September 23, 2011
It didn't matter whether they worked at a small city elementary school or a large, suburban middle school. Educators said Friday that President Obama's decision to lift the increasingly rigorous targets of the No Child Left Behind law would mean less pressure and a greater freedom to be creative in their classes.
8:55 PM EDT, May 1, 2011
A man clung to the driver's side door of his 1995 Isuzu Trooper while two men tried to steal it from a Shell gas station at 6616 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie Saturday morning, according to Anne Arundel County police.
9:03 PM EDT, September 1, 2011
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.
7:06 PM EDT, July 19, 2011
Maryland's fifth- and eighth-graders scored slightly better on their annual science exam this past school year; however, the gap in performance is growing between special-education students and their peers.
September 6, 2011
As the school year finally gets under way, public school students across the state will be writing more often and learning to think differently in math class, as the state begins major education reforms that will change everything from the curriculum to the way teachers are evaluated.
9:03 PM EDT, August 4, 2011
The University of Baltimore faculty had voiced concerns about how the university was spending its money long before the dean of the law school publicly aired allegations over funding when he was forced to resign last week.
8:28 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
As a senior at Western High School, Nancy S. Grasmick imagined becoming a pediatrician, but a near-fatal reaction to penicillin left her deaf and altered her life.
9:07 PM EDT, September 8, 2011
Nearly 10 years ago, Wilde Lake High School teacher Herb West flipped on the television in his American government class in time for students to see a live image of a plane flying into the side of the World Trade Center. Students screamed and shouted in disbelief as one and then two towers fell.
9:40 PM EDT, June 20, 2011
Maryland moved Monday to begin evaluating teachers based in part on how well their students learn their lessons — a significant change that will be tried first in seven school districts, including Baltimore city and county, this fall.
12:01 AM EDT, June 22, 2010
Maryland claimed 98 spots on Newsweek's annual list of top high schools in the country, and no other state had a higher percentage of its schools make the list.
7:44 PM EDT, August 3, 2011
In an attempt to push for a more accountable school board, a majority of Baltimore County Council members say they would support a move from a fully appointed school board to a partially elected one.
6:23 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
After strong objections surfaced from educators around the state, the Maryland State Board of Education delayed Tuesday any action on proposals to ensure that students who are suspended are dealt with fairly and quickly.
7:36 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
The Baltimore County school board unanimously voted Tuesday night to adopt a new policy that gives community organizations and the public more access to using school facilities.
February 7, 2010
Despite the best efforts of more than 1,100 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers, some of whom trudged through 3-foot drifts and climbed poles in the driving snow, about 20,000 residents of the region remained without power Saturday night.
8:12 PM EDT, July 15, 2011
John Sampson Toll, a gifted physicist and founding chancellor of the University System of Maryland, died Friday of heart failure at the Fox Hill assisted-living Facility in Bethesda. He was 87.
5:22 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Danette Howard, a former director of research analysis for the Maryland Higher Education Commission, to become the interim secretary for higher education, according to a statement released Tuesday by the governor's office.
July 21, 2011
A national study on the quality of student teaching at schools of education ranks two of the three programs examined in Maryland as weak.
3:07 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
At a time when Baltimore County schools are cutting nearly 200 teaching positions, the system has added three dozen new employees to the business side of its operations at salaries that total $1.9 million.
February 8, 2010
Just when the snowplows and shoveling might allow schools to be open on Tuesday or Wednesday, a second storm with at least 5 inches of snow could arrive Tuesday night.
6:52 PM EDT, July 18, 2011
In an effort to stay open, the Baltimore International College said Monday that it "is in conversation" with two out-of-state institutions about a merger that would allow it to remain accredited.
7:54 PM EDT, June 16, 2011
Eleanor Saulsbury's entry into teaching did not bode well for a long, successful career.
5:55 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
The U.S. government awarded about $1 million in federal grants Thursday to four Maryland counties to improve school-based health care for students.
6:29 PM EDT, July 19, 2011
Baltimore International College will file a "request for reconsideration" with the Middle States Commission, the agency that is taking away the college's accreditation Aug. 31.
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