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  • New assessments show half of Maryland's students ready for kindergarten

    New assessments show half of Maryland's students ready for kindergarten
    Less than half of Maryland's kindergartners are ready to tackle the Common Core curriculum that's being rolled out in schools, state officials reported Tuesday.
  • Phil Turner: The Baltimore riot was no surprise to anyone paying attention

    Bathrooms in the Baltimore City Public Schools where I taught were so often locked because of graffiti, fires and fear of other illicit activities that many students ended up just taking a leak in the corner of a hallway or in the stairwells. I will...

    Students, teachers say AP summer program cut would mean lost opportunity

    Students, teachers say AP summer program cut would mean lost opportunity
    For the past three years, while their peers were sleeping in or on vacation, teenagers from across Baltimore have converged on Digital Harbor High School with a common goal: to challenge themselves. The students, members of the Advanced Placement...

    Baltimore schools paying millions in additional income

    Baltimore schools paying millions in additional income
    As the Baltimore school system was running up a $72 million deficit last year — a gap that officials say will force layoffs for the first time in more than a decade — it paid out $46 million in bonuses, overtime pay and accrued leave,...

    Thornton rolls back principal autonomy in struggling schools

    Thornton rolls back principal autonomy in struggling schools
    Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton is rolling back an initiative that, for seven years, gave principals far-reaching latitude in running their schools, but led to a turnover rate among principals of more than 90 percent. In the first major policy...