| Dec 26, 2014
| 3:55 PM
An annual event has begun. I am referring to the yearly distribution of telephone directories, which are left at your doorstep by multiple sources. The directories generally are useless because the type is so small. I have an age-related vision problem,...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Up to 50 recent graduates of top colleges will teach in Orange County classrooms next fall under a plan to bring Teach for America to Central Florida.
The district plans to use the teachers, many of whom don't have education degrees, at about 20 high-...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Despite urgings to reconsider from a group of teachers, the Orange County School Board on Tuesday moved ahead on an agreement to fill up to 50 classroom jobs with Teach for America recruits next fall.
"It will add some additional energy and talent to...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 2:27 PM
At Thanksgiving, Americans think about the spirit of community that animates the country at its best. But in a year characterized by so much political and racial discord, you have to wonder whether the communal quilt is fraying at the edges.
| Oct 29, 2014
| 2:16 PM
Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley and his wife, Leslie Fahrenkopf Foley, donated more than $350,000 to charity over the past four years, with most of it going to Harvard College and Harvard Business School, according to publicly available tax...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 9:10 AM
Trevor entered my 11th grade Baltimore biology class without a strong science background. He didn't know what the heart did, what cells were or why DNA was important. Yet two months later, he wrote one of the best essays in the class comparing...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 5:25 PM
It's a funny world, and a small one. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the new head of United Teachers Los Angeles, went to school in the same Maryland school district where John Deasy, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, was once superintendent....
| May 5, 2014
| 8:00 AM
When my daughter was a freshman in high school, she shared a particularly uplifting experience from history class one day. In the middle of a lesson, a senior barged into the classroom with tears in his eyes and handed the teacher a letter. A smile spread...
| May 17, 2014
| 12:48 PM
Banking industry veteran and native Baltimorean Scott Wilfong got involved with the Living Classrooms Foundation to help improve lives in some of East Baltimore's neediest neighborhoods, including Perkins Homes, the Fayette Street corridor and McElderry...
| May 22, 2014
| 8:04 AM
My stay-at-home mom cared for her father for nearly two years until his increasing dementia and the demands of a young family became too much for her. Fortunately, there was a plain, clean, affordable facility staffed by kind souls nearby.
My turn at...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 9:19 AM
I landed my first summer job when I was 16.
The qualifications were straightforward — possess strong decision-making skills, the ability to negotiate and compromise with colleagues, and the strength to maintain a calm demeanor in the face of...