School board OKs new names
The Baltimore school board approved names for four of its new small high schools last night, pending approval from the City Council. School 425, in the building of the former Lake Clifton High School, would become Heritage High School. School 426 would become Doris M. Johnson High School. School 429, on the campus of Southwestern High School, would become Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy. And School 430 would become Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts. The schools' students voted on their names, which were presented to the school board last night for approval. The schools were created as part of the system's initiative to break up its large high schools into smaller, more personalized environments.
Man guilty of fraud in testing scheme
An investigation into one of the nation's largest standardized-testing impersonation schemes yielded another guilty plea in federal court in Baltimore yesterday. Gang Yang, 47, of South Plainsfield, N.J., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Scheduled to be sentenced in January, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised probation and $250,000 in fines. A co-defendant, Zhigang Cao, was sentenced to 30 months in March. An e-mail tipster alerted Educational Testing Service officials to the cheating ring, which operated between 2001 and 2003. About 590 exams were taken as part of the scheme, in which clients would pay to have members of the group take the tests for them.
BCCC open house slated tomorrow
An open house for the Baltimore City Community College's Business and Technology Division will be held tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students and prospective students can explore available programs and meet faculty members during the session, which will be held in conference rooms 1 and 2 of the old student activities area of the Main Building, Liberty Campus, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. Information: 410-986-5570.
Carroll County: Westminster
Food drive exceeds goal of 5,000 pounds
The Maryland Food Bank is 5,265 pounds heavier after launching a drive in Westminster. The tally from Baltimore's largest one-day food drive at Shopper's Food Warehouse on Monday exceeded the 5,000-pound goal. Donations help feed 45,000 Maryland residents each week, nearly half of whom are children. Drives will continue throughout the area during the holidays.