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By Cal Thomas | October 23, 2002
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Democrats lament that the presumptive war with Iraq has kept them from focusing the public's attention on domestic issues. OK, let's talk about one of their favorite domestic issues: education. Most Democratic candidates (and sometimes a few Republicans) promise that if elected, or re-elected, they will fight to spend more money for education. They imply a relationship between increased spending and better academic performance. The public has mostly accepted this line of thinking.
By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1997
Inspiring young Cherry Hill girls to get better grades with sports trophies and other athletic rewards has made Dwayne E. White the year's top volunteer in the view of a city agency, Neighbors United.White, 39, executive director of Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Maryland Chapter, five years ago helped found The Cherry Hill Initiative's girls' fall volleyball league and a winter basketball league."We decided to put more emphasis on academics than sports, use sports to do it and do it for girls -- there was enough sports already for boys," said White, the leagues' commissioner, and coach of the Arundel Elementary School team.
By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,Contributing Writer | May 10, 1993
Qamar Schuyler thought she had no chance of winning when she received an application to become a Presidential Scholar, an honor that goes to only about 140 high school students nationwide each year."
By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 26, 2000
Proud, prompt, persistent, productive, polite, prepared. These are the Black Student Achievement Program's "Six P's to Excellence" that serve as a motto for students involved in initiatives that support academic achievement of African-Americans in Howard County. Whitney Lyles, 13, of Long Reach High School takes the six P's to heart. "I love BSAP because they always tell me to do my best in everything I do," she said. A division of the Office of Academic Support of the Howard County public school system, BSAP sponsors two summer academic programs designed to accelerate learning.
July 14, 2011
Jennifer Frank, of Reisterstown, daughter of Timothy and Jamie Frank, and a graduate of Garrison Forest School, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bucknell University. Stephen Wilkes, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at Old Court Middle School, was one of only 10 students nationally to be awarded an HMH Arts Scholarship from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the HMH Foundation. The scholarship, worth nearly $7,000, allows Stephen to attend the Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, in New Milford, Conn., from July 24 through Aug. 20. Top scholars at McDonogh School were recently inducted into the school's chapter of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society recognizing academic achievement.
By Susan Reimer | September 3, 2002
ONE OF the great mysteries of all time - alongside Stonehenge and tomato plant wilt - is what motivates a teen-ager to succeed in school. If parents knew the answer, fewer teen-agers would have to wait until the next report card before getting their driver's license, and more would go on to college. By the time a teen-ager enters high school, academic habits are usually well-established and - with their kids grown so big and mouthy - parents are either counting their blessings or throwing up their hands in resignation.
By From an editorial in the Sacramento Bee | December 7, 1993
THE newest international comparisons on the math proficiency of eighth-graders contained no great revelations. American 13-year-olds lag behind their peers in virtually all other industrialized nations. Some states -- Iowa, North Dakota, Minnesota -- are doing well in the international comparison, and some, such as Mississippi and the District of Columbia, are doing very badly.Most of those numbers confirm a string of other international surveys, which generally show American students lagging behind in math, science and other fields even while they and their parents think they're doing well.
December 3, 2012
Kansas State University's Collin Klein has been named recipient of t he 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.  The award is presented annually to a top college football quarterback who best combines on-the-field and academic achievement.  Candidates for the award must be completing their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior, on schedule to graduate with his class. “Collin is not just a tremendous athlete and leader on the field, but an MVP off the field as well, who repeatedly has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the community and to the spirit of sportsmanship,” said John C. Unitas, Jr., President of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which along with Transamerica presents the award.
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2011
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. In the report, titled "Sending out an S.O.S. for the SES (Supplemental Educational Services)," researcher Joan Jacobson - whose complaints against her son's special education tutoring service resulted in the provider facing fraud charges and jail time - found that Baltimore is a burgeoning marketplace for the tutoring companies because it holds the bulk of the state's underperforming schools and low-income populations.
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1996
Last week's community report on Howard County's middle schools struck a raw nerve.The report said that middle schools had gone overboard in stressing self-esteem at the expense of academic achievement -- a common complaint among many parents for years."
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