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March 31, 1991
Carroll County students who wish to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities are allowed one failing grade to remaineligible, but students could get by with one F and 4 Ds under the county policy. Some have suggested a more stringent requirement, such as a 2.0 (C) average, but others have said that if the requirements are too tough, some students will take less difficult courses.Should the school board adopt tougher academic requirements? What should those requirements be?
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By Glenn Graham | April 30, 2012
After transferring to New Jersey basketball power St. Patrick High School at the end of March, All-Metro Player of the Year Aquille Carr has returned home and is once again enrolled at Patterson.  His first day back at the East Baltimore school was today. Carr, a junior who has committed to Seton Hall, led the Clippers to a state championship on March 11 before moving on to St. Patrick.  The day before scoring 28 points to lead Patterson to an 86-75  win over Thomas Stone for the Class 3A crown, Carr became a father when his girlfriend gave birth to his daughter, Averi.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
About 20 students who just completed their sophomore year will be required to leave Howard County's technology magnet program because they have fallen short of the program's academic requirements.Some will have a chance to raise their grades in summer school. Otherwise, they must leave the magnet program at Long Reach and River Hill high schools and return to their neighborhood high schools this fall, school officials said this week."Unfortunately, there are a few kids who haven't met the requirements," said David Bruzga, principal of Long Reach High School.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | December 30, 2007
It's a quiet, uneventful afternoon at Edmondson-Westside High, except for one thing. Dante Jones' cell phone won't stop ringing. And ringing. And ringing. Every few minutes, Jones - the football coach at Edmondson and a physical education teacher - apologizes because he has been interrupted in mid-sentence or mid-thought yet again. When it isn't his cell phone, it's his office phone. Sometimes it's his wife or another coach, but mostly it's current or former players. Even when he turns his phones to silent, someone ends up ducking his head into his office, hoping Jones will have a few words of encouragement, reassurance or guidance.
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By Ed Sherman and Ed Sherman,Chicago Tribune | January 9, 1992
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The NCAA reform movement reached new heights yesterday with approval of its most significant scholastic measures since the early 1980s, voting for a dramatic increase in academic requirements for incoming athletes.Led by the university presidents, who continue to show unprecedented clout, reformers maintain the measures will enhance graduation rates and bring in athletes more comparable to the rest of the students."What you've seen is the need to have standards in place if we're going to have student-athletes, and not athlete-students," NCAA executive director Dick Schultz said.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2001
THE ABELL Foundation has come up with a radical suggestion for improving the quality of teaching in Maryland: essentially eliminate teacher certification - or, more precisely, drop the college coursework required for licensing. In a long-awaited 109-page report released Monday, the Baltimore-based foundation said there is no evidence that teachers who take the required college courses for certification perform better in the classroom than those who don't. So why require all those courses if a philosophy major or a midlife career-changer can teach as well as an education major?
SPORTS
August 3, 1991
Tyson-Holyfield sells out in 14 daysA grand jury investigation involving Mike Tyson has not damaged the commercial luster of Tyson's scheduled heavyweight-title bout against the champion, Evander Holyfield, on Nov. 8."We're sold out," Phil Cooper, an executive at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. "We sold out in 14 days and broke our previous record, 16 days for [Marvelous Marvin] Hagler-[Sugar Ray] Leonard."In a complaint filed with the Indianapolis Police Department, a woman accused the fighter of sexually assaulting her in the early morning of July 19.George Foreman's adviser, Ron Weathers, said there had been "a lot of conversation" between lawyers about Foreman's substituting for Tyson if events made that necessary.
NEWS
April 21, 1991
EDITOR'S NOTE: Carroll County students who wish to participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities are allowed one failing grade to remain eligible, but students could get by with one F and 4 Ds under the county policy. Some have suggested a more stringent requirement, such as a 2.0 (C) average, but others have said that if therequirements are too tough, some students will take less difficult courses. We have been asking readers if the school board should adopt tougher academic requirements, what should those requirements be and whether the requirements should apply to all extracurricular activities or just athletics.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1995
After a week learning about Howard County's new technology magnet program, 13-year-old Dave Wilson wants to learn more. "It's all sparking my interest," Dave said yesterday while using a computer to discover the nutritional value of his previous day's meals.Dave's positive response -- and those of many of the 130 other incoming high school freshmen attending a weeklong introductory program -- counters lingering doubts about whether students would sign up for the new technology magnet program scheduled to open in fall 1996.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham | April 30, 2012
After transferring to New Jersey basketball power St. Patrick High School at the end of March, All-Metro Player of the Year Aquille Carr has returned home and is once again enrolled at Patterson.  His first day back at the East Baltimore school was today. Carr, a junior who has committed to Seton Hall, led the Clippers to a state championship on March 11 before moving on to St. Patrick.  The day before scoring 28 points to lead Patterson to an 86-75  win over Thomas Stone for the Class 3A crown, Carr became a father when his girlfriend gave birth to his daughter, Averi.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | January 28, 2005
Incoming ninth-graders in Howard County will no longer have to meet academic eligibility requirements to participate in fall extracurricular activities under a revised policy approved by the school board last night. The change is a shift for the school system, which had been one of the few in Maryland to have such standards. The new "Academic Eligibility for High School Extracurricular Activities" policy takes effect next school year with current eighth-graders. The school system had instituted ninth-grade eligibility requirements in 2000 under the assumption that pupils can meet high academic standards once the bar is raised.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2001
THE ABELL Foundation has come up with a radical suggestion for improving the quality of teaching in Maryland: essentially eliminate teacher certification - or, more precisely, drop the college coursework required for licensing. In a long-awaited 109-page report released Monday, the Baltimore-based foundation said there is no evidence that teachers who take the required college courses for certification perform better in the classroom than those who don't. So why require all those courses if a philosophy major or a midlife career-changer can teach as well as an education major?
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
About 20 students who just completed their sophomore year will be required to leave Howard County's technology magnet program because they have fallen short of the program's academic requirements.Some will have a chance to raise their grades in summer school. Otherwise, they must leave the magnet program at Long Reach and River Hill high schools and return to their neighborhood high schools this fall, school officials said this week."Unfortunately, there are a few kids who haven't met the requirements," said David Bruzga, principal of Long Reach High School.
NEWS
By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1997
Kristie L. Yingling Storms of Pasadena will graduate from high school tonight having met all of her high school requirements -- including balancing a checkbook, applying for a bank loan, writing out a set of street directions and sending letters to elected officials.Seven years ago, Storms, 23, dropped out of Northeast Senior High School in Pasadena as a freshman. In November, she enrolled in the student-paced Maryland Adult External Diploma Program, which awards a diploma from "Maryland High School" for training in "life skills."
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1997
Howard County's tough new academic eligibility policy has disqualified less than 2 percent of high school athletes this school year -- a far smaller number than many had feared -- according to a study presented to the school board last week.Only 95 students who wanted to try out for winter and spring athletic teams were ineligible because of the new policy, said Donald Disney, Howard's coordinator of athletics. At least 3,870 students played on the winter and spring sports teams at Howard's 10 high schools this year.
SPORTS
By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | December 8, 1995
Reminiscent of the anarchy in the college basketball polls a year ago, Kentucky lasted two weeks -- and a scant two games -- atop the AP rankings this season.Most folks in Lexington expected the Wildcats to stay there all year, of course. Coach Rick Pitino was not one of them, though. Pitino did not harbor visions of a wire-to-wire run for the 'Cats, and freely said so.Holding on to No. 1 at this point was not a priority with Pitino. What is a priority is building a framework in which he provides enough playing time to keep all his players reasonably contented.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
The Howard County school system likely will develop a new school-to-careers program to provide work experience for students unable to meet the higher academic requirements of the new technology magnet high schools.The plan is intended to address the concerns of parents who fear that the new technology magnet program is too academically rigorous for those pupils who plan to seek jobs after graduation rather than go on to college.The school-to-careers proposal was one of 15 recommendations presented to the county school board last night by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and others who are studying the implications of the technology magnet program.
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By PAT O'MALLEY | October 21, 1992
Over the next couple of days, two decisions that could have severe, negative ramifications for high school athletics will be made.The Anne Arundel County School Board will decide what academic requirements should be deemed fair for athletes, and a Prince George's County Circuit Court judge will be asked to rule on player eligibility in a decision that could affect the state Class 4A football playoffs.According to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association guidelines, High Point has an ineligible player, and Severna Park, a 14-0 loser to High Point in the season-opener, has been handed a win by forfeit.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
The Howard County school system likely will develop a new school-to-careers program to provide work experience for students unable to meet the higher academic requirements of the new technology magnet high schools.The plan is intended to address the concerns of parents who fear that the new technology magnet program is too academically rigorous for those pupils who plan to seek jobs after graduation rather than go on to college.The school-to-careers proposal was one of 15 recommendations presented to the county school board last night by a committee of teachers, administrators, parents and others who are studying the implications of the technology magnet program.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer | June 23, 1995
After a week learning about Howard County's new technology magnet program, 13-year-old Dave Wilson wants to learn more. "It's all sparking my interest," Dave said yesterday while using a computer to discover the nutritional value of his previous day's meals.Dave's positive response -- and those of many of the 130 other incoming high school freshmen attending a weeklong introductory program -- counters lingering doubts about whether students would sign up for the new technology magnet program scheduled to open in fall 1996.
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