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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 9, 2000
Brian Morris has plans. Not dreams, because dreams don't always come true. Plans, now, they're a different story -- at least for someone with Brian's ambition. In Brian's case, the plans are relatively straightforward: Establish himself in a career he loves, find a strong but supportive woman to be his wife and then settle into the ultimate role of his life -- husband and father. Brian has had these plans for more than 10 years, since he was a student at Baltimore City College High School in the late 1980s.
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May 16, 2013
Amid the acclaim for the work of Andres Alonso as Baltimore city schools CEO over the past six years, an unsung hero is Brian Morris, chairman of the school board that selected Dr. Alonso. We were members of that board. The board set its sights high and stayed focused on finding the best person for the job. The process was sensitive and complicated, but Mr. Morris provided bold leadership that helped set the stage for Dr. Alonso's bold leadership. James Campbell and Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman, Baltimore
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NEWS
June 11, 2009
In the two years he has headed Baltimore's schools, Chief Executive Officer Andr?s Alonso has demonstrated a remarkable sure-footedness in navigating the political landscape. But his apparent acquiescence in the appointment of Brian Morris as deputy CEO, through a closed-door process in which the school board gave its now former chairman an unadvertised position in the district's central office and a salary of at least $175,000 a year, is a major blunder. It suggests an arrogant indifference to the appearance of impropriety that fundamentally diminishes public trust in the system and undermines the significant progress Mr. Alonso has made in cleaning up a system famous for cronyism.
NEWS
June 19, 2009
Had anyone taken the trouble to properly vet Brian D. Morris' credentials, it's hard to see how he would have gotten a seat on the school board six years ago, much less have been in a position as chairman to be handed an unadvertised, $175,000-a-year job overseeing the city schools' day-to-day operations. Not only did he have a long history of financial and legal woes, but it also turns out that he never quite finished the University of Maryland bachelor's degree he claimed to have earned.
NEWS
May 16, 2013
Amid the acclaim for the work of Andres Alonso as Baltimore city schools CEO over the past six years, an unsung hero is Brian Morris, chairman of the school board that selected Dr. Alonso. We were members of that board. The board set its sights high and stayed focused on finding the best person for the job. The process was sensitive and complicated, but Mr. Morris provided bold leadership that helped set the stage for Dr. Alonso's bold leadership. James Campbell and Kalman R. "Buzzy" Hettleman, Baltimore
NEWS
February 22, 2006
On Sunday, February 19, 2006 GUSSIE ROSE MORRIS (nee Goldstein) beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Morris; loving mother of Brian Morris of Owings Mills, MD, Linda Feldman of Plano, TX and Susan Saideman of Reisterstown, MD; caring mother-in-law of Sharon Morris, Larry Saideman and the late Corey Feldman; devoted sister of Florence Sachs of Glyndon, MD, Sylvia Winters of Los Angeles, CA and Ben Goldstein; beloved grandmother of Joshua Morris, Drew Feldman,...
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | March 31, 2006
Turns out the wife isn't always the last to know. Sometimes it's the school board. On Monday, Maryland schools chief Nancy Grasmick gave reporters an off-the-record briefing on her plan to seize 11 failing Baltimore City schools. That was a full day before she told city schools CEO Bonnie Copeland about it. Even then, the board was supposed to stay out of the loop. "My understanding is that Dr. Grasmick told Dr. Copeland that it would be foolish to share the details of her proposal with anyone - including the board - because it had not yet been approved by the state board," city board Chairman Brian Morris said.
SPORTS
May 14, 2003
Moves Baseball ASTROS: Announced that IF Julio Lugo has cleared waivers and been granted his unconditional release. CARDINALS: Placed OF Eli Marrero on 15-day DL with right ankle injury. Optioned P Kevin Ohme to Triple-A Memphis. Called up OF Kerry Robison and former Orioles C Chris Widger from Memphis. Transferred C Joe Girardi from 15-day to 60-day DL. DEVIL RAYS: Announced that minor-league OF Josh Hamilton (No. 1 overall pick in 1999 amateur draft) has been granted personal leave for rest of season.
NEWS
By Robert Little and Liz Bowie and Robert Little and Liz Bowie,robert.little@baltsun.com | June 17, 2009
Local and state officials are at odds over who is responsible for conducting background investigations as they seek a replacement for former Baltimore school board chairman Brian D. Morris. Most involved suggest it is someone else's job to search for the kind of troubling history of bad debts and court judgments that led Morris to resign last week from a $175,000-a-year system job, which he received after serving for six years on the city school board. Gov. Martin O'Malley's office says the state school board is responsible.
NEWS
June 19, 2009
Had anyone taken the trouble to properly vet Brian D. Morris' credentials, it's hard to see how he would have gotten a seat on the school board six years ago, much less have been in a position as chairman to be handed an unadvertised, $175,000-a-year job overseeing the city schools' day-to-day operations. Not only did he have a long history of financial and legal woes, but it also turns out that he never quite finished the University of Maryland bachelor's degree he claimed to have earned.
NEWS
By Robert Little and Liz Bowie and Robert Little and Liz Bowie,robert.little@baltsun.com | June 17, 2009
Local and state officials are at odds over who is responsible for conducting background investigations as they seek a replacement for former Baltimore school board chairman Brian D. Morris. Most involved suggest it is someone else's job to search for the kind of troubling history of bad debts and court judgments that led Morris to resign last week from a $175,000-a-year system job, which he received after serving for six years on the city school board. Gov. Martin O'Malley's office says the state school board is responsible.
NEWS
June 14, 2009
Brian D. Morris' resignation Saturday as deputy CEO of the Baltimore schools saves the city of the risk of having someone whose own finances are in shambles overseeing the management of a $1.1 billion system. Once The Sun's Robert Little, Melissa Harris and Liz Bowie reported Friday about the 15-year string of legal judgments against him, his bad debts and garnisheed wages, Mr. Morris faced mounting pressure from educational and civic leaders to step down before he even began the job. It only took him a day to bow to the obvious - his employment in the system, in any capacity, was untenable.
NEWS
June 11, 2009
In the two years he has headed Baltimore's schools, Chief Executive Officer Andr?s Alonso has demonstrated a remarkable sure-footedness in navigating the political landscape. But his apparent acquiescence in the appointment of Brian Morris as deputy CEO, through a closed-door process in which the school board gave its now former chairman an unadvertised position in the district's central office and a salary of at least $175,000 a year, is a major blunder. It suggests an arrogant indifference to the appearance of impropriety that fundamentally diminishes public trust in the system and undermines the significant progress Mr. Alonso has made in cleaning up a system famous for cronyism.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | March 31, 2006
Turns out the wife isn't always the last to know. Sometimes it's the school board. On Monday, Maryland schools chief Nancy Grasmick gave reporters an off-the-record briefing on her plan to seize 11 failing Baltimore City schools. That was a full day before she told city schools CEO Bonnie Copeland about it. Even then, the board was supposed to stay out of the loop. "My understanding is that Dr. Grasmick told Dr. Copeland that it would be foolish to share the details of her proposal with anyone - including the board - because it had not yet been approved by the state board," city board Chairman Brian Morris said.
NEWS
February 22, 2006
On Sunday, February 19, 2006 GUSSIE ROSE MORRIS (nee Goldstein) beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Morris; loving mother of Brian Morris of Owings Mills, MD, Linda Feldman of Plano, TX and Susan Saideman of Reisterstown, MD; caring mother-in-law of Sharon Morris, Larry Saideman and the late Corey Feldman; devoted sister of Florence Sachs of Glyndon, MD, Sylvia Winters of Los Angeles, CA and Ben Goldstein; beloved grandmother of Joshua Morris, Drew Feldman,...
SPORTS
May 14, 2003
Moves Baseball ASTROS: Announced that IF Julio Lugo has cleared waivers and been granted his unconditional release. CARDINALS: Placed OF Eli Marrero on 15-day DL with right ankle injury. Optioned P Kevin Ohme to Triple-A Memphis. Called up OF Kerry Robison and former Orioles C Chris Widger from Memphis. Transferred C Joe Girardi from 15-day to 60-day DL. DEVIL RAYS: Announced that minor-league OF Josh Hamilton (No. 1 overall pick in 1999 amateur draft) has been granted personal leave for rest of season.
NEWS
June 14, 2009
Brian D. Morris' resignation Saturday as deputy CEO of the Baltimore schools saves the city of the risk of having someone whose own finances are in shambles overseeing the management of a $1.1 billion system. Once The Sun's Robert Little, Melissa Harris and Liz Bowie reported Friday about the 15-year string of legal judgments against him, his bad debts and garnisheed wages, Mr. Morris faced mounting pressure from educational and civic leaders to step down before he even began the job. It only took him a day to bow to the obvious - his employment in the system, in any capacity, was untenable.
FEATURES
March 20, 2006
Irish baseball Tonight at 7:30, head to the Senator Theatre for a screening of the film The Emerald Dia mond, which explores the histo ry of the Ireland National Base ball Team. Baltimore resident Brian Morris, a pitcher for the team, is featured in the film, as is the music of local band Charm City Saints. Tickets are $8 and available at the box office, 5904 York Road. Admission includes a post-screening re ception at Ryan's Daughter, 600 E. Belvedere Ave. Call 410-435-8338 or go to sena tor.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 9, 2000
Brian Morris has plans. Not dreams, because dreams don't always come true. Plans, now, they're a different story -- at least for someone with Brian's ambition. In Brian's case, the plans are relatively straightforward: Establish himself in a career he loves, find a strong but supportive woman to be his wife and then settle into the ultimate role of his life -- husband and father. Brian has had these plans for more than 10 years, since he was a student at Baltimore City College High School in the late 1980s.
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