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March 12, 1995
I am the parent of two graduates of the Howard County schools and the grandparent of three children who soon will be attending those schools. This letter is in response to the editorial titled "Black Student Program at Crossroads" in The Sun for Howard County (Feb. 20) and the article that same day on the academic monitors in the Black Student Achievement Program.The editorial states the position that the academic monitor program's focus on African-American students is a conundrum, as is the BSAP.
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By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 2002
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a champion chess player looks like," the announcer said as Kurt Naiker, a burly 14-year- old in a football jersey, was introduced with other high school champions at a chess tournament at Long Reach High School. He may not fit the highbrow image of a chess player, but Kurt exemplifies how the game can help children improve in school. Saturday's tournament was co-sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County.
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NEWS
July 25, 1993
On behalf of the school system, and in particular the Black Student Achievement Program and the Office of Human Relations, I must take issue on several fronts with Kevin Thomas' "Comment" columns of June 20 and July 11.It is difficult to imagine what possible purpose Mr. Thomas hopes serve by attempting to pit one school system program against another. In our efforts as educators to ensure academic success for all students there are no "second-tier programs." Such a systemic problem as underachievement can only be addressed systemically and BSAP has been but one resource directed at this issue.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1997
In a stepped-up effort by Howard County schools to close the achievement gap between black and white students, the system's Black Student Achievement Program will focus more on academics and sever sponsorship of activities that exclude students of other races.Howard school Superintendent Michael E. Hickey also announced last week he intends to set up an "Equity Council" of parents, students and staff members to tackle issues of racial and multicultural diversity in Howard schools -- a proposal that drew immediate praise from county black leaders.
NEWS
By KEVIN THOMAS | July 11, 1993
A few weeks ago, as I was preparing to embark on vacation, I got a 7:30 a.m. wake-up call from an irate reader.The caller, who described herself as a Howard County teacher, was angry about a column I had written last month about a new pilot program designed to improve the achievement scores of African-American students. It was my contention that the new program would put the Black Student Achievement Program, now more than six years old and with little success to which it can point, on a "second tier" as such programs go.The caller asked that I meet with a half-dozen of her colleagues so that I would have a more accurate picture of the BSAP.
NEWS
By Charles H. Palmer Jr. For and Charles H. Palmer Jr. For,The Howard County Sun | March 8, 1992
As a result of certain statements made at the Feb. 19 budget work session by members of the Howard County School Board, we, the supporters of the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP), find it necessary to respond publicly.On behalf of those of us who spoke in supportof the Black Student Achievement Program, Bowyer Freeman, president of the Howard County NAACP, invited you to meet with us away from thespotlight in an attempt to clear the air regarding comments made during our testimony and those made by several of you to the Howard County Sun in response to that testimony.
NEWS
February 19, 1997
AFTER 10 YEARS, we would have expected a program designed to improve academic performance of African American children to show tangible results.Despite a decade of the Black Student Achievement Program, however, only 72 percent of black students in Howard County passed the Maryland Functional Tests by the end of ninth grade last year, compared with 95 percent of white students.This disparity exists even though the income gap between the races is less pronounced in suburban Howard than in many communities.
NEWS
By Laura Shovan and Laura Shovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 11, 2002
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a champion chess player looks like," the announcer said as Kurt Naiker, a burly 14-year- old in a football jersey, was introduced with other high school champions at a chess tournament at Long Reach High School. He may not fit the highbrow image of a chess player, but Kurt exemplifies how the game can help children improve in school. Saturday's tournament was co-sponsored by the Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP) and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1997
In a stepped-up effort by Howard County schools to close the achievement gap between black and white students, the system's Black Student Achievement Program will focus more on academics and sever sponsorship of activities that exclude students of other races.Howard school Superintendent Michael E. Hickey also announced last week he intends to set up an "Equity Council" of parents, students and staff members to tackle issues of racial and multicultural diversity in Howard schools -- a proposal that drew immediate praise from county black leaders.
NEWS
October 14, 1992
"There is no gain in playing the oppressor. And there is no gain in playing victim."So said Jackie Brown, the Howard County school system's new human relations coordinator, while speaking to a group of parents and school officials at a meeting of the Black Student Achievement Program recently.She could have easily been talking about BSAP itself, and the sad legacy of racial division and miscommunication that has hampered this program through most of its six years.Members of the county school board and administrators at the highest level have been alternately defensive and ill at ease in the presence of BSAP members.
NEWS
February 19, 1997
AFTER 10 YEARS, we would have expected a program designed to improve academic performance of African American children to show tangible results.Despite a decade of the Black Student Achievement Program, however, only 72 percent of black students in Howard County passed the Maryland Functional Tests by the end of ninth grade last year, compared with 95 percent of white students.This disparity exists even though the income gap between the races is less pronounced in suburban Howard than in many communities.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1997
The Black Student Achievement Program's efforts that directly help Howard County student performance -- including mentors who work with students on classwork -- are successful and should be maintained or expanded, according to an evaluation of the program released this week.But activities that are limited to black students -- specifically an annual awards night that recognizes seniors -- should be discontinued or sponsored by private groups because they're discriminatory, the report said.
NEWS
March 12, 1995
I am the parent of two graduates of the Howard County schools and the grandparent of three children who soon will be attending those schools. This letter is in response to the editorial titled "Black Student Program at Crossroads" in The Sun for Howard County (Feb. 20) and the article that same day on the academic monitors in the Black Student Achievement Program.The editorial states the position that the academic monitor program's focus on African-American students is a conundrum, as is the BSAP.
NEWS
February 20, 1995
As regular as the change of the seasons, the Howard County school system's Black Student Achievement Program comes under periodic scrutiny by a public at turns focused on or frustrated by the problems that the program is meant to address.This year, Howard Board of Education members have focused on a program run under the auspices of BSAP, which supplies academic monitors to under-achievers in county schools. They do this by paying minimum wage to parents who provide support and encouragement to students who have fallen behind.
NEWS
By KEVIN THOMAS | December 4, 1994
At a recent meeting of the parent advisory council of Howard County schools' Black Student Achievement Program, the discussion turned to the proportionally higher suspension rate among African-American students in county schools.This gnawing problem -- blacks make up 16.6 percent of the high school population and 36 percent of the suspensions -- is understandably cause for great concern.In addressing Superintendent Michael E. Hickey, parents wanted know what the school system was going to do to turn things around.
NEWS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1994
Joi Baker and Jennifer Bolden pulled on their goggles and slid a zinc- and sodium hydroxide-filled petri dish onto a hot plate. Remembering not to inhale the fumes, they dipped a penny into the chemicals, then held it in the flame from a Bunsen burner to make it look golden."
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1994
This summer, while other youngsters are splashing in the pool, 40 Howard County students will be trying to find the value of "X" and learn the composition of the iron atom.The new, five-week Summer Bridge Program, sponsored by the school system's Black Student Achievement Program (BSAP), lets black middle and high school students take mathematics and science lessons to help prepare for the academic challenges of the next school year.The enrichment program begins June 27 and ends July 29 at Howard Community College.
NEWS
February 20, 1995
As regular as the change of the seasons, the Howard County school system's Black Student Achievement Program comes under periodic scrutiny by a public at turns focused on or frustrated by the problems that the program is meant to address.This year, Howard Board of Education members have focused on a program run under the auspices of BSAP, which supplies academic monitors to under-achievers in county schools. They do this by paying minimum wage to parents who provide support and encouragement to students who have fallen behind.
NEWS
By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,Sun Staff Writer | July 21, 1994
Joi Baker and Jennifer Bolden pulled on their goggles and slid a zinc- and sodium hydroxide-filled petri dish onto a hot plate. Remembering not to inhale the fumes, they dipped a penny into the chemicals, then held it in the flame from a Bunsen burner to make it look golden."
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