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May 28, 2010
As a recently retired 37-year veteran of the Baltimore City Public Schools, I read with considerable interest your recent front page report on the cheating at George Washington Elementary School. While I in no way condone cheating in any form, it is possible responsibility for this can be attributed to both the school and the school system. The pressure to document acceptable numbers on tests has become almost an obsession. It's not far afield to compare this to college basketball and football coaches on the bubble when their teams fail to produce praiseworthy win/loss records.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
Lauren Cox, the wife of Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, was not amused by Drake's song about cheating athletes at the ESPYs this week. Cox wrote a rambling blog post Thursday titled " Drake, take your 'side pieces' and shove it " -- a sharp contrast to her other posts, which usually discuss Bible verses. It's a little hard to parse Cox's writing, but apparently she was incensed that the event celebrated Michael Sam coming out as the first openly gay current NFL player while Drake's performance made light of athletes' infidelities.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
I've heard horror stories about dog-walkers. People who hired a dog walker to come in every day to walk their pup, only to find out that the person took the money daily, but never touched the dog. Or the one about the woman who returned home from work once to find that the pup waiting there for her belonged to someone else. People who hire dog-walkers trust that they will actually show up, actually take their dogs out -- and keep them out and moving for the amount of time paid for. But that doesn't always happen.
NEWS
June 13, 2014
I do not follow horse racing all year but found myself intrigued by the Preakness and followed it to see if the Kentucky Derby winner prevailed. Once that happened, there was an excitement about the Belmont Stakes and a possible Triple Crown winner! It felt like having a Triple Crown winner would be a small, positive thing for the United States to be momentarily excited about. So when I saw California Chrome lose to "fresh" horses that did not run the previous two races, I had to agree with owner Steve Coburn that this was very unfair and that the owners were "cheaters" ( "California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologizes for critical comments," June 9)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2012
When you accuse your man of cheating, what better way to do it than on TV? La La Vasquez doesn't mess around. But Melo, well, she thinks he just might be. Fans of the Baltimore-raised basketball star are all a-twitter this week after La La dropped a bit of a bomb on Monday's episode of her VH1 show, "La La's Full Court Life. " Approaching one of her husband's assistants -- a young, attractive, single one -- La La throws down a little, ""I just want to know: Are you messing with my man?
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 23, 2002
WASHINGTON - Last week, school officials in Piper, Kan., adopted an official policy on plagiarism - with punishments ranging from redoing an assignment to expulsion. Unfortunately, all that comes too late to help Christine Pelton. She used to be a teacher. Taught biology at Piper High, to be exact. Then, last fall, she assigned her students to collect 20 leaves and write a report on them. The kids knew from the classroom syllabus - a document they and their parents both signed - that cheating would not be tolerated.
NEWS
March 9, 2012
Unfortunately, it appears that for some time Baltimore City school personnel have been setting an example for students that cheating is acceptable as long as you don't get caught ("Schools keep eye on testing," March 5). Here's my suggestion for eliminating this problem during the city schools' annual standardized achievement testing period: Arrangements should be made to ensure that the students being tested are the only individuals who touch the test booklets or answer cards.
NEWS
March 26, 2012
The Atlanta Journal Constitution--the newspaper that single-handedly uncovered a massive cheating scandal in Atlanta's public schools last year that saw its superintendent resign in disgrace and several educators possibly facing criminal charges--took its investigation one step further this past weekend by looking at suspicious test scores in districts across the nation. Baltimore City was one of the districts highlighted in the AJC's large-scale project called "Cheating our Children: The Journey from cheating in Atlanta Schools to suspicious tests nationwide" , published this past weekend.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
City and state education officials have uncovered widespread cheating on state tests at a Southwest Baltimore elementary school once held up as an example of against-the-odds achievement and have recently revoked the professional license of the principal, whom they are holding responsible. Investigators reviewed hundreds of Maryland State Assessment booklets at George Washington Elementary and found thousands of erasure marks. In nearly all instances, the answers were changed from wrong to right.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2010
Parents expressed outrage Thursday that someone at Baltimore's George Washington Elementary School changed thousands of answers on state standardized tests in a cheating scandal that is calling into question the school's hard-fought achievements. "It's deceiving," said Linda Thompson, a mother who was picking up her first-grader at the Southwest Baltimore school that was awarded a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence designation in 2007. "I feel cheated." Thompson said she has always boasted about her daughter's Blue Ribbon school but said she believes the incident will bring into doubt students' recent gains.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
All that was standing between AuQwan Griffin and a high school diploma was a state biology exam and a conflicted conscience. That crossroads led to the biggest teachable moment of his educational career. Griffin and 10 fellow students at the Career Academy were given answers to the High School Assessments by their biology teacher, according to city school officials, who investigated when they saw unusually high scores at the alternative high school in North Baltimore. The cheating cost Griffin and his classmates their diplomas; they must go back to summer school if they want to graduate.
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By Kevin M. Brien | May 4, 2014
Twenty-two years ago at the end of a semester of teaching an Intro to Philosophy course, I received an unforgettable wake-up call on the issue of plagiarism. During the reading period between the final class session and the final exam, I discovered two blatant cases of plagiarized papers - I knew the books from which these papers had been copied whole cloth. So on exam day, and with apologies to those uninvolved, I brought the issue into the open. Without naming the offenders, I told the class that I expected the students who plagiarized to meet with me privately.
NEWS
April 26, 2014
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Finifter directed on April 14 that Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, County Administrative Officer Fred Homan and Budget Director Keith Dorsey appear before him on June 26 and show why the court "should not hold each in contempt and/or impose sanctions, including incarceration" for refusing to pay police retirees despite a court order to do so ( "Judge orders Kamenetz to appear in court in...
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
Oh the Casanovas of Canton! The neighborhood seems so wholesome -- all those bright young things going to yoga class and drinking at bars on the square -- but it turns out Canton is full of people looking to cheat.  That's according to the folks at Ashley Madison, a website for married people who wish to go hiking on the Appalachian Trail, Mark Sanford-style. Fully one-tenth of the website's subscribers in the Baltimore region live in Canton, according to a news release from the site.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
The recent indictment of 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing more than $7 million from the food stamp program is a welcome development but badly timed. No doubt it will be used as fodder by House Republicans angling to take billions of dollars out of the mouths of poor people this week. The scheme allegedly perpetrated by the Baltimore grocers is a familiar one. They accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cards from customers, charged them for inflated or phantom purchases, gave out cash and reserved the biggest cut of the phony transaction for themselves.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2013
The Baltimore principals union is calling for schools CEO Andrés Alonso to pay back thousands of dollars in bonuses he received in years that schools were later found to have cheated on state tests. The request comes as a contract, released through a Public Information Act request, names three schools that have not previously been publicly linked to cheating suspicions: Sinclair Lane Elementary, Rayner Browne Elementary/Middle and William Pinderhughes Elementary. The schools join Abbottston Elementary, alleged to have cheated in 2009, in an independent investigation.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2010
The former principal of George Washington Elementary School denied Sunday any involvement in test tampering at the school during her tenure, even though she is being held responsible for thousands of answers being changed on student tests two years ago. Susan Burgess, whose professional license was revoked after an 18-month investigation by Baltimore City and state school officials uncovered evidence of cheating at the school, said she was "shocked"...
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By Cal Thomas | April 6, 2013
My first question after reading about seven teachers in an Atlanta, Ga., public school accused of altering standardized test scores to make it appear students performed better than they actually did was: How could they!? The seven were nicknamed "the chosen" and, according to Georgia state investigator Richard Hyde, the less than magnificent seven sat in a locked room without windows, erasing wrong answers and inserting correct ones. It's one thing for a child to cheat on a test; it's quite another for teachers to do it. Compounding the cheating scandal is that the children in this elementary school are mostly poor and African-American.
NEWS
April 4, 2013
The Baltimore Orioles are back in town for their home opener on Friday, and this is the moment when newspaper editorialists generally wax poetic about baseball in spring, fathers and sons, the uncertain state of the national pastime and hope springing eternal. There's usually a bit about how baseball is like life, how you have brief moments of action but mostly it's about planning and anticipation and how even the greatest ballplayers and teams do not succeed much of the time. Oh, we could go on. References to baseball movies like "Field of Dreams" or "The Natural" are big, too. And there's usually a few jokes about how baseball relates to the politics of the day or maybe a famous quote or two. Like how Harry Truman once presciently warned the owner of the Washington Senators to look out for Richard Nixon's curve.
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