September 25, 1991
Eighty members of the Baltimore School for the Arts Chorus today represented their school as one of the U.S. Department of Education's 222 "Blue Ribbon Schools."The chorus performed today in the Great Hall of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.Choral director David Simon and deans Leslie Seyffert and Wayne King attended an awards ceremony and luncheon, where President Bush spoke.The "Blue Ribbon" schools -- both public and private -- were selected by the Department of Education based on questionnaires and a two-day site visit.
January 6, 1991
Howard County public schools had 19 applicants for every teaching job open in the current year, a total boosted by what personnel supervisor Albert W. Tucci calls "a surge of new applicants."The county school system had 4,008 applications for 210 teaching jobs in the 1990-1991 school year. The figure includes both new applications and those carried over from previous years.In contrast, the county school system had 20 applicants for each teaching job open in the 1988-1989 school year.Tucci did not havea breakdown of the number of new and on-file applications for this year, but said he had received figures from colleges indicating an increase in the number of graduates going into teaching.
May 7, 2008
The federally supported Reading First program received another bad report card last week - an unsatisfactory grade in effectiveness from its principal supporter, the Department of Education. At least two other studies have found the program awash in cronyism. Even though it is hardly a universal failure - the program has enjoyed some success in Maryland and other places - Reading First needs to be overhauled or scrapped. Created in 2002 as part of the No Child Left Behind law, Reading First is supposed to use instruction methods that are scientifically based with a record of effectiveness to improve reading skills among low-income students in the earliest grades.
January 29, 1995
School board to hold hearing on boundariesThe Board of Education will hold a public hearing on boundary adjustments at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Board Room. Those who want to address the board at the hearing should call 313-7197 after Feb. 8 to be scheduled to speak. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. The board requests that 15 copies of each presentation be provided in advance or at the time of the hearing.Public work sessions on boundary adjustments are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 14.The board will take final action regarding boundary lines at the regular meeting March 23.All meetings regarding the boundary lines are held in the Board Room at the Department of Education building, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.
February 2, 1992
Parents and others interested in the results of the Maryland report card can get copies of the complete school-by-school reports, which include more detailed information for every county school, from the Harford Board of Education, 45 E. Gordon St., Bel Air; 838-7300.Copies are to be available at individual schools by Dec. 1. The statewide report containing more detailed information for the 24 localities is available from the state Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore; 332-2000.
September 13, 1998
"Is it safe to say our kids could almost stay home and do as well?"-- Baltimore school board member Patricia Morris, commenting on the overall poor showing of city elementary students on tests measuring their progress in reading and math in the last school year."The numbers show that Baltimore City [students], like [those in] other urban systems, are not doing well compared to their peers. They reflect the problems kids bring to school."--Steven Ferrara, former director of testing for the state Department of Education, explaining the same low test scores.
January 12, 2006
A few weeks ago, I dialed a phone number for a certain State Department of Education program in a state prison. I identified myself to the state employee who answered the phone and made a simple request. I asked for the full, official name of the program, along with a brief description of the program, and I'm pretty sure I said "please." You'd have thought I was asking how to make a dirty bomb. Officer Whistle-blower's termination hearing is postponed. pg 4b
November 1, 2007
Assessment test plan changes Students who haven't been able to pass the four high school assessment tests can substitute a project called the "bridge plan." To be eligible to do so, a student must: Have failed one or more of the tests twice and have already received some extra help. Have passed the course in the subject of the test. Have satisfactory attendance. Be on track to receive enough credits to graduate. For more information on the bridge plan, go to www.hsaexam.org Source: Maryland State Department of Education
February 8, 2004
Forget transfer tax; reallocate funding Although the [real estate] transfer tax is on hold for this year, I am sure it will be back to haunt us. In the meantime, the citizens of Carroll County might consider the following: Instead of lumping the three "beneficiaries" of the transfer tax (fire/EMS, sheriff, and Department of Education), each entity should be funded separately. Do we need a Tregoning Gestapo to curb the motorists who go 5 miles over the 25 mph speed limit on a seldom-traveled road?
August 21, 2005
ELEANOR K. HOCKER of Mitchellville, MD., died on Monday August 8, 2005. She graduated from Hood College in 1939 and received her Library Science Degree from Simmons College, Boston, Mass in 1939. Her lifetime career as a librarian included service in the Army Special Services in Europe and the US, Enoch Pratt, Fort Meade and the MD Department of Education. She was a longtime resident of Linthicum, Md. A private service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkridge, MD. Burial will be Monday October 3, 2005 at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.