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By Karen Masterson and Karen Masterson,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1997
Dollie Walker-Thomas, who spent her life breaking down racial barriers, promoting African heritage and encouraging sex education, died Tuesday at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 89 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease.Born Dollie Rosemand in Abbeville, S.C., she moved to Baltimore after her graduation in 1939 from the University of Iowa, where she met her future husband, Dr. Alexander J. Walker. They were married for 41 years until his death in the early 1980s. He was former chairman of Morgan State University's political science department.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1996
The family of a 7-year-old girl who was severely burned by water from a malfunctioning toilet at Hazelwood Elementary-Middle School in June has filed a $6.5 million lawsuit against the city and its school system.The lawsuit, filed Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court, alleges that school officials failed to provide adequate warning of a dangerous hot water problem at the Northeast Baltimore school, despite previous malfunctions that had burned other people.As a result, the suit says, first-grader Ashley Moore was scalded by water and steam when she flushed the toilet, leaving her with second- and third-degree burns on the back of her body, from her neck to her ankles.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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By DAN RODRICKS | 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
NEWS
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
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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?
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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.
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By From staff report | February 9, 1998
The State Department of Education is operating a toll-free hot line for parents, teachers and staff members from the 29 low-performing schools in Baltimore that were added to the list of schools in need of state supervision.The number is 1-888-246-0016, and it operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.State officials also added nine schools in Prince George's County to the list Jan. 28. The 38 schools need special attention and must follow a state schedule for submitting improvement plans and getting started on those planned changes in school management and curriculum.
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