October 25, 2012
In her first 100 days on the job, Howard County schools Superintendent Renee Foose has revamped the system's legal services, established an office of accountability and called for revision of a redistricting proposal to shift hundreds of students to new schools, a move that some parents have decried. Foose is steadily imposing her management approach on the 50,000-student system as she attempts to fulfill promises to make it more transparent and accessible - directives spelled out in the entry plan she unveiled as she took over July 1. Perhaps the most controversial move she has made involves the redistricting plan.
October 2, 2012
Instead of paying for their lunches with crumpled dollar bills and loose change, students in Carroll County schools are having their palms scanned in a new check-out system - raising concerns from some parents that their children's privacy is being violated. The county is one of the first localities in Maryland to use the PalmSecure system, in which children from kindergarten to 12th grade place their hands above an infrared scanner. It identifies unique palm and vein patterns, and converts the image into an encrypted numeric algorithm that records a sale.
September 10, 2012
More than 1,600 Baltimore city elementary school students will benefit from a $7.4 million grant awarded to the Johns Hopkins University, that the institution will use to implement a new science, technology, engineering and math program that will make STEM education a community enterprise. The program, called STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools, is a partnership between city schools and the university that targets students in grades three through five, at nine elementary schools.
July 17, 2012
Baltimore City schools CEO Andrés Alonso was merely stating the obvious when he said recently that Baltimore students' disappointing scores on this year's state standardized achievement tests in reading and math were due in large part to the fact that so many students are chronically absent or truant. It's a truism that children who aren't in class can't be expected to excel, so Mr. Alonso had little choice but to admit that educators "still have not figured out how to communicate how important it is for kids to be in school.
February 17, 2012
Westminster, Winfield students get lesson in energy efficiency Students at Westminster and Winfield elementary schools have been participating in the "BTU Crew" interactive program, conducted by a team of associates from Boland, an office of the Trane company. During this program, students explored how to make the buildings more energy efficient and sustainable. Students participated in hands-on lessons to discover how they can make an impact on energy efficiency and conservation while learning about green career options.
December 28, 2011
We receive gifts during the holiday season in many different ways. Mary Gail Hare 's article on Sandalwood Elementary School brought me an unexpected and wonderful one ("Sandalwood Elementary dances to success," Dec. 17). Sandalwood school is located in my district and has earned the recognition as a National Title I Distinguished School for 2011-2012. To say I am proud of the efforts of these young students for this terrific achievement is to put it mildly. The Title I program provides funding for additional resources for schools with economically disadvantaged students.