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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2013
Joel R. Bailey, a longtime Baltimore County public school English teacher who also coached basketball, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 77. "The first thing, Joel really liked his students. ... He enjoyed interacting with them. He was a gentleman," said William L. McIntyre, who grew up with and attended elementary, middle and high schools with Mr. Bailey. "He was the same way in basketball. He was a good teaching coach. He communicated well with his students and he respected them, and they respected him," said Mr. McIntyre, a retired Eastern Technical High School social studies teacher.
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By John McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
We take our text today from the parable of the prodigal son, and what it can teach us about the psychology of the peever. We are not much interested in the prodigal himself, an all-too-familiar and not particularly interesting type. No, we are going to look at the older brother and his reaction to the prodigal's welcome home. We can understand the elder brother. He stayed home and worked the family farm. He did the chores every day, 365 days a year, and endured the old man's endless quirks.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
Christopher Adam Wright, a teacher and former restaurant worker, died of an aneurysm Aug. 27 in Bogota, Colombia, where he was working as an English teacher. The former Mount Vernon resident was 40. Born in Towson, he was the son of John T. Wright, a concert producer at Pier Six who lives in Hunt Valley, and Colleen Hill Wright, a child therapist who lives in Jacksonville, Fla. Raised in Jarrettsville, he attended Jarrettsville Elementary School and North Harford Middle School and was a 1991 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.
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Sports Digest | August 15, 2013
Track and field Centrowitz reaches 1,500-meter semifinal Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) was one of three Americans to advance to the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meters during qualifying at the IAAF world championships Wednesday at Luzhniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Centrowitz finished fifth in the third and final heat, working his way through the field over the final 200 meters to finish in 3 minutes, 38.62 seconds. "It was definitely like a rust-buster," he said. "I felt a little sluggish in it, but I look at the first round as being one of the tougher ones.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2013
Responding to my post on the virtually extinct crotchet about not making inanimate nouns possessive , a reader posting as bingley remarked, "I hadn't come across it in quite that form but I do remember being told that you couldn't use 'whose' with an inanimate referent, that you should use 'of which.' " I assume that whoever imposed that preposterous stricture on bingley would write "an idea whose time has come" as "an idea the time of...
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By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
Teachers in most Maryland school districts may get a one-year reprieve from being judged on student test scores, as U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has indicated he would consider delaying the requirement. The new teacher evaluations — which Maryland agreed to implement in exchange for millions of dollars in federal grants given to states embarking on education reform — have strained relations between state officials and teacher unions. Local school superintendents have raised concerns about what weight to give student achievement and how fast to implement the new evaluations.
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May 16, 2013
In the weeks following the news that city schools CEO Andres Alonso was leaving, I've come across various pieces of commentary about the legacy the schools chief will leave. As with most resignations, much of the commentary has been expressions of gratitude, and encouraging forecasts of what's next. I thought this piece , written by a city school teacher, was particularly reflective. I've personally watched Iris Kirsch, a high school English teacher, challenge Alonso during public comment at city school board meetings.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | May 15, 2013
The Baltimore Teacher's Union has called for the district hold off on attaching penalties to schools' performance on the the new  Common Core assessments, citing insufficient professional development and resources to implement the new high-stakes curriculum. In a news release, BTU's President Marietta English echoed the call of one of the nation's largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers, which called for a moratorium on penalties associated with the standardized testing that will measure a radically new curricula being rolled out across the nation, including Maryland, next year.
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Erica L. Green | May 15, 2013
Marietta English, longtime leader of the Baltimore Teachers Union, was re-elected to another term, the organization announced in a release Wednesday.  According to the release, English was re-elected president by teachers, paraprofessionals, and school-related personnel. It will be her seventh term--one she served as president of the teacher's chapter--which lasts three years. “I'm proud to have received the support of Baltimore's paraprofessionals, school-related personnel and teachers,” English said in a statement.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Being a teacher's pet as a child endeared me to no one but teachers. My third-grade teacher, Marian Gulley, once let me take a fourth-graders' history test. (At Elizaville Elementary School, the third and fourth grades were in a single classroom; the teacher instructed one class while the other studied, then reversed.) I scored a 96, from having listened to the fourth-grade class and read their history textbook for amusement. It was the highest grade on the test. I was proud, but my mother observed sagely, "I bet that didn't make you many friends in the fourth grade.
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