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February 6, 2010
A man who was convicted of arson in a fire at his ex-girlfriend's apartment will be sentenced after a psychological evaluation. Wayne Dougherty, 46, of Hampstead was convicted Wednesday in Carroll County Circuit Court. He was ordered held without bail until sentencing. Dougherty was accused of setting a three-alarm blaze that displaced the residents of 12 units in a Westminster apartment complex July 12. Two people were treated for minor injuries. Damage to the structure and its contents was estimated at $450,000.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A Baltimore County judge ruled Monday that a man on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend is competent to stand trial. Circuit Court Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski called for the additional evaluations of Jeffrey Shiflett last week after his attorneys argued that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings, nor assist his council in his defense. Shiflett was evaluated by an mental health expert Monday morning. Shiflett has previously undergone two evaluations before the trial that allowed the case to proceed but his attorneys said his recent outbursts, sometimes obscene or threatening, show his condition has deteriorated.
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NEWS
July 27, 2010
This letter in in relation to Liz Bowie's article, "Maryland grapples with evaluating its teachers," July 16. As a retired middle school principal, I remain deeply concerned and disturbed when the authorities keep speaking of student achievement as a strong possible contributing factor in this process. In my opinion, student achievement should only be a minor portion of such an evaluation, which I believe also should include numerous other elements, such as the school's location and whether it is in a poverty or professional area or some other location in between, as environmental equality exists nowhere.
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Baltimore County prosecutors will attempt Friday to resume the murder trial of Jeffrey Shiflett, whose courtroom outbursts caused a judge to call for additional psychiatric evaluations. The Annapolis man is accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death. Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Jakubowski ordered evaluations by mental health professionals after Shiflett's wails, sometimes obscene and threatening, raised concern that he is no longer able to comprehend the proceedings. A court-appointed psychiatrist testified Thursday that Shiflett is not competent to stand trial.
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October 17, 2013
I have to agree with Howard County Board of Education member Ann De Lacys' comment that even with the Common Core, we are still teaching to the test. A sentiment shared by board member Brian Mishkin, who was quoted in the same article on Oct. 10 as saying "it's patently unfair to students to teach them for one test but test another. " I disagree with the reporters' statement that teachers are now more responsible for students' learning than ever before. For her information, student learning has always been the responsibility of the classroom teacher.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1994
Saying it would lead to arbitrary dismissals, teachers yesterday denounced a state superintendent's proposal to strip the licenses of those who do not receive three satisfactory ratings every five years.Testifying before the state Board of Education, teachers said they could lose their jobs based solely on principals' evaluations, and argued the measure would create a climate of fear and discourage innovation."These new procedures will sacrifice creativity and innovation to job security," said Nancy S. Dietz, a math teacher in Frederick County.
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By LESTER A. PICKER | June 6, 1994
At a recent panel discussion on corporate philanthropy, I was asked about some trends that are having a major impact on nonprofit organizations.One of the most significant changes in corporate philanthropy is the insistence on more accountability. Hardly revolutionary, this change has been evolving for the past decade. With corporate charitable dollars in short supply -- after all, it is only about 6 percent of all charitable giving in this country -- it makes sense that companies want to be sure that their funds are well spent.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 29, 2004
A 62-year-old man accused of pointing a handgun at two teenagers near Wilde Lake High School is being held for evaluation at Howard County General Hospital, a county police spokeswoman said. Edward Brown Jr. of the 10500 block of Jason Lane in Columbia was arrested Monday morning on the parking lot of the school and charged with first-degree assault and possession of a gun on school grounds. Two teenagers had called police to report that a man in a Porsche had pointed a gun at them, police said.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | November 26, 1991
Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger met with football coach Joe Krivak yesterday morning to evaluate the program, but details of the discussion were not available.Krivak, 56, in the first year of a four-year contract worth $94,000 a year, left after the meeting for an afternoon flight to Macon, Ga., where he was a guest speaker for a touchdown club.Geiger, who renewed Krivak's contract at the end of last season, said little but repeated that there was no deadline for ending the evaluation.
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By MADISON PARK | July 1, 2008
A Forest Hill teenager, accused of shooting at a Harford County sheriff's deputy last week, was ordered yesterday by a judge to undergo a competency evaluation. Justin Jacob Bristol, 16, appeared briefly via video for a bail hearing at Harford County District Court. The teenager told Judge Victor K. Butanis that he had lived in Forest Hill for 16 years and that he was an 11th-grader at a school connected to the Sheppard Pratt Health System. Butanis ordered that Bristol be held without bail pending the evaluation.
NEWS
September 11, 2014
City officials report that Baltimore police picked up fewer children than expected on the streets late at night after the city's new curfew law went into effect last month. Supporters of the tougher curfew say that suggests parents and children have gotten the message that young people need to be indoors at night. But others question whether it's simply a result of police not enforcing the law. While it may be too soon to judge how well the curfew is being enforced, ultimately the success of the new law will depend on families getting the counseling and other services they need to address the problems that led to their kids being out late in the first place.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
An Eastern Shore teacher was put on leave and taken for medical evaluation after authorities grew concerned about his writings - including a novel about a school shooting and a letter with "suicidal undertones" - and a model he constructed at his home of a school building. But with authorities initially supplying few details, the case of 24-year-old Patrick Wayne McLaw blew up online. Commentators from across the political spectrum worried that his rights were being trampled by an overreaching government that was policing the teacher's thoughts rather than his actions.
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By Robert W. Miller | August 12, 2014
There are many programs known by their acronyms in education; many of these have political origins. People can debate the effectiveness of the various programs, but it is stunning to hear the almost universal objections to one of the newest acronyms: the SLO. SLO stands for Student Learning Objective. Generally, it is an objective to be chosen by teachers to demonstrate student growth by measuring progress made between a baseline test and a final test. SLOs are part of the latest attempt to evaluate teachers, implemented this year in Maryland and stemming from the overly-simplistic desires of politicians to "fix" education by getting rid of "bad" teachers.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took a big swing in the third inning of Monday night's series opener against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and crumpled to the ground. Machado appeared to be in great pain as he held his right knee, and he had to be helped off the field by Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles announced later in the game that Machado had suffered a right knee sprain and would be re-evaluated Tuesday. It was a scary moment that could have huge implications for Machado and the Orioles.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Deputy sheriffs at the Baltimore County circuit courthouse in Towson say their dwindling numbers and inability to hire new employees in the past four years has left them increasingly concerned about security. Union leaders say the small agency is being ignored by the county. "We're lucky we haven't had any major incidents," said Steve White, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 25, which represents more than 60 deputy sheriffs. The union says 11 deputies have left since 2010, and their positions have not been filled.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
After years of holding schools accountable for student test scores, the idea of using those scores to evaluate teachers and determine their pay has become the latest battleground in education across the nation. This past school year, Maryland's 60,000 teachers were evaluated for the first time according to a formula that required half of their final rating to be based on how much their students learned. Policymakers and proponents of the new evaluation systems hope that eventually they can be used to get rid of poorly performing teachers and reward the best with higher pay. But teachers unions contend that further emphasis on test scores narrows the focus of learning and that effectiveness in the classroom is more complex than a score.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1994
The attorney for a man accused of sexually assaulting a Guilford-area woman last summer, about a month after finishing a 19-year prison sentence for rape and kidnapping, failed to block prosecutors from using a tardy psychiatric evaluation of his client yesterday.Assistant Public Defender Avery Berdit had wanted Howard Circuit Judge James Dudley to deny a request by officials at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup for an extension of time to complete their evaluation of Thurman Alexander Moore.
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By Mike Preston | November 20, 1991
Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger will meet with football coach Joe Krivak on Monday to begin evaluating the team's season and program.Maryland, which will finish its season Saturday against Nort Carolina State, is 2-8, a record Geiger has called disappointing after the Terps finished 6-5-1 and played in the Poulan-Weed Eater Independence Bowl a year ago. Krivak, 56, in the first year of a renewed four-year contract worth $64,000 a year, has compiled a...
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The state's major education players — from school boards to teachers unions and superintendents — signed a pledge Friday to work together to fine-tune a new teacher evaluation system put in place this school year. The action taken at the state school board meeting came moments after a preliminary vote to approve new regulations that would require 20 percent of a teacher's evaluation to be based on annual goals that take test score data into account for the next two years. Teacher evaluations continue to be a delicate issue because some educators have been critical of the use of test scores to evaluate teachers and believe the new system is being pushed through too quickly with a host of other changes.
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Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Art conservator Lori Trusheim leaned out of a second-story window and squinted through her camera at a 72-square-foot copper sculpture that has become a local landmark. The elements have taken a toll over the past three decades, and she wants it preserved. But the piece, which depicts eight billowing, blue-green clipper ship sails, isn't in a public square or at a museum. It's mounted to the side of Patterson High School. It was commissioned by the city to represent Patterson's nickname, the Clippers, and students and faculty say it has become a defining part of the school.
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