March 5, 1995
Stephen Cohen joins Vision AssociatesDr. Stephen Cohen, an optometrist for the Army for the past 20 years, recently joined Vision Associates in Aberdeen.Dr. Cohen has worked throughout the United States and in Korea. His last assignment with the Army was at Aberdeen Proving Ground.He is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Optometry and the University of Southern California. He was recently made a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.Dr. Cohen lives in Bel Air with his wife, Tina, and their three children.
April 15, 2004
The Howard County public school system's Department of Special Education and the Special Education Community Advisory Committee will sponsor an open forum for parents and members of the community at 7 o'clock tonight. Parents and community members will have an opportunity to choose from among seven small discussion groups - each including members of the Department of Special Education. Topics include graduation requirements and academic interventions to improve achievement; access to general education and a less restrictive environment; reading, writing and mathematics through eighth grade; and supporting children's social and emotional needs.
March 6, 1997
Neanderthal men treat women as inferiorsSexual harassment and assault will continue as long as people like C.H. Eley, who wrote a letter Feb. 14, continue to view men and women as they do. Separate but equal treatment of the races was unjust and futile in the 1950s; separating the sexes will have the same outcome.Sara E. HooverBaltimoreThis letter is in response to the letter from C.H. Eley about mixing women in the military.When are people like him going to get it? Women belong anywhere their physical and intellectual abilities can take them.
March 17, 2004
The quality of special education throughout Howard County varies drastically by school, despite efforts to unify offerings, members of an advisory committee told the Board of Education last night during a meeting. "Some schools do a fabulous job, some don't," said Anne Long, chairwoman of the Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee. "We want school-based administrators to be guided more by the Department of Special Education." The 2002 reauthorization of the federal No Child Left Behind Act requires all students, including those in special education, to be proficient in reading and math by 2014.
March 11, 2007
The $200,000 allocated to Best Buddies in the proposed $5.2 billion state education budget might not seem like much. For Kelly Smither-Kemp, a 14-year-old with mild retardation, the line item is huge. Best Buddies, which pairs special-education students with students in general education, is Kelly's social lifeline. In her general- and special-education classes at Magothy River Middle School in Arnold, Kelly struggles to make friends, said her mother, Rene Smither of Cape St. Claire. Through the Best Buddies chapter, one of three in county schools, Kelly has bonded with fellow seventh-grader Ericka Landeck.
June 6, 1995
The Howard County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has issued a set of recommendations that, while well-meaning in spirit, could prove highly problematic if put into practice. In a report released last week, the group suggests that the county school system eliminate all classes for low achievers, even including special education. Doing away with such courses would establish high expectations for all students, the NAACP's education committee concluded.