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October 4, 2012
Virginia has had a grading system for restaurants for years, and to my knowledge it has been fair and effective. If I owned a restaurant I would worry if my grade was not an A; otherwise I would be proud to display the A grade. The City Council should be proud for even considering this move! ("City considers setting up a grading system for restaurants," Oct. 3.) F. Cordell, Lutherville
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Luke Broadwater and Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
A city councilman is pushing a bill that would require every restaurant in Baltimore to post a health grade based on the facility's cleanliness — but some restaurants are pushing back. "We know this policy has been proven across the country to be effective," says City Councilman Brandon Scott, who cites similar efforts in New York, San Francisco and Charlotte, N.C. "It's about transparency. It's about education. It's embarrassing that in 2014 the only way a citizen can see the inspection results in our city is to call 311 and wait for the Health Department to give it to them.
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NEWS
By Robin J. Holt | December 11, 1992
IT was, of course, predictable. No sooner did Baltimor County announce its intention to move away from letter grades in schools than the howls of protests began, though oddly enough, most weren't from teachers, who will have to shoulder an extra burden.As a teacher who has doled out some 14,000 grades in my nearly 20 years of college teaching, I have no small familiarity with grades and marks and tests and scores. Teachers have always been in the evaluation business.If the abolition of letter grades at the elementary level (and perhaps beyond)
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
If your grades and SAT scores are less than stellar, you still have a shot at getting into Goucher College with a two-minute video. Starting with applicants for next year's class, Goucher announced Thursday that it will give students the option of submitting a video they record in lieu of transcripts or college admission exams. Officials say the move is designed to help those who might have difficulty navigating the complexity of the college application process. Though colleges across the country have allowed students to submit videos as a supplement to their application, Goucher officials believe the college will be the first to judge applicants primarily on the video.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
Baltimore school officials are investigating allegations at a middle school that dozens of students were given passing grades so they could move on to the next grade, even though their teachers had given them failing marks. Grade changes are being investigated at Booker T. Washington Middle School. Several teachers from the school told The Baltimore Sun that dozens of the grades they issued of 50 percent, the lowest possible, were later changed to 90 percent. In some cases, students who never attended class received higher grades than students who showed up and did the work, according to the teachers, who spoke to The Sun on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.
NEWS
September 25, 1992
Rating student performance with letter grades is as time-honored a practice as starting each school day with the Pledge of Allegiance.In recent years, however, educators and child psychologists have questioned the wisdom of handing out A's, B's, C's, D's and F's to young students, especially to first- and second-graders who are struggling with the rudiments of socialization at the same time they're learning to read and write.Carroll County public schools don't give letter grades to students until they reach the third grade.
FEATURES
By Beverly Mills and Beverly Mills,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 3, 1996
My 12-year-old is in all honors classes, and he has recently discovered girls. He rushes through his homework and spends the rest of the evening on the telephone. His grades are suffering tremendously. How do you get kids to have the attitude about their grades that they did before they reached this age?Lisa MarshCedar Hill, TexasGive your honors student time to adjust to all the emotional and physical changes of pre-adolescence and take heart that his phone time isn't all wasted. He's learning some valuable lessons about life.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | February 1, 1991
University of Maryland junior tackle Larry Webster, perhaps the team's best defensive player, has been declared academically ineligible for spring practice and could miss the entire 1991 season.Maryland coach Joe Krivak confirmed yesterday that Webster was ineligible for the annual April practice sessions.To compete, a freshman must maintain a 1.29 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. The GPA requirement increases to 1.70 for sophomores, 1.85 for juniors and 2.0 for seniors."I'm really not that awfully concerned because I believe Larry will get it done," said Krivak.
NEWS
By SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE | April 5, 1998
SAN FRANCISCO -- Administrators at a San Francisco high school are giving teachers until June to "increase the number of A's, B's and C's by 5 percent" over last year, according to a memo obtained by the Chronicle.The four-paragraph note immediately prompted charges among educators that the school is inflating grades and concerns that the policy is a symptom of a national trend: rising grades, but sinking student performance.The document, dated March 23, carefully explains that teachers at Balboa High School do not need to increase each of the three grades by 5 percent, but "the combined total of all the A's, B's and C's by 5 percent."
BUSINESS
July 11, 1998
Maryland improved its grades in two of three categories on a widely watched economic score card this year but dropped a notch in "economic performance."The Corporation for Enterprise Development, a Washington-based research group promoting business growth and social fairness, gave Maryland an A for development capacity, up from a C last year, and a B for business vitality, up from a D.But moderate job growth got the state a C for economic performance, down from a B last year.The group usually gives Maryland high grades for development capacity, and it did so again this year, citing the state's "top-notch technology resources and excellent infrastructure."
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings on Tuesday called on federal health officials to reevaluate how they grade nursing homes in response to reports that some facilities are gaming the system. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Baltimore lawmaker and top-ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform requested a briefing on the issue next month. Cummings wrote he is particularly concerned the federal agency grades the homes in large part on self-reported metrics.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
This week, youngsters across Maryland will board the "big yellow cheese wagon," as it's sometimes called, and head back to school. And chances are high (aside perhaps from those teary-eyed moms and dads waving good-bye to their kindergartners for the first time), the school bus commute from home to classroom will take place without incident. But the latest survey conducted by the Maryland State Department of Education shows that the students' fate is being tempted on a regular basis by drivers who seem either unaware of the law or unwilling to follow it. Drivers are forbidden to pass a bus in either direction when its stop arm swings out and its lights are flashing, yet that happens all the time.
HEALTH
By Kym Byrnes, For The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Students entering kindergarten and seventh grade in Maryland will have to add new shots to their lists of things to do before heading back to school this month. Vaccines required for all school-age children in Maryland include tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), meningitis and pertussis (whooping cough). Under the new requirements, kindergarten pupils must get an additional dose of the chickenpox vaccine, which means kindergarten students will have a total of two chickenpox vaccines upon starting kindergarten.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
I think the new curriculum is not good at all ( "MSA warning signs," July 15). As a country, we focus more on test and test scores than we actually do on teaching these kids. The old ways of doing things were better and way more effective. We should adapt with the time without compromising our children's education - meaning add on instead of taking away or switching up. Also, those making these decisions should not be people who never stepped foot in a classroom as a teacher.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | July 15, 2014
Let's be honest. The hardest thing about evaluating the Orioles organization at the nonmathematical halfway point in the 2014 season is trying to do that without depending on the two most obvious measuring sticks. It would be easy to simply look at the American League East standings and the Orioles' strong performance over the past few weeks and give the club an "A" for overcoming several major obstacles to take control of the division. And it's always tempting to grade on a curve that takes into account just how unsuccessful this team was for so long.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | June 8, 2014
Baltimore school officials want to attract more highly effective teachers and raise awareness about attendance in summer school after the percentage of middle and high school students successfully completing academic programs plummeted last year. The number of middle school students promoted to the next grade fell precipitously, according to data recently released by the school system, spurring questions about the effectiveness of the Building Educated Leaders for Life program. Building Educated Leaders for Life, referred to by its acronym BELL, a national model that had previously posted encouraging results, runs the city's middle school summer program.
NEWS
By Peg Adamarczyk and Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 2001
SMILES AND handshakes from a receiving line greeted 184 middle school pupils arriving Wednesday at Kurtz's Beach, collecting their rewards in an educational motivation contest sponsored by County Council Chairwoman Shirley Murphy and the Business Advisory Board for Pasadena Schools. The contest, open to pupils at Chesapeake Bay, George Fox and Marley middle schools, was created by Democrat Murphy and the board to reward average pupils in her councilmanic District 3 for improving their grades in academic subjects.
SPORTS
By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer | November 28, 1992
Parents and students weren't the only ones concerned whe report cards were delivered in Anne Arundel County on Wednesday.High school coaches are trying to assess the effect of the county's new grade requirements on their teams.Students must have a 2.0 grade-point average to participate in ++ any extracurricular activity. Last year, they needed a 1.6 -- a rule that applied only to sports.After report cards came out, Meade basketball coach Butch Young learned that 29 boys who had shown up at tryouts were ineligible.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
Baltimore's harbor earned a failing grade for water quality in the latest assessment of its ecological health, despite fewer reported sewage overflows last year. Though the harbor's overall grade for 2013, to be released Wednesday, is down from a C-minus the year before, the city's signature water body didn't actually get more polluted last year, according to organizers of the Healthy Harbor campaign. Instead, the harbor campaigners said they've just decided to stop grading on a curve and deliver a more straightforward assessment - that it's far from safe to swim or splash around in the trash- and sewage-fouled upper reaches of the Patapsco River.
SPORTS
May 12, 2014
The Ravens wrapped up the three-day NFL draft with nine players (four on defense, five on offense). Members of The Baltimore Sun's staff take a moment to grade the draft overall for the Ravens as they prepare for the upcoming season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter Grade: C+ I was reminded of the risk of immediately grading draft picks when baltimoresun.com put up PDF files of past post-draft editions and the 2002 version was decidely lukewarm on the Ed Reed selection . You just never know.
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