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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | May 8, 1998
Waging the most contentious schools fight in the Baltimore area, more than 800 people packed a hearing chamber in Ellicott City last night in an attempt to get more money for Howard County schools next year.Most in the overflow crowd of angry parents, students and educators berated Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker for a proposed budget that falls $9.2 million short of what school officials wanted -- and which they fear will damage what many believe is the area's best school system.
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By Allison Klein and Lisa Goldberg and Allison Klein and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2003
A Howard County school custodian was in serious condition last night after being shot in an apparent random attack inside an Ellicott City Rite Aid store Saturday, police said. Robert Lee Jackson, 50, the chief custodian at Mayfield Woods Middle School in Elkridge and father of three, was buying sodas when he was shot four times by a man he did not know, according to county police and his family. Arrested and held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center was James Milton Lane, 46, on charges including attempted first-degree murder.
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By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1998
Faced with a barrage of criticism for turning away two students who didn't meet Howard County's unusually strict residency requirements, school officials said yesterday that one, a Haitian teen, might return to class next week.Etienne Fanfan, 17, who moved to Columbia last summer to flee a life endangered by crime and gunfire in poverty-ridden Haiti, could be back at Wilde Lake High on a tuition waiver if his older sister, who lives in Columbia and has a green card, becomes his legal guardian.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
The administrative judge hearing the Howard school board's request to remove member Allen Dyer continued his repeated urgings Wednesday for Dyer to move more swiftly in cross-examining witnesses and save arguments against the case for when he is asked to testify. The Howard school board last June adopted a resolution requesting that the state board remove Dyer from the panel, accusing him of such actions as violating confidentiality requirements and bullying school system staff. Dyer, who is representing himself, continued to cross-examine board member Ellen Giles, who was among those who voted in favor of the resolution to oust him, for more than 90 minutes on Wednesday.
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By Karen Keys and Karen Keys,SUN STAFF | April 14, 2000
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center was filled with hugs and exclamations of "Congratulations!" as teachers and staff members of the Howard County public school system stepped up to receive recognition at the 12th annual service awards reception. More than 400 custodians, secretaries, counselors, teachers and administrators were honored Wednesday with plaques, engraved pens, dinner cruises and kind words. David Morrocco, the event's facilitator, said, "If you stay and stay and stay, eventually we can guarantee you will be recognized several times.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1998
The affluent Howard County school system might be catching a glimpse of the future. For the first time, the majority of students at two of its schools are considered poor.That's not measured by Howard standards, but by the federal government's: More than 50 percent of students at Running Brook and Talbott Springs elementaries -- both in Columbia -- qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.Running Brook provides a clear look at the changing face of some schools in Howard and other suburban areas.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2005
HOWARD County's African-American students have made significant progress in academic performance, with black pupils at several elementary and middle schools meeting or exceeding standards on state tests, according to the 2004 Howard County NAACP Education Report Card. More "A" grades were given than in any other years the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has been evaluating academic performance among black students. "This reveals a breakthrough for African-American students," Natalie Woodson, the group's education committee chairwoman, told the Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Maryland high school students posted lower marks last year on the SATs but saw increases in Advanced Placement college exam participation and results, according to data released on Monday by the College Board. The state's test takers during the 2011-2012 academic year registered a 5-point drop in average SAT scores (1,487 on the 2,400-point scale) from the previous year, said the College Board, which administers the college readiness exams. Maryland scored 497 in critical reading (down two points)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 14, 2000
Howard County school board member Stephen C. Bounds is out of the running for one superintendent job but was in Washington state yesterday to interview for another. The Woodbine attorney, who is running for re-election to the Howard school board, is one of three finalists for superintendent of the Puyallup School District, a 19,000-student system about 25 miles south of Seattle. Tony Apostle, the Puyallup district's director of administrative services, said Bounds was scheduled to visit with staff members and citizens yesterday.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
While visiting classes on the first day of school, new Howard County Superintendent Renee Foose had a pedometer strapped to her waist as part of a systemwide program for employees that emphasizes health. By midmorning, she had already logged tens of thousand of steps, canvassing hallways, classrooms, weight rooms, media centers and cafeterias of the system she took over in July. "This is like a kid waking up on Christmas morning. That's exciting," said Foose, who joined other local, state and elected officials in ushering in the first day of the academic calendar year for many jurisdictions.
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