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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 Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2011
As the Swansfield Elementary School students boarded six buses Monday for the trek from Columbia to the White House Easter Egg Roll, second-grader Jadaejah Matthews said she hoped to meet President Barack Obama. Classmate Masale Robi seconded that hope, adding that he wanted to ask Obama "how he learns tricks to play basketball. " The Swansfield party of 250 (including 175 students) were set to join more than 30,000 people participating in the annual event Monday that featured live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and Easter egg rolling on the White House South Lawn.
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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 Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | September 11, 1996
Howard County's parent, teacher and student leaders today will unveil a voluntary conduct pledge intended to reverse what they view as a rising tide of disrespect and misbehavior in the county's schools. The pledge is believed to be the first of its kind in Maryland.Taking student conduct codes a step beyond rules against violence, weapons and drugs common to all school systems, the Howard pledge calls on the county's students to be courteous and punctual, not swear, to respect others' "personal space" and to follow directions.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
Renee Foose's call to education came around the 10th grade, when she says she "fell in love" with biology class. From there, she began a circuitous route to her career, and sometimes she was literally behind the wheel. Among the jobs Foose took to pay for her schooling: ice cream truck driver, bus driver and Maryland state trooper. While working full time at these various jobs and meeting the demands of college, she kept her sights on the path to a career in education; she earned four degrees and steadily moved up the ranks in local school districts.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2013
They use words most likely to be heard at a Scripps National Spelling Bee: chryseobacterium, aquaticum or trypticase. They envision careers in medicine, they enjoy math and science, and - between juggling schedules that include school, music and sports - they recently collaborated on a project that's headed for the International Space Station. One can only imagine what accomplishments are in store for Greg Nelson, Josh Choi, Sophia Novacic and Ryan Olsen when they reach high school.
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