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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | November 9, 2007
The Howard County Board of Education announced yesterday that Rosemarie Dennison, the former head of the Community Advisory Council, has been hired as the school system's second ombudsman. Dennison, a Laurel resident whose son is enrolled in the school system, will work 24 hours a week and make $30,240 a year. She started the job Tuesday. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community and the school system in this capacity," Dennison said in a statement. "Because of my involvement with the school system over the past 10 years, I have developed many positive relationships with staff and community members.
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April 20, 2011
While a senior at Goucher College and employed as one of the first Baltimore Urban Corps interns 41 years ago, I was assigned to work part-time with City Council President William Donald Schaefer. My job was to meet with selected people who had written to Mr. Schaefer, figure out what their concerns were, and report back to him. At the same time, he wanted me to produce a white paper on creating an ombudsman who could fairly adjudicate citizen complaints. It was a fascinating job, especially because Don Schaefer actually spent time with me to discuss what I was finding in my travels through the city.
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November 22, 1993
One liaison isn't going to win over all the critics of the Stuart Berger-led school system in Baltimore County. But the appointment of Towson business consultant Leonard Duffy as independent liaison is good medicine for a system that has sorely needed a dose of smart public relations.The county Board of Education was reluctant to prescribe the move when it was recommended 2 1/2 months ago by a board-appointed task force. The board members might have been technically correct in arguing that the duties of an ombudsman or liaison between themselves and the public are already served by various committees and other individuals.
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September 14, 2008
A headline and article in Thursday's Anne Arundel section said that the County Council had turned down the county executive's proposal for hiring an ombudsman to assist property owners in land use, zoning and permit processes. While council members were skeptical about the proposal, they did not rule out future consideration.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | September 26, 2004
The Howard County school system is one step closer to hiring an ombudsman to field complaints and questions from parents, students and teachers. The school board voted 4-1 last week to approve a preliminary job description with the hope of advertising the position by the middle of next month and having someone in place by Jan. 1. Board member Sandra H. French opposed the position during a lengthy and lively discussion, saying that she and fellow board...
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | October 10, 2007
The Howard County Board of Education is in the midst of choosing an ombudsman, a position that has been vacant for the past four months. A three-member committee of board members - Sandra H. French, Ellen Flynn Giles and Patricia Gordon - is combing through job applications submitted by 26 people. The committee is charged with reducing the pool of applicants to seven. The full board then will interview the finalists and select the ombudsman, who serves as a liaison between the community and the school system in resolving complaints and conflicts.
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By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2004
After a succession of controversies -- two grade-changing scandals, false allegations of a gang rape in a high school bathroom and the ouster of the superintendent -- Howard County education officials are considering the appointment of an ombudsman to field complaints and questions. If it does so, Howard -- which has the region's highest-performing public school system -- will join a growing list of districts in Maryland and throughout the nation that have hired independent liaisons who can direct the public to the appropriate office, lend a sympathetic ear or help resolve complaints or concerns.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Sun Staff Writer | January 20, 1995
In a one-room schoolhouse tucked behind a Southwest Baltimore storefront, they find hope -- the chronic truants, the fighters, the kids who got lost in chaotic classes, the failing teen-agers ready to write off school for good.Their new school, run by Ombudsman Educational Services, an Illinois for-profit company, is unlike anything the students have known.Here, near the B&O Railroad Museum on Pratt Street, the school day lasts three hours. No homework, no textbooks, no lecturing teachers, no gym, no cafeteria, no art.Instead, the students, who are referred here by three middle schools, sit quietly and work on basic skills in a room with computers lining the walls.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | June 15, 2005
Facing charges of political bias and a threat to its funding from Congress, the Public Broadcasting Service yesterday adopted an updated set of editorial standards and announced that it would add an ombudsman who will report directly to PBS President Pat Mitchell. The action comes in the wake of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's hiring of two ombudsmen in April to give viewers a place to take their "complaints" about public broadcasting, according to CPB Chairman Kenneth Y. Tomlinson.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | August 14, 2008
Stung by criticism from homeowners and business leaders about uneven zoning enforcement and proposed tougher rules for construction along Anne Arundel's shoreline, county officials are planning to hire an expert to help steer property owners through the often complex land-use and permit process. County Executive John R. Leopold has been lining up legislative support for a bill he intends to present Monday that would create an ombudsman's position. Leopold says the slot will ensure consistent rules, speed up building permit applications and interpret standards for building in the county's critical area within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,chris.guy@baltsun.com | September 11, 2008
CLARIFICATION A headline and article in Thursday's Anne Arundel section said that the County Council had turned down the county executive's proposal for hiring an ombudsman to assist property owners in land use, zoning and permit processes. While council members were skeptical about the proposal, they did not rule out future consideration.
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,Sun reporter | August 14, 2008
Stung by criticism from homeowners and business leaders about uneven zoning enforcement and proposed tougher rules for construction along Anne Arundel's shoreline, county officials are planning to hire an expert to help steer property owners through the often complex land-use and permit process. County Executive John R. Leopold has been lining up legislative support for a bill he intends to present Monday that would create an ombudsman's position. Leopold says the slot will ensure consistent rules, speed up building permit applications and interpret standards for building in the county's critical area within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2007
Rosemarie Dennison, the former head of the school board's Community Advisory Council, hopes to apply years of experience in mediation and social work and an extensive knowledge of school policy to her new job as ombudsman for Howard County schools. "I have a strong background in working with people," Dennison said. "I feel that I have a good set of skills that will be useful for this position." Dennison, 52, fills a vacancy left by Robin Shell, who resigned in June after working for 2 1/2 years as the system's first ombudsman.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | November 9, 2007
The Howard County Board of Education announced yesterday that Rosemarie Dennison, the former head of the Community Advisory Council, has been hired as the school system's second ombudsman. Dennison, a Laurel resident whose son is enrolled in the school system, will work 24 hours a week and make $30,240 a year. She started the job Tuesday. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community and the school system in this capacity," Dennison said in a statement. "Because of my involvement with the school system over the past 10 years, I have developed many positive relationships with staff and community members.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun reporter | October 10, 2007
The Howard County Board of Education is in the midst of choosing an ombudsman, a position that has been vacant for the past four months. A three-member committee of board members - Sandra H. French, Ellen Flynn Giles and Patricia Gordon - is combing through job applications submitted by 26 people. The committee is charged with reducing the pool of applicants to seven. The full board then will interview the finalists and select the ombudsman, who serves as a liaison between the community and the school system in resolving complaints and conflicts.
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By Kim Murphy and Kim Murphy,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 23, 2007
LONDON -- In what the Irish prime minister called a disturbing report that "paints a picture of despicable past behavior," an ombudsman's investigation released yesterday found evidence that Northern Ireland police looked the other way or actively covered up at least 10 murders and many other crimes committed by informants in the 1990s. But the ombudsman said police records were often lost or possibly destroyed, making it unlikely that any of the officers could ever be prosecuted. The report, which follows a three-year investigation by Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan, is not the first to identify police collusion but is the most authoritative.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2003
Former school board candidate Barry Tevelow says the Howard County public school system could have avoided a slew of troubles if only it had an ombudsman like Montgomery County's - and he is willing to take on the job. "It is too easy for any large institution to ignore problems unless they become public relations problems," Tevelow said. An ombudsman, basically a mediator, would ensure that issues between citizens and school representatives don't fall through the cracks, he said. Tevelow points to redistricting questions that left some parents feeling ignored.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2005
As the Howard County school system's first ombudsman, Robin Shell wants parents to know they can tell her their problems and ask her for help. But she is not on their side. "I'm not here to uphold either side," Shell said. "I'm here to make sure that the process is fair and that [parents] understand what the process is." It is a job description that has worked well during Shell's first eight months on the job, said Courtney Watson, county school board chairman. "We set up the ombudsman position specifically to provide an advocate for fairness," Watson said.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | July 9, 2006
The parent - who was frustrated by discipline issues, the complexities of special education and her child's individual education plans (IEP) - was at the end of her rope. She was not satisfied with the response she received from her child's high school and was still in search of answers when she turned to Robin Shell, Howard County's first school ombudsman. "By that point, the parent had lost trust that the parent was being heard," said Shell. Shell, 44, met with the parent, school administrators and special-education teachers to get a better grasp of the situation.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2005
For years, William L. Howard worked behind the scenes in the Baltimore City and state court systems. But now the soft-spoken administrator is planning to step into the limelight as the Maryland courts' first ombudsman. Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell created the job this summer after a commission last year recommended having someone take complaints from the public and promote the judiciary's position and programs on racial and ethnic fairness. "I want people to know I exist," Howard, 62, said recently.
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