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September 5, 2012
The Baltimore City school administrators who never raised a cent on their own and could never claim "I built that" even if it came to a teachers' lounge, recently wasted over $500,000 in public funds (that's taxpayer money) on expensive local hotel suites, lavish dinners and even wings at Hooters for students "because that was what they wanted," and The Sun was so outraged by their indefensible waste of taxpayer money that it was called a "distraction" in an editorial. Of course, that was more than Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley and the school board leaders called it. If one sifted through the lame excuses offered by CEO Andrés Alonso and his merry men for their partying on the taxpayers' dime, they came down to a combination of "it was business as usual" or that "some" of the wasteful spending was "justified" and/or we are sorry we got caught.
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NEWS
August 28, 2014
We read with interest Baltimore City schools CEO Gregory Thornton's commentary about the challenges ahead for the city's schools ( "Much work to be done," Aug. 25). As he indicates, one of the greatest barriers to student achievement is attendance, where there is still substantial work to do. Baltimore continues to suffer from rampant truancy and chronic absenteeism. What can we do to address this crisis? Since 2005, the University of Baltimore School of Law and its partners have worked with the schools to operate a Truancy Court Program, an early intervention, non-adversarial, non-punitive approach to truancy that aims to identify why children are not attending school and then attempts to resolve the underlying problems or causes.
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1994
Two resident state troopers, assigned to the Westminster barracks, received the Lay Person Award from the Maryland Association of Elementary School Administrators in a recent ceremony at their barracks.Tfc. Richard L. Nash and Tfc. Gary R. Dorsey were nominated for the award by Dean F. Johnson, assistant principal of Carrolltowne Elementary School, for their presentations of elementary school safety programs.Both troopers have been involved in D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) since its inception in the county in 1987 and elementary school safety programs since 1989.
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By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The Obama administration announced Friday that it is developing new rules aimed at improving schools by focusing on the training that teachers receive before they enter the classroom - an idea that met with a mix of cautious support and questions from Maryland's leading schools of education. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the new regulations for training programs - which could direct more federal money to high-performing colleges and universities - will be unveiled this summer and could be in place within a year.
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By Sara Neufeld | July 13, 2007
Baltimore school principals and other administrators will receive a 7 percent raise over the next two years, school system officials announced yesterday. The city school board approved a new memorandum of understanding with the Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association on June 26, and the union membership ratified it June 28. Though documents are supposed to be made public immediately after school board approval, officials would not release any details about the contract until yesterday.
NEWS
May 15, 1991
Yes. This should be enacted, if the teachers' salaries are going to be cut. Teachers aren't getting paid enough as is. If they're not going to get the raise, then I don't think any of them should get a raise. And if you're dedicated, you're going to do your job anyway. That's in any field.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2011
A public wake and funeral program for retired city educators Donald and Jennye Patterson, who died at their Northwest Baltimore home in a fire Wednesday, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Morgan State University Concert Hall, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Mr. Patterson, who was in his late 70s, had been an assistant superintendent in the city school system. His 83-year-old wife was the assistant principal at Greenspring Junior High School. jacques.kelly@baltsun.com
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By Devon Spurgeon and Devon Spurgeon,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1999
Anne Arundel County police were called again yesterday to the home of a high school math teacher who returned from a weekend vacation to find her house and car splattered with eggs.It was the third time since December that Kay Sokoloff, who has been followed and hounded by a student she helped keep out of the National Honor Society, called police to her home.Police said they will question Chesapeake High School administrators today to see if the incident could be related to the dispute with Franklin Pierce Wright III, her former student angry that she did not support his nomination for National Honor Society.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Andrea F. Siegel contributed to this article | May 24, 1997
The Anne Arundel County Council yesterday approved an $822 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year that keeps taxes the same and forces school administrators to take a financial hit.A last-minute surprise during budget negotiations was a decision by the council to ax a 3 percent pay raise slated for 150 Board of Education administrators.Council members said the move was part of a plan to save $938,000 in administrative costs so students could benefit from the hiring of two more teachers, five more reading instructors, two psychologists and a guidance counselor.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1997
A coordinated refusal by many of the nation's dental schools has forced U.S. News and World Report to scuttle its plan to rate them in a forthcoming issue. The rebuff is the most tangible demonstration yet of a growing backlash against the newsweekly's decade-old rankings."We think the survey is horribly flawed," said Dr. Dominick DePaola, president of the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, which is part of Texas A&M University."If they were based on good criteria, we wouldn't have a problem with them.
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By Sara Toth, stoth@tribune.com | March 29, 2014
Grace McComas would have graduated from Glenelg High School May 29. At the upcoming commencement, friends and classmates want to honor Grace, who was a sophomore in 2012 when she committed suicide after months of cyber-bullying. After initial opposition from the school and school system, it now appears they'll have that chance. Grace's mother, Christine McComas, took to her daughter's Facebook memorial page March 24 to express sadness after "hearing that Grace's classmates had asked to wear small blue ribbons at graduation but were denied by both the school and the Board of Ed(ucation)
NEWS
March 28, 2014
HCPSS joins the family and friends of Grace McComas in the grieving process, understanding that it is ongoing and particularly difficult during milestones in students' lives such as graduation. Our graduation procedures manual states that items worn on caps and gowns are limited to academic achievements. We believe there are other visible and meaningful ways to express remembrance of students who have passed. The school system has reached out to the McComas family to consider options such as the awarding of a posthumous diploma and a scholarship from the Glenelg High School Active Minds student organization in Grace's name.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
My heart goes out to the victims, their families and all in our great community who have been touched by the recent tragedy at the Mall in Columbia ( "A tragedy of undetermined cause," Jan. 28). Events such as these bring into sharp focus both the worst and the best of humanity. While we are reeling from this horrific and senseless act of violence, we are inspired and reassured by the prompt, coordinated and effective actions of our local officials and emergency response teams.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
When a top Baltimore City school official was asked by a company to help train administrators, she sought advice from the city ethics panel and was told to donate her earnings to the school system. Sonja Santelises, the chief academic officer for the city schools until August, said last week that she worked for SUPES Academy for two days in New Jersey in the summer of 2012, using vacation days and donating her $4,000 after taxes and travel expenses to city schools. SUPES Academy also sought the expertise of Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance, who trained 10 principals this fall in Chicago.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Regarding your editorial, "Race and college admissions" (Oct. 17), you champion school administrators as the sole arbiters of college admissions. Would that you allowed property owners and businesses to choose who they want as renters and customers. Didn't think so. None of the above issues are about race, they are about power, who wields it and who suffers from it. Generally, you progressives are the first to run to the courts when a vote or election goes against your holier-than-thou beliefs.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Henry E. "Pete" Riecks, a retired Harford County public schools educator and photographer who was an ardent fan of the old Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, died Sept. 22 of Alzheimer's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The longtime Forest Hill resident was 79. "He was really a mild-mannered and soft-spoken guy who lived near the Ma & Pa's Forest Hill station. He was very knowledgeable and was always willing to help," said Rudy Fischer, archivist of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Society and a longtime friend.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer | December 2, 1992
Howard County educators are considering a longer school day split into two shifts to accommodate the 14,000 additional students expected in the next 10 years.The idea is being discussed as the schools address next year's budget and look for economical ways to avoid overcrowded classrooms in the next decade. Year-round school is also being considered.The double session plan could mean two groups of students would attend school at different times of the day -- for example, freshmen and sophomores from 7:15 a.m. to noon and juniors and seniors from 12:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.But the plan would only be a temporary solution to overcrowding as the school system builds new schools, according to a report presented to Board of Education members last week.
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By Nancy A. Youssef and Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2000
A Woodlawn High School algebra teacher was charged yesterday with a number of sex offenses after female students complained he touched them inappropriately and made suggestive comments, county police said. James Eure, 29, of the 3900 block of Ednor Road in Baltimore, surrendered to authorities at the Garrison precinct. Police said they issued an arrest warrant for him on March 31. Eure was charged with seven counts each of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and child abuse, police said.
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By Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post | May 14, 2013
St. Mary's College of Maryland has only locked in about two-thirds of the students it needs for a full freshman class next school year, a shortfall that could cost the public liberal arts school $3.5 million in lost tuition. Though the school's admissions department is trying to fill about 150 vacant spots, the president warned faculty and staff to prepare for budget cuts. "All of the numbers on this campus are small numbers, so this has a large impact," said President Joseph R. Urgo, who since becoming president in 2010 has revamped the school's admissions department.
NEWS
May 10, 2013
Of the 11 Baltimore County public high schools rated among the nation's 2,000 top schools, according to the third annual Newsweek/Daily Beast survey of "America's Best High Schools," Hereford High School ranks No. 1 in the county. The list, published online May 6 by Newsweek and its corporate owner, The Daily Beast, ranks schools based on six weighted criteria. "For the third time this spring, BCPS high schools have shown they are among the nation's top tier," said schools superintendent Dallas Dance.
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