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March 1, 2014
Your editorial points up a major problem in the functioning of the Baltimore County Department of Education, and especially the school board ( "Signs of trouble in county schools?," Feb. 24). If board president Lawrence Schmidt does not feel competent to inquire into the wisdom of the superintendent's actions regarding proposed changes to the high school schedule, he should resign his post. As you point out, this is not an issue of micromanagement but of responsible oversight in accordance with the legally mandated duties of the board.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A former city school board member and city government worker who is accused of lying about his resume will be tried in court on fraud charges this fall. Anthony A. Hamilton, 35, who resigned from the school board as well as from the city's Health Department last August, used another man's Social Security number and student identification number to pretend to have degrees he didn't earn, prosecutors said in charging documents. Hamilton, who faces six fraud-related charges, was arraigned on Monday and has a trial scheduled for Oct. 27. His attorney could not be reached for comment.
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March 29, 2012
I am impressed and somewhat alarmed at the media blitz financed by the MSEA and the HCEA promoting their candidates for the Howard County Board of Education. Given that it is the Board of Education who negotiates our teachers, salary, benefits and pensions (that will soon be correctly our obligation, not the state's, to fund), am I the only one who sees a fox guarding the henhouse issue here? Given the next board may be making some very tough choices requiring that school funding be reduced so as to fund the obligations to the pension fund, I would prefer members with no particular allegiance.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Else Drooff says you can learn a lot about how government works as a student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. On Wednesday, the Broadneck High School senior, who is nearing the end of her one-year term, offered a glimpse into being a member on the only local school board in the nation where students have full voting rights. School board member-elect Ayesha Chaudhry was more than willing to listen. "You definitely have to find your own leadership style," said Drooff during an impromptu sit-down with Chaudhry at the school board offices.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Thursday that current Baltimore City school board president Neil Duke will serve a second term and will be joined by two new appointees who have experience in the Baltimore City school system. Duke has served as president on the Board of School Commissioners since February 2007. He is an attorney with the law firm of Ober Kaler P.C. of Baltimore and an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Shanaysha Furlow Sauls, co-founder of the Patterson Park Public Charter School in Baltimore, who also has seven years of teaching experience, will serve as a parent representative.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer | January 14, 1994
Anne Arundel County school board members have had two days to consider acting Superintendent Carol S. Parham's $414.2 million budget proposal -- and already some are proposing changes."
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 10, 2005
DOVER, PA. -- In the end, voters in Dover said they were tired of being portrayed as a northern version of Dayton, Tenn., a Bible Belt hamlet where 80 years ago a biology teacher named John Scopes was tried for illegally teaching evolution. On Tuesday, the residents of Dover ousted all eight school board members running for re-election who had put their town in a global spotlight - and their school district on trial - for being the first in the nation to introduce intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in science class.
NEWS
December 28, 2010
One can hardly blame Baltimore County lawmakers for believing the county's school system is unresponsive to public concerns. The superintendent's recent handling of the conflict-of-interest dispute involving AIM (Articulated Instruction Module, a grading system) and his refusal to even discuss the matter with them or the state attorney general's office can't be ignored. Nor was it the first time that Superintendent Joseph A. Hairston and his often-supportive board of education have crossed swords with the general public and the county's elected leaders.
NEWS
September 28, 2011
One of the great ironies of education reform in Maryland is that for all the standardization and testing directed at the classroom, the one place where there's no clear-cut formula for success is how school boards should be selected. Some boards are elected by voters (with candidates running at-large or by district), some are appointed (or appointed and then affirmed by vote) while others are hybrids of the two. There are arguments for and against various approaches, and the fact that so many of Maryland's public schools and school systems are well-regarded nationally (regardless of their governance structure)
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By Tanika White and Liz Bowie and Tanika White and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 27, 2002
Baltimore City schools chief Carmen V. Russo withdrew her name from the short list of finalists for a top schools job in Florida yesterday, leaving local school board members relieved that the system's promising reform effort would not be interrupted by her departure. Russo said she reconsidered her candidacy because she wanted to concentrate on the local initiatives that have been under way since she took Baltimore's top school post more than two years ago. Several delays in the interviewing process in Florida, she said, threatened to hinder those projects.
NEWS
March 1, 2014
Your editorial points up a major problem in the functioning of the Baltimore County Department of Education, and especially the school board ( "Signs of trouble in county schools?," Feb. 24). If board president Lawrence Schmidt does not feel competent to inquire into the wisdom of the superintendent's actions regarding proposed changes to the high school schedule, he should resign his post. As you point out, this is not an issue of micromanagement but of responsible oversight in accordance with the legally mandated duties of the board.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Efforts to create an elected school board for Anne Arundel County are likely dead for 2014. Anne Arundel's state senators have voted 3-2 to kill Senate Bill 0148, which would have created a school board with five elected members and four appointed members. The vote spurred the county's delegates to acknowledge it's fruitless to push their own version of the bill. For years, there's been an effort to change Anne Arundel's school board. Anne Arundel is one of four jurisdictions in Maryland that does not have at least a partially elected school board.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Students from school districts across the state testified Thursday in opposition to a state Senate bill that would strip the student member of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education of full voting rights. They presented their arguments to members of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, hoping to preserve a power that no other district in the nation bestows upon someone still in school: the right to vote on all matters before the board. Then committee member Sen. Joanne Benson posed a question that left the most of the students stumped: "Walk me through collective bargaining.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | December 3, 2013
  Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Larry Giammo, a former Rockville mayor and director of a national non-profit, to the state school board Tuesday. Giammo fills a seat vacated by Ivan Walls, a Montgomery County doctor, who resigned a few months ago.  The appointment means the 12-member state board will continue to be dominated by five members from the Prince George's and Montgomery county area of the state. Two school board members are from Baltimore City, one is from Howard, and three are from the rural counties of Kent, Allegany and Calvert.  The board, which decides education policy for the state, also has one student member each year.
NEWS
By Katie V. Jones, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 31, 2013
On Halloween morning, Dunloggin Middle School in Ellicott City received a treat for all the environmental improvements that students and faculty have accomplished in recent years. Gov. Martin O'Malley visited the school in recognition of its dedication to the environment, as shown through projects including a stream restoration/wetland construction project and an oyster gardening group. "It's so overwhelming," said Pam Kidwell, who along with fellow teacher Dan Blue, started working on the stream restoration project eight years ago in 2005.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Frostburg State University may have violated state ethics laws and university system rules by awarding a $2 million construction contract to a developer connected to a school advisory board member, according to the Office of Legislative Audits. The Western Maryland school also failed to gain approval for the construction contract from the university system or the Board of Public Works, auditors found in a report released Wednesday. It claims Frostburg selected a building site for its off-the-grid Sustainable Energy Research Facility, completed last fall, knowing that it would require the use of a particular developer who had subleased the location, "rather than allow a competitive bid process.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | April 15, 1994
Telemarketing is the newest technique that schools have undertaken to raise money for the PTA and other programs, a special fund-raising committee told school board members yesterday.2 * Approved its meeting schedule for next year.
NEWS
August 17, 2006
Baltimore city school board members haven't done the best job of explaining their decision to lower the minimum passing grade for key subjects such as math and reading from 70 to 60. But campaign politics is really turning the issue on its head. When Mayor Martin O'Malley, who had nothing to do with the decision, defended it, a spokesman for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said that the governor was "stunned and disappointed" that city leaders could lower expectations for students so easily.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
A recent appointee to the Baltimore City school board resigned Thursday, according to the mayor's office, which said it had discovered inconsistencies in his resume. Anthony A. Hamilton said he held a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, according to biographical information on the board's website and a news release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gov. Martin O'Malley announcing his appointment to the board in June. But a Hopkins spokeswoman said the university never awarded him a degree and a review of the school's database did not turn up a student by that name.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Folly Quarter Middle School in Ellicott City has been in existence only 10 years, but has already gathered a collection of awards and honors that includes a Healthy Howard Gold Award and being designated a "green" school for environmental awareness. On Monday, the Maryland State Department of Education will formally add blue to that color chart, recognizing Folly Quarter as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School. "Winning the Blue Ribbon Award made Folly Quarter Middle School feel accomplished," said Rena Patel, an eighth-grader.
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