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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.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2001
Sharon Fischer has rarely shied away from speaking her mind. But last summer, when Fischer voiced concerns about the former Carroll County school superintendent's decision to award raises and new job titles to members of his executive leadership team less than a month before he retired, Fischer's friends were worried. Some nervously asked the next morning whether she still had her job as a kindergarten assistant. Others only half-jokingly suggested the union president not answer her phone for fear that bad news was imminent.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1996
Anne Arundel County will have to change the way it trains and pays teachers to become principals if it wants to overcome a projected shortfall of administrators, a committee told the school board last night.This summer, 27 elementary school principals will be eligible to retire, but only 26 assistant principals are available to fill the positions.School board members were told a training program for administrators needs an overhaul. They also were told that inexpensive short-term incentives are needed to draw people to administrative jobs.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,Staff Writer | December 3, 1993
Heartened by the success of a 3-year-old partnership between a Baltimore public school and the private Calvert School, city Superintendent Walter G. Amprey said last night that he is looking into expanding Calvert's role into a few other city schools.Dr. Amprey said that school administrators, school board members and Calvert officials will discuss a possible expansion of the Calvert program beyond the Barclay School in Charles Village, where the unique partnership began.Key questions, including financing for any such expansion, remain unanswered, but the superintendent said the overwhelming success of the collaboration prompted administrators and school board members to look for ways -- and financing -- to expand.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2000
Carroll County's interim schools chief directed departing Superintendent William H. Hyde yesterday to immediately return a laptop computer and other taxpayer-funded equipment issued to him by the school board. Charles I. Ecker, who officially takes over as interim superintendent tomorrow, called Hyde to ask that he mail back the laptop computer, handheld computer, cellular telephone, office key, credit card and identification badge that were issued during his tenure. Hyde took the equipment with him when he moved to Seeley Lake, Mont.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2000
Baltimore County schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston is suing the Clayton County, Ga., Board of Education, his former boss, over lost wages, slander and defamation, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf in federal court in Atlanta. In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Hairston alleges that the school board has denied him money he is owed from a consulting contract worth about $12,900 a month in salary and benefits. Clayton County stopped payments to Hairston at the end of July.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2001
Students in Baltimore County schools will not be allowed to take overseas field trips this academic year, school board members decided last night. Trips to places such as Spain, Italy and Ireland are canceled, as fears stemming from the recent terrorist attacks outweighed the desire to give what members acknowledged were valuable educational experiences to middle and high school students. The vote was 8-4, with members John A. Hayden III, Warren C. Hayman, Jean M.H. Jung and Sanford V. Teplitzky dissenting.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 9, 2002
A 21-member task force will review Maryland's school construction program, Gov. Parris N. Glendening said yesterday. The task force was required by the Thornton Commission legislation approved by the General Assembly this year. The legislation, which increases state aid to local school systems, also called for a review of Maryland school buildings to ensure enough space for such programs as full-day kindergarten. The task force also is to examine the equity of state aid for classroom construction and renovations.
NEWS
July 13, 2005
THE ISSUE: SCHOOL HOURS Last week, Anne Arundel County school board members considered testimony from school transportation officials and parents from Annapolis and Severna Park high schools about school operating hours. Supervisor of Transportation Winship Wheatley explained several options to change the high school start time of 7:17 a.m., the earliest in the state. These included shifting the time all schools begin by about 15 minutes, picking up high school students after elementary and middle-schoolers instead of before them, and hiring more bus drivers and purchasing more buses to delay the start time of only high school students - at a substantial cost.
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