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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 Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1997
When acting guidance chief Diane Finch told Anne Arundel County school board members last night that today's guidance counselors have "more challenging" roles than ever before, she backed it up with a virtual kaleidoscope of serious issues schools must deal with daily.On the surface, many of the issues seem to have little to do with learning arithmetic. But they prevent students from learning."Today students come to us, they are not so shiny," Finch said, fingering a bowl of pennies, some shiny, some dull.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2003
Scrambling to find ways to make up five snow days and concerned that more wintry weather might be on the way, Carroll County officials have asked the state schools superintendent to allow them to shorten the school year and open schools on remaining state holidays. School board members will not decide until the middle of the month or next month how to make up snow days beyond the four that were built into the school calendar. But they have agreed to ask Maryland Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick for every available option and weigh them later.
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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 Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2000
Four consultants hired by Baltimore County's next schools superintendent, Joe Hairston, are putting together a "snapshot" of the school system, a move Hairston said is necessary to set education goals and quiet rumors that he will make drastic changes. "There was an awful seed planted that I was coming here as a change agent," said Hairston, who was hired in March to replace retiring Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione. "To demonstrate that I am not, I will need the most accurate information about the school system that I can get."
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By Erika D. Peterman and Erika D. Peterman,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1998
Howard County school board members approved a proposal yesterday for an alternative school that would serve the district's most troubled students.The "alternative learning center," which officials hope to open by fall 2000, would target students with behavioral and emotional problems and would house three programs.School staff members removed a program for emotionally fragile students from the original plan after school board members raised concerns about placing vulnerable children alongside disruptive ones.
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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 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 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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