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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
In the next 10 years, Baltimore's school system will have a leaner, modernized look under a proposed $2.4 billion facilities plan that calls for closing 26 school buildings and upgrading 136 others in a large-scale face-lift of Maryland's oldest school infrastructure. The plan, announced by CEO Andrés Alonso on Tuesday, would orchestrate the relocation of some schools to different buildings; others would cease to exist. The first schools affected are four recommended to close at the end of the current school year: Baltimore Rising Star Academy, Garrison Middle, Patapsco Elementary/Middle, and William C. March Middle.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Since a shooting in the Perry Hall High cafeteria on the first day of the school year, parent Di Ciccotelli says she believes school leaders have taken steps to show they care about protecting kids. Still, as Ciccotelli dropped her freshman son off at the school Thursday morning, she said she doubted whether the new hand-held metal detectors given to all school police officers this week would make students there any safer. "I really think that if someone wants to do harm to someone or the school itself, they're going to find a way," she said.
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Erica L. Green | October 15, 2012
The Baltimore Education Coalition will hold an event Tuesday in an effort to rally state and local leaders around a block grant bill that would help overhaul Baltimore city schools' dilapidated school buildings in 10 years. The rally, dubbed "One Night, One Bill, One Baltimore," will be held at Barclay Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and about 200 members of school communities are expected to attend. According to the organizers, the rally is a show of solidarity to make a block grant, which will allow the city school system to address up to $1 billion of its $2.4 billion need, a priority in Annapolis next legislative session.
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By Dallas Dance | September 14, 2012
Every day, more than 106,000 students cross the thresholds onto Baltimore County's school campuses and into our school buildings, and we assume responsibility not just for their education but also for their safety. In the first three weeks of this school year, two separate gun-related incidents have shaken our community and raised questions about the security of our schools. For the last seven school years combined, fewer than nine students have been caught with guns in our schools.
EXPLORE
September 10, 2012
It was a typical Sunday worship service with a twist. The congregation at Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air, the same lively and prayerful group that planned the hugely successful Yolanda Adams concert a couple weeks ago, was offerering hearty praise songs and worshipping together Sept. 2, in the church's Baltimore Pike sanctuary. Pastor Jay Blake, their annointed and ebullient leader, had just finished delivering a thought-provoking sermon. Challenging them that faith without works is dead, he implored the assembly to gather after the worship service for a brief road trip.
NEWS
August 29, 2012
I am outraged to read the article in The Sun ("City schools officials play loose with credit," Aug. 26) regarding credit card charges in the amount of $500,000 incurred by Baltimore City school officials. Thousands of dollars were spent on very questionable purchases, including gourmet catering, outrageously expensive hotels, extremely high-end restaurants, gifts, office showers, etc. This is a profligate waste of taxpayer money and is especially disturbing in light of the actual situation of classroom teachers.
NEWS
July 3, 2012
Every Baltimore City school superintendent, mayor and state legislator of the last 50 years should be hanging their heads in shame over the atrocious condition of the city's public school buildings. The more than $2 billion of decay didn't just happen overnight. Where did all the money go? The cost to educate the city's schoolchildren continue to spiral out of control. Will the bottle tax be misused just like all the other well-intended taxes that were supposed to benefit the city's children?
EXPLORE
July 1, 2012
Baltimore County Public Schools has announced that due to the effects of Friday's storms, 42 of public schools are without power as of Sunday evening and will be closed on Monday, July 2. Summer school does not begin in Baltimore County schools until Monday, July 9, but many have regular administrative offices, and some host programs during the summer months. School officials said that following the storm, 52 county school sites initially had lost power, and many schools, administrative offices, grounds and parking and walking areas were affected by fallen trees and other debris.
NEWS
July 1, 2012
Your recent article "Billions needed to fix schools" (June 27) called to mind a recent editorial about the commitment businessmen Kevin Plank and Steve Bisciotti have made to improving facilities and enriching recreational and athletic opportunities for Baltimore City schoolchildren ("Protecting Baltimore's house," June 11). This is a perfect example of local businesses "giving back" to the community that supports them. Wouldn't it be wonderful if local developers, some of whom have made enormous fortunes in Baltimore City, followed the example of Mr. Plank and Mr. Bisciotti in their commitment to help repair and renovate city school buildings?
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
Fifty Baltimore schools are so dilapidated or underused that they should be closed or rebuilt, according to a new report that also identified $2.45 billion in school infrastructure needs across the city. The findings, released Tuesday, were used by school officials to launch a 10-year campaign to bring the system's buildings up to 21st-century standards. The exhaustive, yearlong assessment of the system's 182 campuses rated the system's overall infrastructure — as well as 69 percent of the schools — as "very poor.
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