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By Liz Atwood and John Rivera and Liz Atwood and John Rivera,Staff Writers | January 23, 1994
The portable classroom, considered by many a reliable litmus test for school overcrowding, seems to be appearing with troubling frequency on Anne Arundel County school campuses.Many schools are badly overcrowded, say school officials, and they have no problem laying blame: rampant development allowed by a lax Department of Planning and Code Enforcement (PACE)."Growth in the area is just unbelievable," said Carolyn Roeding, president of the County Council of PTAs. "I don't know who is to blame for the poor planning."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | August 26, 1994
In Pasadena, crowded schools and congested roads demonstrate the issue for 3rd District candidates for the County Council: Is development threatening the small-town feel of the communities along the Mountain Road corridor?"
NEWS
March 5, 2006
Newspaper boosts empty politicians The headlines in the Anne Arundel section [of Feb. 19] were contradictory; "School Crowding Remedy" and "Badger leaves Arundel poised for more growth." Two empty stories about political points of view on ways to say they are doing something but doing nothing. Right now the remedy for the school overcrowding has been hundreds of trailers, and the argument from the Keep Building at Any Cost building community has been to relocate the overflow of students from some place in east county to some place in the west where they are under capacity, or let's get the developers to kick in some money that probably won't be enough.
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By ELISE ARMACOST | June 18, 1995
Strictly from an education standpoint, the County Council did the right thing last month when it cut money to give Annapolis' troubled Clay Street neighborhood its own school.Kids are spilling out of the classroom in Pasadena, in West County, on the Broadneck peninsula. Just about the only area not suffering from overcrowding is Annapolis. The schools there are operating under capacity.The money that had been earmarked to reopen Adams Park Elementary could be better used in other ways as well.
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By Doug Miller, dmiller@patuxent.com | September 22, 2011
I've always said school redistricting was a thankless job (you can look it up). It has to be done periodically because populations shift inevitably. But no matter how you do it, some will be convinced that officials of the school system don't give a hoot about their kids and are bent upon tearing apart neighborhoods for the sake of their own convenience or worse. So I can appreciate why Joel Gallihue, the county's manager of school planning, took exception to an editorial we ran recently bemoaning the county's ability to accurately predict the shifts in school populations and urging the county executive to appoint a panel to figure out ways to improve the methodology.
NEWS
By George F. Will | September 22, 1997
NEW YORK -- After 25 years of earnestness in the service of liberalism, it has come to this for Ruth Messinger.She is Manhattan borough president and wants to be the city's mayor. But she barely got the requisite 40 percent of the Democratic primary vote because of Al Sharpton, who might with excessive politeness be termed picaresque. He got 32 percent of the vote in the lowest turnout (18 percent of eligible voters) since the Second World War.So en route to an almost certain shellacking in November by the incumbent, Rudolph E. Giuliani, a nominal Republican, she just got by Mr. Sharpton, the African-American racial racketeer and tax evader (the federal government is inquiring after $100,000)
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By David Marks and Laurie Taylor-Mitchell | June 5, 2008
Baltimore County has some of the best schools in Maryland. Newsweek recently recognized 10 county high schools as among the top 5 percent in the United States. Unfortunately, there are challenges on the horizon that undermine the strength of our schools and the vitality of our communities. School overcrowding is the most serious of these challenges. The debate over whether to build an addition at Loch Raven High School is the culmination of nearly a decade of frustration with the way Baltimore County plans and builds its schools.
NEWS
May 31, 2012
Regarding the Solo Cup factory zoning ("No 'courtesy' for Wegmans," May 27), why is no one talking about using the facility for a new middle school in the northwestern part of the county? Franklin Middle School has 1,292 students, Deer Park Middle has 1,235 students and Pikesville Middle has 1,017. These enrollment figures are higher than the other county middle schools and having over 1,200 students in a middle school is ludicrous. The best use of this property would be a new middle school so that student enrollment at the aforementioned middle schools could be reduced to reasonable levels.
EXPLORE
September 27, 2011
I read the story in the Sept. 21 edition of the Towson Times ("Towson-area enrollments prompt study for new elementary school"), and know from previous news coverage over the years about the overcrowding in our school system. First off, when I attended Baltimore County public schools, there was no such thing as overcrowding. That was because we did not have an overpopulation issue then. Just looking at the block where I live, there are 26 homes. Of those, 11 have school-age children (under 18)
NEWS
February 28, 2013
If there is one problem we can be certain will not solve itself in Baltimore County, it is overcrowded schools. In fact, it is likely to get worse. Indications are that student enrollment in county schools is headed upward for at least a decade. The 2012 district-wide enrollment of 107,033 is expected to add another 1,409 this year, according to data released by the school system last month. The 10-year projected increase is 6,929 more students. This enrollment increase will hit elementary schools first, then move up into middle and high schools, according to the report.
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