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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
North Carroll Middle School was flooded with phone calls Tuesday after an erroneous news report that a student had shot and killed herself inside the Hampstead school. A 13-year-old girl at North Carroll Middle had committed suicide off school grounds, and school officials said teachers and counselors were talking to students about the loss of a fellow student during morning classes. Dana Falls, director of student services for Carroll County Public Schools, said that shortly after noon, the school received a flood of calls from parents worried about the reports of violence.
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By Francois Furstenberg | September 9, 2014
On behalf of Baltimore's stakeholders, I want to express my thanks to Gregory E. Thornton, the new chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, for his inspiring words (" Much work to be done ," Aug. 25). In case you're wondering, the stake I hold is a house I recently bought in East Baltimore. It's a big row house, built in 1875, so I don't exactly hold it - really it holds me - but I guess that part isn't so important. Let me get to the point: CEO Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | March 16, 2010
Transparency should be the rule, especially with organizations supported by public funds. It seems as if the officials and governing body of the Baltimore City Public Schools raised the draw bridge without granting public access regarding the obvious and odorous actions of a principal who was pressuring Filipino teachers to purchase Mary Kay cosmetics ("School system defends response," March 16). Who will watch the watchers? McNair Taylor, Baltimore
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
North Carroll Middle School was flooded with phone calls Tuesday after an erroneous news report that a student had shot and killed herself inside the Hampstead school. A 13-year-old girl at North Carroll Middle had committed suicide off school grounds, and school officials said teachers and counselors were talking to students about the loss of a fellow student during morning classes. Dana Falls, director of student services for Carroll County Public Schools, said that shortly after noon, the school received a flood of calls from parents worried about the reports of violence.
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August 24, 2012
I was sorry to read of Mamie Perkins' retirement from the Howard County Public Schools. She proved her ability when she was deputy superintendent during the absence of Sydney Cousin. I heard no complaints about her leadership, ability or loyalty to the educational system of Howard County. In reading the article ("Deputy superintendent retires from school system," Aug. 9), I was amazed that a person with her experience (39 years) was not promoted to the position of superintendent and feel that Howard County lost an extremely qualified leader.
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May 6, 2013
The Board of Education of Harford County is seeking applications from interested county citizens to fill one opening on the school system's Audit Committee. The purpose of the five-member committee is to assist the board in fulfilling its fiduciary oversight responsibilities. The committee serves as an independent and objective party to monitor the school system's financial reporting process and internal controls. The committee meets at least quarterly to review financial performance and may meet annually, in separate sessions, with management, the internal auditor and the external auditor.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2010
Principal Rhonda Richetta can vividly recall days when students have come to her office door at City Springs School gasping for air. The school has a large population of asthmatic elementary- and middle-school-age students who receive critical services — including daily breathing treatments — from a nurse practitioner in its health center. Richetta fears that could change next year if the school is one of six that are slated to reduce their health care services because of proposed funding cuts from the city.
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June 4, 2012
As Dr. Cousin's duty as school superintendent comes to a close, I wanted to recognize his leadership over the past eight years. Dr. Cousin has always had a commitment to continuous improvement for central and building administration. His clear and explicit goals have increased student achievement across the county. What stands out the most to me is Dr. Cousin's belief that all students can achieve under the right conditions. His leadership has provided adequate support services to make schools an overall learning environment for both students and employees.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program in the new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society. Superintendent George Arlotto said Thursday each of the nine elementary schools that feed into North County High School will take part in the program, dubbed Triple E: Enhancing Elementary Excellence. It will begin Sept. 29, about a month after Monday's start of the school year.
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Editorial from The Aegis | June 13, 2013
Harford County Public Schools leadership has left the realm of reality as it applies to budget management. The decision that no doubt will be getting the most attention in the coming weeks is a recommendation by the administration, and approved by the board of education, to levy fees against students who participate in after school programs ranging from athletics to band to yearbook. This is a terrible idea, and one that could well result in less money being collected through extracurricular activities than comes in at present.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
George Arlotto this week became the third Anne Arundel County superintendent in as many years submitting a capital budget proposal - but he said working within the school system for 10 years helped him hammer out the $163.4 million request. "Not a lot of changes were made, based on what we've done in the past and where we're headed in the future," said Arlotto, who was the system's chief of staff before becoming superintendent in July. Arlotto replaced Mamie Perkins, who served as an interim superintendent for a year while the school district sought a permanent replacement for seven-year Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
The case involving an Anne Arundel County elementary school student suspended last year after nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun went before the county school board Wednesday, the latest attempt by the boy's parents to have the incident removed from his record. Joshua Welch, then a second-grader at Park Elementary school in Brooklyn Park, received a two-day suspension in March 2013 in a matter that drew national attention. The school system has argued that Joshua, who is now 9 and has been transferred to another school, was suspended not solely for the incident but for a series of behaviors.
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August 31, 2014
While I believe that many of Baltimore County School Supt. Dallas Dance's intentions are noble, I take issue with the means he has employed to implement them ( "Stop beating up on county school superintendent Dallas Dance," Aug. 25). His actions not only have left many people frustrated and upset with the superintendent but caused a significant part of the community to mistrust him over his stonewalling, the lack of real dialogue and transparency at meetings and his repetitive meme of "looking forward to working with the community" that is never realized.
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By Kalman R. Hettleman | August 29, 2014
Since at least the 1970s, there has been little for unions to celebrate on Labor Day. The giant teachers unions - the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) - have been an exception, largely retaining their size and influence. But now even teachers unions are an endangered species. This June a California judge ruled that the tenure and seniority provisions in teachers collective bargaining agreements were unconstitutional. These contractual benefits for teachers, the judge wrote, impose "a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental right to equality of education and… a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students.
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By Gregory E. Thornton | August 25, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to correct the number of chronically absent city students.  As the new school year starts in Baltimore City, I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to build on the work that has been done in the past, and lead the school district and its students and families on the journey to excellence. I applaud the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, elected officials at every level of government, and our school families and communities for their staunch support of city schools throughout the education reform process in Baltimore.
NEWS
August 23, 2014
Across the nation, the topic of teacher tenure has gotten much attention of late and not only because students are returning to school. In Republican controlled states, there have been numerous efforts to limit such employment guarantees, and even in Democratic-leaning states like Maryland there has been interest in reform in order to boost school performance. The question is, does granting job security to public school teachers help or hurt the quality of education? Does it help attract the best and brightest to the profession or does it give cover to bad teachers?
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By Liz Bowie and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
The Baltimore County school board Tuesday night voted to approve numerous retirements and resignations, including those of two employees who signed contracts with the former superintendent that a union official and others have questioned. But the board did not discuss in public the fact that those two employees had negotiated a settlement and will be paid more than $150,000 total. The Sun reported last month that Baltimore County school Superintendent Joe A. Hairston had given two top aides employment contracts that promised them severance of almost a half-million dollars if they were fired when the new superintendent chose his own leadership team.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 6, 2013
Editor: As you probably have noticed, the subject of education funding in Harford County has been a hot topic of late. And with good reason, since the education of our children and grandchildren is one of the most consequential responsibilities we have as a society. Sadly, there has been a great deal of confusion regarding how education is funded and administered in the state of Maryland, which itself is a situation that needs drastic change. In Maryland, local Boards of Education are independent bodies created by the state to administer local public education.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Anne Arundel County public schools will launch a pilot program in the new school year giving some elementary school students instruction in specific themes, including global studies, arts and the humanities, and the use of science and technology in society. Superintendent George Arlotto said Thursday each of the nine elementary schools that feed into North County High School will take part in the program, dubbed Triple E: Enhancing Elementary Excellence. It will begin Sept. 29, about a month after Monday's start of the school year.
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August 22, 2014
Event at Annapolis Elementary celebrates revitalized facility Along with anticipation for the new school year, students at Annapolis Elementary School have something extra to be excited about: new classrooms, new computers and, in many ways, a new school. Students, administration, and staff of Annapolis Elementary School will join Monday to mark the opening of the school after a $28.8 million renovation and expansion project. An open house and ribbon cutting will be held Monday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to tour the building, meet teachers, and see their new classrooms a day before classes begin — the school is opening one day later than most other AACPS facilities.
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