April 9, 1993
Now it can be told: Stuart Berger's biggest shortcoming is that he's not Robert Dubel.Dr. Berger, the Baltimore County school superintendent, faces a firestorm of opposition from county parents who apparently can't forgive him for the sin of being less skilled in public relations than was his predecessor, Dr. Dubel, who stepped down last summer after 16 years in the job.A small, vocal group of parents from the northeast side of the county, Parents' Rights...
August 19, 1992
Stuart D. Berger said he was stunned that one of the first major initiatives he announced as new superintendent for Baltimore County -- full-day kindergarten in 32 county schools -- received criticism. It was the kind of program that sailed through unscathed in Dr. Berger's previous school district, in Wichita, Kans.Actually, criticism of the plan, which will affect 2,000 of the county's 7,000 kindergartners, hasn't been widespread. At a recent school board meeting, one parent complained that her child's kindergarten wasn't being expanded to a full school day. No children should receive the benefit if all children don't, she contended.
April 14, 1993
Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berger cam to Towson last year with a reputation as an agent of change. And so far, he has wasted little time planning or instituting a batch of major changes -- such as magnet schools, a new grading method for elementary students, school-based management and a revamped central office.For some educators and parents of students, the alterations have come too quickly. Worse, these critics say, they have been wrought by the superintendent and the Board of Education in a secretive and haughty manner -- another element of the Berger style which was much reported and discussed before his arrival.
December 24, 1992
Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berge discovered a horrifying fact of local life two weeks ago: It snows here.Sure, it snows in areas where Dr. Berger used to work -- Western Maryland, Kansas, Ohio. But when snow falls in those places, the locals don't go out of their minds in a bread- and toilet-paper-buying panic, as the brave souls around here tend to do.No doubt that snow anxiety partly accounted for the flurry of anti-Berger calls to radio talk shows from parents of Baltimore County school children.
June 23, 1993
The auditorium of Loch Raven High School has been the scene of some rowdy public meetings over the years. But tonight, as Baltimore County school system officials, teachers and parents gather at Loch Raven to air their differences, they could make those previous meetings look like kindergarten tea parties by comparison.This evening's confab was organized by County Executive Roger Hayden, in response to the mounting criticism of School Superintendent Stuart Berger by parents, school employees and others who believe he's changing the system too rapidly and with a my-way-or-the-highway arrogance that adds galling insult to injury.
June 6, 1994
When sexual harassment charges get brought against President Clinton, some folks are more inclined to believe them because the president's image on that score is poor. Similarly, when Baltimore County Superintendent Stuart Berger stumbles in the ways of public relations, the muff gets magnified because of his contentious history.A superintendent trying to effect the change that Dr. Berger is undertaking in Baltimore County schools can't afford carelessness in community communications. Dr. Berger contends a recent flap over whether to place a "magnet" program in Parkville Middle School was overblown -- just more convenient ammunition for his opponents.