September 27, 2012
The Maryland Institute College of Art broke ground this month for The Commons II, a five-story $16.5 million residence hall on North Avenue near Mount Royal Avenue that will provide housing for 240 students in 80 apartments when it opens by the fall of 2013. The project will also include an auditorium, performance space and other amenities. The Commons II was designed by Hord Coplan Macht as an addition to The Commons, a 20 year-old residence hall that will get a $2 million renovation as part of the same project.
July 24, 2012
After reading the somewhat lengthy article about test scores falling flat again ("Baltimore school test results flat for third year," July 23) and then considering all kinds of explanations including "turmoil in the system," or that a "plateau was expected," or that "harder things" are now required, or that "principal turnover can hurt student achievement" or - and here's my favorite - "we have tougher kids to teach," the final paragraph really says...
June 29, 2012
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education removed Baltimore City Community College from probation on Friday after the college made progress in assessing student performance. If the college had not made changes, the Middle States Commission could have yanked the school's accreditation. Last July, Middle States said BCCC lacked any comprehensive method for assessing student achievement. The president, Carolane Williams, said in a statement that "the challenges from MSCHE have enabled BCCC to emerge as a stronger institution.
May 2, 2012
You couldn't tell from the Republican primary season so far, but education, as a campaign issue, should move to the forefront of voter concern as we approach the fall election. A College Board poll last month reported that two-thirds of voters in nine swing states felt education is extremely important to them personally. About the same time, a task force report from the Council on Foreign Relations declared, "Educational failure puts the United States future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk.
March 8, 2012
Theater and dance students in Prince George's County public schools can attend workshops in March that also offer the opportunity to perform. The second annual Theatre Arts Festival for county drama students will be held Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Drama students from Prince George's County public middle schools and high schools will participate in monologue competitions and workshops with professional artists, and the day will end with student performances at 6 p.m. The 15th annual Dance Showcase, on Thursday, March 29 at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, provides county dance students an opportunity to work with professional choreographers and receive instruction in various dance genres.
February 10, 2012
I strongly agree with Erica Green 's article regarding city teachers ("Many city teachers ranked unsatisfactory," Feb. 8). If teachers aren't giving students the knowledge necessary to perform well on tests, then something should be done. Evaluations offer teachers the ability to better themselves and can boost their relationship with students. There are some teachers who recognize the problem and some who don't. Once you have received a poor evaluation, then you should be on notice that your job is on the line.