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June 9, 2004
On June 3, 2004, MARVIN THORNTON of Bonner Road. On Thursday, Mr. Thornton will lie in state at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Blvd. Family hour 10 A.M. Celebration 10:30. Services entrusted to HARI P. CLOSE FUNERAL SERVICE, P.A., 410-327-3100.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
At the front door of a home near Holabird Academy in Southeast Baltimore, new city schools CEO Gregory Thornton and the Baltimore Oriole Bird mascot greeted a gaggle of young children with fresh uniforms and backpacks, all ready for the first day of school. Thornton high-fived the children, his enthusiasm matching that of the grade-schoolers. He gestured toward the Oriole Bird. "Do you know that he's my friend?" "Oriole Bird your friend?" a tiny girl asked incredulously. Inside, a woman shrieked with laughter as the girl cautiously shook the mascot's hand.
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December 28, 2008
On December 25, 2008, George Stephen Thornton, Family and friends will honor George's life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services - Parkville, 8800 Harford Rd. on Sunday and Monday, 3-5 & 7-9 PM. A funeral liturgy will be held at Church of the Annunciation, 5212 McCormick Ave. Baltimore MD 21206, Tuesday, please call Funeral Chapel for time. Interment Parkwood Cemetery. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at www.evansfuneralchapel.com
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton said Wednesday that he is in the early stages of assessing where the central office can be more efficient and already cut back on two expenditures criticized during the previous administration. During a meeting with The Baltimore Sun's editorial board, Thornton said he will not employ a full-time driver, a job that has paid six-figure wages to a police sergeant for several years because of overtime. Thornton has also directed that limits be placed on how much is spent on food for professional development events and other meetings.
NEWS
July 10, 2003
THE GENERAL Assembly's $1.3 billion aid-to-education law may be unconstitutional, as Attorney Genernal J. Joseph Curran Jr. suggests in an advisory opinion now on Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s desk. The law allows the legislature to stop the program by declaring that there are insufficient funds to pay for it, which could be interpreted as an unconstitutional legislative veto. Vetoes are the prerogative of the governor, not the Assembly. But as dramatic and unsettling as Mr. Curran's concerns may be, they will have little significance if finally there is the political will to solve a problem everybody in state government talks about but no one has tackled.
NEWS
March 19, 2007
On March 12, 2007, ALBERT L. THORNTON, SR.; beloved husband of Lena Thornton. On Tuesday friends may call VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN), 8728 Liberty Road from 3 to 8 P.M. On Wednesday, Mr. Thornton will lie instate at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Boulevard, where the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-655-0015.
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December 28, 2006
On December 22, 2006, FREDDIE THORNTON, SR. On Friday friends may call at the VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES, 5151 Baltimore National Pike 4 to 8 P.M. On Saturday, Mr. Thornton will lie instate at Central Church of Christ, 4301 Woodridge Road, where the family will receive friends from 11 to 11:30 A.M. with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-233-2400.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
As hundreds of Baltimore public school graduates prepare to set foot on a four-year college campus in Maryland this month, nearly half will notice something familiar on their schedules: a class they took in high school. More than from any other school district in the state, Baltimore students' test scores have pushed them into noncredit remedial courses that they must take before college-level classes, according to new data from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The 46 percent of city students needing remedial courses in Maryland's public universities in the 2012-2013 school year, the most recent data available, was nearly double that of neighboring districts in the Baltimore region.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
It's heartening that Baltimore City's new schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, has made limiting the number of out-of-school suspensions for the system's youngest children a priority in his first weeks on the job. In doing so he has sent a strong signal to principals and teachers that they need to find alternative methods for disciplining troublesome or disruptive students and that kicking kids out of school is rarely effective and should only be used as...
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
Baltimore principals will be required to take extra steps before suspending 4- and 5-year-olds under a new policy that seeks to curb the practice of kicking the youngest students out of school. Beginning next school year, principals will have to consult with the central office before they suspend pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students for any length of time — a move that comes after The Baltimore Sun revealed a sharp uptick in pre-K suspensions in Baltimore, which had the most of any district in the state.
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Erica L. Green and Erica L. Green | July 1, 2014
New Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton kicked off his first day on the job Tuesday by visiting summer school sites around the city with new cabinet members and taking stock of some of the work he has in front of him over the next four years. As the new schools chief, who signed a $290,000 contract to lead the district until 2018, visited Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School, he talked about expanding summer school programs and college-and-career readiness opportunities to more students.
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By Erica L. Green and By Erica L. Green | April 22, 2014
Incoming Baltimore schools superintendent Gregory Thornton is already shaking up the ranks at city school headquarters, naming three key Cabinet heads who will start with him on July 1. The city school board approved in a special meeting Tuesday the appointment of new chiefs of staff, academics and human capital. Thornton's current chief of staff, Naomi Gubernick, will come with him to Baltimore. In Milwaukee, Gubernick is known as the woman who runs the nuts and bolts of the system from behind the scenes.
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April 7, 2014
There's a very good reason Baltimore's incoming schools CEO, Gregory Thornton, worked so hard to restore music and art programs in the Milwaukee schools during his three-year tenure as superintendent there: Kids who learn to draw, dance, play an instrument or act on stage are more focused, get better grades and score higher on standardized tests than children who don't. To his credit, Mr. Thornton apparently never considered arts instruction an unnecessary "frill" that could be cut every time there's a budget shortfall but instead recognized it for what it is: A useful and effective teaching tool that should be an essential element of the school curriculum because it increases students' desire and capacity to learn.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
Last year, Elm Creative Arts School in Milwaukee failed to live up to its name. A gallery for student artwork had become a storage area and meeting space. The performance space, dubbed the "great room" with theater-style seating, was used as an alternative route to cut down on hallway traffic. The only arts class students regularly attended was dance. The school's divergence from its mission reflected a time that Milwaukee Superintendent Gregory Thornton says students across Milwaukee's public schools were being "starved" of an educational staple.
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