Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The celebration was held at Waverly Elementary in school in the shadow of the new school being built.
Elected officials, educators and advocates gathered at Waverly Elementary School Monday to celebrate the General Assembly passing the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013. The celebration was held next door to a new elementary and middle school that has been under construction since last summer. The bill will allow for $1.1 billion through bonds issued via the Maryland Stadium Authority to build 15 new schools and renovate 30 buildings in Baltimore. "This is a historic time in Baltimore and we all have a lot to be proud of and a whole lot to look forward to," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. Rawlings-Blake called the legislation the most significant legislative achievement by the city in recent …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Dr. Andres Alonso has been the head of the city school system for the past six years.
Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andres Alonso has resigned, according to a news statement from the school system. Alonso has been the head of city schools for the past six years and has implemented many, often controversial reforms, including giving individual principals control over their school’s budget, eliminating administrative positions at North Avenue and helping to introduce an ambitious 10-year building plan. "The work here has been incredibly hard but incredibly good, and I feel lucky to have been part of a very capable leadership team, starting with a Board that has been absolutely committed to transformational change; a talented and dedicated staff; and an exceptional community of students, parents, partners and advocates," …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The General Assembly approved the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013 and is expected to be signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
On Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted the General Assembly’s approval of a bill that could result in up to $1.1 billion being spent on 15 new and 30 renovated city public schools. Rawlings-Blake, in a news release, called the Baltimore City Public Schools Construction and Revitalization Act of 2013 "one of the most significant legislative achievements for the City of Baltimore in modern history." The plan calls for the city and state to spend about $60 million a year to finance $1.1 billion in bonds issued by the Maryland Stadium Authority, which is largely funded by the state lottery. The money will be used to implement the 10-year building plan approved by the city schools last year and construction is scheduled to begin …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Parents, teachers and advocates throughout the area headed to Annapolis to lobby for school construction funds.
Several groups helped organized a rally on Lawyers' Mall outside of the Maryland State House Monday night to lobby support for legislation creating block grants to build and repair Baltimore schools. Groups, such as the ACLU of Maryland, Baltimore Education Coalition and Greater Homewood Community Corporation, organized buses to the rally from throughout the city, many of them from North Baltimore including The Barclay School, Waverly Elementary/Middle School, Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School and at the Poly/Western campus. Organizers said they expected as many as 3,000 parents, teachers and advocates to gather on the mall to show support for the ambitious plan backed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Essentially, the city wants …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Light snow and cold temperatures combine to delay opening.
A light snowfall overnight and the coldest temperatures of the winter so far have combined to delay the opening of Baltimore City Schools Thursday. School officials announced the two-hour delay on the Baltimore City Public Schools website early Thursday morning.
Monday, January 7, 2013
The plan calls for replacing the building currently occupied by an innovation school in Hampden.
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners is scheduled to vote on a proposed 10-year facilities plan that recommends replacing the former Robert Poole Middle School in Hampden, currently home to the Academy for College and Career Exploration, during the proposal’s first year. The building plan recommends replacing the school as opposed to rehabbing it because it’s expected to cost $27.9 million dollars to construct a new school compared to an estimated $21.9 million to rehab the facility. Commissioners are expected to cast their votes on the plan during a meeting scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at school headquarters, located at 200 E. North Ave., according to the advocacy group Transform Baltimore’s website. The plan also …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The school, currently ranked No. 11, needs to be in first place by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The public school reached the No. 12 spot but still needs to reach first place to win $50,000.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The school, currently No. 13, needs enough votes to be in first place by Dec. 19 to win $50,000.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The public school needs to be in first place by Dec. 19 to win $50,000