Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

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Baltimore, MD, United States

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Past articles by Liz:

As Baltimore City school leaders propose closing 4 more schools, sad and angry parents speak out

Faith leaders and activists oppose the plans to close four public schools as early as this summer, saying they are important anchors in struggling communities. → Read More

Maryland elected officials step in to support Baltimore keeping schools open in face of rising parental clamor

City School CEO Sonja Santelises announced at a press conference the addition of rapid tests to the multi-layered testing program the city already uses, and said the snowstorm would require her to bump back the return to schools for all students to Thursday, but a half dozen political leaders joined her to underscore the need to keep schools open in the face of the omicron variant. → Read More

More than 10% of Baltimore City Schools workers who refused to get vaccinated by deadline now face termination

Some 1,300 Baltimore City schools unvaccinated staff could face disciplinary action if they do not comply with the vaccination mandate. → Read More

Here are Maryland’s 2022 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

High school seniors across Maryland are among the 16,000 National Merit semi-finalists announced Wednesday. → Read More

More than half of Maryland school systems considering regular COVID testing

More than half of Maryland school systems may soon institute routine testing for unvaccinated students or staff in an effort to tamp down the spread of the coronavirus among schoolchildren and the surrounding communities. → Read More

From the education reporters: What we are watching as schools reopen

After 18 months of disruption, Maryland’s school kids were finally going to have a normal year. But with the rise of the delta variant, school openings are in turmoil once again with parents and teachers anxious about a new year. → Read More

Maryland board of education to vote Thursday on statewide school mask mandate

The Maryland state school board will vote Thursday on whether to institute a statewide mandate requiring every child and adult to be masked in schools. → Read More

Maryland schools expecting only a small fraction of students will take classes online this fall

Maryland public schools are expecting to open the school year with about 14,000 students — or just 1.5% of statewide enrollment — taking classes online, according to data compiled by the Maryland State Department of Education and presented at a state board of education meeting Tuesday. → Read More

Baltimore school system will not make students struggling during the pandemic repeat a grade in the fall

Baltimore school leaders will not hold back tens of thousands of students failing classes this year, in favor of giving them additional time and customized instruction plans to make up the gaps in learning created by a once-in-a-century pandemic. → Read More

Queen Anne’s County public schools hires new superintendent

The Queen Anne’s County school board voted unanimously Wednesday night to appoint Patricia Saelens, a long time Eastern Shore educator, to be the next superintendent. → Read More

As they investigate grading problems, Baltimore school leaders defend system at City Council hearing

Baltimore City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises said the issues at Augusta Fells Savage were not systemic in the district, and she highlighted new efforts to support ninth graders so that they understand what courses are required to graduate from high school and how to plan their career. → Read More

Gov. Larry Hogan won’t veto revisions to Maryland education overhaul law

Gov. Larry Hogan told state legislative leaders Friday he would let revisions to a sweeping education legislation become law without his signature, but expressed reservations about the state legislature’s failure to identify a source of funding. → Read More

Baltimore City schools report 13 positive COVID-19 results from group testing

Baltimore City public schools discovered more than a dozen positive COVID-19 tests last week as part of the district’s routine coronavirus testing and tracking program. → Read More

Baltimore City school system says grading irregularities were found at Augusta Fells Savage Institute in 2019

Baltimore City school officials apologized Tuesday night for grading irregularities discovered at a West Baltimore high school in 2019 that resulted in students losing course credits and said they are taking action to help students catch up academically. → Read More

Baltimore City schools says in-person classes for middle and high school will resume mid-April

Middle school and pre-kindergarten students can return on April 12 and 10th and 11th graders can return as early as April 19, school officials announced Tuesday night. → Read More

Baltimore City schools planning to test students and staff in schools for COVID-19 weekly

The Baltimore City school system is planning weekly, voluntary testing of its staff and students for COVID-19 in March, even when they are not showing symptoms and are unaware of any exposure to the virus. → Read More

Maryland schools chief recommends statewide testing resume this spring, with reduced exams

Maryland State School Superintendent Karen Salmon is recommending all public schools give the new statewide test in reading and math for the first time this spring, but scaling back the total amount of testing. → Read More

Baltimore City Schools to begin COVID-19 testing for everyone in schools

Regular testing of all students and staff in Baltimore City schools will begin in March as a way to cut down on the spread of the coronavirus in buildings open for instruction. → Read More

Large COVID-19 outbreaks afflict three Baltimore County private schools

The outbreaks are far larger than others seen in public or private schools since the state’s mandatory reporting requirements began in October. → Read More

While schools have reopened in much of the country, many Maryland students remain online

Throughout the pandemic, few students in suburban Maryland counties have been back inside a school building, despite months when COVID-19 rates were relatively low and and cities across the nation — such as New York City and Providence, Rhode Island — were opening back up. → Read More