Parents, educators worry that Baltimore students are unprepared for PARCC

October 8, 2017 // 1 Comment

By Taariq Adams Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Kim Trueheart advocates for better PARCC preparations. Photo by Taariq Adams A local activist is challenging Baltimore City Council officials about the readiness of elementary and high school students for an upcoming computer-driven standardized test. [...]

For some teachers, a second job is necessary to make ends meet

December 14, 2016 // 1 Comment

By Kayla Henard Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer For fourth grade teacher Rachel Ferrer, the work day never seems to end. The 25-year-old third-year teacher at Hilltop Elementary in Anne Arundel County considers herself an overachiever. She works her day job as an elementary educator along with [...]

Baltimore Teachers Union fights for new contract at board meeting

October 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Amanda Cipriano Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Wearing bright yellow T-shirts, members of the Baltimore Teachers Union showed up in force Tuesday night and urged school officials to begin labor negotiations for a new contract. The estimated 100 teachers who attended the meeting of the Baltimore [...]

Hogan’s education order criticized by Baltimore city and county officials

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Taylor DeVille and Alicia Reynolds Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writers Gov. Larry Hogan Baltimore area legislators, educators and parents have been critical of Gov. Larry Hogan’s controversial executive order that would force most school systems in Maryland to start after Labor Day and finish [...]

Parents urge school board to allow more recess for kids

April 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Catherine Sanders Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Parents of elementary and middle school students are urging the Baltimore County Board of Education to provide more recess time for kids during the school day. The parents, who are part of a group called Maryland Advocates for Play (MAP), [...]

Radically committed to social justice

March 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Monet A. Stevens Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer When Jessica Shiller started her undergraduate career in Rochester, New York, nearly 25 years ago, she was more focused on philosophy and history than on the quality of America’s suburban schools. Professor Jessica Shiller. Photo from Towson [...]

School redistricting plan meets opposition

February 18, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Taylor Haire Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer More than 100 parents, teachers and children packed Catonsville High School Wednesday night to voice their opposition or support for a school redistricting plan that would require more than 300 Kindergarten to fifth-grade students to move to new [...]

Local lawmakers divided over Hogan’s education cuts

December 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Justice D. Stanley Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Maryland state legislators are divided over Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to put $68 million originally set aside for K-12 education toward funding state workers’ pensions, according to interviews conducted over the past week. Baltimore City, [...]