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Kevin Plank Believes ‘Local-for-Local’ Will Help Under Armour and Baltimore

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Plans for Port Covington winding through the official city channels, but Kevin Plank’s vision for the South Baltimore neighborhood isn’t limited to development.

Scholarly Journal Analyzes Stalled Progress in Baltimore City Schools

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Baltimore City Public Schools System Headquarters. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A recent article in ‘Education Next,’ a journal on school reform published by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School, reports that progress in the Baltimore City Schools has stalled. The root of the problem? The authors point to a central office that failed to support school leaders’ new autonomy. See the article, below, “Incomplete Reform in Baltimore: A shift in authority to school leaders falls short, to get the full picture. – The Eds.

By Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim

Five years ago, Baltimore City Public Schools seemed on the brink of a breakthrough. The district had been freed from mayoral control after more than a century, and a high-energy superintendent was leading bold moves to de-emphasize central administration, give schools greater autonomy, and engage families in a revitalized portfolio of educational choice.

A new school funding formula matched resources to student needs, and chronically low-performing, under-enrolled schools were closed. Citywide, enrollment had begun to stabilize after four decades of steep decline, as more families opted to enroll their children in district schools, including newly expanding charters. Suspensions were down, the graduation rate was up, and more students were proficient at grade-level work in math and reading. A new teacher evaluation system set common standards for excellence across the city.

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

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Photo via mentalfloss.com

Happy Memorial Day from the Baltimore Fishbowl! We are taking the day off to celebrate with family and friends.  We’ll be back tomorrow. 

From mentalfloss.com – Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective.

1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR

Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead:

• In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pa., put flowers on the graves of their dead from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Miss., cemetery.

• In April 1866, women from Columbus, Miss., laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In the same month, in Carbondale, Ill., 219 Civil War veterans marched through town in memory of the fallen to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Union hero Maj. Gen. John A. Logan delivered the principal address. The ceremony gave Carbondale its claim to the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance.

• Waterloo, N.Y. began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the “birthplace of Memorial Day.”

Don’t Miss Cylburn Arboretum’s Market Day This Weekend

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Wagons at Cylburn
Photo by Kathy Hudson.

Don’t miss Market Day, Cylburn Arboretum’s plant sale and festival, Friday, May 6th from 4:30-7:30 (preview party) and Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. The Preview Party costs $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Enjoy free parking, wine and beer, music and food trucks on Friday. Saturday’s Market Day is free and it is a great time to load up on plants for the season (purchase plants on Friday night, too!). Park on the grounds for $10, park on the street, or take a free shuttle from the KIPP school.

Senator Theatre to Host Special Screenings of ‘Purple Rain’

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Purple Rain

The Senator Theatre has announced it will show special screenings of Prince’s film “Purple Rain” from April 29 through May 4, following the death today of the music legend.

Remembering Prince: 1958-2016

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IMG_2703-e1433321509383According to authorities, Prince died Thursday morning at his estate outside Minneapolis at the age of 57. The cause remained unknown this afternoon. From Paisley Park to social media, there’s been an outpouring as the news spread. 

Prince last performed in Baltimore on Mother’s Day 2015 at his Rally 4 Peace benefit concert following the unrest. His call for peace and effort to honor Freddie Gray extended to a song, titled “Baltimore.” In remembrance, below is Marion Winik’s essay about the concert, originally published on June 3, 2015:

Don’t Miss ‘Hats & Horses’ to Benefit Kennedy Krieger

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Elegant woman with her beautiful hat at the Prix de Diane, France

Break out the mint juleps, bow ties, and big hats! Don’t Miss Hats and Horses, a night of dinner, dancing, and gaming, at the Baltimore Country Club on May 6 from 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Creative Alliance Turns 21! Celebrate at Leeloo’s Lounge Party

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LEELOO’S LOUNGE PRE-PARTY | 7:30 pm
It’s time for the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Ball, and Leeloo’s Lounge Party is the best part of the night! With exclusive performances throughout The Patterson, heavy hors d’oeuvres, specialty drinks, beer & wine, and more it is sure to be the best party of the year.  Entry to the Deep Space Dance Party included in the $90 ticket price! Support our creative community and buy your tickets today.

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