Hopkins releases draft of police bill, and critics already have concerns

Photo of Gilman Hall at Johns Hopkins University. Photo by callison-burch, via Flickr.

Johns Hopkins University today released a draft of the Maryland General Assembly bill that would give the college its own police force, with officers patrolling properties owned or leased by the school and the department answering to an accountability board made up of students, faculty, staff and residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the three main campuses.

According to the text of the bill, officers would have “primary responsibility” for theft, burglary and motor vehicle taking, all Category 1 offenses under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program.

Kirwan Commission chair gives recommendations to lawmakers

Photo by Martin Falbisoner, via Wikimedia Commons

By David Jahng
Capital News Service

Parents can expect to see advances in pre-K, tutoring and special education first, among all of the recommendations of a statewide education reform panel, according to its namesake chairman, William “Brit” Kirwan.

“What parents will see is just a steady drumbeat of improvement in the experiences that their children are having in the schools,” Kirwan told Capital News Service.

Hopkins is buying the Newseum building in D.C.

Photo by David Monack via Wikimedia Commons

Johns Hopkins University is buying the Newseum building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., with an eye toward consolidating its academic programs in the nation’s capital.

The Washington Post was first to report the story.

Notre Dame Prep Teacher Named Dance Educator of the Year


Back in October of 2018, Ms. Serene Webber, Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP) dance teacher, was named the Dance Educator of The Year (K-12) by the Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA). At the award event, Ms. Webber was recognized for “consistently demonstrate[ing] her commitment to dance education, to both her personal and professional growth, and to fostering dance education both in and out of the classroom for students.”

Roboquake on Lake Returns to Boys’ Latin This Saturday, 1/26

Boys' Latin Robo
For the third year in a row, Boys’ Latin School will host a FIRST LEGO League Tournament and a FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Called “Roboquake on Lake,” this exciting, hands-on day will provide FIRST LEGO League teams from the local area with an opportunity to showcase their hard work and share their inventions with fellow teams and with the community. Over 200 students will participate and over 50 volunteers will be used to make “Roboquake on Lake” a success. Both events are free and open to spectators so come check it out with the family – it’s out of this world!

Former Baltimore Marine Hospital, once targeted for demolition, will now be renovated by Hopkins

The Wyman Park Building. Photo by Ed Gunts.

The former Baltimore Marine Hospital on Wyman Park Drive, targeted for demolition as recently as 2008, will instead be renovated for academic use by the Johns Hopkins University.

Preview Day at St. Timothy’s on Saturday, 1/19


St. Timothy's Preview Day

Join St. Timothy’s School for their Preview Day on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Running from 10am – 12pm, hear from faculty, students and Admissions staff about what makes St. Timothy such a wonderful place.

The Primer – A Test Prep Crash Course with Streamline Tutors


Streamline Tutors Primer Course

The PSAT scores are out. So what’s next? Should your student prep for the ACT instead? Or maybe stick with the SAT? Should your sophomore start this summer or wait until fall? Most of the time, you’ll get “safe” advice: “Take both the SAT and ACT just to be sure” … “Maybe sign up for a class–at least it’s not that expensive.” … “Take the SAT in May. That’s when everyone else does”…

New after-school sports producing results in and out of classroom for Henderson-Hopkins

Credit: Sheri Hairston

By Bill Ordine

Prior to start of the current school year, the Henderson-Hopkins school in East Baltimore was a frustrating contradiction.