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.

Gov. wants $1.9B of casino revenue to go toward school construction

Gov. Larry Hogan announces a bill for the Building Opportunity Fund flanked by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, left, and Budget Secretary David Brinkley, right. Photo via Facebook Live.

Following the passage of a referendum mandating the state put revenue from casinos toward education, Maryland will have an additional $4.4 billion over the next decade to put toward education, Gov. Larry Hogan announced today.

Of that, Hogan wants to put an additional $1.9 billion over five years, from 2020 to 2024, toward school construction, bringing total state funding to $3.5 billion during that period. The governor will submit a bill during the legislative session to establish what he’s calling the Building Opportunity Fund.

Hopkins fails to log 18 sexual misconduct complaints over last two years due to website issue

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

Johns Hopkins University’s office entrusted with investigating sexual misconduct and discrimination complaints says its website “mistakenly blocked” the department from receiving 18 reports of sexual misconduct over the past two years.

Police ID student arrested, banned from Goucher College for allegedly drawing swastikas, racist graffiti

A view of the campus at Goucher College. Photo by Rob Coyle, via Flickr.

Baltimore County police have arrested a Goucher College student who they say drew swastikas and racist graffiti and wrote the names or dorm numbers of black students–including his own–in bathroom stalls on two different occasions this past month.

Baltimore Teachers Union wants to review student conduct code after attacks on teacher, cafeteria worker

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

After two more alleged assaults of employees or teachers by students at Baltimore schools, the Baltimore Teachers Union plans to form its own task force to look at the school district’s code of conduct, in hopes of implementing a remedy in the new year.

Event pick: Have some drinks and pizza, and prep for a cold winter for Baltimore’s beleaguered schools

Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Winter is coming for Baltimore City schools, and no, that’s not an overly dramatic reference for some students, teachers and staff who’ll be sitting in dated school buildings that aren’t ready for the cold. Few will forget this past winter in Baltimore City Public Schools, when the district dealt with backlash for keeping schools open in early January as students sat huddled together in winter coats in sub-40-degree classrooms.

Two Friends School Students Named to U.S. Delegation


Two Friends School Students Named to U.S. DelegationFriends School students Katrina Brazhnikov ’20 and Tricie Ledakis ’19 have been selected to represent the United States on the U.S. Delegation to the International Olympiada of Spoken Russian, which will take place in Moscow, December 2-8, 2018. Sponsored by The Pushkin InstituteMAPRYAL (International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature), ACTR (American Councils of Teachers of Russian) and American Councils for International Education, the elite competition will feature delegations of high school students from four continents and 35 nations, including China, Cyprus, Peru, and Syria. (This will be the third consecutive year Friends School students have represented the United States at the International Olympiada in Moscow. Ryan Hardy ’19 was named to the U.S. Delegation in 2017 and Kyle Spawn ’17 in 2016. Prior to that Friends alumnae Kara Woo ’08 and Sarah Wilson ‘04, had been selected.)

Garrison Forest School Joins Inaugural Year of the New Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League

Garrison Forest School Mountain Bike Team This fall marked the beginning of a first for GFS—and Maryland—as Garrison Forest added a mountain biking team to its list of Upper School fall sports. GFS joined the Maryland Interscholastic Cycling league, which is in its first year in the state, as the only girls’ school in Maryland to participate. The Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League was organized in 2017 to provide a fun, safe and high-quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12.

School board votes to close Banneker Blake Academy, along with five other schools

Image courtesy of Benjamin DuBose.

Despite outcry from parents and protests from the Benjamin Banneker Eubie Blake Academy for Arts & Sciences’ co-founders and board, the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners on Tuesday night voted to close the Northeast Baltimore charter school at the end of the current school year.