Garrison Forest Senior Lila Bennett ’19 Helps Seal NYTS polo championship


Garrison Polo

Garrison Forest polo player Lila Bennett ‘19 helped lead her team to victory in the National Youth Tournament Series (NYTS) championship in Colorado over Labor Day Weekend, beating the opposing girls’ team 6.5 to 1 to seal the championship. Lila represented the East Coast and competed as one of eight talented up-and-coming young female polo players from across the country in the first invitational Girls All-Star Challenge which took place alongside the Cecil Cup Challenge. Lila was selected from a pool of NYTS All-Stars named for their exceptional horsemanship, sportsmanship and skill, both on and off the field.

Heat-induced school closures in Baltimore make for testy rhetoric at Board of Public Works

From left: Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp, Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Still via video from BPW.

The governor skewering the superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools over heat-induced school closures and dismissals; Maryland’s comptroller pointing fingers at General Assembly leaders over blocking him and others out on school spending decisions; the state’s treasurer accusing both of those guys of milking the spotlight during campaign season. All of this, ignited by Baltimore-area schools’ struggles with summertime heat, kicked off what may have otherwise been a routine afternoon of spending decisions for Gov. Larry Hogan’s Board of Public Works Wednesday.

Baltimore’s newest Catholic school to be named for pioneering black nun Mother Mary Lange

Portrait of Mother Mary Lange, via Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Archdiocese of Baltimore’s next school will be named for a sainthood-bound nun who founded the country’s first Catholic place of learning for black children, right here in Baltimore.

Six dozen city schools dismiss early due to steamy weather and bad (or no) AC

Dallas F. Nicholas Sr. Elementary, one of 72 Baltimore public schools that closed early today. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

It’s been a short-lived first day back for thousands of returning Baltimore public school students, with the city school administrators dismissing 72 schools early due to hot weather and their lack of serviceable air conditioning, or any at all.

On first day of school, Hogan issues executive order to create Office of Education Accountability

Gov. Larry Hogan, flanked by State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon, left, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, announces an executive order creating the Office of Education Accountability. Image via Facebook Live.

As students across the state returned to the classroom–and some in Baltimore City and Baltimore County had early closings or full days off due to a lack of air conditioning–Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order Tuesday creating an Office of Education Accountability to serve as “an independent watchdog unit” of the state’s school systems.

Free Back-to-School Haircuts in West Baltimore on September 1

free haircuts
Photo by Tommy Van Kessel for Unsplash.

In preparation for the start of the 2018-19 school year, the Baltimore Mobile Barber Lounge will provide complimentary haircuts to elementary and middle school boys on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Art Directors Look at Portfolios, Not Diplomas



Baltimore Academy of Illustration Classroom
A classroom at Baltimore Academy of Illustration located at 5710 Bellona Ave.

Art school is expensive but the education is priceless. So what does an artist who’s interested in a career in the professional arts do when he or she has the talent and drive, but not the money or time to invest in that education? For a long time the answer was pretty simple — take on a ton of student loan debt or get a “real” job and create your artwork in your spare time. But thanks to three local illustrators and former MICA professors, there’s another option for aspiring artists in the area — The Baltimore Academy of Illustration.

After review, City Schools overturns scoring error that left English for Speakers of Other Languages students out of selective high schools

Three students with the group SOMOS testify at a June 12 school board meeting.

Twenty-four eighth graders in Baltimore City’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program have been offered spots at selective high schools this coming year after a June internal review by City Schools of a scoring error, Baltimore Fishbowl has learned after filing a public information request with City Schools.

Goucher College cutting nearly a dozen paths of study, including music, art and math programs

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

In what Goucher College has dubbed an “academic revitalization,” the Towson liberal arts institution is eliminating a half-dozen programs in which students can major or minor—including in music, mathematics, physics, and elementary and special education, among others—as well as paths of study for arts, languages and religion.

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