Tag: baltimore city schools

Santelises praises students for ‘showing us the path’ with walkouts

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

Across the country today, students participated in a walkout to protest gun violence in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead.

Here in Baltimore, students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City College, Hampstead Hill Academy, City Neighbors Charter School and Excel Academy were just some of the schools to participate. And the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Twitter account eagerly retweeted dispatches from the protest and offered their support.

Parents Use Town Hall Meeting to Confront School System Leaders on Facilities Woes

City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises speaks to a parent. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

More than 100 parents, teachers, students and concerned Baltimore residents packed into the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School cafeteria Monday night to say their piece and field questions directly to Baltimore City Public Schools brass about facilities failures, school funding and a range of other issues.

‘Recycled,’ Not ‘Returned’: How City Schools May Have Actually Lost Out on $66 Million to Fix Schools

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

The figure $66 million has popped up again and again during the recent debate on heating and facilities repairs at city schools.

With Snow and Cold Weather Still in the Forecast, Teachers Union asks for Schools to Close; Santelises Declines

City Schools headquarters. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Citing low temperatures in classrooms that have caused students and teachers to wear their winter coats indoors, the Baltimore Teachers Union requested in a letter sent Wednesday to City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises that schools in the district be closed until heating systems can be assessed and repaired.

Third Grade Students Donate Birthday Gifts to Bridges at Gilman


Two Gilman School third graders, Sam and Charlie, wanted to celebrate their birthdays with a joint party with friends, but felt that they had “enough stuff.” “Charlie’s mom and I suggested a birthday with a charity benefit and they jumped on the idea,” explained Shannon Putnam, Sam’s mother. 

Baltimore Design School Junior Brian High Wins the 4th Annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is proud to announce the winner of the fourth annual Fred Lazarus IV Artscape Prize (The Fred). The winner is Brian High, a student at the Baltimore Design School.

Roland Park 4th Grade Teacher Gets Top Baltimore City Honors

Justin Holbrook gets congratulations (photo via BCPS/Facebook)

City Schools CEO Sonja Santelises dropped by Justin Holbrook’s class to deliver some news on Thursday afternoon.

NTSB Finds ‘Deficiencies’ in City Schools’ Bus Driver Screening Process After Fatal November Crash

Courtesy NTSB/MTA Police

More than five months since six people died and 10 were injured in a rattling two-bus crash in Southwest Baltimore, federal investigators have identified “deficiencies” in the process City Schools officials use to vet bus drivers.

Gov. Hogan Signs Bill Giving City Schools Almost $24M in Funding to Fill Deficit

Photo via office of Gov. Larry Hogan

After a long winter of rallies for help by City Schools families and teachers and Baltimore officials, Maryland’s governor came to the school system’s aid in the end by signing off on a new funding package.