Baltimore School District on Upward Swing
The Baltimore schools are seeing steady progress in student achievement and recently were released from 'corrective action' status by the state.
Two years ago, only 150 students attended Holabird Elementary, then a K-5 school in the southeastern corner of this city. Competition from charters and from regular public schools in nearby Baltimore County had drained families from Holabird, a chronic underperformer.
So when Andrés A. Alonso, the chief executive officer of the Baltimore city schools, began last year to allocate money to schools based on their students’ needs, Holabird stood to be hit hard. Achievement had started to rise, but its small roster put the school at risk of losing six teachers unless more students enrolled.
Principal Lindsay Krey, about to start her second year as the leader of the school, decided to...
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