Alonso honored by Greater Baltimore Committee
Dr. Alonso started the day yesterday by giving Baltimore's Teacher of the Year Award to Nicholas Greer. He ended the day getting an award himself: The Greater Baltimore Committee honored him with the Howard "Pete" Rawlings Courage in Public Service Award during its annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency. This isn't an annual award; Rawlings was honored posthumously in 2004, and the only other recipient since was Sen. Paul Sarbanes in 2006. According to the GBC, the award is given on an occasional basis "to honor public officials who demonstrate exceptional courage while serving in an elected or appointed public office."
This is from the script that GBC president and CEO Don Fry read at the dinner:
Since he became CEO of Baltimore’s public school system in July 2007, Andrés Alonso has gone about the difficult work of changing the culture of a troubled school system by challenging school principals to manage their facilities, and all system employees to accept responsibility for the system’s outcomes.
Reflecting a straightforward, reform-minded approach that Delegate Rawlings was known for, Alonso has cut through the school system’s traditional politics and focused principals, teachers and school employees on results and accountability, with no excuses. Under his leadership, city schools have begun a turnaround in student achievement that is capturing the attention of parents, business advocates and the system’s many stakeholders.