On the calendar...
If tonight's school board meeting isn't enough excitement for your week, here are some other noteworthy events:
Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., the NAACP's Baltimore branch and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority will hold a meeting to protest the impending merger of Paquin with Baltimore Rising Star Academy. A press release says that "there’s been no better God sent servant than (Paquin) Director Dr. Rosetta Stith ... to address challenges that our girls are confronting." Meeting at the NAACP headquarters, 8 W. 26th St. This two weeks after Kweisi Mfume, former president of the national NAACP, testified against the merger before the school board.
Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., Dr. Alonso is holding a forum for teachers at Poly on collaborative planning. Then at 6, the City Council will have a hearing on the school system's operating budget.
And looking ahead to next week: Jay Matthews, the Washington Post reporter who wrote the book "Work Hard. Be Nice." about KIPP schools, will speak at a fundraiser for the organization from 6 to 8 p.m. May 21 at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. Tickets are (sorry) $75 each, but you do get a copy of the book included in the price.
UPDATE, 5/14: The teacher forum for today has been canceled due to a death in Dr. Alonso's family.