Liz Bowie is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where she has worked for more than a decade covering education. Her work has chronicled the waves of reform in the Baltimore city schools, from charters to choice. Over the course of a year she documented the lives of two homeless boys as they tried to finish high school, writing the series On Their Own, which won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. More recently, she has turned her attention to the struggles of suburban schools now facing urban issues.
As a Spencer fellow, Bowie plans to research the growing role of the College Board in public education, particularly in the explosion of Advanced Placement which has become a common curriculum for the nation’s high achieving students.
Liz Bowie’s first story in an ongoing series on Advanced Placement results in Maryland, based on her Spencer Fellow reporting: Maryland’s AP tests under the microscope. This story won first prize for a single story in a large newspaper from the 2014 Education Writer’s Association awards.
Her second story chronicles reactions from parents and educators to the tests.
Turnaround of a Suburban High School