Amalie Brandenburg: Strong support of schools continues

On May 1, County Executive Steve Schuh released his budget. The focus will once again be on proposed investments in our school system. While the final details belong to the County Council, it would be helpful to address some of the misinformation about school funding often spread this time of year. (Capital)

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Michele Schlehofer: Explore the future of public schools

Parents and taxpayers alike have questions about the future of public education. School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was recently appointed secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Our own District 1 congressional representative, Dr. Andy Harris, co-sponsored H.R. 610, a bill that would give parents federal funds in the form of vouchers to send their child to private school or homeschool. Although unlikely to pass, H.R. 610 raises important questions about the impact of voucher programs on public education. (Daily Times)

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May 9 // Barry Rascovar: Hogan’s worst nightmare is Trumpcare

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s worst nightmare is starting to come true. Trumpcare has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. If the Senate finds a way to give President Trump what he wants, it could spell a heap of trouble for Hogan in 2018’s general election. The Republican Party’s mania with obliterating Barack Obama’s massive health insurance law has led the majority party in Washington to ignore common sense. (Md. Reporter)

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Three strikes against Md. government accountability

If you live in Baltimore and suffered a medical emergency that required immediate assistance or called 911 to report a fire, how long might you have to wait before a city fire truck or emergency medical technician showed up at your door? What exactly happened at Mondawmin Mall two years ago when police and local residents squared off, a confrontation that escalated to riots, fires and looting after the death of Freddie Gray? And what do the Baltimore County police body cameras show about recent police-involved shootings? Right now, those questions can't be fully answered. That's because in each case officials have refused to release the requested records. (Balt. Sun)

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Evictions perpetuate Baltimore's cycle of poverty

Evictions are devastating for the families who go through them. The process is all-consuming. Low-income tenants spend hours going to court to plead their cases or begging family, friends and social service agencies for help. They lose time at work, and an already precarious financial situation becomes worse. They live in anxiety about every knock on the door, wondering whether it might be a property agent or sheriff's deputies ready to dump all their belongings onto the street. And if the worst comes, they may find themselves suddenly homeless, struggling to keep the family together, desperate to provide any sense of normalcy for their children as they are torn away from neighborhoods and schools. All that happens with shocking frequency in Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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Christopher B. Summers: Lower Baltmore's tax rate, and they will come

For decades, Baltimore's elected and appointed officials have tried to stem the city's population loss with game-changers. In came two stadiums, a convention center and hotel, Harbor East, and tax credit after tax credit for the newest development that was going to create thousands of jobs and bring thousands of new residents to the city. Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake so believed in the "build it and subsidize model" that in 2011 she was busy planning for 10,000 new families to move to Baltimore by 2020. Somehow, though, the game never really changed. (Balt. Sun)

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Tom Horton: Let science continue increasing crabs

Dear Gov. Hogan, Please watch the Bay Journal’s recent film, “Beautiful Swimmers Revisited.” It celebrates a great Chesapeake success story, to which you seem dedicated to writing a bad new ending. The hour-long documentary picks up where William Warner left off in his Pulitzer Prize winning 1976 book about crabs and crabbers, “Beautiful Swimmers.” (Daily Times)

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Gov. Hogan's visit to Carroll represents rare opportunity

It's somewhat rare for a sitting Maryland governor to visit Carroll County; it's even more rare for a cabinet meeting to be conducted here. In fact, as best we can tell, Thursday might be the very first time such a meeting occurs when Gov. Larry Hogan leads a "regional cabinet meeting" at Carroll Community College in Westminster. (Carr. Co. Times)

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