Elliot Haspel: Adults' childish fights over education

The education debate in the United States has taken on a particularly nasty tone, and it’s turning into a needless war. Sides are digging in, accusations are being launched and, sadly, children’s lives are being negatively affected because we are too blind to see that this is all built on false choices. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Gregory Kane: A brave Baltimore teacher speaks the truth about schools, students

Dave Miceli doesn't know me from a hole in the ground, but he's my new hero. Anyone that can dredge up the guts to teach in Baltimore's public schools automatically becomes a candidate for hero status in my book, especially if said anyone has taught in these schools for 20 years, as Miceli has. (Wash. Examiner)

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Purple Line costs and benefits

It’s possible that a short-sighted successor to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) or congressional dysfunction could hamper progress of the Purple Line, but the project’s prospects are rosier than The Post indicated. (Wash. Post)

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State of the City Hall election

State of the anything speeches are generally a recipe to cure insomnia, in which political-elected types offer their best spin on achievements — or lack thereof — during the previous year or so. As such, they’re generally devoid of any meaningful information other than a recap of what’s been done, where, and sometimes how much, occasionally with a look to the future. It’s with this in mind, if you haven’t already, that we’d urge you to take a look at our city hall reporter Jen Bondeson’s story Tuesday on Frederick Mayor Randy McClement’s State of the City address, which he delivered Monday. (News-Post)

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August 9 // Michael Hankin and Laurie Schwartz: Harbor Point necessary to move Baltimore forward 

If Baltimore is to succeed in our mayor’s goal of attracting 10,000 new families to the city over the next decade, then it is imperative that we embrace creative ways to develop new housing and employment centers. (Daily Record)

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August 1 // No excuses for Prince George’s school scores

No surprise: Prince George’s County students’ scores on state tests continue to rank near the bottom in the state. Now there are fresh excuses for the poor showing. For Prince George’s, the problem can’t just be chalked up to system changes, however. County scores were low to begin with; the curriculum and special education problems only added to an existing issue. (Gazette)

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Red Line is falling out of favor 

With the awarding this week of $400 million for Purple Line construction, state leaders have made a clear statement about where their transportation priorities lie. (Daily Record)

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Another bargain, another rejection

There is widespread agreement that the U.S. can become more competitive in the global marketplace if it lowers its corporate tax rate. There's also a consensus that the nation needs to spend more money on its vital infrastructure. So one might assume that a proposal to accomplish both — and one that would create thousands of jobs without adding to the deficit — would be greeted with a roar of approval. Hah, where have you been? (Balt. Sun)

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