A better way to track poverty in Baltimore schools

One of the most important conclusions of the Kirwan Commission, the panel charged with steering Maryland’s schools toward 21st century excellence and innovation, was that greater support should be given those students who need it most. In other words, schools that serve high-poverty areas don’t need financial help comparable to what other schools receive, they require significantly more to address their much greater needs. That means support for before- and after-school programs, special education, English as a second language instruction, connections to social and health programs and more. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore children 'facing a mental health crisis'

Imagine a 7 year old undergoing — up close — a violent incident that takes the life of a loved one. Now imagine that same child experiencing something similar multiple times during their childhood. This is not uncommon for many of our children and youth in Baltimore City. We are facing a mental health crisis among Baltimore City children. Research shows that an enormous number of young people in the city are repeatedly exposed to traumatic experiences that can cause deep harm, including episodes of violence, sexual abuse, mental abuse, substance abuse and neglect. (Balt. Sun)

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Lynch: I Love My Phone. I Hate My Phone. Uggh!

Over Easter weekend, my email password expires. For a full two days I lose all access to my email. To make matters worse, every time I try to use my phone, an obtrusive password pop-up impedes my ability to access other content. Panic ensues. I break out in a cold sweat. Repetitious insanity and ridiculous hope draw me back to my phone hour after hour. But wait, I am not addicted to my phone. Am I? To make myself feel better, I complete a mental checklist. I leave my phone in my purse at family events and during meals. Check. I leave my phone on my desk when I meet with people in my office. Check. I leave my phone in the condo when going to the beach. Check. (DonMohler)

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Catherine Pugh is the chief culprit. But where is the blame on companies that partook in her scheme?

Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s resignation Thursday was a fitting capstone to the pay-to-play scandal that left a stain on her city and prompted emergency legislation in Maryland’s General Assembly. The Democratic mayor’s conduct — selling her “Healthy Holly” children’s books to companies over which she exercised influence — was ethically bankrupt. But what of those companies? They share a measure of responsibility for acquiescing in the mayor’s scheme, but it is unclear whether they have drawn (or been taught) that lesson. (Wash. Post)

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Baker: Measles outbreak: Let's get serious and get vaccinated

 

Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles. Measles is not just a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly. But measles is also easily preventable with a safe and highly effective vaccine. It is especially important to remember the value of vaccines as we mark National Infant Immunization Week, which reminds us that vaccines are essential to the health of our youngest and most vulnerable. (Delmarva)

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Heubeck: The tragedy of Baltimore's Dawnta Harris

By now, most of us have seen the mug shot of then 16-year-old city resident Dawnta Harris taken after his arrest for the felony murder of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio along with burglary and theft. In it, Dawnta looks tough. But if you look closely, his eyes, which refuse to meet the camera, seem fatigued — far more so than any 16-year-old’s should look. His mouth is closed, as if purposely resisting expression. (Balt. Sun)

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Lutch: An 'uncertain' future in Baltimore

When I think about my adopted hometown of Baltimore, much comes to mind. Certainly, many good things: family outings to our wonderful city parks, the beautiful and nurturing Mt. Washington community in which we live, and the outstanding local parochial schools that our three children attend. (Balt. Sun)

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Luedtke: Two Md. Democrats show 'courage,' 'selflessness' in speaker race

This week, I witnessed an act of political courage and selflessness that I will remember for the rest of my life. After years of working to position themselves to potentially become speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, and weeks of intense discussion within the Democratic Caucus, a moment came where both Del. Maggie McIntosh and Del. Dereck Davis knew that neither of them had the votes to become speaker with a unified caucus behind them. (Balt. Sun)

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