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What will be the bang for Maryland’s new education bucks?

It may seem, at long last, like money is raining down on our underfunded public schools. Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the landmark Blueprint for Maryland’s Future funding has been overridden. A trifecta of federal COVID-19 relief and recovery packages is here or on its way (the two so far total over $1 billion in aid to Maryland schools). On top of that, the General Assembly has already enacted a supplemental budget bill, in advance of the full state budget, that adds $150 million in state funds for schools.

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Attacks on Asian Americans must be forcefully condemned

Over the weekend, Gov. Larry Hogan was asked on CNN about attacks on Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and his response was direct and forceful calling them “outrageous” and “unacceptable.” The governor has some direct knowledge of this. His wife, Yumi Hogan, is Korean American, and he told host Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” that she, their three daughters and their grandchildren have suffered its effects. “We feel it personally with my daughter, who sort of is sometimes afraid to come visit us, with people who had best friends that were being harassed at the grocery store, or being called names, and people yelling about the China virus, even though they’re from Korea and born in America,” Governor Hogan said.

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Viewpoint: Advertising, marketing firms lacking diversity are failing themselves –– and their clients

As a seasoned marketing and advertising professional who happens to be Black, I have faced or been confronted by many interesting challenges and biases. While attending several industry functions, I have overheard fellow marketing professionals discuss “how to fill the talent gap” and the “need for better marketing to attract better talent, more highly skilled people.” While I totally agree that recruitment is one of the major challenges facing the ad industry today, the solution to the talent gap and recruitment challenges may be, in part, due to diversity — or should I say, a lack thereof.

A Caucasian male doctor from the Oncology Branch consults with a Caucasian female adult patient, who is sitting up in a hospital bed.
Editorial: Congress just brought the country closer to universal health-care coverage

Tucked into the covid-19 relief bill that President Biden signed Thursday was perhaps the most significant health-care reform policy to pass Congress since the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is a major down payment on Mr. Biden’s promise to build on that law, also known as Obamacare, and move the nation closer to universal coverage without excessive cost or disruption. The ACA was supposed to cover people with very low incomes through the Medicaid program, and to cover everyone else who lacked employer-based insurance through private marketplaces, which would be regulated to guarantee a basic level of coverage and to protect people with preexisting conditions.

Don Mohler: A Sunshine Boy and the Golden Girl

President Biden’s approval rating sits daily somewhere between 52% and 60%. His American Recovery Act is supported by 75% of the American public, including 59% of Republicans. And 70% support the president’s response to COVID 19. To put these numbers in perspective, the host of “White House Celebrity Apprentice” never surpassed 50% during the show’s four-year run. As Buffalo Springfield once suggested, “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.” Well, it may be clearer than we think.

Editorial: Reserve a share of pandemic relief for higher education

Last summer as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened and the economic outlook for Maryland darkened, one of the first items on the chopping block to keep state government’s budget balanced was higher education. From community colleges to the University System of Maryland, nearly half of the first round of the initial $413 million in budget cuts approved by the state’s Board of Public Works was to post-secondary schools. It was a tough time for colleges as many recognized that their students faced economic hardships as well and froze tuition.

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Rodricks: Stitching together new lives after prison

“So hope for a great sea-change on the far side of revenge,” goes a verse by Irish poet Seamus Heaney. “Believe that a further shore is reachable from here. Believe in miracles and cures and healing wells.” With empathy having been declared the hallmark of the Joe Biden time in America — the new president asking us to heal, fix what’s broken and look to the future — I find it difficult, in the moment, to ask too many questions about the past.

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Zurawik: Big story, great music, fine acting drive Aretha Franklin series on National Geographic

In the first hour of “Genius: Aretha,” an eight-part dramatization on the life of singer Aretha Franklin, there’s a scene set in 1967 in the legendary Fame recording studios at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Franklin is at the piano trying to establish musical rapport with a group of white sidemen she has never met, brought in by celebrated R&B producer Jerry Wexler. Things are not going well. And then after yet another blown take and a whispered admonition from Wexler to be herself, Franklin starts playing on the piano gospel chords remembered from her Sundays as a little girl singing in the Detroit church of her father the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

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Brooks: Joe Biden is a transformational president

This has been one of the most quietly consequential weeks in recent American politics. The COVID-19 relief law that was just enacted is one of the most important pieces of legislation of our lifetimes. As Eric Levitz writes in New York magazine, the poorest fifth of households will see their income rise by 20%; a family of four with one working and one unemployed parent will receive $12,460 in benefits. Child poverty will be cut in half.

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Editorial: Michael Regan: Chesapeake Bay’s man of the hour

The headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is located on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House and a pleasant midday stroll to the Potomac River, the second largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Michael S. Regan ought to go check out the view. The EPA’s new administrator, handily confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday by a 66-34 vote, could scarcely find a better first-year project to tackle than cleaning up the nation’s largest estuary.

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