October 3 // Delegate Eric Luedtke: Practical solutions for schools based on facts, not ideology

There is no more sacred trust placed in us as leaders in Maryland than ensuring that the next generation of children has every opportunity to be successful in life. That Maryland has a strong public school system is unquestionable. That we also have schools that do not do an adequate job is also unquestionable. We have work to do to ensure that every Maryland child has access to a great education. It is a moral imperative placed on us that we do so. But in the face of this imperative, Gov. Hogan and his Republican allies in the General Assembly have offered only unproven right-wing pabulum about school vouchers and unregulated charter schools. (Md. Reporter)

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Peter Schmuck and Colin Campbell: Ravens could have avoided negative fan reaction to pre-game kneel with an earlier heads-up

It’s understandable that some Ravens players were frustrated by the fan response when the team took a collective knee before Sunday’s game against the Steelers, and it’s also understandable why a large part of the crowd booed before they realized the team planned to stand back up for the national anthem. That might not have happened if the team — both players and management -- had not been so coy about the plan to make a statement of unity after last week’s anthem protest in London sparked outrage among the Ravens’ fan base. (Balt. Sun)

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Christopher Muldor: The Bronx has all the same problems as Baltimore — except murders

In 1980, when bragging about “renaissance” was all the rage, the late Baltimore writer Helen J. Rizzo injected a decidedly sour note. “But until we stop treating our high crime rate as an accepted way of life,” Rizzo wrote, “Baltimore will remain a smartly gowned, coiffed and perfumed matron who hasn’t bathed in a month and whose offensiveness is readily apparent to all who come near her.” We may wonder whether Rizzo, who so masterfully captured the hollowness of “renaissance,” could have foreseen the worsening of Baltimore’s crime problem. Could she have imagined that the raw number of murders in the city would surpass that of New York City? (Balt. Sun)

 

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Everybody's wrong in Anne Arundel County teachers union dispute

It would be too easy to say one side or the other is at fault in the dispute over Sharon Moesel. Perhaps that’s why everybody is doing it. Expelled from the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County in May, the outspoken Annapolis High School teacher wants a state labor board to overturn her union’s rare decision to throw her out. The union claims Moesel used her position as an association representative at Annapolis High to further her “personal agenda.”  Moesel, a past candidate for vice president of the union, says the union wants to silence her criticism of the organization’s direction. The Schuh administration just dismisses the union action as bullying. In fact, all three are responsible for this mess. (Capital)

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October 2 // Hey, Feds: Baltimore suffers murders, not migrants

As Baltimore’s long hot summer of homicide bends toward an equally murderous fall, one might presume it’s long past time for all hands on deck. Baltimore’s police commissioner and mayor clearly understand that. Maryland’s Republican governor and top lawmakers seem to be on board, too. But this week’s raid by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement demonstrates that the Trump administration is not going to be part of the solution, it’s going to be part of the problem, with the arrest of 28 individuals targeted for immigration violations because parts of Maryland were deemed “sanctuary” jurisdictions. (Balt. Sun)

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The politics of ethics reform

When an ethics bill proposed by County Executive Jan Gardner failed in the 2017 session of the General Assembly last spring, Sen. Michael Hough got most of the blame. He had proposed a competing bill that divided the county delegation and effectively blocked the Gardner bill. Hough, R-District 4, insisted that his motives were pure, but the circumstantial evidence weighed strongly against that. Gardner’s bill had been written after months of study by a citizens’ task force on ethics, with the support of the League of Women Voters and political leaders from both parties. It would have extended campaign contribution prohibitions already in place for the County Council to members of the Planning Commission who chose to run for the council. (News-Post)

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Charles L. "Chuck" Harrington: Public-private partnerships are in danger because of the Purple Line legal challenge

Tomorrow’s economy is a digitally connected, globally competitive, rapidly evolving marketplace fueled by innovative solutions to today’s challenges. Collaboration is the engine of innovation, and there’s a tremendous need in the United States for more strategic partnerships — including those between the public and private sectors. But an unfortunate potential roadblock to greater collaboration between the government and private businesses is looming in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, threatening to deter progress in restoring America’s aging infrastructure and transit systems. (Wash. Post)

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Rascovar: Warning to voters: Beware of polls 

According to a September Goucher Poll, the winner of next year’s Democratic primary for governor is . . . “none of the above.” The second-place finisher in the poll? An individual who wasn’t even an announced candidate. He’s since said he won’t be running for governor in 2018. So much for the validity and value of this public opinion survey. It should be a warning to voters: Beware of polls. (Md. Reporter)

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