Monday, March 25, 2013
The Prince George's County executive will discuss his plan with county residents Tuesday.
As the debate between Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and the school board about his proposal to take control of Prince George's County Public Schools is heating up, Baker is set to address the public in a telephone town hall Tuesday night. Baker and members of the school board testified in front of the Prince George's delegation about his proposal for Integrated School Governance of Prince George’s County Public Schools over the weekend. However, both parties remain at odds. In his testimony, Baker said there's a "dire" need for the county to end its below average school system performance and described how his proposal would improve school operations. Baker tweeted Monday, "Under proposal, CEX appoints education expert to …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley and others to promise gun control legislation in the upcoming session.
Friday, December 21, 2012
By JULIE BAUGHMAN Capital News Service An increase in gas taxes, a repeal of the death penalty and a renewed discussion of liability for pit bull owners are some of the issues currently on the table for Maryland's 2013 legislative session. In addition, the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have prompted Gov. Martin O'Malley and others to promise gun control legislation in the upcoming session. However, with the ongoing fiscal cliff discussions in Washington threatening to dramatically affect taxes and the economy, plans for the 2013 session in Maryland may be severely altered depending on the outcome. Maryland has a huge public sector workforce, and is home to a multitude of government agencies and …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Carbon monoxide leak at Atlanta elementary school sends 47 to hospital.
According to a recent Reuters story, a carbon monoxide leak caused by a faulty furnace at Finch Elementary School in Atlanta sent 43 students and six teachers to the hospital. The school did not have carbon monoxide detectors installed, and vapor levels of the deadly gas were “the highest we’ve ever seen,” said Atlanta Fire Department spokeswoman Marian McDaniel. As it turns out, no school in Georgia is required to install carbon monoxide detectors. Neither are schools in 47 other states. Information detailing state statutes on carbon monoxide detectors, noted on the website of the National Conference of State Legislators, says that only Maryland and Connecticut require installation of carbon monoxide detectors in schools. Maryland Code…
Monday, June 4, 2012
The Violence Against Women Act would pay for $660 million in programs to help domestic violence victims.
Maryland programs for domestic violence victims could be hurt if the Violence Against Women Act isn't reauthorized by Congress. The proposed legislation, which provides about $660 million over a five-year period, would fund programs aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence, education on prevention and legal aid for survivors, according to the Christian Science Monitor. U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) has implored the House to pass the Senate’s version of VAWA. “The Violence Against Women Act has a proven track record of protecting women from domestic violence and it is hard to understand opposition to legislation with the goal of curbing domestic violence,” Cardin stated in a press release. “Saving women’s lives should not be a …