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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown pledged Wednesday to cap rising tuition costs at Maryland's colleges if he is elected governor.  Brown, a Democrat, vowed in a statement he would limit annual tuition increases to 3 percent. To keep that promise, Brown said he would use state tax dollars to offset any other rising costs at colleges. He did not specify  The University of Maryland's Board of Regents sets tuition rates at the state's colleges, although the amount of the increase is usually impacted by how much money the state government allocates for higher education.  This year, for instance, Gov. Martin O'Malley budgeted an extra $10 million for higher education so that tuition would rise by only 3 percent instead of 5 percent.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The University System of Maryland could expand its tuition remission program for the dependent children and spouses of employees. Under the current program, spouses and dependent children can attend the employee's college without paying any tuition. The spouse or dependent child can also get a 50 percent discount on college tuition at another college in the state system if the student is in an academic program not offered at the employee's institution. The proposed revision to the policy would eliminate the unique academic program requirement and allow the student to get 50 percent tuition remission at any university system college where they have been accepted.
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By Timothy Law Snyder | July 25, 2012
Along with many of the nation's million and a half professors, I saw the recent apparent discovery of the Higgs boson particle as a great moment not only for science but for American education as well. Somehow, lost in the discussion of the discovery and the cost of the facility at which it took place, we managed to miss the real action that unveiled the Higgs: persons nurtured, selected, and paid to think. By universities. As our nation continues to endure a prolonged economic struggle, the cost of higher education has become a focus for many because the price of attendance has outpaced inflation consistently and significantly.
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September 3, 2014
Those who thought that Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown would seek to ignore the fact that he faces competition in November's general election appear to be wrong. But to say that he is engaging with Republican nominee Larry Hogan isn't exactly right either. Rather, the Democrat and presumed front-runner for governor has been busily criticizing a version of Mr. Hogan of his own invention while skating away from substantive debate about any of the actual issues in the race. It may be smart politics, but it's depressing democracy.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 13, 2010
Gov. Martin O'Malley called for a "moderate" increase in public university tuition on Wednesday as state lawmakers gathered in Annapolis for the opening of a 90-day legislative session sure to be dominated by bleak financial choices. The top task for lawmakers will be plugging a $2 billion hole in the state's roughly $13 billion operating budget, meaning they'll make the latest round of steep cuts in an election year. The Democratic governor, who has prided himself on fulfilling his campaign promise to hold the line on college tuition increases, said the "brutal economy" and pressure by the university system and other state officials led him to believe the freeze should end. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, called it a "major concession" from O'Malley, who like all 188 state delegates and senators, is up for re-election this fall.
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April 13, 2011
In the photograph accompanying the article "History, drama at the close; College tuition breaks extended to illegals" (April 12), you show members of Casa de Maryland celebrating the passage of a bill allowing in-state college tuition fees for the children of illegal immigrants. Why, I wondered, isn't Casa de Maryland encouraging these young people to become citizens? Why aren't the people we elected interested in having them become citizens? Surely if any such interest existed, some stipulation could have been included in this bill requiring undocumented students to study for and become citizens as a condition of getting a tuition break.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1995
An article Sunday about tuition breaks given to university researchers understated the value of the benefit at the Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins annually offers the equivalent of half its tuition -- or $9,400 -- for all employees and their spouses and dependents to attend college. Last year, 627 employees took part in the program.Also, the last name of Jean and David Sack was spelled incorrectly.The Sun regrets the error.For people like Jean Sacks, a research librarian at the Johns Hopkins University, a campus policy that helps to pay for her two children's college education has saved her about $36,000 -- nearly a year's salary.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1994
Edwin Downs is a hard-working college freshman. He's also a convicted murderer serving a sentence of life plus 20 years in a maximum-security Jessup prison.It's a combination that doesn't sit well with Congress, which appears poised to stop paying for college tuition for Downs and other inmates.One provision of the anti-crime bill under final consideration in Washington would prohibit inmates from receiving federally funded scholarships known as Pell grants.Prisoners should not be getting college scholarships when many middle-class taxpayers can't afford tuition, proponents of the ban say.Others say a ban would be a short-sighted abandonment of the concept of rehabilitation.
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By Ray Stevens | September 30, 1992
MUCH has been said and written recently about unnecessary and outrageous college tuition increases, about the greed of professors and about waste and inefficiency in higher education.Some are calling for the privatization of campuses, for the tight-fisted control of dispassionate business people, for wresting control from bungling academics and placing it with those who know better how to run cost-efficient operations.It might be appropriate to examine those charges within the context of that bellwether of American pride and production, the automobile industry.
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August 29, 2013
There is little doubt that an informed consumer makes better choices. That's why pharmaceuticals should include information about side effects and drug interactions, why food should carry nutrition labels and why potentially dangerous products carry warnings. Public education has gotten much better about informing taxpayers about its product, too. At the touch of a few buttons, Maryland parents can find out how their child's school performed in standardized tests this year and other years, how much their school system is spending on a per-pupil basis and how many are dropping out or graduating in any given year.
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By Peter Morici | June 16, 2014
Despite five years of economic recovery, college graduates continue to face a tough job market. Certainly young people should take responsibility for their lives, but parents, educators and politicians all share some blame for their troubles. College graduates earn much higher wages and are less likely to be unemployed than high school graduates - and those gaps are increasing. Still many recent graduates cannot earn enough to live independently, and they often end up in jobs that don't require a college education.
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May 29, 2014
This is rich, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. complaining about college tuition ("College: where kids become leftists," May 25). I had two sons attending St. Mary's College of Maryland while Mr. Ehrlich was governor. He raised tuition more than any governor in the history of our state (part of the user fee thing). Leftist indoctrination? Nonsense. I know lots of recent college grads, and I'm shocked (and saddened) at how conservative they are. Today's grads are all about the money. Mark Moessinger - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2014
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown pledged Wednesday to cap rising tuition costs at Maryland's colleges if he is elected governor.  Brown, a Democrat, vowed in a statement he would limit annual tuition increases to 3 percent. To keep that promise, Brown said he would use state tax dollars to offset any other rising costs at colleges. He did not specify  The University of Maryland's Board of Regents sets tuition rates at the state's colleges, although the amount of the increase is usually impacted by how much money the state government allocates for higher education.  This year, for instance, Gov. Martin O'Malley budgeted an extra $10 million for higher education so that tuition would rise by only 3 percent instead of 5 percent.
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By Jim Rosapepe | January 22, 2014
As Gov. Martin O'Malley makes his final state of the state speech Thursday, it's a good time to look at what seven years of his governorship have meant for Maryland. The state of the state is clearly good: first in median family income, a top three state in income mobility, first in K-12 education five years in a row. And Maryland has already recovered 99 percent of jobs lost in the Great Recession. These are hard facts. But such snapshots overstate and understate Mr. O'Malley's impact.
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August 29, 2013
There is little doubt that an informed consumer makes better choices. That's why pharmaceuticals should include information about side effects and drug interactions, why food should carry nutrition labels and why potentially dangerous products carry warnings. Public education has gotten much better about informing taxpayers about its product, too. At the touch of a few buttons, Maryland parents can find out how their child's school performed in standardized tests this year and other years, how much their school system is spending on a per-pupil basis and how many are dropping out or graduating in any given year.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
A Rising Sun zoo set up an online fundraising campaign for its 19-year-old intern who was injured in a lightning strike. Plumpton Park Zoo wants to raise $5,000 for the woman through the website FundRazr. The woman was struck Thursday at the zoo. Bystanders told emergency personnel that the woman was standing near a large tree when she was struck as severe weather moved through the area. According to the zoo's posting on FundRazr, the woman was hospitalized and in a coma for several days, but is recovering.
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Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2011
When Missael, a young man from Hidalgo, Mexico, first set eyes on a college campus, he could barely contain himself. "There was so much excitement," he said Wednesday, recalling the moment two years ago when he took a tour of the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus and sat in on a couple of classes in large, imposing lecture halls. "I said to myself, 'I want to be a part of this one day. I want to go through this experience.'" Missael, who lives in East Baltimore, is one of thousands of students set to benefit from a bill approved this week by the Maryland General Assembly that extends them discounted rates at the state's colleges.
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June 13, 2013
A recent article in The Sun lamented the scheduled interest rate increase on student loans ("Student loan rates set to rise, barring Congress cram session," June 7). Cancellation of this program would be of benefit to all future students. The increase in college tuition is directly related to the availability of student loans. If an individual or family can afford $18,000 in annual tuition and charges and the government will provide another $2,000 in cash or as a loan, the cost of tuition and charges will increase by $2,000 or $2,500.
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June 13, 2013
A recent article in The Sun lamented the scheduled interest rate increase on student loans ("Student loan rates set to rise, barring Congress cram session," June 7). Cancellation of this program would be of benefit to all future students. The increase in college tuition is directly related to the availability of student loans. If an individual or family can afford $18,000 in annual tuition and charges and the government will provide another $2,000 in cash or as a loan, the cost of tuition and charges will increase by $2,000 or $2,500.
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March 29, 2013
In the great state of Maryland, the word "illegal" seems to mean "worthy of special treatment" ("Senate approves two-tier licenses," March 27). Otherwise, illegal immigrants would have three choices: Get legal, get out or go to jail. I love Maryland and have never wanted to live anywhere else. But I think everyone should have to play by same set of rules. If we don't, we will be come a society where "illegal" becomes the norm and laws are irrelevant because everyone will know that they only apply to "legal citizens.
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