September 7, 2008
Child welfare decisions aren't based on race The Maryland Department of Human Resources does not use and does not condone using race as a determining factor in deciding a proper course for abused or neglected children ("Keeping families whole," editorial, Sept. 2). We never have and we never will. The issue of disproportionate representation of children of color in the child welfare system is not unique to Maryland. Like many other states, Maryland is looking at practices to address this issue.
May 8, 2008
DHR is working to be transparent Nothing matters more to me as secretary of the Department of Human Resources than providing the best possible outcomes for Maryland's children and families. Every decision I make is aimed at achieving that goal. Since becoming secretary, I have engaged public and private entities, legislators, advocates, Maryland's judiciary, law enforcement, health departments and the media in my action plan for improving child welfare in Maryland. That includes operating in a transparent, inclusive manner that brings more people into the tent than ever before.
July 26, 2007
Maryland is one of the nation's wealthiest states, yet its infant mortality rate increased 11 percent between 2000 to 2004 and ranked as the nation's ninth worst, according to the 2007 Kids Count Databook, a report released yesterday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "Maryland's current rate of 8.4 infant deaths per 1,000 live births is nearly 23 percent higher than the national rate," says the report, also noting that the number of low birth-weight babies increased by 8 percent and was more than 15 percent higher than the national rate.
December 17, 2005
Focus on teaching basic writing skills Hear, hear to state Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden for his angry outburst at the city school system for adopting the Studio Course reading curriculum, and for threatening to make everyone diagram sentences ("School course set for review," Dec. 10). It's about time someone got angry about how students write. In the last five years, with the proliferation of e-mail, students' ability to write has gone to the dogs. I teach college, and I'm telling you that students' writing is just downright lousy (and I don't just mean undergraduates either)
February 26, 2000
Yes: It's only fair Basic, secular education support for all Maryland's children should be so fundamental to the public good as to be beyond debate. Public, taxpayer-funded education aid to all children in fully accredited schools of any variety is only good. Good for the children and good for our society. Most states provide some aid to all schoolchildren, and the Supreme Court has ruled that the practice is constitutionally sound. As an administrator for schools in poor neighborhoods as well as those in more fortunate surroundings, I see children whose families struggle and children in designer clothes.
January 6, 2000
Maryland's child poverty rate dropped dramatically in 1998, giving the state the lowest rate in the nation, according to U.S. Census estimates. Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend will announce that figure today as she unveils the first state report to measure conditions for Maryland's children -- a report with statistics that will be used to determine which counties are using effective strategies to improve education, lower crime and combat teen-age...