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Letter to The Aegis | August 20, 2013
The following was sent to Harford County Executive David R. Craig. A copy was provided for publication. After reading your recent letters, I find myself once again obliged to respond to your comments. It is crucial that the current funding crisis facing our schools not be misconstrued or minimized. Your delineation of the roles and responsibilities of local boards of education as related to governmental bodies is quite accurate. It is very true that local boards of education are intended to be autonomous bodies.
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Letter to The Aegis | August 6, 2013
Editor: As you probably have noticed, the subject of education funding in Harford County has been a hot topic of late. And with good reason, since the education of our children and grandchildren is one of the most consequential responsibilities we have as a society. Sadly, there has been a great deal of confusion regarding how education is funded and administered in the state of Maryland, which itself is a situation that needs drastic change. In Maryland, local Boards of Education are independent bodies created by the state to administer local public education.
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By Yara Cheikh | June 2, 2013
Baltimore County Public Schools resemble Baltimore City Public Schools in that both have aging infrastructures and many of the schools are not air conditioned, but there are major differences in enrollment trends and available local funding. While Baltimore City has had a net loss of students over decades, Baltimore County has experienced major increases in student enrollment, requiring additional seats. County public school enrollment was approximately 81,000 in 1979, is 108,000 today, and is projected to exceed 120,000 in the next decade.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday signed a gun-control bill that is among the country's most sweeping legislative responses to the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The law bans the sale of assault-style rifles, including the AR-15 used in the Newtown killing of six educators and 20 first- and second-graders. The law limits gun ownership for people with mental illness, outlaws the sale of high-capacity magazines and establishes the nation's first new handgun licensing scheme in two decades.
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Letter to The Aegis | April 30, 2013
Editor: All citizens of Harford County should be dismayed by County Executive Craig's proposed FY2014 Budget. Despite his claims of being a life-long educator, despite Harford County taking in more revenue than ever before, County Executive Craig has once again shown his misplaced priorities and lack of dedication to our schools. I am disappointed that the County Executive has so little regard for the hardworking HCPS staff, our schools and our students. In February, over 500 school employees stood up for our schools.
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By Charlie Cooper and Sharon Rubinstein | January 31, 2013
When it comes to public school funding, this is a time for appreciation — but not complacency. Gov. Martin O'Malley deserves thanks for trying once more to hold the line on aid to public schools in his proposed budget, and for making a commitment to school construction funding as well. Indeed, the governor has tried to maintain both capital and operating aid to public schools despite the global economic downturn that has seriously eroded state revenues during his Administration.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
Public school districts across Maryland can now apply for state funding to reduce their energy consumption as part of a new $25 million "green schools initiative," the Maryland Energy Administration announced Wednesday. The effort is meant to help "accelerate" the state's goal of reducing its overall energy consumption by 15 percent in the next three years, the administration said. The funding will come from the state's capital budget for schools planning, the administration said.
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June 26, 2012
Harford County Executive David R. Craig misses the mark in his discussion of Maryland's Maintenance of Effort (MOE) law in his recent op-ed piece ("A school funding solution," June 21). Contrary to his arguments, the new law passed during the 2012 legislative session greatly enhances the ability of counties to fund a quality education for their children. As we entered the 2012 legislative session, loopholes in MOE were being widely exploited, severely jeopardizing the impressive gains in student achievement that our schools have made in recent years.
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By David R. Craig | June 20, 2012
Recently, Harford County engaged in a public conversation with its teachers about pay and classroom spending. This problem is not unique to Harford County and is symptomatic of a statewide problem caused by increased state mandates, lack of control over educational spending by the county's funding authorities and increased strain on public dollars in a down economy. On one side was the Harford County Education Association (HCEA), which represents the interests of teachers. They bemoaned that a county that is already spending half of every general fund dollar on K-12 education (this includes operating spending, debt service and other capital expenditures)
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council approved a $1.2 billion annual operating budget Wednesday for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget, adopted 6-1, ends furloughs for county employees but does not include raises. For property owners, it creates approximately a 3-cent increase in the property tax rate, the maximum amount allowed by law. The coming year's 94.1-cent tax rate would mean, for example, that owner of a home assessed at $261,200 will pay about $128 more in property taxes, according to county finance officials.
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