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NEWS
October 15, 2007
It's easy to sympathize with Gov. Martin O'Malley's dilemma. He has to close a $1.7 billion budget gap and is looking for savings in a sector - education - that accounts for a hefty share of state spending. He also promised during last year's gubernatorial campaign to help school districts with higher costs of living by adding funding called for as a supplement to the Thornton law. But he's adding with one hand while taking away with another. Under Thornton, Maryland has increased spending for K-12 education by nearly $2 billion in the last five years.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,Sun reporter | October 13, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to change the way education funding is calculated in the landmark Thornton law has angered education leaders, who say the state would be backing off from its promises to schoolchildren. O'Malley is proposing to reduce the amount of state aid to school districts now required under a law passed in 2002 that increased state spending by $2 billion over five years. The law requires increases for inflation each year after this current school year. The governor favors not funding those inflation increases for two years, an action that would require the legislature to reopen the Thornton law. "We are not proposing that we reduce current levels of funding but we are requesting that they grow at a more moderate rate until we're able to get those other aspects, like the slots revenues, into place, which doesn't come until years three and four," O'Malley said Thursday on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2007
Gov. Martin O'Malley is renewing his push to funnel tens of millions more in state dollars a year to schools in Baltimore City and suburban districts, a move aimed at helping counties with higher costs of living bear the price of providing a more expensive education. O'Malley's education spending plan emerged yesterday at a meeting with education, business and community leaders in the 111-year-old Annapolis Elementary School, the latest of his carefully planned events over the past week and a half to discuss his plan for erasing a $1.7 billion budget deficit through, among other things, a sales tax increase, property tax cut and income tax restructuring.
NEWS
September 27, 2007
Man fatally stabbed in West Baltimore An man whose name was not released died yesterday morning at a hospital after he was stabbed on a West Baltimore street by an unknown assailant. Police responding to a report of an injured man in the 600 block of N. Brice St. about 10 a.m. found the man bleeding from at least one stab wound. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died a short time later. Evidence recovered near where the man was found led police to the 700 block of Appleton St., where they believe he was attacked.
NEWS
August 24, 2007
Last week in Annapolis, House Republicans gave a classic something-for-nothing pitch to mend Maryland's $1.5 billion deficit. On the surface, it sounded pretty reasonable - restrain the growth of state government and taxes won't have to be raised. But as with most anything of consequence, the devil is in the details, and the GOP plan is short on specifics. Setting aside the $600 million the plan anticipates from the licensing of a whopping 15,000 slot machines at a half-dozen unnamed venues (surely a dubious proposal on many levels)
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By Lisa Tom . and Lisa Tom .,special to the sun | July 18, 2007
The Oakland Mills Tiger Sharks, the team with the fewest members in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, had won only one meet since 1993 entering Saturday's competition against the Clary's Forest Sundevils. But they are back in the win column, thanks to a 307-296 victory over the Sundevils at the Swansfield pool. Tigers Sharks head coach Brandon Thornton, 24, remembers the victory 14 years ago when he was a 10-year-old swimmer on the team. He watched them win once more as an assistant coach in a meet against Clary's Forest in 2003.
FEATURES
July 7, 2007
Critic's Pick -- Celebrate Christmas in July as Billy Bob Thornton stars in the raunchy black comedy Bad Santa (8 p.m., Comedy Central).
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By Lisa Tom and Lisa Tom,Special to the Sun | June 27, 2007
Six-year-old Jalen Knight is proud to be a Tiger Shark. The Oakland Mills Tiger Sharks, the team with the fewest members in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League, has won only one meet since 1993, but its members never lack spirit. "[I] just try my best and have fun," said Jalen, who is learning from coach Brandon Thornton. A sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve, Thornton missed the 2004 swim season while serving 10 months in Iraq. Upon his return, the league placed Thornton with the Pointer's Run Piranhas, a large team that lost only one meet under his leadership.
NEWS
June 12, 2007
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By Sara Neufeld and Liz Bowie and Sara Neufeld and Liz Bowie,Sun reporters | May 17, 2007
A possible contender to be Baltimore's next schools chief has faced ethical questions during his tenure as the No. 2 school official in Philadelphia. Gregory Thornton was one of two top Philadelphia school officials who went on a trip to South Africa in the summer of 2004. The trip was partly paid for by an education software company, Plato Learning. Later that year, Thornton and the other administrator who went on the trip signed off on a no-bid, $926,000 contract for Plato, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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