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September 13, 2012
For once I agree with Marta Mossburg, that something needs to be done about Baltimore City public schools ("Baltimore City schoolchildren deserve a real choice," Sept. 12). But I'm very curious where she came up with the numbers she uses to push her idea for vouchers. Unless she's living in a very different world from Baltimore, her numbers just don't add up. She says that Baltimore City spends $14,711 per student, which she says is the third highest in the nation. That may be true, but then she follows it up by saying, "Private school costs are lower than public school costs" and that a voucher system would cost only $42,00 per pupil over a three year period.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The city expects a flood of applications when it opens the wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers this month for the first time in more than a decade. Housing advocates say 50,000 families or more might sign up for a lottery to fill 25,000 places on the Housing Authority's wait list for the tenant-based housing choice vouchers. The coveted federal subsidies help families pay the portion of their rent that exceeds 30 percent of their income. The vouchers can be used to rent any residence, subject to a cap. In Baltimore, that is roughly $900 for a one-bedroom apartment.
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By Dan Connolly | January 5, 2012
Here's an Orioles' press release worth passing on to those of you who are hoping to get autographs at FanFest later this month: "Vouchers for autograph sessions at the Orioles' 2012 FanFest will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9:00 p.m. this Friday. Orioles FanFest will be held on Saturday, January 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with early entry for Orioles Season Plan Holders to begin at 10:00 a.m. At this year's FanFest, the Orioles will continue an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
We spend a lot of time during the offseason talking about market value. What's the market on free-agent closers? When will the starting pitcher market set itself? And then there's the market on this year's Orioles FanFest autograph vouchers, which went on sale Satrurday morning on the club's website. Some sessions sold out in a matter of minutes, and the entire schedule sold out in 64 minutes, according to the team. I received several emails Saturday from some frustrated fans who said they were unable to purchase vouchers even though they tried right at 10 a.m. Their frustration piqued when they saw the vouchers immediately being posted on Craigslist and eBay for profit.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2011
Mayoral candidate and former city planning director Otis Rolley III has vowed to offer private school vouchers to students zoned to attend failing middle schools and says he would lobby to restore mayoral control to the city school system. "Our future is directly tied to the success or failure of our schools," Rolley said in an interview. He is slated to unveil his education plan across from school headquarters on North Avenue on Monday. Rolley, whose eldest daughter is a third-grade student at Roland Park Elementary School, believes better schools would keep more families in Baltimore and persuade others to move to the city.
NEWS
December 16, 1996
Your support for school vouchers (Nov. 25, "An open mind on vouchers") is as mystifying as Mayor Kurt Schmoke's. It isn't often that The Sun advocates stomping on the Bill of Rights when things aren't going well, but this is clearly an exception.Contrary to the opinions held by Pat Robertson, Ralph Reed and their followers, there is indeed a separation of church and state in the United States. It's the main reason that so many religions are currently flourishing here, as well as a key factor in keeping religious strife from our shores.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2011
Baltimore housing officials are warning that the city's homeless and others in need are being misled by deceptive fliers offering Section 8 housing vouchers. The fake fliers are circulating throughout the city, according to statement from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. The fliers tell people to bring pay stubs, Social Security information and proof of income to the housing office to apply for a program that actually ran out of money last year. "These claims are not true," the statement from the housing authority says.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
We spend a lot of time during the offseason talking about market value. What's the market on free-agent closers? When will the starting pitcher market set itself? And then there's the market on this year's Orioles FanFest autograph vouchers, which went on sale Satrurday morning on the club's website. Some sessions sold out in a matter of minutes, and the entire schedule sold out in 64 minutes, according to the team. I received several emails Saturday from some frustrated fans who said they were unable to purchase vouchers even though they tried right at 10 a.m. Their frustration piqued when they saw the vouchers immediately being posted on Craigslist and eBay for profit.
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November 21, 2013
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. apparently just doesn't get it. He wants the NAACP ("An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17) to support government funding of a few young people so they can escape their communities like the Arbutus he used to call home. Some of us want to help all the residents of struggling communities, finding ways to enable those with "athletic and academic prowess" to stay and strengthen their neighborhoods, including their siblings who might not be offered an escape. I don't doubt Mr. Ehrlich's appreciation of the opportunity he was given.
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By Dan Connolly | December 20, 2011
Had a chance today to speak to Earl Weaver, the Orioles' Hall of Fame manager who will be one of the club's six icons to be honored with a bronze statue this year at Camden Yards. Calling from South Florida, Weaver said he was overwhelmed by the gesture. “It's quite an honor and something you never expect to happen in anyone's life,” said Weaver, who won 1,480 games with the Orioles and led the club to one world championship (1970) and three other World Series appearances (1969, 1971, 1979)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
The Orioles have announced the autograph schedule for their 2014 FanFest event on Feb. 1. Autograph ticket vouchers go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. on the club's website. All but one autograph station will require purchase of an autograph voucher, which can be purchased at orioles.com/fanfest . Each voucher will be good for one autograph from each of the three or four players at each station. One station for children ages 4 to 14 will be free and operate throughout the day. Autograph vouchers are $20 each; the proceeds go to OriolesREACH children's charities.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
Tisha Guthrie applied for a housing voucher in 2004 when she became legally blind. After waiting five years for approval, she says, she still struggled for a long time to find quality housing. She had lived in one Mount Vernon apartment for a year before she began a seven-month search for a place in Baltimore County, where she thought she'd find more adequate housing in a quieter setting. "I'd stop by leasing offices and it'd be going well, but when I told them I have vouchers, they'd turn me away," she said.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. apparently just doesn't get it. He wants the NAACP ("An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17) to support government funding of a few young people so they can escape their communities like the Arbutus he used to call home. Some of us want to help all the residents of struggling communities, finding ways to enable those with "athletic and academic prowess" to stay and strengthen their neighborhoods, including their siblings who might not be offered an escape. I don't doubt Mr. Ehrlich's appreciation of the opportunity he was given.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
The use of vouchers makes so much sense, but The Sun and other liberal organizations will never fully back them since they give the poor an opportunity to become "haves" and diminishes the government's control of the "have nots" ( "An open letter to the NAACP," Nov. 17). Too bad for the folks, but good for big government. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | November 17, 2013
Those familiar with my life story understand my emotional approach to educational opportunity - particularly where the story line ends in opportunity denied. Simply put, I got lucky at a tender age. Enough athletic and academic prowess, in addition to scholarship aid, gave me the opportunity to attend excellent schools. These institutions set me on a successful path; each afforded me unlimited opportunities and important relationships that I have taken advantage of throughout my life.
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By Cal Thomas | September 7, 2013
Before Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department move forward with a lawsuit to block vouchers for thousands of low-income students trapped in failing Louisiana public schools, he ought to speak to parents whose children benefit from the statewide voucher measured called the Louisiana Scholarship Program. One of those parents is Lakisha Fuselier. Ms. Fuselier is a single mother of four. Her 8-year-old son, Albert, is a part of the voucher program. A spokeswoman in Gov. Bobby Jindal's office emailed me her story, which first appeared in The Daily Advertiser last December.
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Marta H. Mossburg | April 23, 2013
Human nature frequently disproves theories. Conventional wisdom, for example, says that open office space plans with workers grouped like cattle encourage creativity and collaboration. But study after study shows that people are more inventive, productive and healthy with more privacy. Susan Cain writes about this eloquently in "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. " But examples are legion of experience trumping ideology. Would that legislators, like state Sen. Jamie Raskin, keep this in mind when trying to help people.
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By Paul Delaney | September 6, 1999
WHEN I, of strong southern black Baptist upbringing, attended Catholic school for a year, I was subjected to sustained proselytizing, was required to study religion (guess which one) and to attend mass every Wednesday morning.I did mind, but I was only a kid. However, I resisted the pressure and happily went back to public school. But that experience shaped forever my views on state-church relations: The constitutional separation must be upheld.Even if church officials from all denominations swore on a Bible that they would not proselytize their young wards, the schools should never be financed by public funds, especially at the expense of the public school system.
NEWS
May 12, 2013
In a recent letter to the editor, Johns Hopkins professor Stefanie DeLuca recently suggested that many landlords refuse to rent to people with Section 8 housing vouchers because they are unfairly prejudiced against those prospective tenants ("Mossburg misrepresents research on vouchers," May 8). My guess is that Ms. DeLuca has never dealt with Section 8 as a landlord. The prejudice of landlords is directed not against the people but against the nightmare bureaucracy that Section 8 rentals entail.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
In her April 23 column, “Forcing landlords to accept vouchers won't help the poor,” Marta H. Mossburg quoted me as saying that laws prohibiting landlords to accept Section 8 vouchers “exacerbate” the problem of finding housing for the poor. That's wrong. When Ms. Mossburg interviewed me for her column, I was clear: banning housing discrimination based on source of income will help increase housing options for the poor. I told her about fieldwork I've done with families in Baltimore; Mobile, Ala.; and New Haven, Stamford and Norwalk, Conn., where I repeatedly heard about landlords refusing to rent to parents who were trying to secure housing.
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