Just four years ago, more than 90 percent of students at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle were identified as low-income — and that qualified the school for $250,000 in badly needed funds. A policy change has made that money disappear — even though the school's student population is no less needy.
It’s no secret that American workers face a major retirement crisis, with more and more retirees relying on Social Security for most of their income. But the average monthly Social Security benefit in Maryland is only slightly above the poverty line. What to do? Use the delay and gain strategy.
After Baltimore’s wettest year on record, housing advocates are seeking more protections for low-income tenants battling mold in their rental homes — and a city councilman is calling for a hearing on the problem.
We know that it’s not only the ultra rich or those willing to break the law who have an advantage in college admissions. Many with the means will do all they can to ensure that their children get into the best college possible. Often, this means spending money on standardized test prep.
Baltimore City was ranked the least healthy jurisdiction in Maryland and Montgomery County was ranked the healthiest for the sixth year in a row, according to the latest ranking from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Poor children in Baltimore City are being undercounted. This is a systemic problem put in place four years ago, when we stopped collecting lunch applications, used for decades to set poverty rates. The proxy for poverty, critical for determining school supports, is now a flawed measure.
The Community Builders non-profit development corporation bout 149 properties in Druid Heights in Baltimore for $1 apiece to turn them into high-quality mixed income housing. But that plan now appears to have been replaced with one for low-income rental housing, perpetuating area poverty.
In a recent discussion about concentrated poverty and our public schools, a colleague mentioned that, “poverty was going down,” in an attempt to de-emphasize the need for greater education funding. Problem is, official definitions of poverty often don’t reflect the reality of day to day life.
Why isn’t the United States doing more to address global poverty? The general public drastically overestimates what is being done to address global poverty. Americans incorrectly estimate that 20 percent of the federal budget goes to foreign aid.
The number of hate groups in Maryland and across the country grew in 2018 to its highest level on record, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported Wednesday. In Maryland, new groups included four black nationalist groups, the Proud Boys and a mix of Ku Klux Klan, neo-nazi and white nationalists.
Imagine what America could do if we invested $1.5 trillion in our children, instead of tax cuts going mainly to the rich. That kind of money could provide appropriate nutrition and preschool experiences to all of our nation’s children.
City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and the city’s Department of Public Works have competing proposals on how to make water bills more affordable for those who have the toughest time paying them.
Water rates in Baltimore will go up 30 percent over the next three years after a vote by the city’s spending board Wednesday. The vote followed a Department of Public Works presentation in support of the increase and public testimony against it.
We broke ground to elevate Baltimore as a model for the country by banning water privatization, and with the introduction of the Water Accountability and Equity Act, we are taking the crucial next step toward realizing a more just water system. Now the real work begins.
Johns Hopkins University was in the news recently as the result of a $1.8-billion gift from Michael Bloomberg. When I read about it, I immediately emailed Hopkins President Ron Daniels, and joked that perhaps Mr. Bloomberg should have invested at least $100 million of that in Morgan State.
Baltimore water rates would rise 9 percent each of the next three years under a Department of Public Works proposal. It also creates a new assistance program for poor customers that would help with their monthly bills. The proposal will go before the city's spending board on Jan. 9.
As the Baltimore Bike Share system languished again this summer, the program’s vendor billed the city more than half a million dollars for operational costs “highly beyond the initial level” and asked the city to bundle bicycle theft reports to exceed the company's $10,000 insurance deductible.
Pandering to racial prejudices is the last thing that Baltimore County needs from a candidate for county executive. The county has made some progress toward building more affordable housing and integrating neighborhoods; reversing course now would be tragic.
Recent FBI data show that Baltimore has the worst homicide rate in the nation, and the second highest violent crime rate, yet we shouldn’t worry, counsels Mayor Catherine Pugh, because she's "attacking the root causes of poverty." Lip service to this tired cliche will not help the city.
A few years ago, the United Way developed a statistic called ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Essentially, the moniker is to paint a more realistic picture of how many people are struggling to make ends meet in a community, even though they have a good, steady j
A decade on from the financial crisis of 2008, and many economic indicators seem pretty good: Maryland’s unemployment rate has held steady at 4.3 percent over the summer, while U.S. second quarter growth hit 4.2 percent, the highest rate since 2014.
Social mobility — the idea that you can erase class lines, move up in the world, do better than your parents did — has all but disappeared. Inequality has reached historic proportions in today's America.
Carson's story of climbing out of poverty to become a world-renowned surgeon was once ubiquitous in Baltimore, where Carson made his name. But his role in the Trump administration has added a complicated epilogue.
SNAP is at risk as Congress attempts to reconcile two very different versions of the Farm Bill, one passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and the other, far superior bill that passed the Senate earlier this summer.