Beginning this week, every student in the city, regardless of income level, will be offered free breakfast and lunch under a federal program that allows school districts to eliminate a decades-old meal-subsidy structure for students in high-poverty schools.
The Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood — home to some 15,000 people where about half of children live below the poverty line and nearly a quarter of adults are out of work — drew national attention as the place where Freddie Gray was arrested.
Neighborhoods matter because culture matters. Middle-class families have always known this, which is why so many parents move to the suburbs in pursuit of safer streets, better schools and shared values.
We cannot excuse the acts of violence committed by some of our young people last week. But we must, and will, accept our own responsibility — as the leaders of Baltimore City Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools — to expand opportunities for every child to reach his or her maximum potential.
The questions of overcoming the effects of poverty are still very much with us today, 50 years after Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to help end the economic achievement gap.
Thread, a Baltimore nonprofit that wins praise from federal education officials, targets students performing in the bottom 25 percent of the freshman classes at three high schools. The results have been extraordinary: 100 percent of the participants have graduated from high school within five years and almost all of them were accepted to college. By comparison, across Baltimore the high school dropout rate is 11 percent.
Baltimore City Public Works Department plans to shut off the tap on tens of thousands of low-income residents next week with little notice and no public hearing. This non-transparent plan is unconscionable for many reasons, not least of which is its effect on renters.
Baltimore City ranked the least healthy jurisdiction in the state, followed by several rural counties on the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland, in a report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which looked at counties across the country.
Maryland has a responsibility to encourage investment in academic apprenticeship programs, which could put state residents to work on state-funded public works projects and pay the apprentices' tuition at the same time, making it more likely they complete their degrees.
Gov. Hogan's proposal to exclude approximately 1,400 pregnant women from the program next year is just one way the new Republican governor wants to rein in Medicaid spending. Some Democrats say they will fight the cuts.
Scientists long believed urban living lead to higher rates of asthma in children, but new research from Johns Hopkins University disputes the notion that geography alone is a major risk factor for the disease and its telltale coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.
Automobile insurance in Baltimore and similar cities across the country is prohibitively expensive for low income drivers, particularly those who have financed a vehicle, according to a report released Monday by the Consumer Federation of America.
Ugly fruit is perfectly edible fruit that might have scabs or dark spots, or be small or otherwise marred or misshapen. Yet when sufficiently ugly, many people consider such fruit "rejects," which is not just a pity — in a city where one in four families with children is living in poverty, it is simply wrong. Astonishingly, 31 percent to 40 percent of all harvested food gets wasted — including about 81 pounds of fruit per capita.
The Y of Central Maryland's annual Y Turkey Trot Charity 5K is a perfect way for the entire family to get exercise before the big feast and help raise needed funds for kids whose families live in poverty throughout Central Maryland.
A volunteer group whose mission is to reduce the feral cat population in Laurel has received state and county funds to help its effort. Laurel Cats received $20,000 through the state's Spay Neuter Grant Program, which the Laurel group will use to help low-income pet owners spay or neuter their cats, according to Laurel Cats member Helen Woods.
Dr. Charles R. Morrison, a former Polytechnic Institute teacher who later joined the faculty of what is now the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville, died Nov. 2 at the Little Sisters of the Poor-St. Martins Home in Catonsville. He was 84.