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.
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.
As Maryland lawmakers debate whether to increase the state's hourly minimum wage, workers and business owners watch to see how they'll be affected. Some saying it’s vital for workers to be paid enough to take care of basic needs. Others warn an increase would be a job-killing measure.
The farm bill only advanced after Republicans inserted language that barred a floor vote for the rest of 2018 on a resolution limiting U.S. intervention in war-torn Yemen. Lawmakers passed that rule 206-203 — with the votes of five Democrats, including Maryland Rep. Ruppersberger.
The city of Baltimore is suing the Trump administration over changes the State Department made to how it weighs the use of government benefits by potential immigrants and their families when deciding whether to issue visas.
Immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance, Medicaid or housing could be denied green cards in the future. To those who think that the U.S. has too many immigrants already, this new “public charge” rule may sound like a good idea. It's not: American children will pay the price
As Hurricane Florence churns toward the East Coast, Maryland watermen on the Chesapeake Bay are preparing for yet another challenge from Mother Nature this year. Many are pulling crab pots from the water or moving them to deeper water in case of the storm.
A United Way study of the working poor shows that 38 percent of Maryland families — and nearly half of Baltimore ones — cannot afford basic necessities, such as housing, transportation, food and child care.
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.
“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” This simple question, which the Census Bureau is proposing to add to the 2020 census, would surely decrease immigrant participation. We ask community leaders and organizations to join us in opposing this question.
Baltimore County superintendent: When our schools reopen this fall, students at all schools who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost to families. Those who don't, wont. Here's why.
A move to provide free meals to some 9,500 students in 19 Baltimore County public schools is getting resistance over concerns it could result in less federal money for the system’s most needy students.
I read recently that nearly 70 per cent of U.S. voters don’t want Roe overturned. So, how can a few wealthy white men be in a position to take this right away? I am a 54-year-old woman who will never have to face this decision, but I desperately want this choice to continue for future generations.
Maryland health officials are warning consumers to avoid unpasteurized Venezuelan crab meat because they believe it has sickened nine people with infections of Vibrio bacteria. They have not pinpointed a single source of the contaminated meat.
Ben Carson grew up in public housing, received government assistance, and devoted his career as a surgeon to the people of Baltimore. Now the agency he runs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is proposing divisive cuts from the top down on the people who need it the most.
On Sunday, when former Ellicott City resident Kayvon Asemani walks across the stage to pick up his business degree from the prestigious Wharton School, he's certain he'll feel the spirit of his mother, who has been in a coma for 13 years as a result of domestic violence.
Federal regulators have forbidden many Baltimore-area carry-out shops from accepting food stamps for steamed crabs, a move that is stirring debate over whether it is an appropriate use of government benefits and what impact it could have on a beleaguered seafood industry.
The proposal to replace SNAP with “America’s harvest box,” a box of “shelf-stable” canned and boxed goods, for those households receiving over $90 per month, is perplexing and concerning to say the least.