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Kirwan Commission Pushes Higher Standards, Teacher Pay

Maryland is "not getting the results...that a high-performing state, a high-performing economy" needs.


Rachel Baye

Irma Pretsfelder was born in 1926 in a small village in Germany. She was 11 years old in November 1938, when the synagogue where she went to school was burned, during what is known as Kristallnacht.

“The next morning, policemen came and said to my father, ‘I have to take you into custody,’” she told the state Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Wednesday afternoon. “‘But why are you taking me? What have I done?’ He said, ‘I have to obey orders. I have to take you to the next town.’”

The BSO: No contract, But They're Still Talking

Feb 14, 2019
Graphic courtesy BSO


The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have been working without a contract since mid-January, when a temporary agreement expired. And while that could have meant a strike with other unions, the musicians have agreed to stay and play.

Brian Prechtl, a percussionist and co-chair of the orchestra’s Players’ Committee, says they’re making progress in the contract talks, but it’s been slow going.

The battle over school starting and ending dates continues this week in Annapolis as the state Senate is set to vote on a bill allowing local school boards to set their own dates and House of Delegates committees are to hold hearings on similar bills. Also on the agenda in the Maryland General Assembly are bills to reinstate Maryland’s death penalty, squash Governor Larry Hogan’s plan for a new Redskins stadium in Prince George’s County and prohibit local school boards from spending money to arm teachers and more. Here is a partial list of committee hearings and other items of interest in Annapolis for Feb. 11-15.

Rachel Baye

A state House committee is considering a bill gradually raising Maryland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in the next five years. Local leaders, business owners and labor union representatives came to express their support for the bill.

Rachel Baye

Maryland elected officials are fighting over who should decide academic calendars for public schools.

Gov. Larry Hogan in 2016 signed an executive order requiring schools to start after Labor Day and end by June 15. He is now trying to write that change into the state code, while the Senate gave initial approval on Thursday to a bill reversing Hogan’s order.

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Out of the Blocks

all photos by Wendel Patrick

300 E Eager St: I'm Fighting for Me

The release door of the Baltimore City Jail opens out onto this otherwise abandoned block, empty except for the presence of a mobile medical office that posts up there 5 days a week. The PCARE Van , as it’s known, is operated by the non-profit Behavioral Health Leadership Institute , and it’s there to prescribe the opioid addiction medication Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for those in need. Oftentimes, people will walk directly out of the jail and directly onto the van. In this episode, we meet the staff of the van and the clients they serve.

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Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Dec 2, 2013

When do you need a runway to test for HIV?

Karen Hosler / WYPR

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Congressman Chris Van Hollen defend the Affordable Care Act – while acknowledging shortcomings of its rollout. Mike Pantelides will be sworn in today as Annapolis’s mayor. Plus: MD’s minimum wage, O’Malley’s trip to Brazil, and more.

Midday with Dan Rodricks

Dec 1, 2013

Baltimore Sun City Hall reporter Luke Broadwater, and Sun investigative reporter Scott Calvert, discuss some of the city’s recent managerial errors.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - 11/28/13

Brain Science Institute

Day-After-Thanksgiving schedule changes – around Maryland, and on WYPR. Plus, shopping projections, protests at Maryland Walmart stores, O’Malley’s upcoming trade mission to South America, Larry Hogan’s likely gubernatorial bid, and yesterday’s Ravens victory.

Wait For The Train To Pass Then Take Centerstage

Nov 29, 2013

The Baltimore theater that a train ran through—and the timing of its whistles challenged the actors to leave their scripts and adopt their lines to the whistles.

Thanksgiving schedule changes – around Maryland, and on WYPR. Plus: Governor O’Malley says the biggest problems with MD’s online health exchange will be fixed by mid-December. Prince George’s County lawmakers vote to raise the minimum wage. Tonight’s Ravens game. And more.

UMMC Commentary: Kashif Munir, M.D.

Nov 28, 2013

  Kashif Munir, M.D., is the Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.