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The Daily Dose 9-16-20

Sep 16, 2020

Baltimore County’s virtual return to school has been a technologically bumpy road, and now the district looks at the next challenge – planning an eventual return to the classroom. Plus, Baltimore’s Department of Public Works tries to explain why trash continues to pile up in the city.

The Daily Dose 7-16-20

Jul 16, 2020
John Lee

The Superintendent of Baltimore County Schools considers a district-wide ban on the Confederate flag and other hate symbols. And Maryland’s Department of Labor uncovers a coordinated criminal plan to defraud the state’s unemployment insurance program.

The Daily Dose 7-15-20

Jul 15, 2020
John Lee

Governor Hogan announces a crackdown on thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims, and the superintendent of Baltimore County Schools says he favors district-wide at-home virtual learning this fall.

Teachers Association of Baltimore County

Baltimore County teachers have a lot of questions about what the reopening of schools in September might look like.

TABCO, the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, plans to meet Thursday to draw up a list of concerns for school administrators.

Baltimore County Public Schools

  Students, teachers and administrators who say Baltimore County schools have a problem of systemic racism, laid bare their feelings in an online forum Wednesday.


The Daily Dose 7-9-20

Jul 9, 2020
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Baltimore expands its COVID-19 testing capacity. Governor Hogan makes a decision on how November’s general election will be conducted. And Baltimore County students and educators address systemic racism in an emotional forum.

The Daily Dose 7-8-20

Jul 8, 2020

Overcrowding in Baltimore County schools, a peek at Governor Hogan’s memoir, and a conversation about COVID-19 and Black Americans’ historical distrust of the medical establishment.

Baltimore County

Overcrowded schools have been a profound problem in Baltimore County for three decades.

That’s according to a county councilman who wants to create a task force to study the law that controls developments in school districts.

The Daily Dose 6-26-20

Jun 26, 2020

Maryland businesses reckon with the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. Baltimore County teachers ratify a contract with a much reduced pay raise as schools ponder back-to-class logistics. And former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh reports to prison.

The Daily Dose 6-24-20

Jun 24, 2020

Maryland hasn’t dealt with some 34 thousand residents who are still waiting to be processed for unemployment insurance. Baltimore County’s School Board cuts back a planned pay raise for teachers. Plus, a conversation with Wes Moore about racial inequity, police reform, and what the rest of the country might learn from Baltimore’s experience.

The Daily Dose 6-23-20

Jun 23, 2020

Mounting frustration over trash collection in Baltimore City, and a new contract for teachers in Baltimore County. Plus a look ahead to the upcoming presidential election: How is the COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of social change going to influence voters in November?

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It’s been a long road to graduation for Raymond Shaw Finney.

He was born with multiple disabilities. His father died when he was an infant. Raymond slipped into the foster care system. Then eight years later, a family member recognized a picture of Raymond on AdoptUSKids, a website that connects foster children with permanent families. She told Raymond’s aunt, Vanessa Finney, to have a look.

And when she did she immediately recognized her nephew.

The Daily Dose 5-28-20

May 28, 2020
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Maryland moves further into Phase I of its reopening plan. Al fresco dining gets the go-ahead in Baltimore. Legislators raise their eyebrows over the state’s PPE procurement process. And Baltimore County looks to close the racial and economic divide for students.

The Daily Dose 5-11-20

May 11, 2020
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School officials in Baltimore County believe all students now have the tools they need to finish the school year on-line. And one Maryland doctor reflects on how treating COVID-19 patients is an emotional drain and a blessing.

Lee Krempel

Teachers across Maryland are learning a new way of teaching students.  Distance learning is a huge challenge for teachers, students and their families.

Maryland’s special educators have an even steeper hill to climb and it boils down to one word: individual.

John Lee

A highly anticipated effort to boost state spending on school construction and renovation projects passed with an overwhelming majority in the House of Delegates Friday. The bill would add $2.2 billion dollars to the state’s existing school construction funding over five years.

John Lee

The Baltimore County School Board Thursday night threw in the towel and gave up trying to elect a new chairman. 


Despite that, the current chairwoman Kathleen Causey will continue on in the post for now.



Lauren Watley, Baltimore County Government

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski begins his second year in office this week. 


Challenges ahead for Olszewski in 2020 include getting state money for the county’s old, crowded schools and dealing with a rising crime rate. 



John Lee

Climate change is real and human activity is driving it. That is the science, and teachers and administrators say it’s being taught that way in Baltimore County schools. 


But there are climate change skeptics. 


In this way, climate change is like evolution. The teaching of the scientific theory runs afoul of some people’s beliefs.



Baltimore County Public Schools

The Baltimore County School Board is deciding whether to start school before or after Labor Day next year.


But at a public hearing Tuesday night, the board heard mostly from people who asked it to treat the major religions equally when deciding on religious holidays in the 2020-2021 school calendar. 



John Lee


Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski put seed money in his proposed budget for a new Lansdowne High School.


That has supporters of new high schools for Dulaney and Towson wondering why they were left high and dry.



Seth Sawyers/flickr

The long-anticipated audit into the Baltimore County School System’s procurement practices will be presented to the school board and made public next week. 


That is according to school board’s chairwoman.



John Lee


Construction money for schools in Baltimore County is in trouble in the General Assembly.


If the legislation doesn’t pass, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said it likely will be years before any new high schools are built in the county.



John Lee

Teachers say it’s crunch time. 

The General Assembly session ends in less than one week. In two weeks, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski presents his budget to the county council. 


Teachers and their supporters rallied outside the Historic Courthouse in Towson Monday night, calling on the state and the county to come through with money for schools.


As several dozen people congregated at the courthouse, most wearing red, a sign of support for teachers, they were joined by Olszewski, who is a former teacher.


Seth Sawyers/flickr

Republican Governor Larry Hogan has asked the General Assembly to approve a plan to spend nearly $2 billion in additional school construction money statewide over the next four years. 


And Baltimore County’s Executive, Democrat Johnny Olszewski, agrees. 


Olszewski painted a dire picture before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Wednesday of what might happen without the money.