Hopkins is shipping the youngest of school children all over the city in search of a good school that cannot be found in their own neighborhoods. These young children ride city buses across town and sometimes transfer every day because lack of funding has closed schools in low-income communities. These closing are created by policy that has corporations not paying taxes-----by huge corporate subsidy-----and by a billion dollars every year missing to fraud and corruption. Hopkins is a corporation-----it has several businesses operating out of its complex and as its Dean told the media and citizens when Hopkins was told to pay taxes----NO, WE WILL NOT BE PAYING TAXES. The city is starved of revenue and public schools are forced to beg for private donations. The State of Maryland is cutting financial aid and scholarships. We are to be thankful a corporation that should be paying taxes -----'donates' to a school or gives a scholarship to its own institution. Want a scholarship to a school of your choice? FORGET ABOUT IT. Let's look at the wall of corporate shame:
I KNOW SAYS HOPKINS----WE WILL IDENTIFY THE SMARTEST PEOPLE IN THE CITY AND SEND THEM TO HOPKINS TO LEARN THE WAYS OF WALL STREET! THE FARM TEAM!
Johns Hopkins tells its graduates to enter politics----most of Baltimore pols are grads of Hopkins legislating all that neo-conservative policy!
Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars
The Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars Program was developed in 2004 as the signature scholarship initiative of The Center for Talented Youth. Our mission is to identify high potential 8th grade students from low-income families and from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The scholarship prepares these students for top levels of academic achievement and leadership through participation in rigorous summer programs, distance education courses, a mentoring program, and academic support provided by a personal educational advisor.
To fulfill this mission, the Johns Hopkins CTY Scholar, together with his or her parents, will participate in several activities and programs over the next four years.
For more information on program eligibility please click:
Maryland: University System to Reduce Financial Assistance in Wake of Budget Cuts
(Baltimore Business Journal) 27 August 2009
“Student financial aid, facility upgrades and student services at the University System of Maryland will take a hit as part of a statewide $454 million budget cut approved Wednesday,” the Baltimore Business Journal reports.
Sequestration is simply Congressional neo-liberals and neo-cons paying off tens of trillions of dollars in corporate fraud taken from the US economy and government coffers by cuts to Federal programs, services, and public employee cuts. As neo-liberals pretend to be protecting the Democratic base of labor and justice-----education and health care is being gutted of funding and oversight and accountability killed just as in other Federal agencies. This makes way for soaring fraud and corruption in education and health care as if there hasn't been enough---just as it is further privatized. These programs are all connected to low/working/middle-class funding programs, immigrant education, and higher education financial aid.
Remember, these cuts are happening because of corporate fraud, corporate subsidy, corporate tax breaks, and a dismantling of the Federal Department of Education. If your organization is simply shouting DO NOT CUT without outing and demanding massive corporate fraud pay these debts----they are not working for you and me! Maryland added to these cuts.
DO YOU HEAR YOUR POLS SHOUTING-----BRING BACK THE CORPORATE FRAUD INSTEAD OF CUTS??? DO YOU HEAR LABOR AND JUSTICE LEADERS SAYING THAT???? WELL, THAT MEANS THEY ARE NEO-LIBERALS AND NEO-CONS.
National Education Association ---Impact of Federal Budget Cuts From Sequestration
Applying CBPP's Estimate
Students Affected Potential Job Losses Funding Cut
Grants to Local Educational Agencies (ESEA Title I, Part A)
School Improvement State Grants (ESEA section 1003(g))
Migrant (ESEA I-C) and Neglected and Delinquent (ESEA I-D)
Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (ESEA II, Part A)
Education for Homeless Children and Youths (MVHAA Title VII-B)
Rural Education (ESEA VI-B)
English Language Acquisition (ESEA III, Part A)
Special Education Grants to States (IDEA-B-611)
Preschool grants (IDEA-B-619)
Grants for infants and families (IDEA-C)
Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants (RA Title I-A and Title I-C)
Career and Technical Education State Grants (Carl D. Perkins CTEA Title I)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (HEA IV-A-3)
Federal Work-Study (HEA IV-C)
Federal TRIO Programs (HEA IV-A-2, Chapter 1)
Head Start (HSA section 639 )
Impact Aid Basic Support Payments (ESEA VIII section 8003(b))
21st Century Community Learning Centers (ESEA IV-B)
Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants (AEFLA & WIA section 503)---
THE 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL'
As a result of the "fiscal cliff" deal (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) reached at the beginning of the year, sequestration, or automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, was postponed by two months. Absent any agreement to replace sequestration, budget cuts will be uniformly applied to almost all federal programs beginning on March 1, 2013. Due to the delay, however, the total amount of the cut in fiscal year 2013 has been lessened by$24 billion, from $109.3 billion to $85.3 billion. An analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) indicates that nonexempt, nondefense discretionary programs would be cut by 5.1 percent; and a cut of 5.3 percent would be applied to nonexempt, nondefense mandatory programs. Since Congress has not yet completed work on appropriations for fiscal year 2013, the estimated cuts by education program presented here assume the same rate of operations as in fiscal year 2012. Actual cuts could differ once appropriations are enacted for 2013.
This is the sad part where the very candidate for Governor most ready to privatize public education and cut public tuition is Brown----says he is the education candidate. The entire article is a campaign advertisement for Brown.
You saw cuts in 2009 and each year until now students are saying enough is enough. You would think there is commitment to funding education if you listened to Maryland neo-liberals. We cannot even get a several year old Thornton Bill fully funded for K-12.....Remember, Dean Loh is the face of corporate universities and this is what drives tuition higher. He feels these student's pain!
BUT DEVELOPMENT, CORPORATE TAX BREAKS, AND LEVERAGED BOND DEALS HAVE NEVER BEEN STRONGER. DON'T COLLECT REVENUE----MORTGAGE THE STATE'S FUTURE.
University System of Maryland students protest higher education budget cuts
Posted by: Universities News Mar 5, 2014 in United States
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University students united in Annapolis with students from other colleges across the state to rally against rising budget cuts to higher education as part of the University System of Maryland’s Lobby Day.
“We are joined here together to keep higher education affordable, accessible and of the highest quality possible,” Antoine Battle, an international business student and president of The Universities at Shady Grove Student Council, said after leading the crowd in chanting “college affordability.”
Gathered in Lawyers’ Mall, across the street from the Statehouse, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and several members of state government and the university system met with student leaders from this university, Salisbury University and the University of Baltimore.
Brown told the students about his father, who escaped poverty in Kingston, Jamaica, with the help of higher education. The proposed cuts would harm colleges greatly when the state government should be trying tto help, he said. “We are going to be increasing the number of scholarships and focus more on need-based scholarships,” Brown said. “Every child deserves access to college regardless of their financial position.”
About 21 students from this university attended the 45-minute rally to protest the legislature’s proposed $7 million cut to the system’s 2015 fiscal year budget, potentially forcing universities in this state to raise tuition by 5 percent to compensate, according to Student Government Association student affairs vice president Josh Ratner.
“We hope to make it known that every penny the government gives to us is needed,” Ratner said.
Ratner and other rally attendees said they supported a less harsh budget proposal by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would cut less money from colleges and raise tuition by about 3 percent.
“Even though that $7.6 million is spread out over all USM schools, any budget cuts will affect the quality of education at Maryland,” said SGA President Samantha Zwerling. “We can’t afford that if want to keep improving our school.”
University President Wallace Loh also attended the rally in support of the students and later testified alongside Zwerling.
“It shows great commitment … that these students are coming out in 23 degree weather to rally,” he said. “When I speak, it is part of my job, but when they speak to legislators, they do it out of passion.”
David Colon-Cabrera, president of this university’s Graduate Student Government, agreed with the rally’s message but wanted to see more discussion about graduate school tuition. Over the past years, tuition raises for graduate school have averaged about 4 to 5 percent, he said.
“So many graduate students are affected from the same college affordability problems undergrads face, but we still have different needs,” he said.
After the rally, participating students spoke to delegates in the General Assembly to voice their concerns about rising tuition. While no students from this university lobbied the legislators directly, SGA governmental affairs director Lindsey Anderson, a senior English and government and politics major, said students also spoke to their delegates last week at Terrapin Pride Day.
Below you see yet another Baltimore revenue sucking machine and this one earning billions in profit every year. They not only do not pay taxes on income as they are a NINO----non-profit in name only------they don't even pay property tax as Baltimore City owns the land. Yet, look at the article below to hear Ravens shout they are team players with the city---! Making tax-deductible donations to education as they choose rather than paying taxes to the general fund----not a good corporate citizen!
THIS IS WHAT IS STARVING BALTIMORE'S COFFERS AND MAKING BEGGERS OF OUR SCHOOLS. This is very dangerous to say given the loyalty of Ravens fans!
Who owns M&T Bank Stadium, located in Baltimore Maryland?
M&T Bank Stadium, located in Baltimore Maryland: Owner: Maryland Stadium Authority
NFL doesn't pay taxes??
Someone at work sent me a petition found on change.org to change the tax status of the NFL. I didn't know they were non profit. I must be living under a rock. Below are contents of the petition.
Despite the fact that it is a $9Billion/Year industry, the National Football League (NFL) continues to enjoy status as a non-profit organization -- meaning it doesn’t have to pay federal corporate taxes.
The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $30 million a year -- earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. And so often, fans like you and me are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes.
Yet despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, the NFL does not pay federal taxes.
The NFL should pay their fair share towards our economy! Just like Major League Baseball, which gave up its nonprofit status in recent years, as well as the National Basketball Association, the NFL should not be able to hide under a nonprofit status in order to avoid paying federal taxes.
The NFL has methodically worked to shift all the power to their side, leaving players, employees and PARTICULARLY THE FANS little say in what goes on with the league. We deserve a say, but do not wish to boycott our teams! Therefore, we are calling on our elected representatives to revoke the tax-exempt status we bestowed upon the league half a century ago. Please sign this petition, and let Congress know that you want them to reconsider the NFL’s tax exempt status.
I bet teachers would rather have fully funded schools and classrooms with teachers aides and resources paid for by corporate taxes!
Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank announce Touchdown for Teachers winners
5/15/2014, 6 a.m. 52 BALTIMORE —
Baltimore Ravens and M&T Bank announced and honored the inaugural Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and grand prize winner at the Ravens Draft Party event, held at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, May 8.
The 2014 Touchdown for Teachers finalists are:
Jasmine Blanks – Magnolia Middle School
Cassandra Carter – Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School
Kim Coleman – Patterson Park Public Charter School
Charles Emerson – Northeast Middle School
Jeniqua Moran – Westport Academy
The program honors and recognizes local teachers for their leadership, dedication and commitment to education and for their outstanding service to their school, students and community.
The five finalists were honored during the Ravens Draft Party event during an on-field presentation at M&T Bank Stadium and received 10 tickets to the event, a personalized Ravens jersey and an award certificate. The grand prize winner was presented with a check for $1,000 in grant funds and will receive a classroom visit by a Ravens’ coach or player, accompanied by Ravens mascot Poe.
The grand prize was awarded to Jasmine Blanks, who teaches music at Magnolia Middle School in Joppa, Md. Blanks’ main focus is to ensure that all students gain an awareness and appreciation for the arts. She teaches classes in chorus, music history, piano and guitar and her lesson plans are often linked to other subject areas such as math and science. Blanks and her students can be seen attending concerts, sitting in related musical sessions at the local library or viewing relevant foreign films during after school hours. She is a teacher in the after-school reading and mathematics intervention program and often volunteers to chaperone school dances, field trips and other school related activities. Ms. Blanks instituted activities for the school in honor of Black History Month, including a college and university fair, "Rock the Rights" dance, book and movie club, performance assembly, essay and poetry contest and an art appreciation contest, which all take place during the month of February.
In addition to her achievements in the classroom, Ms. Blanks’ work in the community is extenxive. She is an advocate for at risk youth and has become a certified Resource Parent for Harford County Foster Care. Blanks helps high school students gather resources for scholarship opportunities, teaches violin and viola lessons to elementary students of lower income families and is active in her church, where she educates youth about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. During the summer months, Blanks spends time in Liberia, West Africa, running an arts based youth empowerment program that serves over 300 children. Magnolia Middle School has since developed a partnership with this program and Ms. Blanks is known to integrate information that she has learned from her work in the community and travels abroad directly into her classrooms.
“It’s important to recognize the outstanding teachers in our community and the tremendous impact they have on students throughout the school year,” said Augie Chiasera, President of M&T Bank’s Greater Baltimore and Chesapeake regions. “Quality education is a cornerstone of thriving neighborhoods, and M&T is committed to strengthening the communities we serve.”
Oh look!!!!!! Exelon donating the money required by a merger deal that won it hundreds of billions of dollars in future earnings! $7 million augmented by $100 million in tax break given by Baltimore City Hall for no reason. All these corporations are being made to sound as if they are good corporate citizens while everyone of them is owing the citizens of Maryland revenue lost to fraud and corruption. IT'S ALL ABOUT EDUCATING OUR YOUTH SAYS EXELON! Exelon is a major push behind education privatization.
Exelon donations in Maryland made as agreed
Company promised $7 million a year for a decade, amount ultimately mandated by state regulators
April 12, 2013|By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
There's no plan for a pullback in Maryland contributions after the mandate expires, Exelon said.
"Even after the 10 years is done, we'll still be in the community, doing the good work that we do," said Steve Solomon, Exelon's vice president of corporate relations.
BGE's CEO, Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr., said the utility has prided itself on community involvement for so long that "it's part of our DNA." BGE employees sit on more than 75 boards in the region and last year logged 18,500 hours of volunteering, the company said.
"We believe we have an obligation for giving back to the community," said DeFontes, chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore's board. It "helps us invigorate and improve the community in which we serve, and it also helps us get our message out about the things we care about. It really makes sense for us to do this."
In the 12 months since the merger, Exelon contributed just over the mandated $7 million in Maryland — most of it through its Constellation and BGE units.
BGE used to handle donations itself, years ago. After the reorganization that created Constellation, the new parent company took the lead. But now the pendulum is swinging back to BGE, which is gearing up to field most of the funding requests.
BGE officials say they are focusing donations in five areas: the environment, energy efficiency, education and the arts, economic and community development, and emergency response.
The 9,000 trees BGE is giving out first-come, first-served — via http://www.arborday.org/bge — fit into the first category. But the utility said customers also can save energy, and money, with well-placed shade.
Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, which builds affordable housing in the region, is another BGE beneficiary.
Last month, the utility pledged $300,000 over three years to help build energy-efficient Habitat homes, a follow to a five-year, $500,000 grant from Constellation. A BGE executive sits on Habitat's board. The charity regularly gets construction help from BGE volunteers.
The company's contributions to first-responders, meanwhile, were parceled out across the region in grants of up to $10,000.
The Baltimore Fire Department got 1,000 smoke alarms to install in homes. The Hereford Volunteer Fire Company in Monkton replaced the rusted-out bed of a pickup truck it uses to fight brush fires. North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department is putting its $10,000 toward the nearly $250,000 cost of replacing its 27-year-old fire rescue boat.
Joe Walters, a lieutenant at the North Point-Edgemere department, said he's grateful for the support. Firehouses have always relied on community donations, but it's hard these days, he said. Residents and small businesses are strapped.
"The money from fundraising has dwindled," he said.