- Books and Baseball Summer Camp! April 5, 2013The Drs. Camille and Bill Cosby Community Center at St. Frances Academy will be hosting a Books and Baseball Summer Camp, for ages 6-12 years old, with two sessions running June 24th-July 5th and July 8th-July 19th . The camp will provide an opportunity to focus on hitting the books with reading comprehension, character development, youth financial literacy and study skills. In addition, the camp will focus on hitting the baseball with quality baseball instruction in all areas of the game from some of the best baseball professionals.
The camp will also feature special guests that will include former and current professional baseball players, college players and coaches, and baseball industry professionals (Scouts, Player Development, and Baseball Operations). SPACE IS LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS PER SESSION AND SPOTS WILL GO FAST!
Register today by following three easy steps:
1. Go to booksandbaseball.eventbrite.com
2. Choose a session. Then complete the registration information and pay the $55.00 registration fee (Online is the only way to register).
You will receive a phone call/email shortly after you register.
3. Pay your balance of $250 by June 3rd by check or money order (before and after care is only an additional $30 per session)
What a great way to spend your summer!
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- The Washington Report from Annapolis: Vol. 3, #2 February 10, 2013Dear Friend,
Like Rip Van Winkle, I feel as though I just blinked my eyes a day ago and awoke this morning to find that since my first (and most recent) Washington Report from Annapolis, we are 1/3 of the way through our 90-day session of the General Assembly, over 1300 bills have been filed and the Baltimore Ravens have won the Super Bowl!
Unlike Mr. Winkle, I have not grown a beard. I hope that there are still many of you on this list who remember who I am, and while there is a new Delegate Washington (Alonzo from Prince George’s County), I have not had the luxury of sleeping through the emerging challenges presented during the first 30+ days of session. Please know that while I have been a bit absent with my usual correspondence, I have been very much engaged in the House of Delegates, helping to set the priorities of the Baltimore City Delegation and am meeting with constituents and fellow members to learn more and to address the issues you care about most.
As you might recall, this year the House Appropriations Committee has the first crack at reconciling the Governor’s Proposed FY 2014 Operating and Capital Budget with the priorities of the State and our constituents. We make many of the initial and tough decisions and then pass them on to the Senate for concurrence, or in some cases (as last session), when there are areas where we won’t agree, negotiations begin and alternative combined solutions have to be made. As part of that responsibility, we listen to testimony from all of the state agencies, organizations, educational institutions, local jurisdictions and other entities who represent those who do business with the state. In addition, we hear other bills which have significant budgetary consequences or affect the operations of state-funded agencies or institutions.
Fortunately, this year Maryland’s economic outlook is better than it has been in many years, and because of the revenue and expenditure decisions that we have made over the last several sessions, there are no major cuts recommended in this Budget. There are, however, pieces of legislation that should be of particular interest to residents of Baltimore City and you other good progressives.
Critical Statewide Issues.
I am working very hard with larger coalitions to support the passage of these important measures:
Baltimore City School Construction Program – HB 860, is a package of four bills sponsored by ...
- The Washington Report from Annapolis: Vol 3, #1 January 10, 2013Dear Friend,
Happy New Year and greetings from Annapolis! Yesterday, January 9th marked the first official day of the 431st session of the Maryland General Assembly.
2012 was a particularly exciting year for many of my colleagues and me; I was able to introduce and pass several important bills, Maryland proudly joined the ranks of states who have legalized civil marriage for all couples and in-state tuition for undocumented residents and President Barack Obama was elected for a second term.
As this excitement carries into 2013, I am looking forward to grappling with the issues that come before us over the next 90 legislative days. In particular, I’m eager to begin working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to consider the fiscal year 2013 budget. There’s also news to report that I’ve been reassigned to the Education and Economic Development subcommittee. While Maryland’s economy is slowly improving, we still have a long way to go to close the structural budget gap and ensure adequate, sustainable funding for essential programs and services. I’m prepared for long hearings and voting sessions to keep Maryland moving forward.
Initial 2013 Legislative Priorities
Education Funding: Block Grants
Our most important investment is in our young people. I have been a consistent advocate for distributing Baltimore City’s school construction funding as block grants rather than Maryland’s current system in which capital money is limited to particular construction projects. Block grant funding will create a steady and flexible revenue stream for school construction wherein the school system can leverage funding to best suit its needs. Last session, I cosponsored HB 304: Baltimore City- School Construction- Block Grant and although the measure did not pass, we will be revisiting the matter with a carefully-crafted plan of action and broad coalition of supporters including public officials, education advocates and parents and students of the Baltimore City Public Schools’ system.
The Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners has now released its plan, “21st Century Buildings For Our Kids: Baltimore City Public Schools’ Proposes 10-Year Plan Recommendations.” This was a united effort to help consolidate and improve the schools in Baltimore City. Currently, too many Baltimore City students are being asked to focus and learn under deplorable conditions in substandard structures. Right now, Baltimore City needs more than $1 billion to fix and improve its facilities. Last year, the city received a total of $32 million in capital funding for school construction. Without the ability to leverage ...
- What Does the Referendum Mean for YOU? November 7, 2012Dear Friend,
I wanted to take a moment to explain the referenda in Maryland this fall. There will be seven statewide questions. Four are constitutional amendments that were passed by the Maryland General Assembly, but require approval by the voters. The rest are in response to petitions signed to overturn some of the hard work for equality in Maryland.
How Petition Referenda Work
To petition for a referendum in Maryland, the petition must be signed by registered voters at least equal in number to 3% of the votes cast for Governor in the proceeding election. This cycle that number was 55,736. For more information please see the Maryland Board of Elections Referendum Petition Procedures. This year the use of online signatures made that threshold easier to reach than ever.
Three items have been certified by the Maryland Board of Elections in this manner to be on the ballots in November. This includes the Dream Act, redistricting and marriage equality. I encourage you to look at the exact language prior to voting. Further information and the complete language of all ballot questions are now available on the Maryland Board of Elections website. If you agree with the work that the Maryland General Assembly has already approved, then you must vote in the affirmative.
The Dream Act (SB 167/HB 470) (Question 4)
“Establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates.”
MY TAKE: Under the United States Constitution, the Supreme Court held in 1982 that K-12 education could not be limited to a child based on their immigration status. Thirty years later, when higher education is paramount to future success, I believe it is time to take further steps to ensure fairness for children who grew up in Maryland. Educating our youth is ...