Hogan focuses new budget on ‘accountability,’ Baltimore crime

0
Gov. Larry Hogan holds a press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, to reveal highlights of the 2021 fiscal budget. (Capital News Service Photo by Alexis Duda.)

By Ryan E. Little
Capital News Service

ANNAPOLIS — The governor’s 2021 budget will prioritize fighting violent crime in Baltimore, provide “record levels” of education funding and finish paying for a major economic development project.

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) released the details of his “Accountability Budget” at a news conference on Tuesday morning. The full text of the $47.9 billion budget isn’t expected until Wednesday, but Hogan touted the highlights that include a 1 percent increase in expenditures with no new taxes.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Through JVC’s Day of Service

0

“Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Join Jewish Volunteer Connection (JVC) and the wider community and help move forward Dr. King’s vision of a Beloved Community on this national day of service. Volunteers from across Baltimore will engage in hands-on volunteer projects and inspiring educational opportunities that will impact our beloved community not just on this holiday, but year-round.

Volunteer at this signature community event or at sites throughout Baltimore including soup kitchens, shelters, senior facilities and beautification projects.

Volunteer projects are open for all ages and abilities. Come on your own or with your family and friends! Together, let’s transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community action.

Learn more and register today!

2020 Brings Exciting Changes for Baltimore Education Company: Now Offering Point-Based Guarantees for Virtual Tutoring

0

When you think about test prep, you think of companies like Kaplan or Princeton Review, both of which offer class-based programs on an expedited timeline.  Maybe you know a few people who have had success with these kinds of programs.They’ve been around forever. These courses provide instructors with pre-written lesson plans, recycled questions and homework assignments, and virtually no individual attention.  And this option will work for some students— because it sounds a lot like school.

Commercialized, class-based options are more affordable. Their affordability is why customers keep coming even when the results aren’t consistent or proven.  Those with the money, who want to avoid the wasted time and middling results the class option often delivers, will seek out one-on-one tutoring.  But even then, it’s difficult for parents to find a reliable company or tutor. How does a parent know when they’ve found a test prep option worthy of a lofty investment?

Streamline Tutors, a Baltimore-based test prep company, is taking the guesswork out of the equation. Starting in February 2020, Streamline will be offering point-based improvement virtual tutoring packages.  This means that parents can make an investment in their students’ future with guaranteed results— in the size of 150 or 200 points of improvement— to the tune of $20 per SAT point.

Dan Deacon shares new single ‘Become a Mountain’

0
Credit: Frank Hamilton

We now have the second single from “Mystic Familiar,” the forthcoming album from Dan Deacon. In a lengthy quote, the local electronic musician says the songs on the album reflect a period when he was feeling “raw and vulnerable,” during which he started going to therapy and practicing meditation.

Collectors Corner closing Mount Vernon location

0
Photo by Ed Gunts.

After four years on N. Charles Street, comic book shop Collectors Corner plans to close the doors of its Mount Vernon store permanently at the end of February, one year after owners mulled shutting down the location but ultimately decided to keep it open.

The company says its two other locations, in Parkville and Bel Air, will remain open.

Tribune Publishing proposes buyouts, raising prospect of more Baltimore Sun departures

0
Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Tribune Publishing, owner of more than a half dozen newspapers, including The Sun, is starting the new year offering company-wide buyouts, president and CEO Tim Knight announced in an email to employees.