Tangier Island needs help no matter how you define its woes

Most people don’t care too much about why the tides and the erosion are getting worse, or about the politics of climate change. “They want to know what is going to happen to them and what they can do about it,” says a Salisbury University geographer. For many, the real threat won’t come in their lifetimes, and they aren’t likely to pay tens of thousands of dollars to jack up their houses. The key is to honestly acknowledge the threat and install public policies that over time guide “the way that development takes place, rearrange the way people build their homes, the way roads are maintained.”

News Match turns Giving Tuesday into Giving News Day

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has turned into the new tradition of Giving Tuesday for donating to nonprofit and charitable causes. This year, the three foundations sponsoring News Match—the largest-ever grassroots campaign to strengthen nonprofit journalism — are launching next Tuesday as Giving News Day as part of this nationwide effort. MarylandReporter.com is joining more than 100 local and investigative newsrooms that are eligible to receive up to $28,000 each in matching grants, doubling every donation up to $1,000 they receive by Dec. 31.

Auditors slam financial practices at Baltimore City Community College

Legislative auditors issued a damning report about lax and possibly illegal financial practices at Baltimore City Community College, an institution already under state pressure to fix its dwindling enrollment and improve its management. BCCC is the only one of the state’s 16 community colleges directly under state sponsorship and funding.

Montgomery County Candidates List for local, state, federal office 11/20/2017

This is an updated list of candidates for local, state and federal office in Montgomery County as best as we could determine as of November 20, 2017. Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education member Rebecca Smondrowski has confirmed she will kick off her campaign for the County Council At-Large race on Nov. 29. Del. Sheila Hixson, serving in her 10th term as a House delegate, will not seek re-election. Joel Rubin, a former congressional candidate in Maryland’s 8th District, is seeking a House seat in Legislative District 18. And Republican Laurie Halverson has joined the Legislative District 15 House race.

Industrial runoff fouls Bay, threatens communities, report says

Unbeknownst to most Marylanders, many industrial facilities are polluting state waters and the Chesapeake Bay with their stormwater runoff, while also threatening the health of neighboring communities, says a new report by a pair of environmental groups. The groups blame weak state controls and lax enforcement. More than one-third of the Maryland facilities that reported their stormwater discharges from 2014 to March of this year exceeded pollution limits for potentially harmful chemicals, according to records reviewed by the Center for Progressive Reform and the Environmental Integrity Project, both Washington-based nonprofits.

More career programs in Md. schools one aim of Kirwan commission

In 2016, there were 97,857 students in Maryland enrolled in career and technology education programs across the 237 schools that offered them. A state education commission, helmed by former University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, is weighing how to increase the scope and funding for these programs as part of its broad look into improving Maryland schools.

New Faces Part 4: Montgomery County Chinese language programs link students to culture

Thirty-four percent of Montgomery County’s population is foreign-born. Of the seven districts that make up the county, two are more populated with Chinese-born people than any other nationality, according to a Capital News Service analysis. The large Chinese presence has had multiple effects in the surrounding area, including in the schools, where Chinese is taught.

Democrat Ball promises a positive campaign to unseat Howard County Executive Kittleman

Democrat Calvin Ball, an 11-year-veteran of the Howard County Council, on Thursday night announced his long-expected bid for county executive, hoping to defeat incumbent Republican Allan Kittleman who is seeking a second term. Joined by most of the elected Democrats in the county and a crowd of more than 200 in Columbia’s Kahler Hall, Ball promised an election that focused on “unity, hope, civility and our very best selves,” without “a barrage of personal attacks.”