Pari Kasotia: Hogan Has a Chance to Unlock Md.’s Clean Energy Economy

Thousands of Maryland residents work in the state’s growing solar and wind industries. With Gov. Larry Hogan’s leadership, the Old Line State can snowball that progress, unlocking innovation and local investments while building a 21st-century clean energy economy. Right now, Maryland lawmakers are considering the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a bill to move the state to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A growing number of governors, states, electric utilities and more than 100 cities have already committed to achieving 100 percent. (Md. Matters)

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Urrea's selection could embolden advocates of changing student school board member's role

Joseph Ganem: Expectations — great and small — are killing our kids' education

A word that appears repeatedly whenever blame is assigned for poor student test scores is “expectations.” Use of this word should be banned. That may sound heretical coming from an educator. After all, administrators cite “low expectations” as a reason for achievement gaps in Baltimore’s public charter schools, and studies show that “low expectations” damage student learning. Teachers are told to have “high expectations” for their students because students who are not expected to learn will not learn. I do not disagree, and I trust these findings. (Balt. Sun)

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Barry Rascovar: Hogan Snubs Kirwan

Gov. Larry Hogan apparently doesn’t think much of the Kirwan Commission and its recommended improvements for Maryland’s K-12 classrooms. You won’t find that message in Hogan’s State of the State Address, or in his formal budget submittal — a mind-boggling set of numbers running well over 1,000 pages. But to understand what Hogan is up to — and how he wants to subvert implementation of Kirwan Commission proposals — you can turn to a far slimmer document, most of it written not in numbers but concise English: The Department of Legislative Services’ Operating Budget Fiscal Briefing. (politicalmaryland)

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C'mon Gov. Hogan, don't play games with Annapolis

By leaving money out of his budget to help cover Annapolis’ expenses tied to hosting the General Assembly and state government, Gov. Larry Hogan made it clear that lawmakers must create a formula for future funding now. Speaker of the House Mike Busch and freshmen lawmakers Del. Alice Cain and Sen. Sarah Elfreth — who represent the city as part of their district — proposed legislation that would mandate $750,000 in annual funding to the city starting in 2022, with increases based on the consumer price index. (Capital)

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David Byler: Sorry, Republicans, Larry Hogan isn’t the answer to Trumpism

Larry Hogan, the popular Republican governor of highly Democratic Maryland, is considering a challenge to President Trump in the 2020 Republican primary. He is still in the early phases of deliberation, as he told CNN, “I would say I’m listening. I’m not sure how much thinking we’re doing, but I haven’t closed the door.” Hogan said he isn’t interested in a “suicide mission,” and that he would only run if he thought he could win. And some on the center-right seem excited about his potential candidacy. Hogan and his boosters aren’t crazy for testing the waters, but he’s probably not the right answer for the Trump-skeptical right. (Wash. Post)

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A female superintendent at the Naval Academy could be what the Navy needs

You could almost hear the forehead-smacking frustration over at the Naval Academy. Sexual harassment among midshipmen continues to rise, with almost 60 percent of women and 20 percent of men saying they’ve experienced it, a new Department of Defense study shows. If that weren’t bad enough, reporting remains virtually nonexistent. Midshipmen made just two informal harassment complaints and no formal complaints, down from 12 informal complaints last school year. The report found the Naval Academy training program was strong. So apparently, underclassmen just didn’t get the message. We find that hard to believe. (Capital)

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Kathy Szeliga: Don't return to 'out of control' school calendars

As a small government conservative, I have consistently advocated for greater local control. However, local control can be corrupted, and that is exactly what happened to most local school boards and the process in which they created their school calendars. This is why Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to start school after Labor Day was a good and necessary action (“Let school boards decide when classes should begin,” Jan. 28). (Balt. Sun)

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