Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Arne Duncan is slated to visit Loch Raven High School on April 10.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is making a third trip to Baltimore County—this time to discuss gun control. "This is a topic he's been very passionate about," said Dallas Dance, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools. Duncan will hold a town hall meeting at Loch Raven High School on April 10. A precise time has not yet been set. The secretary previously visited Perry Hall High School on Aug. 22, 2012 to discuss education reform as part of a school system professional development event. Less than a week later, Perry Hall High joined the national conversation on gun violence in schools when student Robert Gladden, 15, opened fire in the school's cafeteria, leaving a special needs schoolmate seriously injured. Gladden pleaded…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
President Obama pressed for social and economic change in his State of the Union address.
Tuesday, February 12
By Jeremy Barr, Capital News Service President Barack Obama used his first State of the Union address as a second-term president Tuesday to focus on an economy that continues to struggle toward recovery and to lobby for better gun laws to stem violence that claimed two student lives in Maryland the same day. “A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs—that must be the North Star that guides our efforts," Obama said. "Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?” His administration released a package of job training, business …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Baltimore County police chief decried gun violence on WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks radio show.
Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson continued his crusade against civilians owning assault weapons during a Thursday appearance on WYPR's Midday with Dan Rodricks. The police chief said opponents of assault weapon bans frequently cite home invasions as a reason to possess them, but pointed out that there is no "serious chronic problem with home invasions" in Baltimore County. "An assault weapon is an excessive weapon for the public," Johnson told Midday listeners. Johnson further noted that home invasions are commonly connected to drug-related incidents. "You see it from time to time," he said. Johnson caught the national spotlight Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on gun violence. …