Teacher Certification in Maryland

Maryland’s Protective Tariff Against Teachers   In 2011, Maryland colleges produced 2897 graduates from state-approved teacher education programs, out of 28701 new Maryland college graduates (Maryland Higher Education Report, 2011, p.17). Barely 10% of Maryland’s college graduates are thus eligible for regular certification as teachers in Maryland’s public schools. The regulations governing approved teacher education […]

Maryland and Distance Learning

Strangled in its Cradle Morality, it is said, is what you do when no one is looking. To assess the morality of the O’Malley administration and its favored clients, the teachers’ unions, it is appropriate to look at an obscure enactment, passed and signed ‘under the radar screen’, Chapter 288 of the Acts of 2012. […]

Switzerland in America

  George Liebmann: Switzerland in America Gazette Newspapers, November 2, 2012 The ballot referendums are important since two cure-alls of the 1970s, campaign finance “reform” and strict reapportionment, have delivered the legislature to reliable partisans and ‘bundlers” of campaign contributions. Referendums have served the Swiss well. The casino bill and congressional redistricting reflect the culture […]

Marylanders Get A Taste of Veto Democracy

      Marylanders get a taste of veto democracy Referendums allow voters to check Annapolis’ excesses               0   By George Liebmann 1:21 p.m. EDT, October 30, 2012   Marylanders will soon have an opportunity common in a country other than their own: the right to veto a legislature’s product. […]

Maryland’s Mismanaged Pensions

      Questionable investment strategies could put state’s bond rating at risk   Comments 2 Share0   By George Liebmann12:34 p.m. EDT, July 9, 2012   There are serious clouds over the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System and the way the O’Malley administration has managed it. Consider the following: 1. The rate of […]

The O’Malley Fiscal Record

The O’Malley Fiscal Record   After five years, it is time to take stock of Governor O’Malley’s fiscal record. This may be done under several headings:   1. New Spending Initiatives   A. Employment Tax Credit   This $20 million “Job Creation and Recovery Act” credit was initially claimed with respect to only 1000 jobs, […]

Injecting Sense Into School Construction

  www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-school-construction-20120301,0,1047591.story   State should not agree to commit vast sums over decades to a questionable building plan By George W. Liebmann 4:18 PM EST, March 1, 2012 Advertisement   On the important issue of school construction, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has displayed refreshing common sense by demonstrating skepticism about a vastly inflated — indeed […]

The Governor and Reapportionment: Another Look

The Governor and Reapportionment: Another Look     The Governor=s Redistricting Commission has performed as expected in its lay-out of Congressional districts. Fifteen years ago, four of Maryland=s eight congresspersons were Republicans: each and all persons of strikingly independent judgment and diverse views who punched well above their weight in the House. The purge of them […]

Reapportionment and Redistricting: The Great Betrayal

      The Governor has appointed a reapportionment commission of flive members: his patronage secretary;President Miller, Speaker Busch. a businessman. and a former Republican delegate. safely ‘out of the loop’ as as respects his party’s leadership, The commissionis in effect a Society for the Protection of Democratic Incumbents,   Was this the constitutional design? […]

The Maryland Budget: The Experts Speak

St.John’s College, Annapolis, January 6, 2004 Reported by Linda A. Crockett, videotaped by G.Stanley Doore, conference organization by Robert O’C. Worcester GEORGE W. LIEBMANN, Executive Director, Calvert Institute, Moderator WILLIAM S. RATCHFORD Director, Department of Fiscal Services, 1974?1997 NANCY K. KOPP Maryland State Treasurer, 2002?; House of Delegates, 1975-2002 ROBERT R. NEALL Maryland State Senate, […]