Expanding Educational Opportunity in Maryland
The structural budget gap for Baltimore City Public Schools has been in the headlines for months. A new report by the Maryland Center on Economic Policy, supported by the Abell Foundation, shows that Maryland has an opportunity to improve the way it funds education and provides a roadmap of how to move forward.
The report calls on increasing the state investment in education and ensuring that adequate resources be delivered to districts with the highest needs. Learn more .
Hope for Hemp?
Although currently illegal, hemp is an environmentally friendly crop with a myriad of potential uses.
In Hope for Hemp?, veteran environmental reporter Rona Kobell explores hemp's sometimes troubled history and the factors bringing it back. She weighs the benefits and limitations of hemp, and its possibilities for Baltimore and Maryland as a job creator. Learn more about hemp here.
Safe Consumption Spaces
Faced with an opioid epidemic and the failed war on drugs, we must seek out creative solutions to reduce harm and improve public health.
In this report, Dr. Susan Sherman of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health argues that safe consumption spaces, now in operation in 66 cities in 11 countries, should be created in Baltimore City not only because they save lives, but because they link people with addiction services, reduce crime, and save money. Learn more here.
Hospital Community Benefits and Health Care Reform in Maryland
In exchange for enjoying exemption from paying taxes, non-profit hospitals in the United States are required to provide health benefits to their local communities and account for those "community benefits" annually. This report describes the history of the "community benefit" requirements, some of the challenges and opportunities presented by them, and recommendations for future investigation.
It focuses on Maryland where the recent transition to a global budget model creates a unique opportunity for hospitals to invest in efforts that have the potential to truly impact community health. Learn more here.