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Abell Report Newsletter: April 2013
April 30, 2013 - Cities Compete for Most Innovative Projects: Baltimore’s Outcome/Stats entry didn’t win, but the city can learn much from projects that did.
Abell Salutes: “Power Inside,” becoming family to incarcerated and abused women, walking with them from tears to prospects.
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2013 (2)
January 29, 2013 - Nutrient Trading to Target Chesapeake Bay’s Water Quality: Will the latest pollution 'solution' hurt minorities and the poor?
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2013 (2A)
January 23, 2013 - Will Limiting the Number of Beer/Wine/Liquor Outlets in Baltimore City Create Healthier Residential Neighborhoods?
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2013 (1)
January 9, 2013 - Sex Trafficking in Maryland: Police, Social Agencies Say Human Trafficking Growing Faster Than Authorities Can Control
Abell Salutes: Shepherd's Clinic, for providing low-cost or no-cost health care services to the poor.
Abell Report Newsletter: November 2012
November 13, 2012 - Going Too Easy on Chesapeake Bay Polluters?
Abell Report Newsletter: October 2012
October 2, 2012 - Green Technology to Fight Hospital-Linked Infections:
Abell Report Newsletter: September 2012
September 5, 2012 - Police housing incentives could encourage police officers to move into Baltimore City--heightening prospects for reducing crime and increasing citizen satisfaction.
Abell Salutes: Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF) and Its Jump Start Program
Abell Report Newsletter: April 2012
March 20, 2012 - Rent to Own: Exploiting Baltimore’s Poor.
Consumers who buy from rent to own stores pay up to 3.5 times more than at traditional retail stores.
Abell Salutes: TurnAround, for providing victims of sex trafficking with a new life.
Abell Report Newsletter: March 2012
February 22, 2012 - Uncapping the Pros and Cons of a Bottle Deposit Program: Will a beverage-container deposit program reduce litter in Maryland? And at what cost?
Abell Salutes: “Year-Up:” Teaching IT skills, opening doors, changing lives.
Abell Report Newsletter: February 2012
January 30, 2012 - Getting Serious About Saving the Chesapeake Bay
Abell Salutes: CARES for the promise of its offerings of emergency services, and the fulfillment of that promise one-on-one in Govans
Abell Report Newsletter: September 2011
September 27, 2011 - Sending Out An S.O.S. for SES (Supplemental Educational Services)
Abell Report Newsletter: August 2011
August 18, 2011 - Abell Report: Breaking the "Sickle Cycle"
Abell Salutes: Jericho, for teaching re-entering prisoners: to regain faith in society, they must regain faith in themselves.
Abell Report Newsletter: May 2011
May 11, 2011 - Is Montgomery County's Housing Policy One Answer to Baltimore's Education Achievement Gap?
Abell Salutes: Health Leads - Doctors Identify Patient's Unmet Resource Problems, College Students Help Solve Them
Abell Report Newsletter: March 2011
March 23, 2011 - Maryland Hospital Infection Rates at Bottom of National Rankings; State’s Hospitals Launch Initiative to Bring Them Down to Zero
Abell Salutes: Jhpiego, for helping developing countries develop first-class health care.
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2011
January 13, 2011 - How Course Redesign at the University of Maryland is Improving Learning, Lowering Costs, and Increasing Graduation Rates
Abell Salutes: Bridge Private Lending for its role in helping to revive city neighborhoods: "Children walk along, feeling comfortable and safe."
Abell Report Newsletter: September 2010
September 27, 2010 - Why Can't Johnny Read? Baltimore's school-based vision-screening program may be leaving thousands of children with uncorrected eyesight problems.
Abell Salutes: Allan M. Tibbels, an appreciation of his remarkable life in Sandtown.
Abell Report Newsletter: August 2010
August 3, 2010 - Vitamins & Violence: Can Micronutrients Make Students Behave, Schools Safer and Test Scores Better?
Abell Report Newsletter: July 2010
June 22, 2010 - Foster Children Are Our Children: Are They Finding Homes With Families They Can Call Their Own?
Abell Salutes: The Baltimore City College Speech and Debate Program for adding successful years to the successful record of 138 years.
Abell Report Newsletter: June 2010
June 2, 2010 - Baltimore City's School Buildings Not Making the Grade: Nearly 9 in 10 Need Modernization to Accelerate Academic Gains
Abell Report Newsletter: May 2010
May 10, 2010 - Confidentiality Laws: Protections For Kids or Cloak of Secrecy For Agencies?
Abell Salutes: "Banner Neighborhoods" Helping residents stay fixed in their homes by keeping their homes fixed up.
Abell Report Newsletter: April 2010
April 8, 2010 - Maryland Clean Water Enforcement Falling Short: At Stake,
Continued Deterioration of the Bay and Health of Local Economy.
Abell Salutes: "Community Greens"; When alleys become walkways neighbors become friends.
Abell Report Newsletter: March 2010
March 8, 2010 - The Case for City Cyber Schools
Abell Salutes: The Retention Program of CollegeBound: "Keeping the dream of college alive by keeping the dreamer in college"
Abell Report Newsletter: April 2009
March 10, 2009 - Conflict-of-Interest Policies in Clinical Care Among Baltimore's Healthcare Systems
Abell Report Newsletter: March 2009
March 2, 2009 - Heritage Tax Credits: Maryland's own stimulus to renovate buildings for productive use and create jobs, an $8.53 return on every state dollar invested.
Abell Salutes: Civic Works' Project Light Bulb and all 300 Mrs. Copelands who are saving money by saving energy.
Abell Report Newsletter: November 2008
November 11, 2008 - Does Kalamazoo's "Promise" Hold Promise for Baltimore?
Abell Salutes: The Public Justice Center (PJC) and Citizens Planning and Housing Association (CPHA) Eviction Reform Initiative for Bringing Greater Dignity and Cleaner Streets to Baltimore.
Abell Report Newsletter: August 2008
August 16, 2008 - Growing! Growing! Gone! The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2008
January 28, 2008 - Guns Making their Way into the Hands of Criminals Pose Continuing Problems of Public Safety
Abell Report Newsletter: September 2007
September 30, 2007 - The Dismantling of Baltimore's Public Housing
Abell Report Newsletter: August 2007
August 13, 2007 - The Market is Failing Low Wage Baltimoreans
Abell Report Newsletter: February 2007
February 20, 2007 - Maryland's Property Transfer Tax
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2007
January 8, 2007 - Hospital-Acquired Infections: A National Tragedy
Abell Report Newsletter: November 2006
November 27, 2006 - New Study Disputes Claim That Maryland's Teacher Pension Plan Hampers Recruitment and Retention of Teachers.
Abell Report Newsletter: June 2006
June 27, 2006 - Private Discomfort in Public Housing: A cultural conflict is simmering in public housing, between longtime and elderly residents and younger disabled residents.
Abell Report Newsletter: May 2006
May 16, 2006 - Maryland's Electricity Opportunity: How to Fix the Power Breakdown
Abell Report Newsletter: January 2006
January 24, 2006 - Underground Video Gambling Industry Costing Maryland More Than $15 Million Annually In Uncollected Taxes.
Abell Report Newsletter: December 2005
December 6, 2005 - Special Education in the Baltimore City High Schools: Perspectives, Challenges, Recommendations.
Abell Salutes...The Baltimore Scholars program of Johns Hopkins University, for changing lives by changing the rules.
Abell Report Newsletter: November 2005
November 9, 2005 - In New Orleans, death was highest among people who lacked access to cars. In Baltimore City, the percentage of those with lack-of-access is higher than New Orleans's.
Abell Salutes..."Baltimore CASH Campaign": For opening the door to financial services in communities where it's usually shut.
Abell Report Newsletter: September-October 2005
September 9, 2005 - Going Public With School Privatization. State's contract with Edison Schools, Inc. is in its fifth year. A new report raises the question: Is it a good deal for the Baltimore City Public Schools?
Abell Salutes...Jubilee Baltimore: Helping to stabilize neighborhoods by helping neighbors invest in their homes.
Abell Report Newsletter: May-June 2005
May 13, 2005 - Help Wanted: A workforce development program in our schools that works for our city.
Abell Salutes... St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center: Taking control of Asset Control; stabilizing neighborhoods by buying, renovating, and selling "foreclosed" houses.
Abell Report Newsletter: March-April 2005
March 11, 2005 - Nightmare for Baltimore's Day Laborers: Their exploitation in the marketplace is too costly in both economic and human terms. The facts, and recommendations.
Abell Salutes... Community Law Center--To see their work, walk down your street.
Abell Report Newsletter: January-February 2005
January 24, 2005 - Actuarial Discrimination: City residents pay up to 198% more for car insurance than county residents.
Abell Salutes... "Live Baltimore" for reversing the figures by spreading the words.
The Abell Report Newsletter: November-December 2004
October 26, 2004 - Commercial Property Assessments in Baltimore City: A Costly Problem, A Strategic Opportunity
Abell Salutes... Mayor Martin O'Malley, the citizens of Baltimore, and the more than 60 departments that provide for their quality of life. Their combined efforts are moving Baltimore City in the right direction.
The Abell Report Newsletter: October-November 2004
September 27, 2004 - The Road to Nowhere: The Illusion and Broken Promises of Special Education in the Baltimore City and Other Public School Systems
Abell Salutes... The Baltimore Stars Coalition for teaching young basketball players how to "use basketball instead of being used by basketball."
The Abell Report Newsletter, August-September 2004
August 18, 2004 - High incidence of clinical depression among City's poor is closely linked to their high rate of poverty, finds new report.
Abell Salutes... "Teach For America" for enriching the talent pool of new teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools.
The Abell Report Newsletter, June-July 2004
June 7, 2004 - Baltimore City Community College: A Long Way To Go. Two years yield few meaningful reforms, underscores deep-seated challenges facing Baltimore City residents' largest provider of post-secondary education.
Abell Salutes... "BEST" - Increasing educational opportunities for disadvantaged African American students
The Abell Report Newsletter, January 2004
January 14, 2004 - A Matter of Principals: The kindergarten to grade 12 public school leaders Maryland needs, and how to get them. The State Department of Education estimates that Maryland will need 125 new principals of the highest caliber by August 2004.
Abell Salutes... Maryland Public Interest Research Group for its stand against Maryland pollution: "Unacceptable."
The Abell Report Newsletter, December 2003
December 15, 2003 - Maryland's Critical Area Act Of 1984 was created to find the citizenry's best interests between two competing needs--to preserve the environment, and to accommodate development. This report by Saunders C. Hillyer attempts to assess the Critical Area Act's impact and effectiveness nearly two decades later.
Abell Salutes... Neighborhood Conservation Program (NCP) "Helping neighborhoods build upon existing strengths."
The Abell Report Newsletter, November 2003
December 1, 2003 - A License to a Better Life: Owning a car is often a necessity for living and working in Maryland. But for many low-income families, getting a license and maintaining ownership are unattainable goals. Barriers for driver's licensing and ownership must be lowered.
Abell Salutes... Planned Parenthood's Emergency Contraception Project for "calming nerves," for "putting minds at ease"
The Abell Report Newsletter, September-October 2003
September 29, 2003 - Perils of Economic School Integration. The Baltimore region is moving towards greater economic school segregation -- in the face of recent data reconfirming the educational value of greater economic school integration. A report to the community and recommendations for resolving the problem by David Rusk.
Abell Salutes... Maternity Center East: Clinic, counseling center, and home.
The Abell Report Newsletter, July-August 2003
July 25, 2003 - Who's and What's at Stake in "High Stakes" Testing?
Maryland is at a critical juncture in its deliberations on the implementation of the new high-stakes High School Assessment program. The State's decisions will determine who graduates from our high schols, and with what qualifications.
Abell Salutes... The Violence Intervention Program at U of M's Shock Trauma: Saving victim's lives, taxpayers' money.
The Abell Report Newsletter, March 2003
March 24, 2003 - A System In Collapse: Baltimore City suffers from an ovewhelmingly high caseload of tenant evictions. Hurt in the process are tenants, landlords, the City of Baltimore and its neighborhoods.
ABELL SALUTES... "Ingenuity" - for taking Baltimore City public school students "all the way to the top."
The Abell Report Newsletter, February 2003
February 7, 2003 - The Invisible Dyslexics: How Public School Systems In Baltimore and Elsewhere Discriminate Against Poor Children In the Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Reading Difficulties
ABELL SALUTES...SEETTS, for helping to turn lives around on both sides of "the fence."
The Abell Report Newsletter, November 2002
November 11, 2002 - Attracting new Americans into Baltimore City's Neighborhoods – Again. Immigration is the key to reversing Baltimore City's population decline.
ABELL SALUTES: The Downtown Partnership; Bringing pride back into downtown Baltimore
The Abell Report Newsletter, September 2002
October 1, 2002 - Childhood Lead Poisoning in Baltimore: A Generation Imperiled As Laws Ignored
ABELL SALUTES: "I Can't We Can"; "Saving lives, winning souls." Drug rehabilitation through "Divine intervention"
The Abell Report Newsletter, May/June 2002
June 2, 2002 - Leave your car where you parked it: Get from the Inner Harbor to Inner Harbor East, Fells Point and Canton in about 20 minutes on SMRTram — with fun stops along the way.
ABELL SALUTES:... Open Society Institute, OSI
The Abell Report Newsletter, March/April 2002
March 1, 2002 - Baltimore City Community College at the Crossroads
ABELL SALUTES:... ACORN: Helping neighborhoods and renters.
The Abell Report Newsletter, February 2002
February 1, 2002 - Still Getting It Wrong: The Continuing Failure of Special Education in Baltimore City
ABELL SALUTES:... Maglev-Maryland For Keeping an Eye on the Prize
The Abell Report Newsletter, January 2002
January 1, 2002 - Raising the Bar Presents Problems: New, more rigorous GED test poses another challenge for 1 in 5 Maryland residents who lack a high school education
ABELL SALUTES... "CitiStat," Making Baltimore City Government More Responsive
The Abell Report Newsletter, October/November 2001
October 1, 2001 - Teacher Certification: An Idea Whose Time Has Gone
ABELL SALUTES...Patterson Park Community Development Corporation:
The Abell Report Newsletter, September 2001
September 1, 2001 - Every Citizen Is Entitled to Equal Justice Under the Law—But Maryland’s Pretrial Release and Bail Practices Fail to Provide It.
ABELL SALUTES:... Uniform Services Academy; "'Still becoming,' and getting better as we go along."
The Abell Report Newsletter, August 2001
August 1, 2001 - Reverse Commuter Programs:Are Workers And Employers Getting
Good Mileage From Them?
ABELL SALUTES:... New Song Urban Ministries;
The Abell Report Newsletter, June/July 2001
June 1, 2001 - Needed: A Sane Approach to the Enforcement of Marijuana Laws
ABELL SALUTES:... Vehicles For Change, Inc.:
The Abell Report Newsletter, April/May 2001
April 1, 2001 - Air pollution from power plants and incinerators is a widespread cause of ill health in Maryland, but one that the state's policymakers can curb.
ABELL SALUTES... Children's Literacy Initiative
The Abell Report Newsletter, January/February 2001
January 1, 2001 - One Year Later: Baltimore’s Criminal Justice Coordinating
Council Reports On The City’s Troubled Criminal Justice
ABELL SALUTES..."STRIVE-Baltimore" It can provide a job and a new life, but only for those who survive its rigorous program.
The Abell Report Newsletter, November/December 2000
November 1, 2000 - Crisis of Access II:
Fewer Addiction Services Delivered through Managed Care;
Medicaid Managed Care Weakens Public Addiction Treatment System
ABELL SALUTES... Sister Gwynette and Christopher Place Employment Academy:
The Abell Report Newsletter, September/October 2000
September 1, 2000 - Low-Income Noncustodial Parents, Child Support, And Couterproductive Public Policies.
ABELL SALUTES... Sister Charmaine, St. Ambrose and St. Vincent DePaul
The Abell Report Newsletter, June/July 2000
June 1, 2000 - The Untapped Potential of Baltimore City Public Preschools:
ABELL SALUTES... R.E.A.C.H. Mobile Health Service
The Abell Report Newsletter, March/April 2000
March 1, 2000 - They are important to the success of the students - But Baltimore City's AP offerings put it behind the counties.
ABELL SALUTES...Mother Seton Academy
The Abell Report Newsletter, January/February 2000
January 1, 2000 - “Street-smart” activists use street wisdom to turn around broken lives and broken neighborhoods
ABELL SALUTES...The Quarterway Houses, Inc.;
The Abell Report Newsletter, March/April 1999
March 1, 1999 - How to Insure Treatment for Addiction Among Baltimore's Poor in the Age of Managed care.
ABELL SALUTES... The CollegeBound Foundation
The Abell Report Newsletter, January/February 1999
January 1, 1999 - Will "Smart Growth" produce smart growth?
ABELL SALUTES... The Caroline Center
The Abell Report Newsletter, June/July 1998
June 1, 1998 - To Improve Poor Children's Test Scores, Move Poor Families.
ABELL SALUTES... Biotechnical Institute of Maryland, training the unskilled workers for the skilled biotech jobs
The Abell Report Newsletter, April/May 1998
April 1, 1998 - Baltimore's Poor Children Learn As Much As Middle-Class Children During The School Year, But Fall Behind During the Summer, Hopkins Researchers Document.
ABELL SALUTES... Greenspring Middle School's "Uniformity of Character" program
The Abell Report Newsletter, February/March 1998
February 1, 1998 - Data From Abell Foundation Project Concludes: Changes in Student Breakfast Program Willl Increase Participation, Improve Performance.
ABELL SALUTES... The Debating Society at City High School.
The Abell Report Newsletter, November/December 1997
November 1, 1997 - The Effects of Divorce on Children.
ABELL SALUTES... Pregnancy Prevention Program at Union Memorial
The Abell Report Newsletter, July/August 1997
July 1, 1997 - What Baltimore Can Learn From Charlotte, N.C.
ABELL SALUTES... Homeless Persons Representation Project
The Abell Report Newsletter, February/March 1997
February 1, 1997 - Will Reducing State Income Taxes Stimulate Economic Development? Myths and Realities.
ABELL SALUTES... Educational Opportunity Program at Lake Clifton High School
The Abell Report Newsletter, April/May 1996
April 1, 1996 - "Help Wanted" Moving Forward With Reverse Commuting; Needed , A strategy.
ABELL SALUTES... Breezy Bishop and The High Flying Doves of Western High
The Abell Report Newsletter, February 1996
February 1, 1996 - The 2% solution for Maryland: Increase Pension Fund Investment In Venture Capital.
ABELL SALUTES... Resident Teacher Program
The Abell Report Newsletter , October 1995
October 1, 1995 - "Baltimore Unbound;" New Study Warns: Foundering Baltimore City Could Pull Baltimore Region Down With It; Presents New Recommendations For Survival And Growth of Suburbs, City.
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