This is all happening at a time when Maryland will have a parallel issue on our November ballot of granting children of illegal immigrants in state tuition for attending one of the University of Maryland's campuses. I had the information on my blog a few days ago but here it is again:
Public Institutions of Higher Education – Tuition Rates (Ch. 191 of the 2011 Legislative Session)
Establishes that individuals, including undocumented immigrants, are eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at community colleges in Maryland, provided the student meets certain conditions relating to attendance and graduation from a Maryland high school, filing of income taxes, intent to apply for permanent residency, and registration with the selective service system (if required); makes such students eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at a four-year public college or university if the student has first completed 60 credit hours or graduated from a community college in Maryland; provides that students qualifying for in-state tuition rates by this method will not be counted as in-state students for purposes of counting undergraduate enrollment; and extends the time in which honorably discharged veterans may qualify for in-state tuition rates."
Failure to develop a coherent immigration policy that addresses the illegal immigrant population in the United States is an ongoing issue that has been stymied but anti immigrant rhetoric. We don't have the ability to identify and deport the estimated 8 million illegal immigrants in our Country and have to develop a means to provide citizenship to those immigrants who have been productive workers and tax payers.
From the Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute:
- The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE) is recruiting for the 2013 Class of Legacy Leaders. The environmental education and volunteer leadership program is designed for people age 50 plus who want to gain skills and knowledge about the environment and create a legacy through volunteer work with one of seven Howard County Partner Organizations. Field trips and leadership training are part of the curriculum.
- Classes meet at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, the University of Maryland Extension Howard County in Ellicott City, the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock. A $75 fee is required at enrollment. Classes begin Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After the last class on March 14, Legacy Leaders begin 100 hours of mentored field placements.
- A sample curriculum is on the website www.howardllie.com. Email HocoLLIE@gmail.com to apply. Contact Dr. Barbara Schmeckpeper, 410-381-5279 or Cathy Hudson, 410-796-7232 for more information.
- Partners are the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Robinson Nature Center, the Howard County Public School System, the Climate Change Initiative of Howard County, The James and Anne Robinson Foundation, the Howard County Conservancy, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway and the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County.
From the HoCo Library:
Great new link to Columbia news from the Baltimore Sun.
So you think you can sing? Howard County Teen Idol auditions