January 26, 2015 9:09 pm ET
For many county students, school is the closest thing to a place they can call home
Source: Home Schooled?
There is an old saying that goes, “Home is where the heart is.” And while that is a wonderful sentiment, it does not help people who really don’t have a home, since that is typically accompanied by heartbreak.
Which has led me to wonder about those students who received laptops in Baltimore County that have no place to plug in the devices once the school day is done, simply because they are homeless.
This all began when I was talking to a friend of mine—a mother of a teenage daughter, who is a student in one of our local county public schools.
My friend said something to me that, I must admit, left me dumbfounded. She told me that one-third of the players on the school’s sport team are homeless.
My first response was, “You have to be kidding me.” It just never registered that we can have homeless children here in Baltimore County.
After the initial shock wore off, I was enraged as thoughts raced through my head about O’Malley, Kamenetz, Dance, the Council, and the rest of the politicians. All of them, in this instance, have put their special interests and personal agendas ahead of our children.
Trust me, I’m just getting cranked up about this.
It was easy at first to find tales of this enormous—and still growing—problem. Some school administrators from across the county have been very open about the problem. Now, this may have to do with the fact that I told them that I don’t reveal my sources. After that tidbit of information, some breathed a sigh of relief and said they normally wouldn’t talk because they feared for their jobs.
But, with that out of the way, they seemed to open up in a big way.
I must say, folks, that the fear of reprisal irked me as well. I thought to myself, and excuse my language, “What the hell kind of place is this?” Thousands of kids are homeless, and those who know about it are afraid to talk because Dr. Dance might fire them?
In my opinion, the one who should worry about being fired is the one who is spending $205 million on laptops while other states are scraping that idea. After all, when it is all said and done, all we will be left with are a whole lot of lost and broken computers and a whole lot of debt.
After several attempts to reach the person in charge of the stats regarding homeless students, I was basically given the brush off, as they say. Of course, as we all know, this is just standard procedure in Baltimore County when the topic of the truth comes up. As Sergeant Schultz in the iconic TV classic Hogan’s Heroes was famous for saying, “I know nothing. NOTHING!”
Getting back to our leaders (and I use that term loosely) sitting in Towson and around the state, my blood just boils when I think of the waste that has come about while children are without a place to call home. Thankfully one of those so-called leaders is gone, as former Governor Martin O’Malley has packed his bags and left for the national stage. He longs to be President O’Malley, but—after leaving this state in a $2 billion hole and turning it into a sanctuary state where the mantra is “come on down, vote for O’Malley, and get everything for free”—it is anyone’s guess if he will make it to the White House.
Hopefully the voters on the big stage don’t fall for his baloney.
So, while our students are left homeless, let’s look at what the priorities have been. Giving illegal (or undocumented, if you’re PC) immigrants all kinds of benefits. Do you really believe those thousands of children crossing the border will matter in a few years? They are being used as political cannon fodder. Our vets and wounded warriors should be so lucky to get the same treatment as these illegals are now.
Maybe O’Malley thinks we’re all stupid, like that other hack from the Obama administration, Mr. Gruber, believes we are. Ask some of the Dems in the 6th and 7th district what they think. Tax and spend doesn’t cut it anymore. The middle class is tired of being fleeced.
Gruber, for those who don’t know, is the one who conned us into the Obama Care mess.
Let me put it to you this way—our elected officials never spoke a word about homeless students, but they sure could serve up some real crap about developers and pie-in-the-sky bricks and mortar projects, couldn’t they?
And did I mention all of the tax breaks floating around? You know, those neat little deals conjured up by the lawyers to the tune of millions, if not billions, of OUR tax dollars.
Recently, the Sun ran a headline, “Poppleton gets $58.6 million in tax breaks.” On top of that, the Sun also found chronic errors in this whole process that are costing taxpayers a ton of money.
And the most egregious and despicable offender is, you guessed it, our President. Read the information found at this link, and make sure there’s a bucket nearby.
My point is, our leaders at all levels of government are stealing the opportunity away to help save these homeless children.
I just received my newsletter from the FOP, and I was amazed at the amount of money the County (or the “Office of Fred”) had to pay out to settle claims against the County.
I was trying to count it out, but I ran out of toes.
Since Baltimore County is mum about their stats (which I believe a PIA request will fix), we’ll have to go with the state’s numbers. In the state, there are 12, 818 homeless students, of which 29% are white, 60% are black, 2% are Asian, and 9% are Hispanic. (Source for state stats, (http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/)
How many times have were heard someone yelling about us being number one in education again? I hate to put a little damper on that subject, but the graduation rate among the homeless children is 25%. Do you think that may be dragging down our education numbers?
And, for those who have no idea what that means in real numbers, the loss in lifetime earnings is $271 million, with another $170 million in losses to society in contributions.
Back in 2005, Maryland developed a plan to end the plight of homeless children. Note to our fearless leaders: time is wasting. You have a year left to implement that 2005 plan, and I’ve been told the problem is getting worse.
Gee, where else did I hear that saying, “The problem is getting worse.” Oh yes, when people are discussing the state of affairs at the VA.
The state’s plan is ranked as “moderate.” Nationally, from 2006 to 2013, the number of homeless children has almost doubled. The state’s overall ranking is 18 out of 50.
If you think the state or Baltimore County are going to make their deadlines, you may want to think again.
Enough with my take on the stats. Check them out for yourself at:
http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/ (Copy and paste as this is a PDF format)
So, will Dutch still want that $300 million Fort Howard boondoggle? Will Mr. Marks still want to see Towson as the next NY college town? And will we ever dig ourselves out of the helluva mess that Mr. O’Malley left?
In the meantime, I never thought I would have to write about homeless children in our own backyard. It simply baffles me that we let this happen.