Latest In 'Maryland Forward' Forums: Education | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Latest In 'Maryland Forward' Forums: Education

Play associated audio
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a forum on education at Bowie State University.
Matt Bush
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks at a forum on education at Bowie State University.

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley is continuing a series of forums on a variety of topics before his inauguration later in January. Monday's focus is education.

O'Malley wants the state to improve job training programs and classes, particularly at the community college level. He says that can then help with the most pressing problem facing the state, which was discussed at his first forum in December on job creation.

"Sixty percent of employers in Maryland were reporting difficulties in finding skilled and trained employees for the jobs openings that they had. And they're not all sort of your Ph.D., big-brained, physicist sort of jobs," O'Malley says.

Funding new job training program will be difficult, as the state is facing a budget shortfall of close to $1.3 billion.

O'Malley adds the coming budget could be especially tough for education because he will not have federal stimulus money to spend, as he did the past two years. Much of the stimulus money went to restore school funding for local governments.

NPR

Remembering The 'Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace'

Robert Peace, a 30-year-old African-American, was a Yale University graduate and an almost straight-A student in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He also dealt marijuana.
NPR

Rearchers Find New Species Of Mushrooms

Using a DNA scanner, researchers in London found three mushrooms with no scientific names. They were in a typical package of mushrooms for sale in a supermarket.
NPR

House Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On White House Security Issues

New details are emerging about Friday's incident when a man scaled a fence and reached the White House before the Secret Service subdued him. The incident is prompting questions about lax security.
NPR

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Steve Henn of NPR's Planet Money team profiles some entrepreneurs who are working on a novel business model to start up a new tech company. It's pay for service. What a concept.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.