Sunday, June 30, 2013

Programming Note

Just as a programming note our newest network show, Raging Against the Rhetoric Radio, will be launching next Sunday, July 6th, and not today. 

Don't forget to check out the full lineup of shows this week on the Red Maryland Network as we have another full week of broadcasting coming your way. 

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Announcing the Red Maryland Network's Newest Show

The Red Maryland Network is proud to announce the addition of "Raging Against the Rhetoric Radio" as the sixth show to the Network's broadcast lineup.

"Raging Against the Rhetoric" will be hosted by 
Jackie Wellfonder, author of the blog of the same name and will air on Tuesday nights at 8 PM.

With the addition of the new show, the Red Maryland Network will be airing programming six days each week:

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A Conservative View of Psychiatry and its New Manual

     Red Maryland readers: what follows is a piece I co-authored with my colleague, Jeffrey Schaler, in The Washington Times earlier this month.

      There is a long standing antagonism between what I call the conservative ethic and psychiatric dependency.  This comprises the notion of labeling people in invidious categories, categories of ostensible mental disorders for which there is little of no evidence of pathological causality.

     The entire mental-health-mental-therapy-psychiatric drugging enterprise caters to values antithetical to good conservatives: dependency, loss of freedom and lack of responsibility for behavior, best illustrated by psychiatric testimony in insanity pleas.

     Herewith our take on the new diagnostic manual of the American Psychiatric Association.

By Jeffrey A. Schaler and Richard E. Vatz

     The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, regardless of version, remains a problem masquerading as a solution for several reasons. The manual confounds socially unacceptable behavior with cellular abnormality, or disease. Behavioral symptoms, defined by Steadman's Medical Dictionary as subjective signs, are confused with physical abnormalities. In psychiatry, the symptom is the illness; in normal medicine, the symptom points to the illness.
The fifth edition of the manual, the first such revision in two decades, continues in that dubious tradition.

     The changes in the new edition merely constitute the rearrangement of chairs on the deck of psychiatry. "Addiction" is substituted for "dependency," and "pediatric bipolar disorder" is now "disruptive mood dysregulation disorder." Although this is the first major modification since 1994, the changes have been extensive since 1952, the date of the first edition, with additions, subtractions and nomenclature shifts and switches, without any scientific basis or benefit to clients, misleadingly called "patients." There are considerable benefits to mental health professionals, who are now virtually free to treat — and prescribe for — virtually all Americans, aided by Obamacare and the coverage of all mental diagnoses.

     The progress of what is considered "disorders" has been a result of internal power struggles within and outside of psychiatry. Homosexuality, for example, was considered a sin, a crime or a disease for thousands of years. It was first included, then, pursuant to homosexual protests in the early 1970s, it was limited to ego-dystonic homosexuality (regretted by the "sufferer"), and then excluded from the manual altogether for the same reason; namely, politics.

     Among hundreds of disorders in the new edition are a very few that may have chemical-neurological causes, such as some schizophrenias. If so, such disorders should be in a textbook on neurology, not psychiatry as a bait-and-switch. As it is, a scant minority of possible brain diseases are listed, to give a misleading patina of validity to the concept of "mental disorders."

     There is no scientific rigor in the manual, despite its pretensions. What is commonly referred to as the diagnostic "bible" (although it is not religious) speaks only of psychiatric "disorders," while psychiatrists publicly describe the labeled problems therein — as does the chairman of the book's task force, David Kupfer — as "mental illnesses."

     The nearly consensual complaint is that the catalog of mental disorders and its diagnostic criteria are so general that everyone can be labeled as suffering from mental illness. Over the decades, the estimate of American sufferers has increased to more than 55 percent, causing Paul McHugh, the former chief of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, to famously retort, "Fifty percent of Americans mentally impaired — are you kidding me?"

     Since there are no scientific, medical criteria to preclude alterations, any changes can be made if the American Psychiatric Association so desires.

     Now, cannabis addiction has been added. Is it a little difficult to stop smoking pot after you have begun? No problem — get a third-party payment for seeing a professional. The arbitrariness of diagnosing psychiatric disorders is hard to exaggerate. Bipolar disorder, according to the Huffington Post, has increased more than 40-fold. Why not? Is there any real disease that has increased by virtue of category expansion?

     More and more people in the mental health professions agree that a particular gestalt of symptoms equals a particular mental disorder. This is referred to as statistical reliability. What it does not equal is validity. High statistical reliability does not prove the existence of a disease, whether it's called mental illness or mental disorder.

     The changes from the manual's fourth edition to the fifth edition are a change in degree, not a change in kind. The hundreds of disorders are no more reflective of disease or even genuine disorder than one of its new maladies, "binge-eating disorder," a behavior of willful self-destruction. The diagnostic criteria are mostly merely arbitrary lists of what the now-deceased psychiatrist Thomas Szasz called "problems in living." Sometimes the behavioral "disorders" are problematic to others and not a problem to alleged "sufferers."

     That's not a good thing, but it doesn't mean that problematic behavior is caused by brain disease. To apply a variation of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" to the medical pretentiousness of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders' newest edition, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our brains, but in ourselves."

Jeffrey A. Schaler, a psychologist, is a professor at American University's School of Public Affairs and executive editor of Current Psychology. Richard E. Vatz is a professor at Towson University, psychology editor of USA Today magazine and author of "The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion" (Kendall Hunt, 2011).

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Red Maryland Radio live from the Change Maryland Fundraiser: 6/27/2013

Another big episode of Red Maryland Radio  came at you tonight on the Red Maryland Network as me, Greg Kline, Mark Newgent, and Jackie Wellfonder broadcast live from the Change Maryland Sunset Beach Party in Edgewater. THANK  YOU to Larry Hogan and all of the folks at Change Maryland for having us at this great event

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On this week's show, we had a never ending parade of guests, including:
This is why you can't afford to miss Red Maryland Radio each and every Thursday night at 8, on the Red Maryland Network.......and don't forget that you can subscribe to the Red Maryland Network on iTunes.

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Good Riddance Kevin Maxwell

Today Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell surprised county Board of Education officials by announcing his resignation to take over as Superintendent in Prince George's County.

All I can say is don't let the door hit you on the backside on the way out.

Kevin Maxwell proved time and time again that he really only brought one unique set of skills to his job as Superintendent, which was being part of the education hype machine and whining about money and tax rates (well, and being a smartass). We have documented many a time about how Maxwell spent a majority of his time campaigning for more school spending and higher taxes on county citizens. Never mind the fact that Maxwell's greatest hits include:

Maxwell's shtick started wearing thin in all sectors five years ago, when people realized the Maxwell's priorities lied not in educating kids in the classroom, but continuing to feed the beast of the educational bureaucracy. Over the time period he has been Superintendent we have seen little, if any progress made on increasing educational performance, no reduction in the maintenance backlog, and still presiding over a budget where 81% of the budget is spent solely on salaries and benefits.

Prince George's County is in need of strong leadership that can really tackle all of the challenges of a school system that needs improvement. Unfortunately for them, they got Kevin Maxwell instead. I feel truly sorry for the parents and students of Prince George's County, who are now stuck with a new superintendent who is firmly entrenched on the side of those who are creating the problems with our schools instead of solving them.

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Reminder: Red Maryland and Change Maryland Team Up Tonight

Greg Kline, Mark Newgent and I will be broadcasting live from the Change Maryland Waterfront Island Sunset Party at a special start time of 7 PM. Listen in or join us at the party as we interview special guests, including Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.

Click here for more information about this event.

You can listen to the show live tonight starting at 7 PM, or it will be available for download as a podcast on iTunes

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some Thoughts on our interview with Charles Lollar

As Brian reported previously, Charles Lollar had a meeting with certain bloggers.  Brian reported some of the highlights, as our friend Len Lazerick has done, and, importantly, provided an unedited recording of all the questions and answers for everyone to draw their own conclusions.

Mr. Lollar stated that he wanted to have this availability because he wanted to explain some things.  I have some difficulty describing what the event was because, as with most things involving Mr. Lollar, there is an insistence that it wasn't what it seemed to be.  Mr. Lollar insists that he is not an active candidate for Governor but is the target of a "Draft Campaign" over which he strenuously maintains he has no control.  See Mr. Lollar is active duty military for another month or so and is limited, both by federal law and military regulations, from being involved in certain activities associated with someone running for office. When asked why he simply doesn't wait until after the restrictions upon him are lifted, there was no clear answer other than a sense that waiting may be detrimental to his ultimate campaign, should he decide to run.

Needless to say, this odd "non-campaign" campaign is confusing to most folks and was the first topic of discussion at our meeting, for lack of a better word.  I encourage you to listen to Mr. Lollar's answers.  My impression is that you have a person who desperately wants to run for Governor, although he coyly suggests the decision is not entirely made, who is pushing the envelope legally to do everything he can to run without running.  When asked if the campaign had some legal review of its actions, the answer appeared to be no.  While I certainly make no conclusion, I really have concerns that what Mr. Lollar and the "draft campaign" are doing (he refers to them as "We") would really bear a great deal of scrutiny.

With that backdrop, we asked Mr. Lollar a great deal of questions about, as he put it, what a Lollar administration would look like.  Mr. Lollar said that he would run for Governor, assuming his family gives him the green light, because of his concerns about the taxing, spending, education and energy policies of the current administration in Annapolis.  He outlined a fiscally conservative approach to the budget with a mind toward reducing the overall size of state government.  He notably was a strong advocate of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights like that passed in Colorado and would apply the principles of TABOR to the development of the state's budget as Governor.  To my mind, this is the most pro-taxpayer ground taken by any potential candidate and should be music to the ears of true fiscal conservatives. Mr. Lollar noted the failures of the current administration to enact common sense energy policy, embracing engines of economic growth like fracking and opposing the expensive and inefficient alternatives of the O'Malley regime.

While on these issues, likely to be the most important in next year's election, Mr. Lollar articulated unambigous conservative positions, some of his positions on other issues may be a surprise to conservatives.  Mr. Lollar, after all, is to some degree promoted as a conservative alternative to current actual or potential candidates. When asked simply his views on marriage and how that issue would be affected if he were Governor, he expressed a view that civil marriage itself should be done away with.  While not seeming to advocate any specific proposals or making the issue a priority, he supported the notion that the state should simply get out of marriage altogether.  Not sure how pro-family conservatives who believe in the value of marriage as a cornerstone of civil society and are fighting to preserve its degradation from a variety of corners would view a candidate who would hold this position.

Also interesting, Mr. Lollar would not support re-instituting the death penalty.  While no opponent of the death penalty and insisting that most Marylanders oppose its repeal, Mr. Lollar insisted that the issue was decided because the people's representatives in the General Assembly voted.  This was particularly surprising since Mr. Lollar is opposed to a great deal of decisions that this same General Assembly has voted on and passed over the last few years.  I expect some clarification may be forthcoming.

Just to round out the social conservative questions, Mr. Lollar emphatically opposed public funding for abortion and was interested in policies oriented toward more positive alternatives.

When asked about the experience he had that would be an asset to him as Governor, Mr. Lollar pointed to his years as Marine officer and his business experience with a Landover based uniform company.  Specifically, he mentioned his experience managing a twenty million dollar plus budget and his experience managing personnel.  When asked if his lack of political experience would be a detriment, Mr. Lollar emphatically insisted that it was an advantage.  He called out Harford County Executive David Craig by name as an example of the career politicians that he insisted the founders of our country would abhor and who he claimed have gotten us to where we are as a state and a nation.  However, when asked about a potential Lieutenant Governor candidate, Mr. Lollar stated that he wanted someone with experience dealing with the legislature and when asked specifically whether such a choice could include an elected official, and more specifically one who might fit his definition of a career politician, he did not rule out the possibility.  It seemed some recognition that his lack of political experience needed to be shored up if he were actually elected Governor and that perhaps some otherwise abhorrent elected official might yet be a good choice for LG.

While Mr. Lollar is a charismatic and passionate person, listening to his answers to our questions laid bare some of his weaknesses as a candidate for the highest office in Maryland.  His political philosophy has more of a libertarian bent than a traditional conservative one, which will excite some voters no doubt.  His lack of experience is a double edged sword at best and some of his answers belied a lack of thoughtful preparation for fairly obvious questions.  Given how much Mr. Lollar has been talking to potential voters, while not actually campaigning, one might think the message discipline would be a little higher.  Of greatest concern, the method of his current "draft campaign", while perhaps walking the legal tightrope, raises doubts in my mind that Mr. Lollar and his many loyal and hard working supporters really have an adequate understanding of the intricacies of running a statewide electoral campaign.  While Mr. Lollar is an intriguing candidate, I have to report my candid opinion that he does not seem ready to be a serious contender for the Office of Governor of Maryland.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Broadside 6-24-13

The latest Broadside is up.

Andrew reports  from the Tea Party rally outside Rep. Chris Van Hollen's event in Westminster. 

Officials from the Maryland Democratic Party tried to use law enforcement to intimidate the Tea Party group, We the People, from attending this event.

Last week's Audit the IRS rally in DC

Obama's sweeping greenhouse gas regulations.

The Broadside and all Red Maryland Networks shows are available on Itunes. 

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Charles Lollar Blogger Roundtable Recap

Charles Lollar was gracious enough to sit down with statewide bloggers for a roundtable tonight, including myself, Greg Kline, and Len Lazerick from All participants were gracious enough to allow me to record the audio of roundtable in its entirety, which you can listen to completely uncut and unedited by clicking here (it's about one hour in length).

Below is a Storify of some of the Tweets from the event. I'm sure Greg and Len will have more to say on this roundtable in the coming days.

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The Broadside Tonight, 8pm

Jam packed Broadside tonight.

Andrew will report back from the Tea Party rally outside Rep. Chris Van Hollen's event in Westminster. Officials from the Maryland Democratic Party tried to use law enforcement to intimidate the Tea Party group, We the People, from attending this event.

We'll talk about last week's Audit the IRS rally in DC.

President Obama is set to announce sweeping new greenhouse gas regulations tomorrow.  Hold on to your wallets.

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Red Maryland and Change Maryland Team Up this Thursday

The Red Maryland Network is teaming up with Change Maryland for a special edition of Red Maryland Radio this Thursday.

Greg Kline, Mark Newgent and I will be broadcasting live from the Change Maryland Waterfront Island Sunset Party this Thursday at a special start time of 7 PM. Listen in or join us at the party as we interview special guests, including Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan.

Click here for more information about this event.
You can listen to the show live online this Thursday at 7 PM, or it will be available for download as a podcast on iTunes

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dissent Is Highest Form Of Patriotism Unless It's Against Maryland Democrats

And yet another instance of Maryland Democrats intolerance of ideas and voices other than their own.

Carroll County Maryland Democrats have reportedly attempted to use the Sheriff’s department to keep members of a local Tea Party activist group from attending a “meet and greet” with their congressional representative, Chris Van Hollen, on Monday June 24 at Carroll County Community College (CCCC).
Jefferson says that upon returning from the Audit The IRS rally in Washington on Wednesday she spoke with Major Tom Long of the Carroll Count Sheriff’s Department. She learned that Don West, the recording secretary for the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, had called CCCC campus security, the county Sheriff’s Department, and the State Police expressing concern about WTP attending the event with their congressman because of their “violent tendencies.”Michelle Jefferson of We The People (WTP) Carroll County had sent out an email to her group encouraging them to give Congressman Van Hollen a “WTP greeting” at the event.
Since its inception, the Tea Party, a loose affiliation of groups promoting Constitutionally limited government, has been peppered with unsubstantiated accusations of violence and racism, so Mr. West’s behavior should be recognized by many as standard operating procedure.
It seems plausible that West was also encouraged by Washington Democrats’ brazen use of the IRS to target political opponents–a practice that Congressman Van Hollen is himself known to use.
The meet and greet with Congressman Van Hollen is scheduled for Monday, June 24 at 5pm at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Building K, Conference Room, Westminster, MD. The Carroll County Democratic Central Committee’s website encourages you to “Drop in to meet Congressman Van Hollen and his staff.”
It would seem that Mr. West has filed an interim peace order against Ms. Jefferson, claiming that she has engaged in harassment. The alleged harassment consists of identifying Mr. West by name in an email to members of WTP and the following text message from Ms. Jefferson:
You’re a weenie & a jackass, Don. My turn!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Red Maryland Radio: 6/20/2013

Another big episode of Red Maryland Radio  came at you tonight on the Red Maryland Network.

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On tonight's show:
This is why you can't afford to miss Red Maryland Radio each and every Thursday night at 8, on the Red Maryland Network.......and don't forget that you can subscribe to the Red Maryland Network on iTunes.

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Red Maryland Radio: 6/20/2013

Join me as I fly solo on tonight's episode of Red Maryland Radio tonight at 8 .

On tonight's show:
All that and more tonight. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8, only on the Red Maryland Network.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Representative Paul Ryan in Baltimore tomorrow

Congressman and former VP candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be in Baltimore tomorrow as the Maryland Republican Party holds its annual Red, White & Blue dinner.  Congressman Ryan will likely address questions about various issues, including the issue of immigration which is dividing Republicans and is headed to the House of Representatives.

For those interested in hearing what Paul Ryan has to say, and support our state Republican Party, you can get more information by visiting:

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Monday, June 17, 2013 
A Broadside Special Edition tonight... with Mark Newgent off on assignment, Andrew Langer co-hosts with former G. Gordon Liddy producer and current NRANews Producer John Popp, and we're live from the NRANews Studios!

First off, we're joined by former Rep. Jeff Landry, rated the 4th Most Conservative Member of the house during his tenure, to talk about the predatory trade practices by tin-pot dictators in South America and the Middle East!

Then we're joined by Keli Carender from Tea Party Patriots to talk about this Wednesday's Audit the IRS rally on Capitol Hill!

All this, plus your calls, tonight at 8pm EDT...


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Friday, June 14, 2013

Red Maryland June Poll Results

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Red Maryland Radio: 6/13/2013

Another big episode of Red Maryland Radio  came at you tonight on the Red Maryland Network.

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On tonight's show:
  • Martin O'Malley touted the benefits of StateStat, but a recent review of the program shows that the Governor's pet project is left wanting. We talked about it with study author Charlie Hayward;
  • We will announce the results of the Red Maryland June Poll;
  • We'll discuss the recent Maryland Republican Party study showing Maryland is home to the world's oldest people;
  • And some Network Notes
This is why you can't afford to miss Red Maryland Radio each and every Thursday night at 8, on the Red Maryland Network.......and don't forget that you can subscribe to the Red Maryland Network on iTunes.

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Red Maryland Radio Extra: StateStat Report Author Joins us at 8:05

Charlie Hayward, author of this review of the Maryland StateStat Program, will be joining Greg Kline and I on Red Maryland Radio tonight at 8:05 to discuss his findings.

Join us for that, as well as the results of the Red Maryland Poll, Live Tonight starting at 8 PM.

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Maryland's Adoption of Common Core and Race to the Top Puts Student Privacy at Risk

The Maryland State Department of Education is creating a massive database of student information, and due to the state’s acceptance of federal stimulus money and adoption of Common Core Standards, that data including a host of personal information may not be kept private as mandated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

When Maryland accepted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in 2009 it agreed to build a broad state longitudinal data system (SLDS), and as part of its successful Race to the Top application, the state agreed to strengthen, and enhance the capabilities of the database.

The Maryland Statewide Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) captures and analyzes student data from preschool through high school, college and the work force.  MLDS collects more than 400 data points on students including healthcare history, disciplinary records, family income range, family voting status, and religious affiliation.

According to Maryland’s Race to the Top application the state education Department already shares student level date with the state Department of Human Resources, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, and is working on a memorandum of understanding to share data with the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation. 

Race to the Top prioritizes how well states make student data accessible to “key stakeholders,” which are defined as “parents, students, teachers, local education authorities, community members, unions, researchers, and policy makers.”

Maryland is also basing the sharing of student data on State Stat, Governor O’Malley’s much ballyhooed, yet flawed performance-measuring system.  The State Education Department is implanting 10-step initiative to for MLDS enabling it to gather more student-level data, integrate it with existing data, and make it more accessible to other state agencies, and “stakeholders.”

Federal law forbids the creation of a national student database, and Maryland’s MLDS enabling legislation SB 275, signed into law in 2010, requires the newly created Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center to comply with FERPA.  However, the Federal Department of Education has—through regulation—found a way to circumvent FERPA. 

According to a white paper Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core is Bad for America written by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins for the Pioneer Institute and the American Principles Project, the Department of Education issued new regulations last year that circumvent FERPA. 

The new regulations allow transmission of students’ personal identifiable information—without parental consent—to any governmental or private entity designated by the Department and others as an “authorized representative,” for the purpose of evaluating an education program.

Any personal student information the Department of Education acquires can now be shared with whomever they deem an “authorized representative” without parental approval or even notification.  How many parents would be happy to have sensitive information about their children and families made available to “unions” or “community members” as spelled out in the Race to the Top application?

While the federal government hasn’t directly created a national database, they’ve coaxed the states—with billions in stimulus cash—into creating it for them. 

McGroarty and Robbins note that the two assessment regimes aligned with Common Core are explicitly required to make student-level assessment data available.  ARRA provided $362 million to fund two state assessment consortiums Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) and SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  In exchange for stimulus funds, the authors note: 

..the cooperative agreements between the Department and those consortia explicitly require PARCC and SBAC to “develop a strategy to make student-level data that results from the assessment system available on an ongoing basis for research, including for prospective linking, validity, and program improvement studies; [sic] subject to applicable privacy laws.”

Maryland is a PARCC member state.

With the revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting troves of data on our Internet activity, Americans are rightly concerned about privacy and the fourth amendment.  Now, Maryland parents need to be concerned about what data about our children our schools are collecting, and who else may have access to it. 

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