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Author Archives: Donald C. Fry

Donald C. Fry: Alonso, schools deserve resources (access required)

In Dr. Andres Alonso, Baltimore City’s public schools have a CEO who still has the passion he brought to his office more than four years ago. He has managed to sidestep potential distractions of politics, conflicting constituencies and unwieldy bureaucracies ...

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Donald C. Fry: Utility merger is good deal for state (access required)

The merger proposal of the Exelon Corp. and Constellation Energy Group will surface in earnest next Friday. That’s when the Public Service Commission has scheduled a status conference on the merger, to be followed by public hearings between then and ...

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Donald C. Fry: Positioned for success is only a start (access required)

Converting Maryland’s ‘capacity’ to thrive into actual growth Any conversation about business climate among Maryland economic development experts and policymakers inevitably gets around to the topic of Virginia, our neighboring state and competitor that ranks higher than Maryland on most ...

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Donald C. Fry: The bothersome realities of redistricting (access required)

Every 10 years, our nation and state undergo a fascinating exercise that is born of outward theoretical logic and professed fairness. But in practice, it defies all logic and is one of the most intensely political processes that our elected ...

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Donald C. Fry: Finding common ground in teacher evaluation (access required)

New recommendations from a state panel appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley signal the beginning of what some say will be a “sea change” in how Maryland public school teachers and principals are evaluated. A set of recommendations issued June 20 ...

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Donald C. Fry: Analyzing the Exelon-Constellation deal (access required)

The planned Exelon-Constellation merger, announced on April 28, prompted the anticipated media reporting and commentary under headlines proclaiming the “loss” of “Baltimore’s last Fortune 500 Company.” Being a business advocate, I feel compelled to offer a few observations on this ...

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Donald C. Fry: Checking Assembly’s business scorecard (access required)

Improving Maryland’s business climate is constantly on the minds of corporate leaders and economic developers. What was promising about the 2010 election cycle was that the topic was also on the minds of recession-wary candidates for office, virtually all of ...

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Donald C. Fry: Maryland needs a dose of fiscal discipline (access required)

Business and transportation advocates, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, AAA Mid-Atlantic, and 50 other organizations and businesses are pushing Maryland lawmakers hard this year to enact a firewall for ...

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