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Friday, January 20, 2006

Education News (Friday)

(Posted 20 Jan 2006)
  • Pr. George's Board Approves School Shuffle
  • The Prince George's County school board last night approved new attendance zones for several elementary and high schools to help fill two schools opening in August.
    [. . .]
    Critics said the changes will force some students to take longer bus rides and will do nothing to solve high school crowding in the county's northwest. But activists in University Park and Lake Arbor said they were pleased that the school system scrapped initial plans that would have scrambled enrollment patterns in their neighborhoods.

    The board approved the final boundary plan on an 8 to 1 vote, with board member Judy Mickens-Murray (Upper Marlboro) opposed..
  • School Board set to vote on new boundaries tonight
  • Tonight’s school board meeting will likely lead to finalizing boundary changes that will move hundreds of students from aging high schools in Prince George’s County to the new Henry A. Wise, Jr. regional high school in Upper Marlboro.

    It also will culminate two months of some of the most contentious wrangling in recent memory over whose children will be moved where and whose will stay put.
    [. . .]
    The Prince George’s County Parent Advisory Board (P-CAB) wrote the board a week ago seeking a postponement of the vote, but to no avail. P-CAB complained that the boundary changes didn’t uphold the goal of sending students to neighborhood schools and too much attention was being given to selective interests instead of the community as a whole.
    [Full report]
  • Pr. George's County overpaid school employees by $1M
  • Prince George's County has overpaid many of its public school employees by more than $1 million since 2004 - much of it to employees who have been fired. A state audit made public Wednesday points to "significant problems" in financial management of the county schools. State Legislative Auditor Bruce Myers believes most of that the overpaid money won't be recovered..
  • Johnson requests $81M for school funding
  • Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson requested $81 million for schools construction before the state Board of Public Works Thursday, mirroring the priorities of schools around the state in light of increasing building costs. . . .

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