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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Prince George's Education: 2005 year-end summary reports

(Posted 1 Jan 2006)
"School system faced enrollment, leadership issues in 2005"
Gazette, 29 Dec 2005 (by Guy Leonard, Staff Writer)
Hardly a week went by in 2005 without some controversy over policy, test scores, finances or leadership in the Prince George’s County schools.
[. . .]
There was no good news in August when test results for the High School Assessments came out. . . . But the high school scores actually dropped. Only 31.4 percent of county high school students passed the exam. The previous year, an average of 40.5 percent of students passed the HSAs.
[. . .]
‘‘I think it’s just horribly disappointing ... another year completely lost,” said education advocate Donna Hathaway Beck, a Hornsby critic. ‘‘These are clearly Dr. Hornsby’s scores. I wish he were here to answer for them.”

The school system also had to deal with an overdue audit . . . The system was late again in November for its fiscal 2005 audit because of the amount of time required to complete the fiscal 2004 audit.

Marcy Canavan, a former school board chair, said the board would have a long way to go to redeem itself in the eyes of legislators and residents.
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"Fewer Students in 2 Counties"
Post, 1 Jan 2006
Public school enrollment in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties declined in the fall under final tallies released by the Maryland State Department of Education.

As of Sept. 30, 133,325 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade were in Prince George's schools, down 2 percent from the year before, and 73,565 in Anne Arundel, down less than 1 percent.

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