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Monday, February 13, 2006

Education News: Failing schools; CEO finalists

(Posted 13 Feb 2006)
Failing schools
  • Schools Await Failing Grade; Maryland Considers Fate of Charles Carroll Middle And Others Falling Short.
  • It has been eight years since Maryland told the Prince George's County school to shape up, or else. It has been four years since the federal government raised the pressure with a law meant to force shake-ups through aid and sanctions.
    [. . .]
    Earlier than D.C., Virginia and most other states, Maryland faces a question posed by the No Child Left Behind law: What happens when a school reaches the end of the line?

    Last week, the Bush administration offered one answer. It proposed $100 million to help parents with children in last-stage public schools move them to private schools or obtain tutoring. The proposal riled school-voucher opponents but underscored the issue's growing urgency.
    [Full story].
CEO finalists
  • Finalist for Prince George's School Chief Announced.
  • . . . The nine-member county school board, which culled the three from a group of about a half-dozen semifinalists after a nationwide search, introduced one finalist today. He was John Deasy, currently superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in southern California. The board plans to introduce another finalist tomorrow and a third Wednesday. . . .
  • Pr. George's Hunt For Schools Chief Whittled to Three.
  • Three finalists to fill the Prince George's County schools chief vacancy will meet this week with elected officials, educators and others with a stake in improving the uneven record of one of Washington's largest suburban school systems.

    The nine-member county school board, which culled the three from a group of about a half-dozen semifinalists after a nationwide search, plans to introduce one finalist today, one tomorrow and the third Wednesday.

    Photos
    We remember in photos some of the routine and not-so-routine events of 2005 in the county.
    Pr. George's County: Year in Pictures, 2005
    We remember in photos some of the routine and not-so-routine events of 2005 in the county.

    Board members refused to identify the finalists in advance. . .
    [. . .]
    County Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Laurel), one of the invited leaders, said he wants a schools chief who is "collaborative and competent." Dernoga, a frequent critic of Hornsby, added: "You don't need a situation where people are fighting over turf." . . . .
    [Full story].

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