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Monday, February 27, 2006

News briefs (Weekend)

(Posted 27 Feb 2006)
  • Md. School Systems Get an F for Special Ed.; .
  • Like most school systems in Maryland, Montgomery and Prince George's counties failed last year to meet achievement standards for disabled students who receive special services, according to state data released this week.
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    John White, a Prince George's school system spokesman, said senior officials were unavailable for comment on the ratings.
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  • School Systems Failing Achievement Standards.
  • An F for Effort; .Prince George's County is a symbol of black success, so why are its children failing?
  • Six years ago I taught in the Prince George's County public school system. I lasted about six weeks, then quit rather than be a well-paid babysitter. The problem: a lack of serious students and school officials who feared parents.
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    Prince George's is a wealthy county with beautiful homes. Its hard-working citizens are mainly high achievers, and its politicians are astute and powerful. Yet the county has the second-worst school test scores in Maryland. Why is no one asking why the children are not working as hard as their parents did to succeed?
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  • Senator calls for Metro study; Giannetti says impending Fort Meade jobs demand Green Line extension to BWI.
  • . . . Sen. John A. Giannetti, a Democrat who represents Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties, wants to remedy that. He is proposing a bill that would ask the state to spend $1 million in already-budgeted funds to study the feasibility of extending the Green Line from Greenbelt to BWI. . . ..
  • Budget worries AIDS workers; City health officials, advocates fear loss of jobs, drug rebates under plan to reshuffle funds.
    • Sun, 26 Feb 2006 (by Kelly Brewington, Sun Reporter).
    . . . The governor's budget proposal also shifts the way the agency allocates money for the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which helps low-income and disabled people with HIV and AIDS afford costly medication.

    The program uses rebates from drug companies to offer medication at a discount. The AIDS Administration has always controlled the rebates, but Ehrlich's budget proposes putting that money into the state's general fund, which can be used for anything from schools to state police.
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    Del. Tawanna P. Gaines, a Democrat from Prince George's County, said she and other lawmakers are pushing emergency legislation that would place the rebates into a special fund to ensure that the prescription drug plan continues to cover needy patients.
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  • Officials Fear Budget Shift Could Hurt AIDS Fight.
    • wjz.com, 26 Feb 2006 (AP).
    • Mid-length version. of essentially the same report.
    Washington Gas wants to build a 12 million-gallon storage tank near the West Hyattsville Metro station. The bill, which stalled after an initial vote last week, would raise the bar for approving such a facility from five to seven votes on the nine-member Prince George's County Council.

    By tradition, legislation sponsored by a local delegation is given wide deference in the General Assembly. But the measure, sponsored by Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's), required the endorsement of Montgomery lawmakers because it would affect the law governing a bi-county agency, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
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    The Southern Maryland delegation added its voice to concerns about the "unintended consequences" the bill could have on business and residential customers..
  • Mo.Co., Pr. George's join to block gas facility's construction.
    • Examiner, 24 Feb 2006 (by Anna Bailey, Examiner Staff Writer).
    . . . Del. Dereck Davis, D-Prince George's, proposed the legislation approved by the Montgomery delegates that will increase the vote needed to approve such a facility on the county level from five to seven. . . .

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