Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lawmakers seek to hold schools accountable

ANNAPOLIS — Local educators have asked the state for years for more and more money to fund their programs. But this General Assembly session, some lawmakers are pushing harder to make sure those dollars are spent wisely.

Some have introduced legislation to hold school systems more accountable for how their money is used. Other lawmakers are pushing bills to repeal the hotly contested High School Assessments or speed up the time it takes to calculate the scores.

The bills point the finger not only at lawmakers, but at the state school board and the Department of Education for moving forward with the test without preparing students to pass, said Del. Jay Walker, whose legislation would repeal the HSA as a graduation requirement altogether.

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