Political Digest

POLITICAL DIGEST

February 03, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

State extends contract for operator of schools

The state Board of Public Works approved a $47 million contract extension yesterday for Edison Schools Inc. to manage and operate three Baltimore elementary schools through June 2007.

State schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said pupils at Furman-Templeton, Gilmor and Montebello elementary schools have improved their performance since the company took over the schools in July 2000.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said that he would like to see more poor-performing public schools in the city run by private companies, or have more charter schools established.

Bill seeks to make English state's official language

Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Republican who represents Baltimore and Harford counties and has becoming a leading critic of illegal immigration, has introduced legislation to make English the official language in Maryland.

The law would require that English be the official language for government operations such as drivers' license applications, legal notices and posters, he said. It would not prohibit other languages from being taught in schools.

Former Gov. William Donald Schaefer vetoed a similar bill when he was in office.

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