The Week That Was

September 03, 2006

CLARIFICATION

An item in "The Week That Was" column in Sunday's Maryland section might have left an erroneous impression regarding the governance of charter schools. Charter schools are publicly funded but operate independently under contracts with local school boards or regulating agencies.

Federal charges filed in slaying

Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to revive the state's case against Leeander Jerome Blake, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore on charges of first- and second-degree murder and other offenses. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted in the slaying of Straughan Lee Griffin.

Assembly's wording on ballot

Maryland's secretary of state has agreed to scrap her wording of a ballot question on whether to amend the state constitution to restrict state land sales, language critics alleged was confusing. The wording approved by the General Assembly will appear on the ballot.

Planning agency to stay in city

The state Board of Public Works rejected a proposal to move the Maryland Department of Planning from Baltimore to Prince George's County. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. supported the idea. But Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp opposed it.

Court backs city charter schools

Maryland's second-highest court ruled that school systems must provide as much cash per pupil to charter school operators as they spend on public schools.

Ozone testing resumes in city

Prodded by complaints from city health officials, the Ehrlich administration has resumed monitoring for ozone air pollution after ending the testing three years ago - installing a $26,000 monitor in a city recreation center in Northeast Baltimore.

Maryland's income disparity

Maryland as a state of haves and have-nots was affirmed with the release of census data on average household income and poverty. Howard County ranked among the nation's richest jurisdictions last year, with a median household income of $91,184, and Baltimore City's median income of $32,456 remained among the lowest.

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