Schools rank 4th in U.S. in graduation rate

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

June 16, 2007

The Baltimore County public school system has the fourth-highest graduation rate among the nation's 50 largest school districts, according to a study conducted by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center.

Based on information from the 2003-2004 school year, Baltimore County had a graduation rate of 81.1 percent, compared with a national average of 69.9 percent and a statewide average of 74.7 percent.

Rounding out the top four are: Jordan, Utah (88.5 percent); Cypress-Fairbanks, Texas (86.9 percent); and Jefferson County, Colo. (81.5 percent).

Anne Arundel County's public school system, with a graduation rate of 74.6 percent, ranked 12th and Montgomery County, with a graduation rate of 80.3 percent, has the nation's sixth-highest rate.

The results of the second annual report, titled "Diplomas Count: Ready for What?," appeared in the June 12 issue of Education Week.

The full report appears at www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2007/06/12/index.html.

Gina Davis

Edgemere

Man charged with child porn

A 22-year-old man has been charged with possessing child pornography in his Edgemere home, state police said yesterday.

Timothy K. Debarbora of the 7200 block of Waldman Ave. faces nine counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, state police said.

An investigation began in late March when a state police officer assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force learned that more than 400 child pornography video files had been offered for download from a computer in Dundalk, authorities said.

Authorities tracked the source of the videos to Debarbora's address and served a search warrant yesterday at his home, police said. During the search, authorities found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a computer that contained child pornography, police said. Debarbora was being held yesterday at the Baltimore County Detention Center awaiting a bail review, authorities said.

The task force is a law enforcement collaboration that focuses on identifying people involved in child pornography and other related crimes that victimize children through the Internet.

Nick Shields

Beltway

Resurfacing starts tomorrow

The State Highway Administration will begin a two-week roadway resurfacing project along the right side of eastbound Interstate 695 (Baltimore Beltway Inner Loop) near U.S. 40 starting tomorrow, officials said.

The $240,000 project, located along eastbound I-695 east of U.S. 40, will create a wider shoulder/pull-off area for large trucks with permits waiting for an escort.

During roadwork, motorists should expect single lane closures along eastbound I-695 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday between tomorrow and June 28. Weather permitting, the project should be completed by the end of June, state officials said.

For more information, contact SHA's District Office at 410-321-2800 or toll free at 1-800-962-3077.

Kingsville

Father's Day breakfast set

A Father's Day Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company, 11601 Bellvue Ave.

A free-will donation will be taken and the proceeds will benefit the fire company.

For more information, call 410-887-5773.

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