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News & Views - June, 1994 Issue #28 

MARYLAND'S MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR DISRUPTIVE YOUTH

(Summarized from the electronic publication, Daily Report Card, May 25, 1994, Vol. #, #205, published by the National Education Goals Panel headquartered in Washington D.C.) 

The Maryland General Assembly allocated $1.8 million to establish the state's first middle school for disruptive youth. The new school will be for sixty students and the stated purpose is prevention and intervention before the kids break the law. The new school will be located in Prince Georges county. The county school board accepted the program on a 7 to 2 vote with both dissenters expressing the fear that a private company may be hired to manage the school, and that since the program will be spending $30,000 per student, it's anticipated success might raise unfair expectations on regular schools which receive only $5,200 per student. Enrollment is voluntary and each student must stay in the program for at least three months. Students in the program will be in class for 12 hours a day and will be taught conflict management along with traditional coursework. 

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