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Pr. Geo.'s Leaders Defend School Funding

Rosalind Helderman

Prince George's leaders are reacting angrily to a suggestion by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. that the county's request for state school construction funds this year was driven by political considerations instead of the needs of children.

In a letter, Miller called the county's priority list "political pandering" because it did not prioritize schools recommended for repair by an independent engineering study. The study identified eight schools in need of rebuilding, the majority in the southern part of the county that Miller represents. Only one of the schools on the list submitted by Prince George's is on the study's list of schools in worst condition, Miller said.

Miller got a quick response: The Maryland Interagency Committee on School Construction this week rejected the county's $137.5 million funding request, asking the county to submit a new request by Feb. 1 or risk state funding for construction.

Our colleague Nelson Hernandez reports that the county school board, with which the request originated, offered Miller a withering rebuke at Wednesday night's meeting.

Pat Fletcher (District 3) criticized Miller's "lack of common courtesy" and suggested his letter would wind up in the trash can. "That letter, to me, can go into file 13," she said. "That's it on Senator Mike Miller. I could go further, but that's it for me."

Chairman Verjeana M. Jacobs (At Large), the board's chairman, repeated that the board intended to honor the promises previous boards of education had made. She guaranteed that children come first under her leadership.

County Executive Jack B. Johnson, who along with the county council, also signed off on the request before it was submitted to the state, picked up the theme at a fundraiser this morning for Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard (D-Prince George's). One attendee said Johnson gave a rousing speech, greeted by a chorus of "amens" from the crowd, defending the county's priorities and its commitment to children.

"He had two guns blazing," said the attendee.


By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 18, 2008; 12:28 PM ET
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Comments

Although off the subject, Lisping Jack said that today he would provide an explanation about his secret junket to Africa. Where is it? Maybe he thinks that if he stonewalls long enough, he won't have to provide answers and won't have to tell PG County taxpayers they paid for his African vacation at a time when the county is facing a major crisis with its budget.

Posted by: checkered1 | December 18, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Jack Johnson! You still have beggars dressed at nurses at intersections and Moonies selling flowers!!!

FAIL.

Posted by: bs2004 | December 18, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Jack Johnson's demagoguery masks his obnoxious baloney.

The "fund raiser" and the group that "amends' his baloney typifies the "ministry" he preaches to - absolute morons.

Where is the money to improve the County's low achieving children.

Upon examining Prince George's County's education standards in comparison to the county's claim of the most affluent African Americans, realization of the "low bar" of scholastics preparedness reveals more than just an "amen."
Such morons!
Good work Mr. Miller!

Posted by: eglobegus | December 18, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse


All of this sounds SO CONVINCING about the children coming FIRST.

Posted by: properbostonian1 | December 18, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse


Jack is back from Africa?

Posted by: PrinceGeorgian | December 19, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

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