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Education reform on tap for next Baker 'listening' session

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The presumptive next Prince George's County executive, Rushern Baker, will focus on education Tuesday evening when he conducts his second "listening session" designed to hear county residents' concerns.

The meeting, open to the public, is from 7-9 p.m. at Lake Arbor Elementary School, 10205 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. On Wednesday, more than 200 people came out to discuss public safety at Baker's first forum, held at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. A third forum on economic development is scheduled Oct. 28 at a location to be determined.

Baker, who on Sept. 14 won the Democratic nomination for county executive, faces no Republican opponent in the general election Nov. 2. He made education reform a cornerstone of his campaign.

The Prince George's public school system, with about 128,000 students, is one of the largest school districts in the nation. Student achievement has lagged for years, although there has been some improvement recently in standardized test scores.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | October 15, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Miranda Spivack, Prince George's County  
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