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March 15 - Officials in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties have outlined a deficit reduction plan that will cut thousands of jobs, hinder government operations and slash tens of millions in education spending. A decrease in state aid packages and other revenue has driven county lawmakers to take drastic measures to compensate for lost funds. Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has proposed a plan that eliminates $137 million from school budgets and cuts the total federal budget for the first time in over 40 years. Hiring freezes are also expected in both counties. Officials from Virginia schools, healthcare systems and public safety operations will also make substantial cuts to prevent an increase in state taxes.
March 24 - The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) recently reported that fourth graders in Washington, D.C. public schools have shown steady growth in reading scores since 2003. However, the study also found that achievement has remained virtually unchanged on a national scale. Despite substantial funds allocated to improve reading proficiency among minorities as a part of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), there is still a significant disparity in achievement between black and white students nationwide.
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