- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 12, 2007



Schools to offer expanded report cards

Baltimore County schools have developed a new progress-reporting system aimed at giving parents a better idea of what their children are learning.

The computerized checklist keeps track of detailed objectives and skills. It was tested in a few county schools this spring and will be made available on a voluntary basis to all county teachers this coming school year.

Report cards show how children are faring in certain subjects, but the new system goes further. Teachers who participate will give parents reports that, for example, show whether students can convert fractions to decimals or determine percentages.

School officials and community leaders are enthusiastic about the new reports. But the county’s teachers union is concerned the checklists will be a burden for teachers and leave them open to undue scrutiny.


Metro Access crash injures five passengers

Five persons were hurt yesterday when the Metro Access bus they were riding in flipped on the Outer Loop of Interstate 495 between Connecticut Avenue and Rockville Pike.

Police said three of the passengers suffered serious injures in the wreck, which happened around 2:30 p.m.

WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported that two others were taken to the hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.


State prison marks 20 years in service

The Eastern Correctional Institution, Maryland’s largest prison, is turning 20 years old today.

The prison holds about 3,350 inmates and is the biggest employer on the Lower Eastern Shore, with about 1,000 jobs, according to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

The prison in Westover has an annual budget of more than $80 million. It’s located just off U.S. 13, four miles south of Princess Anne, Md.

The prison is having a 20th anniversary celebration Friday at the Henson Center on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


Police cut back extra foot patrols

Police have scaled back a policy calling for investigators to walk foot patrols.

The policy began in June and called for 85 extra officers a day to walk a beat. It was part of Mayor Sheila Dixon’s crime plan.

Within two weeks, though, homicide detectives were excused from having to walk. Police commanders said they didn’t want the patrols to interfere with murder investigations.

Now, acting police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld has ordered further reductions to the program. Police spokesman Sterling Clifford said the department now sends 65 extra officers out on patrol each day.

He says it’s not surprising the foot-patrol policy has changed since it was first implemented.


One escaped teen back in custody

Police captured one of two teens who escaped July 31 from the Charles H. Hickey School.

Justin Russell, 15, was taken into custody by a police task force Friday night in Northwest Baltimore.

Another detainee who escaped from the juvenile facility, Davon Julius, 16, was still at large yesterday.

The arrest was made without incident, and state police said the boy was cooperative.


Eastern Market facility set to house vendors

A temporary structure at Eastern Market is ready to house vendors who were displaced by a fire in April.

Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said the new space is equipped with sprinkler systems and other safety features. Vendors will have the same amount of space as they did in the old structure.

Chief Rubin said D.C. officials and council members worked together to get the new facility up quickly, believing the Eastern Market is a community treasure.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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