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Schools chief unveils aggressive plan to improve Pr. George’s schools

(Bill O'Leary / The Washington Post)

Kevin Maxwell’s strategy depends on the council approving the county executive’s budget proposal.

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    Schools chief unveils aggressive plan to improve Pr. George’s schools

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    Kevin Maxwell’s strategy depends on the council approving the county executive’s budget proposal.

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