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    Schools Money Okayed
    Tuesday, April 14, 1998
    The Maryland General Assembly last night gave final approval to a $140 million school construction program for Prince George's County, making it possible for officials to begin an unparalleled building effort aimed at returning students to neighborhood schools.

    Pr. George's School Formula Rejected
    Saturday, April 04, 1998
    The Maryland House unexpectedly joined the state Senate yesterday in rejecting Gov. Parris N. Glendening's education funding proposal for Prince George's County, dealing a major blow to efforts to settle the county's 25-year-old school busing case.

    Md. Agrees to Terms in Busing Suit
    Thursday, March 19, 1998
    Prince George's County moved closer to ending court-ordered busing in the county and resolving a 25-year-old school desegregation lawsuit after Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening agreed that the state would pick up a greater share of school construction costs.

    Judge Backs Pact to End Busing Lawsuit
    Friday, March 13, 1998
    A federal judge presiding over the school desegregation lawsuit in Prince George's County said he supports a tentative agreement that would end court-ordered busing and settle the 25-year-old suit.

    Prince George's Reaches Pact on Busing
    Thursday, March 5, 1998
    Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry, the school board and the NAACP announced that they had reached a settlement in the desegregation case, but only if the state would pick up a greater share of the county's school construction costs.

    Try to Settle School Desegregation Case, Judge Urges Parties
    Saturday, December 20, 1997
    Judge Messitte heard final arguments in December 1997 and promised to decide by June 1 whether to lift the 25-year-old court order that mandates busing to ensure racial balance in schools.

    Lack of Passionate Debate Reflects Changing Times
    Friday, November 28, 1997
    For the first week and a half of the trial, the courtroom was dominated by attorneys, school system administrators and witnesses connected to the case. Only two or three spectators showed up each day. The lack of passionate debate about the issue reflected just how much times have changed, some social scientists said.

    Schools Did All They Could, Superintendent Testifies
    Wednesday, November 19, 1997
    At the trial, School Superintendent Jerome Clark testified that the school system's changing demographics have made it nearly impossible to achieve greater racial balance in classrooms.

    Judge in School Case Called 'Decisive, Hard-Working'
    Wednesday, November 19, 1997
    Fifty-six-year-old Peter J. Messitte, a federal judge in Greenbelt, presided over the trial. Messitte is characterized by those who know him as an intellectual, thoughtful and fair judge who has shown an aptitude for handling sensitive cases.

    Pr. George's Goes to Court Over School System's Future
    Tuesday, November 18, 1997
    Twenty-five years after a U.S. District Court judge ordered Prince George's County to end racial segregation and discrimination in its schools, officials returned to court for a trial to determine whether federal supervision is still needed to assure black children a quality education.

    Extra Money Failed to Raise Scores
    Sunday, October 26, 1997
    An analysis of test scores by The Washington Post revealed that Prince George's County's 12-year, $100 million effort to improve a group of nearly all-black schools had failed to lift their combined academic standing from well below the county's average.

    Federal Judge to Review School Desegregation
    Friday, July 19, 1996
    In 1996, U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte told Prince George's County school officials that he planned to conduct the first full-scale review of the school system's desegregation efforts since the mid-1980s.

    Court Order Provided No Shortcut To Excellence
    Monday, September 13, 1993
    Although court-ordered desegregation had undeniable benefits for the people of Prince George's, it had little effect where it perhaps mattered most: improving public schools. Despite the county's reputation as a mecca for educated black professionals, the school system has struggled to be more than adequate.

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