Prince George's County should expand its magnet plan for school desegregation next year by creating several elementary schools devoted to a back-to-basics education and a middle school for science and technology, an advisory committee of 100 community leaders said in a report issued yesterday.
The report also called for Maryland to pay $13 million for the magnet plan next year, more than triple the $3.5 million allocation proposed by Gov. Harry Hughes. The report criticized the state government for providing "inadequate" funding throughout the state for elementary and secondary education.
"This comparative lack of effort by the state has condemned students in relatively poorer jurisdictions like Prince George's to inferior educational resources and opportunity," the report said.
The committee, created by the school board in June to monitor the magnet plan and recommend ways to improve it, said that the county's schools "have engaged in good-faith efforts that have produced substantial progress" in fulfilling a court order for desegregation.
The back-to-basics elementary schools, which would be called "classical academies," would attempt to develop strong reading, writing, spelling and listening skills, the report said, while the science and technology middle school would stress those two areas, plus mathematics.
The report will be presented to the school board tonight.