MARYLAND

Anne Arundel County

* Web address: http://www.pwl.com/maryland/educate/anne.html

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 74,122

* Enrollment last year: 73,363

* Budget: $490 million

* Spending per student: $6,463

* Number of classroom computers: approximately 10,000

* Number of schools: 76 elementary; 18 middle; 12 high schools; 3 special schools; 2 vocational and technical; 1 learning center; 1 Phoenix center; 1 alternative high school

* Number of new schools opening this fall: None

* Student/teacher ratios: kindergarten 22/1; first through third 25/1; fourth through sixth 28/1; middle school 22/1; high school 23/1

* Statewide ranking on 1998 MSPAP exams: 11

* Percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 16.4 percent (12,049)

Howard County

* Web address: http://www.howard.k12.md.us/

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 41,502

* Enrollment last year: 41,633

* Budget: $299.7 million

* Spending per student: $6,988

* Number of classroom computers: 7,246

* Number of schools: 37 elementary; 17 middle; 10 high schools; 2 special schools

* Number of new schools opening this fall: 1 middle school

* Student/teacher ratios: kindergarten 22/1; elementary 25/1; middle school 20.5/1; high school 23.5/1

* School system statewide ranking on 1998 MSPAP exams: 1

* Percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 10.6 percent (4,252)

Montgomery County

* Web address: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 131,181

* Enrollment last year: 128,577

* Budget: $1.106 billion

* Spending per student: $8,035

* Number of classroom computers: 30,000

* Number of schools: 124 elementary; 35 middle; 23 high schools; 1 career and technology center; 6 special centers

* Number of new schools opening this fall: 4 new schools, 5 modernized schools

* Student/teacher ratios: kindergarten 21/1; elementary school 24.7/1; middle school 23.3/1 for English classes, 24.4/1 for others; high school 24.8/1 for English classes, 25.8/1 for others. In addition, new budget initiatives allow for a maximum of 15 students for reading instruction in grades 1 and 2 and a maximum of 20 students in grade 9 Algebra I classes

* School system's statewide ranking on 1998 MSPAP exams: 4

* Percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 22.4 percent (27,944)

Prince George's County

* Web address: www.pgcps.org

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 133,000

* Enrollment last year: 129,793

* Budget: $844.9 million

* Spending per student: $6,178

* Number of classroom computers: 15,000

* Number of schools: 123 elementary; 26 middle; 20 high schools; 11 special schools; 2 vocational

* Number of new schools this fall: 1 renovated and renamed

* Student/teacher ratios: elementary 26/1; middle 25/1; high school 26/1

* Statewide ranking on 1998 MSPAP exams: 23

* Percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 39 percent (50,000)

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

* Web address: http://www.k12.dc.us

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 71,889 (71,889 last year)

* Budget: $575 million for 1999 (requested $601 million for 2000)

* Spending per student: $7,973 (estimated 1999); $8,911 (projected for 2000)

* Number of classroom computers: Not provided.

* Number of schools: 146 traditional schools; 18 public charter schools, which operate with public funds but outside the school bureaucracy

* Number of new schools opening: 9 charter schools, 1 special education

* Student/teacher ratios: elementary: prekindergarten-2 20/1; grades 3-4 22/1; grades 5-6 25/1; junior high/middle school 25/1; high school: English and math 24/1; trade and shop 22/1; other subjects 29/1

* Students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 44,532 free, 3,124 reduced

VIRGINIA

Fairfax County

* Web address: http://www.fcps.k12.va.us

* Projected enrollment: 156,000 (152,000 last year)

* Budget: $1.3 billion

* Spending per student: $8,203

* Number of classroom computers: about 53,000 high-end computers*

* Number of schools: 133 elementary; 18 middle (grades 7-8); three middle (grades 6-8); three secondary (grades 7-12); 20 high schools (grades 9-12); 26 special education centers; two special education service sites; 32 alternative schools and programs. Three of the elementary schools are magnet schools, and four of the high schools are professional technical academies. In addition, 23 elementary schools are focus schools with specialized curriculums, such as foreign language immersion.

* Number of schools opening this fall: 1

* Student/teacher ratios: Maximum kindergarten class size is 28, with an instructional assistant; grade 1 is capped at 25 students; grades 1-3, 24.5/1; grades 4-6, 26.5/1; grades 7-8 (core class average), 27/1; grades 7-8 (noncore class average), 28/1; grades 9-12 (general education average) 28/1; grades 9-12 (English class average) 24/1.

* Percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 18 percent

*High-end refers to computers 486 or better. The school system has lots of other older computers but is working on increasing the number of high-end computers in the system.

Arlington County

* Web address: www.arlington.k12.va.us

Anticipated enrollment this fall: 18,745 (18,564 last year)

* Budget: $221 million

* Spending per student: $10,271

* Number of classroom computers: 4,270

* Number of schools: 20 elementary; 5 middle; 3 high schools; 1 vocational and technical; 1 alternative secondary school

* Number of new schools opening this fall: none.

* Average class size: kindergarten, 18-23; first through third, 20-22; fourth through fifth, 26; middle school, 23.4; high school, 23.4.

* Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals: 40 percent.

Alexandria

* Web address: www.acps.k12.va.us

* Anticipated enrollment this fall: 11,015 (10,803 last year)

* Budget: $110.5 million

* Spending per student: $10,029

* Number of classroom computers: 2,500

* Number of schools: 12 elementary; 2 middle; 1 ninth-grade school; 1 high school; 1 alternative high school

* Number of new schools opening this fall: none

* Average class size: elementary, 20; middle, 21; high, 23.

* Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals: 52 percent