Virginia's governor draws up a new play for legislation to fund roads. D.C.'s attorney calls an early foul on a plan to give the city budget autonomy. And Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley contemplates another push to get anti-death penalty legislation over the goal line in Annapolis. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
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David Catania, D.C. Council member and chairman of the education committee, says truancy is one of the biggest problems affecting the city. Catania said about 30 to 40 percent of elementary and high school students miss two or more weeks of school, affecting graduation rates and test scores. He proposed a two-pronged solution: fire minimally effective teachers and prosecute parents based on a 20-year-old truancy law. Misdemeanor charges could include a $100 fine, five days in jail and community service. Catania also suggests a daytime curfew for students to curb truancy.
Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.
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