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Maryland Education Inspector General Named

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state education department administrator with a long former career in the U.S. Marshal's Service will be the state's first inspector general for education.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Monday that Richard P. Henry will move to his new post next month. Henry is currently executive director of the State Department of Education's Office of Compliance and Monitoring.

Hogan's office says Henry worked for the Marshal's Service for more than 25 years.

The governor says the inspector general's job affirms a commitment to accountability and improved education results.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have started scrutinizing education legislation that would cost billions of dollars to carry out but supporters say would make state public education world-class.

The legislature’s education and budget committees met jointly on Monday to hear public comment on the legislation. 

The plan would cost an additional $4 billion annually within 10 years, with the state paying $2.8 billion.

Republican lawmakers and GOP Gov. Larry Hogan are critical of the legislation because it doesn’t say from where the money should originate.  

Democrats are pushing the bill and hold veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.