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Steele plans visit to local schools

March 25, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is scheduled to visit two Washington County schools on Wednesday, March 31, his press secretary said Wednesday.

For the past few months, Steele has been visiting schools across Maryland to remind students of the importance and value of education, said Regan Hopper, Steele's press secretary.

Steele has visited more than half of the counties in the state so far, Hopper said.

Steele is scheduled to visit South Hagerstown High School and Antietam Academy on Wednesday morning.

"We are happy to accommodate their request for a visit and we are looking forward to having him here," Washington County Board of Education spokeswoman Carol Mowen said.

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Antietam Academy Principal Ike Williams and South Hagerstown High School Principal Michael Shockey look forward to giving Steele tours of their schools and having him meet some of the students, Mowen said.

Steele is scheduled to head a commission in 2004 that will "take an in-depth look at Maryland's public education system. The commission will examine the quality of education and how the state's assets and resources are being leveraged in grades K-12 with regards to accountability, teacher quality, curriculum, special needs programs, and quality of life," according to the government's official Web site.

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