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State officials pledge improvements in education of juvenile offenders

State officials pledge improvements in education of juvenile offenders

State education officials pledged Wednesday to hire new teachers, fill vacancies and make other changes to improve the beleaguered school system that serves Maryland's juvenile offenders.

Armed with a $3 million increase in state funding, interim state schools Superintendent Jack Smith told a House committee in Annapolis that his department will hire 40 new staff members, including 20 teachers, and build a pipeline of substitutes given the system's high turnover rate.

The hearing was called after a Baltimore Sun investigation detailed how juvenile offenders have routinely been denied access to education services to which they are entitled under federal law.

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