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Comptroller William Donald Schaefer created a flap two years ago when he vented his frustration about fast-food workers who don't speak English well. Yesterday, he made a pitch for state Department of Education programs that help people learn the language.

"It's startling to know that almost 800,000 people in Maryland don't have a high school diploma, and 20 percent of that number don't have the English skills to get one," Schaefer said in a news release. "The return from investing in programs to help people learn and speak English and get a high school diploma can make a real difference in people's lives."

He was supporting a report calling for more adult education programs.

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