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Md. defends dismissal of youth center teachers

CUMBERLAND — The Maryland departments of juvenile services and education are defending the dismissal of 10 veteran teachers from four youth detention centers in western Maryland.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Wednesday on the state’s response to questions posed by state legislators from Allegany and Garrett counties.

The department secretaries say the dismissals stem from the General Assembly’s decision in 2004 to shift responsibility for youth-center education from the Department of Juvenile Services to the Department of Education.

They say all teachers had to reapply for their jobs as part of the changeover process.

The secretaries say 20 of the 30 teachers at the western Maryland centers were rehired. They say the new program expands the amount of daily instruction to six hours from three.