Almost every conversation I have had with a business owner, mother or granddad starts and ends with the need to strengthen our school system. Compared to the state and region, our school system—the 19th largest in the nation—has struggled.
As the mother of two kids, I am invested in strengthening our public schools. This work begins with building strong neighborhood schools and hiring and retaining qualified teachers and administrators as well as a dedicated school team that includes nurses, counselors, and custodians.
Delivering a quality education also involves enhancing parent and business involvement, improving school facilities, promoting smaller class sizes, expanding pre-kindergarten, providing parent liaisons as well as sufficient counselors for our kids, and working with nonprofits and the Parks and Recreation Department to provide robust after-school and mentoring programs. We have much work ahead of us and I am ready to roll up my sleeves and collaborate with the Board of Education, CEO, teachers, staff, and community to get it done.
This work also begins with us. I encourage you to take a deeper look, beyond perception and even first impressions of our school system. If you are a new to your local school, ask for a tour or attend a school-wide fair. If you are retired, call your local principal and ask how you can help. If you are not satisfied with the response, then let PGCPS constituent services or your school board member know.
There are some wonderful programs in our schools and the new CEO, Kevin Maxwell, along with the Board of Education is proposing a budget to place even more resources at our schools and enhance our career academies and programs. If you missed it, President Obama recently announced a $7 million grant, which will assist with these efforts in Prince George’s.
Here are a few helpful resources on our schools and summer programs:
Summer Youth Programs (just a sample):