Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The applicants are vying for four open seats on Prince George's County Board of Education, county officials told The Washington Post.
Interest in being on the Prince George's County Board of Education has peaked since County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's legislation passed to expand the school board and appoint the chief of the school district. According to The Washington Post, about 160 people applied for the four open positions on the school board. Baker's education liaison, Christian Rhodes, told the Post that applicants vary from active parents, CEOs, university professors and civic leaders. Read more about the school board applicants on The Washington Post.
Friday, April 26, 2013
The interim superintendent said his last day would be June 3.
Prince George's County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley has announced his resignation, effective June 3, the school board reported late Thursday. "“It is with mixed emotion that I submit my letter of resignation," Crawley told the Board. "I have enjoyed my tenure as Interim Superintendent of Schools and appreciate the support of our Board, staff, parents, students, and members of the community. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my tenure.” Crawley was a finalist for superintendent of schools, however, he and the two other finalists decided to withdraw, citing significant changes in the school system's structure. Those changes were a part of County Executive Rushern L. Baker III's plan to …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The county executive will deliver the graduating class's commencement speech.
Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III left today for Okinawa, Japan, to be the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Asia campus' commencement speaker on Saturday, according to a statement from Baker's office. “I am excited that the University of Maryland University College selected me to deliver the commencement address for the Asia campus in Okinawa," Baker said in the statement. "UMUC is one of Prince George’s County’s major educational institutions and my trip there highlights the international impact that Prince George’s County businesses, institutions and people are having throughout the world." He will be speaking at 3 p.m. Japan Standard Time on April 20. “UMUC has been on the cutting-edge of distant …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The Prince George's County executive extended his 'thoughts and prayers' to the victims of the deadly explosions.
Monday, April 15
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker released the following statement in response to Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon: Today our country grieves again. The thoughts and prayers of the residents of Prince George’s County are with the victims this evening, their families, the participants and spectators at the marathon, and the City of Boston. I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, which is not too far from Boston, so I know how much Patriots’ Day means to the people of that region. Marked with the annual running of the Boston Marathon, this is a day of local celebration, pride, and unity that is shared with the national and international community. Today, we witnessed moments after this attack, public safety officials and…
Monday, April 8, 2013
The governor says a plan to give Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker more control over the schools system "is a good thing."
Gov. Martin O'Malley had nothing but praise for a bill that gives Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker more power over the school system. "I think it's a good thing," O'Malley said while speaking to reporters Monday afternoon in the waning hours of the 2013 General Assembly session. The powers granted to Baker in the bill surpass any other Maryland county executive. The bill passed Saturday in the House of Delegates gives Baker broader powers over the selection of the next superintendent of the Prince George's County Public Schools system. The legislation gives the county executive the ability to select the next superintendent of the $1.7 billion schools system from a list of three names provided to him by a search committee. It …
New legislation gives the Prince George's County Executive expanded powers over the public school board of education.
The search process for a new Prince George's school superintendent candidate will begin anew in the next few months, this time with county excecutive Rushern Baker at the helm. Legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly Saturday gives Baker the authority to select the next superintendent of the county's public schools, a position that will now be called the chief executive officer. The legislation, pending Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature, goes into effect on June 1. Under the new legislation, O’Malley will select a three-person search committee, which will then select three candidates for the school CEO position. Baker will select the new CEO from this list of finalists. The three original finalists, who were selected by the …
Friday, April 5, 2013
One candidate withdrew earlier this week, and now two more have left the search process, leaving the future of the county schools uncertain.
Prince George's County Public Schools announced Friday evening that the remaining two superintendent candidates have withdrawn from the search process, citing an uncertainty in leadership as a reason. Alvin L. Crawley, the interim superintendent, and Harrison Peters notified the Prince George’s County Board of Education of their decision to withdraw Friday. Dr. Eric Becoats, another finalist, withdrew on April 2. The Board of Education issued the following statement: “All three candidates were considered for the position under the current PGCPS governance structure. However, due to the disruption that occurred with this process and the uncertainty of the leadership of the school system in the coming months, we accept and understand why …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The Prince George's County executive will discuss his plan with county residents Tuesday.
As the debate between Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker and the school board about his proposal to take control of Prince George's County Public Schools is heating up, Baker is set to address the public in a telephone town hall Tuesday night. Baker and members of the school board testified in front of the Prince George's delegation about his proposal for Integrated School Governance of Prince George’s County Public Schools over the weekend. However, both parties remain at odds. In his testimony, Baker said there's a "dire" need for the county to end its below average school system performance and described how his proposal would improve school operations. Baker tweeted Monday, "Under proposal, CEX appoints education expert to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The Prince George's County Board of Education has decried the move saying it is unnecessary and reduces public oversight.
The Prince George’s County Board of Education (BOE) released a statement Monday declaring its opposition to County Executive Rushern Baker’s recent move to gain more control over public schools, saying the proposed legislation falls short of reform and is an unnecessary distraction. If passed, Baker claims the legislation would give autonomy to the superintendent and more resources to the schools. It would also give him more control of the superintendent hiring process and the proposed $1.7 billion Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) budget. But the nine-member elected BOE argues that the bill would reduce public oversight and does not recognize student achievement: Do you think Prince George’s County Public Schools would be …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The Prince George's County Executive is pushing for legislation that would put him in charge of the school system's budget and more, reports NBC4.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker wants to take a more active role in the county’s public education system. Baker thinks he has the solution to fix the county school system, and is pushing for legislation that would give him more control over the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) budget and superintendent hiring process, reports NBC4. "My proposal is an effort to make our schools stronger by using all the resources the County government has to offer so that our children and families have the tools they need to be successful,” said Baker in a statement, according to NBC 4. Baker told the news station that his plan would give the superintendent more autonomy and the school system more resources. Currently, PGCPS's …