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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Public Forum: Education Activists Call for Revisions to County Schools’ Budget

Education Activists Call for Revisions to County Schools’ Budget
Press release, March 9, 2011

Education activists across Prince George’s County, MD have formed an alliance in organized protest against recent proposed cuts to the 2012 school budget approved by the Board of Education on February 24, 2011. The group-- which includes parents, educators, and community stakeholders-- has offered recommendations that will cut administrative costs, help preserve classroom sizes, and save important school-based personnel from elimination. Earlier this week, they submitted their proposal to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III for consideration, and asked the County Executive to send the School Board’s budget back for revisions that incorporate their proposed changes.

Over the next few weeks, this group of concerned citizens will be hosting three forums in Laurel, Largo, and Clinton, Maryland to publicize their platform to parents, students, teachers, and education stakeholders. The forums will educate the public about systemic problems in the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), provide suggestions for responsible cuts to the PGCPS budget, and gather community buy-in for a PGCPS budget that prioritizes their mission that “Children Come First.”

First Public Forum
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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