• News Release: Statement from PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell on Disciplinary Action Related to Head Start Program

    September 1, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell issued the following statement today:

    Over the past two weeks, I have carefully reviewed the circumstances surrounding the loss of our federal Head Start Program grant. From the beginning, I have pledged to hold those who violated our students’ rights and dignity and betrayed parents’ trust fully accountable.

    Today, I have taken disciplinary action against six individuals directly involved in the incidents cited in the Administration for Children and Families report, including certified teachers, classroom aides and an administrative supervisor. These individuals will no longer be in front of any child in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

    Our message is clear: We will not tolerate this type of behavior. Our schools will cultivate teaching and learning environments that prioritize students’ well-being – and we will act swiftly to remove individuals who do not uphold these ideals. We are continuing to implement system-wide recommendations from the Student Safety Task Force, steps that will improve our protocols around reporting and transparency at all levels of the system. Every day, we will work diligently to fix the culture and conditions that led to past incidents and abuses.

    Our children and community deserve nothing less.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. The school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.