DISTRICT HEIGHTS, MD (WUSA9) – Some parents at one Prince George’s elementary school feel like they are in the dark about their child’s education.
Ajia and Robert Cooper have generally had a good experience at Concord Elementary School in District Heights but they have noticed a troubling trend.
Last year, their son’s second grade teacher left the classroom towards the end of the year and now their son’s third grade teacher has been gone for more than a month.
Ajia Cooper gives her son Elijah assignments at home because she’s convinced he’s not learning in school.
“Elijah is not getting any third grade curriculum,” she complained.
The couple said their son gets busy work like alphabetizing classmates’ names. In fact, they just started receiving classwork only after they started raising questions.
“He said when a specialist doesn’t come to class, they throw the homework away and no one ever checks it. Sometimes they’ve had recess for hours,” she said.
“I don’t think we’re doing what I’m supposed to learn in the third grade,” said Elijah.
We have learned both third grade teachers at Concord have been on administrative leave since September 19th .
A school spokesperson says they are investigating allegations made against the teachers.
“I feel like that should be told to the parents,” said Mr. Cooper. “Then we would know what’s going on. Maybe if we had more information about what’s going on behind the scenes we wouldn’t feel left out.”
A letter was sent home stating the teachers were simply on leave for personal reasons, but the Coopers missed that note because Elijah was absent that day. They said not only have kids left the class, they’ve left the school.
“If it’s not a good third grade program let’s find a solution,” said Mrs. Cooper.
A school spokesperson said there has been a permanent substitute in that classroom. It is against policy to replace a teacher who is on administrative leave who may return to class when he or she is cleared from the investigation.