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PGCPS announces new program to continue Head Start in Controversy.

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– Prince George’s County Public Schools announced Friday a new program which will continue all Head Start services following the termination of a federal grant. Early Start will provide the same services without interruption to all students who were enrolled in Head Start, and it will be funded by the school system.

Early Start will serve 855 students with certified instructors and high-quality curriculum at 35 sites, the school system said. There will be new mental health, nutrition and wellness resources for parents, and increased monitoring and enhanced staff screening in response to safety and disciplinary concerns.

n August, the federal government pulled the $6.5 million grant to fund Head Start for the 2016-2017 school year following reports of misconduct and abuse that were apparently never addressed by the school system.

“No services will be cut, no Head Start sites will be closed and all students will continue to be served. That was our goal from the beginning,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell in a statement announcing the program. “We are pleased to provide continuity and stability for students and families, and enhance student safety at all sites.”

The county said stricter oversight will be established through a 10-member monitoring board, and all instructors and classroom aides will be screened.

The continuation of the programs will come at a cost, however. A total of $5.5 million in local funds will be needed to fund the new Early Start program. Those funds will be generated through a combination of hiring freezes and the elimination of 19 positions.

Prince George’s County Public Schools says they will remain eligible for future Head Start funding as early as fall 2017.

via FOX5

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PGCPS considers copyright policy that takes ownership of students’ work

By Ovetta Wiggins, Feb 03, 2013 01:32 AM EST

The Washington Post Published: February 2

A proposal by the Prince George’s County Board of Education to copyright work created by staff and students for school could mean that a picture drawn by a first-grader, a lesson plan developed by a teacher or an app created by a teen would belong to the school system, not the individual.(Read more) and by (NBC News here <~~)

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This seems beyond the pale to us. Imagine a company claiming intellectual property rights to the creative work of its customers. Students are not employees of PG schools, they are customers, and their parents are owners through the taxes they pay.

As far as actual employees are concerned, the last Union contract signed with the school system should be pretty explicitly and limited to the work employees are paid to do, or work performed using County resources. When employees are hired, BOE should remember that, they are not buying employees, they are only renting a part of their ability through employment.

There is no question this is an enormous very negative idea. The folks who even gave passing thought to it should be fired. Appropriating (stealing) the work of others regardless of age for whatever use is wrong and most times illegal. What does this teach our children about the value and meaning of their efforts? What’s this say about the adults in the school system, who evidently can’t do better?

With this concept that everything a first grader does becomes PG Co intellectual property then there is a question of when does it no longer hold? A first grader sitting in crayon class thinks of a fish and draws it on paper. That is now PGCo copyright material. Eighteen years later the now adult screenplay writer stops by the school to look up his collected works and sees the fish and writes a bigger hit then Elmo. Will PG Co public schools demand the proceeds from that movie? …. Say “NO” to this crazy idea and demand better changes.

Call your elected officials now and the media. Demand immediate changes. (Call the general assembly here)

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