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Largo High top choice for English language learner school.

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A new school for English language learners will likely be placed within Largo High School, even though community members say it might heighten tension between students.

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said that although the location has not been finalized, Largo High is currently the top school under consideration for the site of one of two high schools being designed as an option for students whose native language isn’t English.

“Right now, it’s our first choice, and we’d like to find a way to make it work at Largo,” Maxwell said, citing the school’s proximity to public transit and Prince George’s Community College, as well as its current 62 percent enrollment.

Opponents to the school being located at Largo spoke out during the Nov. 13 school board meeting, which included a presentation on the new schools.

School board member Zabrina Epps (Dist. 1) said the schools should be a starting point for conversations around equity in the school system.

“How do you think the students at Largo will feel knowing and seeing their colleagues getting all of this, and they get nothing?” Epps said.

According to data provided by the school system, the vast majority of the system’s 19,240 ELL students are native Spanish speakers, 86.8 percent, followed by French speakers, 2.1 percent, and speakers of Tagalog, 0.6 percent, a language spoken in the Philippines.

Valerie White, Largo High PTSA president, said she would like to see Largo High’s current students receive the same amount of resources and support as students at the ELL school.

“We’re asking for our students to get the same quality education, and not be left behind,” White said.

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PGCPS CEO Search Committee begins…

…stakeholde​r meetings.

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President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes

The Search Committee charged with finding the new Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO begins their work this week by meeting with stakeholders on June 5th, 2013 at 4:30 PM.  Community and parent groups will appear before the committee first starting at 4:30PM.

The next session, which will take place after the stakeholders’ meeting finishes, will be with elected officials, including school board members at 5:45PM. Both meetings will be at Kent Hall at Prince George’s County Community College.

The final session, a “telephone townhall” format, will be for the general public on June 10. Additional information on how to participate will be released at a later date. County residents can e-mail their questions and/or suggestions to newschoolsceo@co.pg.md.us.

For more information or to get information on attending contact educationboard@co.pg.md.us. Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of the Prince George’s Community College as well as President Maryland State Board of Education, also serves as Chair of the Search Committee. She will preside over the meetings and the expectations are very high.

Thank you State Leaders for your dedication and commitment to PGCPS and ensuring that PG County families  have a bright future for their children. (Read more) ( more)

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