Let us face the facts; education is the root of all that will make our Good county GREAT, to steal a line from County Executive Rushern Baker. The future of Prince George’s County Maryland does not rest in the arrival of the County’s first state agency to call Prince George’s County home, albeit, this is a good thing.
The future of Prince George’s County Maryland rests squarely on the shoulders of our K-12 public school system and its ability to prepare students to compete academically nationally and more importantly globally. The County’s aspirations, the hopes for a booming economy, and a community which is viewed as the beacon of innovation and a cradle of artistic creation is dependent upon an educational network. A network where its K-12 public school district, its community college with its various satellite campuses and its multiple 4-year public and private colleges and universities work to establish a seamless network of educational opportunities. The opportunities must be grounded in high academic standards, open access and affordability.
However, this path we call the future, begins with a high performing K-12 public school system, that embraces innovation, provides transparency, and builds parent and community trust through sound fiscal management, all with the goal to creating an educational environment envied by others and desired by all.
Prince George’s County Public Schools have many, if not most of the ingredients to become one of the best school districts in the nation. The system has some of the most qualified teachers in the state of Maryland, hundreds of the most experienced school based and central office administrators in the nation, and there are thousands of top ranked students sitting in classes across the County. The would be scholars are meeting the demands to challenge themselves academically and they are demanding more of their teachers. When you aligned these strengths with the most engaged group of parents and community stakeholders in the state of Maryland, you have the foundation to move the academic needle beyond a mere smidgen.
Now it is time to match all our strengths with educational leaders who desire only the best for our children, our families, our communities and our county.