Weekly News Roundup: International Schools, New Family Resource Center

Prince George’s County Public Schools has opened two new immigrant-only high schools, or “International Schools” this year, one in Largo and another in Langley Park. These schools are designed to meet the needs of students learning English as a second language. In Maryland, only slightly more than half of English language learners graduate on time, compared with 87% for all students. Similar schools in New York have had success in improving graduation rates among students learing English. (Baltimore Sun) See also this Sentinel article from August.

Reporters from ABC’s “7 on Your Side” team found that confidential documents containing sensitive information about several PGCPS students were posted online on a Weebly website. (ABC7)

Local official at last week’s City of Bowie Education Committee forum discussed overcrowding at Bowie High School and acknolwedged that a new high school probably won’t be built any time soon. (Capital Gazette)

Governor Hogan announced on Monday that Maryland will partner with the private sector to launch a  P-Tech program in the state. The P-Tech (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools) model trains kids for technology programs in a six-year program that blends high school, college, and work experience. Gov. Hogan’s goal is to open two P-Tech schools in Baltimore and two in rural areas of the state. (Washington Post)

Redskins players handed out turkeys and other traditional Thanksgiving food items at Suitland High School to 200 families in need. Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell and County Council Member Karen R. Toles attended the event. (Washington Post)

On December 3, Prince George’s County Public Schools will host a ​Technical Career Academy Night at Crossland High School to showcase the 2-year career programs available for students. (PGCPS)

After Nike released Keven Durrant’s new “KD8 PG County” sneakers, County Executibe Rushern Baker released a statement chiding Nike for using the term “P.G.” According to Baker, and some other Prince George’s County officials, the abbreviation is considered pejorative. (Washington Post)

On Tuesday, December 1, Walden Woods Elementary School is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Family Resource Center. The Family Resource Center will be available to all parents during school hours. (PGCPS)

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