Sound Off: PGCPS Parents Share Top Concerns

At a recent community event , we asked participants to jot down what theyIMG_6404 thought were the top concerns facing Prince George’s County Public Schools. They wrote their ideas on sticky notes and posted them anonymously on a poster board.

The answers we got are listed below. These are unedited and in no particular order.

Readers, what would you add to our list? Tell us in the comments section.

  • Low rankings.
  • Community detachment.
  • Lack of link between school and jobs.
  • Lack of community confidence in the schools.
  • Some great specialty programs, but “comprehensive” students and regular neighborhood schools seem to be falling through cracks.
  • Lack of youth and parent engagement to help students succeed or prepare them for their next steps.
  • Parents have to struggle to get needed services for their kids.
  • Lack of community schools.
  • Poor communication between PGCPS and parents.
  • Not enough teacher input when decisions are made.
  • Poor communication between schools and families.
  • No entrepreneur academy for vocation and alternative career youth.
  • Abuse in public schools.
  • No oversight or follow-up to abuse complaints.
  • Teachers are overwhelmed/pulled in, a lot of directions/exhausted, etc.
  • Lack of community schools.
  • Too much standardized testing.
  • What about the children?
  • Seeking progressive education models.
  • Full state funding for schol projects/programs
  • Better engagement between the school district admin and BOE with the parent and private sector community.
  • More transparency.

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