This is part of a series of interviews with PGCPS Board of Education candidates. Carlton Carter is one of three candidates from District 8 (see district map here) whose names will be on the ballot in the April 26th primary election. Mr. Carter answered questions generated by members of Prince George’s County Advocates for Better Schools.
Prince George’s County Advocates for Better Schools does not endorse or oppose any candidate for the Board of Education.
Tell us about your background and why you are running for the Board of Education.
Over 25 years of proven education experience as Senior Turnaround Consultant, High School and Middle School Principal; Assistant Principal and Teacher.
I am running for School Board because Prince Georges County is consistently one of the lowest academic performing in the State of Maryland, and they need someone such as me with a proven track record of successfully improving schools.
M.A. Bowie State University: Major: Administration/Supervision
Ed.D NorthCentral University: Major: Educational Leadership B.S.- University of Maryland
Eastern Shore: Major: Technology Education
What are your top three goals for PGCPS, and how do you plan to accomplish them if elected?
Top 3 priorities are the following:
1. Raise the capacity of District, Leaders, Principals, and Teachers to increase academic rigor in all classrooms.
2. Create District wide programs to provide enrichment and Remediation to prepare students for college and careers.
3. Build partnerships with families to boost parental involvement in all schools.
What experience do you have working with parents or parent organizations, and how will you increase parent engagement with the system?
I have extensive experience working with parents. As principal of Ernest Just Middle School, the PTSA and I created a Saturday School focusing on strengthening students’ Math skills. The Saturday School had an enrollment of 500 students and was so popular that other parents from other communities wanted to participate.