Statements from Chairman

Posted on: November 7, 2017

Chair Davis Responds to State Audit Regarding Graduation Rates for County High Schools

Educating our children to compete in a global economy remains a critical element to the success of Prince George’s County. A world-class 21st century school system is a shared priority for all of us, and we remain committed to working together to create more high-performing schools.

The Prince George’s County Council, as an education stakeholder and the County’s fiscal authority, urges a careful and thorough review of the findings and recommendations of the recently-released Maryland State Department of Education audit regarding graduation rates for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

This Council is very concerned about the State audit's findings of unenforced truancy policies, late grade changes without full documentation, and questionable accountability of credit recovery programs within many of our schools.

Two-thirds of the County’s revenue is rightly invested in the public education of our highest priority, our young people. In its oversight role over this critical investment, this Council has long recognized the need for the continuous process of improvement of school system operations, engaging the first comprehensive assessment of County School operations in nearly 20 years.

The findings of the State audit, as well as recommendations from the joint Continuous Business Process Improvement Study, present a unique opportunity for our County and the School district to improve, and offers a critical barometer for progress as we continue our work together to achieve the world-class school system our students and Prince George’s County deserve.

Now more than ever, our focus remains on the great future of our County and our public school system. All the County's education stakeholders must be steadfastly devoted to collaboration; continually identify opportunities to strengthen public school system operations, management and accountability: and commit to a full but measured response to our challenges, to ensure our school system operates at optimal levels and our students are well prepared for higher education and the demands of the workforce in our growing economy.


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