Statement: Statement from the Board Chair on the Head Start Program

Statement: Statement from the Board Chair on the Head Start Program

September 8, 2016
For Immediate Release
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Board of Education Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks issued the following statement on the Head Start Program:

During today’s Board of Education meeting, we will be updated about the current status of Head Start and the essential steps taken to ensure that our Head Start students continue to receive high-quality education services this year and beyond.   

At the same time, we recognize that a close review and examination of what led to this situation must take place. As many of you know, disciplinary actions were announced last week involving several individuals who were mentioned in the Administration for Children and Families report. We believe this is an important step towards keeping student safety as our main priority. In order for that to occur, we must provide full transparency as well. Our students, families and community need to understand, just as we all do, how this happened and how we plan to move forward. We must examine not only our policies, procedures and actions, but we must also take stock of the underlying culture in our system and how it must transform.

I have asked Dr. Maxwell and his Administration to provide a full review and written debriefing of the events listed in the Administration for Children and Families report as part of a broader discussion of Head Start in Prince George’s County – past, present and future. I will also invite representatives from the Administration for Children and Families to address the Board of Education at an upcoming public meeting. Their external review shined a light on an area where we must clearly improve. We believe it would be helpful for the Board and public to hear not only how they arrived at their conclusions, but their recommendations for avoiding future occurrences. 

Our focus continues to be on a smooth year for the children in Head Start.

 

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.