• Appeals

    About Us

    The Office of Appeals exists to support and undergird the priority goals of the Prince George’s County Public Schools. The largest percentage of program operations support the Quality Schools Program Strategic Plan Goal 4: All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning. The Office seeks to provide the leadership and decision-making necessary to implement Board of Education policies and school administrative procedures related to its functions.

    The Office of Appeals:

    • schedules, hears, and renders decisions on many types of appeals, including expulsion requests, transfers, tuition waivers, and certain personnel issues; 
    • represents the Chief Executive Officer at appeals to the Board of Education; 
    • processes requests for rescissions of expulsions;
    • reviews and decides miscellaneous appeals; and 
    • maintains correspondence, files, and statistics on all cases.

    Note: The Office of Appeals does not process appeals of grades, short-term suspensions, 2.0 QPA waivers, or teacher or class assignments. 

    Expulsion Process

    Below is a list of the Level V infractions for which an expulsion can be requested.

    • Arson
    • Assault with Substantial Bodily Injury
    • Explosives
    • Group Fight which results in serious bodily injury or results in substantial bodily injury
    • Physical Attack on Prince George’s County Public Schools employee
    • Possession, Use, or Distribution of Alcohol, Marijuana, Prescription Drugs, Controlled Dangerous Substances, Imitation Controlled Substances, Inhalants, Other Intoxicants, Controlled or Drug Paraphernalia
    • Possession, Use, or Distribution of Explosives (does not include small fireworks)
    • Possession or Use of Weapons or Instrument Used as Such
    • Shakedown/Strong Arm/Extortion
    • Sexual Attack

    If the decision is made to request an expulsion for your child you will be contacted by the school. If there are sufficient grounds to consider expulsion, you and your child will be invited to an expulsion conference. At this conference, the principal will present evidence to support the expulsion request. You and your child will have the chance to present evidence, both in writing and by having witnesses present, and give reasons why you feel your child should not be expelled. You may have your own lawyer and other school system employees present who may have personal knowledge about the incident, and you may question any witness called by you or the school staff. The Chief Executive Officer or designee will notify you in writing of the decision.

    If you, the parent/guardian, disagree with the decision made following the expulsion conference, you may file a written appeal, within ten days to the Board of Education. You may send your appeal to the attention of the Prince George’s County Board of Education, 14201 School Lane, Room 121, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. You may send your request for an appeal either by fax (301-952-6114) or via U.S. mail. The Board’s Hearing Examiner will conduct this appeal hearing and make a recommendation to the Board of Education, who will provide a decision in writing. 

    Make-up Work

    Your child must be offered make-up work while on suspension unless other educational options are provided. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to make arrangements for the receipt and return of all assignments. During long-term suspensions, unless otherwise arranged, teachers are to give work in two week increments, and parents must return completed work before teachers will provide additional work for students.

    Transfer Request Denied by the Office of Student Records and Transfers

    If the Office of Student Records and Transfers denies a transfer request, the parent or guardian may appeal the decision in writing to the Office of Appeals, acting as Designee of the Superintendent.  The Office of Appeals must receive your appeal within five (5) days of the date of the decision letter from the Office of Student Records and transfers.  The appeal should state the reason for seeking a review of the decision. The appellant should include any additional information for consideration. The Office of Appeals will issue a decision on behalf of the Superintendent on the basis of documentation provided and any telephone or personal conferences that may have taken place through the Office of Appeals. 

    If the Office of Appeals denies your appeal request, the parent or guardian may appeal the decision to the Board of Education.  The appeal must be made in writing and received by the Board of Education office within ten (10) days of the decision letter from the Office of Appeals, acting as the Superintendents Designee.  If there is additional information in the appeal to the Board, the Office of Appeals will be given an opportunity to respond in writing, and shall provide a copy of its response to the appellant, before the Board considers the appeal. The Board of Education’s decision will be rendered in writing.

    Contact Information

    Sasscer Administration Building Room 207
    14201 School Lane
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

    Phone: 301-952-6195 / 301-952-6766
    Fax:     301-952-6765 

    The Office of Appeals is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

    Aaron E. Price, Sr., Esq., - Chief Hearing Officer & CEO Designee

    Dr. James Huntley - PPW & CEO Designee

    Patti Phillips, Secretary III

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