BoE Policy

The Prince George’s County Board of Education  has adopted four new policies designed to govern high functioning public meetings, ensure responsiveness to constituent concerns, improve the quality of services provided to the community it serves, and provide systems oversight. 

 “This Board of Education is committed to a holistic approach to school improvement that includes inviting feedback from parents and the community, and being responsive to constituent concerns,” said Board Chair Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. “These new policies communicate what should be expected of Board members as we engage the public in our mission to close achievement gaps and raise the academic achievement for all students in Prince George’s County public schools by ensuring equitable access to a high quality education that guarantees every child graduates college- and work-ready.” 

The purposes of the Board’s four new policies are as follows: 

I.    CONSTITUENT SERVICES   

The purpose of this policy is for responding to constituent problems, issues, complaints and questions escalated to the Board for resolution and for use in systemic improvements. 

The Board of Education routinely receives a large number of requests for information, issue resolution, appeals, suggestions and follow-up from various members of the community.  The Board recognized that its ability to service these requests in an efficient, timely and courteous manner is a critical component necessary to promote system improvement, to inform and educate, and to support the needs of the school district. 

II.   CORE BELIEFS AND COMMITMENTS   

The purpose of this policy is to define the guiding principles by which all activities of the Board of Education will be undertaken.  The Board’s core beliefs and commitments are as follows: 

  • Children ARE our business and THEY come first.   
  • We believe that educating children is our sole mission and that all children can learn and achieve at high levels. 
  • We commit to closing achievement gaps and raising achievement for all students. 
  • We commit to support student learning and achievement. 
  • We commit to holding the system accountable for student achievement based on local, state and federal requirements.  In addition, Prince George’s County Public Schools commits to measuring student achievement over time using growth modeling. 
  • We commit to holding the system accountable for all students achieving grade level mastery or above. 
  • Parents are our partners.   
  • We believe parents, guardians and caregivers play a vital role in the education of their children.  Parent, guardians, and caregivers must send their children to school well prepared and ready to learn.  We believe that parents, guardians, and caregivers must foster in their children a love for learning by encouraging reading, and by promoting discipline. 
  • We commit to increasing family engagement in the education process through communication and outreach. 
  • Nevertheless we commit to educate all children regardless of family support or involvement. 
  • Victory is in the classroom.   
  • We believe that closing the achievement gaps and raising achievement for all students are the result of what takes place in classrooms. 
  • We commit to focusing resources in the classroom. 
  • School system activities will be assessed by research-based practices which directly correlate with academic achievement.  Proven and pioneering efforts (here or elsewhere) will be launched, continued or expanded. 
  • Continuous improvement in teaching, leadership and accountability is the key to our success.   
  • We believe schools have an enormous impact on children’s lives.  We believe that educational inequities can and will be eliminated in Prince George’s County Public Schools through implementation of researched-based reform measures and enabling innovation. 
  • We commit to all employees being highly qualified, highly skilled and effective. 
  • We commit that all students educated in the Prince George’s County Public Schools will be college ready and work ready.  We believe college ready and work ready are one and the same. 
  • Every member of this community shares responsibility for successful schools.   
  • We believe that the Board of Education maintains ownership and accountability for the success of schools however we recognize that support from parents, caregivers, businesses, elected/appointed officials, civic and faith-based organizations, is critical for the advancement of Prince George’s County Public Schools. 
  • We commit to building relationships with all members of the community to promote and inspire support for and confidence in the quality education of all public school students of Prince George’s County. 
  • We commit to encouraging philanthropic support from businesses and nonprofit organizations, to include the faith-based community, for the development of educational options for all students. 

III.  MEETINGS OF THE BOARD   

This Bylaw shall govern the conduct of meetings of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.  The Board of Education shall, at its meetings, promote equity in educational achievement by means of ethical, legal and fiduciary standards that focus on improving student achievement and implementation of educational reform initiatives. All three new policies can be viewed on the school system Web site, www.pgcps.org   

IV. SYSTEMS OVERSIGHT  

“Systems oversight” is the role of the Board of Education in its review of the performance of all operations throughout the school system. The review will be through formal reports, audits and all reporting methods deemed appropriate by the Board through the Superintendent.  Systems oversight will include reporting on goals, balanced score card measures, value added and level of service provided. The areas covered include but are not limited to: Finance, Human Resources, Operations and Supporting Services, and Information Systems. 

Systems oversight by the Board of Education will occur through regularly scheduled System Oversight meetings as outlined in policy 9830. The results of Systems Oversight meetings will be used in the Superintendent’s goal setting and evaluation, in compliance with Board Policy 8265 on Superintendent evaluation. Board of Education Members and the Superintendent understand that systems oversight is the responsibility of the Board of Education, as a whole, and not that of individual Board Members or of the Superintendent by himself/herself. The Board will not interfere with the Superintendent’s management of the district nor will the Superintendent interfere with the oversight responsibility of the Board. All Board policies can be accessed online at  http://www.pgcps.org/~board/policy/  

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