• News Release: PGCPS Unveils $53M Investment In Student Success and Teacher Capacity

    News Release: PGCPS Unveils $53M Investment In Student Success and Teacher Capacity

    June 11, 2019
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Today, Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson unveiled the Blueprint for PGCPS, a plan to enhance and improve the educational experience across Prince George’s County Public Schools. The $53 million Blueprint for PGCPS will utilize funds to raise teacher compensation and expand prekindergarten and “wraparound" school services, such as additional social workers and counselors, extended learning time and student supports.

    Education leaders and county officials successfully advocated for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, based on the Kirwan Commission recommendations, which increased funding to school systems statewide.  

    “Our students and staff deserve an investment that reflects our county’s commitment to improving educational outcomes,” said Dr. Goldson. “It is clear that our state representatives heard our voices. This landmark legislation will help to create an environment where our students and educators can thrive, leading to better academic outcomes and increased teacher capacity — all contributing to a stronger Prince George’s County.”

    Funding details for fiscal year 2020 are below:

    Program

    Funding Specifics

    High-Needs Schools

    Expanded wraparound services to 45 schools with the highest numbers of students living in poverty,  to include additional health care practitioners, social workers and counselors, extended learning programs, transportation and other initiatives. ($11,197,485)

    Pre-K Expansion

    Increased access to full-day prekindergarten programming at nine schools, offering more families the chance to give their youngest learners a strong foundation. As part of the school system’s ongoing push towards making high-quality prekindergarten available to all families, a universal pre-k pilot program will be launched in 17 schools. ($14,026,871)

    Mental Health Services

    Additional funding to 45 schools for certified mental health therapists. In addition, the PGCPS mental health coordinator will guide staff through mental health first aid training so anyone trusted with caring for a child can effectively do so. ($83,333)

    Teacher Compensation

    Restorative salary increase to all employees who lost steps between 2009 and 2012, yet remained with the school system, in recognition of staff sacrifices during the economic downturn.($13,386,052)

    Supporting Students with Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)

    Focused funding on implementing individualized educational programs (IEP), more teacher planning time and system-wide staff training on compliance and supports. ($10,114,897)

    Support for Students Struggling with Reading

    New digital literacy program focused on evidence-based strategies to help students who struggle with reading. Components include one-on-one tutoring, peer tutoring, screening and addressing literacy deficits and new technology in kindergarten through third grade classrooms at 53 schools.($4,819,614)

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    About PGCPS: Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 206 schools and centers, more than 134,000 students and 22,000 employees. Under the leadership of Dr. Monica Goldson, 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 college and career-readiness programs that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including dual enrollment and language immersion.