Prince George's County D9 Politico Blog

Keeping politicians accountable and voters informed.

Why Education Matters

with 7 comments

Education is the most critical issue facing the county right now. We can’t create jobs if people aren’t educated for them, we can’t spur development with poor-performing schools, and we can’t reduce crime if we don’t educate our children out of a life of crime. We need to push for a fully transparent PGCPS budget (at the central office) this year. I agree we need more revenue too, as Dr. Hite says, but let’s make sure our own house is in order first. Join me in this fight. We’ll be circulating an online petition soon, which you can sign. Stay tuned, stay involved!

Advertisements

Written by pgd9politico

October 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

7 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. We can’t have the status quo anymore. It’s either there is transparency and accountability or no budget at all. We are tired of the PGCPS MESS from day in and day out. There are so many adminstrators in the central office sitting down and drinking coffee all day including at the Supritendent office. No more Nepotism, No more unproffessional staff misconduct, No more embezzlements

    Tom

    October 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    • It has been said that “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” If education matters, how can we who may not be public school student parents, stay engaged and informed? Although I am aware there have been some kind of committees that claimed to provide for community input, THOSE have lacked transparency or accountability too — and I speak as one who is fairly in control of my own schedule, pretty well-informed and engaged generally in my community. My favorite community groups can’t get meeting space in the local school buildings. We don’t hear from our elected reps about local school events and if there are open houses held, I’m not seeing those announced. The school budget documents that I’ve tried to analyze are so dense with what seems like unrelated matter, that to be frank, I threw up my hands. I am aware that education eats up a huge chunk of my tax dollars. So how come our schools are so terribly unfriendly toward those who pay those taxes?

      Linda Saffell

      October 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

  2. […] Education is the most critical issue facing the county right now. We can’t create jobs if people aren’t educated for them, we can’t spur development with poor-performing schools, and we can’t reduce crime if we don’t educate our children out of a life of crime. We need to push for a fully transparent PGCPS budget (at the central office) this year. I agree we need more revenue too, as Dr. Hite says, but let’s make sure our own house is in order first. Join me in this fight. We’ll be circulating an online petition soon, which you can sign. Stay tuned, stay involved! ( Courtesy our sister blog) […]

  3. All PGCPS schools turned in their projected budgets to Dr. Hite’s appointed subordinates this week.
    Every school is now operating under “student based budgeting” which is being managed by Jeff Kang (jeff.kang@pgcps.org).
    According to Dr. Hite’s newletter to PGCPS staff and on his blog:
    “Moreover, school communities must have a greater voice in how their schools are funded. That is why we are rolling out our new Student Based Budgeting (SBB) program, which allows school administrators, parents, and community members to guide the decision-making process for how school budgets should be spent. This new process, done solely at the school level, essentially gives the school community more authority over their school budgets, encourages innovation and enhances school effectiveness. “
    Bull crap.
    Go to any school and ask staff, parents or people in the community if they had any input. Teachers will tell you that the principals decided on their own, and parents and community members will tell you that they were not solicited for their opinion or were they allowed to make their opinion known. Look at the school newsletters that some schools post on their website. I am in contact with atleast 10 schools, and this is what happened.
    Principals, off the record, will tell you that even if they had the same number of students and same number of free/reduced lunch, special ed, and MSA below basic and advanced students , they would have less money.
    That is to say, we have a ploy here being perpetrated by Dr. Hite and his subordinates. They put their pretense that everyone has input, but in reality they don’t. All decisions rest with the principal and his/her pets on the staff. The schools are being squeezed, but if you go to Dr. Hite, Matthew Stanski or your board member they will put the blame on the principals. “They were to confer with the community” “they make decisions about how to spend money and staff the school.”
    And gets screwed.
    The kids.
    Did you notice that the county took the “Children Come First” logo off the system’s website? Students have.

    A good example of wasteful spending is the “middle college” program.The system pays $3 million for a program that benefits 100 students- $30,000 a student.

    PhillipMarlowe

    November 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

    • I was under the impression that SBB is a new thing, that it will be used for next year’s budget. – No matter what, it would be good to get more details on how exactly SBB works/will work.

      RF

      November 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

      • RF,
        SBB is being “piloted” at 7 schools this year.
        All schools had to turn in their 2012-2013 budget last week.
        Considering this is public money, one should be able to get each school’s budget and they should be on line. Parents in MoCo have been successful in that endeavor.

        PhillipMarlowe

        November 10, 2011 at 3:23 am

    • Very interesting observations. Dr. William Hite Jr. is driven mostly by greed and corruption.

      mike

      November 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: