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Stuck inside? During these tough times, it’s important for us to get out of the house once in a while, whether that means going on a walk or taking a road trip with your family. Fortunately for the WJ community, Maryland and surrounding states are filled with COVID-safe travel destinations f…

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In Montgomery County, thousands of students, aged 5-18, log onto screens for up to four hours a day. It’s an unprecedented school year, and it’s due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. But does it have to be this way for schools? Is there another solution?

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Students in MCPS are trading their backpacks for laptops for the first semester of school this year after the Montgomery County Board of Education announced in July that learning would be held online through February. With this change came many adjustments, such as a platform switch to Canva…

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My name is Dustin Jeter, and I am a Social Studies Teacher at Springbrook High School and a member of the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). I want to address the importance of transparency in education decisions.

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I want to address one of the open issues causing an impasse in contract negotiations between my employer, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and my union, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA). What is the open issue? Teachers want to add the four social justice words “sch…

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LANHAM — DuVal High School’s Academy of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology (AEAT) began as part of an ongoing effort by Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) to prepare students for postsecondary success and expose them to STEM-related career fields. Fast forward five-and-a-half years later, and the program remains a critically important component of the […]

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SEABROOK — Throughout 2019, the county’s academic community saw many changes, and had its share of ups and downs. On June 18, Monica Goldson was named the permanent CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) after nearly a year serving as interim following the resignation of Kevin Maxwell. In her new leadership position, Goldson […]

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ANNAPOLIS – Hundreds of students, faculty and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered outside of the House of Delegates Building on Nov. 13 to demand state officials to end an over 13-year-old lawsuit over higher education funding. Hundreds of people stood outside in Annapolis, demanding that Gov. Larry Hogan change his mind […]

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FOREST HEIGHTS – After failing to pass a school construction bill that would have given Prince George’s County millions of dollars for their rebuilding projects, state lawmakers joined county leadership on Nov. 6 at Forest Heights Elementary School to announce their new efforts to get the proposal passed during the 2020 legislative session. The Build […]

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COLLEGE PARK – University of Maryland officials broke ground on a new addition on Oct. 29 to its College Park campus as the School of Public Policy will have its own home starting in 2022. The School of Public Policy building, a 70,000 square-foot facility, will host undergrad and master students for the major as […]

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COLLEGE PARK — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) announced $280,000 in grant funding to support a partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD), Bowie State University and Prince George’s County to recruit and train mental health professionals to work in Prince […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education heard comments from the public and had a detailed discussion about boundary changes and the expansion of Spanish and Chinese immersion programs during their meeting on Oct. 24. The first of the public comments for the evening was former Board of Education […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Enrollment in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) during the 2019-2020 school year has seen its largest single-year increase in 15 years. With schools already seeing immense overcrowding, the school system is putting forward solutions to address its large number of students. PGCPS announced on Oct. 17 that enrollment this year is […]

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BOWIE — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) held a forum to get community input on their staff proposal to move sixth grade into middle school, expand Spanish and Chinese immersion programs into middle school years and change neighborhood school boundaries in the Bowie area on Oct. 16. The forum, which took place at Benjamin […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council Education and Workforce Development Committee received a briefing from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) staff on their fiscal years 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and their new Alternative Construction Financing program (ACF). During the meeting, CEO Monica Goldson and other members of the PGCPS executive team […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks announced her resignation from her position on Sept. 24 after serving on the board for eight years. Eubank’s officially submitted her resignation letter to the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education on Sept. 19. She has been a member since 2010, […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education approved their Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2021-2026 and discussed the results of the county’s Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) test results at their meeting on Sept. 19. The CIP lays out school construction, renovation and modernization projects within the […]

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Editor’s Note: The following are viewpoints from “Concerned Citizens of Prince George’s County.” These opinions do not reflect the views of the Sentinel staff.  Why does it feel as though we, long-standing parents, homeowners, supporters and members of the Prince George’s County community, have not been given the opportunity to be a part of CEO […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — During the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education’s public hearing on its 2021-2016 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) on Sept. 12, residents voiced their concerns with the renovations to Hyattsville Elementary School and Middle School, the lack of a turf field at Largo High School and the limited space at […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education held its first meeting of the year on Sept. 5 where they heard comments about necessary renovations to Parkdale High School, overcrowding and increased health insurance costs for teachers. Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton opened the meeting by welcoming everyone into […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released the results of their annual Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) on Aug. 27, which showed improvements statewide, including in Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS), in English/language arts. Students across the state attained a proficient score in English/language arts (ELA) were 43.7% of students in […]

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SUITLAND — Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) CEO Monica Goldson kicked off the school year by paying visits to a few schools to connect with students and teachers on Sept. 3. The new school year arrives with new goals and strategies that Goldson plans to implement within the school system such as the Blueprint […]

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FOREST HEIGHTS — Forest Heights Elementary School confirmed at a community meeting to discuss with parents their transition plan to move all of their students into John Hanson Montessori School for the upcoming school year on Aug. 26. According to Forest Heights Principal Peter Thompson, during a capital improvement project about two weeks ago as […]

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By Jalen Wade Special to The Sentinel BOWIE – Some of the most needed goods for students in Prince George’s County are basic school supplies. On Aug. 10, members of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) participated in the Stuff-a-Bus event. This event brought out dozens of people who donated school supplies with the named […]

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ADELPHI — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) staff held a community meeting to share with parents, students and nearby residents updates on the renovation of Cherokee Lane Elementary School on Aug. 13. During the meeting, the engineering team at Gilbert Architects and PGCPS staff members shared with the community the proposed construction timeline for […]

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LANDOVER – Prince George’s County unofficially welcomed back families and students back to school with their ninth annual block party event in Landover on Aug. 17. The school system and its sponsors came together to give away 9,000 backpacks to area students who arrived at the event at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, […]

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COLLEGE PARK — A total of $296,041 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was awarded for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland College Park, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College to train Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educators on Aug. 7. Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer announced the funding (MD-05) […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business concluded its Terp Startup program on July 31, where student entrepreneurs spend eight weeks building their business startups. Working out of the new College Park WeWork, the shared co-workspace company’s first location on a college campus […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The school year has come to a close and with summer vacation and planning for the next school year well underway, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO Monica Goldson released an End of Year Report highlighting the accomplishments of the school system in the 2018-2019 year on July 15. “With the […]

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By Alexander Tuerk GREENBELT – Prince George’s County officials got together to officially cut the ribbon for the opening of  Greenbelt Middle School’s new “Achievement Center” on July 2 after three years of working to bring the program to the county. The center will provide a six-week summer program for middle schoolers, as well as […]

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COLLEGE PARK – The University of University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) is at risk of losing accreditation as a learning institution and may lose out on federal financial aid after a higher education commission placed it under a warning status on June 27. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education announced that the university […]

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GREENBELT – When Greenbelt Middle School biology teacher Manuela Pagunsan was notified that she had received the 2019 Christa McAuliffe Outstanding Teacher award, she thought it was a joke. She had been in the middle of teaching her class when someone from the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) communications office called the school. “Our […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education approved the next step in updating High Point High School as well as took several other final actions during their last meeting of the school year on June 20. In addition to approving the updated feasibility study for High Point High School, […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) then-Interim CEO Monica Goldson announced a plan that will allocate $53 million to enhance programs and educational experiences throughout the school system on June 11. The announcement was made prior to Goldson being selected to the CEO role full-time on June 18. The Blueprint For PGCPS […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Dr. Monica Goldson as the permanent CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) on June 18. Goldson, who was chosen to serve as the interim CEO for the school system in July 2018, was selected from a pool of 20 candidates nationwide to become the permanent […]

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HYATTSVILLE – Hyattsville residents voiced concerns last week about a proposed plan to build a new Hyattsville Middle School (HMS) at Magruder Park. During a June 3 public hearing, Daniel Broder, chairman of the city’s Educational Facilities Task Force (EFTF), presented the pros and cons of two site options for replacing the dilapidated school: rebuilding […]

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WASHINGTON — State leaders and education experts gathered for a conference hosted by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) on the future of education in Maryland on June 6. The conference centered around the recently passed Blueprint For Maryland’s Future Bill, what the recommendations of that and the larger Kirwan Commission could […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — During their latest meeting, the Board of Education (BOE) approved a strategy to address overcrowding at Accokeek Academy, a charter for LEGENDS Public Charter School and amendments to its Educational Facilities Master Plan on June 6. Enrollment at Accokeek Academy far surpasses that of surrounding elementary schools, according to the BOE. Accokeek […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — After months of negotiating, protesting and testifying at board of education and county council meetings, the Prince George’s County Educators Association (PGCEA) and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) came to a tentative agreement pertaining changes to teacher contracts and classroom investment after a five-hour bargaining session on May 22. The negotiated […]

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LANHAM — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) bus drivers have been vocal about the conditions of the county’s transportation system and are trying to raise awareness of low pay, high rate of driver turnover, bus lot conditions and more. A group of bus drivers, led by Roland Roy who has been a bus driver […]

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BOWIE — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) named Bowie High School Choral Director Angelica Brooks as teacher of the year on May 4. “I think this honor is well deserved and I’m looking forward to seeing not only the wonderful things that she participates in, but our scholars as well, and being a part […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — After years of low pay in comparison to other jurisdictions, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Interim CEO Monica Goldson announced a plan to restore employee salaries on May 13. “For the last decade, PGCPS has been slowly recovering from one of the worst economic recessions in the nation’s history,” Goldson said. […]

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SEABROOK – In a letter to state lawmakers, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on May 15 that he will not sign The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future bill but will allow it to take effect, citing fiscal planning and accountability measures. The move comes after the bill, which was created after recommendations made by the Kirwan […]

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SPRINGDALE – Prince George’s County residents overwhelmingly showed its support for Interim CEO Monica Goldson during a public hearing as the search for the new head of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) began on May 13. However, some residents cautioned the search committee that attended the hearing at Charles H. Flowers High School that […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — A review of the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) budget at the Prince George’s County Council’s Education and Workforce Development Committee budget work session gave specifics about teacher compensation and what the additional funding for fiscal year 2020 provided from the state through the Kirwan Commission’s Blueprint For Maryland’s Future will […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education made strides in their last meeting by approving a resolution to observe Ramadan and a workgroup to focus on ending the school to prison pipeline on April 25. The Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved the decision to commemorate the month of […]

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LANHAM — The Turning Point Academy Public Charter School’s Governing Board of Directors held a board meeting to vote on whether to change the location of the school on April 11 but ended up not voting on the matter. The Board of Directors intended to meet on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the choir […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — During their latest meeting, the Prince George’s County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved their requested operating budget for fiscal year 2020. However, members of the public brought with them concern on the final budget, on Jan. 21. The budget currently totals about $2.10 billion emphasizing academic excellence, employee compensation, organization, and […]

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