Theresa Mitchell Dudley 240-492-3380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Epps 240-492-3370 email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Prince George’s County Educators’ Association
Statement from Prince Georges’ County Educators regarding Grading and Graduation Rates
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Prince George’s County House Delegation submitted a formal request to the Maryland State Department of Education to perform an audit that would investigate charges challenging the integrity of grade changes. This was in response to a letter from four of the fourteen School Board members alleging “the altering of student credits counts, and changing school grades in order to fraudulently boost the high school graduation rates from school year 2014 to present.”
The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association represents the more than 10,000 classroom teachers, school guidance counselors, occupational therapists, school psychologists, speech pathologists, pupil personnel workers, mentor teachers, and home and hospital teachers who work with Prince George’s County’s students every day. We are very concerned that these allegations will have a destructive impact on our school system. Given these concerns, we will be continuing to monitor this situation as it develops. We are confident that our members have followed all relevant policies and the directions of their administrators. We will support our members through this process.
Our educators and the families of our students have a right to feel confident that the Grading Policy and Administrative Procedures 5121.1, 2, and 3 are being followed. The current policy makes it technically impossible for a teacher to change grades once published, and the integrity of PGCPS teachers is not in question.
Theresa Mitchell Dudley, President 8008 Marlboro Pike * Forestville, Maryland 20747*(301)736-2700*Fax (301)568-8900 Jennifer Epps, Executive Director