• News Release: Coalition of Public School Superintendents Calling on Governor Hogan and Legislators to Protect Students

    September 12, 2017
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    Five Large System Leaders Urge MD Lawmakers to Uphold

    Our Commitments and Rights of DACA Beneficiaries

    The leaders of five large Maryland public school systems called on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the State legislature, and congressional representatives to continue protecting the rights of DACA beneficiaries in the wake of the Trump administration’s announcement of its intent to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

    Led by Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, signatories to an Open Letter include: Anne Arundel County Public Schools superintendent George Arlotto, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises, Howard County Public Schools interim superintendent Michael J. Martirano and Montgomery County Public Schools superintendent Jack Smith.

    They stated: “We ask you to continue to uphold Maryland’s emphasis on the values of equity and opportunity by continuing support of the Maryland Dream Act, legislation that supports the education, lawful employment, and legal authorization of immigrant students to drive and was approved overwhelmingly by the voters of Maryland in a 2012 referendum.

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. 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 innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.