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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EDUCATION BRIEFS: Students Testify

Gwynn Park Environmental Studies Academy students Tyler Reid and Alisa Evans recently testified before the Maryland General Assembly in support of the House Bill 870, which requests funding for agricultural students in Maryland public schools.

As nontraditional agriculture students living in suburban communities, both Tyler and Alisa underscored the importance of local programs in affording them hands-on experience and preparing them for careers.

Student Appointed to Education Board

Bryce Awono, a Pre-International Baccalaureate sophomore at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, has been appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to serve as a student member of the Maryland State Board of Education for 2018-19.

Bryce, who formerly served as treasurer of Maryland Association of Student Councils, is a 4.0 honors student, volunteer and has advocated at the state House of Delegates and Senate. He has also worked on students’ issues with local boards of education.

A member of Parkdale’s mock trial and varsity track teams, Bryce also participates as a member of the African Student Association and UNICEF club.

“I’ve always looked to do something meaningful to help those around me. I have seen the great things that being a leader can accomplish, such as promoting change, and working towards making a difference,” Bryce said in his candidate statement. “This role will allow me to further my work as a public servant and create impact in the communities we return to every night.”

College and Career Fair

Middle and high school students with IEPs and 504 Plans are encouraged to attend the fifth College and Career Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15 at Largo High School.

The fair will feature representatives from Disability Support Services as well as admissions and financial aid officers from several colleges, universities and career schools.

In addition, employer representatives will be attending from the business community for those seeking employment. Students and families will receive information regarding the various schools involved and how to access needed services.

Program Adopts Schools

Forest Heights, Cora Rice and Judge Sylvania Woods elementary schools will receive support throughout the current academic year through Guide Right, a national service initiative focused on the educational and occupational guidance of youth.

Sponsored by the College Park/Sandy Spring alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the program launched last fall at Forest Heights.

Board OKs FY19 Budget

The Prince George’s County Board of Education recently approved a $2.05 billion budget request for fiscal 2019 that focuses on investments in staff compensation, full-day pre-kindergarten, language immersion programs and critical program continuations.
Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell lowered his original $2.1 billion request by $59.2 million, and the revised spending plan represents a $72.3 million, or 3.7 percent, increase over the current budget and covers from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Federal revenue sources are projected to increase by $10.1 million due to two new grant awards. State funds are projected to rise $31.5 million, in line with continued enrollment increases.

The budget, which includes a $24.4 million increase from the county, provides for the continuation of language immersion ($1.6 million); the two International high schools ($1.7 million); and the Teacher Academy Middle College ($500,000), with additional funds to support the Student-Based Budgeting model ($9.1 million).

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