PGCPS Unveils $53M Investment In Student Success and Teacher Capacity

Upper Marlboro, MD - June 12, 2019 - Today, Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Monica Goldson unveiled the Blueprint for PGCPS, a plan to enhance and improve the educational experience across Prince George’s County Public Schools. The $53 million Blueprint for PGCPS will utilize funds to raise teacher compensation and expand prekindergarten and “wraparound" school services, such as additional social workers and counselors, extended learning time and student supports.
Education leaders and county officials successfully advocated for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, based on the Kirwan Commission recommendations, which increased funding to school systems statewide. 

“Our students and staff deserve an investment that reflects our county’s commitment to improving educational outcomes,” said Dr. Goldson. “It is clear that our state representatives heard our voices. This landmark legislation will help to create an environment where our students and educators can thrive, leading to better academic outcomes and increased teacher capacity — all contributing to a stronger Prince George’s County.”

Funding details for fiscal year 2020 are below:

Program Funding Specifics

High-Needs Schools Expanded wraparound services to 45 schools with the highest numbers of students living in poverty,  to include additional health care practitioners, social workers and counselors, extended learning programs, transportation and other initiatives. ($11,197,485)

Pre-K Expansion Increased access to full-day prekindergarten programming at nine schools, offering more families the chance to give their youngest learners a strong foundation. As part of the school system’s ongoing push towards making high-quality prekindergarten available to all families, a universal pre-k pilot program will be launched in 17 schools. ($14,026,871)

Mental Health Services Additional funding to 45 schools for certified mental health therapists. In addition, the PGCPS mental health coordinator will guide staff through mental health first aid training so anyone trusted with caring for a child can effectively do so. ($83,333)

Teacher Compensation Restorative salary increase to all employees who lost steps between 2009 and 2012, yet remained with the school system, in recognition of staff sacrifices during the economic downturn. ($13,386,052)

Supporting Students with Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) Focused funding on implementing individualized educational programs (IEP), more teacher planning time and system-wide staff training on compliance and supports. ($10,114,897)

Support for Students Struggling with Reading New digital literacy program focused on evidence-based strategies to help students who struggle with reading. Components include one-on-one tutoring, peer tutoring, screening and addressing literacy deficits and new technology in kindergarten through third grade classrooms at 53 schools. ($4,819,614)

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