Alsobrooks Announces Education Policy, Puts Focus Back on Children, Teachers

ALSOBROOKS FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE 2018

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
April 5, 2018

For More Information:
Joy Russell
Campaign Director
c. 202-640-0494
joy@angelaalsobrooks.com


UPPER MARLBORO, MD
– Surrounded by educators, parents and students, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, a candidate for County Executive, unveiled her education policy during an event at her campaign headquarters this afternoon.

“For the last 20 years, I have been in a public school in our county. From adopting one as a brand new prosecutor in 1997 to serving as the Education Liaison in the County Executive’s Office and then being able to work with students and teachers as State’s Attorney with our anti-truancy initiative, our Teen Court Program and speaking at career days, graduations and many other events, I have gotten to know so many principals, teachers and students, that I am proud to call friends,” Alsobrooks said. “My education policy is one that I believe will ensure that our teachers have the resources they need to effectively work with our students, our parents have the access to resources they need that will allow them to be more involved with their children’s education and ensures that our students come to school ready to learn in an environment that is conducive to doing so.”

The highlights of Alsobrooks education policy include:

  • Supporting Teachers: Reducing bureaucracy so they can do their jobs; Bringing their pay on par with surrounding jurisdictions; Ensuring that funding flows into classrooms so teachers aren’t paying for school supplies out of their own pockets; Developing a process to clear the backlog of teachers on administrative leave.
  • School Readiness: Making sure that our students are ready to learn when they enter our public schools by investing in early literacy and pre-kindergarten education.
  • College and Career Readiness: Ensuring that students interested in pursuing a higher education degree are well-prepared and, in some cases, have a head start on that degree.
  • Career and Technical Education: A vibrant Career and Technical Education program demonstrates that, as a county, we are willing to work with employers to develop a pipeline of highly skilled workers to meet their hiring needs. This is a strong incentive for employers to consider establishing a location our county. We need schools with dedicated, comprehensive CTE programs in addition to programs that are part of an existing school’s curriculum. Maryland recently created new financial aid programs for students seeking community college training opportunities, as well as state credits for employers who create apprenticeship programs. We can replicate this financial aid program at the county level.
  • Character Education: Character education taught in classrooms that reinforces the lessons parents teach at home by emphasizing good values and behavior.
  • Partnerships with Higher Education Institutions: Working closely with the University of Maryland, Bowie State, and the Prince George’s Community College to have them more involved and invested in our county’s public education system.
  • Expanding Successful Programs: Multiplying successful programs to include looking at more K-8 schools, middle college programs and opportunities to have social workers in every school.
  • Better Transportation: Must improve bus system that fails often with busses that don’t show up and sometimes drop children off at the wrong locations.
  • State Funding, School Construction and Renovation: Working with partners in Annapolis to ensuring county is getting fair share of education resources to include funding from gaming that is above and beyond the normal state required funding and to ensure that the recommendations from the Kirwan Commission, that could bring up to $500 million additional funding with the change to the formula for how state required funding is calculated, are implemented.

In the coming weeks, Alsobrooks plans to announce policies in additional areas including economic development, the environment, quality of life and public safety.

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