Parents allege 'culture of abuse' in Prince George's Co.

Parents allege "culture of abuse" in Prince George's Co.

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (WUSA9) - Parents, teachers and even some school board members eviscerated Prince George's County schools CEO and board chairman, citing a culture of abuse and cover up Thursday night at a meeting. 

One board member suggested the abuse might have been even more widespread throughout the district. 

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Prince George's Count Public Schools failed in culture and with cover up, according to parents and educators addressing the school board about the federal investigation into the school districts head start program that found children were being abused.

Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell insisted an internal investigation is underway, teachers are being retrained and policies are being updated in light of the federal findings.

For some, that's not enough.

School board member Edward Burroughs questions whether the abuse went beyond the head start program, perhaps into other district classrooms.

Addressing another board member, the embattled Maxwell did attempt to battle back in Thursday night's meeting.

The fact is: PGPS' head start Federal Funding has been suspended after the district failed to take immediate corrective action when learning about the abuse.

PGPS recently fired six employees, one of whom is believed to have blown the whistle on the abuse.

PGPS has contracted their head start program out to a Colorado-based group. That outfit will receive the $6M+ that the PGPS was supposed to receive for head start

And on Thursday, parents expressed concerns the contractors won't have the same standards that PGPS has and that being from out of state, they're not as invested in the community and the county. 


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