PGCPS CEO asks Md. Dept. of Education to audit Head Start program

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Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell visits Suitland High school on Aug. 23, 2016. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (WUSA9) – Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell asked the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct an audit of the Head Start program.

“Since the start of the school year, questions and concerns regarding the termination of our Head Start program grant have dominated the public landscape,” said Maxwell in a statement.

All employees will be required to provide documents and supporting information. The audit timeline and results will be made public.

The audit will also include recommendations for improvement throughout PGCPS.

Meanwhile, dissident board of education members continued to call on the school CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, to step aside.

Just yesterday, Maxwell fired his chief of staff over a leaked email that critics said appeared to show a cover up of child abuse in the Head Start program.

County Executive Rushern Baker said he’ll continue to support Maxwell because of improvements in test scores and graduation rates. But his patience is not unlimited.

In a separate review, superintendents from schools across the state will dedicate teams to review internal communications as well as employee and labor relations protocols, Maxwell said.

“Our significant gaps in these two areas are hindering our efforts towards full accountability, transparency and responsiveness to incidences of suspected child abuse, neglect and inappropriate conduct,” he said.

Results from the additional review will also be made public.

Via WUSA9

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County Executive Rushern Baker said he’ll continue to support Maxwell because of improvements in test scores and graduation rates. But his patience is not unlimited.

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