Several members of P.G. Co. Board of Education allege corruption in letter to Gov. Hogan

Several members of P.G. Co. Board of Education allege corruption in letter to Gov. Hogan. (Photo: Brad Bell/ ABC7)

In a letter sent to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan at the end of May, three Prince George’s County Board of Education members and one student member chronicled a stunning set of corruption allegations against the county’s education system and its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, and pleaded to the Governor to investigate. The State Board of Education had previously investigated similar claims of systemic grade changing in Prince George’s County Public Schools and found no basis for the allegations.

The letter, sent to Hogan on May 30, alleges that student grades, student records, and other data that have had an impact on the graduation rate for the county’s school system have consistently been manipulated and adjusted to help increase the number of students who graduate from Prince George’s County Public Schools. The allegations specifically target Maxwell, who was given the title of Chief Executive Officer by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker in 2013.

“Dr. Maxwell’s much touted signature achievement is the raising of the student graduation rate, particularly in the last two years. Whistleblowers at almost every level in PGCPS have clear and convincing evidence that PGCPS has graduated hundreds of students who did not meet the Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements,” The letter, signed by Prince Georges County Board of Education members Edward Burroughs, David Murray and Raaheela Ahmed as well as student member Juwan Blocker, states. “Whistleblowers at almost every level in PGCPS have clear and convincing evidence that PGCPS has graduated hundreds of students who did not meet the Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirements. According to the testimony and evidence provided by these whistleblowers, this fraud and manipulation of…

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