PGCPS CEO addresses graduation fraud claims; former employee launches new allegations

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PRINCE GEORGE'S CO - Thursday, community leaders, parents and school staff protested outside of Prince George’s County Board of Education budget meeting, with some launching even more allegations of corruption and fraud, in addition to the recent claims that high school students in the county had been fraudulently promoted to boos graduation rates.

Donna Young is a former PGCPS employee and parent who spoke out during the demonstration saying,
“I personally worked in the purchasing department and I brought forth evidence of procurement fraud, waste, and abuse to the tune of over $30 million dollars.”

Young claims she was fired after going to PGCPS CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell with her findings saying,
“I am in appeal because I was terminated after going directly to Dr. Maxwell to show him procurement fraud throughout the administration.”

Young also presented emails pointing to what she says are signs of attendance and grading fraud that she says were sent to school higher ups.

While Dr. Maxwell did not address those specific claims during Thursday night’s budget meeting, he did praise 2017 graduates while dispelling allegations of passing students through to raise graduation rates.

“There has been no systemic effort ordered by me or others acting on my behalf to promote students in order to inflate graduation rates.”

Dr. Maxwell credits the improvements to more support for students when it comes to the grading and credit recovery systems, saying those efforts have brought his schools in line with neighboring school districts.

“All of our efforts are focused on providing students with multiple pathways to success.”, said Dr. Maxwell.

However, Young has her suspicions even when it comes to her own daughter’s success.
She told the crowd gathered outside the Sasser Administration Building, “My daughter graduated with a 3.7 sitting on distinguished row and had to take remedial classes for a year. There’s something wrong with this picture.”

Still, Dr. Maxwell has plenty of support behind him, like this letter released by PGCPS principals:

The Maryland State Department of Education is still investigating the allegations.
Requests to speak with Dr. Maxwell one-on-one were denied.


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