Education Update: Great News for Prince George’s Schools!

Education Update: Great News for Prince George’s Schools!

School Improvements and Construction
The Maryland Board of Public Works recently approved funding for 86 school construction projects in FY 2011. Many Prince George’s schools were approved for capital improvements, including our very own Greenbelt Middle School. The middle school will be rebuilt, with state-of-the-art classrooms, on the fields behind the existing school. The historic parts of the current middle school will be preserved in the replacement project. Funding was also approved for a brand new Hyattsville Elementary School to be built next to Nicholas Orem Middle School.

Hyattsville Middle School, Creative and Performing Arts Program Approved!
Many of my colleagues and I have been working diligently over the past several months to save the Hyattsville Middle School Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) program. Well, I couldn’t be more proud to announce that the CPA program has been approved for continued funding by the Prince George’s County Board of Education. The CPA program is a unique academic tool used to engage and educate our students through musical performance, theater, dance, visual arts and creative writing. It is an honor to have such a successful program in my district and I will do everything in my power to see that it is properly funded in years to come.

Maryland Eligible for Federal “Race to the Top” Funding
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, President Obama included $4.35 billion in competitive grants, known as Race to the Top grants, to encourage states to implement innovative education reform. Maryland is currently eligible for up to $250 million in education funding during the second round of applications. If Maryland receives the maximum Race to the Top grant funding, every county in the State could receive additional education funding.

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