Prince George’s Educators Back Donna Edwards for County Executive

The powerful teachers union adds their endorsement to the growing list of organizations supporting Edwards’ run

Forestville, Md. – The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) today announced that it has endorsed Democrat Donna Edwards for county executive.

“Donna Edwards has the vision and integrity to move this county forward,” said PGCEA President Theresa Mitchell Dudley. “It is time to restore accountability and transparency to our school system, and we are confident that Ms. Edwards is the right person for the job. We look forward to mobilizing our members – and all voters throughout Prince George’s County – on behalf of the candidates we have endorsed.”

“I’m proud to have earned the trust of the Prince George’s County educators in my run for county executive,” Edwards said. “After years of scandals, questionable campaign contributions to peddle influence, and secret pay hikes for administrative staff while enduring miserly pay raises, our educators are ready for new leadership in Prince George’s County. So many teachers show up to work every single day, passionate about preparing our children to achieve their dreams. It’s time for someone to show up for them, like they show up for our children.”

For months, Donna Edwards has been calling for a new era of accountability in Prince George’s County and the County School system. Donna called for Kevin Maxwell to be fired before announcing her run last year and for a return to an all-elected school board. She’s pledged to ban superintendent and senior schools officials’ political contributions to board members who preside over their employment. As part of her campaign platform, Donna plans to take dollars from central administrative offices, move them into classrooms and invest in retaining top teacher talent.

“As county executive, our educators know I will fight to attract and retain top talent our children deserve. They know that a great education is the pathway to the 21st Century for our economy, for our County, and for our children. Our educators support my pledge to increase accountability, restore tens of millions of dollars in Head Start funding and cut administrative waste to raise their pay so our educators and our children can compete in the region and around the world,” Edwards added.

PGCEA represents more than 9,000 teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists and other non-supervisory certified educators in the Prince George’s County Public School system. The system has been plagued recently by several controversies, including over unauthorized raises for certain central office personnel. In February, PGCEA took a vote of “no confidence” in the school district’s top leadership.
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