Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker announced yesterday that the state appointed search committee has submitted the names of three finalist to be the next CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools. According to the statement from his office, Baker is expected to make a decision by the end of the week from those three. After adding weeks of additional delay to selecting the new leader of PGCPS due to a last minute legislative attempt to take over the system, this news should be welcomed by parents, students, and the community at large. That being said, it is very disturbing that the transparency promised by the Executive and his aides in the search for the new CEO has not been upheld.
Last year when the Board of Education announced their finalist for Superintendent, Baker and his allies slammed the process as secretive. This is despite the fact that the board announced the names of those finalist and before selecting a new head, invited all three to meet the community on tours and in forums. The public had an opportunity, before a final selection was made, to do their own research on who would be the chief executive of our school system. Sadly, despite promises to the contrary, the process the Executive has pursued this time around, has not met those same standards. In short it continues the legacy that some have suggested is too common of the Baker Administration, promising one thing but doing another.
Joseph Lynn Kitchen Jr. is an ordained Baptist minister from Prince George’s County, MD where he serves as a community leader on issues of education reform, public transportation and youth empowerment. Joseph is President of the Young Democrats of Maryland and National Policy and Platform Director of the Young Democrats of America’s Minority Caucus. Learn more about Joseph’s work at www.josephkitchen.com.