CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. - The Prince George’s county school system remains under fire over problems that occurred with its head start program.
Parents are demanding change and accountability from the board of education. They want the CEO, chair and vice chair of the school system gone.
On Friday afternoon FOX 5 reached out to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, and the reason we wanted to speak to the county executive is because he appointed all three of those people to their position. However the on camera interview request was denied.
David L. Cahn, co-chair of Citizens for an Elected Board said that, “Part of the problem is the structure of the board. They're unaccountable. I thought all they had to do was not embarrass Rushern Baker and their jobs were safe. Well it turns out their jobs are safe even when they do embarrass Rushern Baker their jobs are still safe.”
Questions are swirling about who was aware about the alleged abuse of children as young as three-years-old in the head start program in Prince George’s County public schools, and whether there was a cover up that may still be ongoing.
“To have the administration investigate itself makes no sense. The individuals that cause this and didn't communicate this to the public are attempting to investigate themselves,” said Edward Burroughs, a school board member.
Elected school board member Edward Burroughs was one of five board members that sent a letter to county executive last month asking him to demand the resignation of the chair and vice chair and CEO of the board of education.
“There are a host of concerns about his relationship with the board chair as many people know it's his former brother in law. And whenever you have your relatives and you appoint them to offices it becomes difficult to hold those individuals accountable,” Burroughs said.
People aren't questioning their qualifications it is whether the board leadership purposely covered up the abuse of preschoolers that is in question. And that caused the district to lose a 6.4 million dollar grant.