Tell Dr. Maxwell To Restore Funding For Advanced Placement

Prince George's County Board of Education

Dear Prince George’s County Public School students, parents, teachers, and community members,

My name is Juwan Blocker and I am the Student Member of The Prince George’s County Public School Board, representing all PGCPS Students. I would like to inform you of the alarming changes to the way that our county will pay for the Advance Placement test for students enrolled in AP classes. Advance Placement was designed by the College Board to better prepare students to be successful in college by exposing them to college level work in high school. Throughout the year, these courses prepare students to take an end of the year exam for potential college level credit.

The county school system has covered the cost of the exam ($93.00) per exam for all enrolled students for years, but a recent letter sent out to schools from Dr. Maxwell’s administration has suddenly changed this. The letter states that due to lack of funding, the county would ONLY pay for the exam if the student participates in the Free and Reduce Lunch Program. This change means that every student in AP that is not in the Free and Reduce Lunch program will have to pay $93.00 per exam.

There are several problems and concerns with this sudden change.

1. Students and Parents were not informed of this change prior to signing up for AP courses.

2.  There are still parents, students, and teachers who are not informed of this mater.

3.  There is a large amount of Advance Placement students who take two or more Advance Placement courses. Two courses alone will cost $186. If a parent has two students enrolled in Advance Placement and both of them take two Advance placement courses a piece, then the price would cost $372.

4. Where did the money that originally covered the cost of Advance Placement for ALL students go?

5. Why are people now being informed about this change during the middle of the school year?

6. What else in our budget could have been cut before determining to cut funding for a program that gives our children the opportunity to be exposed to college level work and take a college exam for possible college credit?

The reality is that if our county stops paying for the Advance placement exams for ALL of our students, then students will be less inclined to take AP because of the financial burden of the AP exam at the end of each year. If the number of students taking AP classes declines, then we will not be meeting the part of our vision which states that The Prince George’s County Public School Systems vision is we will be a GREAT school system recognized for providing education services, which ensure that every student in our diverse school district graduates for college and careers in a global society.

I am going to work very hard to ensure that our students and parents won’t have to deal with this financial burden, but I need YOUR help! I ask that you please sign this petition in support of keeping this burden off of the backs of our children and parents.

Juwan Blocker,

Student Member of The Prince George's County Board of Education


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Hyattsville, Maryland

To: Prince George's County Board of Education
From: [Your Name]

Dear Dr. Maxwell,

We ask that you restore funding for Advanced Placement for ALL students!