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Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus, Principal Accused of Bullying, Out at Largo High


Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus has left as principal of Largo High School, the school district confirms.

School officials would not comment on the terms of her departure.

In the past, News4 has reported Simpson-Marcus has had a history of bullying and heavy-handedness toward her co-workers.

Prince George’s County Board of Education settled two lawsuits against Simpson-Marcus in the past year. One white male teacher filed a case alleging reverse discrimination and won more than $500,000 in August, while a school secretary reached an undisclosed settlement with the school system the following month.

In October, Simpson-Marcus also threatened to forfeit the school varsity football team’s season if it didn’t start winning, according to one school parent.

Prince George’s County Council Member Mary Lehman had called for Simpson-Marcus’ removal in a letter to Schools Chief Kevin Maxwell sent in September.





Largo High top choice for English language learner school.


A new school for English language learners will likely be placed within Largo High School, even though community members say it might heighten tension between students.

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said that although the location has not been finalized, Largo High is currently the top school under consideration for the site of one of two high schools being designed as an option for students whose native language isn’t English.

“Right now, it’s our first choice, and we’d like to find a way to make it work at Largo,” Maxwell said, citing the school’s proximity to public transit and Prince George’s Community College, as well as its current 62 percent enrollment.

Opponents to the school being located at Largo spoke out during the Nov. 13 school board meeting, which included a presentation on the new schools.

School board member Zabrina Epps (Dist. 1) said the schools should be a starting point for conversations around equity in the school system.

“How do you think the students at Largo will feel knowing and seeing their colleagues getting all of this, and they get nothing?” Epps said.

According to data provided by the school system, the vast majority of the system’s 19,240 ELL students are native Spanish speakers, 86.8 percent, followed by French speakers, 2.1 percent, and speakers of Tagalog, 0.6 percent, a language spoken in the Philippines.

Valerie White, Largo High PTSA president, said she would like to see Largo High’s current students receive the same amount of resources and support as students at the ELL school.

“We’re asking for our students to get the same quality education, and not be left behind,” White said.

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Opposition mounts to high school for English-language learners.


Some parents in Prince George’s County are upset about a plan to make Largo High School one of the locations for the school district’s new international high schools, telling school board members that the community has asked for additional programming for the students who already attend the school.

The president of the Largo High School PTA and a state delegate asked the board and Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to reconsider their decision to place one of the schools, which are designed specifically to help recent immigrants and second-generation students adapt and succeed in school, at Largo.

“The PTA and the community deserves to keep us as one whole school with one principal,” said Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George’s), an alumni of the school. “It is not compatible with the needs and desires of the community. We must represent the needs of the community that we are serving.”

Valerie White, the president of the PTA, said she was concerned because the community did not have input in the decision. She asked for transparency as the process moves forward.

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Largo HS parents: ‘The community wasn’t given a voice’

…Questions raised about school’s possible selection for English learners program.


Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks listens to parents and staff speak at Sasscer in the past photo. He has demonstrated poor leadership skills and cover ups involving union corruption facilitated by misconduct and mismanagement of public funds.  

Some Largo High School parents say they are disappointed they were not asked for their input before the school was considered as a site for a non-native English speakers program.

The CASA-Internationals Community High Schools program would offer a small school environment for English language learners, said Prince George’s County Public Schools’ spokesman Max Pugh.

Largo has been discussed as one of two sites for the program, but the site selection has not been finalized, Pugh said. The second site will be in Langley Park but a specific location has not been determined, Pugh said. Each school will start with 100 students during the 2015-2016 academic year and expand with a new class annually.

Valerie White, president of the Largo High School PTSA, said the PTSA is not completely opposed to the program, but members want the program to benefit all students, not just English language learners, by encouraging them to become bilingual.

“They said the school would be involved. They said the community would be involved. No one was at the table in the beginning,” White said.

The county school board needed to pass an emergency item to approve the memorandum of understanding with Casa of Maryland, which advocates for Latinos and immigrants in Maryland, and New York-based Internationals Network for Public Schools, a nonprofit that operates schools for international students and submitted the grant application for the program.

The measure was passed March 13 as an emergency item so the application could be submitted on time, Pugh said. The school system was awarded the $3 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation in July.

“The part I’m stuck on is the community wasn’t given a voice, and no one decided to ask Largo what they thought of it before they made the decision,” said parent Charmian Makell, 41, of District Heights. “I think someone should take this to task on why it was an emergency decision.”

Pugh said Largo is being considered because a section of the school large enough to house the program is currently being renovated. If Largo is chosen, White said the internationals high school may utilize 10 classrooms, which could expand class sizes from 38 to 45 students.

Some students questioned how the school would operate if it housed two different educational programs.

“I don’t think it will work,” said sophomore Tanijia Hardy-Leach, 15, of Clinton. “How would they do lunch if they were separate from us?”

Junior Keilo Savoy, 16, of Temple Hills said the school is too small to accommodate the program.

“If they follow through with this, it’s not going to last long,” Keilo said. “Ten classrooms for people who don’t know English, that’s too many.”

Parents and students felt that English language learners should study alongside native English speakers, rather than attend separate schools in the same building.

“I don’t think separating is the idea,” said Natalie Washington, 45, of Largo, who has a senior at the school. “If they’re going to be there, bring them all together. Don’t separate them because they are from another country or speak another language.”

Pugh said there is no deadline for the schools to be selected, but recruitment for prospective students will conclude in the spring. There will be a presentation on the internationals high schools program at the Nov. 13 school board meeting, Pugh said.


Correction: Prince George’s County Public Schools’ spokesman Max Pugh had initially incorrectly stated the internationals high schools program was for recently arrived immigrants. The program is open to English language learners.




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Prince George’s County substitute teacher dies in school.


A substitute teacher died Friday morning at a Prince George’s County high school after suffering a medical emergency, according to a school official.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for county schools, said no Largo High School students were in the stairwell when the man collapsed about 7:45 a.m., just before the start of school.

A vice principal called 911, but emergency workers were unable to revive him, Pugh said.School officials said the substitute teacher had worked for the school system since 2003. Friday was his first day at Largo.

Pugh said the school will send letters home with students about the incident. Students were kept in their first-period classrooms until 11 a.m. after the medical examiner came to the building.The school system did not release the substitute teacher’s name or age. Officials were waiting until the next of kin were notified. (Read more NBC News)


16 plantiffs join together in class action suit against PGCPS

Check out the story on PGCTV from October 2011. According to plaintiffs they have been in and out of court for this matter over the last few weeks. The hearings touching on discrimination, professional misconduct, nepotism and corruption etc.. will continue for several months in the Federal Court in 2012 and beyond.

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