Largo, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer) – Burroughs’ resignation from the school board left a vacancy that has now been filled.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks released a statement announcing Madeline LaSalle as the new member of the county’s school board. Madeline LaSalle will serve the remainder of former board of education member Edward Burroughs’ term, which runs until December 2024.
LaSalle currently works for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia as the coordinator of the Academic Academy, an alternative program serving students within a trauma-sensitive framework. As a first-generation college graduate, LaSalle’s passion includes social justice work, trauma-informed care and restorative practices. A licensed clinical social worker, LaSalle also is a 2011 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Harvard JFK School of Government Leadership Consortium. She holds a bachelor of arts degree and master of social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City, as well as an education specialist degree and education leadership and administration certificate from George Washington University’s School of Education in Washington, D.C.
LaSalle is the founder and current chair of the board for Latinas Leading Tomorrow, a non-profit that serves young Latinas in middle and high school.
“We are so proud to welcome Ms. LaSalle to the Prince George’s County Board of Education,” County Executive Alsobrooks said. “We remain heavily invested in the education of our children, and we are excited to have Ms. LaSalle join us in our efforts to continue to move our school system forward. Our goal is to ensure that our children can grow and thrive for years to come, and we believe that her experience in both education and social work, along with her passion for children, will make her a great addition to our board.”
Ms. LaSalle appointment comes at a sensitive time, when corruption, in particular in Prince George’s county has become a state capture, leading to polarization among county citizens: those in support of corrupt regimes (because of kickbacks and handouts) versus those opposed to them. In the presence of diametrically opposed groups in society, compromise and reasoned discussion has diminished in many ways. As a result, Policies are judged not on the basis of ideology or a project’s inherent merits, but on who the policy proponents are and what benefits competing networks can reap such as within the Board itself and elsewhere. We hope the situation will be positively changed for the better soon and not the other way around.