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    JamieG from Md, Lujane
    Don't think it's only going to affect people in Prince George's County:
    Don't neighboring counties (Howard, Montgomery?) have much better public school systems?

    How do they manage that - i.e., is their much meddling on the part of the county executive or is the school board(s) quite independent?  

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      Roadbed Guy, night cat, Lujane

      used to be on par with the other counties. Then the residents of the county voted to limit taxes because they didn't want their tax dollars going to the schools.

      Thus began a downward spiral. People who cared a lot about their kids' education tended to move out of Prince George's to nearby counties. These people were also those in PG with higher incomes. Having these people leave the county hurt the county and the schools, not just financially, but by taking away some of the highest achieving students and the parents who were most involved with the schools.

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      by JamieG from Md on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:09:18 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the information (2+ / 0-)
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        JamieG from Md, Lujane

        it's interesting what you say about people with kids moving out of PG county.

        That is consistent with some quick back of the envelope calculations that I just did comparing the population (324K) and public school enrollment (51,117) of Howard County (I used them because of their - at least on the internet - reputation for excellent public schools) with PG county and using the same ratio, PG county should have public school enrollment of 151,458.

        But like you said, it only has 125K - so I was wondering what happened to the missing 25-26K kids.  But in the meantime you had already answered that, so thanks again.

        •  Missing kids? (1+ / 0-)
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          I never thought of looking at that aspect. Maybe more of the PG students are in private schools. I saw a lot of families move their kids to private schools from the elementary school I worked at.

          Another thing to consider when comparing counties: it makes more sense to compare Prince George's to Montgomery. Howard County is considered a Baltimore suburb, PG and Montgomery are Washington DC suburbs. This makes a difference in property values, e.g., explains why houses in Laurel might cost as much or more as homes in Columbia.

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          by JamieG from Md on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:45:34 AM PDT

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      •  Are you talking about me again? (1+ / 0-)
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        JamieG from Md

        You could be - this is exactly what we did.  My husband and I both went through the PG County school system and I taught in it for a couple years before taking a job with NASA.  There was a noticeable decline in the school system from when I graduated in 1972 to when I stopped teaching in 1980 and the decline continued.  By the time our oldest child was in kindergarten in 1988 even the schools he would have attended in the area around the University of Maryland were not so great.  We moved to Howard County where our three children got excellent educations, both in the academic areas and the arts.  They definitely had opportunities that would not have been available to them in Prince Georges County (my son went with his high school's jazz band to play at the North Sea and Montreaux jazz festivals, for example).

        We are fortunate that we could afford to move, but I'm sorry it was necessary and wish all Maryland children could have the opportunities mine had in school.  

        •  You saw a lot more than I did. (1+ / 0-)
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          I didn't start working in PG till 1990. I understand TRIM was enacted in 1978.

          Howard County! I wish you could have joined us a few weeks ago when we had a meetup in Columbia. Maybe next time.

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          by JamieG from Md on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 04:13:09 PM PDT

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