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— Karl Marx

Prince George’s County, Maryland Wants to Close Two High Schools

Jan 31, 2022

The Prince George’s County public school system in Maryland outside Washington, D.C. proposes to close two small high schools and send the students to other schools instead. These schools have each operated for over 30 years. Community Based Classroom in Lanham/Bladensburg provides 12th grade only and regularly has fewer than 100 students. They had dropped out of other high schools but want to finish, but they have daycare or work arrangements that make it hard to attend normal schools. Tall Oaks Vocational in Bowie provides 11th and 12th grade only and regularly has under 100 students who were expelled, suspended, or referred from other schools.

Supporters of these schools, especially graduates, are collecting signatures opposing the consolidation. These schools serve a vulnerable population that would otherwise be left out in the cold. The county is trying to save money on these troubled students who can’t make it in regular public schools.