Prince George's County is welcoming its eighth schools chief in 14 years, and this one is hand-picked by the county executive. Kevin Maxwell is a product of the county's public schools and was a teacher and principal there for two decades. He joins Kojo in studio to talk about raising test scores, closing an achievement gap and creating stability in a district used to turnover at the top.
Fewer students are enrolling in public schools in Prince George's County, Md., than in other Washington suburbs. In particular, students from middle-income families are attending non-public schools instead. New schools chief Kevin Maxwell says the school district will need to add more programs and remain competitive in order to lure parents back to the county. "Their return is critically important," Maxwell said.