Prince George’s Schools Sued By Principals

Dozens Claim Age, Race Discrimination

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    Former Prince George's County Schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.

    The Prince George's County Public Schools system is facing a lawsuit from the union that represents the schools’ principals and administrators.

    The Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, or ASASP, filed a $100 million federal class action suit against the schools on November 2.

    The suit names the County School Board as well as former Superintendent Dr. William Hite. It claims 100 school administrators and principals were demoted or fired under Hite, and were the targets of age and race discrimination.

    “Dr. Hite alone replaced almost half of the principals in the schools,” said Doris Reed, Executive Director of ASASP. “That kind of action reflects on what is happening in the schools.”

    Dr. Hite served as superintendent of the Prince George’s County Public Schools from 2009 until earlier this year. He is now the superintendent of the Philadelphia School District.

    Reed said the administrative changes during that time period likely affected students.

    “When you have administrators in the schools who are so demoralized, it’s going to roll down to the children,” Reed said.

    Almost 30 plaintiffs are named in the suit.

    A Prince George’s County School spokesperson said the system will not comment on the lawsuit until it goes to court.