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Hispanic Officials Concerned With Lack of Representation in PGCPS

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    Hispanic Officials Upset Over Lack of Reps in PGCPS

    Hispanic elected officials in Maryland are concerned over a lack of representation in Prince George's County Public Schools. Four new school board members in Prince George's County were just selected. None of them are Hispanic. Only 2 percent of teachers in the school system are Hispanic. News4's Prince Georfe's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins explains why it's become a struggle for some students. (Published Friday, June 21, 2013)

    Hispanic elected officials in Maryland are concerned about a lack of representation in Prince George's County Public Schools, News4's Tracee Wilkins reported.

    Four new school board members were just appointed, and none of them is from the Hispanic community.

    Only 2 percent of teachers in PGCPS are Hispanic, but 22 percent of students speak Spanish.

    Some bilingual students must act as translators in the classroom.

    “If I help them, it kind of slows down the process of my learning, but I try to help them,” student Leyda Orellana said.

    Hispanic officials asked Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker to look into the lack of representation for Hispanic residents.

    “It’s not fair,” parent Jaime Contreras said. “The kids are there to learn. I think everybody should have the same opportunity.”