Was BOE Member Edward Burroughs Censored Over High Point?

District 8 Board Member Edward Burroughs

So what was the majority of the members of the Prince George’s County Board of Education doing when the stories of violence and truancy were really starting to heat up? Well not protecting the students if reports from a Maryland Delegate and a leader of the PTA are true.

After spending weeks trying to get Superintendent Dr. Hite and Board Member Rosalind Johnson to move on reports of daily fights and high truancy at High Point High School, parents and community leaders turned to writing the entire board and even members of their delegation to the General Assembly. Of the nine elected members only one responded to their concerns, Edward Burroughs, and he may have paid a price for it.

A parent member of the High Point High School PTA reported and it was later confirmed by a member of the Maryland General Assembly, that after people in the community sent numerous emails asking for help Edward Burroughs agreed. The parent said their emails outlined documented instances of students seen arriving at High Point High School, getting off the bus and entering the community, and then returning to the school at the end of the day to take the bus home. Burroughs who formerly served as a two-term student member of the board was elected as a full member from District 8 last year decided to see for himself if the reports were true when he went to the school a few weeks ago. After seeing that they had not misled the board but the board was being misled by Johnson and Hite, parents said they had learned Burroughs had been censored. The board took the vote in a closed meeting after saying Burroughs violated board policy for going to the school without the approval of the superintendent. This was shocking to the parent since they say how is a board member supposed to oversee the system if they need administration approval to go to the schools?

The PTA leader says she was told numerous times by her board member Rosalind Johnson and Dr. Hite that the situation at the school was under control and their concerns had been “over stated”. She went on to say that Mr. Burroughs has not confirmed to them that he was in fact censored but they have confirmed the information much like we have from a member of the House of Delegates close to Mr. Burroughs.

Prince George’s County Superintendent William Hite and District 1 Board Member Rosalind Johnson have been under fire from community leaders after a video of a hallway fight ended up on Youtube. School Board leaders Verjeana Jacobs who chairs the group and Donna Beck who is the Vice-Chair have also been facing complaints their lack of action to respond to the reports before they made television and media reports. Another parent reported being told my members of the board they wanted to come to the school to investigate their claims but policy prohibited them from visiting schools to observe without approval from the superintendent.

Last week Dr. Hite announced he was replacing Principal Michael Brooks with Assistant Principal Rebecca Garcia. In a letter to parents the superintendent wrote the school system plans to conduct a national search for a full-time replacement who “has experience in addressing the issues at hand, and who will best serve the diverse student population at High Point High School”.

Requests for comment from Edward Burroughs and school system administrators have not been returned. We held this story in order to work hard to get a comment from the board of education or Mr. Burroughs but none have been supplied.

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16 thoughts on “Was BOE Member Edward Burroughs Censored Over High Point?

  1. As an Teacher of High point I commend this man for his visit. High Point need more of this type of action. So we can get parents more involved in our school. Thank you Mr. Burroughs keep up the good work. Our school is improving daily because of this.

    • It figures……Stop being lazy and TEACH…..You complain more than you teach…..Help with a solution instead of continuing to be a problem…..

  2. I am so baffled that adults are commending this E. Burroughs for getting the “job done”. This young man is barely 19, just graduated from PGCPS, and knows NOTHING about the inner workings of the education system. In actuality what has he TRULY DONE???? For starters, as an educator of 16+ years it behooves me to see that adults posting comments about how he is “shaking” things up and giving this kid kudos when in fact- he is JUST A KID. Let’s get real……He represents district 8 and I am sure there are many truancy issues that are present in the high schools located there, he claims that civic leaders, real estate executives, and elected officials are telling him that the students are out of control or being stabbed on a daily basis, and that he’s not going to sit back…..if he knew anything about proper protocol, he would’ve alerted District 1’s school board member, Dr. Hite, and expressed the concerns that he was getting from fellow citizens….There was an action plan in place…but the bottom line with this whole ordeal was conspiracy and sabotage. People throwing out misleading accusations about the principal, slandering his name, causing a major uproar within the school and community, and just right out lying……..People really need to stay in their lane of expertise……and it’s obvious this KID needs to work on tossing pizzas at Dominos…and stay out of grown college educated people’s business……

  3. I don’t understand what point Greeneye08 is trying to make.

    Is Greeneyes08 trying to pretend that there was nothing wrong at High Point High school?

    Or is Greeneyes08 arguing that it is acceptable for students to be out of control and stabbing each other because they are being managed by educators with years of experience at failing, and overseen by administrators and board members with extensive experience in covering up, rather than correcting, problems in our failing schools?

    Which is more professional

    1. Identifying and trying to call attention to serious problems, or

    2. Covering up serious problems and lashing out with irrelevant attacks on the people who identify and report the problems?

    Greeneyes08 may have 16+ years of experience as an educator, but judging from the comment it must have been 16+ years of failure and coverup, not success.

    • Well D.C. Russell, lets get one thing straight there is nothing to cover up….You and the rest of these individuals throw out things that are clearly not true and then throw blame on teachers and administrators….It starts at home first…if you raise your children as hoodrats that’s the way they will behave at school or out in public period. The point that I’m making is there is 2 sides to everyone’s story and its painfully clear that you have a lopsided view of things. Until you become an educator and walk a day in our shoes, keep your ignorant comments a secret…cover that up…

    • It’s funny how people can demean someone else’s character and it post but when I defend the individual it is seen as threatening…..hmmmm…makes you wonder what is the hidden agenda….it doesn’t matter whether I know the principal or not….no one is coming to his defense….I just see people ridiculing him…and my first amendment rights to free speech and press is being moderated…..interesting isn’t it…

      • First your freedom of the press or speech isn’t being moderated. It is when you attempt to threaten the rest of the group who are expressing their freedom of speech that is being moderated.

      • There have been no threatening statements about Dr. Hite, Ms. Johnson or Mr. Brooks. No one has threatened to sue them under a lawsuit they would lose, no one has called them names or anything. They have said they are bad at their job or deserved to be replace but no one has threatened to “do” anything to them. There is no hidden agenda here. This blog was up and operating for this incident and has been up and operating since.

      • But the majority of the posts are lies….I decided to defend the individuals not threaten anyone….but anyone with common sense knows that some of the post are slanderous and shows defamation of character……

      • Maybe if they were investigated a little further you would find that what I’m saying is the truth….

  4. Well D.C. Russell, lets get one thing straight there is nothing to cover up….You and the rest of these individuals throw out things that are clearly not true and then throw blame on teachers and administrators….It starts at home first…if you raise your children as hoodrats that’s the way they will behave at school or out in public period. The point that I’m making is there is 2 sides to everyone’s story and its painfully clear that you have a lopsided view of things. Until you become an educator and walk a day in our shoes, keep your ignorant comments a secret…cover that up…

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