June 24, 2013

As a parent of an incoming sixth-grade student at the newly formed College Park Academy (CPA), I was distressed to read [“Vote on Pr. George’s charter is shelved,” Metro, June 20] that one of the first actions taken by the reconfigured Prince George’s County Board of Education was to table a contract agreement with the charter school, which has already gone through approval processes.

New members of the school board may lack familiarity with the CPA and therefore may have been reluctant to vote on the contract, but delaying a vote for the reasons cited shows the board placing politics above the well-being of the students in its charge.

School board members should be aware that parents are very interested in sincere efforts to improve our school system. This is the right time for the board to leave behind power plays and to work with County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to do so. I trust that the school board will approve the contract with the CPA at its next meeting. This vote may only involve 291 children, but then, isn’t every child in Prince George’s County important?

Bonnie Roberts, Bowie