|Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 2|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Other||M.S., University of Maryland-College Park|
Higgins earned a master's degree in social work from Catholic University. She also holds a master's degree in general administration from the University of Maryland-College Park. Higgins is a licensed social worker and currently serves as the director of the Youth, Family and Senior Services Department for the City of College Park.
Peggy Higgins is seeking re-election against Lupi Grady in the general election on November 4, 2014. Races for District 3, 6 and 9 will be on the primary ballot on June 24, 2014. Incumbent Amber Waller will face Dinora A. Hernandez and Clarence Emmanuel for the District 3 seat. Carolyn M. Boston is running for re-election in District 6 against Pat Fletcher and Darin Kenley. District 9 incumbent Sonya Williams is seeking re-election against Domonique A. Flowers, Johnnie R. Isaac and Denise M. Joseph.
Higgins has not received any official endorsements as of April 25, 2014.
|Prince George's County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Source: Prince George's County, "Election Summary Report," November 24, 2010|
What's at stake?
Issues in the district
End of temporary visa sponsorship
The district announced that it will no longer sponsor temporary work visas in a letter to more than 150 foreign teachers distributed in April 2014. District schools have used the federal work visa program to recruit teachers in specialized subjects over the past 10 years. The decision by district officials follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into misuses of the visa program in 2011. Prince George's County Public Schools was fined $1.7 million and repaid $4.2 million in back wages after federal investigators determined that the district passed along visa fees to participating teachers. Federal law requires employers to pay worker visa fees. This investigation also prevented the district from recruiting new visa recipients in 2012. The district received federal approval to resume use of the worker visa program in March 2014 but clarified its new position in the April letter.
About the districtPrince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents. Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Prince George's County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Prince George's County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Prince George's County was $73,568 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Prince George's County was 8.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
- Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)
- Prince George's County Public Schools, "District 2 Member Peggy Higgins Biography," September 30, 2013
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed May 22, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Pr. George’s schools’ decision on visas leaves Filipino teachers uncertain about their futures," April 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Prince George's County, Maryland," accessed April 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 24, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Prince George's County Public Schools Elections|
|Upper Marlboro, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 2: • Lupi Grady • Peggy Higgins|
District 9: • Domonique A. Flowers • Johnnie R. Isaac • Denise M. Joseph • Sonya Williams
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|