|Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 2|
|2010 - 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Other||M.S., University of Maryland-College Park|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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 sought re-election against Lupi Grady in the general election on November 4, 2014. Races for District 3, 6 and 9 were on the primary ballot on June 24, 2014. Incumbent Amber Waller faced Dinora A. Hernandez and Clarence Emmanuel for the District 3 seat. Waller and Hernandez advanced to the general election. District 6 incumbent Carolyn M. Boston faced Pat Fletcher and Darin Kenley in the primary. Boston and Fletcher advanced to the general election. District 9 incumbent Sonya Williams faced Domonique A. Flowers, Johnnie R. Isaac and Denise M. Joseph in the primary. Williams and Flowers advanced to the general election.
|Prince George's County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Peggy Higgins Incumbent||46.3%||6,984|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014|
Higgins had 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|
Higgins provided the following statement on her campaign website:
|“||My service to you has included--
EXPERIENCE & COMMUNITY SERVICE
—Peggy Higgins's campaign website, (2014)
What was 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 was 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Peggy + Higgins + Prince + George's + County + Public + Schools"
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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
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Re-Elect Peggy Higgins for School Board, "Home," accessed October 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 was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|