Peggy Higgins

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Peggy Higgins
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Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 2
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 4
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Master'sCatholic University
OtherM.S., University of Maryland-College Park
ProfessionDepartmental director
Office website
Peggy Higgins currently represents District 2 on the Prince George's County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first elected to the board in 2010. She is running against challenger Lupi Grady in a general election on November 4, 2014. Higgins and Grady advance from the June 24 primary by default as only two candidates filed for the District 2 seat.


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.[1]



See also: Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)


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 reported $4,832.13 in contributions and $534.13 in expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $4,297.99 on hand as of June 6, 2014.[2]


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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Higgins 67.4% 10,543
     Nonpartisan Mark Cook 32.2% 5,037
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 54
Total Votes 15,634
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.[3]

About the district

See also: Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is located in Prince George's County, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is based in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents.[4] Prince George's County Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Prince George's County (%) Maryland (%)
White 26.5 60.8
Black or African American 65.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.5
Asian 4.4 6.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 15.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[6]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 441,584
Unaffiliated 59,107
Republicans 43,671
Other 16,411
Libertarian 1,061
Green 772
Total 562,655

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.[7]

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