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Letter: District 21 officials endorse Epps for school board

Letter to the editor

2:08 PM EDT, October 9, 2012

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Prince George's schools need new, experienced leadership to recruit a top notch new superintendent of schools and make local schools increasingly attractive to families who live here and those who are considering where to live.

There are two candidates for the District 1 seat. David Murray is a bright, hard working college student with a great future. Zabrina Epps is a mature, experienced education and budget expert with broad respect and support from educational, community and elected leaders.

Laurel resident Zabrina Epps has the kind of experience and skills the county needs to oversee our schools.

We join Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and the Prince George's County Educators Association in supporting her. She has also earned endorsements from Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III and the Washington Post.

A 19-year resident of Prince George's, Zabrina earned her master's in public policy at the University of Maryland as the first Steny H. Hoyer Fellow.

She worked for the state government as a budget analyst and, for 10 years, as academic advisor and adjunct communications instructor counseling students at Baltimore County Community College.

And she's active in the community and in her church.

The Prince George's school system is a $1.6 billion agency with 17,000 employees and 125,000 students. Given the challenges the Prince George's schools face today, we strongly believe she is the right choice for the Board of Education in 2012.

Sen. Jim Rosapepe; Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Ben Barnes

District 21