Changping, China – County Executive Rushern L. Baker III and 22 government and business delegates on his China mission were on hand yesterday to witness a historic moment for Prince George’s County Public Schools children. Prince George’s County Schools Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell signed a ‘Friendly School Agreement’ with the Changping District Commission of Education at a ceremony held at the Auspicious Business Hotel in Changping, a district of Beijing, China’s capitol city. The agreement, the first of its kind in Asia for the county school system, will enable the two districts to share best practices in education, engage in cultural and language exchanges and broaden student learning opportunities.
“Our businesses depend on a highly educated workforce,” said County Executive Baker. “This historic educational agreement between our schools and the Changping District Commission of Education will strengthen Prince George’s County schools and prepare our kids to be the leaders of tomorrow.”
The agreement was borne out of relationships forged by County Executive Baker during his previous mission to China. During the 2014 mission, the Baker administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Changping District and promised to return to China each year of his administration. Two delegations from the Changping District have visited Prince George’s County, since Baker’s 2014 mission.
“I am very happy to sign this agreement with the Changping District Commission of Education,” said CEO Kevin Maxwell. “This agreement begins a new partnership for our students and teachers to expand cultural and language opportunities. With students and teachers from literally all over the world, our County must celebrate our diversity and provide innovative programs like this to ensure that all students are great by choice.”
CEO Maxwell as well as Christian Rhodes, Chief of Office of Strategic and External Affairs for Prince George’s County Public Schools, are among the 22 delegates traveling with County Executive Baker on the mission. This agreement is one of several key milestone anticipated for the school system during the mission. Today they also met with school officials in Xiamen and later in the week in Shanghai.
With 211 schools and more than 129,000 students and over 20,000 employees, the Prince George’s Public School System is the second largest in the state of Maryland; the third largest school district in both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore-Washington Area, and it’s one of the top 20 largest school districts in the nation.
The Changping District Commission of Education has 50,000 students enrolled in 100 schools.
Prior to the signing, County Executive Baker and Changping Mayor Zhang Yanyou met to discuss how to further the relationship between the two municipalities.
“It gives me great pleasure to have County Executive Baker here,” said Changping Mayor Zhang Yanyou. “This meeting will enhance our friendly relationship and continue to bring mutual prosperity and friendship.”
County Executive Baker’s delegation is in China through Friday, continuing to the cities of Xiamen and Shanghai.
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