Prince George's County Board of Education Chairwoman Verjeana Jacobs, '96, faced off against newcomer and top primary vote-getter Bowie resident Raaheela Ahmed in a forum on Sept. 13 hosted by the Greater Bowie Democratic Club.
Jacobs touted her 23 years of work experience in the department of corrections, her 15 years as a lawyer and the six years she has spent on the school board, during which PCPS schools have seen a marked improvement in standardized test scores.
"I have experience on the board and experience in life,” said Jacobs. "I have been serving since day one.”
Jacobs also sees compensation reform for teachers as a priority, and proving that teacher outcomes are directly related to student outcomes. She also thinks it’s important to rebrand the system so that the real data on student achievement is more clear.
"Our students are doing great things, and now is not the time to make the kinds of changes I’m hearing in this election,” said Jacobs.