Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel). Champion of the people
A Prince George’s County Council member is calling on Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to fire a high school principal at the center of two discrimination cases that were recently settled.
Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she is “appalled by the school system’s defense of the pattern of blatantly racist behavior by the principal of Largo High School.”
Lehman said in a letter to Maxwell and Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis that the principal, Angelique Simpson-Marcus, should be removed from her job for the way she has treated former employees. The letter was e-mailed Thursday.
Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said he could not confirm that Maxwell and Davis had received the letter but said, “We welcome the dialogue with legislators and our stakeholders, and we’ll prepare appropriate responses.”
Over the past month, one discrimination case went to trial and another was resolved before its court date. >>> Read more Washington Post
Call your elected officials now and the media. Let us demand an end to this corruption currently in progress in Prince George’s County.
Many of us think that whenever you have a significant number of staff and teachers saying the same thing – there’s something to it. We do not know what, of course – but you just don’t get that many people independently agreeing on a person’s behavior without that person having done something to merit it. Mostly because these people have everything to lose and nothing to gain by accusing the principal of bullying – why would they do it unless there was some truth to it.
Regardless of if the allegations of the current administration who appear more keen to cover up rather than fix the issues. The principal is still at the school despite one court finding them true and several other suits pending. A true educator is not in it for the fame or glory or money (as there are none of those things in education. You can take it to the bank. They are in it to benefit the children and to help guide them into adulthood, especially at the high school level. If Simpson-Marcus was teaching elementary school, or perhaps even middle school where kids are not typically aware of the bigger things in the world, then there may be some way to stay on the job despite allegations, despite the lawsuit she lost. But as a high school principal, she knows her students know about the cases. Twenty three cases were originally filed. Some of them touches on the union’s lack of representation. Others touches on ASASP Union and the role it has been manipulated to protect bad principals. In any case, Simpson Marcus has become a distraction to her students and to her supposed duty as an educator to help them learn and grow. The goes to Principal Dwayne Jones of Laurel High schools (President of ASASP) involved in the same thing. Given that, the fact that Simpson Marcus and Dwayne Jones have declined to step down, or even sought to transfer to another school, tells us that they are failure as educators and as a leaders, and that they care far more for themselves and their career than for the children in their charge. And that isn’t the type of leaders we would want influencing our children in the critical high school years.
Prince George’s County Government is plagued with reverse or minority (non-black) discrimination. There is also black on black racism as experienced by Tracy Allison, Dr. Ruth Johnson and others. Many of us have first-hand experience with discrimination at PGCPS and had to file EEOC complaints with the Prince George’s County Government. All in all, there is no one looking out for the other minorities. Just look at what they have done recently to Filipinos, Africans, Hispanics and other minorities.
Elevation of Dr. Kevin Maxwell as know it (new Super) was to try and clean house. We don’t know happened. But one thing for sure is that, Legal department and Human Resources are now an extension of Thatcher Law Firm and Monica Goldson. Mr. James Fisher a former employee of Thatcher Law firm and Shani K. Whisonant involved in a number of questionable activities leave a lot to be desired.
By the way, PGCPS teachers and support staff do not have a union. They have a worthless association (PGCEA) and ACE-AFSCME Local 2250. These two plus ASASP union are in bed with the PGCPS Admin and Board of Education which is an Association rather than a Board. It has now become an extension of Mr. Rushern Baker lately.