Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

Suitland High School is a public magnet high school located in the Suitland census-designated place in unincorporated Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, near Forestville. It is a part of Prince George’s County Public Schools. It is long regarded for its Visual and Performing Arts magnet program.

Suitland – (Reform Sasscer); Suitland High School of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) was on lockdown recently after multiple fights took place in the school. The school is known to be the epicenter of fights spreading uncontrollably in other high schools in PGCPS such as Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine and Friendly High School on Allentown, Fort Washington. There are other schools in the county which have had major fights recently during the covid-19 pandemic which have led schools among other issues to close early.

Cell phone video surfaced on social media shows an officer with the county schools Department being hit by a student with a fist during the many brawls recently to the dismay of onlookers nearby. It all happened while multiple fights were breaking out in several of these schools.

“They just said it was a fight that broke out in the cafeteria between two students. A chair was thrown, and then multiple fights got to breaking out,” said parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

In a recent viral video circulating on social media, a woman identified as Prince George’s County, Suitland High School administrator Eileen Mayfield can be seen on the ground in the school building tugging on a student in a gray shirt, yelling “I’m going to kill y’all” and attempting to grab what looks to be a hair weave component.

“There is a thing called fight Friday” students in various schools plan various fights on this day either at school or outside these schools. Many students in the county are aware ahead of time concerning such fights and are usually ready for them. However, there is little response from the county police rushing to the scene or school security to stop these outside fights among other issues.

No serious injuries have been reported. Personnel for this blog obtained a video of a young woman student apparently knocked out and another student was shown to have been hit hard to the ground.

“Every day since school (has) been in, it’s been ongoing. Fight, people getting ready to fight others. They fight all day in the schools. Parents bring other kids up here to fight kids. It’s out of control,” said parent who did not want to be identified.

Some parents are upset at how the situation was handled. One mom, who dropped everything when she saw all the flashing blue lights, says being able to get to her son was a huge relief, especially after hearing about how officers tried to get everything under control.

“My baby called me and told me that she couldn’t breathe and that she was on the way to her next class and they pepper-sprayed her,” said Ms. Johnson.

Although no one was badly hurt, another parent says her student will not be returning to class.

“They are not allowed to come back here anymore, (because) they can’t control the school,” Ms. Johnson said.

A quick search on LinkedIn about Ms. Eileen Mayfield, is listed as an assistant principal for PGCPS, however, it is unclear if she is still with the school system and or how long she has been a PGCPS employee.

Further research on Twitter shows that, students and alum of Suitland High School have been raising concerns of toxic behavior and tension between both students and Eileen Mayfield for over a decade.

Because the administrator has on a mask in the video and Charles Flowers High School C/O 2024 president confirmed on Facebook that this situation in question was from the week of Dec. 6, 2021, it is unclear as to what has really been going on in the PGCPS schools during in person learning. This way, there is a plan during a global disease to protect the overall mental and physical safety of the students, staff in regard to the pandemic, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse or exposure to it.

As of Dec. 17, 2021, CEO Monica Goldson made an announcement to close all schools until mid-January 2022 to students due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers. However, CEO Goldson has advised teachers that they still must come in the building even though the buildings need a proper clean up. She appears powerless with no clue to reality as just last week scheduled a Christmas party in the middle of the school day. After criticism from the staff on social media, she cancelled the said virtual party.

Additional photos show the growing number of fights in PGCPS with or without school system employees around as indicated above. The poor leadership of CEO Monica Goldson who was selected under cloud of public corruption is all there for all to see.

We must demand more transparency from PGCPS in regard to incidents like the one that included Eileen Mayfield and others. This is very triggering and traumatizing to the students, parents, and community to watch.  While we would never want to see a teacher, student, or staff member assaulted, it is very disturbing to hear an administrator confidently threaten to kill all of the students in her reach especially if she’s been in the county over a decade. This incident confirms a lot of parents’ allegations about the PGCPS employees that have been employed for years confidently and boldly having no regards for human life or accountability of their actions. A school system is not the place for that mindset. Parents, students and staff must have peace of mind as they perform their roles.

There is no record of PGCPS, Monica Goldson, or County Executive Angela Alsobrooks addressing this incident as of Dec. 19, 2021. We have had enough. Enough is enough! We demand immediate actions to help save lives.

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Ms. Eileen Mayfield, is listed as an assistant principal for PGCPS. She is said to have yelled, “I’m going to kill y’all” and is seen attempting to grab what looks to be a hair weave component.

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Holding Elected leaders accountable and holding their feet to the fire.

Former Prince George’s County Executive Mr. Rushen Baker now running for Maryland Governorship facilitated major public corruption in Maryland which is ongoing.

Largo, Md. (Reform Sasscer): To liberate a society from repression, exploitation and subjugation, we must use verifiable FACTS and historical and scientific DATA-not VOODOO, or MYTHS. Tyranny thrives in ignorance, secrecy and silence. Confront charlatans, despots and their surrogates with UNVARNISHED TRUTH.

The main problem facing Prince George’s County and Maryland in general is public corruption. In Prince George’s county, corruption and BAD GOVERNANCE has become pervasive. Theft of public resources, human rights abuses and other forms of repression are BY-PRODUCTS of bad governance. To make Maryland and Prince George’s county prosperous, united and tranquil, we must rid ourselves of DESPOTS and KLEPTOCRATS. We must make elected leaders accountable and hold their feet to the fire.

Beginning this week, we are going to make a series of exposé and the role some key lawmakers in Maryland have played to create chaos and cover ups in the county and the county schools.

The drama begun earlier but reached a major point during 2013 Maryland general assembly session in the last days of the session to advance corruption and cover ups rather than fix the issues. All states have laws against bribing public officials in order to weed out public corruption. There are also federal laws against bribery. … Most bribery laws target the giver of the bribe, but it is also illegal for a public official to accept or solicit anything of value in exchange for a particular action.

For Marylanders and Prince George’s County residents in particular to forgive Despot Rushern Baker, and co-perpetrators of crimes against humanity, they must PUBLICLY apologize and be tried and punished to the full extent of the law. A society built on crime, violence and conmanship will never be united and prosperous.

Stay tuned here as we explore the issues in a series and the players tied to the problems who appear unconcerned. The issues they caused starting with the interferences of the courts have had major consequences throughout the region. This is one reason the author of this blogger sought audience with the Speaker of the Maryland general assembly last week, without much success. We will share a separately post on that, in the coming days.

Jolene Ivey – District 5 County Council Member appear unconcerned with the issues. She was a key player to introduce HB1107 LAW in the Maryland General Assembly.
Del. Dereck Davis, pictured, of Prince George’s County and the acting Maryland Treasurer introduced HB1107 LAW.

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Prince George’s County Board of Education Meeting 12/09/21

The Board meeting for 12/9 includes an agenda item for the annual ethics report. However, the ethics reports means nothing if the hyena is in charge of the meats…. We demand a transparent investigation of the issues we have raised repeatedly on this blog. The board members must learn from failings of their colleagues and adjust accordingly. It’s the young people in society who lead the change without fear or favor and can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world.

Hyena with a piece of meat at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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Fiasco as Maryland Panel Recommends Dereck Davis for New State Treasurer

Del. Dereck Davis caused major fiasco in Maryland when he unleashing kleptocracy in Prince George’s (PG) County when he spear headed HB1107 law to change governance in PGCPS and steered his wife to be a Deputy CEO of PGCPS in charge of special education funds running into millions of dollars. PGCPS School districts lost millions of dollars in questionable circumstances, problems which continues to date.

Annapolis, Md. (Reform Sasscer) In a major shock and an embarrassment to the state of Maryland, a panel of Maryland state lawmakers voted Monday to recommend Del. Dereck Davis to become the state’s next treasurer without proper checks and balances.

The Special Joint Legislative Committee to Select the State Treasurer voted 10-0 for Davis, a Prince George’s County Democrat who has been the House Economic Matters chairman for many years.

The panel heard from four candidates who are seeking the position before voting on the recommendation. The other three candidates are Jorge Cortes, Joseph Zimmerman and John Douglass.

All four names will be submitted to the Maryland General Assembly, which is scheduled to vote on selecting a new treasurer during a special session of the legislature, which is convening next week for a special session on redistricting to create a new congressional map.

The treasurer’s office is becoming vacant with the retirement of Nancy Kopp.

Del. Dereck Davis faced mounting pressure to resign after unleashing kleptocracy in Prince George’s (PG) County when he spear headed HB1107 law to change governance in PGCPS.  (See the story here) Prince George’s County has been abuzz with allegations that officials within the Maryland delegation have engaged in racketeering, money laundering, and other criminal activities—including scheming to enrich themselves at the expense of the children of the county and the wider population.

The Maryland treasurer holds one of three seats on the state’s powerful Board of Public Works. The treasurer also leads several key state boards and financial planning committees, including the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is an unprecedented event in which we demand a transparent investigation of Del. Dereck Davis and rejection of his candidacy to be Maryland treasurer. Call your elected officials now and the law enforcement community to stop this advanced public corruption emanating from Prince George’s County and affecting the entire state of Maryland. Don’t take it lightly.

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Charlene Dukes to Retire Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings.

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Dr. Charlene Dukes, endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college by Dr. William Hite Jr as part of quid pro quo.#DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Dr. Charlene Dukes President of Prince George’s County Community College is retiring ahead after her public corruption syndicate was exposed by this blog recently, Reform Sasscer Movement blog has confirmed.

Dukes submitted her retirement plans and issued a press release letter Wednesday to the Board of Trustees office and the community. The retirement will become official in June 2020, according to the information received and a senior aide familiar with the Duke’s decision.

Duke, became the institution’s eighth and first female president on July 1, 2007, is expected to be sued for public corruption anytime this year for conspiracy and other related charges in the United States. Dukes’ abrupt departure will spur a special  initiation of a national search for the ninth president of the College. Duke has been President for community college since 2007.

Duke has been accused of misusing the office of the community college to benefit her friends and family and interconnected offices including abuse of office ever since she was the President of the Maryland State Board of Education.  Dr. Charlene Dukes, tenure as the Maryland State Board of Education facilitated public corruption which is ongoing and endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college when hearing concerning PGCPS corruption was in progress.

These malicious activity was part of quid pro quo due to a reward to her by conspirator Dr. William Hite Jr among others. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused in 2012.

In addition to these allegations, there are numerous violations which involves the unions in Prince George’s County and other counts tied to her and corrupt legal officials in Maryland. There is evidence that Dr. Thornton’s role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. Long before County Executive Alsobrooks made the announcement for Mr. Thornton to be the new PGCPS new Board Chair, this troubling revelation was already known. Dr. Thornton has links to the President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes.

One of the most pivotal moments in the unearthing of her shenanigans actually, is when Dr. Hite and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”, in the latest twist in the ongoing public corruption.

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Dr. William Hite (seen here) and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”#DespotsMustFall

Read more here>>> ‪ https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/…/facilitator-agents-of-un…/ ‬ #Despotsmustfall

Below is the full news release Published: October 30, 2019

After serving as president of Prince George’s Community College for 13 years, Dr. Charlene M. Dukes announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

A champion of teaching, learning, and student success, Dr. Dukes guided the realignment of organizational structures and program offerings to create connections between and among the three key components of the 2019-20 Strategic Plan: student success, regional impact, and organizational excellence.

President Dukes will leave an everlasting legacy at Prince George’s Community College.

To read the full press release -> https://bit.ly/2JAIWOV

Read more >>> Prince George’s County Corruption Continues and Must End ASAP.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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Whitehall Update: Perturbed CEO Goldson finally withdraws changes under pressure!

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) In what is turning out to be a comedy of errors, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO Dr. Monica Goldson has finally withdrawn an illegal procedure she enacted without consulting the community or Board members. This deliberate blunder led to an outcry in the community of Whitehall and surrounding areas. Goldson who has surrounded herself with sycophants lately in order to enact a systematic scheme, is causing untold worry in the community. There is clear evidence of personnel known to each other who are out to abuse power. They are running the entire school system under a cloud of corruption. These violations of law which have been willful in nature were reported years ago. Furthermore, CEO Goldson herself has an active case within the United States legal frame work and others are pending, a clear piece of evidence which furthers the scale of public corruption which is ongoing concern.

Local Board of Education member for the area Ms Raaheela Ahmed on Tuesday was quoted in part as stating the following “…But in my opinion, this item is not an FYI. For an item like this, input needs to come from the community BEFORE a proposal is made. Housing audits should be complete BEFORE a boundary change is confirmed to present. Proposals need to be complete, sensible, accurate, and stand up to questioning. Central office needs to listen and ACT when the PTA has reviewed the proposal and expressed concern over it days before it came to the community as a whole. That’s not what happened here, and that’s the problem,” she added. We previously covered the story here.

We reprint the report by The WUSA9 News below.

BOWIE, Md. — The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools changed course Tuesday after parents fought back against the proposed re-zoning of Whitehall Elementary.

The district had proposed shifting more than 200 students to four other nearby schools in 2020 to solve the long-standing overcrowding problem at Whitehall.

After multiple parents complained, the CEO announced Tuesday that she would be withdrawing the proposal at Thursday’s school board meeting in favor of creating a task force.

“My son would have ended up going from one of the best performing schools in Prince George’s County to one of the worst, and my wife and I were not going to do that,” said RiShawn Biddle, the father of a kindergartner who just started at Whitehall.

In his mind, Whitehall is the best and Northview is the worst.

“The way that they rolled out this proposal is just in poor taste,” Emebet Booker, parent of three, said. “People made a big investment. I mean, we’re paying a premium to live in the school zone that we’re in.”

Booker has children in fourth and first grade at Whitehall, and one in pre-school. She said if the changes would have gone through, she would have had to take her kids to three different schools.

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The CEO of PGCPS wrote a letter announcing she would be withdrawing the rezoning plan Thursday after violating due process rights in the community.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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Facilitator agents of Union Crime and Public Corruption in Maryland.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Nearly fifty years after John F. Kennedy first condemned corrupt leadership in the American labor movement, it is still plagued by rampant corruption, embezzlement, racketeering and influence from numerous organized crime organizations. From penny-ante theft to multi-million dollar embezzlement schemes, labor leaders continue to violate the trust of the members they claim to represent.

The labor movement is nothing but the sum of its many parts—millions of working Americans who have entrusted union leaders to spend a portion of their hard earned salary for the benefit of the collective good. Financially speaking, the sum of the movement’s parts total more than $10 billion dollars annually in mandatory dues and control another $400 billion in financial assets in strike funds, pension plans, and health care benefits.

In fact, in just the last five years, hundreds (maybe thousands) of labor leaders at all levels of the movement have been convicted of embezzlement, corruption, racketeering, or engaging in organized crime. The problem is rampant, getting worse, and yet the unions seemingly refuse to address it.

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Mr. Christian Rhodes who is the current Chief of Staff for PGCPS is involved in numerous conflicts of interests involving PGCEA where he was an officer and other unions facilitating criminal activities. He makes more than $215,000 a year #DespotsMustFall

Here in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), Mr. Christian Rhodes, who is the current Chief of Staff for PGCPS, facilitates public corruption within the Prince George’s County Schools via various union representatives. Some of these individuals were his colleagues at his former employers the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) who are well connected.

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James E. Spears Jr., who is a Field Services Director facilitates crimes within PGCPS under ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 #DespotsMustFall

In ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, corruption is facilitated and covered up by James E. Spears Jr., who is a Field Services Director and a former colleague of Mr. Rhodes, Mr. Daniel Besseck at MSEA, and Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley. They coordinate willful violation of the law with Mr. Damon Felton, the attorney for MSEA and PGCPS Human resources personnel tied to them, in order to blackmail union members and PGCPS staff. The willful violations of civil rights and cover ups by these individuals, including County Executive Alsobrooks office, is an ongoing concern and others tied to PGCPS CEO Dr. Goldson.

In the past, the PGCPS working in conspiracy with MSEA and PGCEA used services of former MSEA attorney Mr. James Whattam. Whattam was promoted in an organized scheme to become PGCPS labor relations director.  An investigation about Mr. James Whattam and Mr. Rhodes who have extensive ties to AFSCME Local 2250, PGCEA, MSEA and others need to be investigated and exposed.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested  #DespotsMustFall

There is evidence that Dr. Thornton’s role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. Long before County Executive Alsobrooks made the announcement for Mr. Thornton to be the new PGCPS new Board Chair, this troubling revelation was already known. Dr. Thornton has links to the current President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes, who endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college when hearing concerning PGCPS corruption was in progress. This malicious activity was part of quid pro quo. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused. Dr. Thornton has strong links too with the Maryland State Education Association officers who interfered with arbitration and the lawyers whom employees had hired to represent them but were compromised during County Executive Alsobrooks tenure as the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney.

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Dr. Charlene Dukes, endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college by Dr. William Hite Jr as part of quid pro quo. #DespotsMustFall

It is very interesting that former PGCEA teacher’s union director, Lou Robinson, became Labor Relations Director and prior to that a PGCEA Uniserv Representative, Susan Lesscer, began working in the PGCPS Labor Relations Office—both of whom were under the supervision of former PGCEA President, Kenneth Haines and a close friend of Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley, who was allegedly conspiring with PGCPS leadership instead of supporting teachers which is why, he was ousted.  Many of us have heard in a corrupt system, the corrupt are promoted meaning people who will engage in wrongful behavior if told to do so will apparently be promoted. This is wrong and a violation of employee rights.

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Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley (pictured here) is a real thug based on many observations. She is currently serving two masters and should resign one position due to conflicts of interests in politics. She is also engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity in PGCPS.  #DespotsMustFall

Many violations in this county involve the use of the Unions including Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) and Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP). Both organizations are advancing public corruption and cover up under Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley and Ms. Doris Reed close friends of County Executive Alsobrooks and Dr. Monica Goldson. Mrs. Dudley, as the President of PGCEA has played several illegalities in allowing public corruption in the county schools and cover ups after she rigged her election in order to remain as President of PGCEA. She has also used union dues to hire outside activists to help hide major violations within the county schools. We have evidence and witnesses of these violations.

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Ms. Doris Reed has facilitated misconduct involving two past presidents who abused employees willfully. Some teachers where impregnated as part of abuse of power through the union without recourse. #DespotsMustFall

Please note that, Mrs. Dudley engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity when she advanced the selection of the current Board of Education Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton.  During  a campaign meeting in PGCEA in the spring of 2018 to support Ben Jealous, a candidate for governor in Maryland, Mrs. Dudley was working with Dr. Thortorn and others (omitted parts which were highlighted concerning public corruption in Maryland involving the unions in PGCPS after presention of issues to the group). When notes were made to circulate in the social media, these items involving public corruption which we raised were no longer there. A member of PGCEA forwarded information concerning a double standard in pay increase in which Mrs. Dudley was accused of benefiting while calling out Dr. Kevin Maxwell and Mr. Christian Rhodes, who were advancing the same. Mrs. Dudley later retaliated against these issues due to the exposure.

If you want to know the source of most of monetary woes, public-sector unions are a good place to start — not just in Prince George’s County, but anywhere a local or state government is faced with stratospheric labor costs and corruption.

Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this charade by the county officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.
#DespotsMustFall
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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall
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Prince George’s County Corruption Continues and Must End ASAP.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) When a small clique of crooks have imposed themselves, plundered the county’s resources, created zombies through substandard education, dirty water and food and committed crimes and subverted democracy for too long, a lot of citizens believe tyranny is normal.

When tyranny is normalized, citizens start finding justifications why they are poor, homeless and hungry while the despots, con-men and con-women have everything. Citizens begin to hurl abuse at freedom fighters because they feel impotent. “God created rulers and made us poor,” they say.

“If you can’t beat them, join them,” they yell, not understanding that “joining them” means becoming their slave and accepting the subhuman condition that they have institutionalized. Those yelling such nonsense are too scared to admit that “joining them” only means surrender. Accepting that you are a slave.

After despotism, conman-ship and criminality have been normalized and institutionalized the way they are in Prince George’s county, it is a duty of all self-respecting patriots to fearlessly, consistently and ruthlessly do everything within our power to uproot that system of bad governance. Use all means necessary.

According to a concerned parent who was in a meeting at Laurel High School about Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS), she stated that, “…The system is REALLY broken: curriculum, under-staffing of teachers, overcrowding with students, old buildings, supplies, late buses, HVAC problems, resources, rezoning & very underfunded. The children deserve better. I believe there is corruption,” she concluded.

“Corruption” is just one symptom of a more serious societal illness. The GERM that causes the illness is the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY which creates the belief that one is above the law and protects those who commit serious crimes like murder, steal elections or loot public resources.

To significantly reduce corruption we must first and foremost remove from positions of power and authority those who believe that they are above the law. We must punish to the full extent of the law all criminals, thieves and those abusing power STARTING with Dr. Monica Goldson.

Shouting or singing about the “fight against corruption” while expecting the DEAN OF IMPUNITY like Dr. Monica Goldson to be the one leading that fight is like a fox guarding a chicken house. Those disobeying court orders, bribing attorneys, court officials and subverting the Constitution cannot fight impunity.

This last week, we filed our case to the US Supreme Court and more is being done elsewhere. After we wrote to the county executive Angela Alsobrooks concerning the violations on September 4 and on October 4th, 2019, she arranged a series of meetings including yesterday, October 21, 2019, in order to help with the cover ups currently in progress in Prince George’s County led by PGCPS CEO Dr. Monica Goldson. There also been a variety of public relations exercises involving the despots in order to derail justice. We are demanding a proper federal investigation on these issues.

The despots and their collaborating con-men and con-women don’t care about you. They believe that you and many of us in the struggle are not human beings!

It’s now time for the opposition, the clear and level-headed in the democratic and republican parties – if such still exist – businessmen and women and the tax-paying and law abiding in Maryland to demand that an end be brought to this charade.

We need leaders who can lead – who are willing to lead – because they’re capable and we need these leaders to inform the mobs that they will not succeed in turning the Prince George’s county into another chaotic and mindless county, a failed county with a failing school system being used as a cash cow, purely because it’s their right to do so.

There are only so many taxpayers, there is also only so much that they will bear and that needs to be firstly addressed.

The corruption, the crime and general neglect of the county, together with the pampering to the whims of the masses, are turning Prince George’s county into a quagmire of racial, class and economic disharmony which the real owners and drivers – the taxpaying citizens who enable the county to grow and prosper – will eventually turn their backs on.

Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this calamity by the county officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.
#DespotsMustFall

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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall

Read more >>>Prince George’s County Corruption and predictions

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Prince George’s County Corruption and predictions

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) As a long suffering resident of Maryland focusing on Prince George’s County who has seen numerous superintendents promising reform, here are my predictions:

  1. The scandals in PG County schools will continue and Wapo will write about them (regularly) as time goes.
  2. At the end of her contract, PG schools will be performing no better than they are today. If the past is any guide, they will be worse. Reforms in PG County usually make things worse.
  3. The new superintendent will leave her job under a cloud of corruption/incompetence. Mega corruption is already underway and no newspaper or blog has published anything because of fear.
  4. More corrupt elected officials will either resign on their own or be arrested for ongoing mega corruption involving the school system or other county agencies.
  5. “pay-to-play” culture at Prince George’s County will continue at higher rate with political donations from real estate developers seeking county approval for their building plans.
  6. Bribery, kickbacks and extortion schemes involving elected officials and others tied to the Prince George’s County development will continue flowing like water.
  7. Union Executives will continue to facilitate organized schemes to derail justice while paying off attorneys but this time will be arrested.
  8. Well connected politicians will continue to give bribes as charitable or political contributions.
  9. Developers will continue to seek opportunities to make the country more corrupt so they could cash in. But in the right circumstances, they’ll either decide to jump ship or simply have no choice but to tell the truth. It’s already happening, and there’s nothing county Executive Angela Alsobrooks can do to stop it.
  10. Board members who have embraced public corruption and have been compromised will not win another term. Eventually they might be arrested for accepting bribes and jailed for being in bed with corrupt executives.
  11. At the end of the day, PG schools will still be the worst in the state of Maryland (with the possible exception of the city of Baltimore.)

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Delegate Dereck Davis – Chair, Economic Matters Committee Maryland General Assembly advanced corruption in the Maryland and used PGCPS as an ATM Machine to advance his shenanigans which are well known. #DespotsMustFall

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Ardra O’Neal of the O’Neal Law Firm helped facilitate public corruption at the beckoning of the Maryland and county officials and the corrupt union executives.  #DespotsMustFall

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Push PG NAACP to do right thing at its meeting Thursday, 7 pm in Hyattsville

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Bob Ross ~ PG NAACP President is under fire and accused of  facilitating cover ups.

Greetings activists,

PG NAACP and  MD NAACP, Which side are you on?

Neither organization — NAACP PG, nor NAACP MD issued any strong statement of protest about ten police officers who killed Mr Shand.

This is the question to ask the PG NAACP at its annual meeting Thursday 7-9, in Hyattsville.

So far PG NAACP has put out only a mild statement (and this was done as a reaction to being misquoted by WTOP).

I urge members and others to bring up our issues at PG NAACP’s meeting this Thursday, October 17, 7 pm in Hyattsville.  Invite at bottom of this email.

Attend the meeting to encourage PG NAACP to demand or even favor:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

*  Police departments use milder ways to corral suspects.

*  Effective training of police.

*  Question trusting the Prince George’s Police Dept.’s investigation unit to do a rigorous and fair investigation.

Supporting info:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

Here is the 2015 Baltimore Sun article on LEBOR by the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

Reform Maryland’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/bs-ed-aclu-leobr-20150117-story.html

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

The PG police and the first Hyattsville policeman at the killing were not using body cameras.  The use of body cameras by Hyattsville policemen is discussed in “Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

I recommend reading entire article.

Prince George’s County says there’s no money for body cameras because the cost is 2 million dollars.   But:

The Prince George’s County Government spent just over $2 million Tax Dollars from December 2018 thru July 31, 2019 defending Racial Discrimination and Retaliation under County Executive Alsobrooks.

Dr. Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, Executive Director, Lab for Applied Social Science Research, University of Maryland, also Brookings Institutionposted:

“I just want to note that my colleagues and me at the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland conducted a study on body-worn cameras in Prince George’s County. We found that residents across race/ethnicity and social class overwhelmingly support the county having body-worn cameras.  …

The link to the published study is below. ”

http://rashawnray.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Can-Cameras-Stop-the-Killings.pdf

*  Police Departments Use Milder Ways To Corral Suspects.

Like An Argentinean Cowboy Roping A Cow With A Bola:

The BolaWrap has an eight-foot kevlar tether which can wraps itself around a man’s chest and arms or around his legs.  If deployed correctly, it can de-escalate a situation between police and a dangerous offender.  See video on TV news at

https://wtkr.com/2019/10/11/edenton-police-department-becomes-first-in-north-carolina-to-carry-new-pain-free-compliance-device/

Also, see video in this BolaWrap advertisement on the web:

Wrap Technologies, Inc. [NASDAQ: WRTC] | BolaWrap® | Policing Today

https://wraptechnologies.com/policing-today/

“The Problem

American police are rethinking their training, procedures and non-lethal tools, specifically to handle encounters with the mentally ill.

The Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research organization devoted to improving policing, reports that handling encounters with the mentally ill is a national crisis.

A Washington Post investigation [of]fatal shootings by the police in 2015 [found that] nearly a quarter of the incidents involve a person who was mentally unstable.”  (Emphasis added.)

Cheryl Fellenz posted:

An intervention of officers coming up behind an individual with protective gear and enveloping him is called by officers ” a wrap”.

Anyone who watched the video could see with their own eyes that the officers did not look like they knew what to do.

*  Effective Training Of Police.

I’m concerned about the recent lowering of standards for new police hires noted in

“Having Eight On-Leave [Hyattsville Police] Officers Adds To Staffing Shortage (Updated 10/3)”

https://hyattsvillelife.com/eight-on-leave-hcpd-officers-adds-to-staffing-shortage/

Excerpt:

“Over the last year or two, according to [Public Information Officer and Acting Lt. Zachary Nemser], the HCPD has had to adjust their hiring standards to address the shortage. Successful officer applicants were required to score 70% or above on each section of the National Police Officer Selection Test(Standard & Associates, Inc.). Officer applicants now need just a 70% average on the whole test.Physical agility requirements have also been relaxed. And if an officer makes a lateral transfer, they no longer need to pass either the written or agility tests,”

How much less do the new hires, who did not meet the 2015 requirements, know and how much less can they do than the police hired in 2015.  Were they provided with additional training to bring them up to the 2015 standards?

A score of 70% indicates mediocre knowledge; this is low-level tolerable for high school and college courses.  Policemen should be required to have serious knowledge of policing.   (I do not know how rigorous the police exams are.)

 *  Question Trusting The Prince George’s Police Dept.’s Investigation Unit To Do A Rigorous And Fair Investigation.

Prince George’s County,  “Washington’s Ferguson Next Door”

“…the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department has been most responsible for bringing any meaningful change [to Prince George’s County’s Police].”
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/washingtons-ferguson-next-door-110707.html#.VWafakLvZUR

Much more change still needed:         

“County Police Officer, Guilty of Second Degree Assault for Assaulting a Citizen Who Was Handcuffed  //  Officer Repeatedly Punches Man In The Face While Handcuffed Behind His Back [And Secured With A Seat Belt In The Front Seat Of Police Car].”                            August 8, 2019                    More info at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1510&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Prince George’s Officers of Color File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Widespread Race Discrimination, Retaliation by PGPD            December 12, 2018

https://www.washlaw.org/news/795-prince-george-s-officers-of-color-file-federal-lawsuit-challenging-widespread-race-discrimination-retaliation-by-pgpd

“Racial Discrimination In The Prince George’s Police Department”

“Racial discrimination in the Prince George’s Police Department is discouraging the reporting of abuse committed by PGPD officers because Latinx and Black officers in the department experience retaliation for speaking out about it, spurring a lawsuit. New leadership in the county must take firm steps to enable full compliance and accountability in the department in order to end abuse of citizens by police.”

From the blog posted Jan 3, 2019 on the Progressive Maryland website at:

https://www.progressivemaryland.org/racial_discrimination_in_the_prince_george_s_police_department

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Other notes: 

“ACLU: Hyattsville Police Shooting Part Of Troubling Pattern”

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/06/aclu-hyattsville-police-shooting-part-of-troubling-pattern/

Excerpt: Jay Jimenez, a Legal Program Associate for the ACLU of Maryland, What we’ve seen is that most of these police deaths in Maryland, especially involving people of color with disabilities could could have been avoided.”

According to Jimenez, preventing these deaths requires a reevaluation of the validity of current police de-escalation training and the use of less-than-lethal tools, such as tazers, pepper spray and beanbag shotguns.

“I’ll just be clear: The use of tasers, OC sprays, flashbang grenades, or other methods of less-than-lethal force are not the same as de-escalation,” said Jimenez. “Based on the video footage that we’ve seen, this actually had the opposite effect in the shooting of Leonard Shand.”

More from“Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

“Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon has called into question major aspects of the police narrative surrounding last week’s fatal police shooting of Leonard Shand by 10 officers from Hyattsville, Prince George’s County and Mount Rainier police departments.”

“Solomon’s recollection of this aspect of the video footage he has reviewed was backed-up by a participant in the Oct. 1 meeting who told city officials she was present when police first encountered Shand, and who said she did not see knives in his hands during those first moments of Shand’s police encounter.”

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June White Dillard foreground and members of pg county chapter of Naacp must rise up to the occasion and do what is right. They must avoid being seen as facilitators of corruption in the county affairs and address issues in a fair manner.

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Drama! Jones elected speaker of Md. House of Delegates as Delegate Davis surrenders

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House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) signs a guest book at the ceremony honoring the late Speaker Michael E. Busch in April. She is poised to become speaker on Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines

In an extremely impressive development, leaders of the House Democratic Caucus emerged from their tense four-hour meeting Wednesday afternoon to announce that Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) is their unanimous choice to replace the late House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), who died on April 7.

Jones was elected and sworn in as speaker on Wednesday after the two remaining candidates couldn’t piece together the requisite number of votes. She becomes Maryland’s first African-American speaker and first woman speaker after major corruption expose involving Delegate Davis was reported earlier on in this blog.

Jones told her House colleagues, “Wow; I didn’t think I would be here at this time when I left my house this morning!”

Del. Maggie McIntosh, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Del. Dereck Davis, chair of the House Economic Matters Committee, were also candidates for the job.

But the race was shaping up to be an ugly, bruising affair, with allegations by some delegates of bullying and name-calling. After four and a half hours of caucusing, neither could assemble the necessary 71 votes.

“We were going back and forth,” Jones said after the vote, with Davis and McIntosh standing on either side of her. She said both former candidates agreed with her selection as an alternative.

“If not, we would have still been in the caucus room, probably (until) eight, nine, ten o’clock tonight,” she said.

Later on social media post, Delegate walker released a rumbling and appeared to be upset after Delegate Davis lost the position due to high corruption in the county. After congratulating the new speaker, He stated in part the following, …… “Today was bitter sweet. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t dissappointed. First I can not believe that members of the Prince George’s Delegation( you know who you are) did not support one of our own in Chairmen Dereck E. Davis to be the Speaker of the House. He would have been the first Black Speaker also. I’m feeling like an old Ice Cube lyric ” sometimes I believe the hype man, we mess it up our selves and blame the white man”. Second to the Members of the Black Caucus of Maryland who wouldnt support one of our own…Shame on you!!! Lastly to members of my own Democratic Party to allow Delegates to speak about one of our own in the matter in which we did today was uncalled for. When will leaders from Prince George’s County be acceptable to Montgomery County? You passed on Anthony Brown. You passed on Rushern Baker and now when you couldnt get your way… you passed on Chairmen Davis. I remember former Senator Broadwater tell me years ago Prince George’s County shouldn’t want fo anything in the State of Maryland because we are the biggest voting democratic block in the state, second largest jurisdiction, second largest delegation(by one vote) and yet we have NO elected statewide leaders. I keep thinking about what my Dad told me as a young professional. It sounded like conspiracy theory at the time but today I saw it again firsthand “By the time you learn the rules, they change the rules” and not to help you out but to help them out!! I hope that the folks that I am talking about have the guts to tell their voting base the truth…”

Maryland Matters reported that in an early afternoon vote, the Democratic caucus cast 58 votes for McIntosh and 40 votes for Davis.

But Davis had the pledged votes of 42 Republicans, and Democratic leaders became nervous about giving the final say on House speaker to the GOP, Maryland Matters reported; thus, Jones, who had bowed out Friday and endorsed Davis, quickly emerged as the compromise candidate.

Lawmakers were a bit stunned by the turn of events.

“It’s the most incredible experience I’ve had in 28 years,” said Del. Kumar Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat. “We came to a genuine consensus, and we’re 100 percent solidly behind Adrienne, and I think that is a great outcome.”

The Democrats emerged from a House hearing room to announce they had decided to throw their weight — and their 98 votes — behind Jones, Maryland Matters reported.

At Jones’ swearing-in, Davis who had been exposed for running the Prince George’s County corruption was heard joking, “’House of Cards’ don’t have anything on us — talk about high drama!” He added, “You were willing to step aside for me, and I am honored to step aside for you now.”

In a reference to the portraits of past speakers in the State House and the fact that they had all been white men, McIntosh said, “These walls will never be the same! We’ve got some new portraits coming, and they’re great!”

We thank the Maryland Delegates for listening to our call on corruption earlier on today as reported in this blog. We thank them too for refusing to participate and nominate  Delegate Davis due to high level corruption currently in progress in Prince George’s County.

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House Appropriations Chair Maggie L. McIntosh (D-Baltimore City)

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House Economic Matters Chair Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s)

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Delegate Jay Walker issued a rumbling post on social media

 

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Contentious race for House speaker to culminate in special session as Corruption worry many.

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From left, Maryland Democratic Delegates Maggie McIntosh (Baltimore City), Adrienne Jones (Baltimore County) and Dereck E. Davis (Prince George’s County).

The race for speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates has come down to two candidates — and every vote counts. (See letter to the Delegates below)

Ballots will be cast during a special session Wednesday in an intense contest full of suspense that has everything from party infighting to threats of political retaliation from outside groups.

The historic campaign to become the next house speaker is turning ugly, bitter and divisive. The Democratic Party and the Legislative Black Caucus are split over who to endorse.

“It makes no sense that we should be divided in the Democratic caucus,” Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn said.

Baltimore City Delegate Maggie McIntosh, a white woman who is openly lesbian, and Prince George’s County Delegate Dereck Davis, an African-American man, are competing to succeed Michael Busch, who died earlier this month. Either pick will be historic because the speaker’s position has always been held by a white man.

Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne Jones dropped out of the running due to lack of support. She’s supporting Davis in a questionable move.

“Unity over politics, and that’s how I go,” Jones said according to Baltimore TV 11.

The campaign is turning ugly with Baltimore City Delegate Regina Boyce accusing Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Darryl Barnes of referring to the race and sexual orientation of McIntosh in order to push to elect the first African-American speaker. Barnes denies the allegation. Boyce bolted from Tuesday’s bill-signing ceremony before anyone could ask her about it.

McIntosh held a conference call Tuesday to discuss her vision, outlining classroom funding and school construction as her top priorities.

“Education will be a top priority in my speakership. I will be the education speaker,” McIntosh said.

Glenn, a good friend of McIntosh, is backing Davis.

“I respect the way that he bridges differences not only with other Democrats, but also with the Republicans,” Glenn said. However, in Prince George’s County which is the epicenter of all the corruption in Maryland sees Mr. Davis in another light as the facilitator of questionable activities.

The 42 Republicans in the House want a seat at the table.

“We want the next speaker of Maryland not to be the speaker of the Democratic caucus, but the speaker for all of us, all of Maryland,” House Minority Leader Nicholas Kipke said.

Democrats and Republicans will meet separately at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss who to support. Many expect a floor fight when the voting process begins at noon.

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OPEN LETTER TO MARYLAND DELEGATES

Dear Honorable Members of the Maryland House of Delegates,

There are three Motions and a brief currently pending in various courts including the U.S Supreme court due to illegal schemes facilitated by Honorable Delegate Dereck Davis and others tied to him. A letter was also mailed to the Thatcher Law Firm (contractor for the Board of Education for Prince George’s County) and copied to each Board of Education member for Prince George’s County concerning serious shenanigans which have been going on in Maryland for many years now. We wanted to make sure each one of you received the information and reflected on it before making a decision for a new speaker.

We have also attached the ruling of Administrative Law Judge Brian Zlotnick in this post which led to the Thatcher Law Firm engaging in widespread violations of law in Maryland and elsewhere at the beckoning of the corrupt union executives. The problems are ongoing after Thatcher law firm was awarded more than $5 million “No bid” contract of the public funds. Thatcher Law Firm is working closely with O’Neal Law Firm which initiated an illegal suit in Washington DC Superior Court.  Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) Union which has been behind the scenes advancing some of the shenanigans including facilitating illegal behavior within Maryland such as abusing the court process for selfish individuals engaged in a criminal behavior.  All these illegal activities are tied to well-connected individuals in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and in Baltimore City who benefit unjustly using public funds. The legalized lynching of Josephat Mua through the court system must be stopped and be compensated as directed by the Judge Brian Zlotnick in 2012.

The fact is that Maryland House of Delegates, Maryland Senate and the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Board members either supports this system of legal lynching, or is so cynical as to remain silent in order to court the racist and discriminatory vote. Many of us don’t know which is worse.

Blacks in the 1950s and ’60s led a mass movement to overcome a brutally hostile Democratic Party machine and turned the political tide against an entrenched system of legalized racism. We are calling on each one of you to do the same and elect a leader with good moral values as the next speaker but certainly not Delegate Dereck Davis. If he has been able to pull off these illegal activities like this in Prince George’s County imagine what he will do once he becomes the speaker.

Corruption takes birth in a society when its citizens fail to believe that the nation is a common property of all its citizens and the generation yet to come. Every situation, where you leave truth, you are giving birth to corruption, no matter how simple or how complicated is the matter.

Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and some of these legislators have political personal ambition over that of community in the betterment thereof the County with years of minimal return with the liberal machine along with the oppressive democratic machines. There is no moral compass and the messy truth is no one wants to be honest about the cause and effect of the situation in Prince George’s County.

Reversing the forces of incivility, misinformation, and the active marketing of cynicism will require concerted, collective efforts. Understanding the social and economic characteristics of Prince George’s County with political incorporation rather than representation as the prerequisite.

We will continue to reach out and advocate for what is right in Maryland to the other key players who we believe violated our rights through participation and covered up the mischief in order to benefit unjustly.

Please review the Motion to the court to make a judgement for yourselves and see how Delegate Dereck Davis is connected to the illegal activities in court. Ask tough questions concerning ongoing illegal agenda. Call your elected officials including Board members and tell them to stop the illegal legal lynching of Josephat Mua. Should you need any additional information or if I can be of service, please do not hesitate to contact us at infor@pgparents.org

Sincerely,

Joseph Mua

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Maggie McIntosh (D-Baltimore City). (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

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Dereck E. Davis (Prince George’s County).

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Maryland middle school cancels play but now says the show might go on

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For months, students at Hyattsville Middle School in Maryland practiced for their spring musical. They recited lines, learned songs and imagined the world of the spelling bee contestants who were at the heart of their show.

Then, just before spring break, performances of the “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were canceled with little explanation — setting off a wave of concern and criticism from parents who questioned whether the decision was related to gay characters in the musical.

“This is Hyattsville, Maryland, in 2019, and I can’t believe that is a reason,” said Elizabeth Tornquist, whose daughter was rehearsing for the show in the Prince George’s County school.

By Tuesday evening, school officials had agreed to revisit the issue, saying they would look into whether it would suffice to simply let people know the show was for more mature audiences so that they could decide whether to bring younger children.

School officials also said they would go back to the licensing agent for the Broadway hit to ask again about modifying language they said contributed to a decision that the musical was not appropriate for middle school.

None of the changes being requested involve eliminating the gay characters, they said, despite chatter on social media.

“I know that there was a rumor and a concern, but we’re not seeking to remove gay characters, nor was the play canceled because of gay characters,” schools spokeswoman Raven Hill said.

Parents gathered at Hyattsville Middle for a meeting Tuesday, demanding answers for the abrupt cancellation. A small group protested before the meeting, bearing signs with messages that included, “The Show Must Go On!” and “Three Months of Work For Nothing?”

Robert Kapler, whose 13-year-old daughter was involved in the musical as part of the school’s creative and performing arts program, said he was dismayed to hear of the show being halted so close to curtain time.

“She would wake up and practice,” he said. “She practiced after school, and she practiced at night. She practiced her singing. She practiced her dancing. She practiced her lines.”

“My main concern is that they’re shutting down something that should have been allowed to go forward because they put so much work into it,” he said.

The issue hit a nerve in Hyattsville, a community that many say prides itself on being diverse, welcoming and LGBTQ-friendly.

School officials sent a letter to parents in mid-April, abruptly canceling a show not long from opening.

“Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the Spring Musical dates of May 2nd, 3rd and 4th,” the letter said, adding that a parent meeting would be held Tuesday to answer “any of your questions, comments or concerns.”

Some parents complained that they went through spring break without knowing why the show was being stopped.

Justine Christianson, president of the school’s PTSO, said she had received an email Tuesday morning from Monica Goldson, interim chief executive of the Prince George’s school system, saying the cancellation came after teachers expressed concerns about “the extended use of profanity” in the musical.

That email said the play’s content had been reviewed by school officials who decided to cancel the play because copyright laws did not permit a change in language.

“It was then deemed more appropriate for high school and not middle school,” the message from Goldson said. It added that school system officials would create a process for approval of plays before students begin practicing “to ensure this does not happen again.”

At the parent meeting Tuesday, school officials mentioned a number of concerns — with racial humor, sexual innuendo and what one described as some “cuss words.”

Parents pressed to know more about when and how concerns had arisen — and where the process had gone wrong.

“This play is two weeks out. . . . I find it completely unacceptable,” one mother said.

The decision to revisit the issue came after a student who was at the gathering suggested the disclaimer about more mature content, so families could decide if the show was suitable for the very young.

A school board member, Pamela Boozer-Strother, who represents the area and attended the meeting, supported the disclaimer.

“It was something that had been on my mind,” she said later. “I was glad the student asked it, and she was able to take us in a new direction of a solution that may be possible.”

The school system said it would report back within two days about whether the show will go on, Boozer-Strother said.

“I don’t think the reasons for all of this were made very clear, but I am glad there is a way forward and that the students don’t feel all of their hard work was for nothing,” Christianson said.

Karl Kippola, a professor and director of the theater and musical theater program at American University in Washington, directed a campus production of the musical. He called it a “lovely” show — lighthearted and irreverent but also moving as it depicts the struggles of young spelling bee contestants.

He said one contestant’s gay parents appear briefly, and there are a couple of instances of mild profanity “but not anything that people have not heard in school before.”

Jesus is invoked in an exclamation, he said — which leads to the appearance of an actor dressed as Jesus, who gives the speller advice.

“The idea that people would be offended by it, that seems to be a little bit of a stretch,” he said. He said he could not call it a safe, traditional pick for a middle school but could see how students would find it fun to work on.

“It would be something they could relate to much more personally and directly,” he said. “Above all, the musical is funny and it makes the problems accessible but not overwhelming.”

He added: “People who are looking to be offended can find something offensive in it, but I think you can do that with most musicals.”

Via Washington Post 

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Former PGCPS Executive Shawn Joseph Forced out of Tennessee dotted with legal, ethical issues – ties to local corruption

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former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

One of the former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph who helped cover up corruption through Dr. Lilian Lowery and transferred the same shenanigan in Nashville, Tennessee has been forced out of the job.

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a widespread scheme involving high level executives at Sasscer. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal affianced in a wide ranging plot and bribery to defeat justice for employees. Dr. Shawn Joseph who later joined the PGCPS District at the beckoning of Dr. Lilian Lowery was also part of the mix in the same scheme.

The fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed and omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even acknowledged extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County ties to discrimination. The public corruption in Prince George’s county public schools starts on an administrative level and is interconnected to local lawyers with ties to some local politicians, which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

In retaliation for exposing their shenanigans in this blog, the current interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson ordered this blog to be blocked in the PGCPS network and other parts globally on or around November 2018 in order to minimize their expose of their illegal agenda.

Shawn Joseph’s departure from Tennessee, due to similar issues and public corruption fiasco connected to Maryland and Denver, Colorado is a wake up call in Maryland. While major issues are interconnected, local issues are playing out around this case. The recent indictment of Gregory B. Craig, President Obama’s first White House Counsel shows that while Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, its effects will continue to ripple outward across the Washington DC metro area for a long time. Paul Manafort’s prosecution was a wake-up call for Washington lobbyists and Craig’s indictment is sounding the alarm for attorneys engaged in a widespread bribery using unaccountable money meant for public schools in a town full of them.

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Attorney Ardra O’Neal is involved in criminal undertaking of defrauding employees while working closely with employers including PGCPS in malicious undertaking. Employees and other citizens be aware of her shenanigans. She is involved in Self-dealing and fraud. Self – Dealing may involve misappropriation or usurpation of corporate assets or opportunities.  Anyone who has been a victim of her mischief is asked to report her fraudulent schemes to the law enforcement agencies at the earliest opportunity. In addition, she needs to be reported to the bar counsel ASAP!

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Monica Goldson (seen here) The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) under Dr. Monica Goldson as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster according to the reports from Tennessee. The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee in high level corruption. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee. Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Tennessee citizens just like Maryland citizens are demanding for Transparency,  accountability and sanctions to the corrupt executives after state and Federal laws were broken willfully in both states.

We reprint the report by newschannel-5 article below:

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Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

By: Phil Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s the end of the road for Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph — a road dotted by legal and ethical potholes.

Under the terms of his buyout deal with the school board, Friday, April 12, is his last day.

But Joseph’s journey as Nashville’s first African-American director of schools began in July 2016 amid high expectations — with the school board essentially giving him a blank check.

“I think that Dr. Joseph needs to do whatever he needs to do to make sure that we are successful,” then-chair Anna Shepherd said.

Within months, there were ethical questions.

When NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked about the qualifications of the people he brought with him from Maryland, Joseph directed staff not to answer those questions – saying the district should wait and attack the reporter’s methods.

A school maintenance worker was also directed to work on Joseph’s house.

An email showed he would be “on the clock,” working at taxpayer expense. Joseph blamed his assistant.

“I hold myself to the highest level of integrity,” the schools director told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in October 2016.

We asked, “So where did she get the idea that he would be on the clock? Did that come from you?”

“No,” he insisted, “and that’s what I corrected it in an email.”

Joseph still ordered the man’s supervisors to allow him to modify his work schedule to work at the director’s house.

That fall, our investigation caught the schools director using a bus driver to chauffeur him around town — including for personal errands — with taxpayers paying for the driver to wait and wait .

But when we tried to show him the video, he walked out of the interview.

“This is one of the few districts where I’ve ever worked where the number of vacancies goes up instead of down,” former Metro Schools administrator Mo Carrasco told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in December 2017.

“People are leaving. People are not happy. And we keep saying to people that everything is great and we’re making progress. We are not making progress.”

Those comments come just before Carrasco, one of the director’s longtime friends, resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

On his way out, Carrasco raised questions about how Joseph was spending the district’s money.

“I made a statement one day to some of the executive staff that we have too many contracts, too many consultants in the district,” he added.

“They are running into each other, and I don’t think that was taken very well.”

Our investigation later discovered Joseph’s team had hired consultant friends , sometimes without contracts, sometimes without getting the required board approvals .

When two school board members, Jill Speering and Amy Frogge, requested an independent audit last April, Joseph lashed out, accusing them of behaving inappropriately and risking a potential lawsuit.

“It’s a lawsuit when you are inappropriately pointing people out and making comments that are not appropriate,” he argued.

Frogge responded, “I am doing my job, and I am not inappropriate.”

Last summer, two Metro Schools employees went public with horrific sexual harassment allegations against principal Sam Braden .

The district’s own files showed there was lots of evidence.

Still, Joseph’s team did nothing until after our investigation aired and then only under pressure from school board members.

After repeated interview requests were declined, NewsChannel 5 Investigates tracked down the schools director.

“Did you drop the ball?” we asked.

“I did not drop the ball,” he answered, refusing to answer any specific questions.

To try to calm the controversy, Joseph later convinced the school board to sign a $100,000 contract with a Nashville law firm to review the district’s Human Resources Department.

Then, a secret recording caught him hinting to school bus drivers that they should vote against vice mayor candidate Sheri Weiner, potentially in violation of state law.

In September 2018, new school board member Fran Bush had questions about Joseph’s continued use of a school bus driver as a chauffeur while a bus driver shortage left kids sometimes waiting for long periods to get home from school.

Our investigation discovered that Joseph’s account of how he used the driver did not match records provided by his office.

“I clearly think, at this point, learning about this information, we need to open up an investigation,” Bush told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

As Joseph’s relationship with a few board members continued to sour, our investigation uncovered new questions about his ties to a company that got a $1 million, no-bid contract in violation of state law.

The district bought the student assessment software, then did not require schools to actually use it.

Then, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained the law firm’s confidential HR report, which warned the district is facing a morale crisis that threatens its ability to attract and keep good employees.

And a group of teachers decided to go public, suggesting that Joseph’s discipline policies were making their jobs harder.

“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” guidance counselor Constance Wade said during a Teacher Town Hall.

Through it all, the schools director never took personal responsibility for any of the controversies.

In fact, he blamed NewsChannel 5 Investigates of trying to create hysteria over the sexual harassment issue.

“Let me tell you, what I don’t respect about you, my friend, is that you like to try to create unnecessary narratives on very important topics to try to create this hysteria,” Joseph told us last year.

“You should be ashamed of yourself.”

More recently, he had suggested to support employees that they should not be airing the district’s business in public — a lesson he said his mother taught him as a child.

“I told you about my mom with her little belt thing,” Joseph said during a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union, Local 205.

“She said, ‘I wish you would tell somebody our business outside in the streets. We handle stuff right in this house.'”

Via NEWSNEWSCHANNEL 5 

 

 

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Update: Teachers in Fear after PGCPS Administration covers up racism at Laurel area schools.

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Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School

By Reform Sasscer Staff:

Some teachers at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, claim the district is trying to find the sources of information to our blog in order to oust them for speaking out against unfair practices. Teachers who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation called the claims against them “nonsense” and said the district is trying to oust anyone for speaking out against deceptive practices. However, one teacher who wanted to remain anonymous said, the teachers at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School were happy the truth was finally out.

Some of the teachers who did not want to be identified said they repeatedly raised internal concerns about teachers allegedly advancing racists tendencies on school grounds and the district leaders reportedly violating students’ civil rights by placing them into disciplinary action in some cases without proper due process.

However, Mr. Ronald Dortch who is the PTA President at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School appears to be out of touch with reality. He was said to be unhappy when the story broke out. There are reports he engages external parties to raise money or other items and was afraid the school was looking bad. He was said to be upset with the exposure concerning racism at the school hence the reasons to make up wild allegations against the student whistle blower. While PTA members are not school employees, they are part of the school community. The alleged misconduct of pointing fingers by Mr. Dortch is deeply disappointing and betrays the trust the Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School community placed in him. Mr. Dortch must learn not to take public issues personally as victims of various shenanigans tied to racism have families too and deserve justice. Across the country, there have been many PTA Presidents or members of PTA with ties to the unions who have been arrested and charged for violating trust involving money and other issues tied to schools improvement.

Conflict of interest

At Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, there are concerns that, Mr. Jonathan Mayhew who is a husband to Mrs. Laura Garon Mayhew, who also works as a Technology teacher at the school might have conflicts of interests. Situations involving conflicts of interest within the school system in Prince George’s County and the entire Maryland system are widespread. Allegations of cronyism, wasteful spending and other misconduct are roiling the entire school district including single source contracts which was reported widely in the media to be more than $78 million dollars.

“I believe that there are several factors which have contributed to the administration’s desire to retaliate against a student who blew the whistle in the first place and find sources of information in order to discipline teachers who have spoken out,” said a teachers who wanted to remain anonymous. “In my opinion, none of these factors are legitimate or reasonable. The fact remains that, there many issues which are being swept under the rug to the detriment of the entire system,” she added.

District’s claims

According to Mr. Dortch, he truly believes that we are damaging people’s lives without all of the facts. He stated in part that, “ALL of your stories appear to be one sided. You and the parent should be sued after these people are cleared of all charges. Did this parent tell you that her so called innocent daughter is accused of bullying students at DDEMS? But I guess since she is a black student bullying other students its ok. Are we now saying that a White Teacher can’t teach Black History? Are we now saying that a Black Teacher can’t teach students about Cinco de Mayo? If people would also educate their children and STOP thinking that education is only done at school, then students would be able to tell the difference between someone teaching them and someone trying to embarrass them. Parents need to stop treating school like it is a daycare. As long as their child is out of the house so they don’t have to deal with them. I challenge any adult to visit a school and just try to make an open announcement to the students and see just how disrespected they will be treated. I am in no way defending anyone that is a racist, but I have know Mrs. Mayhew and the staff at DDEMS and LHS for seven years and I know that what you said about both of these schools are NOT true……..” statement stated in part.

Widespread Fraud involves the Unions and Laurel Area Schools

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a scheme. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal engaged in a wide ranging scheme and bribery to defeat justice for employees.

The Fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed or omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even though acknowledged involved extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County with ties to racism. The public corruption starts on an administrative level and is connected to local politicians which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

Employees’ protection

Employees enjoy protection from retaliation under the law for a host of actions in the workplace. State and federal laws protect employees from retaliation for complaints of unlawful discrimination, for seeking reasonable accommodations for disabilities, for taking protected family and medical leave, and from whistleblowing or refusing to engage in illegal activities. The web of legal protections from retaliation is comprehensive and fact-specific, and you should contact a qualified employment attorney if you believe you are being retaliated because of your legally protected activity at work.

You Have Rights to Protect You from Workplace Retaliation

Workplace protections from retaliation can be very broad. Not only do laws against retaliation protect employees from termination, but usually also provide protection from an employer taking an adverse action that would “dissuade a reasonable employee” from complaining about their legal rights. As a result, adverse actions can include termination, refusal to hire, denial of promotion, unjustified negative performance evaluations, or other threats or harassment.

Under civil rights laws, an employee engages in protected activity by opposing unlawful discrimination or harassment, or participating in an employment discrimination proceeding. An employee opposes discrimination when they complain about unlawful discrimination or harassment, threaten to file a complaint, or refuse to obey an order they reasonably believe is discriminatory. An employee participates in a proceeding when they file a complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment, cooperate with an internal or external investigation of discrimination or harassment, or serve as a witness in an investigation or litigation. Each of these can amount to “protected activity” for the purposes of retaliation under county, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws, such as the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, Montgomery and Prince Georges County Human Rights Acts, Maryland State law, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (“Section 1981”), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In the disability setting, employees can engage in “protected activity” by seeking accommodations for disabilities. Similarly, employees can gain protection from retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by seeking or taking protected FMLA leave.

The number of laws protecting against retaliation for protected “whistleblowing” is very extensive. Those laws include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the False Claims Act, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and a host of other laws. State laws in the District of Columbia and Maryland also protect against retaliation in a variety of settings. Employees are protected from retaliation for collectively complaining about the terms of conditions of employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Importantly, public employees may not be retaliated against for exercising their rights to free speech under the United States Constitution. Employees are also protected from retaliation related to asserting their rights for health insurance or benefits provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.

Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA), who was recently elected as the first African American branch director from Prince George’s County of the National Educators Association (NEA) should show proper leadership and help address the local issues affecting staff at the area Laurel Schools. If there was any place to show proper leadership at the union level, it is here.

More to come!

Read more >>> PGCPS Teacher Under Fire Over Slavery Lesson – Administration is accused of cover ups.

Read more >>> Complaint From a Former PGCPS Employee

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PTSA president Ronald Dortch for Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School (Shown here) has no idea on hostile work environment currently in progress at Laurel schools. The community should be concerned he is acting like a Principal while protecting illegal behavior currently in progress in the many PGCPS Schools. There are also worries that, he has been making wild allegations concerning a student without proper review of the issues affecting staff and students on rolling basis at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School and at Laurel High School. Picture Courtesy Doug Kapustin / For Baltimore Sun Media Group

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Dr. Monica Goldson is the current interim CEO and she is an unexperienced administrator in matters which involve hostile environment in a large school district. There are confirmed allegations of cover ups of many issues in progress in PGCPS

 

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PGCPS Teacher Under Fire Over Slavery Lesson – Administration is accused of cover ups.

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Laura Garon Mayhew

By Reform Sasscer Staff: 

Kids and parents say this Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) teacher needs a lesson — in racism.

Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School teacher Laura Garon Mayhew shocked and traumatized children in her social studies class when she singled out black students and told them to pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule. She had 5 students go to the front and told them that 3 of them equaled one slave master. The other Social Studies teachers did not act out this scenario.

Later, Ms. Mayhew was asked by a student why they were not celebrating Black History Month and she mentioned that she was not celebrating it until everyone had a month and that it’s ridiculous to single one culture out,” students and a staffer said. A different student mentioned to another teacher that she mentioned wanted to have white history month.

Fast forward to March, according to the students and staff in the school, she has the students doing a project celebrating Women’s Month and Irish History Month.

For the insensitive comments, the principal recently sent out a letter to her 6th-period class, apologizing to the parents for the incident. This was after the principal required her to complete an incident report. (See below the letter sent out to the parents).

There are reports, this past Friday, Dr. Briscoe, made the teacher to verbally apologize to the students as well. Students and staff are not sure if she went out on leave, but they are doubtful of it.

There are confirmed reports that, this teacher has a history of berating black students because she was reported calling 2 students “niggers” under her breath. The statements were given to last year’s Instructional Director and nothing happened. The staff familiar with the situation believe it was because these were students who caused a lot of trouble within the building.

Students said Mayhew, who is white has been at Dwight D Eisenhower for over 5 years. She’s taught different subject areas in the past but now teaches social studies. Mayhew pulled the insensitive stunt in middle school grade classes as part of a unit on the infamous Middle Passage, in which Africans were kidnapped and brought to America as part of the slave trade. The population of slaves would be counted as three-fifths in total when apportioning Representatives, as well as Presidential electors and taxes. The Three-Fifths Compromise was proposed by James Wilson and Roger Sherman, who were both delegates for the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Kids and adults in Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, where the student body is 54.77% black, Hispanic 37.37% and 3.32% white and just 2.68% Asians, were horrified by the offensive lessons they said occurred in her class roughly two weeks ago.

“It was a lesson about slavery and the Triangle Trade as well as visual representation to the three-fifths rule,” said one of Dwight D Eisenhower Middle Schools’ students, who asked to remain anonymous.

“She picked the black kids,” the boy said, and instructed them to pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule in front of the class. “She said, ‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ She said, ‘How does it feel?’ ”

Dwight D Eisenhower Middle Schools’ ill-conceived lesson isn’t the first time a school teacher has grabbed headlines for giving offensive instruction involving slavery.

In 2013, two teachers from Manhattan Public School 59 taught a lesson that used killing and whipping slaves to teach subtraction and multiplication.

Those teachers weren’t disciplined, but they did receive training in cultural sensitivity, Education officials said.

In recent past, teachers who have displayed racism have been heavily disciplined.

However, in neighboring PGCPS Laurel High School, Principal Dwayne Jones who advanced misconduct and racism with Deborah Toppins is still on the job due to his connection and cover ups with ties to Monica Goldson who is the interim CEO.

In the Maryland  legislature this year, House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to censure Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti over her use of a racist slur during an after-hours gathering with colleagues in which she called Prince George’s County “a nigger district”.

There are reports that, there are racial issues at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and this has caused many of the former teachers at the school to leave the school or the profession altogether. Majority of the administrators are not strong instructional leaders in this school and they heavily lean on IB Coordinator Stephen Mellen, who happens to be white, but runs the school.  Some of the students believe this their real principal and ignore the current one. This is based on information received. “That being said, it causes for a hostile work environment because the current Principal favors the majority of the white teachers who are empowered to treat our minority children and teachers the way in which they do,”the staff member who wanted to remain anonymous said.

Many staff members hope that the school would receive the help that it deserves. “I am surprised that this situation is happening in PG County,” the staff member stated. “Teachers and staff have been thrown out for less in that building,” the staff member emphasized. “They have been put out of the school for selling candy and/or making inappropriate comments,” the staff member added.

“It is very unfortunate that my journey here at Eisenhower has been filled with disproportionate consequences and opportunities among staff. The vast variety of disciplinary procedures, professional development opportunities, and leadership roles appears to all be based on either race, who you know, or who the principal is scared of instead of giving all staff equal opportunities,” statement issued anonymously stated. 

“I just want someone to help out our building because we are suffering in silence”, the staff member concluded.

We reached out to the teacher Ms. Mayhew for a response to these allegations and by the time of publishing, she had not yet responded.

A parent found out what happened at Ms. Mayhew class and this is what she emailed the teacher. 

My name is — and I am the mother of —. Explain to me in full detail why you thought it was appropriate to have my African-American daughter and another student pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule. Your discernment as an educator is cause for concern as that behavior is intolerable, insensitive and abhorrent. Making African-American children relive the trauma of discrimination that is a symptom of white supremacy is an act of violence. And you, a white woman inflicting harm on African-American children is a clear indication that you should not be allowed around our children, much less in a position of authority over them. Do you re-enact the Holocaust in your curriculum? Do you re-enact the Trail of Tears in your curriculum? My guess is no. So, why in a school where the majority of students are African-American did you commit this heinous act with no regard for the emotional trauma it would result in? Also, Black people were NEVER slaves. Black people were ENSLAVED. There is a big difference that impacts how our children view themselves. Everybody was born free. Black people were stolen, hunted, murdered, discarded and forced to perform inhumane, physical labor. We were enslaved by colonizers. I would appreciate that you teach our children the accurate history of their origins instead of cracking at their self esteem with the notion that they were born inferior. Additionally, my daughter came home to tell me that you said you weren’t celebrating Black History Month until everybody has a month and that it’s ridiculous to single one culture out. As an African-American studies major from the first university to teach African-American studies as an academic discipline, let me share this helpful piece of information that you should know; Black history IS American History. You are not singling out Black culture when you celebrate Black History Month. In fact, you’re re-inserting it into the fabric of America.

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The principal sent out this letter and had her distribute it to one of her classes but it never went to the entire school.

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Principal John P. Mangrum, Dwight d Eisenhower middle

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Dr. Briscoe, made the teacher to verbally apologize to the students as well.

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Dr. Monica Goldson is the current interim CEO and she is an unexperienced administrator in matters which involve hostile environment in a large school district. There are confirmed allegations of cover ups of many issues in progress in PGCPS.

 

 

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Alsobrooks Boasts $1.2M War Chest in Reelection Bid fueled by Developers and others.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Largo, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Why has the Prince George’s County, Maryland become so thoroughly corrupt? The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical. The county leadership is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start. This corruption continues to advance with the developers and other folks interested to lining up their own pockets in heavy toll. As a result, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Though Alsobrooks hasn’t officially filed paperwork with the Maryland State Board of Elections, a campaign statement released Wednesday summarizes the Democrat’s plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools. Allowing elected officials in Maryland to use campaign funds to pay for their legal defense is a “slap in the face” of efforts to reform the state’s corruption-plagued political culture,” stated a resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

The latest campaign finance report for Jan. 14, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022 showed her campaign has raised nearly $702,000.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the overwhelming amount you chose to invest in the vision that I have for Prince George’s County,” Alsobrooks said. “Please continue to volunteer for our campaign and tell friends about what we are doing. I need you more than ever to keep our momentum moving forward.”

A summary shows out of the 1,432 donations received, about 902 came from Prince George’s County. Approximately 823 donations came in at $100 or less.

A few of the major contributions:

• $6,000 from AES Electrical Inc. of Laurel.

• $6,000 from Gordon Barnaby, founder and president of BarnAllen Technologies of Rockville in Montgomery County.

• $5,000 from Bowie Trucking Service of Upper Marlboro.

• $2,500 from Andre Gingles, an attorney and owner of Gingles LLC in Laurel.

• $2,000 from EXP US Services Inc. of Chicago.

Meanwhile, four other Democratic candidates filed to run for county executive by the deadline on 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to file campaign finance reports online. If mailed, the reports needed to be postmarked on or before Wednesday.

Former NFL player and county native Leigh Bodden of Bowie has about $4,400 cash on hand, the second-highest amount in the race. He contributed about $1,000 to his campaign.

Sherman Hardy, a real estate agent and Air Force veteran of Clinton, raised $2,406 last year but with only $473 cash on hand.

Tonya Sweat, an attorney from Accokeek who also runs her own consulting firm and is well knowledgeable with the State and county issues, raised slightly more than $6,465 last year. However, her campaign finance report shows a deficit of $386. She will make a great county executive if given a chance.

“I still have a couple outstanding bills that need to be paid,” she said.

As she continues to campaign, Sweat has some advice for voters.

“If they want to stay in the same place they’re in right now, then that’s their right,” she said. “If they want change, then they need to stop and think about where the money’s coming from. Money doesn’t necessarily bring about change. It’s a resource and a tool we can use to get there, but if it’s not in the right hands, we’re not going to be any better off.”

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, a campaign finance report wasn’t online for Billy W. Bridges who has promised a robust campaign and he is aware of the issues as well. He sought the office in 2018 and made prayer in public schools a part of his campaign platform.

All prospective candidates have until Feb. 22 to file documents with the state elections board.

The winner of the June 28 Democratic primary is all but guaranteed victory in the general election with Democrats outnumbering Republicans 10 to 1 in the county. The jurisdiction with a population of 967,200 has the highest number of registered Democrats in the state.

County residents eligible to run for public offices are encouraged to vie as democrats’ for all open seats to challenge and beat the incumbents without delay this year. A few senators and delegates are okay. This is the only way to bring a positive change in Prince George’s county, Maryland.

Read more >>> PGCPS Parent Fatally Shot in Front of his 3 Children, Girlfriend.

Read more here >> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools.

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Prince George’s Co. residents speak out on restructuring school board in public session

The Prince George’s County Public Schools headquarters in Upper Marlboro. (Photo: Maryland Matters/Danielle E. Gaines)

Upper Marlboro: Reform Sasscer – Residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland, shared their thoughts Wednesday on the kind of board they want to lead the county’s public school system.

The Board of Education Task Force, a panel formed to study restructuring the school board, hosted its second public listening session. Most of the residents who commented said they support the task force’s preliminary recommendation that the board abandon its current structure of nine elected and four appointed members in favor of an all-elected board.

“Democracy is always a little messy, but that’s OK, it’s still the best system that we have,” said an Upper Marlboro resident.

Another resident, Amity Pope, echoed similar sentiments.

“Stand firm in not disenfranchising the voters of Prince George’s County. A recommendation for a fully-elected school board is a vote for democracy,” Pope said.

While other public participants supported the idea of making the school board all-elected, some also offered the task force additional advice on improving its governance, thereby improving public schools.

“There needs to be some type of training so that they are properly trained and understand how things operate in a board structure … training in fiscal oversight, nonprofit management and governing skills,” said resident Tanya Wingfield.

One commenter suggested wholesale changes are needed at Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“We need to transform teachers’ pay. We need to transform curriculum for students. We need to transform those who are charged with leading our children,” said Dannine Johnson.

The task force is expected to finalize its recommendations next month in a county dotted by youth violence out of control.

At least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year since 2008.

County Executive Alsobrooks has implored the community to come together to “disrupt the cycle of violence that is growing again.”

According to Alsobrooks, for example, there have been 162 carjackings in Prince George’s County. She acknowledged on Tuesday this week and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.

“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.

Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning money off to friends and family etc. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.

Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out-of-control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system.

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Baltimore’s chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby indicted, accused of perjury and making false loan applications

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby in 2019. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Via Washington Post By Ovetta Wiggins and Katie Mettler – Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, a rising star who was thrust into the national spotlight after the 2015 police custody death of Freddie Gray, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on two counts each of perjury and making false loan applications.

The indictment alleges that Mosby (D) claimed, under penalty of perjury, to have experienced “adverse financial consequences” as she twice asked to withdraw money from her City of Baltimore retirement fund under a Cares Act clause designed to help people cope with the pandemic.

Prosecutors say the work hardships Mosby cited in May and December of 2020, to withdraw $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, were unfounded as she received her full gross salary of $250,000 that year. Mosby ultimately received the money from her retirement account, the indictment alleges, then used it to purchase two properties in Florida — a home in Kissimmee and a condo in Long Boat Key.

On both mortgage applications, Mosby was required to disclose her liabilities but failed to do so, according to court records. She did not reveal that she had unpaid federal taxes or that in March 2020 the Internal Revenue Service had placed a $45,000 lien against all properties she and her husband owned, the indictment states.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Mosby signed a “second home rider” on the Kissimmee property, which allowed her to obtain a lower mortgage rate and included a promise that the space would be primarily used by her as a second home. But a week before that, prosecutors allege, Mosby signed an agreement with a vacation property management company to rent the home — which violated the terms of the second home rider.

An attorney for Mosby said Thursday that the charges were unfounded, “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”

“Marilyn Mosby is innocent, has been innocent, and we look forward to defending her in the court of law, and presenting evidence of her innocence to a jury of her peers,” A. Scott Bolden said in an email. “We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges.”

The indictment does not immediately affect Mosby’s ability to remain in office. Under the Maryland constitution, a state’s attorney is subject to removal from office for incompetency, willful neglect of duty or misdemeanor in office, on conviction, or by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate, on the recommendation of the attorney general.

The federal probe followed a seven-month inquiry by the city’s inspector general examining Mosby’s travel, personal businesses and gifts. The report was released in February 2021.

Mosby is part of a new, growing generation of liberal prosecutors and a prominent voice among those seeking to address the country’s systemic inequity of mass incarceration.

Currently serving in her second term, Mosby gained national attention in 2015 when she charged six officers in the police-custody death of Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from West Baltimore. Gray’s death triggered days of unrest in Baltimore. None of the officers were convicted, which led to some criticism of Mosby from those who considered the charges an overreach.

Since then, her office has been both hailed and criticized for some of the aggressive actions it has taken to reform the criminal justice system and its response to the surge in violent crime in the city.

Last year, she announced she would stop prosecuting certain misdemeanor cases, including prostitution and drug possession. She said it was part of a shift to keep jails from overcrowding during the pandemic. Advocacy groups said the move would leave more resources to fight violent crime. Some community members worried about the effect the policy would have in neighborhoods impacted by drugs and violence.

Baltimore has recorded more than 300 homicides a year over the last seven years.

Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman for Mosby, said in a statement that her office will not be “distracted” by the indictment.

“State’s Attorney Mosby and the office remain completely focused and wholly committed to serving the citizens of our city,” she said. “Our leadership and our frontline prosecutors are some of the best in the world and we will not be distracted or sidetracked from our mission to make Baltimore a safer community.”

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has repeatedly attacked Mosby over the years, blaming her for escalating violence in the city. During a recent appearance on Fox News Sunday, he called her a “big part of the problem.” “We have a prosecutor in Baltimore City who refuses to prosecute violent criminals and that’s at the root of the problem,” he said.

Mosby countered in a letter to Hogan, saying his own national ambitions drove him to use Baltimore City as a “punching bag” to “score political points with your conservative base.”

At age 34, Mosby became one of the youngest chief law enforcement officers in the country when she was elected in 2014. She is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick J. Mosby (D), who made a brief run for mayor in 2015. The former state delegate became council president in 2020.

The Mosbys have been the center of a federal probe for more than a year that has included the couple’s tax and business affairs.

Last year, a federal grand jury subpoenaed a range of financial records related to the couple, including tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, loan documents and canceled checks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Five months ago, the Sun reported that Marilyn Mosby’s personal attorney said a perjury charge was being pursued by the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal tax division over a signature on a document.

Bolden said officials refused to tell him anything more and accused them at the time of denying her due process.

On Thursday, he said that the indictment is “more telling for what is not in [it] rather than what is in there … a far cry from criminal tax evasion and tax-related charges that were at the heart of this federal investigation. More importantly, Ms. Mosby has never lied or made a false statement in connection the allegations contained in the charging document.”

He accused the U.S. attorney’s office and the DOJ’s Criminal Tax Division of conspiring to wrongfully indict on nontax-related charges.

Mosby’s indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney of Maryland Erek L. Barron, who was appointed last year as the state’s first Black lead federal prosecutor.

A date for her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has not yet been set, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Maryland said in a news release.

The indictment is the latest scandal for the beleaguered city that has long built a reputation for corruption in the police department and at City Hall.

In 2017, seven Baltimore City police officers from an elite gun-trace task force were indicted, accused of robbing people, extorting drug dealers, filing false reports and claiming fraudulent overtime.

In 2020, former mayor Catherine E. Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy stemming from profits she made from a self-published children’s book “Healthy Holly,” thousands of copies of which weren’t distributed. Pugh was the second mayor in a decade to resign over allegations of corruption.

OPINION:

Various folks have expressed different opinions. Here below are some:

1.) In response to those who say this prosecution is “petty,” perjury is never a petty matter for 1) a lawyer, 2) a prosecutor, or 3) a public official.

2.) Please tell me this woman is not the face and future of progressive justice in the US. She and her husband represent the epitome of corruption and entitlement.

3.) Who said it was ok for whites to do it? ANYBODY who breaks the law should face justice.

4.) There are millions upon millions of honest, hard working, Black people in this country who do not engage in corruption. Trying to play the race card to justify her corruption is a slap in the faces of each of them.

5.) She knew she was in trouble with the IRS.
Her house was under lien.

In Florida, they can’t take your home if convicted.
She planned to escape there.

6.) Bingo, she took the money out of her pension to buy the Florida houses in order to keep from having it forfeited if she is convicted of corruption and has to vacate her position.

7.) How can someone claim she’s “for the people” of Baltimore while owning two properties in Florida? What’s the matter? West Baltimore not good enough for her? Or North Avenue?

8.) Mosby is no hero. She is a Trump in a black woman’s body. It’s always about her and she’s always the victim of some purported plot against her.

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PGCPS Laurel High School Student’s Eco-Activism Has Global Reach

Javier Fuentes, president of the Laurel High School Green Club, gives a thumbs up to the environmental initiatives that helped recertify Laurel as a Green School in Maryland. Courtesy photo by Cinthia Najera.

Editor’s Note: Taking climate lessons from the classroom to the community, Maryland students are becoming increasingly vocal, marching in protests, organizing rallies and challenging school and government authorities to act on their concerns.

Many have been inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who, at 15 in 2018, staged daily protests outside the Swedish Parliament with demands that leaders listen to her pleas for the planet.

This month we profile three Maryland teenagers, each a leader among their peers seeking to address solutions to a global crisis.

They are part of a growing youth movement, impatient and frustrated, yet empowered by the sum of their collective effort to create a more equitable and sustainable future.

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By Rosanne Skirble: – On a Friday last winter, Javier Fuentes, then a sophomore at Laurel High School in Prince George’s County, was in his bedroom attending virtual school.

After classes he had a commitment.

Javier was the only student invited to join a global sustainability panel among educators from Scotland, Australia, Kenya, Mexico, Germany and the United States.

The online event was sponsored by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, the non-profit that certifies green schools across Maryland.

Click here to read more from our Climate Calling series.

“I was nervous, intimidated,” he admitted, but Javier gathered his nerves and forged ahead.

“I was never really involved or passionate about the environment until I was a freshman and decided to join the Green Club,” he said in his remarks to the more than 100 people registered for the event, all environmental educators or professionals in the field.

As a member of the club’s executive team that year, Javier facilitated two messy compost audits with expert help from the Smithsonian.

“Ninety percent of the [so-called] waste was actually compostable,” he said.

“It was fun, educational, and a gross experience,” he said, recalling the hands-on sorting.

Those efforts jump-started Laurel’s composting program, the first in any Prince Georges County school. In 2020, the program was recognized with a Waste Diversion Award for Innovation from the Prince George’s Department of the Environment.

By sophomore year, Javier was Green Club president with an executive team, three faculty advisors, and 50 to 60 students who showed up regularly to meetings.

During the pandemic, under Javier’s leadership, the Green Club didn’t slack off and instead accelerated, creating a recycled art competition and getting dozens of students to take a pledge for America Recycles Day.

“There is nothing flashy about him, and he never grandstands. Although he has a quiet personality, he is liked and respected by other students,” said English teacher Beth Gallagher, faculty co-sponsor of the club. “He guided the Club through a strange year of online meetings and at home projects.”

Javier also spearheaded Laurel’s Green School recertification process, Gallagher said.

Nadisha Clayton, another faculty co-sponsor, was impressed by Javier’s critical thinking and encouraged him to join the Envirothon, the largest high school education competition in North America.

Students study training materials, attend hands-on sessions with local experts, and then compete at the local, state and national levels. After placing second countywide contest in March 2020, the Laurel team advanced to the state competition.

“They performed well enough to be able to secure a $1,500 scholarship for each member of their [five-person] team,” Clayton said.

Javier’s visibility in Prince George’s County earned him an invite from the County Board of Education to comment on the county’s Climate Action Plan.

“Overall, I like doing all of these things,” Javier said, reflecting on a summer job with the National Energy Education Development Project, a national non-profit. He studied insulation, working in small groups online with packaged materials sent to his home in boxes.

“I had no idea about insulation, and the impact windowpanes and drafts have on home energy efficiency,” he said. “There are practical solutions that students like me can take, around their own homes, their own lives, so they can become more sustainable.”

Looking back at last February’s Global Sustainability Panel, Javier also broadened his worldview.  He learned from research scientist M. Carolina Ceballos Bernal, with the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo, a Mexican research food and development institute, that she had created an environmental education curriculum, but there was no public policy in place to enforce it.

Javier said he was inspired that she kept fighting to bring the program to life.

“She was able to make connections with other environmental groups to conduct interviews of communities on how they believed environmental education should take place, train educators, and lobby for education on sustainable development and sustainable schools,” he said. “Those kinds of stories inspire me to continue pushing forward with environmental work in my community, that we have to keep pushing for sustainable development themes in our curriculum.”

While acknowledging that young people get impatient with government inertia, Javier said it is the duty of his generation to slow the wider impact of climate change, which is why each action is important.

“You really have to fight for what you want to get it to happen, building connections, with others with the same passion, that we can all work together to make a better, greener future,” he said.

Even small steps can make a difference, Javier tells others.

“Seeing the little successes is what gives me hope, like using reusable water bottles or turning trash into art, or on a bigger scale like closing the ozone hole, seeing that the world can come together to slow effects of climate change,” he said.

But, when he thinks about it, it’s his personal story that gives him the courage to lead. His parents immigrated from El Salvador before he was born, escaping violence and poverty. His parents taught him not to waste food and to conserve energy because back home they couldn’t afford a lot.

“They told me about the drastic differences in lifestyle, and that’s part of my environmental experience, why I reflect on my own habits in my day-to-day-life,” he said.

Javier plans to study engineering or architecture after high school graduation in 2023.

Gallagher sees a promising future whatever he decides.

“Look for Javier where remarkable things are happening. At the center of the project, you will find him – kind, intelligent, hardworking, never seeming to do anything and yet, somehow, holding everything together,” she said.

Laurel High School’s Green Team members, including Javier Fuentes, remove invasive species during the Prince George’s County Student Environmental Alliance Summit at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. Courtesy photo by Nadisha Clayton.

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Prince George’s Co. students to return to classrooms after temporary transition to virtual learning

Upper Marlboro: By Scott Gelman – Prince George’s County, Maryland, parent Patrick Paschall said he and other parents were dancing on the neighborhood street corner upon learning that students would resume in-person learning this week.

Virtual learning, Paschall said, has been difficult. His wife’s job requires her to go into the office most of the time, leaving Paschall to watch his kindergartner and second-grader. He finds himself juggling meetings and other requests with making sure his kids have the resources they need to participate in virtual classes.

It’s often a daunting task because his second-grader has lunch at 10 a.m. and recess immediately after, and the kindergartner has lunch at 11 a.m., followed by recess.

“It’s a juggle, and it’s a struggle,” Paschall, who is also running for a state delegate seat, said. “My kids were really frustrated a lot of the time because their technology didn’t work, or they couldn’t find the pieces that they need, or they took a longer break than they realized they were supposed to.”

Still, Paschall and other parents have said the circumstances were better than the alternative: sending students into school buildings as omicron spread rapidly throughout the D.C. region.

On Tuesday, Prince George’s County students will return to the classroom for the first time in nearly a month. In December, school system CEO Monica Goldson announced a plan that included a temporary transition to virtual learning for the whole county, citing a rise in coronavirus cases, a move no other D.C.-region school system made.

In a letter to families last week, Goldson said, “My goal remains to keep our schools open safely, and I believe that we can do so for the duration of the 2021-22 academic year by following the science and proven mitigation strategies: Wear a mask. Stay home if you are sick.”

Ahead of the return to school, Goldson also announced new mitigation measures, including providing students and staff with free test kits and KN95 masks. The county is also planning to expand the number of students selected to participate in its pooled testing program, Goldson said.

Goldson’s decision has become a talking point in nearby D.C. and Montgomery County, where parents have praised the decision and urged leadership to consider doing the same. In D.C., grade levels and classes have been closed on a case-by-case basis. In Montgomery County, County Executive Marc Elrich has called for additional virtual options.

Tania Fuentes, a parent with five students in county schools, said while her older children are independent, the younger ones struggled with virtual learning. She praised teachers, who she said are concerned “with the child’s mental well-being.”

“I am so proud of Prince George’s County Public Schools because they did the right thing,” Fuentes said. “I know that being employed in a different county, I’m pretty disappointed in my employer for not making the same call. I know that other counties are also looking at Prince George’s as the example for virtual.”

Timothy Meyer, president of Mt. Rainier Elementary’s parent-teacher organization, said he was relieved at the decision to have two weeks of virtual learning after winter break because the school was one of the last in the county to report positive coronavirus cases before winter break.

“The two cases were reported on the Monday and Wednesday after we switched to virtual learning,” Meyer said. “I don’t have any doubt that had we actually been in school for that last week before the holiday, there would have been many more exposures. People would have had to be in quarantine over the Christmas holiday.”

And Meyer and Paschall want the school system to go a step further, calling for the county to require students and staff to be vaccinated. Goldson acknowledged she received a petition on the matter, Paschall said.

“As a parent, I will feel most comfortable when 100% of people within a PGCPS building are vaccinated,” Meyer said. “That really is kind of the pivot point, that really is the tipping point for myself and a lot of other parents.”

Paschall said he’s hopeful the school system’s approach will help limit spread.

“We know that there will probably be some glitches in their implementation because there are,” Paschall said. “We need to be as understanding as we can, but also, we have to be doing something in order to make sure that our kids are safe, and their teachers are safe.”

Via WTOP

The Prince George’s County Public Schools headquarters in Upper Marlboro. (Photo: Maryland Matters/Danielle E. Gaines)

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Embattled Prince George’s school board likely to get another facelift

The Prince George’s County Public Schools headquarters in Upper Marlboro. (Photo: Maryland Matters/Danielle E. Gaines)

Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters – The Prince George’s County Board of Education has seen many changes over the years.

It has consisted solely of political appointees, it has been all-elected, and it has been — and is currently — a hybrid, made up of both elected and appointed members.

Following a turbulent year, it appears the wheels of change are about to spin again.

A task force empaneled to explore potential changes in the structure of the school board has tentatively recommended doing away with the board’s four appointed members.

If the recommendation is adopted, the current board — made up of nine elected and four appointed members, along with a student member who votes on some matters — would be replaced with a new all-elected board. It would consist of nine members elected by district and a student chosen by their peers.

Members should be limited to two four-year terms, according to the task force.

In addition, the board would elect its own chair and vice-chair. Currently the chair is appointed by the county executive.

County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) created the task force last year in the wake of a tumultuous set of meetings that saw the board’s factions battle repeatedly. Those skirmishes — primarily between chair Juanita D. Miller and a progressive bloc — led to the filing of numerous ethics complaints. Multiple board attorneys resigned.

Among the other recommendations announced last week:

  • An increase in school board salaries, from the current $18,000 per year to $27,000.
  • An increase in the board chair’s salary, from $19,000 to $32,000 annually.
  • A requirement that board members attend educational conferences and engage in professional development.
  • A requirement that members engage in “self-evaluation” and “accountability.”

The task force’s recommendations will be the subject of a public hearing on Jan. 19.

During the 2018 campaign, candidate Alsobrooks urged a return to an all-elected board.

“I still feel that,” she said on Friday. “They’re looking at best practices from around the country. We thought that this was an intelligent way to move forward.”

“We didn’t break the school board,” she added. “This has been an issue that has been with us for so long.”

Alsobrooks said she expects to receive the task force’s final report in February. Any changes to the structure of the school board would require state legislation. The executive said she will ask the Prince George’s delegation to craft a bill to advance those concepts she supports.

Sean T. Coleman, chair of the task force and a Bowie State University professor who teaches educational leadership, stressed that the recommendations announced this week are “only preliminary,” and he encouraged the public to participate in next week’s hearing.

“While we will report out some potential, preliminary recommendations, they are up for adjustments or revision or refinement,” he said. “As well as everything else that is on the chopping block or discussion block.”

Via Maryland matters

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Community Activists Call for Transparency in Prince George’s Police Oversight

Some Prince George’s County residents who testified before the state legislature helping create sweeping police reform throughout Maryland are questioning how Prince George’s County

By Tracee Wilkins – Demonstrators circled the Prince George’s County executive’s office building Thursday calling for transparency in police oversight.

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in its 2021 session requiring the creation of police accountability boards.

Some Prince George’s County residents who testified before the state legislature helping create sweeping police reform throughout Maryland are questioning how Prince George’s County is implementing new state requirements for improving law enforcement.

“We’re simply saying, ‘County executive, let’s do it right,’” said Dawn Dalton, cofounder of the JustUs Initiative.

The Maryland General Assembly now requires law enforcement agencies to have police accountability boards made up of community members. The state provided a basic framework, but the rest is up to each locality.

“It’s the work of the people that we want to get done not how they want it to get done without our input,” said Tamara McKinney, cofounder of Concerned Citizens for Bail Reform.

Earlier this month, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks tweeted asking interested people to submit resumes, leading some to wonder what happened to the rest of the process.

“For Prince George’s County to just recruit for a board that has no structure around it and no one really knows what’s really going on, that just seams haphazard,” said Beverly John of Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability.

In Calvert County, there have been public meetings for creating the board that allowed community input before discussing appointments.

That’s what activists like Nikki Owens want in Prince George’s County. 

“My cousin William Green is a prime example of why rushing this is a poor choice,” Nikki Owens said.

Prince George’s County police Cpl. Michael Owen is charged with shooting and killing Green. Owen pleaded not guilty. He has a long history of questionable actions that appeared to have gone unchecked, and additional lawsuits have been filed against him and the county.

“Basically, this man did all of his crimes as a police officer, so he gets away with it,” Owens said. “My cousin wasn’t the first person he’s killed.”

Alsobrooks says the county is ahead on police reform because of its task force that reviewed its department two years ago.

“Prince George’s is ahead of all of those counties, and we have a task force that we formed in 2020, so we are not behind anybody in terms of working on this issue,” she said.

The county executive’s office says it’s drafting legislation for the board that will require a public hearing and there will also be public hearings for each board appointment as well.

Via NBC 4

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Clinton man arrested in fatal Christmas Eve shooting of PGCPS Parent

professional boxer Danny Kelly, Jr.,was a PGCPS Parent who was killed on Christmas eve in a district characterized by out of control fights within and outside it’s school system.

Clinton, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer)- Prince George’s County police said Friday they’ve arrested a Clinton, Maryland, man in the fatal shooting of a PGCPS parent who was a pro boxer on Christmas Eve.

Markell Lewis, 25, faces 36 charges, including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and multiple counts of attempted murder in the death of 30-year-old Danny Kelly J.

Police said the motive was road rage, and that Lewis confessed to the Temple Hills shooting.

“Our detectives were resolute in their determination to find Mr. Kelly’s killer who had no regard for anyone’s life when he opened fire on Christmas Eve. We hope this arrest offers his devastated family a bit of comfort as they continue to mourn this loss,” Police Chief Malik Aziz said in a statement.

The shooting happened on Dec. 24, when Kelly was driving northbound on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills with his girlfriend and three children to a holiday dinner around 4:40 p.m. An SUV pulled up alongside Kelly’s truck, and someone inside the vehicle opened fire.

Detectives said the SUV was a GMC Envoy, and that a family member of Lewis is the registered owner.

According to police, Lewis was later arrested on Dec. 27 on St. Barnabas Road for felon in possession of a gun. The gun that was recovered was linked to Kelly’s shooting death.

Police said they arrested Lewis on Thursday at his home in Clinton. He’s being held without bond.

Authorities are still looking for the GMC Envoy.

The police are asking anyone who has more information to call detectives at 301-516-2512. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device). Refer to case number 21-0059930.

At least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year since 2008.

County Executive Alsobrooks has implored the community to come together to “disrupt the cycle of violence that is growing again.”

According to Alsobrooks, for example, there have been 162 carjackings in Prince George’s County. She acknowledged on Tuesday this week and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.

“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.

Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning money off to friends and family etc. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.

Read more >>> Washington Post

>>>Read more here >> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

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Maryland lawmakers convene for 90-day legislative session

Maryland lawmakers gathered on Wednesday for the start of their 90-day legislative session with an unprecedented budget surplus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reform Sasscer) — Maryland lawmakers are gathering in Annapolis for their 90-day legislative session.

They started on Wednesday with a huge budget surplus. That’s because of unexpectedly large revenues resulting from the help of federal pandemic aid.

Democrats, who control the General Assembly, say they will be prioritizing upgrades to parks, bridges, schools and information technology systems to help put more people back to work.

The Democrats have their long list of agenda items, and so does Governor Larry Hogan. There is one thing they may agree on – a tax cut for Marylanders – but a disagreement may arise on how to pay for it.

Other big-ticket items include the legalization of marijuana and how to tackle crime in Baltimore City. This will be the third year in which COVID-19 has impacted the session in some capacity

After being elected twice, this will be Governor Larry Hogan’s last first day of the General Assembly. He has a long list of priorities which include focusing on cutting crime. Senators have supported those crime bills in the past but they failed in the House of Delegates.

In the last week, he announced a $500 million plan to help with additional support for law enforcement . The governor also wants to cut taxes for seniors so they won’t keep leaving for other states.

With more than a $4 billion budget surplus – the governor said now is the time to cut those taxes.

“And so we think it’s the right time,” the governor said Tuesday. “We now can afford to do this. That’s usually the number one criticism we get from our colleagues across the aisle they say, ‘we’d love to help our retirees and our families and our small business we just simply can’t afford it.’ Well, now we can afford to.”

Democratic lawmakers may take a look at issues like legalizing recreational marijuana and whether they will make the decision or leave it up to the voters in a referendum.

They have to continue to focus on COVID-19 with things like testing and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Democrats are also in favor of some tax cuts, but it’s just a matter of how to pay for it.

“It’s essential that we be thoughtful about how those dollars get used,” Senator Bill Ferguson said. “Those are not dollars that will come back year after year after year. Some of them may and for the portion that is recurring, where we have a structural surplus, we will entertain conversations about how we can protect what we have and invest in the future.“

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Returning from virtual learning, PGCPS to distribute masks, test kits to students

The embattled CEO of Prince George’s County, Maryland, public schools Dr. Monica Goldson

Upper Marlboro, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer) – The embattled CEO of Prince George’s County, Maryland, public schools Dr. Monica Goldson said the system will be giving out test kits and KN95 masks as it returns from a distance-learning model on Jan. 18.

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson said in a letter to the community that the school system will aggressively test its student and staff population each week following the return to in-person learning.

Students and staff will receive free test kits and KN95 masks, and students are being asked to submit the results of their tests in order to return to classes each week. A link to upload results will be provided in the coming week, Goldson said.

The school system will also expand the number of students selected to participate in the random testing sample pool each week. Goldson said the school system has worked with vendors to double the number of students the program can test each week to 20% of the student population.

She asked families to sign the permission slip to allow their child to take part in the testing program.

“I understand that families may have concerns about returning due to the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Goldson said. “We will continue to collaborate with the local and state health departments to assess data and make the best decisions.”

The county’s K-6 Virtual Learning Program will conclude Jan. 28, as Goldson explained the program was always meant to be a temporary option while vaccines were unavailable to children ages 5-11.

No spectators will be allowed at Prince George’s County Public Schools sporting events in the month of January.

“My goal remains to keep our schools open safely and I believe that we can do so for the duration of the 2021-22 academic year by following the science and proven mitigation strategies: Wear a mask. Stay home if you are sick. Complete the permission slip for your child to be randomly selected for weekly testing. Get vaccinated,” Goldson said.

Goldson did not address the issue of out of control fights and other issues affecting the county school system. At least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The worst year since 2008.

County Executive Alsobrooks has implored the community to come together to “disrupt the cycle of violence that is growing again.”

According to Alsobrooks, for example, there have been 162 carjackings in Prince George’s County. She acknowledged on Tuesday this week and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.

“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.

Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning off money and other violations. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.

Read more >>> Washington Post

>>> Read more >>PGCPS Parent Fatally Shot in Front of his 3 Children, Girlfriend.

>>>Read more here >> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

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