Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hite Hires former budget chief

Philadelphia: MATTHEW E. Stanski, who was chief financial officer with Prince George’s County, Md., schools until a payment scandal forced his removal in September 2012, has been named the Philadelphia School District’s new CFO by Dr. William Hite Jr, district sources have told the Reform Sasscer Movement. (Read more here) and (Here).

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Prince George’s Schools & Dr. Hite Sued By Principals for $100 Million

Dr. William Hite Jr (Pictured Above)

Suit alleges age, race discrimination

by Jamie Anfenson-Comeau     Staff writer

The union for Prince George’s County school principals and administrators has filed a $100 million federal class action lawsuit against the county school board and former schools superintendent William Hite.

The Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, or ASASP, filed the suit Nov. 2, alleging that school administrators were fired or demoted under Hite due to age and race discrimination.

“We have had, under Dr. Hite, almost half of our administrators and principals replaced. Hundreds of senior, experienced people have been replaced by younger, less experienced individuals,” said Doris Reed, executive director of ASASP, which represents over 800 administrators and principals, according to its website.

Reed said black male administrators were singled out during the tenure of Hite, who is also black.

“When we looked at it, older black males had no chance of promotion,” Reed said.

Hite served as superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools from 2009 until this summer, when he left to become superintendent of the Philadelphia School District.

The suit also alleges that during the last reduction in force, board member Donna Hathaway Beck (Dist. 9) met with certain white employees and assured them they would continue to be employed with the school system, regardless of seniority or the RIF plan.

Reed said previous attempts to resolve the issue with the school board failed.

Schools spokesman Briant Coleman said Tuesday that the school system could not comment on the lawsuit, stating, “Prince George’s County Public Schools has not been served with a complaint by ASASP.”

The suit came a little over a week after the school system finalized an agreement with the teacher’s union, providing teachers with their first pay raise in three years.

Pay raise negotiations between the ASASP and the school board are still ongoing, Reed said.

janfenson-comeau@gazette.net

(See ealier reporting by NBC News)

Read~~>  asaspunion-complaint here.

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State officials review campaign finance complaint.

The Maryland State Board of Elections is looking into a complaint against Prince George’s County School Board Chairman Verjeana Jacobs (District 5) that raises questions about campaign finance reports her campaign filed this year. The most recent report was filed less than two weeks before her reelection. (Read more).

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Prince George’s Schools & Dr. Hite Sued By Principals.

The Prince George’s County Public Schools system is facing a lawsuit from the union that represents the schools’ principals and administrators. According to the published article by NBC News, The Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, or ASASP, filed a $100 million federal class action suit against the schools and Dr. William Hite Jr  on November 2, 2012.

The Complaint centers a lot on Dr. William Hite Jr who alone replaced almost half of the principals in the Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) (Read More) Read~~>  asaspunion-complaint here.

Dr. William Hite Jr (pictured above)  and the whole saga.

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Decision 2012

A Force to Be Reckoned With

Dear Friends,

Election Day was a great victory for working families and for the Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County!  We at the Movement chose a future where opportunities are available to everyone, and not just a select few.

We won because of thousands of PG citizens rallied, made phone calls, knocked on doors, red our blogs and drove people to the polls.

It’s not just the Presidential contest that we are celebrating today, either. From U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin in Maryland, to John Delaney in 7th congressional District, to Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Congressman Steny Hoyer in southern Maryland — working people have strong new allies in the U.S. Congress. And we won key seats for the Board of Education (“BOE”) in Prince George’s County Maryland. Ms. Carletta Fellows, Edward Burroughs and others are going to represent us well.  At the time of going to the press, Mr. David Murray our preferred candidate and Ms. Epps were in Statistical Dead Heat.  The official winner for BOE District 1 may not be determined until Nov. 16, 2012. (Read more) (Read More)  Above all, many thanks to Raheela AhmedSchool Board Candidate  District 5 who put up a brave fight against the Board of Education chair who had all the resources. The chair of the board almost lost.

Nevertheless most local elections for BOE members were very exciting to watch. PG citizen spoke loud and clear. The elections in Prince George’s County District 5, 4 and District 1 were very close to call. The message is very clear, majority of PG county citizens want to see change from their elected leaders and corruption as a way of life cannot be condoned.

Make no mistake though, as sweet as Tuesday’s victories are, we must continue fighting. Next week, Prince George’s County Board of Education and Congress will reconvene to consider many important budget issues that will determine America’s priorities—and just like in the election, we’re going to need your support on the frontlines of the fight.  Embedded herein are our top priorities.

How we got here must guide where we go. If we’re going to accomplish the things America voted for on Tuesday, you’ve got to be even more involved in getting them done than you were in giving our elected officials the chance.

Now is neither the time to relax nor is it a time to feel defeated (for those who lost). Now is the time to take a deep breath, review the results, congratulate the winners, and keep a steady eye on our leaders. Maintenance of our freedoms demands of us our continuous involvement and engagement in matters concerning our system of self governance.

We’ll be in touch soon about how we can get started on some of the President’s top priorities in his second term.

For now, we just want to say we are so proud of this team. And we can’t wait to see where you take this incredible movement from here.

Cheers for everything you’ve done and continue to do to protect public services.  We thank you for your outstanding support, friendship, prayer and belief in our reform Sasscer movement campaign. Don’t stop fighting for what is right and for what you believe in. We must reform Sasscer once and for all.

May God bless Prince George’s County -Maryland and may God bless the United States of America.

Sincerely,

Moses

Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County.

PRESS ADVISORY – NOV 6, 2012 VOTE

PRESS ADVISORY

Moses Mackenzie’s Election Day Itinerary

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Morris Flecher Beyene

Reformsasscer@gmail.com

November 6, 2012

Moses Mackenzie, Founder of Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County will be greeting voters throughout Prince George’s County District on General Election Day Nov 6th, 2012 during a whirlwind tour of all 5 Districts within the Prince George’s County – Maryland to help get out the vote. During the tour, Moses will promote President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator. Benjamin Cardin, Congresswoman Donna Edwards and others. (see a list of our endorsed candidates here)

Starting in northern District 1 at 7am, proposed visits include: Laurel, Martin Luther King, Beltsville and College Park polling locations to provide support for Mr. David Murray Candidate for District 1.

Shortly after 8:30am, Moses Mackenzie will be entering District 5 visiting: Bowie, Glen Arden, Lanham and Upper Marlboro polling locations to provide support for Ms. Raheela AhmedSchool Board Candidate District 5.

By 10 am, Moses will be in District 4, starting in the north and working his way to the southern part of the county; proposed visits will include Fairmont Heights, Bladensburg, Gladys Noon Spellman, Seabrook and Judith P Hoyer Montessori to provide support for Mr. Micah Watson – School Board Candidate District 4.

At approximately 1:45pm, the tour will take Moses into District 7 where proposed visits include: Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, and Forestville Military Academy; around 3:20pm Samuel P. Massie and onto Drew Freeman to provide support for Ms. Carletta Fellows – School Board Candidate District 7.

Going further south in the County District, Moses Mackenzie should be crossing into District 8 just before 5:30pm visiting: Oxon Hill, Valley View, Samuel Chase and Potomac High school to provide support for Mr. Edward Burroughs – School Board Candidate District 8.

The final leg of the tour will take Moses across routes 495, 301 and 450  to and back into District 1 and District 5, visiting northern sites to include: University Park, Hyattsville and Bowie Library.

Stay up to date with Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County on our Blog and Facebook and Twitter at @moses100000 for additional information.

Be sure to look for our campaign trucks and wave or honk on your travels. We appreciate your support.

It’s time for new representatives in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education District. Well-wishers are encouraged to assist as much as possible to all our candidates in the polling centers during this election.  It’s time for change!

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