Monthly Archives: June 2013

Union henchman threatens Beloved Maryland Senator.

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Mr. James Spears

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Mr. Daniel Besseck

ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Leadership engaged in corruption and misconduct (Pictured above)

ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, via Executive Director Mr. Daniel Besseck, demonstrated that it was not above “school yard bullying” when Mr. Besseck attempted to physically attack a hard-working senator from Prince George’s County recently. This childish behavior did not happen on the back of a school playground, but instead at a meeting that was held for the purpose of addressing grievances. This behavior is unbecoming of a union representative. According to the International constitution, members have a right to free speech and they should not suffer impairment (Read more) What else does Mr. Besseck do in private after this display of thuggery of the ninth degree in public to a high-ranking public official?

Senator Joan Benson, who cares a lot about the school system, was emphasizing a point when she mentioned Mr. Daniel Besseck as having been opposed to the HB1107 legislation passed recently. As she was illuminating the point, Mr. Besseck stood up and approached her in a threatening manner while mumbling, and gesturing towards her in an attempt to strike her. Before Mr. Besseck could accomplish his unspeakable goal, he was restrained forcefully by a union member in the meeting. Once again, a non-union official had to clean up the mess of the union.  Many union members of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 and other unions have sought help from her over the years concerning problems in schools. She is a true champion of children together with other Senators and delegates in PG County. Why then harass and threaten someone like Senator Joan Benson who means well to employees, families and children of PG County? Many of the people who witnessed the incident against Senator Benson are still in shock.  Many were truly offended, and extremely disappointed with this under-handed tactic by the Executive Director towards a state senator, which is inconsistent with the manner in which union does business. Mr. Besseck is prone to lash out to union members and is not a team player. The threatening nature and communication by Mr. Besseck to the senator in the presence of union members was inappropriate. What occurred at the union meeting was only a symptom of the larger problems we must finally confront. Notwithstanding our ongoing conversations and concern about the direction and leadership of our beloved union, our Board has not taken any action to improve its leadership or to address member concerns.

A meeting to address the issue is scheduled this Thursday afternoon June 13th 2013 at 3231 Superior Lane, A3 Bowie, Maryland 20715.

Mr. Besseck has had a very troublesome tenure and he is known to have a specific gender bias. Some members have pointed out his racist tendencies to no avail.  Female employees are said to be scared of approaching him and he silences civil opposition with verbal tyranny. His approach of doing union Business is costing the union millions of dollars in liability and his corrupt activities are well-known. He is reputed for his preference of carpet interviews. He treats female workers as an extension of his harem. Some of the many tools of his abrasive arsenal are said to include tempering with union election ballots, expenditure, and fraternization with staff members among others.  Mr. Besseck’s lackluster job performance has also resulted in many poor decisions in operations, internal and external communications.

Mr. Besseck is assisted in this roguish behavior by Mr. James Spears, who likes to undermine the union while working closely with Mr. James Whattam, Mr. Damon Felton and other conspirators.  Every bully needs henchmen. Mr. Spears likes to use terms like “I have got your back” and is heavily involved in tampering with evidence and intimidating witnesses. Several grievances have been mishandled at the hands of these two henchmen and a leave without pay is warranted pending investigations. Anybody who says “there is no problem” is putting his head in the sand. The Executive Board needs to ask them to step aside like in all investigations until they are cleared of wrong doing. We are confident a temporary care taker can be appointed to take over on a temporary basis. If no action is taken, the Union membership is asked to exercise their democratic right and reject the current eight (8) Executive Board members in bed with the two in the polls in October this year. Both Mr. Besseck and Mr. Spears were recruited by Mr. Damon Felton, an attorney for the MSEA who was in bed with management for many years. Mr. Felton contributed greatly to the suffering of a great number of families in Prince George’s County.  He has  been busy conspiring with his mentor Mr. James Whattam, who is slated to resign at the end of this month due to incompetence, willful neglect of duty and corruption.

Over the years, AFSCME Union has engaged in breach of contract and conspiracy to squander union funds in collusion with previous Board chair Ms. Verjeana Jacobs without any consequences. (Read more ~> ACE-AFSCME LOCAL 2250) So what happened to the money after the union members lost the highlighted case because of the statute of limitations? Who benefits the most when the union is sued for willful violations of State and Federal laws? Membership needs to ask tough questions about these issues… Despite the shocking nature of the previous offenses discussed, there is more to tell regarding the  various unions in PGCPS. Eight of the top ten all-time political contributors are labor unions. Labor leaders have made the use of employee money for political causes a popular practice — but it’s far less popular among the public and the members themselves. However, that is another story in the future.

ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now. Concubinage as practiced by some of these union leaders is another issue of concern to union membership. Mr. Spears is in the debt of the union members, as their dues funds his acquisition of  concubines when he goes to Chicago, Annapolis etc. Our hard-earned dollars should not be used to support such life styles by union representatives. We have ignored one impropriety after another beginning with the personal relationship between the executive Director,  Mr.. Spears and conspirators. After two years, we know their partnership has not served us well.

We have had enough, enough is enough!

It’s time to introduce accountability to the out of control undisciplined union Executives masquerading as union representatives throughout the state of Maryland starting with PG County. If we must move forward in Maryland as a whole, we must address these issues urgently and resolve the problems. In many cases, people walking into the PGCPS schools, central and the Union offices don’t see corruption right away. It takes a keen observer and time studying the situations to understand what is going on.

SCANDAL AIDED BY UNION POLITICS

Just like what has been happening in Baltimore city jail scandal, with a Leader Of Black Guerilla Family Prison Gang, Accused Of Impregnating 4 Female Guards, PGCPS corruption is also aided by union politics which too includes illicit affairs. In Both situations, the senior prison officers in charge were incompetent and involved in corruption. Verjeana Jacobs, who recently retired from the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections as Lieutenant Colonel, was at the same time Board chair of Education in PG County.  Undoubtedly, this was a conflict of interest. Nepotism, Corruption, fraternization, contraband, and professional misconduct are involved. Smuggled Contra band was involved with clear knowledge of the AFSCME personnel and the union failed to protect workers.

The above Union executives have been, and are still, in bed with PGCPS management including some BOE members. As a result of their outlandish selfish behavior, employees, children and families of PG County suffer. It’s time to create union accountability in the absence of such. Unless we make a few people in top Union management accountable, problems are going to persist day in and day out for many years to come!

The ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 union rhetorical banner attached below says that “We make the schools work “. However, the opposite is true. The union is destroying schools through unfair, dishonest, perfunctory, arbitrary, or discriminatory treatment of workers by PGCPS Unions and allegations of discrimination based on membership status or dissident views. Employees, families and children of Prince George’s County deserve better than the current status quo. If the unions had done their work, there would have be no need to change the governing structure FOR Prince George’s County Public schools. The ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 union is in genuine trouble and “time is of the essence” for new leadership.

On this note, the union henchmen identified here must step aside to allow proper investigations to occur. The Union Executives sleeping with their subordinates and making innocent workers pregnant without check, must also step aside. It’s time!

LEGISLATION NEEDED

  • Support increased penalty for contraband in jails, prisons and especially schools.
  • Support strong penalties for union executives and administrators who sit on grievances with serious implication and danger for the society.
  • Reform Sasscer Movement would be interested in working with the legislature to explore the state’s ability to prosecute gang members within the school district who have connection with the jails.

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn

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LOCAL 2250

Another PGCPS Employee Arrested for Sexual Contact with Student.

Steven Ray Poe

Steven Ray Poe, a 36-year-old Lanham man and the student allegedly engaged in sexual conduct for more than a month. Photo: Prince George’s County Police

Another employee a janitor this time around at a Prince George’s County high school has been charged with sexual abuse after a 15-year-old student. She told police she had a sexual relationship with him.

Charging documents indicate that Steven Ray Poe, a 36-year-old Lanham man (Pictured above), repeatedly engaged in sexual acts with the victim on the DuVal High School campus, including both on school grounds and inside his apartment.

The relationship allegedly started in late April, when Prince George’s County Police say Poe and the victim began talking causally on campus. Those brief conversations led to the student giving Poe her phone number.

During their conversations, though, Poe repeatedly advised the student to delete any text messages she received from him, according to the charging documents. However, the alleged relationship was revealed when authorities say the victim’s mother went through the girl’s phone and found text messages between her and Poe.

The documents say that about two weeks ago, Poe and the defendant met in a janitor’s closet on campus, where they hugged and kissed. That scene was repeated a few days later; during that encounter, though, Poe allegedly touched the student inappropriately.

Police say Poe and the student then engaged in sexual activity twice more. The next instance happened on either May 25 or 26 at Poe’s Lanham apartment. A week later, sometime between June 3 and 7, police say the two once again met in a janitor’s closet; during that encounter, police say the two had another sexual encounter.

He has been charged with third-degree sexual offenses and second-degree assault.

(Read more Washington post) (Read more Bowie Patch) (Read more PGCP Dept) (Read more ABC News7) (Read more WUSA9) (Read more CBS) (Read more NBC4)

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Reform Sasscer movement is outraged by the negligence of the Prince George’s County School System in this morally dead situation. The problems have now manifested themselves into physical harm for the children. Urgent  intervention is required by our New Board of Education Chairman to look into these episodes and to avoid further harm to innocent victims. We do understand that change is gradual.  However, this is a state of emergency.  The Prince George’s County School System has established over time that its influence is not only harmful to the educational futures of the children; but also the physical welfare of the students. (Read more)

Search committee hears from community leaders.

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The state-appointed CEO search committee, composed of, from left, Kenneth Johnson, chairwoman Charlene Dukes and Orlan Johnson, listen to Prince George’s County stakeholders discuss the qualities they would like to see in a new school system leader.

The sentiments were widespread and uniform. The patience of the parents and citizens of PG County has been tested and strained beyond its elastic limit. People are expecting results not rhetoric.

Many of the Prince George’s County community leaders and elected officials who attended a listening session Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 4:30 PM -5:45 offered their opinion on what characteristics the new schools chief should have.

Several attendees expressed hope to see change management in the next leader and proper accountability throughout the system. This is because managing change is simultaneously difficult and important. “Often the ability to efficiently execute change projects is used as a measurement of the efficiency of the Manager.” Added one parent. “When discussing change projects, one cannot stress too much the importance of communication.” She concluded.

A large number of employees, parents and students who have talked to reform Sasscer Movement secretariat are very excited and optimistic about the future. Many are in high spirits that a proper leader will be identified without any problems to take the county forward and speed the troubled past behind them into a new era of accountability and proper collaboration.

As promised in our earlier blog, the search committee led by President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes has scheduled a telephone townhall for Monday June 10, 2013 from 7PM to 8:30 PM. Residents who want to participate can dial 855-246-7045, ext. 21990#.

We will keep you posted with point for point analysis and provide behind the scenes perspectives as we move forward to the future. No stone will be left unturned to establish accountability and ensure first class performance from our often wayward colleagues.  (See our Top priorities here) (Read more Gazzette) (Read more Washingtonpost)

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Kent Hall at Prince George’s County Community College.

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PGCPS CEO Search Committee begins…

…stakeholde​r meetings.

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President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes

The Search Committee charged with finding the new Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO begins their work this week by meeting with stakeholders on June 5th, 2013 at 4:30 PM.  Community and parent groups will appear before the committee first starting at 4:30PM.

The next session, which will take place after the stakeholders’ meeting finishes, will be with elected officials, including school board members at 5:45PM. Both meetings will be at Kent Hall at Prince George’s County Community College.

The final session, a “telephone townhall” format, will be for the general public on June 10. Additional information on how to participate will be released at a later date. County residents can e-mail their questions and/or suggestions to newschoolsceo@co.pg.md.us.

For more information or to get information on attending contact educationboard@co.pg.md.us. Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of the Prince George’s Community College as well as President Maryland State Board of Education, also serves as Chair of the Search Committee. She will preside over the meetings and the expectations are very high.

Thank you State Leaders for your dedication and commitment to PGCPS and ensuring that PG County families  have a bright future for their children. (Read more) ( more)

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PGCPS Bus Drives Into Bowie Yard.

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013  |  Updated 10:11 AM EDT  | NBC4 | FOX5

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BOWIE, Md. –

Police are trying to figure out what caused a school  bus crash in Bowie, Maryland.

The accident happened in the 14000 block of  Nighthawk Lane around 7:30 a.m.

The driver of the bus hit two parked cars and two  trees before ending up in someone’s front yard.

A woman who lives in the home says she heard a loud  boom and looked out and saw the bus in her yard.

The driver was taken to a local hospital to be  treated.

No students were on the bus at the time. (Read more Fox5 news) (Read more NBC4 News)

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On another note, Reform Sasscer Movement has received information PGCPS School Buses #0270 and  #2215 have been speeding daily on Windbrook Drive, Clinton, MD.  It is reported that, the said Buses are a constant problem with speed in that area.

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Baker picks new PGCPS board chair.

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Mr. Rushern Baker ~ Prince George’s County Executive

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III has appointed a new Board of Education chairman.

Baker’s office nominated Dr. Segun Eubanks who was sworn in today Saturday afternoon as the new board chairman under a new state law that takes effect  today (Saturday).  It allows the county executive to choose the county school board chair.Small imagesworn-in-today

Eubanks is director of teacher quality for the National Education Association and is a parent of two Prince George’s students. Eubanks also served as chairman of Baker’s commission on education for the past year. He replaces board chair Verjeana Jacobs.

In a statement, Baker thanked Jacobs for leading the board through difficult times. He says Eubanks brings an expertise in teacher quality and a vested interest in the schools, as a parent.

Union corruption in PGCPS has been the biggest issue beside the Board membership. If he can fix the union problems and a few things identified in our blogs, everything else will work wonders. (See our Top priorities here).  As a movement, we wish him well in the new assignment.

Four appointees will join nine elected school board members.

(See ~~> video <~~Here)

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Dr. Segun Eubanks ~ New Board of Education Chair

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Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County