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Swearing in for New PG BOE Members…

…New school board takes shape #PGBOE

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Upper Marlboro, MD – The final three appointees to the Prince George’s County Board of Education were announced today by County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison, on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. These appointments and the subsequent swearing-in were held in the Council Hearing Room of the Prince George’s County Administration Building, in Upper Marlboro, MD. (See ceremony in pictures below)

HB 1107 went into effect on June 1, 2013 and authorized the addition of four appointed members to Prince George’s County Board of Education. The four new members (Dr. Segun Eubanks, Dr. Beverly Anderson, Dr.Daniel Kaufman and Mr. Curtis Valentine) will now work with the current nine elected members– bringing total voting members to fourteen (including the student member). Under the new law, the County Executive appoints three members and the County Council appoints one member to the Board of Education.

County Executive Baker already appointed Dr. Segun Eubanks on June 1, 2013 to serve as Chair of the Board of Education as the first of his three appointments. The law also stipulates that the County Executive’s three appointees must be as such: one with education experience, one with business, finance or higher education experience, and one with management experience. The Council appointee must be a parent with a child currently enrolled in the Prince George’s County Public School System. (Read more)

Union corruption in PGCPS has been the biggest issue beside the Board membership disfunction. If they 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 thank the County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison and the County Council for appointing great leaders. We wish them well in their new assignment.

Naming of New BOE Member

Dr. Daniel Kaufman the new Board of Education Member flagged by his family including his 3 week old baby at the podium

Dr. Beverly Anderson Newly sworn

Dr. Beverly Anderson the new Board of Education Member flagged by our County Executive Mr. Rushern L. Baker, III .

Curtis Valentine

Mr. Curtis Valentine the new School Board Member with Chair Andrea Harrison and Vice Chair Obie Patterson District 8 .

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Newest Board of Education Members- Dr. Beverly Anderson (Third from left), Dr. Daniel Kaufman (Fourth from left), and Curtis Valentine (Fifth from right) after being Sworn-in with our County Executive Mr. Rushern L. Baker, III (Second from right), County Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison (Center), Councilman Derrick Leon Davis (Far left), Board of Education Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks (Far right), Board of Education Vice Chair Carolyn M. Boston (Third from right), Board of Education Members Amber Waller (Fourth from right), Donna Hathaway Beck (Second from right) and Carletta Fellows, M.A.Ed. (Fifth from left)

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Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”~ Denis Waitley

Union accountability is needed now.

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Weingarten rights don’t mean anything any more to PGCPS and all other unions in PG county Maryland.

There is no victory without honor. Never give in, never give up, Never in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force, Never yield to coercion nor tyranny of galvanized racial emotions as shown by previous Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) management led Ms. Verjeana Jacobs and Dr. William Hite Jr.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of COMFORT and CONVINIENCE but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. This is one reason why we are demanding change of leadership in ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 and other unions in Maryland.

If you do not know the truth when you find it, you will follow the one with the greatest story. It has been happening in Prince George’s County public schools politics, Union business and religion etc …we have been following the person who sounds the best and with the most money only to be duped. That is how we screwed up in the last Board of Education elections. Picking our leaders in PG County is a display of charisma and developed skills of persuasion, not evidence and TRUTH. But despite all the evidence that seems to be to the contrary, ONCE you take a stand on SUBSTANCE and TRUTH, the WORLD will come after you.

Misery loves company and finding the truth about the lie of racism and political quackery and opportunists in PGCPS District will make those in misery jealous and angry with you. They will call you names, because that is all they have left. The only power they have now is our fear of being called names. At the very hind of being, “Hater, mean spirited, activist, or any other of their very colorful names, we back up and apologize. Let’s stop backing up and stop apologizing and tell these racists idiots they are not going to destroy our community with their gullibility, ignorance and misplaced naive vanity emotions. Prince George’s County belongs to all of us whether we are White, Black, Latino, Asian etc. On this note, We must learn to create a sense of community and compassion for the most vulnerable in society. As we continue to work with everyone in PG County to celebrate the diversity that we love as Marylanders and help bring the nations of the world together.

We need to face the fact that we have for so long been misled by con-racist demigods, and many people whom we respected. That is the only way conmen can succeed, by getting us to respect them.

However this is a MORAL universe, and despite all the evidence that seems to be to the contrary, there is no way that evil and injustice and oppression and lies and impunity and emotional racist tyrannies can have the last WORD.

This is why we are asking the ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 membership to ask the union henchmen identified here (Mr. James Spears and Mr. Daniel Besseck) to 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!

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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.

“But the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, or dig their heads in the sand like an ostrich!” ~  Benji Ndoloh

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Superintendent of Philly Sued again by Former Principal.

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The Bed hopping love – Rat – Roving eyes at younger female Principal

Former Superintendent William Hite is now the new Superintendent in Philadelphia but he still got legal ties in Washington DC Metropolitan area: Several lawsuits against Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) and Dr. William Hite Jr are currently pending in both Prince George’s County Circuit and Federal Courts in Greenbelt Maryland. The School Reform Commission (SRC) of The School District of Philadelphia made no mention of Hite’s spotty history nor of the suits when they hired him in 2012. Reading this post made me tired. There really is so much drama and cronyism involving Dr. Hite and what he did during his tenure in Prince George’s County. A serious look and an exposé by Philadelphia newspapers and others about Hite is long overdue.  Hite also has connection with Broad Foundation. We are sure many more facts will come up in Philadelphia as the time goes on.

On this note, Carol Barbour, former assistant principal/principal alleges that Dr. William Hite removed her name from a list of candidates to be considered for PGCPS positions after receiving an extremely negative review of her work from a colleague in North Carolina, where Barbour once worked. Barbour is Latina, a fact that Dr. Hite said he was unaware of despite meeting with her in her office, and she is alleging discrimination. In fact, Carol Barbor was criticized as being missing in action by the parents at the North Carolina school where she was principal (at the instigation of Dr. Hite’s friend). See story HERE. (Carol Barbour Affidavit)

Make sure you read it all because at the end of the post includes information on YET ANOTHER lawsuit filed by PGCPS Principals which we brought to your attention in November 2012.  I’ll paste it right here:  There have been new developments in that $100 million federal lawsuit alleging racial and sex discrimination by Hite and the Prince George’s County School Board. At the initiation of Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) Union, the law suit was filed in November and it was withdrawn by the group in April 2013. (See our previous blog on the case here) Doris Reed, director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative School Personnel, said last week that she and Prince George’s officials are working to get their members, who were part of the class-action suit, back to work.”

From Philly.com, “Carol Barbour, 44, of Upper Marlboro, Md., is slapping Hite, 51, with a Second federal lawsuit, accusing him of defamation and other charges including conspiracy. (See the entire complaint~>Second federal lawsuit<~here) The claims stem from a federal lawsuit Barbour filed in March 2012 against Hite and his previous employer, Prince George’s County Public Schools, alleging racial and age discrimination as well as retaliation. (See First complaint here – the other case)

Barbour, who is Latina, worked for Prince George’s County schools as an assistant principal and principal from 2002 to 2005. She claims to have applied for more than 20 jobs there since 2008. Hite worked for Prince George’s County schools from 2006 until 2012, when he came to Philly. What is not fully being disclosed is also a hint of sexual harassment – a  trade mark of the infamous and capricious Hite.

It was during the proceedings in the first case that Hite, who “had agreed, then unagreed” to answer email questions from Barbour’s attorney, Richard Patrick, signed a sworn statement that is the basis of the most recent lawsuit, said Patrick, of Fairfax, Va. In the affidavit signed March 28 by Hite, the superintendent acknowledges that he knows Peter Gorman, the head of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina, where Barbour once worked, and is also named in the suit.

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Hite categorically stated he called Gorman for a reference and Gorman “specifically said that Ms. Barbour was ‘one of the worst principals he had ever been associated with’ and he said she was ‘terrible.’ “Gorman’s negative reference prompted Hite to instruct the Prince George’s County former human-resources chief Synthia Shilling who was caught drunk driving to remove Barbour’s name from “any list of candidates for positions to ensure that she was not hired,” according to the affidavit. (See Affidavit of William R. Hite Jr here)

Hite said he had no idea Barbour was Latina. “We were baffled,” Patrick said yesterday. “We did not know until his affidavit that that was why Ms. Barbour did not get any job at Prince George’s County.” Barbour’s evaluations from Charlotte-Mecklenburg, filed in the first lawsuit, show that Barbour received a “proficient” rating in her only year as principal of Winget Park Elementary School. The evaluation was signed by Elva Cooper. She was eligible for rehire by the North Carolina district, according to notations made on the school’s letter accepting her resignation.

“You really don’t know why it was said,” Patrick said, referring to Hite’s remark. “The second lawsuit is going to find out.” To the county employees victimized in similar fashion during Dr. William Hite’s reign of terror in Prince George’s County public schools, Carol Barbour is a “hero” to many. She deserves recognition for going after the barbaric and self-serving behavior exhibited by former king pin of public school system PGCPS and thatcher Law firm heads on. How can Dr. Hite say he did not know Carol Barbour was Hispanic or latina when he met her and he is very familiar with people of Hispanic origin with a large Hispanic population in Prince George’s County? It begs the question, did this lady stop Dr. Hite’s advances?… Time will tell.

Philadelphia School District spokesman Fernando Gallard referred comment to Hite’s Maryland attorney, Robert Baror. Phone calls to Baror were not returned.

It’s high time we exposed Dr. William Hite Jr. Students, parents and staff of Philadelphia deserve better. He already messed up PGCPS before moving on to the next victims. It’s high time to stop the behavior heads on!

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From left: Karyn Lynch, chief of student service for the Philadelphia school district, Dr. William Hite Jr., school superintendent, and Dannielle Floyd, interim senior vice president of capital programs, answer attendees questions at the School District of Philadelphia’s Facilities Master Plan Meeting held at the Martin Luther King High School on Jan. 15. (Photo by Sue Ann Rybak)

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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Another PGCPS Employee Arrested for Sexual Contact with Student.

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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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