….to start on September 16, 2014.
Greenbelt Federal Court.
A civil lawsuit filed by Ms. Tracy Allison against the Prince George’s county public schools (Pgcps) will go to trial starting Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am until September 23rd, 2014 in Green Belt Federal court. (See Federal Case 8:11-cv-01329-PJM).
Jury selection will begin the same day for her lawsuit. Ms. Allison claims she was retaliated against when she reported what she believed were inappropriate acts by the administration of former Superintendent Dr. William Hite jr and that the Board of Education engaged in retaliation.
Ms. Tracy Allison is African American woman, who worked at Largo High school, alleges that she was racially harassed by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus of Largo High School, who is African American. On February 28, 2014, a federal jury, at the Greenbelt, MD federal courthouse, issued a verdict that means Prince George’s County Public Schools can be found liable under Title VI for race discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the jury decided that Prince George’s County Public School received federal assistance, starting in 2009, which had the primary objective of providing employment. In 2009, PGCPS, which has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion, received $140 million in federal stimulus funds which it used to avert laying off hundreds of teachers and other school workers.
The standard of prove under Title VI is the same as under Title VII, except Title VII has a cap on damages of $300,000 while Title VI has no cap on damages. Plaintiff must show by a preponderance of the evidence, that when they were employed at Largo High School—the time period covered by their Complaints—the Board of Education of Prince George’s County (“School Board”) received federal funds which had a primary objective of providing employment, as opposed to educating students or any other purpose.
According to the complaint, Tracy Allison has been employed by Prince George’s County Public Schools since 2005. Ms. Allison joined Largo High School as a secretary in 2006. Ms. Allison worked in the principal’s front office. Ms. Allison is a thirty eight (38) year old African American woman. Principal Simpson-Marcus openly despised white teachers. Principal Simpson-Marcus referred to a white English teacher as “poor white trash” and instructed her staff not to associate with him. Principal Simpson-Marcus referred to a white science teacher as “Bozo”. Ms. Allison worked as Principal Simpson-Marcus’ front office secretary. Ms. Allison came in contact with white teachers on a daily basis and treated them with due respect.
Several times a week, Principal Simpson-Marcus called Ms. Allison “chicken head”, “bird”, “hood rat” and “ghetto” in the presence of faculty, staff, parents, and students.
The terms “chicken head” and “bird” are urban slang terms for slut, according to the Urban Dictionary website at http://www.urbandictionary.com.
The terms “chicken head” and “bird” refer to the motion a woman’s head makes when she performs fellatio. Ms. Allison was extremely upset by Principal Simpson-Marcus’ use of these terms in reference to her. Ms. Allison considered the use of these slang terms as racial slurs. Ms. Allison frequently cried when Principal Simpson-Marcus used these slang terms.
Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks listens to parents and staff speak. He has demonstrated poor leadership skills and continuation of status quo after he has chosen to look the other way rather than help negotiate a settlement with employees victimized by the racist Prince George’s County system.