Monthly Archives: November 2014

Black Friday Protests at Walmart.

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There will be Black Friday protests at many Walmarts in support of their workers.

Walmart’s stores have been a bonanza for members of the Walton family. Several are billionaires. The Walton Foundation spends $160 million each year to encourage school privatization and non-union schools, charters, vouchers, and TFA.

With all their billions, they pay low wages to their employees. Some Walnarts are accepting food donations for their employees. The Walmart workers are seeking $15 an hour. Too much for the billionaires of the Walton Family.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Team Reform Sasscer!

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Thanksgiving tops the list as one of our favorite holidays. A day for family, friends and feasting, we also love that Thanksgiving sets aside an opportunity for us to reflect on yet another year passed and give thanks to all the wonderful things that have brought us joy!

We would like to wish all of you and your families an abundance of blessings this coming year. May your home be filled with love, and your table set with turkey and stuffing – and of course, delicious cranberries

We hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, making great memories.  To all of you, from all of us, Happy Thanksgiving.

From Team Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County

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Department of Education moves to regulate teacher preparation program

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The Obama administration unveiled a proposal Thursday to regulate how the country prepares teachers, saying that too many new K-12 educators are not ready for the classroom and that training programs must improve.

Under the plan, the federal government would require states to issue report cards for teacher preparation programs within their borders, including those at public universities and private colleges, as well as alternative programs such as those run by school districts and nonprofits such as Teach for America.

The rating systems, which would need approval by the Education Department, would for the first time consider how teacher candidates perform after graduation: whether they land jobs in their subject field, how long they stay and how their students perform on standardized tests and other measures of academic achievement.

“Nothing in school matters as much as the quality of teaching our students receive,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan told reporters Thursday. “We owe it to our children to give them the best-prepared teachers possible.”

It will be years before any changes take effect. The administration will take public comments for 60 days, and it plans to issue new regulations by September 2015. But states would not be required to issue report cards for teacher programs until April 2019, well into the next administration.

 Arthur Levine, former president of Teachers College at Columbia University and a critic of teacher preparation programs, said the country needs urgent action. “Our colleges and universities have waited far too long to transform these programs to meet the needs of both today and tomorrow,” he said

>>> Read more Washington Post

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BOE member calls for special education audit.

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Edward Burroughs told the media “I’m willing to protest school board meetings to get this through.”

UPPER MARLBORO – School board member Edward Burroughs called for an external audit of the school system’s special education department at a Board of Education committee meeting on Thursday, but some school board members say they need more information before they make a decision.

“Honestly, the special education department is a mess,” Burroughs said. “Students in special education programs are the most vulnerable students. They’re not completely getting services.”

In the past two months, Burroughs hosted three listening sessions to hear about parents’ concerns relating to special education.

“As chair of the policy [committee], I knew I wanted to enact some proposal. But I needed to hear firsthand from the community to get an idea of policies to create,” Burroughs said. “There are so many issues, in so many different areas.”

At the listening sessions parents expressed concerns about a lack of communication, lack of accessible schools and difficulties getting children recognized to participate individual education programs (IEP). Parents also said they observed school staff being unsupportive or disrespectful to students with mental or physical disabilities.

School Board Chairman Segun Eubanks said he wants more information before considering an external audit of the special education department.

“I don’t think we have anywhere near enough information for a board about what is or isn’t working in our system,” Eubanks said. “We should address the full range of policy options to address special education.”

Board member Curtis Valentine said an audit of the special education department should not be based on anecdotal experiences alone.

“Are we basing it on the loudest 50 parents at a hearing?” Valentine said. “Special education is incredibly important, but if we go from that notion to auditing an entire system because you believe it’s broken without having data to substantiate it, it’s going down a slippery slope.”

However, Burroughs said a full external audit by special education experts could help influence policy the school board can propose.

“I’m not saying an audit will fix everything, but it can explore what the issues are,” Burroughs said. “To say we need a million presentations to say the system needs reform, we’re losing students.”

Ronetta Stanley, executive director of Loud Voices Together, an educational advocacy group based in Temple Hills, said she thinks an external audit would be a good idea.

“I think that is a wonderful step in the right direction to remedy some of the concerns,” said Stanley, who attended two of the three special education listening sessions. “It would create transparency, now that problems are open to view. What are we going to do now that issues are exposed?”

Loud Voices Together will host a conference to educate parents and educators about special needs students in April 2015, Stanley said.

“Coming off the energy of the three sessions, we know there’s a need to empower parents so they can have a voice,” Stanley said.
Burroughs said he will do whatever it takes to get an audit done.

“I will go to the fifth floor of the county administration building with angry parents and be taken out, handcuffed and arrested,” Burroughs said. “I’m willing to protest school board meetings to get this through.”

>>> Read more the Prince George’s county sentinel

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Once again, after analyzing the whole situation carefully, What surprises most of us is that, now Monica Goldson, the queen of questionable activities, ethnics, and back door deals who also lacks the skills to do anything successful in the system, continues to be the Chief operating Officer (COO). She works closely with  Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Monique Whittington Davis who manages millions of dollars geared for Special Education students in Prince George’s County public Schools (PGCPS). Dr. Monique Whittington Davis who is part of the epicenter of corruption is married to Delegate Dereck Eugene Davis who is a close friend and confidant to Mr. Rushern Baker III (County Executive).  The Chair of the Board of Education Dr. Segun Eubanks reports to Mr. Rushern Baker III who is his the brother in law. Lately, all of them appear to be running to the banks for whatever reasons.

Dr. Monique Whittington Davis reports to her husband a delegate who represents district 25 for Maryland in the general assembly. She also reports to CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell who in turn reports to Rushern Baker III and Dr. Segun Eubanks engaged in the same practice in various ways including the unions.  Surely, something does not smell right in the special education department within PGCPS and the county in general. What ever happened to common decency? Are manners no longer part of US culture?

One of the issues we brought to the attention of the current regime when they took over power within the system was the role of Ms. Monica Goldson. See our top priorities here points numbers 5 and 21 F. If that’s not the fox guarding the hen house together with the Rushern Baker III regime. We don’t know what it is.

Way to go Mr. Rushern Baker! It just gets better with you at the helm. Maxwell has brought a whole new element of banditry with him and we pray they will all be exposed one day by others.

Many of us are wondering if there is a cloud over Dr. Kevin Maxwell and his Administration! Above all, We better watch his Deputy too a politically connected friend through her husband to Mr. Rushern Baker!  Recently, previous CFO Colby White and his wife filed a claim about a stupid diamond ring. To think they were so dishonest and liars to have filed that “same” claim earlier. What people will do for money? How can these people be brought to PGCPS and expect Students to be honest and to pass the exams.

Now look at how quickly both of them were placed on Administrative Leave for fraud with “pay“. Is that looking out for the public? What happened to Simpson-Marcus and Principal Dwayne Jones? The last time we checked She was still walking around Largo High while Staff, Students, Parents, and the Community are looking at how well protected and bold she has become. Given, the fact that she has declined to step down, or even sought to transfer to another school District together with ASASP President Mr. Dwayne Jones, tells us that, they are all failures as educators and as leaders, and that they cares far more for themselves and their career than for the children in their charge. Monica Goldson, Simpson-Marcus, Dr. Monique Whittington Davis, Dr. Kevin Maxwell  and others involved in this questionable activity are not the type of leaders we would want to see influencing our children in the critical high school years.

It’s amazing how much money these public officials are making at the expense of the county citizenry. Yet, the Teachers who make the Schools look good barely get a decent salary or even enough material for the classrooms. You will be surprised how many PGCPS Teachers have to work a second job or other jobs just to make ends meet.

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Fox guarding the hen house in PGCPS while poor students suffer.

Read more >>>>Call your Elected Officials now and the Media.

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Segun Eubanks  - Laughing all the way to the Bank.

Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks (Brother in Law to Rushern Baker III involved in mega-corruption involving PGCPS) listens to parents and staff speak. He has been laughing all the way to the Bank recently while poor students and staff suffer… What ever happened to common decency? Are manners no longer part of US culture?

Rushern Baker - Appears to be driving corruption to new heights

Rushern Baker III Current County Executive for Prince George’s county – Appears to be driving corruption to new heights.

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International Day to End Violence against Women 2014.

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The Issue

To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day) are a chance to mobilize and raise awareness.

Public life

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

By resolution 54/134 of 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem on that day.

Women’s activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).

On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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Message of UN Women Executive Director

In her message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2014, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that violence against women can and must end by addressing its root cause – gender inequality. >>> Read more

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Pr. George’s school board approves its legislative agenda

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Charter schools, school construction and school safety are among more than a dozen topics that are a part of the legislative agenda for the Prince George’s County Board of Education that was recently approved.

As the school district prepares for the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session in January, the school board and Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell unveiled the schools’ platform, which provides the district’s positions on various areas that impact education.

For each subject, the board offers the type of legislation it could support and the type of bills that it would oppose.

For example, the school system supports the development of a plan by the county to provide money over the next decade to eliminate its school construction backlog; legislation that provides specific procedures for dealing with a charter school’s assets and any state measure that support programs that reduce the number of black and Hispanic youths in the criminal justice system for minor offenses.

It opposes any further effort to shift additional teacher pension costs to local boards; legislation that permits “virtual charter schools,” which promote home schools, and providing state tax credits to individuals or corporations who donate money to charitable groups that provide scholarship programs to students attending private and parochial schools.

Dave Cahn, an education advocate, told board members during their recent meeting that he supported the agenda, but had concerns about the level of authority it would give to the school district’s lobbyist.

“The way you intend to use this is very dangerous,” Cahn said. >>> Read more Washington Post

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