The PGCEA Speech that made the Uniserve reps angry.

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPqAAAAJDE2MDI0N2NlLWY0ZTEtNDFkYy1iYmJiLWFkZDk1NjBlNzllYgMarlboro Pike, Forestville MD:

During the speeches for a Board seat with the PGCEA, candidate Suzanne Windsor ruffled some feathers when she directly addressed the Union’s need for greater action on behalf of its members. She pointed out the disparity between the number of times PGCEA was a plaintiff on behalf of  its members versus the number of times PGCEA was a defendant for failure to represent it’s members. She also mentioned and produced documentation of a “cheat sheet” that Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Human Resources developed to assist with getting a teacher fired or retired. This candidate is boldly fighting for greater accountability and stands for reform of the entire Prince George’s County Public School District.

To transform the county, teachers and other educators need to stand up for what is right and refuse to let the politicians manage their careers and the innocent children suffer. If Prince George’s County Educators can take ownership of their District, problems such as the ones experienced recently with children being sexually molested will be a thing of the past. Teachers and other Educators interested in public service need to run for public offices to help change the county from within. In the fight against poverty and injustice, local leaders need the tools and power to demand and deliver greater accountability.

As the world works to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 including here in Prince George’s County,  corruption remains a significant challenge to that goal in many ays. This is because corruption not only steals the precious resources that could create jobs, improve health care, build better schools or build infrastructure, but also erodes trust in public institutions and chills private investment. And though corruption has been a primary concern for both donor community and developing countries around the world, likewise, here in Prince George’s County we haven’t made much progress in several ways.

That’s not for lack of trying, however. The problem is that too many administrators within the county and practitioners hold an antiquated view of corruption — and it’s holding back the fight to improve accountability and good governance including making the Unions such as PGCEA accountable. If we are going to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the future, what we need now is not more of the same, but a willingness to try new and better approaches to fighting corruption including electing new leaders with better record for engaging the truth to power.

We are all guilty of getting stuck into a routine on a daily basis. Routines that are not so healthy for us but we keep doing it because it’s comfortable. Then we sit and wonder why we can’t get into shape, keep attracting the same type of person, or experiencing the same life lessons over and over. Well, it’s because you keep doing the same thing! Therefore getting the same results.

Here is the speech which rattled the PGCEA Union and made the Uniserve reps angry.

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  1. Amen, Amen and Amen. This not only applies to PGCEA but ASASP is just as guilty! Employees are forced to pay Union dues for the Union to bargain with our careers. They destroy the reputation of employees who do the right thing, yet fail to hold the Administration accountable for their policies, our CBU or state guidelines. They don’t bother to even know what our rights are. We also need to hold the Unions responsible for actually doing the work to defend us, as well as repond timely, they do get paid. Nothing to difficut, maybe read the CBA and close some of the gapping holes the Administration uses to bulldoze over anyone who dares to read, make ethical decisions or not participate in the blatant crouption. Additionally, they should Not engage in to contract agreements that allows our paid attorney to sale us down the river of a administrative hearing. Did anyone notice ASASP has Not had us removed us from the Supporting Services Mannual, thus giving the administration the ability to decide how to screw over us. They have been sitting on there butts for years, collecting a check. Then they hire a disciplined/santioning atorney who doesn’t bother to read, fails to know policy and helps the Administration dragged out appeals, then makes deals that benefit the Board. Check collectors! We need to wake up and they need to go!

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  2. Please share my February 25th testimony with you readers:

    *Tonya Wingfield – Testimony on the Proposed School Budget – February 25, 2016* After reviewing the budget, I’ve notice several things where money can be saved. 1. You are proposing a new position: Associate Superintendent for Special Education & Student Services. Our system use to have a division that included student services and the parent piece. The parent piece is now under the Chief, Strategic & External Affairs. You can move Family & Community Engagement under Student Services and save money. 2. Strategy, Planning & Performance and Strategic Resource Planning descriptions are similar enough that these departments can possibly be consolidate and may generate enough funds to keep Forestville open. 3. There appears to be duplicity with the Deputy Superintendent and Areas Associate Superintendents that can fund school based resources. 4. The CEO is paid around $100,000 more than any other leader of our school and he has only one reporting person and that position is performing duties that are outlined within the guidelines, scope and framework of ESOL. Why you would focus on one group of immigrants and setup this county up for a wreckless and costly discrimination lawsuit is beyond me. The departments that reported to former CEO/Superintendents now report to a new position – Chief of Staff. For the money that we pay the CEO, he needs to earn his pay and the Chief of Staff and Diversity Officer positions eliminated. 5. As for Busing: the MOU of 1998 was settlement to end busing and return children to their neighborhood schools. There is no excuse for busing children all over the county. The MOU required the system to put resources in neighborhood schools. A judges order does not expire until it has been fulfilled. 6. For those asking how is it that decisions are made with limited community input is because of HB1107. This law has handed our system over the county executive and Dr. Maxwell to do as they please. This people is why he can not show up for meeting and send late notices to the community on changes. We use to have 1st and 2nd readers to allow for community input. People, if we want to stop all of this, we must repeal HB1107. Please contact your state legislators and demand they repeal HB1107. Last I reviewed the budget summaries between 2014-the proposed budget. I’ve always understood Other Operating Cost to include the expenses at the school level. Here are the budget numbers for that category for the last three years: a reduction of 2 million dollars in 2015, $10,072,930 in FY2016 and increase of $36,429,407.00 proposed for 2017, which consider the cuts for the past two years is not a true increase. Then there’s the increase in Contracted Services. We need to know students will be serviced by these contracts. *FY 2014* *FY 2015* * 1,687,807,813.00 * *Allocated Amount* *Percentage of Budget* * 1,753,412,423.00 * *Allocated Amount* *Increased Amount* *Percentage of Budget* Salaries/Wages 1,056,812,876.00 62.61 Salaries/Wages 1,089,912,077.00 33,099,201.00 62.16 Employee Benefits 368,295,317.00 21.82 Employee Benefits 373,772,060.00 5,476,743.00 21.32 Contracted Services 128,926,066.00 7.64 Contracted Services 142,115,723.00 13,189,657.00 8.11 Supplies and Material 39,358,657.00 2.33 Supplies and Material 42,407,595.00 3,048,938.00 2.42 Other Operating Costs 99,811,408.00 5.91 Other Operating Costs 97,700,512.00 -2,110,896.00 5.57 Additional & Replacement Equipment 6,600,457.00 0.39 Additional & Replacement Equipment 7,504,456.00 903,999.00 0.43 *FY 2016* *FY 2017* * 1,839,203,309.00 * *Allocated Amount* *Increased Amount* *Percentage of Budget* * 2,023,794,625.00 * *Allocated Amount* *Increased Amount* *Percentage of Budget* Salaries/Wages 1,158,345,708.00 68,433,631.00 62.98 Salaries/Wages 1,260,914,631.00 102,568,923.00 62.3 Employee Benefits 377,628,015.00 3,855,955.00 20.53 Employee Benefits 412,056,685.00 34,428,670.00 20.4 Contracted Services 160,974,710.00 18,858,987.00 8.75 Contracted Services 179,580,836.00 18,606,126.00 8.9 Supplies and Material 40,276,456.00 -2,131,139.00 2.19 Supplies and Material 37,839,370.00 -2,437,086.00 1.9 Other Operating Costs 87,627,582.00 -10,072,930.00 4.76 Other Operating Costs 124,056,989.00 36,429,407.00 6.1 Additional & Replacement Equipment 14,350,838.00 6,846,382.00 0.78 Additional & Replacement Equipment 9,366,114.00 -4,984,724.00 0.5

    On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 10:57 PM, Help Change The World. The Future Of The County Is Now. wrote:

    > sasscer posted: “Marlboro Pike, Forestville MD: During the speeches for a > Board seat with the PGCEA, candidate Suzanne Windsor ruffled some feathers > when she directly addressed the Union’s need for greater action on behalf > of its members. She pointed out the disparity be” >

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  3. This is bigger than we realize, please post my Testimony.

    THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOUR TODAY.
    LAST WEEK AND YEAR AT THE BUDGET HEARINGS,I ASKED A COUPLE QUESTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. TO DATE, THERE HAS NOT ONLY BEEN NO ANSWERS, MORE IMPORTANTLY, NO CHANGES IMPLEMENTED, REPORTS GIVEN OR ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE PUBLIC, FOR HOW OUR TAX PAYERS DOLLARS ARE BEING UTILIZED. THAT IS, EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN.

    AT THE BUDGET HEARING HELD ON 2/9, (WHICH THIS BOARD HAS YET TO POST), I ADDRESS THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN CHIEFS, WITHOUT ANY INDIANS. THAT IS, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS, ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENTS, ASSOCIATES TO THE ASSOCIATES , CHIEF TO THE CHIEFS; IN OTHER WORDS THE INCREASE FROM 10 TO 29 EXECUTIVES THAT APPARENTLY HAVE NO DIRECT IMPACT ON STUDENTS.

    THE AUDIT PERFORMED BY THE STATE REVEAL SEVERAL AREAS OF WASTE AND (ALTHOUGH NOT IDENTIFIED UTILIZING THESE EXACT WORD), FRAUD THAT STILL CONTINUES.

    FOR EXAMPLE; HOW DID THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT PAY 3 EMPLOYEES 203.75, HOURS OF OT, WITHOUT ANY DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT THE HOURS WERE EVEN WORKED??

    BEING ON THE INSIDE OF THIS SYSTEM, I KNOW THINGS GET IGNORED, HEADS TURNED THE OVER WAY AND FEAR INSTILLED TO PREVENT YOU FROM SPEAKING OUT. YET IT IS YOUR TRANSITION PLAN, PREPARED BY THE CEO, WHICH CITED AS GOAL 3, “TO CREATE AN ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE STAFFED WITH A SKILLFUL TEAM CENTERED ON ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING.”

    THAT BEING THE CASE, CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME, WITH 21 NEW POSITIONS AT SASSCER, HOW IS IT, WE FELL BELOW IN EVERY GRADE LEVEL FOR MSA WHEN COMPARED AT THE OVERALL STATE AVERAGES??
    HOW DID SAT SCORES IN READING DROP FROM 433 IN 2013 TO 405 IN 2015?
    HOW DID SAT SCORES IN MATH GO FROM 422 TO 397??
    AND HOW DID WRITING SAT SCORES GO FROM 418 TO 393?

    AND LET ME ASK MY QUESTIONS AGAIN FROM LAST YEAR:
    HOW DID PURCHASING SOLE SOURCE PROCUREMENTS TOTALING 1 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE WITH NO DOCUMENTATION? THE SAME THING WAS ADDRESS IN THE PREVIOUS AUDIT. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ABOUT IT?
    HOW DID 2.4 MILLION DOLLARS IN EXCESS DONATIONS TO SICK LEAVE BANKS GET DISTRIBUTED?? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ABOUT IT??
    HOW DID TRANSPORTATION INCREASE BY 2.6 MILLION DOLLARS IN OT AND YOU CAN’T JUSTIFY IT?? WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ABOUT IT?

    ENOUGH OF THIS, CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND THAT OUR SYSTEM GETS AUDITED AND WE REPEALL HB1107

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