Monthly Archives: February 2016

The PGCEA Speech that made the Uniserve reps angry.

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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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Former School Aide Faces Federal Charges in Child Porn Case

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A former school aide and choir director accused of making child pornography at a school, church and other locations in Maryland is facing federal charges, U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein announced Tuesday.

Each of the eight federal child pornography charges against Deonte Carraway carries a life sentence. The total mandatory minimum is 120 years.

“All of our child exploitation cases are horrible,” Rosenstein said. “This case is particularly disturbing.”

Carraway, 22, is accused of filming “vile sexual acts” between children ages 9 to 13 while working as a school volunteer at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary in Glenarden.

Carraway was arrested Feb. 5 after after the uncle of a 9-year-old boy saw a nude image on the child’s phone, according to police, who said Carraway admitted his role in producing child pornography.

Rosenstein credited the boy’s uncle with putting an end to the crime, allowing victims to get the help they need and protecting other children from being victimized.

“It’s so critical for parents to be alert to what your child is doing online,” Rosenstein said.

He said parents shouldn’t feel like they are invading their children’s privacy. They have the right to know what their children are doing.

Police Chief Hank Stawinski said there was no negligence on the part of parents or caregivers.

According to court documents, FBI agents investigating Carraway discovered dozens of videos depicting child pornography, some of which appeared to have been recorded in a school restroom.

Carraway can be seen in one video molesting a child, according to the documents. In other videos, he can be heard directing the victims.

Police said Carraway victimized children at school, the Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church, Glenarden Municipal Center, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Carraway was a volunteer teacher’s assistant at the school this year and the director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir at the municipal center, police said. He was a paid assistant at the school during the 2014-15 school year.

Nothing criminal was found in Carraway’s background check before he started working for the school in November 2014, according to officials. But he did have a juvenile criminal record that had been protected, sources said. Legislation introduced by a Maryland state senator would let schools see if a job candidate had a sex offense record as a juvenile.

A lawsuit filed in connection with the case alleges the principal knew about Carraway’s misconduct and failed to act. Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell said Principal Michelle Williams has been placed on leave out of “an abundance of caution.”

Information on an attorney for Carraway was not immediately available.

via NBC4

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Feds Finally Take Action on Crumb Rubber Turf

CGbMcuqW0AAWKspOn February 25, 2015, March 11, 2015 and many other dates, Reform Sasscer Movement opposed synthetic turf from being installed in Prince George’s County Public Schools due to safety of the Children and special interests. After back and forth, the Maryland legislature overwhelmingly passed the bill providing funds for the installation of the turf fields despite the dangers involved.  Now, three federal agencies are teaming up to investigate the safety of crumb rubber artificial turf used in playing fields and playground all across the country — the subject of a series of NBC News reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an “action plan” on Friday  (2/12/2016) to answer questions raised about synthetic turf made from recycled tires and possible risks for young athletes.

“Some of the government’s best and brightest scientists are working to identify what is in recycled tire crumb, identify ways in which people may be exposed to it, and determine if it is harmful,” CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said.

The agencies’ announcement said that while “limited studies” to date have not shown a danger, that research does not “comprehensively evaluate the concerns about health risks from exposure to tire crumb.”

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The announcement came three weeks after Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., asked President Barack Obama to spearhead a comprehensive study of the playing surface.

“Parents and athletes of all ages want and deserve conclusive answers on whether exposure to crumb rubber turf can make one sick,” Nelson said. “Combining the resources and expertise of three federal agencies to help find those answers is the right thing to do.”

While critics and supporters of crumb rubber turf don’t agree on whether the surface poses a health risk — the industry says studies have shown no link with illness, while some parents and activists demand more testing — all sides want federal regulators to take a clear public position.

The announcement was welcome news to Jon and Laura Damm, environmental lawyers and parents who live in Fairfax County, Virginia, and have been pushing for local authorities to stop using crumb rubber in athletic fields.

“I think it’s fantastic…This really provides us with a lot of hope,” said Jon Damm, who also plays and coaches lacrosse.

He said that cities across the country should take note of the feds’ assessment that existing studies are not comprehensive enough.

“Hopefully they’ll take a pause and use one of the alternatives and see how this plays out,” he said.

The Synthetic Turf Council, an industry group, also said it supports the federal effort.

“We have consistently said that we support all additional research,” the council said in a statement. “At the same time, we strongly reaffirm that the existing studies clearly show that artificial turf fields and playgrounds with crumb rubber infill are safe and have no link to any health issues.

“We hope the federal government’s involvement, which we have been encouraging for years, will settle this matter once and for all, put parents’ minds at ease, and validate past and recent due diligence by public officials,” it added.

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Crumb rubber pellets recovered from an artificial turf field, left, and Nike Grind rubber bits, nestled among fake blades of grass, at right. Hannah Rappleye (L) / NBC News

The multiagency action plan calls for scientists to test different types of crumb rubber to determine what chemical compounds they contain and whether they are released when a person comes into contact with them.

“Once we better understand what chemicals are in tire crumb, we will also be able to search existing databases of information to understand the potential health effects of those chemicals,” the agencies said.

The feds plan to reach out to athletes, parents and industry representatives and draft a report by the end of the year.

In 2008, the CPSC declared that crumb rubber artificial turf was safe to play on, after the agency performed limited tests for lead on artificial turf’s nylon ‘grass’ blades.

That declaration, Chairman Kaye told NBC News in a recent interview prior to Friday’s announcement, was “overstated.”

“When it came up to the political level there was an effort to say something that, in my mind, overstated the results,” Chairman Kaye said. “It provided a level of assurance that I don’t think the study warranted.”

“As a parent, you’re looking for that,” Chairman Kaye added. “You just want to know it’s OK…I don’t really care about limited studies, or qualifications. Just tell me: is it safe, or not?”

“There’s no clear cut line like, if you do this you will get cancer, and if you don’t do this you won’t get cancer,” Chairman Kaye said. “The best that I think the science can do is try to focus on creating some parameters that are defensible, and coming up with risk scenarios.”

“All that is gobbledygook when it comes to parents who just want you to tell them what the answer is,” he added. “I think the responsibility that somebody in my position faces on the front end, is to try to make sure the process has as much as integrity as possible, and the scientists are getting as much as they need.”

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How U.S. Schools Can Improve Math Education

960With U.S. students regularly placing behind 20 to 25 other nations in mathematics test scores, many education experts are wondering what the sources of the problem are and how we can take steps to fix them. Here’s a look at how American schools can improve their math curricula and help struggling students:

  • Gradually reduce the amount of numbers overcrowding the curriculum
  • Design problems using relatable real-world scenarios, like subtracting specific amounts of funding from an education budget
  • Plead with teacher’s union to make exception in order to get rid of Mr. Donovan
  • Fix smudge on projector transparency sheet on isosceles triangles
  • Institute and fund a sweeping foreign exchange program that offers American children unique opportunity to visit high-achieving Singaporean schools and cheat off their students
  • Decorate classrooms with photos of famous mathletes from throughout history
  • Get students more engaged by having them act out a theorem or conjecture
  • Buddy up Alabama with Massachusetts
  • Allow students to take a few integers home with them after school

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Lynette Mundey became upset and was removed from the courtroom in handcuffs

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — In what is turning out to be a bizarre and comical situation in search of justice, according to WTOP, a former board of education member in Prince George’s County (Lynette Mundey) who was convicted on Thursday  2/18/2016 of stealing from the school system, became upset and had to be removed from the courtroom in handcuffs, according to prosecutors.

Unable to regain her composure, the remaining guilty verdicts had to be read without Mundey in the courtroom. She was found guilty Thursday of collecting more than $1,700 worth of free and reduced lunches for her child between 2010 and 2015 even though she didn’t qualify for the lunch program. The convictions included felony theft, filing a false public assistance application, welfare fraud and several other charges.

 Sentencing is set for April 28. Mundey could face up to 49 years in prison.
 “It’s important to this community that we have people in place who lead in this county, who our citizens can trust,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Mundey was a federal employee of the Government Accountability Office and it was that agency that discovered the crime. Mundey was among six GAO employees found guilty of misusing the program, which is only available to families making less than $40,000 a year. The employees combined pulled in $13,000 worth of free and reduced lunches.

 “The convictions will remain on their records forever, which is important so that future employers will know what kind of individual they would be dealing with if they attempt to get hired by those agencies,” said prosecutor Jeremy Robbins.

When she was indicted, Mundey was making $93,000 annually as an education board member and a federal employee.

 For now, Mundey remains an employee of the GAO, spokesman Chuck Young said in an email to WTOP.

“We will be looking at her status in the wake of the fact she has now been found guilty,” Young said.

 According to Alsobrooks’ office, Barbara Rowley pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a public assistance application and is expected to receive a three-year suspended sentence, three years of probation and 50 hours of community service. She will have to pay $3,322 in restitution.

A jury found Jamilah Reid guilty of felony theft, welfare fraud and other charges. Reid is set to be sentenced Feb. 26.

 A judge found Tracy Williams guilty of felony theft, welfare fraud and other charges. Williams received a 3.5-year suspended sentence plus three years of probation and was ordered to pay $2,146 in restitution.

Charlene Savoy pleaded guilty to felony theft and was sentenced to three years of unsupervised probation, 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $781 in restitution.

 Terri Pinkney pleaded guilty to making a false statement on a public assistance application and is set to be sentenced on March 1, 2016. She is expected to receive a three-year suspended sentence, three years of probation, 50 hours of community service and to pay $1,737 in restitution.

Pinkney’s husband, James Pinkney, was originally charged with the scheme but the charges against him were dropped when his wife admitted to filling out the application, according to Alsobrooks’ office.

By Mike Murillo Via WTOP  Video by PGCTV

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Ohio Charter School Scandal Grows as Kasich Ascends National Stage

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John Richard Kasich is the Governor of Ohio, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. On July 21, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States.

Ohio state education officials are now admitting that Ohio has almost ten times as many failing charter schools as the state initially claimed.

This revelation comes as Ohio tries to hang onto a $71 million federal charter school grant in the wake of scandals over misleading the grant application reviewers and breaking state law by altering charter school performance statistics. That was the largest grant award by the U.S. Department of Education last year.

Ohio newspapers and the Center for Media and Democracy reported last October that the Ohio Department of Education’s claims about the excellence of the state’s charter-school system were intentionally misleading.

In the state’s July 2015 grant application, education officials reported that in the 2012-13 school year Ohio had no “poor performing” charters, even though about a third of the schools didn’t meet any of the standards on state report cards and 60 percent earned D’s or F’s on a measure of how students perform on state tests.

The grant application also said an automatic-closure law would shut down any failing charter schools without disclosing that the law will not be in effect for several years.

Meanwhile, it turns out that then-Ohio charter school chief David Hansen, who drafted the grant application, also rigged charter school sponsor evaluations to improve their ratings. Hansen resigned July 18, two days after submitting the grant request to the feds and several days after admitting he broke the law by excluding failing grades for some charter schools in the evaluations.

Hansen’s wife, Beth Hansen, is Ohio Governor John Kasich’s former chief of staff and the manager of Kasich’s newly surging presidential campaign. She left her government post for the campaign in the midst of the scandal as the pre-primary season was beginning. Kasich has not been asked about the charter school failures in the national debates.

In the latest news, Ohio’s Department of Education now says there were actually 57 poor-performing charter schools in the state in the 2013-14 school year, not six.

Its July grant application claimed there were only six.

Conversely, the state said there were 93 “high-performing charter schools” in July and now it says there are just 59.

These performance statistics are for 290 brick-and-mortar charter schools and still do not include online charters (which Hansen omitted).

These numbers were included in a January 29 letter to the federal regulators who put a hold on Ohio’s charter-school grant amid the concerns. The 20-page letter is signed by interim state superintendent Lonny J. Rivera, and was the state’s third response to questions from federal regulators since the review was opened.

 Part of the reason Ohio won the grant in the first place was a glowing endorsement from the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)—an organization that had previously referred to the charter system in Ohio as “broken.”

But NACSA rethought that assessment as it signed a $40,000-a-year agreement with the Ohio Department of Education to lend assistance to the state’s charter school authorizers. The deal was brokered by former NACSA senior executive and lobbyist Hansen before he resigned as head of the Ohio Office of Quality School Choice.

During his time as NACSA’s top lobbyist, Hansen represented the organization at meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), touting “high quality” charters. That’s the post he took after he left the “Buckeye Institute” and before Kasich put him in charge of charters for the state of Ohio.

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Governor of Ohio – John Richard Kasich

Hansen previously led the Buckeye Institute, an Ohio “think tank” that is part of the controversial “State Policy Network” (SPN). SPN special interest groups amplify ALEC’s lobbying agenda, which includes numerous bills to siphon money from traditional public schools to charters and for-profit enterprises. It should be no surprise that a virtual school corporation, K12, sits on ALEC’s corporate board and has co-chaired its education task force where corporate lobbyists and special interest groups vote as equals with state legislators on bills, behind closed doors at posh resorts with fancy private parties. Before Hansen became Kasich’s point person on charters, NACSA sent Hansen to ALEC to advance its charter school agenda there.

Cleveland’s Plain Dealer reported last June that Hansen intentionally left F grades for online charter schools out of academic evaluations of charter school oversight agencies. Those F grades for schools run by major Republican donors would have dragged down the rating of the oversight agencies.

One of the largest such agencies in the state is the Ohio Council of Community Schools, which collects about $1.5 million in sponsor fees a year from students attending Ohio Virtual Academy and the Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDLA), an online school run by a company owned by David Brennan, a big Republican campaign donor in Ohio.

Ohio has hoped to use the $71 million in federal aid to give grants of up to $700,000 to applicants seeking to open new charter schools. That’s nearly a million dollar giveaway per charter to experiments, which have often failed, while traditional public schools are facing budget cuts that hurt school children and their learning environment.

But, as CMD revealed in its “Charter School Black Hole” report last October, out of the 88 Ohio charter schools created by planning and implementation grants under the Charter School Program between 2008 and 2013, at least 15 closed within a few years and another seven never opened at all. These charters received more than $4 million in federal taxpayer money.

Despite this track record and despite the false and deceptive claims the state made in its application for more federal tax dollars for charters , Ohio landed the biggest one-year grant in the 2015 competition for federal funding, $32.6 million, with more planned in the coming years.

Since 2004, Ohio has been granted more than $195 million in American tax dollars by the U.S. Department of Education under the Charter School Program for State Educational Agencies (CSP-SEA). That’s part of the more than $3.7 billion CMD has documented that the federal government has spent fueling the charter school industry over the past few decades.

– See more at: http://www.prwatch.org/news/2016/02/13045/ohio-charter-school-scandal-grows-while-john-kasich-ascends-national-stage#sthash.HkvGy3mj.dpufOhio_map

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Money Missing From Same PGCPS School Where Teacher’s Aide Charged in Child Porn Case

imageAccording to NBC4 report, Hundreds of dollars recently disappeared from the school safe at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School, the same school where a volunteer aide allegedly recorded “vile sexual acts” between children.

The missing money case is unsolved, and the money has not been recovered, police told News4. The principal of the school is not a suspect, a police spokeswoman said.

Police reports and internal school memos obtained by News4 show between $300 and $1,200 was discovered missing from the safe in 2015. Principal Michelle Williams responded by installing hidden cameras inside a bookkeeper’s office and near the safe itself, a school district official said.

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A report obtained through a public records request by News4 said police found “scratches on the safe’s inside wall,” indicating the money was stolen by someone without the combination.

A school district official reported $1,199 missing from the safe. A police department report said about $300 was discovered missing from a gold envelope inside the safe by an employee in late May. A school spokeswoman did not immediately return requests to explain the discrepancy.

The school district placed Williams on administrative leave Wednesday as it investigates the case of former school volunteer Deonte Carraway.

On Monday, Prince George’s County Police announced Carraway, 22, was facing 17 child pornography charges and charges of sex abuse of a minor and second-degree sex offense. A guardian for one of the victims filed a lawsuit against the school district Wednesday.

“We believe that Carraway targeted his victims and videotaped vile sexual acts between minors during the school day on school grounds at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School,” Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman Julie Parker said.

Glenarden Police also took part in the investigation of the missing school funds, News4 has learned.

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PGCPS Child-porn suspect allegedly gave phones to students to videotape acts

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Deonte Carraway, 22, instructed the children to take photos or videos of various sexual acts and collected the phones at the end of the day.

An elementary school volunteer charged with creating child pornography during school hours and on school grounds distributed phones to his victims to communicate with them, according to three individuals familiar with the investigation.

Deonte Carraway, 22, instructed the children to take photos or videos of various sexual acts and collected the phones at the end of the day, said the individuals, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the ongoing case.

Two of those individuals also said Carraway would tell the children to whom he gave phones that they were part of a “club.”

The detail about the phones emerged as Prince George’s County officials confirmed that John Brooks, who has served as an interim administrator at several county schools, has been appointed acting principal at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School, where police say Carraway abused and made videos of victims.

Schools officials have said Carraway served as a volunteer shelving library books at the Maryland school.

Brooks’s appointment was effective Friday, but school officials declined to release the letter sent to families about the change, saying officials wanted parents to have the information before it was shared with news media.

Police charged Carraway, of Glenarden, Md., on Feb. 5 with 10 counts of felony child pornography. Authorities have identified 17 children between 9 and 13 years old whom Carraway abused or recorded performing “vile sexual acts,” police said. He has been connected to about 40 videos, police said.

Carraway also victimized children at Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church, the Glenarden Municipal Center and the Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatics Center, police said. Carraway admitted to creating the videos, and the victim count is likely to grow, police said. Carraway is being held on a $1 million bond.

The case has angered parents, who want school officials to answer questions about how ­Carraway was supervised and why he had sufficient access to children to allow him to perpetrate the alleged crimes.

The case also has prompted two civil lawsuits against the Prince George’s County school board.

“Carraway was able to openly entice these children to perform sexual acts openly on school property because of the complete absence of any supervision and oversight of his conduct or behavior involving these children,” says a lawsuit filed by Maryland attorneys Timothy Maloney and David Simpson.

Maloney said lawyers have “heard from a significant number of other victims” since the lawsuits were filed last week.

Brooks is filling in for the Sylvania Woods principal, Michelle Williams, who has held the post for 10 years. Williams was placed on paid administrative leave out of “an abundance of caution” after Carraway’s arrest, school system officials said last week.

According to 2014 news reports, Brooks filled in at another county school — Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel — after an alleged punching incident involving a principal. Two years earlier, he stepped in at Ernest E. Just Middle School in Mitchellville after a principal resigned.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the Carraway case to call 800-CALL-FBI or 301-772-4930.

Via Washington Post 

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Md. Senate delays vote on state super selection

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The Maryland Senate will decide next week whether it should have a say in who is chosen as the next state superintendent of schools.

The Senate was scheduled on Friday to vote on a bill that would change the selection process of the state superintendent. Instead, it delayed action after questions were raised about whether the Senate has the legal authority to confirm the head of the state’s school system.

The Senate plans to ask for an opinion from the state Attorney General’s office on whether the legislation infringes on separation of powers. The bill is scheduled to be taken up on Tuesday.

The decision to delay the vote came after a lengthy debate about why Democratic legislative leaders were trying to change a system that has been in place for 100 years. Under the current process, the Senate confirms the members of the state Board of Education, who are appointed by the governor. The board then makes the selection of the school superintendent.

“It’s not broken,” said Sen. George C. Edwards (R-Washington), noting that there have only been seven superintendents in the past century. “I think it’s worked over the last 100 years.”

Republican senators repeatedly asked why the Senate wanted to change the process now.

Some see it as a power grab by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly.

Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), the bill sponsor, said the measure is designed to provide oversight.

Doug Mayer, a spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan (R), called the argument “utter rubbish.”

“This bill would radically change 100 years of progressive policy, and add a duplicative and unnecessary political layer to what is already a well-functioning process,” Mayer said. “In terms of policy, process, and politics, this is a flawed and poorly considered piece of legislation that would endanger the very nature of the state’s educational system.”

But Sen. William C. Ferguson (D-Baltimore) said the policy-making power that the state superintendent has is “enormous.” Those powers will only increase, he said, under the new federal law that gives state’s more authority over education policy.

“It makes absolute rational sense to do this now,” Ferguson said.

The state Board of Education plans to name a new superintendent later this year. The current position is held by Interim Superintendent Jack Smith, who took over when Lillian Lowery resigned in September. He was recently chosen as the new Montgomery County superintendent.

Hogan has pushed some education policies that have not been received well by the Democratic-controlled legislature, including a measure last year to give charter schools greater authority and a proposal this year to provide tax credits to businesses that donate to schools. The tax credit is expected to help non-public schools more than public schools.

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Ex-PGCPS Board Member Guilty of Defrauding PGCPS – faces 49 years in jail.

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A former Prince George’s County Board of Education member was found guilty Friday of stealing school lunches.

Lynette Mundey applied for and received $1,700 in free lunches between 2011 and 2015 even though her income was much higher than the $40,000 cut-off point for the program, NBCWashington previously reported. During that time, her income was over $70,000.

Mundey faces up to 49 years in prison, officials said.

Mundey worked for the Government Accountability Office, which uncovered the fraud in a routine investigation. Five other employees also defrauded the program for $11,432 in lunches, officials said.

“It is simply unacceptable to take food out of the mouths of children and families who truly cannot afford lunch,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement.

The fraud was uncovered during a 2014 audit of the lunch program by the Government Accountability Office. The agency noticed several of its own employees received assistance from the program in Prince George’s County because they underreported their income or reported no income on their applications.

The other employees, Barbara Rowley, Jamilah Reid, Tracy Williams, Charlene Savoy and Terri Pinkney, were also found guilty of charges related to the incident. Four of them were required paid restitutions, ranging from $781 to $3,322.

Rowley, Williams and Pinkney were sentenced to suspended sentences, meaning they will serve time in prison at some point in the future.

“These convictions ensure the American taxpayers that their tax dollars will not be abused and there is no tolerance for criminal activity by federal employees,” GAO Inspector General Adam Trzeciak said.

via NBC4 

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