Monthly Archives: August 2016

Petition to County Executive Baker for trash removal Currently Underway!

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The petition which has already attracted over  5,481 supporters reads in part:

The decision to reduce trash pickup to once a week is having a negative effect in our community.  The smell of rotting garbage, neighborhood filled with overflowing trash receptacles, and the attraction of animal life is not what we the taxpaying citizens of Prince George’s County want or deserve.

Over the past decade, we’ve seen services and incentives for business such as National Harbor increase, while the services for our families such as leaf collections, school repairs, and now trash pickups have been cut back, without even having us be a part of the decision making process.  It’s time to have our voices be heard by the County Executive, and the Prince Georges County Council.  Not just at election time.

Sign up here >>> https://www.change.org/p/county-executive-rushern-l-baker-iii-we-want-trash-collection-in-prince-george-s-county-md-to-return-to-a-twice-a-week-schedule

Wusa 9 and NBC 4 previously covered the trash mess in Prince George’s County  as shown here and here.

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County Executive Rushern Baker III is presiding a county with major trash problems this year.

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PGCPS Board member weighs in on Head Start allegations and Cover up.

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Edward Burroughs III said it’s absurd and he isn’t backing down from his previous claim that there is possibly a cover up.

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD (WUSA9) – After the Department of Health and Human Services announced its decision to suspend federal funding for the Head Start program in Prince George’s County, many were outraged.

One member of the county’s Board of Education, Edward Burroughs, called for an external investigation into a possible cover up within the system.

“I want to know who knew what when. How long has this been occurring, what are the other instances,” Burroughs said. “And I’m not confident that we have the level of integrity necessary to do this investigation in house.”

Burroughs contended that members of the board were not informed of the investigation, but now the chair, vice chair, and another board member are pushing back on his claims.

RELATED: Child abuse alleged in Prince George’s Head Start program, federal funding suspended

In a statement, Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks and Vice Chair Carolyn Boston said, “it is categorically false to imply or state there were attempts by the Administration or other board members to mislead the entire body.”

The two also said in the statement that all board members learned about the investigation and the accusations at a Board of Education meeting on April 15.

Additionally, they said everyone had access to meeting minutes from the Head Start Program Policy Council which talked about the pending federal review.

None of the board members are listed as attending the meeting, but Wallace said everyone could see the information because it was “posted publicly on our board docs notification system.”

Wallace said while he wasn’t at the meeting, he accessed the documents and read it from the online system.

Burroughs said it’s absurd and he isn’t backing down from his previous claim that there is possibly a cover up.

He said no one directly addressed the board, and the minutes from policy council meeting did not include adequate information.

“They’re alleging that the board found out in April. Did the board mandate weekly reports on the issue? Did the board mandate that we fix these issues and did we monitor it?” Burroughs said. “The answer is no. Because we didn’t know about it.”

via WUSA9

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Department of Health and Human Services announced its decision to suspend federal funding for the Head Start program in Prince George’s County due to ongoing misconduct involving the county staff

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PGCPS Board swears in new student member

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Juwan Blocker, a rising senior at Parkdale High School, officially took his oath on Aug. 9 before a packed house in the board chambers inside the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

UPPER MARLBORO – Summer is almost over. School is about to start up again, and with a new school year comes the swearing in of a new student member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

Juwan Blocker, a rising senior at Parkdale High School, officially took his oath on Aug. 9 before a packed house in the board chambers inside the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

“I think it is fantastic that students have an opportunity to serve on the board of education. I think they learn so much about how the school system functions,” said Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools. “I think it’s great. The one year turnover gives them a pretty heavy learning curve, but I think that it’s just a wonderful opportunity for them.”

Blocker was well represented at the ceremony as family, Parkdale staff and supporters surrounded him while he took his oath. Even a Maryland delegate and city council members attended the ceremony.

Blocker said it was amazing to have such a great support system turn out for him.

“It felt good,” he said. “You know, it takes a village. You know, we hear that all the time, some call it corny, but it really takes a village.”

With so many there to support him, it took Blocker nearly 45 minutes just to get through photographs, handshakes and hugs. He said he credits much of his growth to his teachers and advisors, who helped him think outside of himself and outside of the small area he lives in.

Before turning to politics, Blocker was a spoken-word poet. He said without the guidance of a few “great men,” he wouldn’t be where he is today.

“I credit God, of course, my parents, my family, but Neville Adams – he has been instrumental in my life,” Blocker said.

SMOB 02When Blocker took the oath of office last week, it put an exclamation point on a two-year journey to become the student member of the board position. This was the second year he had run for the office, but when he lost the race to Ava Perry in 2015 he was not discouraged.

Blocker said there are a lot of people who would have stopped when they lost, but he was not one to give up, and he had a mission. He wanted to get to the board of education because he feels he has a lot to do for the students in Prince George’s County.

“I told the students when I was campaigning the first time that, no matter what happens in the first election, I will be back and I will be fighting for the students,” Blocker said.

He said he thinks he did a good job keeping that promise and with keeping such a big promise comes great pressure. But, Blocker said there is pressure in everything and he will take it in stride.

“At the end of the day, as long as I remember that I am there for the students, and only the students, I think I’ll be fine,” he said.

This year the board will take on a wide array of topics including the chief executive officer’s contract, continued capital and maintenance projects, implementation of ongoing projects and policies and, of course, the budgeting process.

Blocker faces many decisions going into this school year, but said he is not going to do it on his own. One of his biggest ambitions is to create a Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Advisory Council, where he will pull together students from all over the county to research issues prevalent to students.

“I want more students involved and engaged in school board decisions,” Blocker said. “And I also want more students involved period. I think that’s very important.”

He also wants to create a school-police initiative to have the local law enforcement and school resource officers interact with students on a more frequent basis. Both ideas are still being developed, Blocker said, but are projects he is passionate about.

Board member Edward Burroughs III, who said Blocker is like family, said the student member will take away a great amount of knowledge from this experience on the board. And he would know, since he held the student board position twice.

“This experience will benefit him for the rest of his life, no doubt,” Burroughs said. “I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t had the same experience.”

Burroughs said he has had many conversations with Blocker about his upcoming service to the board and his biggest piece of advice was “vote your conscience no matter what.”

“When I look at Juwan, I’m reminded that our young people are talented, capable and our county is in good hands,” he said.

Via Prince George’s county sentinel

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Blocker was well represented at the ceremony as family, Parkdale staff and supporters surrounded him while he took his oath. Even a Maryland delegate and city council members attended the ceremony.

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Report: 3-year-old forced to mop own urine at Prince George’s Co school

image.jpegUPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) — A scathing federal investigation of Prince George’s County’s Head Start Program found a three-year old was forced to mop his own urine, preschoolers were forced to hold boxes of heavy books overhead as punishment, and a five-year-old wandered home alone.

Federal Funding of the county’s Head Start Program will be suspended as a result of the shocking findings and a failure to take immediate corrective action, according to a letter sent to the school system by the federal Administration for Children and Families, which conducted the investigation after complaints were filed by parents.

The Prince George’s County School system can appeal, according to the letter. The incidents occurred at the Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center, the James Ryder Randal Elementary School Head Start Center and the Langley Part McCormick Elementary School Head Start Center between December 2015 and June 2016.

In the Winship Wheatley incident a three-year old child was punished and humiliated after having a bathroom accident during nap time. The child was forced to mop up urine in front of classmates while still wearing wet clothes. A teacher took photos on a cell phone and texted them to the child’s parent. “LOL” one message said. “He worked that mop tho”, said another.“

The review found that a teacher humiliated a child and used a method of discipline denying him basic needs”, according to the federal report.

In another incident at James Ryder, “The review found that a teacher and an assistant teacher humiliated and used corporal punishment on two children as a method of discipline”, according to the report.

Preschool children at James Ryder were forced to hold boxes of heavy books overhead in front of classmates as punishment. If they failed, they were forced to start over. Cell phone photos were also taken and sent to parents, the report said.

In June of 2016, a five-year old walked home alone from the Langley Park McCormick Elementary School. After leaving the nurses office, the child wandered to an empty classroom. Finding no-one there, the child left the building unnoticed and went home.

School officials at one point “refused” to share documents on policies and procedures when federal investigators asked, the report said.

https://www.scribd.com/mobile/document/321477077/321467987-Head-Start-Report#from_embedi

via WUSA 9

>>>Read more NBC4 – Prince George’s County’s Head Start Program Loses $6.5M Grant After Federal Investigation

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Community leaders question Baker, Davis on Prince George’s county issues

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County Executive Rushern Baker III – Most residents feel that the county is going in the wrong directions and the trash is out of control. 

LARGO – Community leaders took the opportunity to bring their questions right to the top as County Executive Rushern Baker III joined county council Chair Derrick Davis for a presidents’ advisory committee meeting.

The District 6 committee is made up of leaders of civic and community associations and meets to hear about and discuss county issues with their council representative. On Aug. 4, Baker and his staff also attended the meeting to hear constituent concerns, including trash, education and health care.

A large part of the meeting focused on the county’s recent switch to one-day-a-week trash collection. Community leaders expressed frustration with missed pick-ups as well as the county’s 3-1-1 system, where they were told to report such misses, not working properly.

Tom Himler, deputy chief administrative officer for budget and finance, said the challenges Prince George’s faced in making the switch were like those other jurisdictions experienced when they switched in the past. He said misses are much lower now than at the beginning of the new schedule.

“We had some rough patches with the initial rollout. That was kind of normal,” he said. “I’m sure there are still some issues out there. We’re not perfect. When we hear those we call the haulers.”

Baker said residents could contact his office with 3-1-1 case tracking numbers if problems persist. Other residents also reported the parallel online system, CountyClick, has been working correctly for them.

Some residents also expressed concerns about the county’s public school system, particularly the curriculum being taught. Daisy Cherry Maggett, president of the Wilburn Central Civic Association, said today’s students are not being taught civics or cursive writing.

“I want to know why they are tearing the school system up,” she said. “These children can’t count, and if you don’t believe what I’m saying, go to one of these fast food restaurants. They can’t count your change.”

Davis said responsibility for the school system is shared between the county council, the board of education and the county executive’s office.

“We’ll kick the ball around in regard to that. We’ve got to get the right bodies sitting at the table around issues like (Maggett) just described,” he said.

Baker said his office employs an education liaison and a Commission for Education Excellence to help guide education policy in the county. He said if residents have specific concerns, like Maggett’s, conveying those specifics to his office would help in getting detailed explanations, or in creating change.

“We’ve got to be very specific as to what we’re talking about. We can’t talk in generalities. When we do that, (the school system) gives me general answers, general information. They go ‘oh no, our curriculum is on target,’” he said. “But if you say, ‘at Beacon Heights this is what’s going on, at Central High School this is what’s going on.’ If you know there are bad personnel out there, or we want to be able to raise a disagreement, we need to know that.”

Another disagreement on many people’s minds involved the regional medical center planned for Largo. The Maryland Health Care Commission, the state regulator who must approve a Certificate of Need before the hospital can be built, said in May the plans would need to be scaled back to get approval. County officials, as well as the community leaders present, disagreed strongly with the commission’s $100 million cuts.

“We don’t think the hospital needs to be reduced. Experts in the medical field drew that hospital up,” Baker said.

Community association leaders said they would have liked to be involved in lobbying the governor to return to the original plan, to make their voices and their organizing power heard early on rather than playing catch-up.

Baker agreed such input would be valuable.

“It’s your hospital. It’s our hospital. And this is the standard we want. And we’re going to ask you to talk to your representatives in Annapolis, but also to the governor. Tell them we are not going to accept anything less,” he said.

But he and Davis argued that it is prudent to go through the normal legal channels to appeal the decision, including writing a formal counter-proposal with input from three agencies (which is due by Aug. 31), before making it a political issue.

“We have a responsibility to go through the process. We are doing due diligence in all of the work that is required by the people who changed the rules in the middle of the game,” Davis said. “What we’re saying to you is, if they continue to persist in changing the rules, then we might have to make a political noise. This is not a political issue. This is a health care and this is an economic development issue.”

Still, the communities want to help join the fight to bring the more than $600 million project to completion.

“I think the community has to be engaged,” said Samuel Dean of the Lake Arbor Foundation. “Because we can raise all the hell we want to raise, but politics works in mysterious ways. My thing is that there has to be a hearing (on this) now, and we need to know (about it) so that we can come out in force.”

Davis assured them he would keep them in the loop and enlist their help if necessary to make the hospital happen.

“I will yell when help is needed,” he said.

Via Prince George’s County sentinel. 

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Peggy Robertson Resigns, Her Position Eliminated

peggyAmong parent activists fed up with standardized tests, Peggy Robertson who is an experienced educator in Colorado. She is founder of United Opt Out. She is an outspoken defender of children’s right to learn without coercion. She must have been a thorn in the side of her school and district officials, because they eliminated her position.

She writes:

My position at Jewell was eliminated. In addition, Jewell no longer is a healthy working environment (for teachers or students) and I would not be able to work there unless we were able to return to our previous work as an inquiry-based democratic school. We are now a Relay Leadership School which focuses on teach to the test practices that are not good for children. Relay Graduate School is run by non-educators and lacks pedagogy – it is an embarrassment to the teaching profession. It is unfortunate for Aurora’s children that APS has gone in this direction. It is also unfortunate for the teachers at Jewell who were forced to implement 100% compliance models of discipline with continual teaching to the test and skill/drill. The teachers at Jewell this year (2015-2016) were the most unhappy teachers I have seen in my 19 years in public education. They wanted to file a grievance against the principal but were afraid for their jobs. I no longer can work in such a toxic learning/teaching environment. Aurora unfortunately seems to be going in the direction of “no excuse” charter models which do not develop or support the growth of problem solving citizens. Rather, these charter models, which Relay supports, promote racist practices specifically directed towards black and brown children in urban diverse schools. These charter practices promote the school to prison pipeline. I joined APS four years ago with great hope and excitement because the professional development and respect for the teaching profession in APS has always been excellent; that is no longer the case. I am sorry APS has chosen this path. I will miss my colleagues and the children.

I suppose you could conclude that the public schools of Aurora learned “best practices” from charter schools, which require “no excuses,” tough discipline, strict obedience, and teaching to the test.

Peggy was never one to bend to authority, especially when the authorities were wrong about what was best for children.

In another post, Peg expresses her astonishment to learn that children in her former school have been told to eat their breakfast while sitting on the floor in the hall.

She writes:

As you all know by now, I am no longer working at Jewell Elementary in the Aurora Public School District. However, I was recently alerted to a new policy regarding breakfast at the school. The school day starts at 9:25 a.m. This year, if children want to eat breakfast they must get there at 9:15 a.m. If they ride the bus I guess they’ll be rushing in the door to eat in five minutes or so as breakfast time now ends at 9:30.

And there’s more. There are two options: the children will be eating on the FLOOR in the carpeted HALLWAY outside the classroom OR the teachers can graciously give up some of their morning planning time and invite the children to come in and eat at their desks.

Let that sink in for a minute. I know your mind is racing, as mine did, as I tried to think through the implications here – and there are many.

The first thought I had was – what would ever cause anyone to even consider – fathom – such a policy, as children eating breakfast on the dirty carpeted floor like dogs? I am horrified that this policy was thought of and considered “rational.”

Then of course, I tried to imagine what that policy might look like in action. Hallways lined with children with backpacks, coats, lunchboxes and juggling milk, juice, cereal and more. I tried to imagine how I would feel as a child if I was asked to eat my breakfast on the floor, without a place to properly set my things in order to manage it all. I thought about how that policy might impact my own personal beliefs about my self worth, if I were a child at Jewell. I thought about the racism that is inherent within the behavior policies via Relay Graduate School. I thought about the way the children at my school are expected to demonstrate 100% compliance, and how this breakfast policy smacks of that compliance. Sit. Eat. Comply. On the floor. Where is the respect for the child? Where is it? How can one create a policy so unkind and so disrespectful of a child?

I thought – are the white children in the burbs sitting on dirty carpeted floor eating breakfast each morning? You know the answer to that.

Peg Robertson is now blogging at Tim Slekar’s website “BustED Pencils.” Now she has more time to write and more time to organize the resistance to insane and harsh policies that hurt children. I am sure she would rather be in the classroom, which she loves.

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How to Attract and Retain the Teachers We Need by John Ewing:

maxresdefaultJohn Ewing, mathematician, is CEO of Math for America, an organization that supports teachers of mathematics.

In this post, he reviews some of the recent ill-considered efforts to “respect” teachers and offers advice about the minimum conditions necessary to assure that teachers have the respect, autonomy, and trust that professionals deserve.

You will also enjoy reading John Ewing’s brilliant takedown of teacher evaluation by test scores, which he called “Mathematical Intimidation.”

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Bipartisan group of state lawmakers calls for big changes to improve U.S. public schools

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A new federal law has returned considerable power to shape public education to the states.

By Emma Brown August 9 at 12:11 PM

What will it take for U.S. schools to improve — not incrementally, but dramatically?

That’s the question that a bipartisan group of state lawmakers from around the country set out to answer two years ago, when they embarked on a study of the world’s highest-performing school systems. They compiled their answers in a report released Tuesday at the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“The bad news is most state education systems are falling dangerously behind the world in a number of international comparisons,” says the report. “The good news is, by studying these other high-performing systems, we are discovering what seems to work.”

The group examined 10 nations that fare well on international comparisons, including China, Canada, Singapore, Estonia, Japan, Poland and Korea, and discovered common elements: strong early childhood education, especially for disadvantaged children; more selective teacher preparation programs; better pay and professional working conditions for teachers; and time to help build curriculum linked to high standards.

It also says that high-performing countries tend not to administer standardized tests annually, as the United States does, but instead at key transition points in a student’s career. The assessments emphasize essays over multiple-choice in an effort to gauge students’ complex thinking skills, according to the report. And the tests cost more than states are used to paying for standardized tests, but “these countries prioritize this investment as a small fraction of the total cost of their education system, knowing that cheaper, less effective, less rigorous assessments will not lead to world-class teaching or high student achievement.”

The report — which comes as a new federal education law returns considerable power to shape public education to the states — urges state lawmakers to build a coherent vision for better schools instead of adopting piecemeal reforms.

“Education is first and foremost a state responsibility. Each state can develop its own strategies for building a modern education system that is globally competitive, similar to the approach taken by other high-performing countries,” the report says. “But we must begin now. There’s no time to lose.”

The report does not address some of the more controversial and partisan issues that state legislatures face, such as the role of charter schools, vouchers and other school-choice initiatives.

The report’s findings echo many of the ideas that teachers unions support. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, praised the bipartisan committee, saying it had “set aside political ideologies to work together for what’s best for students and educators.”

The new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, “creates an educational reset, with the states now being the movers and shakers,” Weingarten said. “This is a rare opportunity in the United States to look at some of the best international practices and apply them here.”

Here are the members of the committee that worked on the report:

State legislators
Rep. Robert Behning, Ind.
Rep. Harry Brooks, Tenn.
Rep. Tom Dickson, Ga.
Rep. Ken Dunkin, Ill.
Sen. Joyce Elliot, Ark.
Sen. John Ford, Okla.
Rep. Eric Fresen, Fla.
Rep. Lynn Gattis, Alaska
Rep. Mary Stuart Gile, N.H.
Rep. Wendy Horman, Idaho
Rep. Betty Komp, Ore.
Sen. Peggy Lehner, Ohio
Sen. Rich Madaleno, Md.
Sen. Luther Olsen, Wis.
Rep. Alice Peisch, Mass.
Sen. Robert Plymale, W.Va.
Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Wash.
Rep. Jacqueline Sly, S.D.
Sen. David Sokola, Del.
Sen. Howard Stephenson, Utah
Rep. Roy Takumi, Hawaii
Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, Nev.

State legislative staff
Ben Boggs, legislative analyst, Ky. legislature
Todd Butterworth, senior research analyst, Nev. legislature
Rachel Hise, lead principal analyst, Md. legislature
Julie Pelegrin, assistant director of the office of legislative legal services, Colo. legislature
Phil McCarthy, senior analyst, Maine legislature
Anita Thomas, legal counsel, N.D. legislature

NCSL education staff
Julie Davis Bell, group director
Michelle Exstrom, program director
Lee Posey, federal affairs counsel
Madeleine Webster, policy associate
Barbara Houlik, staff coordinator

Project partners
Daaiyah Bilal-Threats, National Education Association
Dane Linn, Business Roundtable
Scott S. Montgomery, ACT
Chris Runge, American Federation of Teachers
Adrian Wilson, Microsoft Corp.

National Center on Education and the Economy
and Center on International Education Benchmarking Staff:

Marc Tucker, president
Betsy Brown Ruzzi, vice president and director of CIEB
Nathan Driskell, policy analyst

via Washington post

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Wendy Lecker: The Real Secret of Success in School for Low-Scoring Students

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Eight-year-old Samuel Tefera raised his hand to be called on during his third-grade class Wednesday morning at Birmingham Elementary in Wylie ISD, where STAAR results last year improved or were steady with no ground lost.

Wendy Lecker, civil rights attorney and columnist, says that everything the corporate reformers are doing is contrary to science and research. Kids are not helped by closing their schools and firing their teachers.

What matters most is not pressure, incentives, rewards, and sanctions: What matters most is relationships.

Connecting students to mentors and to teachers who care about them makes a huge difference in their attitude towards school.

It stands to reason that school mechanisms promoting a personal connection improve learning as well as social development. Neuroscientists have found that the brain does not recognize a sharp distinction between cognitive, social and motor functions. Consequently, research has shown that feelings of social isolation impair key cognitive abilities involved in learning.

Though they require substantial initial investments, educational policies that foster relationships save money in the long run.

Developmentally-appropriate preschool, with an emphasis on play, enables children to acquire the skills necessary to form healthy relationships. There is near universal consensus that quality preschool benefits children, increasing the chance of graduation, higher earnings, and decreasing placement in special education, involvement in the criminal justice system and the need for other social services. It also can save society as much as $16 for every dollar spent on preschool, by avoiding the costs of these later interventions.

Small class size, which fosters closer relationships between children and their teachers, has been proven to provide similar benefits, increasing graduation rates and earning potential, and decreasing the likelihood and cost to society of risky behavior. Research also shows that increasing class size has detrimental and costly long-term effects on at-risk children.

In the next round of reform, when the current era of test-and-measure, rank-and-stigmatize is thrown into the garbage heap, can we focus instead on connecting kids to adults who care about them?

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The teacher’s union in Maryland must stop engagement in organized scheme.

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MSEA President Betty Weller discuss the important steps to reduce over-testing that the General Assembly took thanks to educators’ activism

The teacher’s union in Maryland and most unions, don’t speak for the majority of members most of the time. They funnel their money to the candidate of their choice, 99% someone who they have paid off to look the other way as they do their dirty business in the dark.  It is a despicable scheme they have going on requiring non-members and members to pay a “representation” fee and they fail to represent while advancing discrimination especially in Maryland. Unions have outlived their usefulness and all they are now doing is intimidating political organization without shame.

We also have credible information from fellow colleagues who contacted the union about various issues in summer school and received no response.

President Obama told us many years ago,change begins from grounds up and if you don’t like something change it. “This is what it looks like when we come together, look out for one another, and roll up our sleeves to do the hard work of change. That’s when America is at our best. And that’s how we’ll ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.” – President Obama  on Real Change Starts from the Ground Up.

Over the last five years, we have written several articles in this blog concerning failure to represent members by the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA). Read here, here, here, and here.  The Maryland state Education Association is involved in dubious scheme including paying off lawyers, interfering with the Maryland state court system to write bogus opinions and dismiss cases, siphoning union dues without proper accountability, interfering with union grievances while in arbitration etc. That kind of scheme sounds like a thuggish life to many of us who are familiar with the situation besides the Governor. We support Governor Hogan for calling them such.  MSEA is engaged in criminal behavior in Maryland and something needs to be done to stop this madness ASAP. We cannot have a few well connected individuals destroying the state of Maryland for selfish interests. That is not how America rolls.

Currently, MSEA has several lawsuits pending in state and Federal courts involving their criminal behavior. They appear to have been interfering with the courts in the last few years. This is not good for the Maryland society involving an organization of such caliber  which is supposed to advocate with good faith efforts and not to engage in an organized schemes/Criminal behavior. Someone must be held accountable for their deeds.

While we don’t speak for the Governor Hogan, we believe He is trying to maintain a balanced budget, folks! The tax cuts he promised (and everyone cheered) are part of the reason to balance the books. Another part is because of the way legislators are trying to partition that money. He is the first governor in ages that actually understands what a balanced budget means and is willing to take the steps necessary to protect everyone.

As for the school budgets, the school systems in Maryland needs to be made accountable for the billions of dollars given to them by the state legislature. At the moment, there is very little accountability to the money given by the state and Federal government. In many cases as we have seen in Prince George’s county, the money ends up in the pocket of a few well connected individuals in the central office and elsewhere which is shocking as the unions look the other way! That kind of criminal behavior has nothing to do with being democrats or republican. It needs to stop and proper changes made to protect our children and our children children.

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“We provided record funding for education two years in a row and protected your pensions,” he wrote. “Don’t believe this phony ‘cut’ propaganda from the union thugs.”Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday night that “the governor’s words are the governor’s.”

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