Monthly Archives: December 2017

Happy Holidays from Reform Sasscer.

Dear Friends:

Reform Sasscer Team Wishes you and your loved ones, happy holidays and great success and joy in 2018.

For many years now, since the founding of Reform Sasscer Movement,  we have been an optimistic voice in suggesting that the forces of corruption can be effectively countered, indeed they will. But events in recent times have left many of us at year’s end with a less optimistic perspective in many ways.

We encourage the county citizens to be on the look out and to join forces with people of the world to create proper changes in 2018.

Very best wishes,
Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County

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One of our favorite holiday tunes is the Christmas Canon, and there are a few different versions of it. This is the one we playing today… They are such talent and powerful show indeed.

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Man Arrested After Trespassing in PGCPS and MCPS, Stealing in Maryland Schools: Police

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Tracee Wilkins reports on an unsettling case that led to an arrest Friday morning. A man walked into several schools — during the school day — and steal from teacher’s purses. Watch for more.
(Published Friday, Dec. 22, 2017)

A Germantown man was arrested after exposing serious security flaws in area schools by entering schools, walking among students and stealing from teachers.

Nakym John Sheffield was arrested Friday. Police accused Sheffield entering at least eight private and public schools in Prince George’s County. He would walk the hallways, sometimes with students present.

Students were in the schools as Sheffield trespassed onto the property. Police say he would target unlocked classrooms. Once inside, he took credit and debit cards out of teachers’ purses, police say.

“It’s an egregious act to go into schools, where you have children and educators that are teaching our children, to steal from them,” Detective Charles Earle said.

Sheffield then took the credit cards to stores including Giant, Safeway and Target, where he charged thousands of dollars to the teacher’s accounts.

Most of the teachers didn’t realize the theft until their banks contacted them, Earle said.

Teachers were targeted at Elizabeth Seaton High School, Bladensburg Elementary, Templeton Elementary and International High School in Bladensburg, among others.

Sheffield was charged with a number of credit card theft charges in Montgomery County after a similar string of thefts. In that case, 11 women who worked at nine different schools or childcare centers had their purses or wallets taken while at work.

He was arrested in July and released in September on $3,000 bond, according to police records. Prosecutors decided not to pursue seven charges against Sheffield related to credit card theft, court records indicate. He’s on probation for similar charges in Charles County.

He faces new charges in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

Secret Service, Prince George’s County Police, Bowie Police and Montgomery County Police all assisted the Bladensburg Police Department in the arrest.

Sheffield is a published author who wrote the book “Admire My Style.” On his Facebook page, he has posted pictures of himself next to expensive cars or in high-end stores, including Louis Vuitton.

“We’re just glad that none of the teachers approached him or none of the students approached him inside the schools. This could have turned to go violent.”

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Parental Involvement Meeting Scheduled – December 30, 2017 at Bowie.

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EDUCATION MEETING 
We have booked a room for Saturday Dec 30th, 2017 at the safeway Superstore at Bowie. The meeting will start From 10am to 12pm to discussion Educational issues in Maryland and Prince George’s County in Particular. 

 

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4101 Northview Dr, Bowie, MD 20716
(301) 262-7992

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Agendas for meeting-

  1.  Advocacy for TAG and IB programs within the schools.
  2. Better Ways for fight against corruption in Maryland. (Grade change scandal, physical and sexual abuse, mistreatment of children, and other issues done by Administration).
  3. focus on the next legislative session in Annapolis. And the PG County delegation bills.
  4. Seek support to help send 30 PGCPS students to Boston next April for the Harvard University Medical school diversity STEM conference.
  5. Seeking support for cases already in litigation.
  6. Improving communication with the administration to better serve the county and the State.
  7. Other.

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Police investigating large brawl at Suitland High School

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– Prince George’s County Public Schools officials are taking action after a weapon was brandished during a school fight.

According to district officials, the incident happened after school Tuesday at Suitland High School.

The large fight was captured on video and sent to FOX 5. In the video, several students are seen punching each other while others film with their cell phones.

School district officials tell FOX 5 the students planned the fight and positioned themselves between buses so they were not immediately seen by security officers in the area. Once the school’s security officers saw the fight, they broke it up.

According to a letter emailed to parents, a weapon was used during the brawl and three people got hurt.

FOX 5 showed the video to several parents at Suitland High School who said they hadn’t seen the email.

“It’s scary,” said one parent. “I mean, it’s something to think about. To have my daughter come here every day and deal with stuff like this.”

“Wow,” said another parent reacting to the video. “It’s rough. It’s rough.”

District officials tell FOX 5 the students involved have been identified and will be disciplined. According to the student code of conduct, that discipline could range from suspension to expulsion. At least one person could be facing charges for the weapon.

Prince George’s County police confirmed the school’s special police officer (SPO) responded to the incident and not the school resource officer (SRO).

The SRO is employed through the police department, whereas the SPO is employed through the school. Both have the ability to file charges.

via Fox5DC

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INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, COMMISSION ON William E. Kirwan, Chair

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Monday January 8, 2018

9:30 A.M. Room 120
to House Appropriations
5:00 P.M. Committee Room
House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD

Subject: Work session.
(Full agenda will be posted online prior to the meeting.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Rachel Hise or Erika Schissler, Dept. of
Legislative Services
Telephone: 410-946-5510
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Nashville public schools administrator resigns amid harassment investigation

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Moreno E. Carrasco came from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where he worked in the Office for School Support. He was the Executive Officer for Priority schools in the Metro Nashville Public Schools before resigning.

According to Tennessean,  a Nashville schools administrator under investigation for harassment by the district announced his resignation on Friday, adding that he would also retire from education entirely. He was part the team which transferred corruption in Tennessee. We covered their story here previously.

Moreno Carrasco, Metro Nashville Public Schools executive officer of organizational development, said the allegations against him were unfounded, but the investigation had drained him.

“It has been very hard for me,” Carrasco said in a telephone interview in which he also confirmed he would be retiring. “This has been the hardest challenge of my life. I stand by my innocence. I did not do anything wrong.”

Carrasco has worked in education for 34 years. He earned $155,000 at Metro Schools.

The district placed Carrasco on administrative leave on Nov. 16 following allegations he harassed female employees. In the letter sent to him by the district’s human resources office about the accusations, it said the leave was procedural.

► More: Nashville schools administrator placed on leave amid harassment allegations

“Please know that this period of administrative leave is not a form of disciplinary action, it is just for the purpose of the investigation,” Scott Lindsey, executive director of employee relations, said in the letter.

The district will continue its investigation until the process is concluded, district spokeswoman Michelle Michaud said.

Carrasco, in the interview, questioned the investigation, calling the process flawed.

“I am concerned that I was setup in a way where I couldn’t defend myself,” he said.

He said he has no interest in fighting the district legally.

“I have no interest in fighting this because it would be painful for everyone and it would be disruptive to the district,” he said. “I don’t think it is necessary to fight this. I only regret that I end my career with false a allegation.”

A statement from the district at the time said it takes all such complaints seriously and immediately began an investigation.

Carrasco’s position is overseen by the Human Resources chief, but he was hired in July 2016 as the district’s priority schools officer.

He was one of several Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators that the state flagged earlier this year for not obtaining his Tennessee administrative license upon his move from Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. He had since received an administrative license.

Read more>>> A Look at How PGCPS Executives transferred Corruption to Tennessee.

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Former Professor Alleges Hostile Work Environment

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Charlene Dukes was sued for allegations of showing bias and racist tendencies in Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) after her staff engaged in retaliation. The case is current pending in Federal Court.

A former Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) professor is suing the institution for what he calls a culture of favoritism and hostility. Frank Phillips taught public relations at the school from 1997-2016, when he retired to avoid being dismissed for performance that did “not meet college standards and is, in fact, unsatisfactory.”

According to Phillips, his firing was a direct result of retaliation that occurred after he filed complaints about unfair scheduling and inquired about illegal grade changes made for two students in the school’s communication and theatre department. He also alleges the department’s former chairwoman, Tammy O’Donnell, coerced students to write letters bashing his teaching abilities. O’Donnell, who is no longer employed by PGCC, did not respond to the AFRO’s request for comment.

“I noticed the hostility and scheduling inequities in fall 2012, but the retaliation occurred after filing a grievance in March 2015,” said Phillips, an Army veteran and former press secretary for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). “There were no negative employment actions prior to this time. Faculty evaluations were at least ‘meets expectations’ and student evaluations were well above average.”

Phillips claims O’Donnell approached at least two students during the Fall 2015 semester and urged them to file complaints attacking his teaching style and personal character. In return, Phillips alleges O’Donnell boosted grades from a C to a B for a female student, and a B to an A on two incidences for a male student. Phillips said he was not aware of the changes until another student inquired about rumors that classmates received higher grades without merit.

“Three students in my PRJ 2210 class approached me with concerns. They were very adamant about ensuring I knew they were not part of an attempt to write a letter of complaint about me. I was surprised, but I later assured the students that I was ok with it, but I would have preferred if students just shared their concerns with me,” Phillips said. “I told them I am here for students and that I don’t hold grudges. All three of those students have made statements confirming a conspiracy between Ms. O’Donnell and others to have me removed.”

A student present for Phillips’ public relations course said she believes O’Donnell and other members of the faculty were involved in a “conspiracy to get [Phillips] out.”

“They were trying to recruit people to say something negative about Mr. Phillips, but nobody had anything to say,” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, told the AFRO. “He maintained his professionalism the whole way through. Even with the nasty e-mails [the administration] was sending him.”

Documents reviewed by the AFRO show O’Donnell did, in fact, sign a grade change approval form during the Fall 2015 semester. The form cited “grade miscalculated” as the reason for the change. In most cases, the student’s instructor signs the grade change approval form, not the chair of the department, Phillips said.

The AFRO also reviewed numerous e-mails, text messages, grievance reports and other school documentation showing Carolyn F. Hoffman, the school’s dean of liberal arts; Charlene Dukes, president; Alonia Sharps, chief of staff; and Sandra Dunnington, vice president of academic affairs, were all made aware of the grade change, which allegedly occurred without Phillips’ knowledge.

Phillips suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and said hostile exchanges with O’Donnell, Dunnington, and Hoffman triggered “anxieties that take me back to places I care not to remember.” Phillips also alleges he was unable to complete doctoral studies due to an overwhelming course load deliberately created by O’Donnell.

Marcia Pearl, a former assistant professor of visual communications at PGCC, said she also experienced intimidation, harassment and racism at the hands of school officials during her 11-year tenure. Pearl claims a White administrator in the Art, Music and Philosophy Department regularly made racially insensitive jokes and referred to her as “Buckwheat” while calling Black students “niggers.” After the administrator and another White colleague continued to call Pearl “Buckwheat,” she filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and wrote a letter of complaint to Dukes. She said PGCC did little to address the complaint and she resigned from her position at the school in 2015.

According to PGCC’s most recent “Performance Accountability Report,” three-fourths of its students identified as Black and 8.6 percent identified as Hispanic or Latino. When asked if she thought school officials corroborated to oust Phillips, Pearl adamantly said, “yes.”

“It’s obvious to me that both Carolyn Hoffman, dean of Liberal Arts, and Tammy O’Donnell worked to undermine professor Phillips’ classroom authority. As a faculty member, I experienced unwarranted sanctions leveled against me by Dean Hoffman and others following the filing of my complaint of racial harassment and discrimination. As such, I am familiar with their unethical tactics.”

Phillips’ initially filed a lawsuit against Dukes and Board Chair Samuel Parker, Jr. on June 9 for employment discrimination. The lawsuit is still pending in Maryland District Court. You can review it here ~~~>>COMPLAINT

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s website, PGCC’s graduation rates are sluggish at 7 percent and well below the national median. A report issued by the Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found full-time community college students graduate at a rate of 39 percent. “The system totally failed. It failed for me, definitely,” said Phillips. “It’s failing for the students. Their objectives don’t seem to be in line with cultivating our future.”

Via Afro News

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Frank J. Phillips, former Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) professor. (Screengrab from YouTube video)

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