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PGCPS Board Revises Calendar Amid Outcry from Overworked Teachers

More than 100 Prince George’s County Public Schools educators, administrators, parents and supporters rally outside PGCPS headquarters in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on Nov. 18 to demand school system officials reduce heavy workloads teachers are experiencing this school year. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

Washington Informer Staff Writer 

In an effort to allow planning time for educators and to reduce mental stress, the Prince George’s County public school board voted unanimously Thursday, Nov. 18 to revise this year’s school calendar that offers three-hour early dismissals for students and for schools to open a half-day before Christmas Eve.

The 2021-22 calendar also shows schools will be closed Feb. 22 and employees who work 10 and 11 months of the year can leave work three hours early. Similar to students, those employees would also have a three-hour early dismissal on Jan. 21, March 4 and May 13.

“We’re giving hours back in acknowledgment of the large workload for our employees . . . ” said board member Raaheela Ahmed. “But this cannot be the end. It has to be the beginning of the continuous focus as a board around mental health for our employees, for our students, for our parents and for our community.”

The one caveat, according to the resolution: additional school hours may be added to the end of the school year because of “snow days or delayed openings due to inclement weather.” In other words, the last day of school could extend beyond June 24.

More than 100 public school educators, administrators, parents and other supporters appeared to appreciate the school board’s gesture but rallied before the school board meeting in front of the public-school headquarters in Upper Marlboro to say “that’s not enough.”

The county’s teacher union outlined a list of demands that include the following:

  • Evaluate the compensation for substitutes to provide an equitable pay structure that incentivizes accepting short term positions at chronically understaffed schools.
  • Provide administrative assistants with training in special education paperwork and compliance to support and improve the completion of required documentation.
  • Release students two hours early every Wednesday to provide additional planning time for educators.

Marvin Burton, a special education sixth-grade teacher at Drew Freeman Middle School in Forestville, said he’s experienced positives (being with the students in class) and negatives (additional online documentation) during the current year.

“I am certainly glad we have moved towards the 21st century and are utilizing technology. But we’ve also made sure it’s easier for workloads to be increased because everything’s virtual and you don’t realize you’ve had eight meetings in a day,” said Burton, who’s taught at Drew Freeman for almost 10 years — 14 years in total in Prince George’s.

“You’ve got to focus on what’s right. If you keep that in the front of your mind for the students, then I believe it will go by well. I can’t think about how much time I am putting in because if you think about it, it gets crazy,” he said.

Some of the most rousing remarks during the rally came from Jeffrey Parker, president of the ASASP (Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel) union for administrators and supervisors.

Parker, principal at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, summarized how the school system doesn’t have enough substitutes and how teachers must often cover other classes. He said some students continue to curse at teachers and bus drivers and “they’re getting away with it and I’m limited with what I can do about it.”

“We have dedicated ourselves and we are committed to giving [students] our very best. But at the same time, we must demand that those we work under treat us fairly, pay us fairly and respect us each and every day,” he said. “When we don’t get that, we need to come down to School Lane every now and then and make some noise.”

Kayla Moore, who taught for three years at University Park Elementary in Hyattsville, left the Prince George’s school system to start this school year teaching kindergarten for D.C. public schools.

“I could not afford to work in Hyattsville and live in Prince George’s County. D.C. paid more. I just needed to be able to afford to live somewhere,” she said. “I am here for this rally . . . to show support. I still love all the Prince George’s County students, teachers and everyone.”

Via Washington Informer

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Prince George’s County educators say they’ve hit breaking point amid staffing shortage

UPPER MARLBORO, M.d. (FOX 5 DC) – Prince George’s County educators and school employees say they’re understaffed and overworked, and it’s reached a breaking point.

About 200 people came out for a rally organized by the school labor unions Thursday evening ahead of the school board meeting.

“We’re overworked,” said Kendra, a Highland Park Elementary Kindergarten teacher who opted not to give her last name. “Testing, still having to cover classes, students who are coming in sick. We’re the nurses, we’re the therapists, we are everything right now.”

When asked what would help the most, she replied, “Support and understanding.”

The district says currently there are 400 teacher vacancies. Dr. Donna Christy, President of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, said staff often have to cover extra classrooms when there aren’t enough substitutes.

“They are absolutely exhausted,” Christy said. “They can’t handle the workload and they’re breaking. I’m hearing on a daily basis people ready to quit.”

READ MORE: Prince George’s County parents concerned federal government is tracking their kids on social media

The union has a list of demands including hiring more support staff and providing teachers with more planning hours. They also want to feel heard by the administration.

“Taking us seriously when we say that the workloads are too much,” Christy said.

It’s not just teachers who are feeling overworked.

“There’s a lot of individuals in the school with the bus system-they’re doing double and triple runs,” said Martin Diggs, President of ACE-AFSCME which represents support staff. “If the parents could just be patient with those individuals because those bus drivers really are the heroes of the day.”

READ MORE: Teen gunned down in Upper Marlboro as violence continues to rise in Prince George’s County

A school district spokeswoman said in a statement:

“Amid the ongoing pandemic our school system is not unlike others across the nation in that we are feeling a pinch filling critical positions, from school bus drivers to cafeteria workers to teachers. While our number of active substitute teachers remain comparable to prior years, public safety and health concerns have fewer ready to engage. We are continually working with our team to attract new talent and ensure fully staffed schools.”

Some at the rally later spoke in front of the school board.

via Fox 5 Washington DC.

OPINION

For those in the working sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.

However, ASASP Union and Maryland State Education Association for quite sometimes led by senior officers over the years has been working to derail efforts in Prince George’s county working in an organized scheme. We must say no to this shenanigans in order to help turn the county around. The power of labor unions in general rests in their two main tools of influence: restricting labor supply and increasing labor demand. … Since a higher wage rate equates to less work per dollar, unions often face problems when negotiating higher wages and instead will often focus on increasing the demand for labor.

Modern unions have shifted their focus to a number of targeted issues and work with management to protect the interests of its members in those areas.

  • Job Stability. One of the most fundamental issues for union leaders and members is long-term job stability as PGCEA is currently doing. …
  • Pension Protection. …
  • Collective Bargaining as shown by current leaders in PGCEA.

Controversial underhanded redistricting map gets green light in Prince George’s Co.

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Despite widespread and passionate opposition to a redistricting proposal in Maryland’s Prince George’s County, council members voted 6-3 on Tuesday in favor of moving ahead with the plan.

The county council’s vote to move forward followed around six hours of testimony including more than 150 speakers, who were universally opposed to the plan and urged council members to reject it. However, Derrick Leon Davis (D-District 6) and Mel Franklin (D-At Large), Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins II (D-At Large); Council Vice Chair Deni Taveras (D-District 2); and council members Todd M. Turner (D-District 4) and Sydney J. Harrison (D-District 9) voted in favor of the map.

Council members Jolene Ivy (D-District 5) and Thomas E. Dernoga (D-District 1), who also voted against the map, said they hoped that residents would not be disheartened but galvanized to participate in an already-heated election season.

“It is a question of whether each of you see yourselves as public servants or as the kind of politician who serves their own interests before those of the people they represent,” said Daniel Oates, president of the Calvert Hills Citizens Association.

The controversy stemmed from an October meeting when council member Derrick Leon Davis proposed using his own redistricting map instead of one produced by a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

That led to accusations from activists and other members of the community that the council was being undemocratic and resorting to partisan gerrymandering.

“The Prince George’s County NAACP would like for the council to consider using the commission map,” said Linda Thornton-Thomas, president of the county’s NAACP chapter. “It’s based on population. We think that’s the fair way to go.”

The map produced by Davis — which is what the council approved on Tuesday — creates a majority Latino district in District 2. It will have a significant impact on elections for council seats.

For example, former Council member Eric Olson was running for an open seat in District 3, but he will need to run against an incumbent in District 1 under the new map.“It came to light without a shocking lack of transparency and without any meaningful community input,” said Sarah Turberville, a member of the town council in Edmonston.

Turberville said the map and the process by which it was crafted “creates the perception, if not the reality, of a political gerrymander.”

Council members who voted in favor of the map said that it accounted for demographic changes and growth in the county’s population. However, Davis’s map, introduced Oct. 14, removes from their districts former council member Eric Olson, who planned to run in District 3; Krystal Oriadha, who planned to run in District 7; and Tamara Davis Brown, who was considering running in District 9 in a clear sign of conspiracy to lockout competitors and keep the status quo in place. Maintaining the existing state of affairs in place ensures moneys will continue to be stolen organically from the county coppers due to lack of accountability.

Viva!

Charlene Dukes to Retire Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings.

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Dr. Charlene Dukes, endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college by Dr. William Hite Jr as part of quid pro quo.#DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Dr. Charlene Dukes President of Prince George’s County Community College is retiring ahead after her public corruption syndicate was exposed by this blog recently, Reform Sasscer Movement blog has confirmed.

Dukes submitted her retirement plans and issued a press release letter Wednesday to the Board of Trustees office and the community. The retirement will become official in June 2020, according to the information received and a senior aide familiar with the Duke’s decision.

Duke, became the institution’s eighth and first female president on July 1, 2007, is expected to be sued for public corruption anytime this year for conspiracy and other related charges in the United States. Dukes’ abrupt departure will spur a special  initiation of a national search for the ninth president of the College. Duke has been President for community college since 2007.

Duke has been accused of misusing the office of the community college to benefit her friends and family and interconnected offices including abuse of office ever since she was the President of the Maryland State Board of Education.  Dr. Charlene Dukes, tenure as the Maryland State Board of Education facilitated public corruption which is ongoing and endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college when hearing concerning PGCPS corruption was in progress.

These malicious activity was part of quid pro quo due to a reward to her by conspirator Dr. William Hite Jr among others. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused in 2012.

In addition to these allegations, there are numerous violations which involves the unions in Prince George’s County and other counts tied to her and corrupt legal officials in Maryland. There is evidence that Dr. Thornton’s role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. Long before County Executive Alsobrooks made the announcement for Mr. Thornton to be the new PGCPS new Board Chair, this troubling revelation was already known. Dr. Thornton has links to the President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes.

One of the most pivotal moments in the unearthing of her shenanigans actually, is when Dr. Hite and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”, in the latest twist in the ongoing public corruption.

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Dr. William Hite (seen here) and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”#DespotsMustFall

Read more here>>> ‪ https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/…/facilitator-agents-of-un…/ ‬ #Despotsmustfall

Below is the full news release Published: October 30, 2019

After serving as president of Prince George’s Community College for 13 years, Dr. Charlene M. Dukes announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

A champion of teaching, learning, and student success, Dr. Dukes guided the realignment of organizational structures and program offerings to create connections between and among the three key components of the 2019-20 Strategic Plan: student success, regional impact, and organizational excellence.

President Dukes will leave an everlasting legacy at Prince George’s Community College.

To read the full press release -> https://bit.ly/2JAIWOV

Read more >>> Prince George’s County Corruption Continues and Must End ASAP.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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