Category Archives: PG Superintendent.

Management analyst – Lyn J. Mundey tapped to fill BOE vacancy.

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Ms. Lyn J. Mundey

Reform Sasscer Movement “RSM” has learned and pleased that County Executive Baker filled the vacancy on the Board of Education for District 7 previously held by Board member Carlletta Fellows who resigned in June 2013. We look forward to working with Ms. Mundey to ensure accountability and transparency initiatives are implemented fully and  the county  meets the needs of the students, parents and teachers in District 7.

Above all, we look forward to engaging in the process with the County Executive Rushern Baker and the Board members as the County Executive Baker prepares to fill another vacancy on the Board created by the resignation of Donna Hathaway Beck, of District 9.

Under House Bill 1107, passed by the Maryland General Assembly last spring, the Prince George’s County executive has the authority to make an appointment to a vacant seat for the remainder of the term, should a seat become vacant.

Mundey is a 2000 graduate of Bowie High School, has a daughter in the seventh grade at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland and is an active member of the school’s PTA.

Baker education adviser Mr. Christian Rhodes was quoted as saying, Ms. Mundey brings a unique perspective to the board.

“Because of her multiple connections to the school system, first as an alumna and now as a parent, tracking her daughter as she’s moved up through the school system, she’s able to see the school system from a very different perspective,” Mr. Christian Rhodes said.

Mundey has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s of business administration degree from Strayer University. She is employed as a management analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, overseeing the agency’s operating policies and privacy program. (Read more Press release, Gazette)

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Hathaway-Beck becomes second member…

…of Pr. George’s school board to quit in 2 months

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Donna Hathaway-Beck, one of the longest-serving members on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, submitted her resignation Wednesday, the second member of the newly reconfigured board to quit in less than two months. According to many keen watchers of the current Board of Education, Hathway-Beck will be missed. She was a true trooper whose leadership knew no bounds and freely helped the community. We at Reform Sasscer Movement wish her well and God’s blessings in retirement.  May God bless her soul. Our wish is to see our County Executive Rushern Baker III appoint a capable leader to carry on the rest of her term and continue the current innovation / accountability initiatives currently in progress.

Hathaway-Beck (District 9), whose resignation will take effect Sept. 6, said work on the board was taking too much time away from her family. She has served on the board for nearly seven years.

Beck said she felt the time had come to step down.

“You need to know when it is time to go, and when to let someone step into your seat,” Beck said. “I am not irreplaceable.”

Read more Washington post and  Gazzette.

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Greatest General of his day – Gen. Bonaparte.

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Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor of the French.

Napoleon Bonaparte was the greatest general of his day and one of the greatest of all time. He was also an astute politician with an unconquerable will to win. Above all, Bonaparte revolutionized military organization and training, sponsored Napoleonic Code,instituted lasting reforms in higher education, established a tax code, road and sewer systems, and established the Banque de France (central bank). He negotiated the Concordat of 1801 with the Catholic Church, which sought to reconcile the mostly Catholic population to his regime. It was presented alongside the Organic Articles, which regulated public worship in France. Later, Bonaparte became President of the French Academy of Sciences and appointed Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre its Permanent Secretary.[57]His goal was to rule the world and he seemed well on his way to achieving that goal.

History records how he boasted, “Russia next, then Britain, and Napoleon shall rule the world.”

When leading his army en route to conquer Russia, one tiny snowflake fell on Napoleon, “Then another, and another, and another, and they kept on falling until Napoleon’s proud army was reeling back, broken and defeated” not by an enemy’s army nor even a single shot, but by a mass of tiny snowflakes. Napoleon’s response? “God almighty was too much for me.”

Later on in his own country  of France, the unarmed masses rose against him and toppled him despite having a strong army! The will of the people is powerful.

Likewise, as we have seen events of the last few years here in Prince George’s County, we have had Union bosses, school system officers and the Thatcher Law firm which has millions from questionable sources hell bent on wrecking havoc for employees by engaging in the following:

  1.  Making false statements of fact or law to the courts and presenting false evidence to the judges that they know to be false.
  2. Further, the same law firm is engaged in criminal or fraudulent conduct related to the proceedings.
  3. In representing a client, a lawyer shall not use means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person, or use methods of obtaining evidence that violate the legal rights of such a person.
  4. Misconduct. It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:  (a.) engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation (b.) engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; (c.) harass a person on the basis of sex, race, age, creed, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status in connection with a lawyer’s professional activities;

We have seen public  school funding outsourced to State officers for the sole purpose of racketeering conspiracy in order to defeat justice. Yes! There  has been money to bribe specific people rather than fight a clean war in the courts and a shame the devil.

As we approach 2014, we must remain vigilant and help create a society which cares for one another and not one which is driven by malice, a hostile work environment, racism, retaliation, nepotism, professional misconduct and corruption. Prince George’s County is bigger than a few individuals and we must never rest until we have seen proper changes in our society.  We pray that the new leadership together with others, will scrutinize each and every diabolical acts committed in the County these last few years. It is our hope that the grievance system will be respected in the future. As things stand now, everything is disarray.

As we have said before, It is our hope that the accounts that follow, highlight qualities of school system leaders who will guide the county forward into the future.  It is our sincere believe that the issues that we highlight concerning racism, professional misconduct, discrimination and nepotism within PGCPS system and elsewhere , not only captures your attention, but motivates you to proactively fight for a better America. By holding our county government and elected officials accountable, We can continue to build and promote an inclusive culture that encourages effective workforce performance not cover-ups! State and county employees, guardians over the public trust, must be able to pursue the missions of their organizations free from discrimination, racism and retaliation.  Public servants should not have to operate in fear of retaliation for reporting workplace, program or policy abuses that are racially discriminatory.

If we work together with all our stakeholders around the world, we could change the status quo of doing business especially in schools. Children are suffering around the world not just in Prince George’s County alone. It will be a wake up call for many of you, not just for those who live  and work in Prince George’s County. Anyone with time could pay a visit to the juvenile court in Upper Marlboro, Maryland to see for yourselves how vulnerable youth are faring.  A close look will show that sometimes, the docket is full with about 90 cases a day. If every family, teacher, administrator etc played their part, life could be much more meaningful. With our new CEO, let us see how much more we can do to change the status quo.

In the end, It’s comforting to know that God is in control no matter what, and that this world and the life of each of us who put our trust in Him are in his hands.

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Napoleon at the Battle

Call your elected representatives now and demand changes to this criminal behavior involving justice to the Highest Bidder. We must demand action this year to create accountability within the legal system. Unless we take action, Maryland as a state will be going to the dogs in the future. Take time and call your elected leaders for action is now. Let us demand changes.  

USE OF GRIEVANCE SYSTEM IN PGCPS.

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USE OF GRIEVANCE SYSTEM IN PGCPS

The Grievance system is unique process that governs dispute resolutions in the schools.  Principal, supervisor are made aware of the grievance and can address it before it comes to the attention of the principal’s supervisor. If the grievance remains unresolved at Step 1, it then proceeds to the attention of the principal’s supervisor. The purpose of a grievance is generally to enforce the terms of a collective bargaining agreement between the unions.

The following unions in PGCPS District led by ASASP, PGCEA, ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 and SEIU Unions filed grievances on behalf of several members on several occasions. These grievances proceeded all the way up the chain of command for Prince George’s County Public school district to various managers, Directors and Chiefs, Superintendent William Hite Jr., Dr. Crawley who resigned recently and others also received grievances. However, the PGCPS management did nothing to address the discrimination, retaliation and other corrupt activities, despite being aware of the issues. The management failed to respond to any of the Union grievances filed by the Union because the Unions themselves are involved in questionable activities. It is this egregious conduct fueled by Thatcher Law firm corruption which has polarized the whole school District. The whole school District will never move forward until corrupt lawyers are cleansed from the system.

The terrorist attacks in 2001 were aimed not only at destroying buildings and human lives, but also at undermining Americans’ confidence in their government. While the terrorists’ attempts at the latter ultimately backfired, they did illustrate that our country is only as strong as the commitment of our people and leaders to protect the ideals upon which it is based: individual liberty, freedom of expression, and the ability to redress grievances through a system of laws rather than violence. When lawyers for the local board retaliate and acts unethically on behalf of the School District, when the unions appointed lawyers and other attorneys hired by staff are compromised, they undermine the rule of law and faith in the system. The image of lawyers is not just a matter of professional or personal pride; it affects the public’s belief in our justice system, and ultimately, our faith in our democracy. The fact that there has been so many cases in both the State and Federal courts filed against PGCPS by several employees in recent years, is a clear manifestation that there are many problems within the PG County School District. We must demand answers from our elected officials in regards to the Thatcher Law firm which is engaged in criminal conspiracy with Mr. Bryan A chapman, Mr. Damon Felton and others in defrauding staff within the PG County district.   One female employee who protested mistreatment of her colleagues was fired in the middle of her discovery case with malice rather than settle the dispute. There is a big possibility that she might never even win the case because of what her attorney did to the case in conjunction with the Thatcher Law Firm and Mr. Roger Thomas. Only time will tell.  It’s clear there’s a criminal cabal around the Thatcher Law Firm that’s giving deadly advice to lawyers hired by various personnel. The Book of Mark, 8:36, sternly asks: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

Other PGCPS employees have been chased away recently like goats in the middle of Savanna after filing cases… Who does this to employees for exercising their rights and fighting for the rights of others? Who does this? Who else is involved in this criminal enterprise?  What happened to common decency ladies and Gentlemen?

In this school year, we pray that the new County Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell is going to look into these issues with sincerity and demand a new beginning from a new set of attorneys committed to the rule of law in PG County. Time has come to move in the right direction with new leadership and a new agenda!

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Grievance and Grievance handling.

Methods of Bringing conflict into surface

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Characteristics of a Grievance

Types of Grievances

Causes of Grievances

Causes for a Grievance

Need for Grievance procedure

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Basic Element of Grievance Procedure

Steps in Handling Grievances

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What are the punishment?

Grievance Frame Work

Do’s in handling grievances.

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Federal judges rules in favor of 4 Cases.

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Two different federal judges have ruled that a total of four separate discrimination lawsuits against the Prince George’s County Public School System can advance to trial in federal court. The first of these four trials is scheduled for November 2013. Collectively, these four discrimination lawsuits allege violations of the following laws:

•Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – failing to accommodate an employee with a known disability.

•Title VI and Title VII – racial hostile work environment/retaliation.

•Title VII and Title IX – sexual hostile work environment/retaliation.

The four plaintiffs include two white men and two African American women. One lawsuit is demanding $1,000,000 and three lawsuits are demanding $5,000,000. The attorney Bryan A. Chapman who has been handling some of these cases and who was reprimanded by Hon. Judge Peter J. Messitte on several occasions for filing defective complaints, refusal to file rebuttal and other issues has been fired by several clients recently. The said clients decided they will never go to the jury trial with Mr. Chapman for letting their friends down and making false and misleading statements to defeat justice. As indicated, the termination arose from unethical behavior of an attorney who is entrusted to uphold the rule of law and who instead led several cases being dismissed deliberately. According to confirmed reports by several plaintiffs in Federal court, Thatcher law firm and PGCPS legal department played a major role in this corruption and an investigation is warranted to uncover the truth of what happened. “We are not going to rest until the whole truth comes out.” said several former clients who no longer have faith in the Court system. “Everything is so broken down starting with the Prince George’s County District and Circuit Courts and it is not funny anymore.” added another.

Mr. Chapman “far exceeded zealous advocacy and included repeated abuse of the tools of the legal system.” Among some of the rules Mr. Chapman violated were; asserting a position for which there is no non-frivolous basis in law or fact; using means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay, or burden a third person; engaging in conduct that was not legitimate advocacy, in a professional capacity, manifesting bias or prejudice based upon race, religion, and disability (mental condition). Mr. Chapman who has a history of unethical litigation practices and disciplinary proceeding in other cases in Washington Dc, the virulent bigotry he has manifested in Federal proceedings in Greenbelt should never be ignored including his lack of any insight into his misconduct.

The school system has a two billion dollar annual budget. The school system also receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal assistance, so there is no cap on the amount of damages a jury can award in each of the four lawsuits.

One of the four lawsuits alleges that Angelique Simpson-Marcus, the African American principal of Largo High School, called Jon Everhart, a white male English teacher, “white bitch” and “poor white trash”. In the fall of 2007, the principal told Mr. Everhart that she would fire him and take away his teaching certificate as “payback” for a time when white principals mistreated black teachers. Complaints of racial harassment were made to Superintendent William Hite and other school board officials in 2008 and 2009, nonetheless, the racial harassment/retaliation continued until Mr. Everhart was terminated in the summer of 2010. Jon Everhart v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County, 11-cv-1196 (PJM) Others on the way to the jury include Tracy Allison v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County, Ruth Johnson v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County ~> Tracy Allison – Order, jon everhart order and Ruth Johnson)

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Oppose injustice and oppression in PG.

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To oppose injustice and oppression is not something that is merely political. It is profoundly religious. Can you imagine what the gospel means to people whose dignity is trodden underfoot every day of their lives, to those who have had their noses rubbed in the dust as if they did not count like happened in the Tyranny of Hutu numbers in Rwanda and recently in Kenya?

Despots and dictators ban books and literature and any newsletters they think are subversive, but the book they should actually ban is the Bible, for nothing could be more radical, more revolutionary once a society faces up to the awfulness of injustice, oppression and discrimination and Tyranny of any form. Some of us for one are involved in social struggle because we are spiritual not political. We are obeying the imperatives of our faith. Would anyone say Moses was a religious leader or a political leader? Was God acting religiously or politically when He set free enslaved people? Throughout the Bible you read how frequently the prophets act on behalf of God or speak on behalf of God and they speak in what we call political areas! If your religion does not affect the way you live your life, it’s a religion God rejects. We must lose the fetters of injustice and set free those who have been crushed.

As we welcome the new Superintendent in Prince George’s County  this school year, we pray that injustice and the corruption currently prevailing throughout the School District and fueled by the Unions politics will be crashed. The dirty politics to continue the status quo is led by  ASASP, ACE-AFSCME LOCAL 2250, PGCEA, MSEA, other officers and some BOE members who might have direct connection with the previous regime receiving union support clandestinely. At Sasscer admin Building the problem is centered around PGCPS Legal department led by Thatcher law firm, HR and Labor relations officers.  These problem areas must be dwelt with heads on. We pray for new leadership within these areas including the Unions to be led by people who fear God.  AMEN.

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Prince George’s schools’ test scores drop.

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Source: Washington Post analysis of Maryland School Assessment scores for 2013. Scores reflect combined results for reading and math.. The Washington Post. Published on July 23, 2013, 12:20 p.m.

As the New Board of Education for Prince George’s County reorganizes itself and is determined to bring the necessary changes, we must realize that there is no silver bullet. However, as we articulated before, real improvements in a school system like PGCPS take time and hard work.  As we said before, miraculous sudden improvements in student achievement was likely the result of outright fraud or a rigged evaluation system designed to produce desired results. This notion has been proved right today by news articles in Gazette and Washington Post.

Prince George’s County elementary school mathematics and reading scores are down compared to last year, ending a suspicious “positive four-year streak” driven by what appears to be fraud on state tests, and officials say next year may not be much better. (Read more)

On this note, we must demand changes starting with PGCPS HQ (Sasscer) and not cosmetics changes. We ask our new Board and our CEO to go boldly for administrative reforms that relate to the nuts and bolts of our school system and how it is run. Buses must be made to run on time and we must get rid of administrative waste, and sort through questionable contracts beginning with Thatcher Law firm which is the epicenter of corruption and the legal department. We must change contracting procedures and demand more for our kids instead of high suspension rate we have seen in the past. Above all, we must use appropriate technologies to gain efficiencies as well as, demand effective and timely school-to-parent communications. This is the first and most necessary element for enabling parental involvement as articulated by our sister Blogs in the past.

Finally, we must treat teachers and other staff members as professionals. Listen to them and provide them opportunities to influence how schools are run. We must refrain from arbitrary compensation schemes that will make teachers accountable for conditions they have no control over.  On this note, we must revisit how budget is controlled by Principals without much oversight which is like “Christmas in April.” This does not mean you don’t demand accountability and high performance. However, transparency and accountability initiatives passed into law must be implemented fully. We expect County Executive Rushern Baker, Board Chairman Dr. Segun C. Eubanks and our New Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin Maxwell to be a partner, not a punitive leader who are out to get teachers and other staff members. Let us make PGCPS a place that values innovation and professionalism—an attractive place for good teachers and other professionals to work for the good of the county.

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Board of Education to Host Additional Meet and Greets With the New CEO.

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New Schools Chief Executive Officer Maxwell

WHO:

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III

Prince George’s County Board of Education

New PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell

WHAT: Meet and Greets with Dr. Kevin Maxwell

WHEN/WHERE:

Tuesday, July 23

6-8 p.m.

G. James Gholson Middle School • Multipurpose Room

900 Nalley Road

Landover, MD 20785

 

Thursday, August 8

6-8 p.m.

DuVal High School

9880 Good Luck Road Lanham, MD 20706

 BACKGROUND:

The Prince George’s County Board of Education is hosting two additional opportunities for the community to meet and talk with the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Dr. Kevin Maxwell. County Executive Baker recently appointed Dr. Kevin Maxwell to serve as CEO for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Prince George’s County Public Schools faculty and staff, business and community leaders are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, view the press release on the July 10 Meet and Greet

County Executive Baker Announces…

…Appointment of Carolyn M. Boston as Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Board of Education

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County Executive Baker Announces Appointment of Carolyn M. Boston as Vice Chair of the Prince George’s County Board of Education

Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker,  III announced the appointment of Carolyn M. Boston as Vice Chair of the Prince  George’s County Board of Education, a position she currently holds.  Under  recently enacted Maryland law, HB-1107, the County Executive is charged with  nominating the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Education.  The Vice  Chair must be selected from one of the elected members of the Board if the Chair  is one of the appointed members.  County Executive Baker previously  appointed Dr. Segun Eubanks to serve as the new Board Chair.  On June 28,  County Executive Baker announced his selection of Dr. Kevin Maxwell as Prince  George’s County Public Schools’ Chief Executive Officer.

“I am pleased that Carolyn Boston will remain as Vice Chair  of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.  Her experience and  history with the Board will serve as a bridge during this  transition in school governance,” said Prince George’s County Executive  Rushern L. Baker, III. “Throughout her tenure on the Board of Education Ms.  Boston has earned the respect of her colleagues and has been an advocate for  her constituents, students, parents, and teachers.”

In June, County Executive Baker appointed three new members  to the Board of Education.  Former Provost and Vice President of the  University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Dr. Beverly Anderson of Fort  Washington, and Dr. Daniel Kaufman of Bowie,  Executive Vice President and head of Widmeyer Communications’ PreK-12 education  practice in Washington, D.C. and New York City.  Mr. Curtis  Valentine of Fort  Washington, a  consultant with the Imagine Foundation, was appointed by the Prince George’s  County Council.

In Selecting Ms. Boston, Reform Sasscer Movement believes County Executive Baker was sending a message of bridging the gap and the fight against discrimination and harassment throughout the Prince George’s County School system. We look forward to working with her and the entire Board in transforming the future of our kids with great affection in PG County.  May God Bless the United States.

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BIO OF CAROLYN M. BOSTON   Carolyn M. Boston is an elected member of the Prince  George’s County, MD Board of Education representing all parents and students in  District 6.   Carolyn M. Boston has been a resident of Prince George’s  County for over forty years.  She has two successful adult daughters who  both are alumnus of Prince George’s County Public Schools and three  granddaughters who currently attend elementary, middle and high schools in  Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Ms. Boston’s desire to advocate for parents, students and  teachers became prevalent during her tenure as President of the PTA at Robert  R. Gray Elementary School where she served diligently for nine years.  She  was Chairperson of Field Services for the Maryland State PTA Board of Directors  and maintained that position for two consecutive years.  She has served in  various capacities for the Prince George’s County Council of PTAs; Vice President  of Membership Services and Field Service Representative.

While working full time as a Parent Liaison for four years,  Ms. Boston was a Mentoring Master Trainer. She is also a facilitator for the  Comer Conference Parental Workshops as well as numerous National and State PTA  Leadership workshops and conferences to increase advocacy building on behalf of  children and parents.  She received the Maryland State PTA Highest Award  for Lifetime Member Recipient.

Ms. Boston also served as Vice Mayor and Councilwoman for the  Historic Town of Fairmount Heights, Maryland for two terms.

Additionally as a community activist, she has been an  Associate Member of the Auxiliary to the Landover Hills Volunteer Fire and EMS  Department for over six years.  She was a former employee of AFSCME  AFL-CIO at its headquarters for seven years and shop steward for two years.

Ms. Boston is a strong advocate of parent and community  involvement. She also has a passion for special needs students.  It is her  profound belief that the Prince George’s County Public School system must be an  institution of management transparency and responsible fiscal oversight in  order to achieve the highest level of academic success for all students.

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Education is important because, first of all, people need to know that discrimination still exists. It is still real in the workplace, and we should not take that for granted. ~ Alexis Herman

PGCPS board member Carletta Fellows resigns.

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Reform Sasscer Movement has learned that Ms. Carletta Fellows accused of charging more than $700 of personal expenses to her board-issued credit card has resigned.

According to Prince George’s County Public Schools, Carletta Fellows announced her resignation Thursday. She was elected to the board last year to represent District 7 constituents. During her short tenure in the Board, she worked very hard and created a strong accountability check on previous Board Chairperson Ms. Verjeana Jacobs until Ms. Jacobs lost her position through the legislature by the way of HB1107. Even though she is leaving the Board of Education, this woman of God should be supported even in retirement. If she made a mistake, it’s because she did not know. The fight against corruption must continue ~ A luta continua!

Fellows was the only board member who supported County Executive Rushern Baker’s plan to take over the school system. (Read more Washington post)

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