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Prince George’s County substitute teacher dies in school.

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A substitute teacher died Friday morning at a Prince George’s County high school after suffering a medical emergency, according to a school official.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for county schools, said no Largo High School students were in the stairwell when the man collapsed about 7:45 a.m., just before the start of school.

A vice principal called 911, but emergency workers were unable to revive him, Pugh said.School officials said the substitute teacher had worked for the school system since 2003. Friday was his first day at Largo.

Pugh said the school will send letters home with students about the incident. Students were kept in their first-period classrooms until 11 a.m. after the medical examiner came to the building.The school system did not release the substitute teacher’s name or age. Officials were waiting until the next of kin were notified. (Read more NBC News)

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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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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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Sincere thank you.

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On August 15, 2011 a group of Democrats, Republicans, and independents from all over Prince George’s County came together to write a blog about our county by people who live in this county. Over two years we have written about great stories, perspectives, successes, failures of our county, covered times of concern, and pushed for a better county through the legislation. We plan to continue helping innovate the county in corroboration with the new county leadership now that our New CEO is in place.

Our Editorial Board will continue to publish and support the new CEO and our County Executive. If you know anything of concern which needs to be fixed, share it with us and we will corroborate to help make sure it is addressed. Some issues deserves a quick fix and others take a long time to address.

We love this county and as individuals are pumped to continue pushing to make our community better for everyone.

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Baker introduces new PGCPS schools chief.

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Homecoming is the theme for Prince George’s County Public Schools new CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell. (Pictured above)

Anne Arundel County School Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell returned to North Western high school in PGCPS where he served as principal more than a decade ago to be formally introduced Friday by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) as the new schools chief.

“Welcome home,” said Baker, to applause. “Dr. Kevin Maxwell may not have started in the mailroom, but he did start in the classroom…he has learned every facet of school system operations in his journey, a journey which brings him back to Prince George’s County.”

Dr. Maxwell, who was lauded for his work in Prince George’s, Montgomery and Anne Arundel counties, will take the helm of Maryland’s second-largest school system after seven years leading Anne Arundel schools. (Read more Washingtonpost) (Read more Hyattsville patch)

In attendance were several senior delegation including  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Maryland Senators, Delegates, Board of Educations members and senior county officials. Lt. Gov Brown praised Baker’s selection of Maxwell to take on the county school system. He said, “This is the right choice at the right time to lead the Prince George’s County school system to new heights.”

On his part, Dr. Maxwell said “I cannot do this by myself. I need every one of you,” he said to the crowd. “For every one of you who asks what are you going to do, I turn around and ask what are you going to do to help?” He further stated that,  “I’m here for the long haul,”. “I’ve lived here my whole life, I certainly expect to have my contract renewed in four years, and I expect to be here a good while.”

We at Reform Sasscer movement are very thrilled by the selection and look forward to supporting him and our other leaders within the county. Dr. Maxwell seems very articulate in several aspects and seem to understand what has been going on.  He brings a wealth of exeperience. Kudos to the County Executive Rushern Baker and his team!

See video of the event here

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Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown praised Baker’s selection of Maxwell

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County Executive Rushern Baker Introducing Dr. Maxwell

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Segun C. Eubanks, Ed.D. ~ BOE Chair speaking to the invitated Guests.

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Mr. Christian Rhodes  ~ Education Policy Advisor at Office of the Prince George’s County Executive.

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From left, Dr. Segun Eubanks, chair of the PGCPS Board of Education, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, New PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.

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Prince George’s County Public Schools new CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell speaking.

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County, State Leaders Welcome New Prince George’s Schools Chief in Pictures.

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It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ~ Nelson Mandela

Peace of God Transcends ALL.

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Psalm 146:3

‘Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.’

  • We can be tempted to misplace our trust and look to humans for help.
  • We may even think that powerful people can open doors for us.
  • But there is only One who can open a door that no one can shut.
  • There is only One who has your best interests at heart.

PRAYER: Lord, we place our confidence and trust in You and You alone. Help us to be like David, who trusted in You alone and destroyed the giant in the process. Amen.

Have an empowered rest of the week.

Regards,

 

Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat for Prince George’s County

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“For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ~ Jesus Christ