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Major ploy at PGCPS Sasscer as Acting CEO Eliminates positions

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As part of changes within Prince George’s county public schools (PGCPS), Monica Goldson who is the current acting CEO appears to have hit the ground running by eliminating several positions to reduce the number of employees at Sasscer. PGCPS is known to be top heavy and has over the years facilited employment for friends and families of politically connected individuals.

In an email send to the entire staff, Ms. Monica Goldson stated that, she had eliminated two Deputy Superintendent positions and created three positions that will allow for stronger oversight and delivery of instruction, she wrote among other issues. The current reorganization is expected to see at least $1million in savings. (see below).

Corruption over the years in PGCPS has been a major detrimental factor and is currently the center of the fiasco affecting the County schools.

In a long discussion seen online by Reform Sasscer Movement, many teachers and staff  stated, they had no trust to anyone that had ties to Baker or Eubanks. “Anyone hired by Baker is not going to be good. Don’t be fooled. As a CEO she still reports to Baker and the guy who wanted to fight Burroughs. This is why we a divided now. Some support her already and she did nothing to support what we want as teachers. I will not believe until past pay raises and steps are given to the teachers. I’m still trying to see the pay hike from July on my check. Don’t trust her at all,” One employee stated on Facebook.

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Monica Goldson has eliminated several positions at Sasscer

 

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Ex-PGCPS basketball coach who secretly recorded children is sentenced to 35 years

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 former substitute teacher and elementary school basketball coach Christopher Speights

A former substitute teacher and elementary school basketball coach Christopher Speights has been sentenced by a federal judge to 35 years in prison for producing child pornography.

In a plea agreement, Mr. Speights, 35, of Capitol Heights admitted to filming himself sexually exploiting boys and secretly filming boys while on basketball trips. He said he later blackmailed the boys to get them more photos.

He also admitted posing as a teenage girl online to solicit boys and girls to send him sexually explicit images of themselves.

Speights served as a substitute teacher and basketball coach at Bradbury Heights Elementary and coach of a traveling basketball team, the South County Steelers.

In December 2016, police said they received a cyber tip from Dropbox that a user allegedly possessed child pornography. An investigation later revealed that Speights was the owner of the account, according to the Prince George’s State’s Attorney’s Office.

Speights still faces related charges in Prince George’s County and Worcester County on related charges.

Prince George’s County Public Schools have been a magnet for all sorts of personnel due to poor leadership and overwhelming  corruption which is ongoing.

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Second probe of graduation rates underway in Prince George’s schools

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The state ordered a second probe of grading practices and graduation rates in Maryland’s second-largest school system.

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Investigators have embarked on a second review of grading practices and graduation rates in a Maryland school system that spent the past year engulfed in a diploma controversy.

The new review of the Prince George’s County school system will focus on the recently graduated Class of 2018, examining those students’ records while looking at the district’s efforts to tighten procedures and oversight.

Interviews of central-office administrators in the state’s second-largest school system began this week and will be followed by visits to the system’s 22 high schools, officials said.

“I look forward to receiving their analysis of our growth and progress as we seek to improve our actions to ensure academic excellence for all students,” Monica Goldson, the school system’s acting chief executive, said in a letter released to staff Tuesday and to the community Wednesday.

The review was ordered by state officials, who in the spring rehired the D.C. consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal to take a second look into issues that affect graduation rates, including attendance, grade changes, makeup work and access to records.

The examination could last more than six months — far longer than the seven weeks devoted to the first review.

A 2017 audit found thousands of grade changes in the days before graduation. In a sampling of those records, the audit found about 30 percent of students were ineligible to graduate or lacked proof they qualified.

The school system offered a plan in December 2017 to fix problems that had been un­covered and outlined new controls, expanded training and other changes. Officials in Prince George’s also ended a program involving packets of makeup work that were used to help students rebound from failing grades and pass courses.

Members of the Maryland State Board of Education questioned Prince George’s officials at length in January about the school system’s problems and plans to resolve them. A month later, the state board took the unusual step of asking that a state employee be assigned to monitor the district’s efforts.

Maryland officials said Wednesday that the new audit started July 2 under a contract that extends through March 1. It is expected to cost $595,000, officials said.

State officials also said they are establishing a three-person office that will monitor the issue in Prince George’s County and compliance matters in other school systems.

Prince George’s officials had previously planned to hire an independent firm on their own to conduct a second audit, but with the state audit in the works, that proposal was postponed at a recent school board meeting.

District officials are looking into whether the new audit will address one of their priorities: follow-up investigation at 15 high schools highlighted for additional analysis in the first audit, said Christian Rhodes, the school system’s chief of strategic and external affairs.

“Our goal is to continue to improve our processes to ensure that every student that walks across our stage has the skills and credits necessary to be successful,” he said.

Edward Burroughs III, a school board member who helped draw attention to diploma problems, said he was pleased the new audit was starting and believed recent leadership changes would have a positive effect.

“The main thing is we have to focus on educating our low-
performing students, not just graduating them unprepared,” he said. “If we increase their learning, the graduation rate will take care of itself and there will be no need to cheat to make it happen.”

The school system’s former chief executive has said the district’s graduation rate problems did not result from central-office orders. A report on the first audit said investigators did not find evidence of systemwide intimidation.

The former chief executive, Kevin Maxwell, left the top job last week amid a string of scandals — with a contract payout of nearly $800,000.

Goldson, named acting CEO last week, noted the importance of academic integrity in her community letter.

“Diplomas and grades must reflect high academic standards and strong accountability systems,” she said. “We owe no less to our students and their futures.”

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Architect of an Organized Scheme Monica Goldson busted for creating hostile work environment at Sasscer.

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Monica Goldson should have been fired a long time ago. “Her appointment ensures the corruption and cover-up will continue. It’s unthinkable that the very senior staff members at the core of the very scandal we asked Maxwell to be removed for would be appointed.” Say Tonya Wingfield.

It turns out that, the issuance of bizzare Directive at Prince George’s County Public Schools system Headquarters at Sasscer to monitor dissent was meant to shield the Architect of an Organized Scheme Monica Goldson. This came after she was appointed Acting CEO of PGCPS secretly as part of fraudulent ongoing scheme. The illegal activities she is involved in do not support the rule of law and her appointment is a major set back for any democratic reforms in Prince George’s County. The letter which appears to have been issued on her behalf, was circulated on the day this blog published Governor Larry Hogan‘s call for Dr. Kevin Maxwell’s removal published on July 10th, 2018.

According to Tonya Wingfield,  the public should not forget that, “Monica Goldson was placed in the Chief Operating Officer’s position despite major reservations to help with Dr. Crawley’s transition and was permanently appointed to the position.” She added that,  “Her appointment ensures the corruption and cover-up will continue. It’s unthinkable that the very senior staff members at the core of the very scandal we asked Maxwell to be removed for would be appointed. It shows a total lack of understanding by the board.” Tonya and other concerned citizens are all calling on Monica Goldson to resign or be removed as she lacks the integrity to lead such an office. The call for her removal is based on solid evidence of misconduct which once reviewed,  she should have been fired a long time ago.

Therefore, to defeat tyranny and transform Prince George’s county for the benefit of community, we must first liberate our minds and demand Monica Goldson resign ASAP. No teacher, Board member, Superintendent or any administrator has a right to engage in corruption in Prince George’s County. Once boundaries are crossed, there are consequences as laid down in the constitution. There is nobody above the law including Monica Goldson.

It’s therefore OUR DUTY as responsible, politically conscious and progressive citizens not just OPPOSE the tyrannical regime that’s looting our resources, abusing Prince George’s county citizenry, violating our human rights and subverting the constitution and the rule of law but to REMOVE it from power all together. Monica Goldson must go #Resist.

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Dr. William Hite Jr started a scheme with Monica Goldson which continues to this day.

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Major Drama: PGCPS board chair ordered to stay away from board member after alleged assault

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A judge signed off on a peace order, similar to a restraining order, that indicates Board Chair Segun Eubanks (Right) cannot go near board member Edward Burroughs (left).

By Hillary Lane:

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. – A judge has ordered Prince George’s County Public Schools Board Chair Segun Eubanks to stay away from board member Edward Burroughs after an alleged assault. The altercation happened after a heated vote at a board meeting last week.

Monday, a judge signed off on a peace order, similar to a restraining order, that indicates Eubanks cannot go near Burroughs for at least another week.

There is one exception, they are allowed to continue working together on the board.

RELATED: Assault charges filed against PGCPS board chair after altercation

Eubanks did not appear in court Monday, but his lawyers were present. Burroughs did appear for the hearing.

Burroughs alleged Eubanks charged at him, grabbed him and threatened to “f— him up” after Thursday’s board meeting.

“I am worried because I always state my views and they are often different from the Board Chair,” said Burroughs. “I don’t want to continue looking over my shoulder to see if he is going to go out of control.”

Burroughs said things got heated after he publicly criticized Eubanks who helped draw up an $800,000+ severance package for outgoing CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell. Burroughs called him a “weak negotiator”.

RELATED: PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell gets nearly $800k severance package

On Friday, Burroughs filed assault charges.

Eubanks is facing second-degree assault charges. It comes with a maximum of 10 years in prison.

“I hope the law is followed,” said Burroughs. “Whatever the penalty is for second-degree assault is should be followed.”

WUSA9 reached out to Dr. Eubanks. He did not return our calls.

Both sides will appear back in court next Tuesday for a trial to decide whether the now temporary restraining order should become permanent. Court proceedings for the criminal assault charges will follow.

 

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Major Outrage as Architect of an Organized Scheme Monica Goldson is appointed Acting CEO of PGCPS

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Monday July 16, 2018: The school board for Prince George’s County, Maryland, has appointed an acting CEO to replace Dr. Kevin Maxwell without proper scrutiny.

Dr. Monica Goldson will take the temporary role, the Board of Education announced Thursday night, in the midst of a heated discussion which resulted in a major fiasco and court proceedings after the Board Chairman Segun Eubanks violated rights of Board Member Edward Burroughs.

Goldson was named to the post after the severance package for outgoing CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell was voted on by the board at a contentious Thursday night meeting.

That meeting ended with an allegation of assault as school board member Edward Burroughs alleged that school board Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks called him into a backroom for a meeting and then threatened Burroughs, saying, “I will f*** you up!” and pushed him against a book case.

Burroughs filed charges, asking for a stay-away order directed at Eubanks. There was a Court hearing set for this Monday morning July 16th, 2018 at 10 am at the District Court of Maryland 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

In William Shakespeare’s last work, Comedy of Errors, Antipholus of Syracuse poses a philosophical question on why time is such a niggard of hair, being as it is, so plentiful an excrement.

The answer Dromio of Syracuse offers wraps it up for outgoing CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and current temporary CEO Monica Goldson who was appointed in a hurry in Organized “scheme to defraud” without any input from the public in a midst of a major fiasco at Sasscer. The speed in which her appointment was made should have everyone in the county worried and demanding answers without delay.

Goldson is the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning at Prince George’s County Public Schools. Under her watch, the school District saw a number of fake grades facilitated.

County Executive Rushern Baker will appoint the interim CEO “in the very near future,” the school system said in a release. However, and for the record, Ms. Monica Goldson ‘s appointment was conducted without a thorough background check. If such background check had been done, it would have exposed the dark and sordid background of Ms. Monica Goldson. A preliminary search reveals the following:

  • On or around September 2009, Monica Goldson engaged in cover ups involving Dwayne Jones who is the Principal of Laurel High School and current President of Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP). Dwayne Jones has been in an illicit affair for a long time and in plain sight. An investigation was done and she chose to cover up the misconduct which was brought to her attention because of conflict of interest she was involved in.
  • Part of the conflict Monica Goldson was involved in touched on her mentor,  a man by the name of Mr. James Smallwood who had promoted her while she was at Forestville Military Academy. Mr. James Smallwood, who was a Principal at Forestville academy, acted like a wild hyena in heat. After this blog received the issues, we made a report and helped bring them to light and Mr. Smallwood shortly after either retired or resigned.
  • Monica Goldson is engaged in corrupt activities involving paying off attorneys within Prince George’s County and has been the leader of an organized scheme since she was sued in Maryland for willful violations of law in the county. (See CAL1136992 Goldson, Monica Defendant Prince George’s County Circuit Court CIVIL CLOSED 12/16/2011 Mua vs Board of Education of Prince Georges County)
  • There are currently 10 cases in the U.S Supreme Court which touch on her misconduct directly, in the U.S District Court and within Maryland Court system.
  • Confirmed reports say that she was dating Dr. William Hite Jr when she initiated her divorce proceedings from her husband Mr. Lyndell Goldson on or around 11/03/2008. ( See Case # CAD08-32088 GOLDSON VS GOLDSON). For those who are not familiar with Dr. William Hite Jr, the corruption in Prince George’s County was fueled by him and this blog initiated a vote of “No confidence” which  made him leave the county ASAP due to serious issues he was engaged in. (See Some leaders in PGCPS – Heart of the problems in Schools.) Before transferring to Philly, local investigations were partially done on Dr. William Hite and issues covered up. Dr. William Hite promoted Monica Goldson before he left and was pulling the strings from afar in PGCPS for many years. He still does.
  • On 05/17/2013 the Prince George’s County Circuit Court entered an order that Monica Goldson pay. By Consent Order dated 4-22-13, Judge Cathy H Serrette, ordered, that Defendant’s Motion to Modify Child Support filed on November 16, 2012 be and hereby granted; and it is further, order that commencing on May 1, 2013, Plaintiff (Monica Goldson) shall pay child support to the Defendant Mr. Lyndell Goldson on behalf of the minor children in the amount of $803.00 per month, pursuant to the Maryland Child Support Guidelines attached hereto and incorporated herein. The child support payments shall be made by Plaintiff (Monica Goldson) on the first day of each month, directly to the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Administration cc C. Wachter Esq. and E. Opper-Weiner Esq. fd/jmf e051713.
  • Once Monica Goldson was promoted as Deputy Superintendent by her boyfriend Dr. William Hite, there have been reports she was disobedient to Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bonita Coleman now superintendent in Ocean Springs Mississippi.  Monica Goldson is said to have been instrumental in making her leave the District. Apparently to the people familiar with the scandal, Ms. Goldson would not listen to Dr. Coleman because the illicit affair she had with Dr. William Hite Jr was in the way. She has also promoted cronyism by hiring family members and friends throughout the District who in return facilitate fraudulent scheme such as fake grades and other issues within the Board. A fox guarding a hen house for sure!
  • Other issues involve deliberate and systematic scheme to destroy careers of teachers and other staff members who report issues touching on them. Every staff member should be concerned about this. We spend many years training and having our own ideas and thoughts only to be set up by a person driven by greed and selfish motives such as Monica Goldson. This is unacceptable and should be investigated.
  • There are many issues brought to light by others such as procurement fraud she has facilitated over the years as reported by Donna Goodman and Tonya Wingfield below which involves organized schemes to defraud the county. Prince George’s County needs an independent leader who has no ties to the local networks.

Organized “scheme to defraud” is defined as a systematic, ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud one or more persons, or with intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act.

Those shouting about opposition to this blog and others on facebook have enacted should know that LIBERATION – any liberation – starts in the mind. No country or society can liberate themselves until they liberate their minds.

To defeat tyranny and transform Prince George’s county for the benefit of community, we must first liberate our minds and demand answers. No teacher, Board member, Superintendent or any administrator has a right to engage in corruption in Prince George’s County. Once boundaries are crossed, there are consequences as laid down in the constitution.

It’s therefore OUR DUTY as responsible, politically conscious and progressive citizens not just to OPPOSE the tyrannical regime that’s looting our resources, abusing Prince George’s county citizenry, violating our human rights and subverting the constitution and the rule of law but to REMOVE it from power all together.

Reaction on facebook has been swift. Here are a sample of the comments from the public:

Pg Parents Both the Board attorney and Eubanks needs to go. We also have a bigger problem now with Monica Goldson. She has been instrumental in pay to play and interferes of the local courts.”

Tonya Wingfield: “True. Monica Goldson is one of the main people that keeps corruption in the school system alive. I’ve always said Dr. Maxwell did not bring corruption to PGCPS. He just fit comfortably in it. There is no one we can say we are turning a new page with Dr. Maxwell’s resignation and keep any member of senior management staff. Let’s remember the top manager to over see grade tampering was Monica Goldson. This is why our school system lacks credibility.”

Donna Goodman Not to mention, she and other executives have have been involved in and promoted procurement fraud!”

Tonya Wingfield “Maxwell came into the corruption, he didn’t bring it. Monica Goldson is the common denominator in the corruption that embroils our school system. She was ineffective as a principal, area director and head of the failed High School Consortium. In the position of COO she manipulated the vacancy of the procurement director to give it to Brenda Allen who had been rejected twice for the position in the normal interview process. Goldson and Allen schemed to terminate whistle blower, Donna Young, by falsifying documentation used in two audits to cover the illegal procurement actions that cost PGCPS millions and required an increase in legal staff to defend an increase of protests due to bid steering. Ms. Young tried to report the evidence of the bid steering to Dr. Maxwell. Derrick Homesley was the Acting Transportation Director and provided PGCPS proof that outsourcing bus drivers would cost the system more money and the system would save money if they stopped doing political favors in transportation for elected officials and follow the MOU of 1998 to return to neighborhood schools. He was brought up of false charges based on manufactured documentation within weeks of presenting his presentation to the administration and school board. He also questioned why the Transportation budget had a large earmark amount for a board member. Who was the head of the department that could have stopped this travesty to destroy the life of an innocent man trying to handle taxpayer’s money responsibly, Monica Goldson. Who was over the area responsible for ensuring the accuracy of grading data in the grading scandal, Monica Goldson. She is a bigger problem than Maxwell.”

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Board member K. Alexander Wallace was a student when Monica Goldson was a principal at Dr. Henry Wise High School and now PGCPS Deputy Superintendent. Goldson works closely with Delegate Dereck Davis who provided his wife  Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis for number two spot before resigning to go back to Anne Arundel County under pressure.  Board member Wallace worked previously for Senator Ulysses Currie who overseas Delegate Davis. Mr. Wallace can never go against Dr. Goldson, because he  “carries water” for her having been her student.

 

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Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee Initiates a Petition Against PGCPS Chair Dr. Segun Eubanks after a major fiasco.

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Chairman Segun Eubanks,

Sunday July 2018: The Prince George’s County Republican Central Committee has initiated a petition against PGCPS Chairman Dr. Segun Eubanks. Burroughs said he filed a complaint after the meeting, at a time when he also applied for — and was granted — an interim restraining order against Eubanks. Online court records confirmed the assault charge against Eubanks in Prince George’s County District Court, and Burroughs provided copies showing the interim restraining order was approved by the court.

The order forbids Eubanks from threatening or committing acts that cause injury, destroy property or inflict other harm.

Burroughs has a hearing on Monday  July 16th, 2018 at 10 am at the District Court of Maryland 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 Upper Marlboro and is consulting with his attorney about how to proceed. He said the incident leaves him feeling more strongly about the need for Eubanks to resign. Members of the public are asked to show up in large numbers to show the world how serious they take this violation and ongoing fight against corruption within the schools.

The residents, parents, and students of Prince George’s County deserve better from their county school leadership.

The petition Reads:

On Thursday, July 12, Chairman Eubanks, who was appointed to the position by his brother in-law County Executive Rushern Baker, was charged with assaulting a fellow school board member. The assault took place immediately following a school board meeting where Mr. Eubanks negotiated a nearly $1 million payout to disgraced outgoing Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Maxwell! The payout was not required by his employment contract and is a clear waste of taxpayer money for a failed superintendent.

Superintendent Maxwell and School Board Chairman Eubanks have been at the center of a number of recent scandals in the school system, including the discovery of unauthorized raises to staff members, a hidden camera found in a school’s administrative office, grade manipulation to create false graduation rates and the loss of the school system’s $6.5 million headstart grant.

Now is the time for the residents of Prince George’s County to DEMAND more accountability from the Baker-Maxwell-Eubanks administration. County Executive Rushern Baker must immediately terminate (his brother in law) Dr. Segun Eubanks as Board of Education Chairman so that the school system can move forward past the scandals and poor performance of its leaders.

Please sign our petition and add your voice to the call for his immediate termination!Petition

Sign Petition Here: www.pggop.com/petitionagainstseguneubanks

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