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Statewide election to select teacher to sit on Maryland State Board of Education

maryland-state-board-of-education-jpg-1503426698.jpgFor the first time, an active schoolteacher will be elected to sit on Maryland State Board of Education. Maryland Teachers started casting their ballots this past weekend as voting started on Sunday. It’s a big deal because it’s the first time teachers will get to choose who represents them on the State board.

We need a teacher who is in a school every day, who can take a look at that policy or this policy and say this is how it’s going to come out when we see it there and give the board that advice,” said Delegate Eric Ebersole, D-Baltimore and Howard counties.

Cheryl Bost, president of the Maryland State Education Association, told the press that, the current board is lacking members with education experience.

“None of them are actively teaching. Many of them have never been in a classroom before. They’re from the business world or from private education, and so now, we will have an active practitioner who will have a voice,” she said.

Thirteen teachers are on the ballot. The candidates work at schools throughout the state.

“All teachers here in the state of Maryland, public, private, everybody will get an email with their biographies, the names of the candidates,” Bost said.

The bill requiring the change passed in the last legislative session.

“When we talk to many of our educators, they are excited that somebody who actually walks the walk with them will be able to represent them,” Bost said.

Ebersole, who is the sponsor of the House version of the school board bill in the General Assembly, is encouraging teachers to participate in the process.

“They need to select well, they need to select wisely and they need to show a lot of votes because they need to show this is something that’s important to them, too. I’m sure it is, but by voting, they certainly send that message,” Ebersole said.

Another new seat on the board will be filled by a parent. The PTA will work with the state Senate to select three candidates. Gov. Larry Hogan will choose one of them.

“These board members will come to respect these new members as people who have a perspective they can rely on,” Ebersole said.

Teachers have already been emailed a link, and voting started at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Voting ends Nov. 17. The results will be released by Dec. 23, and the winning candidate will serve for 2 1/2 years.

Maryland State Education Association conflict

There are concerns that, the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) is supporting a particular candidate instead of being neutral at the exercise. This conflict is causing concerns because of past and present public corruption involving the union staff in Maryland led by MSEA attorney Mr. Damon Felton.

MSEA as a union is not a saint and has caused problems for teachers in Maryland after going to bed with management. Legal recognition of a union has traditionally been achieved through secret ballot elections, in which each worker decides whether or not to support a union in the privacy of the voting booth — just like a person votes for the president or a senator. But unions frequently lose secret ballot elections. So they often bring intense pressure on companies to agree to a “card check” system instead of a secret election.

Employees who no longer want a union to represent them — whether it’s because the union is undemocratic, corrupt, violent, or just plain inept — are entitled to seek an election to determine if a majority of their coworkers want to drop the union. Such elections, which are conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), are known as “decertification elections.”

Employees who want to vote a union out must circulate a petition calling for a decertification election. They should not seek help from their employer, because the union can then complain that an unfair labor practice has tainted the election. Employees may take advantage of outside assistance, though. Signatures should be collected on non-work time and in non-work areas. It is important that the names of the union and the company be filled in before any signatures are collected. MSEA endorsement of a particular candidate when the MSEA as union corrupt and facilitating a scheme of deception and obstruct of justice is unfair to teachers in Maryland. Keep in mind MSEA has been sued many times over the years.

For more information on the process and where to vote, please click here.IMG_7053

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Protesting Governor Hogan’s fundraiser | PHOTOS & County Corruption in PGCPS

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People protest outside Governor Larry Hogan’s “dark money” fundraiser.

Why has the Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) leadership become so thoroughly corrupt? The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical. The Prince George’s County School system is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start.

We don’t mean the kind of corruption that regularly sends lowlifes like Rod Blagojevich, the Democratic former governor of Illinois, to prison. Those abuses are nonpartisan and always with us. So is vote theft of the kind we’ve just seen in North Carolina—after all, the alleged fraudster employed by the Republican candidate for Congress hired himself out to Democrats in 2010.

However, sensing danger, a group of approximately 100 educators — most from Baltimore and Prince George’s County — protested outside a glitzy fundraiser that featured Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) Thursday evening. Some cited corruption as the reason.

The event, held in a lavish ballroom at the Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County, raised an undisclosed sum for Change Maryland, the anti-tax hike organization that Hogan started eight years ago and that ultimately fueled his successful pursuit of the State House.

As men in tuxedos and women in gowns drove up to the casino’s valet parking area, a bus carrying teachers and public education advocates pulled up to the curb. Protesters quickly poured out, chanting and waving signs in a light rain.

They were immediately met by hotel security personnel and Anne Arundel County police officers, who ordered them off the casino’s grounds.

As they marched, they chanted “Fund our schools,” “Our children can’t wait,” and “$25,000 a table,” a reference to the cost of top-tier tickets to the black-tie gala. They handed out fliers that said, “As the richest state in the country, we can afford to fund the Kirwan recommendations.”

Hogan and his aides have taken to referring to the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education as the “Kirwan Tax Hike Commission”. The panel, which has spent three years formulating its recommendations, is chaired by former University System of Maryland chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan.

“We know that this Kirwan Commission funding is so important for our students,” said Theresa Mitchell Dudley, head of the Prince George’s County teachers’ union. “We’re here to send a message to our governor that our kids can’t wait.”

However, Theresa Mitchell Dudley failed to disclose that, she is at the center of major public corruption in the Prince George’s county and is driving Union corrution in many ways. Read more on her shenanigans here.

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Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley (pictured here) is a real thug based on many observations. She is currently serving two masters and should resign one position due to conflicts of interests in politics. She is also engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity in PGCPS. #DespotsMustFall

As stated earlier, senior officials of Prince George’s County are not doing any better either, there is evidence that Dr. Thornton (the new Board of Education Chairman) his role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. These are the rampant mismanagement Governor Larry Hogan is talking about. Indeed, 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.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in the history of the Prince George’s county public schools dealing with senior officials under his watch. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

Dr. Thornton has links to the current President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes, who 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. This malicious activity was part of quid pro quo. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused. Dr. Thornton has strong links too with the Maryland State Education Association officers who interfered with arbitration and the lawyers whom employees had hired to represent them but were compromised during County Executive Alsobrooks tenure as the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney.

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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

For those complaining about the state of Prince George’s County’s economy, the criminal debt levels and runaway plunder by those occupying public office, please know that nothing will improve until we replace the looters at the PGCPS Headquarters at Sasscer administrative Building in Upper Marlboro and Largo with visionary leaders of integrity.

Kwame Nkrumah PC once said, we must first deal with the SUPERSTRUCTURE – POLITICS – and all else will follow. With despots at the top, the economy might collapse completely, there will be mayhem if the current corrupt leadership is left unchallenged and Maryland as a state will become worse.

In fact, there is strong evidence, Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in these meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall. It’s only after we wrote in this blog about her lack of communication that, Dr. Monica Goldson responded about the School Bus fiasco currently in progress today.

The cover ups of public corruption in Prince George’s Country and in Maryland is ongoing illegal activity since it is willful in nature. In this kind of situation, both sides are not helping with the situation to secure the funding or save it for other projects due to the shenanigans’ involved. Revolution is the way, the means and the solution. Silence is not an option here.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

Read more >>>Facilitator agents of Union Crime and Public Corruption in Maryland.

 

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A protest is held against Governor Larry Hogan’s “dark money” fundraiser.

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Tuberculosis case reported at Bladensburg High School in PGCPS after cover ups.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

There has been roughly 200 students and faculty members who may have been exposed to Tuberculosis, at Bladensburg High School, according to the Prince George’s County Health Department. The undisputed facts about the Bladensburg High School fiasco involving Tuberculosis cover ups reveal conduct utterly incompatible with the CEO’s constitutional duty. Notwithstanding her desperate efforts to cast aspersions on the credibility and loyalty of the whistle-blowers and the many staff members and other officials who conveyed their firsthand knowledge and profound concerns at the Bladensburg  High School in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).

It’s telling that neither CEO Dr. Monica Goldson nor anyone else seriously questions the truth of the whistle-blower’s account of the cover up at PGCPS High School here. That officials knew about the problems many days ago and chose to be silent in face of danger to everyone in this particular school. This is clearly a concern and confirms the leadership is out of line and the CEO needs to resign based on this issue and others.

It’s important to stress, however, that even without these surrounding circumstances (or even if some of them depend on contested facts), what’s within the four corners of the PGCPS headquarters at Sasscer Administrative Building in Upper Marlboro account of the Bladensburg High School Tuberculosis fiasco, standing alone, reflects a gross abuse of office.

It’s now up to all members of the Board of Education for Prince George’s County —whether or not they vote to remove CEO Dr. Goldson and the Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton. In order to prevent more problems from occurring in the county, and to rewrite the proper standards of the new CEO while drumming up support to reveal HB1107, which gave the CEO absolute power like a monarch, members of the Board of Education need to vote to remove her. They must drum up support to have the Chairman removed as well. This is the only way to prevent a fox from guarding a chicken house in PGCPS.

As stated previously in this blog, Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years in this county! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in these meetings recently. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

We reprint the report by Fox 5 DC below.

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Bladensburg High School told parents that there was a case of tuberculosis at the school confirmed on Oct. 24. They told parents nearly two weeks later. “It takes time. You have to develop the letters. You have to know who you need to make contact with,” a county health department official told News4’s Shomari Stone.

In Prince George’s County, Bladensburg High School is reporting a case of tuberculosis. School officials partnered with the county health department to hold an informational meeting tonight with parents.

School officials say over the weekend, Bladensburg High School was thoroughly cleaned out of an abundance of caution.

Letters and robocalls went out Tuesday to parents, but some were concerned that the school knew about the tuberculosis case for more than a week. The school confirms it was notified on October 24.

Officials will not say whether it’s a student or staff member who is sick, but there are 200 people identified as potentially exposed after having close contact with the patient.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, tuberculosis or TB can be deadly if not treated properly. It’s spread through the air from one person to another. When a sick person coughs, tiny droplets can remain floating in the area for several hours. An infected person won’t test positive until 8 to 10 weeks after exposure.

Officials plan to send letters to those 200 families to notify them over the next two weeks and free testing will be held the first week of December. Treatment will be free for anyone who tests positive.

Read and See more here >>> NBC4WJLA,  Fox 5 DC  

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Prince George’s County Health Department officials spoke to concerned parents on Wednesday

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Major Drama! Hogan hosts dark money fundraiser to fight Kirwan — educators plan to protest

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As the commission proposing big increases to Maryland education funding nears key decisions, Gov. Larry Hogan is ramping up his fight against the plans with a high-dollar fundraiser for his political lobbying organization at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. This screenshot shows an ad for the event at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. (screenshot)

In what is turning out to be a major fiasco in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan is going after the corrupt education officials where it hurts the most. This time, he appears not to leave anything to chance. With major decisions expected soon from the commission proposing big increases to Maryland education funding, Gov. Larry Hogan is gearing for a major fight against the plans with a high-dollar fundraiser for his political lobbying organization at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.

An advertisement for today’s Nov. 7 event, called the “Governor’s Gala,” features a large photo of Hogan and encourages guests to purchase VIP tables for $25,000 each.

“There is no limit on the amount that you can donate to Change Maryland Action Fund,” the ad states.

Under Maryland law, donors may not give more than $6,000 directly to Hogan as a candidate per campaign cycle, and those donations must be disclosed. However, those rules are broken regularly in Prince George’s County.  Also, state law prohibits casino owners from donating to a candidate.

But Hogan’s event at the Hanover casino owned by businessman David S. Cordish falls outside those laws and it creates a loop hole, because the governor’s political lobbying arms ― Change Maryland Inc. and Change Maryland Action Fund ― are not technically functions of his individual campaign committee.

However, tonight Thursday, Nov. 7 Maryland teachers and supporters will protest this fundraiser being held by Republican Governor Larry Hogan aimed at fighting increased spending on public schools as part of high drama.

The term-limited Governor who frequently spars with teachers unions and has even called them “thugs,” is working through, Change Maryland Action Fund, a Super PAC, courting wealthy donors to build a two million dollar war chest, funding lobbying efforts and a PR campaign to turn public opinion against a plan to dramatically boost education spending throughout Maryland. Hogan has said the plan to equitably fund public schools “is outrageous pandering to special interest groups.” However, Hogan has been given proof of public corruption involving some of these organizations and has failed to address the grievances only choosing to look the other way after serious issues have been presented to him.

Diamonté Brown, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, is one of many attending the protest.

“Governor Hogan may want to learn a lesson from Kentucky’s recent election about what happens to the political careers of governors who choose to make public schools, teachers, and the students they serve their enemies,” Brown said.

Hogan has maintained he has budgeted “record” funding for public education, and that schools are not underfunded, rather plagued by rampant mismanagement—a common Republican talking point. But a state panel known as the Kirwan Commission tasked with studying how to make the state’s schools competitive in the 21st century found schools are underfunded by $2.9 billion each year.

“It’s important for folks in Maryland to see what this governor is really up to—shameful,” said Rob Helfenbein, Associate Dean of Education at Loyola University. “We know that children deserve access to high quality pre-kindergarten programs. We know that Baltimore City has been repeatedly underfunded and underserved by the state.”

Democrats have vowed to pass Kirwan without large tax increases, and can point to broad public support. A recent Goucher College Poll found 70% of those surveyed believe the state spends “too little” on public education, with 74% saying they “support personally paying more in taxes to improve public education.”

In 2008, Maryland voters approved Casinos with the promise their revenue would give a big boost to schools. But that money never actually reached classrooms and instead only supplanted existing funding. Voters finally approved a new ballot measure in 2018 that phased in that increased revenue to schools, amounting to hundreds of millions a year through 2022.

Hogan has claimed that funding Kirwan would mean “a 535% increase to property taxes”, or would cost families “$6,200 in additional taxes per year,” statements even The Sun’s editorial board (who endorsed Hogan) called “alternative facts.”

“It’s disappointing that Governor Hogan is focused on misinformation, scare tactics, and raising dark money from wealthy donors rather than rolling up his sleeves to help lead on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school,” said Adam Mendelson, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA), the state’s largest teachers union.

One of the wealthiest states in the country, Maryland schools are marked by stark disparities; the state spends 4.9% on lower income school districts than wealthier ones, the Kirwan Commission found. Its recommendations include expanding Pre-K, increasing teacher pay, and ensuring all students are college and career ready before they graduate. The plan comes with a nearly four billion a year price tag to be phased in by 2030, through increases to both local and state contributions.

Hogan has repeatedly lashed out at the Commission’s recommendations, calling it the “Kirwan Tax-Hike Commission”: “We cannot recklessly expand the state’s deficit to $18.7 billion, as the Kirwan Tax Hike Commission’s proposals require,” Hogan recently posted on Facebook. “And we absolutely will not impose billions in crippling state and local tax increases on Marylanders.” Cleaning up Maryland’s tax code and closing corporate tax loopholes could raise close to $2 billion a year towards funding Kirwan, The Maryland Center on Economic Policy argued in a recent report.

Before becoming Governor, Hogan served as a director for the Maryland Public Policy Institute, a libertarian think-tank, that’s been described as the “policy-arm” of his administration. As reported by the Beat, MPPI’s members frequently appear on outlets like Baltimore Sinclair-affiliate Fox 45, to make the case that privatization, not increased funding will help underperforming schools.

“It is a disgrace that Hogan prefers to throw a party with the 1% to raise money against the children of Maryland,” said Khalilah Harris, Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and a former Real News Executive Producer.

The Gov.’s office has yet to respond to a comment on these allegations.

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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

In the meantime, senior official of Prince George’s County are not doing any better, there is evidence that Dr. Thornton (the new Board of Education Chairman) his role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. These are the rampant mismanagement Governor Larry Hogan is talking about. Indeed, 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 current President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes, who 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. This malicious activity was part of quid pro quo. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused. Dr. Thornton has strong links too with the Maryland State Education Association officers who interfered with arbitration and the lawyers whom employees had hired to represent them but were compromised during County Executive Alsobrooks tenure as the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney.

In fact, there is strong evidence, Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in these meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

The cover ups of public corruption in Maryland is ongoing. In this kind of situation, both sides are not helping with the situation to secure the funding or save it for other projects due to the shenanigans’ involved.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

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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

Read more >>>Facilitator agents of Union Crime and Public Corruption in Maryland.

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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

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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Residency Concerns Led to Eubanks School Board Resignation as Disarray Continues.

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Former District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks announced her resignation from her position on Sept. 24

UPPER MARLBORO — District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks announced her resignation from her position on Sept. 24 after serving on the board for eight years throwing the entire District in yet another disarray.

Eubank’s officially submitted her resignation letter to the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education on Sept. 19. She had been a member since 2010, and her current term was set to expire in December 2020.

Her resignation was effective September 30, 2019.

Despite the cloud of suspicion which met with its new Chief Executive Officer and the spirit of optimism that spawned the beginning of the new school year despite many issues surrounding public corruption, the shroud of controversy surrounding education in Prince George’s County continues. The Prince George’s County Board of Education is now looking for new representation in District 4 after questions were raised about the current representative lives.

Representative Patricia Eubanks was forced to step down from her post when Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks asked for her resignation after concerns were raised about her residency.  Maryland law requires that the County’s school board members live in the district they represent. However, there is ambiguity regarding how long a board member has to live away from their district before having to forfeit the position.

“As a long-term resident of Prince George’s County, I look forward to the continued development of our school system under the stewardship of the board of education and Dr. Monica Goldson’s administrative leadership,” she said in her resignation letter. “I wish the board, Dr. Goldson and you continued success as you work together collaboratively to provide the children of our county the highest quality education possible.”

Eubanks expressed that it was a pleasure working with her colleagues on the board. One of the highlights included collaborating with educators to implement the Family Institute, which is an innovative initiative designed to enhance parenting skills among families and facilitate their ability to navigate the school system.

While Eubanks thanked the board of education and the school system for the opportunity to work with them, she did not give a specific reason why she is leaving her position so abruptly and is not taking media interviews at this time.

“I am pleased with the contribution that I was able to make to our effort to improve customer service, responses to stakeholders and our school system’s approach to addressing mental health issues among our students and employees,” she continued in her resignation letter.

“I also place high value on the role that I was able to play in working with colleagues as the board worked through very complex board reorganizations and changes in the leadership of the school system.”

Board of Education Chair Alvin Thornton who is running the Board under suspicious circumstances involving public corruption, thanked Eubanks. He extended her appreciation for the advanced notice of her resignation, her decade of service and “the sustained, dedicated and diverse service that you provided to the people of Prince George’s County and Maryland.” The Washington Post reports Eubanks acknowledged to board chairman Alvin Thornton she had lived out of the district for a time before moving back.

“Members of the Board of Education and I enjoyed working with you and appreciate the contributions that you made to the education of our students,” Thornton continued.

Now that Eubanks has stepped down, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will appoint a new member to take her place.

The Prince George’s County Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected by the public to serve each of the nine school districts in the county. Four other members, including the board chair, are appointed by the county executive to serve four-year terms. The student member is elected by the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Governments.

Although Eubanks’ position was an elected position, if a board member resigns, the county executive has the right to appoint someone to replace them.

Alsobrooks said she plans to appoint a new member by mid-October. The person she selects will serve the remainder of Eubank’s term through December 2020.

“I would like to thank Patricia for her service to the citizens of Prince George’s County over the last eight years,” Alsobrooks said. “I appreciate her commitment to the education of our children and all that she helped our school system accomplish during her time as a member of the Board of Education.”

As a member of the board of education, Eubanks has been an advocate for the PGCPS Family Institute and has also advocated for the implementation of a department that tracks, reports and trains PGCPS employees on the importance of excellent customer service.

In addition to her service on the board, Eubanks has been active in the community in other roles.

She has been a member of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and the National School Board Association (NSBA).

As a member of Koinonia Congregation in Washington, D.C., she was part of the Pastoral Advisory Committee, the Single Parents Ministry and the Ministry of Helps. In 2001, she started an organization called My Opportunity To Help Everyone Resource, or M.O.T.H.E.R., to assist families.

Eubanks resignation letter does not mention the reason for her departure.  She never went into specific details about her residency. Instead, she chose to delay any further comments involving the questions we had paused for her by saying, “When the time is right, I will tell my story. I thank you for them, but I won’t comment on any of them at the moment. For me timing is everything, and I won’t answer if I don’t feel I should right now. When I do talk about the school system…..”

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is currently being run under a cloud of corruption. One resident who worked in PGCPS shared her thoughts through the blogs and stated the following…. “Monica Goldson, has been involved in several illegal acts of contract fraud, sole source awards of multi-millions, in bids and anyone who got in her way or refused to participate were fired. The Union Presidents Theresa Dudley, Doris Ried and Hugh Wheather are paid to through cases, miss deadlines, ignore evidence and more importantly, ignore their own Union Bylaws. God help you if you read the Bylaws, supported by facts! They skip the “argue process” phase and go straight to “pound the table” in an attempt to intimidate not the Board but the members. The PGCPS is a stepping stone to a political career of corruption and our lawmakers and enforcers like Ms Alsobrooks knew and allowed it for years. Ms. Alsobrooks stated, Fraud in PGCPS is Not A Crime! I didn’t know about you but I thought Fraud was illegal every and and anywhere?? Go figure!” she concluded.

District 4 includes the cities of Cheverly, Bladensburg, Landover, Capitol Heights, Hyattsville and Glenarden.  There are 29 schools in the area centrally located inside the County. The schools consists of such schools as Beacon Heights Elementary School, Bladensburg Elementary and High Schools, Glenn Dale Elementary School, Thomas Johnson Middle School, Charles H. Flowers High School, Fairmont Heights High School and Dodge Park Elementary School.

Read more >>> Facilitator agents of Union Crime and Public Corruption in Maryland.

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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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PGCPS Boy hit by train in Laurel had joined friends who walk home near tracks, family says

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Jacques Ambrose sitting next to his mother, Marie Boursiquot, 55 on the sofa in their living room, his brother was struck and injured. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

By Rachel Chason 

Terry Boursiquot was already home from school when a friend of his brother’s came knocking at the door, crying as he delivered news the family still is trying to understand: Fred Boursiquot had been hit by a train.

Terry, 16, said Fred, 15, usually took the school bus home from Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Prince George’s County. But on Oct. 21, he had gone with a group of friends who sometimes walked home along CSX-owned train tracks in Laurel, Terry said. The friend that arrived at the house that night said Fred “had not gotten out of the way of the train fast enough,” Terry said.

He and his mother rushed to the hospital in Baltimore where Fred was being flown by medical helicopter. The boys’ older brother, Jacques Ambrose, a casino dealer at MGM National Harbor, was watching local news on a work break when he saw reports that service on the Camden Line had been halted during rush hour after a teenager was struck by a MARC train.

Minutes later, Ambrose, 27, received a call from his mother, who through tears instructed him to hurry to Baltimore. When he arrived, doctors told the family that Fred was unconscious with swelling in his brain, a broken right leg and a fractured shoulder.

Fred was taken into surgery on his leg that night, Ambrose said. Throughout the week, he was in a coma, which doct ors at Johns Hopkins Hospital told the family was induced so that he would not be in as much pain.

Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said an investigation into the incident is ongoing. “We do not think anybody pushed him or that he was trying to hurt himself,” she said.

Fred has not spoken since the accident, and was awake only briefly Wednesday, his family said, but they think he can hear what they are saying because he squeezes their hands.

Brittany Marshall, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration, which oversees MARC Trains, referred requests for comment to Bombardier Transportation, a contractor that operates the Camden and Brunswick lines. Bombardier did not return requests for comment.

The friends who were with Fred that night have not visited him in the hospital, Ambrose said. But he said he does not fault them because he knows they are probably frightened by the ongoing investigation, adding that he, too, might have been afraid of police at their age.

“They’re a bunch of kids,” he said. “They’re not grown enough to know how to behave.”

For Terry, who was nearly inseparable from his little brother, the event has been especially hard. On a typical Monday afternoon, Fred would have gotten off the school bus and they would have done their homework together, played basketball and video games, had dinner and talked, a lot, Terry said.

“He loves to hang out with his friends, and he loves to play basketball,” Terry said. “Even at night.”

The living room of the family’s townhouse in Laurel is filled with family photos and signs, literally, of Fred. On a red door, Fred wrote in black permanent marker: “Fred’s House.” The WiFi, too, he named after himself after once fixing it, Ambrose said with a laugh.

“He’s a good child,” Ambrose said. “He cares about other people, and he is always trying to help them.”

When Terry broke his phone and didn’t have money to replace it, Fred gave him $100 he had saved, Ambrose said. He said he didn’t realize Fred had given the money until a new iPhone 7 arrived at their door Thursday morning.

Sitting next to Ambrose on the sofa in their living room, the boys’ mother, Marie Boursiquot, 55, quietly flipped through family pictures of Fred and Terry, always side by side: Fred and Terry grinning as toddlers; Fred and Terry relaxing on a vacation in Miami; Fred and Terry posing in suits before church.

“We almost never took pictures of just one of them,” Ambrose said. “They’re always together.”

The family moved from Haiti to Maryland four years ago. Ambrose taught Fred and Terry how to speak English during their first year in the state, when the family lived with an aunt in Silver Spring and the boys hadn’t yet been enrolled in school. Marie Boursiquot is still learning English, Ambrose said.

She proudly showed birthday cards that Fred and Terry had written for her in French when they were in elementary school: “Mom, it’s your birthday. I would like to say happy birthday,” read one. “I love you a lot mom. Happy birthday, mom,” read the other.

Terry told his older brother that he at first didn’t want to tell their mother, who had been struggling with depression, about the track incident.

“Terry didn’t want my mom to fall apart,” Ambrose said. “Even though she still fell apart.”

Fred attends Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School, and Terry goes to Laurel High School, Ambrose said. Prince George’s County schools spokeswoman Raven Hill said Eisenhower has been in touch with the family and made counseling available to students.

“I think about him every day,” Terry said. “I pray for him. Everything I do I can’t stop thinking about him. No matter how hard I try.”

Ambrose said he has not been able to work since the accident, driving himself and family members between their home and the hospital in Baltimore.

He dropped out of school a few years ago to work full time to support his family and said he is again starting to worry about money.

“I’m like a father to them,” he said. “They’re all on me.”

Via Washington Post 

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A teenager who was struck by a MARC train in Maryland died of injuries. News outlets report several teenagers were trying to cross train tracks Monday evening in Laurel when the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) boy was hit.

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Prince George’s County doesn’t have enough bus drivers at the moment. With a fleet of 1200 buses and 1100 daily routes, officials with Prince George’s County Public Schools said in the beginning of the school year, that they’re 50-60 drivers short.

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