Child shot, critically wounded in Prince George’s County

CROPped_jl_copy2An 11-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded Tuesday night in what appeared to be the accidental discharge of a gun in an apartment in Prince George’s County, police said.

They said the boy was in the Suitland home of a neighbor in a townhouse development in the 3000 block of Bellamy Way and was watching as the neighbor was putting away a handgun. They were in an upstairs room when the gun discharged, and the boy was struck in the upper body, police said.

“At this point, we believe [this to be] a tragic accident,” said Jennifer Donelan, the director of media relations for the county police.

The boy was in the care of the 33-year-old male neighbor at the time of the shooting, police said. After the shooting at about 6:30 p.m., the man ran next door to the boy’s home and contacted the child’s mother, police said. The three of them then rushed to Joint Base Andrews for medical care before the boy was taken to Children’s National Medical Center, police said.

The boy remained in critical condition as of Wednesday.

 Neither the neighbor nor the child was named, and police said they were continuing to investigate. Police said the man was cooperating with authorities and was distraught by the incident.

Donelan described the events as a “horrible, horrible night for two families.”

The man is the legal owner of the handgun, police said. Detectives will forward their investigative findings to the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office to determine whether charges are appropriate in the case, police said.

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PGCPS board member wants deeper probe of alleged grade tampering

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Prince George’s Board of Education District 8 member Edward Burroughs III wants the state to take a deeper look at the county’s alleged grade- and graduation-rate-tampering scandal. (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

A Prince George’s County school board member who helped launch an investigation of alleged grade-tampering and fraudulent graduation rates told a state panel on Wednesday that the state officials need to conduct a deeper probe into the scandal.

“More state intervention is necessary,” board member Edward Burroughs told the state Board of Public Works, a three-member panel made up of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

Burroughs is one of four school board members who wrote a letter to Hogan earlier this year asking the state to investigate the allegations, which have roiled the state’s second-largest jurisdiction.

A state audit resulted in a lengthy report that did not find evidence of systemic corruption but said grades were changed days before graduation for nearly 5,500 students during the past two years.

On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved a nearly $500,000 contract to Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services to pay for the audit. Appearing before the panel, Burroughs called for a deeper probe of whether top schools officials knew of the tampering, saying: “This is not organic.”

Hogan, who has accused Prince George’s officials of not taking the audit findings seriously, said he plans to meet next week with the county NAACP, which requested a sit down to discuss the tampering scandal.

The county school district has until the end of the month to submit a corrective plan to the state Board of Education. On Tuesday, Kevin Maxwell, the system’s chief executive, sent a letter to parents that said the district has started to make improvements, including tightening controls on student records, upgrading technology to improve graduation certification and rethinking credit recovery programs that allow students to make up for work they have failed.

Via Washington Post 

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Governor Larry Hogan, has accused Prince George’s officials of not taking the Grading audit findings seriously, said he plans to meet next week with the county NAACP, which requested a sit down to discuss the tampering scandal.

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A jury trial has begun in Federal court and will last 5 days. Please Make Plans to Attend.

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There is a case which began in Federal Court at Greenbelt Maryland on December 5th, 2017 in Court Room 2B (See  Windsor v. Board of Education of Prince George’s County et al). The trial is expected to last five (5) days and is directed by Hon. Judge Theodore D. Chuang.

9:00 AM Trial Jury – Civil
Windsor v. Prince George’s County Board of Education
TDC-14-2287
Courtroom: 2B

The case deals with TITLE VII: COLOR DISCRIMINATION.

Board of Education for Prince George’s County, via the following acts, engaged in color discrimination of the Plaintiff Suzanne D. Windsor:

  1. Crossland High School Assistant Principal Stephanie Lyons engaged in verbal assaults of the Plaintiff that referenced her “red” complexion. Those assaults were brought to the attention of Defendant Janice Briscoe between 1994 and 1995 and Defendant Janice Briscoe took no action. As a result, the Plaintiff made a complaint to Superintendent John Deasy, which resulted in Defendant Janice Briscoe’s demotion.
  2. During the Summer of 2011, Defendant Janice Briscoe was placed in a supervisory capacity over the Plaintiff. During that summer, Defendant Janice Briscoe advertised the availability of five newly created hearing officer positions with the Office of Appeals but failed to apprise the Plaintiff of the availability of the positions in a meaningful fashion.
  3. In the school year of 2011-2012, Defendant Janice Briscoe demoted the Plaintiff by giving someone with less seniority the Plaintiff’s position. The Plaintiff was removed from Annapolis Road Academy and reassignment to Northwestern High School as a result of her seeking of assistance from the Union with regards to Janice Briscoe. Mr. Jones was also working at Northwestern High School, who the Plaintiff had previously conducted an investigation between August 2006 and November 2007. Mr. Jones began to harass the Plaintiff during her employment at Northwestern High School and Defendant Briscoe took no preventative measures
    to protect the Plaintiff despite being informed of Mr. Jones’ conduct and being fully aware of the history between Mr. Jones and the Plaintiff.
  4. Defendant Karyn Lynch was informed by the Plaintiff of both the history and conduct of Mr. Jones and Janice Briscoe and did not take any action to protect the Plaintiff
  5. Despite the Plaintiffs filing of a report with Ms. Elizabeth Davis regarding Ms. Lynch’s failure to address the conflict regarding Janice Briscoe and Mr. Jones, Ms. Elizabeth Davis indicated that she would take no action.

For those who have time, please attend the hearing to witness a jury trial as this is a problem throughout the Prince George’s county. Among the lead attorneys for the County is Mr. Roger Thomas. Esq who is a major driver of corruption in the county schools. We highlighted his story here in the last week.

  • Read the complaint here ~> Complaint
  • Read PLAINTIFF’S CAUSE OF ACTION MEMORANDUM ~> Issues to be addressed
  • Read PLAINTIFF’S SUPPLEMENT TO DEFENDANTS’ PRETRIAL ORDER ~> Claims

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MSDE State Board Meeting on December 5, 2017

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For those interested in doing a 3 minute presentation on corruption in PGCPS  to Maryland State BOE on Tuesday, December 5, 2017  at 9:30 -11 AM.


Nancy S. Grasmick State Education Building
200 West Baltimore Street – 7th Floor Board Room
Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595
To speak, phone Charlene Necessary (410-767-0467), tomorrow
Agendas for meetings at
Registration open 1 week prior to meeting & close at 3:00 p.m.  day before meeting.
Email comments and documents to
If you use Microsoft word, your comments and documents will be seachable, when they appear in the minutes.
Rules:  Speakers are permitted to comment on any business of the State Board
         Speakers may not comment on any matters that are properly the purview of a local board of education. maryland-map

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Public Meeting On State Legislature Bills Affecting Prince George’s County

pgcc.pngPublic Meeting On State Legislature Bills Affecting Prince George’s County

Tues Dec 5th at 7 PM
Prince George’s Comm. College, 

 301 Largo Rd., Largo Rennie Forum

These are bills that only affect Prince George’s county or bi-county agencies.  There will be important legislation discussed including bills about the MagLev train and the School Board.  It is the only public hearing to be held locally so if you’re interested in hearing about some of the bills make sure you come.

The most important bills are:

PG 507-18                     Election of Vice Chair and Voting Procedures                  

PG 509-18                     Prince George’s County Board of Education (BOE) – Governance
PG 511-18                     Academic Revitalization and Management Effectiveness  Initiative – Repeal

Here is a List of some of the bills to be discussed.

List Of Some Of The Bills on education To Be Discussed (chosen by Del. Jimmy Tarlau, a rare economic progressive in state legislature.):

PG 501-18                     Elementary School – Limit on Class Size
PG 504-18                     Student Hearing and Vision Screenings – Reporting Requirements PG 506-18                     Students with Disability Report
PG 507-18                     Election of Vice Chair and Voting Procedures
PG 509-18                     Prince George’s County Board of Education – Governance
PG 510-18                    Teachers and Administrators Child Protective Services Investigation Findings
PG 511-18                     Academic Revitalization and Management Effectiveness Initiative – Repeal
PG 512-18                     School Overcrowding Reduction Act of 2018

For more information on any of these bills use this
link:   https://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-view

 You may need to sign up a half hour before.

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Meeting scheduled for December 3rd, 2017. Please Make Plans to Attend.

1455397056443Join (PG Parents for Education – Action group) for a major meeting at Wegmans in Largo.

Woodmore Towne Centre
9001 McHugh Dr, Lanham, MD 20706
When: On Sunday December 3rd, 2017
Time: from 3pm to 4:30pm

Topics for Discussion

  1. More Ways for staying involved within the county.
    Advocating for youth, teachers/staff, parents and special education needs referenc
  2. Ways to Fund raise for cases already in litigation.
  3. preparation for input during December 5th, 2017 Prince George’s county delegation 2018 legislation public hearing.
  4. Better Ways for fight against corruption in Maryland. (Grade change scandal, physical and sexual abuse, mistreatment of children, and other issues done by Administration).
  5. ways to assist victims of crime in the county.
  6. Promoting Good leaders for 2018 election cycle.
  7. Other issues.

We hope to see you all…

Cost: free

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*If Congress won’t fix corruption. Together, we can.*

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The unofficial rehiring of Roger Thomas facilitator of major fraud leads to speculation.

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Former Chief Legal Counsel Mr. Roger C. Thomas engaged in major violations which are ongoing at the expense of the County Children. 

Guess who’s back, well sort of…

When Washington Post writer Ovetta Wiggins reported that Roger C. Thomas was dismissed from the Prince George’s County Public School system for using school funds to make an unauthorized payment to Synthia Shillings, former head of Human Resources, we thought that would be the last Thomas’ dealings with PGCPS. We covered part of the story here.

It appears, however, that Roger C. Thomas, Esq. is still getting paid by PGCPS through other avenue as he entered his appearance on behalf of the Board of Education, Janice Briscoe, Karyn Lynch, Jacqueline Naves, and Douglas Anthony in September 2016 for a case scheduled to go to trial in Federal court in December of 2017.

The unofficial rehiring of Thomas leads to speculation about the reasons PGCPS would have to recall an attorney previously dismissed for suspected financial malfeasance for representation. Thomas was let go from the County in 2012 will at a salary of about $189,870 a year and, as it now stands, he is set to continue to profit off of PGCPS funds…taxpayer money at the expense of the county children.

In examining the various lawsuits for sexual abuse, discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment, it seems the school system would be better off investing in real measures to improve the climate instead of spending taxpayer money defending its inept and, seemingly, unethical leadership engaged in cover up and interference of the local courts. (Mr. Thomas is currently the Co-Chairman of the Character Committee for the Fourth Appellate Judicial Circuit, despite public corruption in which he continues to engage in).

This latest questionable use of taxpayer money to hire someone that was previously dismissed should prompt Governor Larry Hogan to look at more than just the fixing of grades in PGCPS. The State needs to also audit the financial records to ascertain if PGCPS leadership is “cooking the books” and using the “deep pockets” of State and Federal funding to dole out big financial incentives and/or pay days in the form of contracts to friends and family.

We must say “No to this unethical practice”. Enough is enough.

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