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Support Bill PG 411-13 -Good for PGCPS.

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Call your elected officials now and request support for Bill PG 411-13. We need this bill in order address  issues of significance concern in Prince George’s County Board of Education. The truth is more mundane, but the issues raised will promote Educational opportunities in PGCPS and protect the majority of the citizens many years to come. 

Entitled: Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Prince George’s County Board of Education PG 411-13

Sponsored by:   Prince George’s County Delegation

Status:      In the House – Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m.

Synopsis:Establishing the Task Force on the Membership and Operation of the Prince George’s County Board of Education; providing for the chairs and staff for the Task Force; prohibiting a member of the Task Force from receiving specified compensation but entitling members to reimbursement for specified expenses; requiring the Task Force to make specified recommendations, including recommendations regarding the method of selecting the Prince George’s County Board of Education; etc.

Analysis: Fiscal and Policy Note

All Sponsors: Prince George’s County Delegation

Additional Facts: Bill File Type: Regular Effective Date(s): July 1, 2013 Creates a Task Force or Commission

Committee(s): Ways and Means

Broad Subject(s): Education – Local Bills

Narrow Subject(s): Committees and Commissions -see also- Political Committees Education, Boards of Prince George’s County Reports Sunset Work, Labor and Employment -see also- Col Barg; Holiday; etc

Bill Text:   Read bill text in rich-text or PDF format ~>PG 411-13

House Bill # HB 1107

Take a poll on Dr. Hite’s departure.

We are thankful that Dr. William R. Hite Jr has decided to resign after pressure from several elected officials and concerned citizenry.  As we write this, he is heading out to Philadelphia ”the city of brotherly love”.  We wanted to take a quick poll to see how you feel about his departure from the massive cover up of corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct which he initiated in many ways. We, the Reform Sasscer Movement, are willing to “let bygones be bygones” on condition that he does not interfere with the selection process of the next superintendent and Deputy superintendent of schools. Take our survey by clicking the link below.

Click here ~~~~> http://reformsasscer.freepolls.com/cgi-bin/polls/001/poll_center.htm

Board Budgets – Transparency PG 410-12 Bill Passes.

HOUSE BILL 802

CHAPTER NUMBER: 394 File Code: Education – Local Bills

Sponsored By:
Prince George’s County Delegation
Entitled:
Education – Prince George’s County School Board Budgets – Transparency PG 410-12

Synopsis:

Requiring a specified Web site of the Prince George’s County Board of Education to include specified budget data; requiring the Web site to include annual data and to be searchable based on individual schools; and providing for a delayed effective date.


History by Legislative and Calendar Date

Legislative date is used to record history occurring in the Chambers otherwise Calendar date is used. For explanation of terms click here.

House Action

2/9
First Reading Ways and Means
2/22
Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
3/22
Favorable with Amendments Report by Ways and Means
3/20
Favorable with Amendments {895968/1 Report Adopted
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
3/22
Third Reading Passed (137-0)
4/1
Returned Passed

Senate Action

3/22
First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs & Budget and Taxation
3/24
Re-assigned Budget and Taxation
3/29
Hearing 4/3 at 1:30 p.m.
4/4
Favorable Report by Budget and Taxation
3/29
Favorable Report Adopted
Second Reading Passed
3/30
Third Reading Passed (46-0)

Action after passage in House and Senate

5/2
Approved by

HOUSE BILL 802

CHAPTER NUMBER: 394 File Code: Education – Local Bills

Sponsored By:
Prince George’s County Delegation
Entitled:
Education – Prince George’s County School Board Budgets – Transparency PG 410-12

Synopsis:

Requiring a specified Web site of the Prince George’s County Board of Education to include specified budget data; requiring the Web site to include annual data and to be searchable based on individual schools; and providing for a delayed effective date.


History by Legislative and Calendar Date

Legislative date is used to record history occurring in the Chambers otherwise Calendar date is used. For explanation of terms click here.

House Action

2/9
First Reading Ways and Means
2/22
Hearing 3/15 at 1:00 p.m.
3/22
Favorable with Amendments Report by Ways and Means
3/20
Favorable with Amendments {895968/1 Report Adopted
Second Reading Passed with Amendments
3/22
Third Reading Passed (137-0)
4/1
Returned Passed

Senate Action

3/22
First Reading Education Health and Environmental Affairs & Budget and Taxation
3/24
Re-assigned Budget and Taxation
3/29
Hearing 4/3 at 1:30 p.m.
4/4
Favorable Report by Budget and Taxation
3/29
Favorable Report Adopted
Second Reading Passed
3/30
Third Reading Passed (46-0)

Action after passage in House and Senate

5/2
Approved by Governor Martin O’Malley
– Chapter 394
– Chapter 394

Dr. Hite and his ongoing scandals

On Monday Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of the Prince George’s County Public Schools, invited all non-incumbent candidates for the Board of Education to a private meeting in his office. Our investigations reveal that, Hite requested the discussion to probably sway potential board members. He is looking for ways to make sure it works for him since questions surrounding misappropriation of funds, professional misconduct and nepotism was first brought to light in our blog. Before highlighting more about the meeting we think it is important to get a few facts straight;

  • Hite’s scheduling secretary sent an e-mail early this month (February 2012) inviting the candidates to a brief meeting on Monday night at Sasscer Administration Building.
  • The invitation was not sent to all candidates but just all non-incumbents with an exception of two Board members close to Dr. Hite.
  • The invite didn’t mention the agenda. However, Since then, the meeting has taken on a life of its own.

Some of the BOE candidates chose not to attend the meeting with Dr. Hite because they felt it flirted with a line that they were not willing to cross. “Meetings of this type should not be done in private” Joseph Kitchen said.  There was the appearance that he wanted to tell “candidates what the board is supposed to do. It’s supposed to work the other way around.” He continued. We agree with him. Superintendent William Hite Jr is not a reformer in our view and is presiding over deep seated corruption in variety of ways in Pg County. Superintendent Hite who is a great friend of convicted former county executive (Jack Johnson) needs to be put on the spot light as he was elected corruptly.  Proper accountability is needed immediately.

According to Washington post, “among some of the topics discussed were the  district’s revenue, its enrollment, and maintenance and repair of school property”. The information shared by Dr. Hite never came as a surprise to us, and the issues he outlined are issues we have been involved in for many months now. We want to see proper accountability and transparency involving millions of dollars slated to be poured in Pg County towards construction projects and other matters in the next school year. We demand public scrutiny with proper checks and balances.

Accountability is a fundamental value for any system. Citizens of PG County should have the right to know what actions are being taken in their name, and they should have the means to force corrective actions when government acts in an illegal, immoral, or unjust manner as seen in Prince Georges County recently.  Individual citizens should have the ability to have some redress when their rights are abused by government or they do not receive the public benefits to which they are entitled.

Accountability is also important for Dr Hite and PGCPS itself.  It provides the school system or any government agency with a means of understanding how programs may fail and finding mechanisms that can make programs perform better. Covering up Financial corruption with the announcement that PGCPS got a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award will never fly with anybody. Staff we spoke to at Sasscer knows what is happening regarding the decay in PGCPS.

In the next several months, discussions on serious issues regarding corruptions and other matters will be discussed. It’s in these forums where true leaders will be identified to lead the next BOE in Prince Georges County. The decision regarding a private meeting with Dr. Hite should not have taken place in private especially in regards to issues pertaining to public funds. Let us demand transparency.

23 candidates are vying for the Board of Education seats. Citizens of PG County must do their work in order  to select the best candidates who have a good track record in fighting corruption. This is the key to accountability!

Bill PG 410-12

 Call your elected representatives now and the media.  Ask them to support the accountability and transparency intitive bill.

 ~> Support Bill PG 410-12 – Education – Prince George’s County School Board Budgets – Transparency

Sponsor – Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith

Synopsis

For the purpose of requiring a certain Web site of the Prince George’s County Board of Education to include certain budget data; requiring the Web site to contain annual data and to be searchable based on individual schools; and generally relating to a searchable Web site of the Prince George’s County Board of Education.