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Maxwell hires former Baker aide and creates yet another Blunder.

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Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell has hired Christian Rhodes, the education adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, to join his executive team.

Rhodes will become the executive board liaison and strategic partners officer.

Rhodes was a union official before he joined Baker’s staff almost two years ago. He previously served as a political organizer for the Maryland State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union.

As Baker’s education adviser, Rhodes was tasked with improving coordination among various branches of county government, including the formulation of the school budget, pursuit of educational innovation and reform and advocacy on both a state and national level, all roles traditionally held by the school board.

He described his new duties as an extension of his old ones.

He will help to build a collaborative relationship between the school system and it’s partners, including the county executive, the County Council, county agencies, nonprofits, businesses, foundations and “essentially anyone who is engaged in the work of improving the school system.”

Rhodes, who went to school to become a teacher, said the decision to move from the county administration building to school headquarters was both personal and professional.

“I’ve been involved in the politics of education, but one of my goals was to understand the work better,” he said. “I really wanted to be closer to the work and to be able to influence the work from that perspective.”

Rhodes said it is too soon to discuss projects that he hopes to enhance, but noted that whether it is literacy, ninth-grade promotion or graduation rates, he hopes to be able to lead the school system in partnering with organizations to help it meet its goals.

He is one of several new hires Maxwell has made since he took the helm of the school system 15 months ago. Many of the positions, like Rhodes’s, are newly-created. Rhode’s salary is $138,278. >>Read more >> Source Washington Post.
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OPINION

A fearless and effective watchdog is critical in fledgling democracies like in Prince George’s where institutions are weak and pummelled by political pressure. When legislatures, judiciaries and other oversight bodies are powerless against the mighty or are themselves corruptible, the media are often left as the only check against the abuse of power. This requires that they play a heroic role, exposing the excesses of presidents, prime ministers, legislators, county Executives, CEO’s and magistrates despite the risks.

The media also serve as a conduit between governors and the governed and as an arena for public debate that leads to more intelligent policy and decision-making.

In the above scenario involving Mr. Rhodes, the appointment clearly creates a conflict of interest on multiple fronts and will lead to many problems in the future.

  1. Mr. Rhodes served as Election Manager for Verjeana Jacobs (disgraced former Board chair).
  2. Mr. Rhodes Previously worked for Maryland State Education Association and Prince George’s County Educator Association which is involved in breach of contracts and advancement of misconduct within the Maryland school system.
  3. Both Mr. Rhodes and Dr. Eugene Banks (current BOE chair) are tied to National Educator Association (NEA). Any teacher expecting help from both or the teacher union in case of trouble, Good luck with that!
  4. Mr. Rhodes is an extension of Mr. Rushern Baker within the school system which in turn polarizes the county school system.
  5. Mr. Rhodes and Mr.George H. Margolies are duplicating duties at high salaries. Mr. Margolies makes over $200,000 and Mr. Rhodes will be making $138,278
  6. High salaries in the midst of crisis when we demanded many reforms at Sasscer administrative Building for such is unacceptable!
  7. High number of homeless students who have nothing to eat when the well connected friends and family in the Baker led administration is “eating big” is unwelcome recipe in the middle of a recession. The students are not doing so well academically.

It’s time to demand answers and stop the eating at Sasscer!

Contact your legislator today and the media say “NO”.  It’s time to Stop the blame and Fix the Real Problems in the county.

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Washington Post Presents…

State of Education in Prince George’s County Town Hall

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What kind of school superintendent does Prince George’s County need right now? What will be the results of this spring’s dramatic change in which County Executive Rushern Baker will select the superintendent and the chairman and vice chairman of an expanded Board of Education? Join The Washington Post for a discussion of these and other hot-button school issues in Prince George’s during the second installment in a three-part Behind the Headlines discussion series on the state of education in the Washington area. The series launched in the District on April 24 at The Post and will conclude on September 18 at Fairfax High School in Fairfax County, Va. 

Robert McCartney, Columnist and Former Assistant Managing Editor, The Washington Post will moderate the forum.  The panel will include Del. Jolene Ivey (D), Chair, Prince George’s House Delegation, Maryland General Assembly; Verjeana M. Jacobs, Chair, Prince George’s County Board of Education; Earnest L. Moore, President, Prince George’s County PTA Council; Christian Rhodes, Education Policy Adviser, Office of the Prince George’s County Executive; and Ovetta Wiggins, Prince George’s Education Reporter, The Washington Post. 

Date:  Thursday, May 23 
Time:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Prince George’s Community College 
                 Largo Student Center – Community Rooms A, B, C 
                 301 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD  20774 
                 Free parking will be available. 

Admission: FREE (Seating is limited, so please arrive early)                                           
                                                               
To RSVP and submit a question for the panel, please e-mail behindtheheadlines@washpost.com.  All questions and RSVP’s must be submitted byThursday, May 23 at Noon. 

Go to www.washingtonpost/education for the latest coverage and analysis of schools, home school and education policy for DC, Maryland and Virginia.

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