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Hogan calls union that opposes his education budget decisions ‘thugs’


Larry Hogan Jr -“We provided record funding for education two years in a row and protected your pensions,” he wrote. “Don’t believe this phony ‘cut’ propaganda from the union thugs.”Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday night that “the governor’s words are the governor’s.”

Larry Hogan reacted Friday to opponents of his decision not to fund two education-related programs by calling some of the critics “union thugs.”

Hogan’s jab came a few hours after the Maryland State Education Association joined with Sen. Richard Madaleno and the ACLU of Maryland in issuing a news release calling on Hogan to withhold money intended for private school scholarships as long as he was declining to spend $25 million the General Assembly earmarked for the two programs.

The MSEA is the state’s largest union representing teachers but it’s driven by corruption on several levels which trickles down to schools in Maryland. On this note, the governor is correct by calling them “thungs”.

Earlier in the week, Hogan announced a decision not to spend $80 million the legislature blocked him from transferring to a state reserve fund and urged him to spend on a variety of programs — both his own and ones favored by lawmakers. The General Assembly made Hogan’s choice an “all or nothing” decision, blocking him from choosing among the programs.

Hogan decided to spend none of it, including $19 million to help localities pay for teacher pensions and $6 million for the Aging Schools program.

But he allowed $5 million to be spent on a private school scholarship program, which wasn’t part of the $80 million in all-or-nothing spending.

The teachers’ union was harsh in its reaction, noting Hogan also withheld $68 million in spending the legislature set aside for an education formula benefiting high-cost school systems last year.

“We’re disappointed that the governor is more concerned with winning a political argument with Democrats in the legislature than focusing on ways to improve our public schools,” said MSEA Vice President Cheryl Bost. “It’s yet another year of schools trying to do more for students with less help from the state than they expected.”

Hogan came back with even harsher language.

“We provided record funding for education two years in a row and protected your pensions,” he wrote. “Don’t believe this phony ‘cut’ propaganda from the union thugs.”

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Friday night that “the governor’s words are the governor’s.”

Mayer said Hogan respects the work of the state’s teachers but believes the leadership of their union long ago “stopped truly representing” them and schoolchildren.

The governor has publicly advocated bipartisanship and civility, but Mayer backed his use of strong language in this case.

“For the last two years they’ve waged a full-time political campaign to spread disinformation,” Mayer said. “Sometimes you’ve got to draw a line in the sand.”

A spokesman for the teachers’ union could not be reached to comment, but Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat, called Hogan’s remarks “disappointing.”

“He tries to distance himself from Donald Trump but he sounds more like Trump every day,” Madaleno said. The Republican Hogan has said he will not vote for Trump or the GOP presidential nominee’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Spending levels for K-12 education aid in Hogan’s first two budgets have set records, reaching $6.3 billion this year. But Madaleno said Hogan deserves no credit. He said the spending increases are driven by formulas based on enrollment and other factors and are mandated by the legislature.

“The governor wants a medal for doing what he’s required to do by law,” Madaleno said. “I know the governor wants credit for it doing it, but it’s not like he’s doing a penny more than he has to.”

via Baltimore sun


Response to MSDE’s anti-parent stand on MSA opt out


March 7, 2014

After the MSDE distributed a letter to local school boards, linked here, advising them not to cooperate with parental requests to opt out of the MSA testing, parents responded with phone calls and emails of disagreement to the state board.

Henry Johnson, MSDE Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment & Accountability, replied with the following letter to several parents, printed in its entirety. The letter carefully addresses the issue of “opting out” of curriculum by quoting the MSDE’s opinion on a Missouri ruling on dress code.

There are several problems with Mr. Johnson’s carefully crafted rebuttal to parents:

  1. The MSA is not curriculum, nor does it test on the curriculum that is being taught in Maryland schools. Rather, parents want less testing and more instruction.
  2. Parents are not requesting an “opt out” of the MSDE’s obligation to assess students inclusively. They are simply refusing the test. No law is required to grant parents a right to refuse, as no law requires a child to take the assessment. If there were such a law, it would be unenforceable, as the schools can hardly force a pencil into a child’s hand and make him take the test. Unenforceability would render such a law all but null and void.
  3. The COMAR regulations that Mr. Johnson cites are examples of the MSDE allowing the school system to not teach curriculum on sex ed at parent’s request. COMAR regs are passed solely by the Maryland State Board of Education and are not subject to legislative review. Therefore, the MSDE has the undeniable ability to change their regulations to retract the school system’s obligation to administer the MSA, either across the board or only upon parental request.

Mr. Johnson further directs parents to work with their schools to resolve the issue, indicating that the resolution is a decision of the local school, rather than the MSDE.

This harkens the MSDE’s shirking of parent questions during the Common Core “forums” when they told parents to ask questions at their local schools. So once again, the MSDE and Superintendent Lowery are running from problems that the schools and principals are left to deal with. The MSA testing which began this week is putting teachers, students, and principals on the frontline while Superintendent Lowery remains mounted on her steed at the crest of a far-off hill.

The one mistake some parents are making is asking for permission, in the form of “opt out” for something for which the MSDE should be asking forgiveness. Just send your child to school while REFUSING the test. >>> Read more Examiner




Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Maryland State Superintendent  of schools (Pictured above) has been criticized for showing very poor leadership skills in various ways including discriminatory conduct. She has received an F grade for Common Core meetings and other reform implementations in Maryland so far. Above all, she does not believe in the due process of the law and continues to contribute to the culture of impunity. 


In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes (shown here) has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play,”  High suspension rates, violation of due process rights, manipulation inter alia during her tenure as President for Maryland State Board of Education.


PGCPS Employees Help oppose House Bill HB1080


Call your elected officials now and request them to oppose House Bill HB1080

March 12, 2013

Maryland Legislature – House and Means Committee

Chairwoman Sheila Hixson,

131 House Office Building

Annapolis, MD 21401

Re:  House Bill HB1080 – Prince George’s County Public Schools – Certificated Professional Individuals – Termination of Employment PG 417-13

Dear Chairman Hixson:

The Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s county strongly opposes House Bill (HB) 1080, Prince George’s County Public Schools – Certificated Professional Individuals – Termination of Employment PG 417-13

This bill alters the date by which a certificated professional of the Prince George’s County Public School System, who seeks to terminate his or her contract of employment, must provide notice to the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Specifically, regardless of the date that a certificated professional was hired (and therefore of the date that termination would occur), notice must be given by the individual no later than May 1.

Prince George’s County Public school is currently a swamp of corruption, professional misconduct and nepotism. House Bill HB1080 was written in mind to target certain individuals because of discriminatory conduct as practiced by top managers in PGCPS. Once the notice is given in the current scenario, the current management which has exhibited harassing behavior and cover ups will retaliate and discharge the employees UNDER drummed up charges once the notice goes out. The PGCEA attorney involved in the grievance procedure a Mr. Damon Felton from MSEA in conspiracy with others are engaged in corruption with regards to processing grievances and other matters currently being addressed by attorney grievance commission. The grievance system in PG county has failed in accomplishing its initial mission and in this scenario, students and families of Prince George’s County suffer.

Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s county strongly opposes House Bill HB1080. For further information, please contact Moses Mackenzie at reformsasscer@gmail.com Or call your delegate and oppose the bill. The delay in communicating this opposition is deadly to all teachers and certified administrators in the State of Maryland as the hearing is scheduled for March 14, 2013.

Moses Mackenzie

Policy Director.

Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County

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