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Democrats in Disarray; Delegate Calls Miller and Zirkin “Democrats in Name Only”

IMG_9557.JPGDemocrats have fallen into complete disarray as they’re now turning fire on each other. More than a dozen House Democrats walked off the floor today and held a press conference outside of the State House to fight for the “Maryland Trust Act” also known as the Sanctuary State Bill.

Delegate Joseline Pena-Melynk (District 21, Prince George’s County) went after Senator Bobby Zirkin (District 11, Baltimore County) and Senate President Mike Miller (District 27, Southern Maryland). This is a clear case of mainstream Democrats looking for bipartisan solutions by listening to the people being taken hostage by an increasing number of extremists in their party.

She said, “Senator Bobby Zirkin is a DINO, a Democrat in Name Only. As 2018 approaches, people you are going to hear us tonight in the news. Who lives in his district? Shame him. We don’t need a Democrat like that. We need someone who is going to protect everyone. Who’s not going to compromise. How can you not be a true Democrat? You killed the bill. Shame on you and I hope your district takes you out.”

“Senator Miller, this is a priority for the Democrats…Did we need an issue like this, absolutely so the people know what we stand for. Act like a Democrat. We don’t need anyone who’s not a true Democrat. These people behind me have a spine and not everyone can say that.”

It’s unfortunate that extremist Democrats have held reasonable ones hostage because they listened to their districts. When Senate President Miller looks like the most reasonable person in the room, how extremist are the Maryland Democratic Party now?

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Maryland’s Senate president said a bill that added protections for people in the United States illegally won’t pass the Senate in its current form. 

You can watch the whole video here: https://www.facebook.com/bpsears/videos/10154449969122286/

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Maryland House OKs bill limiting school testing

md_general_assemblyThe Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would limit the amount of time school districts can spend on testing.

The Less Testing, More Learning Act sailed through with minimal debate on a 139-0 vote.

The bill would limit schools to spending 2 percent of classroom time on tests that are required by the federal government, the state or the school district, including standardized tests. Tests and quizzes developed by individual teachers are not included in the 2 percent cap.

The 2 percent limit equates to about 21.6 hours per year in elementary and middle schools and 23.6 hours in high schools, according to the Maryland State Education Association, which has been pushing for the bill.

Advocates are hopeful that they’ll also be able to get the bill through the Senate, where 31 of 47 members are cosponsors. The bill is currently in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

A similar bill last year was passed by the House but died in the Senate in the last few weeks of the 90-day General Assembly session.

Gov. Larry Hogan has previously expressed concern that students are subject to too much testing in school.

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State BOE has primary jurisdiction over Howard County Superintendent – Dispute with the Local Board.

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Dr. Renee Foose, superintendent of Howard County Public School System (File photo)

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Update on HB1565 – PGCPS Bill on Reform.

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Prince George’s House Delegation Education Committee hearing on HB1565 to address issues with the school board structure was held yesterday.

Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County verified with several delegates concerning the bill HB1565. There are amendments currently pending including by Delegate Howard, Delegate Jay Walker. A possible hearing is supposed to take place next week on Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at 9am. However, delegates are not sure if the date conflicts with other hearings. In any event, it will take a while to decide if the bill dies in the committee or not.

According to delegate Howard, all senators from Prince George’s County except Senator Muse are against bill HB1565. She indicated she was fighting for the bill to be debated and is supportive. We will share the latest once amendments become available.

Remember , we must fight to help  stop….” Prince George’s County Public Schools diverting money through illegal procurement practices and stop using the annual school budget to create black holes to hide money that is later diverted to pet projects, bonuses and salaries of employees for central office staff. When the CEO of Schools, his executive staff and appointed board members are allowed to break the law; cover up the abuse and sexual molestation of children; lose a $4 million grant; fire whistle blowers reporting waste using manufactured evidence; give bonuses and salary increases to executive staff while only giving teachers a 2% cost of living increase; attempt to fund school background checks in the FY18 budget at $600,000 when the FY17 expenditure is projected to be less than $80,000; and consistently have more than $30 million in unplanned spending for non school-based programs or services, it’s difficult to make a legitimate argument that $20 million split between 24 counties is going to hurt our systems bottom line”… ( Tonya Wingfield via facebook)

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Update: The case of Delegate Carolyn J.B. Howard and PG -402-17

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Delegate Carolyn JB Howard

Today at 9am, the Prince George’s County  delegation on Education Committee held a meeting in Annapolis following our  expose concerning Bill PG -402-17. Efforts to verify what was discussed about the bill were unsuccessful as Delegate Carolyn JB Howard was said to be in a way and means meeting . Members of the Education sub committee in the delegation side for Prince George’s County  are listed below. We will update you once we receive more information concerning the bill and other matters.

Chair Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Vice-Chair Delegate Daryl Barnes
Members Delegate Tawanna Gaines
Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk

Delegate Carlo Sanchez

Delegate Carolyn JB Howard

Counsel Lynne Rosen
Committee Staff Peggy Callahan

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PGCo Voters – Time To Take Back Our School Board!

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Yesterday, while potential candidate for governor, County Executive Rushern Baker was announcing the renewal of PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell’s contract, a bill was introduced in the House of Delegates to repeal the County Executive’s control of the school board.

HB 1565 will repeal sections of the 2013 HB 1107, allowing the PGCPS Board to return to an elected-only board.  Of course the school board, minus elected members Borroughs & Ahmed, has declared their opposition to this bill.  The board itself, especially County Executive Baker’s appointees, has plenty of scandal and corruption in it’s history.  While we the people have the ability to hold the elected members responsible for their actions at the ballot box, we have no way of holding the County Executive’s appointees responsible for their actions.  Add to that, County Executive Baker’s appointments have been less than stellar, getting involved with the misuse of credit cards, and even scamming free lunches from the school system.  And of course there is the matter of the County Executive hiring his former brother-in-law, Segun Eubanks, to be the Chairman of the board. Not only is Mr. Eubanks related to the County Executive, he is a director with the NEA, the largest teacher’s union in the country. One could question whether his loyalties lie with the students he is supposed to be caring about, the teachers he is paid to look out for, or his family, which includes his brother, Musa Eubanks, the Director of Community Relations in the County Executive’s office.  There is a whole spider web of connections within the County Executive’s office that look suspect, including having a sitting Delegate, Del. Dereck E Davis, working for the County Executive’s office, whose wife just happens to be the Deputy CEO of the PGCPS system.

Just to be clear —  Monique Davis was hired by CEO Kevin Maxwell, who was hired with the help of Segun Eubanks, who got his position because of a bill passed by the Maryland Legislature, a bill for which Del. Dereck E Davis voted.

The cronyism and corruption in the county run deep, and it all ties right back to the County Executive’s office.  This is why we must take the control of the school board back, out of the hands of an office that has been plagued with corruption for decades.  Doing so will give the citizens of our county the ability to hold the school board members directly responsible for the issues in the school system.  Issues like the cover-up of the problems in the Head Start Program and the sexual abuse of children – including special needs children that had PGC citizensthe local NAACP chapter, and even some PGCPS board members calling for the ouster of several board members, including CEO Maxwell.

HB 1565 needs to get the support of all Prince George’s County voters.  The bill has been sent to the House Rules and Executive Nominations committee. Please call your representatives, and the members of that committee and urge them to support this bill.

Read more at http://redmaryland.com/2017/02/pgco-voters-time-to-take-back-our-school-board/

Read more >>>  Kevin Maxwell, PGCPS CEO, gets four more years in Suspicious Circumstances

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Update:HB1107 Hearing in Annapolis Maryland postponed.

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Update: The hearing concerning bill PG -402-17 which was to be held on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 8:30am, room 218 Lowe House Office Building has been postponed. Please check these links for the future hearing and dates.

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=cmtepage&stab=03&id=hru&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=01&id=hb1565&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS

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If you are interested in testifying in support of PG-402-17, to return to an all elected school board.

We received this information late. You might want to call your elected officials concerning this bill.

See bill text at https://www.princegeorgeshousedelegation.com/legislation/bill-history?local=PG%20402-17

Read more >>> Kevin Maxwell, PGCPS CEO, gets four more years in Suspicious Circumstances
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