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Prince George’s County educators say they’ve hit breaking point amid staffing shortage

UPPER MARLBORO, M.d. (FOX 5 DC) – Prince George’s County educators and school employees say they’re understaffed and overworked, and it’s reached a breaking point.

About 200 people came out for a rally organized by the school labor unions Thursday evening ahead of the school board meeting.

“We’re overworked,” said Kendra, a Highland Park Elementary Kindergarten teacher who opted not to give her last name. “Testing, still having to cover classes, students who are coming in sick. We’re the nurses, we’re the therapists, we are everything right now.”

When asked what would help the most, she replied, “Support and understanding.”

The district says currently there are 400 teacher vacancies. Dr. Donna Christy, President of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, said staff often have to cover extra classrooms when there aren’t enough substitutes.

“They are absolutely exhausted,” Christy said. “They can’t handle the workload and they’re breaking. I’m hearing on a daily basis people ready to quit.”

READ MORE: Prince George’s County parents concerned federal government is tracking their kids on social media

The union has a list of demands including hiring more support staff and providing teachers with more planning hours. They also want to feel heard by the administration.

“Taking us seriously when we say that the workloads are too much,” Christy said.

It’s not just teachers who are feeling overworked.

“There’s a lot of individuals in the school with the bus system-they’re doing double and triple runs,” said Martin Diggs, President of ACE-AFSCME which represents support staff. “If the parents could just be patient with those individuals because those bus drivers really are the heroes of the day.”

READ MORE: Teen gunned down in Upper Marlboro as violence continues to rise in Prince George’s County

A school district spokeswoman said in a statement:

“Amid the ongoing pandemic our school system is not unlike others across the nation in that we are feeling a pinch filling critical positions, from school bus drivers to cafeteria workers to teachers. While our number of active substitute teachers remain comparable to prior years, public safety and health concerns have fewer ready to engage. We are continually working with our team to attract new talent and ensure fully staffed schools.”

Some at the rally later spoke in front of the school board.

via Fox 5 Washington DC.

OPINION

For those in the working sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.

However, ASASP Union and Maryland State Education Association for quite sometimes led by senior officers over the years has been working to derail efforts in Prince George’s county working in an organized scheme. We must say no to this shenanigans in order to help turn the county around. The power of labor unions in general rests in their two main tools of influence: restricting labor supply and increasing labor demand. … Since a higher wage rate equates to less work per dollar, unions often face problems when negotiating higher wages and instead will often focus on increasing the demand for labor.

Modern unions have shifted their focus to a number of targeted issues and work with management to protect the interests of its members in those areas.

  • Job Stability. One of the most fundamental issues for union leaders and members is long-term job stability as PGCEA is currently doing. …
  • Pension Protection. …
  • Collective Bargaining as shown by current leaders in PGCEA.

Prince George’s Co. names task force to recommend changes, study school board roiled by controversy

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks recently named a controversial task force to review the Maryland school system’s Board of Education and issue recommendations for revamping a board roiled by it’s own “controversy, petty squabbles and allegations of misconduct.”

“Over the last several decades, our Board of Education has continued to switch between an all-elected board, an all-appointed board and the current hybrid model, along with increasing in size, without achieving the intended outcome of having a Board that functions collectively with the best interests of students, teachers and our entire school system at the forefront of all they do,” Alsobrooks said in a statement Tuesday (November 9, 2021).

Alsobrooks said the purpose of the task force is to “study best practices regionally and nationally and deliver recommendations to County leadership that will guide us in creating a Board structure that facilitates collaboration and helps us continue to move our school system forward.”

The 14-member task force includes an official with the U.S. Department of Education, representatives from two teacher’s unions, the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and the county’s chapter of the NAACP. (The full list of members is below).

The group will have its first meeting Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and it will be streamed online.

Alsobrooks’ office said all meetings will be virtual and open to the public, and the group is expected to provide a report with recommendations to Alsobrooks by Jan. 14.

Alsobrooks said she formed the task force “working in collaboration with the County’s State House and Senate Delegations and the County Council.”

The Prince George’s County Board of Education is made up of nine elected members, four appointed members and one student member.

While officials in the county have pointed to dysfunction going back years, conflicts on the board — largely between a group of elected members and the appointed board chair Juanita Miller — came to a head earlier this year.

Six board members over the summer sought to remove Miller, who Alsobrooks appointed in January, filing a petition with the Maryland State Board of Education, accusing Miller of “misconduct in office” and “willful neglect of duty.”

Miller, for her part, alleged “serious ethics infractions” against those same board members.

Allegations against those members included that they pushed a union-friendly resolution regarding school construction projects after receiving campaign contributions from a construction workers’ union, and that they hired a lobbyist to advocate for a change to the board’s structure to remove the appointed members.

In a closed-door meeting this summer, an ethics panel made up of five private citizens called for censuring or removing the members over the purported violations.

But the board members vigorously denied them, and The Washington Post reported in August that the ethics reports were riddled with “misleading information and factual errors that undermine some of the allegations.”

In August, Miller, the board chair, was unable to get enough votes from the rest of the board to formally accept the ethics findings, essentially bringing matters to a stalemate.

The Maryland State Board of Education — which Alsobrooks urged to review the ethics reports — said it couldn’t look into them until they were accepted by the board.

The 14 members of the Prince George’s County School Board Transformation Workgroup are:

  • Bishop Kevin V. Gresham Sr., senior pastor, Greater St. John Cathedral
  • Amity Pope, Citizen Representative
  • Nakisha Yates, former PGCPS teacher, current PGCPS parent
  • Dr. Donna Christy, president, Prince George’s County Educators Association
  • Dr. Sean T. Coleman, associate professor, Bowie State University, Department of Education Studies and Leadership
  • Christian Rhodes, chief of staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, chief Transformation Officer, National School Boards Association
  • David Harrington, president and CEO, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Melanie Gamble, president, Prince George’s County Association of Realtors
  • Pokuaa Owusu-Acheaw, managing director of Legislative Affairs, Maryland State Education Association
  • Linda Thornton Thomas, Prince George’s County Branch, NAACP
  • Sue Livera, retired educator, Citizen Representative
  • Doris Reed, executive director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel
  • Dr. Rosa Delia Smith, director, Prince George’s Community College at University Town Center.

OPINION:

The phrase “a leopard never changes its spots” means that it’s impossible for one to change their character, even if they will try very hard. The expression, sometimes also used as “a leopard can’t change its spots”, is used to explain the idea that no one can change their innate nature. The controversial officials who have been part of the problem and engaged in various misconduct in the past and ongoing coverups involving the courts cannot be trusted to make sound judgements or shoot themselves on the foot.

In this case, the county leadership made serious mistakes by appointing the following officials to be part of the committee after being part of the problem over the years.

1.) Doris Reed, executive director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel.

2.) Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, chief Transformation Officer, National School Boards Association. Ms. Jacobs left PGCPS due to her reckless behavior.

3.) Christian Rhodes, chief of staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

4.) Maryland State Education Association should be excluded after various misconduct involving it’s officers over the years starting with Ms. Dudley.

Call your elected officials now and the law enforcement community to say “No” to continuous public corruption in the Prince George’s county public schools. Enough is enough.

By  TonyaSweat.com  | November 10, 2021  

Recently, Prince Georgians were in an uproar about the $27 million spent on the police discrimination lawsuit. Should taxpayers be upset about spending that much on a whistleblower case? Yes! Especially when $25 million was paid to lawyers and NOT the police who suffered from the discrimination.

Do you know that is not the only lawsuit involving the County?

Prince George’s County is a defendant or party in 68 cases now pending in federal court. Do you know who is going to foot the bill to defend the County? You, the hardworking taxpayer.

Case NumberCase TitleDate Filed
8:2017cv01739Thomas et al v. Anne Arundel County et al6/23/2017
8:2018cv00153Adebusoye v. Prince George’s County1/17/2018
8:2019cv03198Merideth v. Prince George’s County et al11/5/2019
8:2020cv00211Benjamin v. Prince George’s County1/23/2020
8:2020cv02590Campbell v. Sims et al9/8/2020
8:2020cv03468Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority v. 119,593 Square Feet (2.7455 Acres) of Land, More or Less, Situate in Landover, Prince George’s County, Maryland et al11/30/2020
8:2021cv00549Shakeri v. Prince George’s County3/3/2021
8:2021cv00579Nuzback v. Prince George’s County et al3/5/2021
8:2021cv00830Aigbedion v. Prince George’s County et al3/31/2021
8:2021cv020271501 Southern LLC v. S.F.C. LLC8/10/2021
8:2020cv02158Trantham v. Prince George’s County, MD et al7/23/2020
8:2018cv03649Eller v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al11/28/2018
8:2019cv02262Staves v. Prince George’s County Board of Education, et al8/5/2019
8:2020cv00048Crawford v. Prince George’s County Board of Education1/8/2020
8:2021cv00162Richardson v. Prince George’s County Board of Education1/19/2021
8:2021cv01291Doe et al v. Board of Education for Prince George’s County Prince George’s County Public Schools et al5/25/2021
8:2021cv01830Barber-Wehrman v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al7/22/2021
8:2021cv02720Lewis v. Prince George’s County Board of Education et al10/22/2021
8:2018cv00153Adebusoye v. Prince George’s County1/17/2018
8:2018cv00160Snowden et al v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al1/18/2018
8:2019cv01988Brown v. Prince Georges County Department of Corrections et al7/2/2019
8:2021cv00579Nuzback v. Prince George’s County et al3/5/2021
8:2020cv02929Hine v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al10/9/2020
8:2020cv01270Harris v. Call-A-Bus et al5/21/2020
8:2021cv00951Googooian v. Mayor and City Counsel of Laurel et al4/16/2021
8:2021cv00976Gilliard v. Prince George’s County Maryland et al4/20/2021
8:2021cv02441Green v. Prince George’s County Office of Child Support et al9/21/2021
8:2021cv02441Green v. Prince George’s County Office of Child Support et al9/21/2021
8:2021cv01335Green v. Prince George’s County Office of Child Support, Prince George’s County Municipal Corporation5/28/2021
8:2017cv01739Thomas et al v. Anne Arundel County et al6/23/2017
8:2019cv03605Davis v. Kim et al12/20/2019
8:2021cv02528Snoody v. Prince George’s County Police Department10/4/2021
8:2019cv03605Davis v. Kim et al12/20/2019
8:2020cv02481Thomas v Prince George’s County Public School System8/27/2020
8:2018cv03649Eller v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al11/28/2018
8:2019cv01828Rawles v. Prince George’s County Public Schools6/20/2019
8:2019cv02262Staves v. Prince George’s County Board of Education, et al8/5/2019
8:2020cv00048Crawford v. Prince George’s County Board of Education1/8/2020
8:2020cv00903Brunson v. Prince George’s County Public Schools4/6/2020
8:2020cv02632Brown v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al9/11/2020
8:2020cv03471Bauknight v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al11/26/2020
8:2020cv03565Reyes v The Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools et al12/9/2020
8:2021cv00162Richardson v. Prince George’s County Board of Education1/19/2021
8:2021cv01291Doe et al v. Board of Education for Prince George’s County Prince George’s County Public Schools et al5/25/2021
8:2021cv01618Downer v. Prince George’s County Public Schools6/30/2021
8:2021cv01830Barber-Wehrman v. Prince George’s County Public Schools et al7/22/2021
8:2021cv01319Bridges v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al5/27/2021
8:2015cv01721Butterworth v. Prince George’s County, Maryland6/19/2015
8:2016cv00425Wilson v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al2/16/2016
2/25/2020 (reopened)
8:2018cv00160Snowden et al v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al1/18/2018
1:2018cv03575Montgomery County, Maryland et al v. Bank of America Corporation et al11/20/2018
8:2018cv03576Prince George’s County, Maryland et al v. Wells Fargo & Co. et al11/20/2018
8:2016cv00186Ali v. Prince George’s County et al1/19/2016
8:2019cv02761Strange et al v. Prince George’s County, Maryland9/18/2019
8:2019cv03367The Redeemed Christian Church of God (Victory Temple) Bowie, Maryland v. Prince George’s County, Maryland11/22/2019
8:2019cv03437Brusznicki et al v. Prince George’s County, Maryland12/2/2019
8:2020cv00379Human Rights Defense Center v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al2/12/2020
8:2020cv00412Sneed v. Bankhead et al2/18/2020
8:2020cv00919McMurray v. Tallant et al4/8/2020
8:2020cv01493Swaby v. Prince George’s County, Maryland, et al6/4/2020
8:2020cv02929Hine v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al10/9/2020
8:2021cv00863West v. Prince George’s County, Maryland4/5/2021
8:2021cv01139Familia v. High et al5/10/2021
8:2021cv01169Ortiz v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al5/13/2021
8:2021cv01319Bridges v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al5/27/2021
8:2021cv02171Grant et al v. Prince George’s County, Maryland et al8/24/2021
8:2020cv02163Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority v. 331,043 Square Feet (7.5997 Acres) of Land, More or Less, Situate in Landover, Prince George’s County, Maryland et al7/24/2020

Retrieved from Maryland Courts case search

Not only does the County have a lot of cases in federal court, but there are even more in State court – 138 to be exact:

Case NumberFiling DateCase Name
CAE20077042/28/2020Schneider vs Lewis
CAD19039692/4/2019Doe vs Prince Georges County Board of Education
CAL09029682/3/2009STRONG VS INORA
CAL18098023/30/2018Jane Doe 9 vs Zion Praise Tabernacle Lutheran Church
CAL19039692/4/2019Doe vs Prince Georges County Board of Education
CAL19039702/4/2019Doe vs Prince Georges County Board of Education
CAL19039792/4/2019Doe vs Prince Georges County Board of Education
CAL20120695/18/2020Mitchell vs Comer
CAL164279911/21/2016Johnson vs Prince Georges County BOE
CAL20115974/16/2020Cobb vs Prince George’s County MD
CAE19224707/16/2019Chorvinsky vs Butler
CAE21005091/19/2021James Pringle Jr vs WTC Ventures LLC
CAL08225069/5/2008BROOKS VS PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY MARYLAND
CAL09029682/3/2009STRONG VS INORA
CAE08037352/6/2008MOORING SECURED LIQUIDITY FUND VS JONES
CAE08118164/23/2008TAX LIEN 2000, LLC VS. BROWNRIDGE
CAE11050222/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 13908 DAWN WHISTLE WAY
CAE11050232/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4000 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050242/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4004 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050252/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4006 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050262/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4008 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050272/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4010 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050282/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4012 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050292/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4014 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050302/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4016 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050312/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4018 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050322/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4020 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050332/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4019 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050342/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4017 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050352/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4015 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050362/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4013 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050372/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4011 DIAMONDHEAD AVE
CAE11050402/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3900 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050412/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3902 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050422/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3904 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050432/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3906 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050442/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3908 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050452/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3910 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050462/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3912 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050502/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4002 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050512/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4004 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050522/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4006 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050532/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4008 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050542/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4010 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050552/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4012 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050562/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 13909 DAWN WHISTLE WAY
CAE11050572/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14001 DAWN WHISTLE WAY
CAE11050582/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14007 DAWN WHISTLE WAY
CAE11050592/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14201 DAWN WHISTLE WAY
CAE11050602/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3810 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11050612/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14405 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050622/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14407 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050632/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14409 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050642/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14411 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050652/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14413 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050662/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14412 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050672/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14410 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11050682/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14408 Derby Ridge Rd
CAE11050692/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14406 Derby Ridge Rd
CAE11050702/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14404 Derby Ridge Rd
CAE11050712/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14402 Derby Ridge Rd
CAE11050722/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14400 Derby Ridge Rd
CAE11050732/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 3905 Deep Hollow Way
CAE11050742/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 3909 Deep Hollow Way
CAE11050752/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 3913 Deep Hollow Way
CAE11050772/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14503 Danforth Street
CAE11050782/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14505 Danforth Street
CAE11050802/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 05080
CAE11050812/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14511 Danforth Street
CAE11050822/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14513 Danforth Street
CAE11050832/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14515 Danforth Street
CAE11050842/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14517 Danforth Street
CAE11050852/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14519 Danforth Street
CAE11050872/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14520 Danforth Street
CAE11050882/22/2011Ardwen Fund 1 LLC vs 14518 Danforth Street
CAE11050942/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14500 DANFORTH STREET
CAE11050952/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14404 DANFORTH STREET
CAE11050962/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14402 DANFORTH STREET
CAE11050972/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4001 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050982/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4005 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11050992/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4009 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051002/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4011 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051012/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 4013 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051022/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14202 DAWN THISTLE WAY
CAE11051032/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 14201 DERBY RIDGE RD
CAE11051042/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3903 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051062/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3909 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051072/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3911 DIPLOMAT AVE
CAE11051082/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 05108
CAE11051092/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3918 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051102/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3916 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051112/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3914 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051122/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3912 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051132/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3910 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051152/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3906 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051162/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3904 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE11051172/22/2011ARDWEN FUND 1 LLC VS 3902 DEEP HOLLOW WAY
CAE20130029/24/2020Schneider vs S A Kalich
CAE20130059/25/2020Truitt vs The Estate of Janice N Whitesell
CAE21027505/5/2021FNA DZ LLC vs Hill
CAE21027535/13/2021Truitt vs Atsbaha
CAL21013602/3/2021Phillips vs Prince Georges County Maryland
CA14223298/19/2014Nwachukwu vs Prince Georges County
CAE11000901/6/2011CITY OF BOWIE MD VS FERGUSON & FLYNN ENTERPRISES
CAE19319049/17/2019Joe vs Keena
CAE201829711/24/2020Gaskins vs Consolidated Home Building Corporation
CAE21016293/4/2021Carey vs Pheasant Ridge LLC
CAE21016302/27/2021Anderson vs Agbim
CAE21016432/3/2021Carey vs Lusby
CAE21016502/3/2021Effect Inc vs Bowers
CAE21016572/3/2021Carey vs Kumar
CAE2102164/25/2021Paradise Point LLC vs K Capital Corporation
CAE21026753/22/2021Effect Inc vs Equity Real Estate Invest
CAE21027044/2/2021Schneider vs Almond
CAE21027154/25/2021Paradise Point LLC vs K Capital Corporation
CAE21027164/25/2021Paradise Point LLC vs K Capital Corporation
CAE21027174/25/2021Paradise Point LLC vs K Capital Corporation
CAE21027184/25/2021Paradise Point LLC vs Bond
CAE21027194/25/2021Paradis Point LLC vs K Capital Corporation
CAE21027445/10/2021Zakharin vs Volunteer Fire Dept College Park
CAE21027455/10/2021Zakharin vs Romey Collectives LLC
CAE21027465/10/2021Zakharin vs JCL Funding Group LLC
CAE2102755/19/2021Zakharin vs AMC Investment Group LLP
CAE21027636/9/2021Tabor vs Escobar
CAE21027676/17/2021Carey vs Miller
CAE21071318/16/2021Adler vs IHMW Potomac Overlook VIII LL
CAE21071328/16/2021Adler vs IHMW Potomac Overlook VIII LL
CAE21071368/24/2021Butler vs Odagbodo
CAE21071479/7/2021Cintron vs. Smith
CAE21071549/13/2021Wright vs Hill
CAE21071559/13/2021Wright vs International Security Capital Management LLC
CAE21071659/17/2021Strategic Capacity Inv LLC vs Derua
CAE21071669/17/2021Tate vs Trustees of The First Wesleyan Methodist Church
CAL19129574/15/2019Stransky vs Town of University Park
CAL21037904/6/2021Citi Trends Inc vs Prince George’s County
CAL21037934/6/2021McCrea vs Prince George’s County
CAL21066826/16/2021McCane vs Brahin
CAL21084147/21/2021Gibbs vs Transdev Service Inc

Retrieved from U.S. Federal Courts PACER System

I hear many saying, “Why is this a problem? Prince George’s County is a big County, and this is to be expected.” One would be led to believe that is a reasonable position, except many of the cases involve the County school system or “John Doe” and “Jane Doe.” Those cases indicate a problem with violations of civil rights.

Cases involving an address or property description as a party might involve eminent domain. What projects does the County have outstanding that would require the taking of private property?

Pay close attention to when most of the cases were filed. The cases filed since 2018 indicate concerns with policies and decisions of the current administration. Why was legal action the only suitable resolution? Earlier cases are carryovers from a prior administration, but why has the current leadership allowed the cases to run and accrue more legal costs?

Litigation might be an unpleasant fact of life. However, I believe there is a problem when the government is a defendant in so many civil cases. To me, that is a sign that government is violating or infringing upon the rights of the people – our neighbors, which is a big concern for me.

Government is supposed to be “of, by, and for” the people. So much legal action taken against our County government would seem to suggest that our local government is not.

via TonyaSweat.com   

OPINION:

Prince George’s county needs new leadership to help move the county forward due to corruption involving public officials and some lawyers engaged in public corruption after major bribes where given to them to keep things under the table. 

Bribery usually becomes a criminal action if the perpetrator offers or gives something of value to a public official for the purpose of influencing their legal duties. Public officials include civil servants such as police, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and even judges.
The public official accepting or soliciting a bribe may also be charged with bribery. The felony of bribery could lead to the incarceration of the accused with serious penalties that may include years behind bars and extensive fines.

Bribery generally does not involve the police if the matter is between two individual without any public office related matters. 

The perpetrator will engage the target and seek a favor of some kind for another offer that may include monetary decompensation. However, the matter elevates to criminal when one of these parties is a public official because the power he or she may have over the public increases significantly. The briber may involve the other person in something that negatively impacts others but improves the situation for a select few or only the two in the bribe. As identified in the past through this blog, we demand justice of the victims after various officials in the Prince George’s county were bribed to keep the problems going for many years. 

The Crime of Bribery

Bribery has the intention to influence the person sought for the bribe. Then, the influence changes to what this person accomplishes for the bribe itself. He or she may grant a favor, change a city ordinance, affect how the public views something or even change election ballots or votes. The greater the influence the person has, the worse the penalties are when facing conviction in a court of law. The prosecutor must show corrupt intent involved in this process, and both the briber and the bribed may face criminal charges for involvement. Some crimes elevate to extortion depending on the circumstances. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your day.

If you are not making dinner, go to a church or homeless shelter to volunteer to serve others. It will remind you of your blessings and good fortune. Former President Obama helped prepare food bags for those in need in Chicago

The spirit of giving is contagious.

When we think of those to whom we are thankful, we Think first of family and loved ones.

We think of you, who take time from your day to read what we write.

We think of the teachers in Maryland, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina, and Arizona who taught the nation a lesson.

We think of all those who work tirelessly for others to make our communities better places to live.

Despite our woes in Maryland and in Prince George’s county in particular, we have much to be thankful for.

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Prince George’s County special ed teacher among 27 charged in federal drug bust in DC area

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BOWIE, Md. (ABC7) — A Prince George’s County special ed teacher has been charged in in a 20-month federal drug bust in the DC area.

Zenja Truitt works at Bowie High School and the school district says she’s been employed since 2016.
Truitt, 47, was one of the 18 people arrested and a total of 27 indicted.

Federal law enforcement officials say the group is accused of conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine – between June 2016 and August 2017.

More than 2,000 grams of cocaine and more than 200 grams of heroin were seized, along with firearms, vehicles, body armor and more than $40,000 in cash.

According to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, “A total of 21 locations were searched during the law enforcement actions on April 12, including four in the District of Columbia, 11 in Prince George’s County, two in Calvert County, Md., one in Charles County, Md., two in Anne Arundel County, Md., and one in Montgomery County, Md.”

Some of those charged face life behind bars. Truitt could spend 20 years in prison.

The announcement from U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu:

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Zenja Truitt works at Bowie High School and the school district says she’s been employed since 2016.

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PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell meets with Md. State Board of Education to discuss grade-fixing audit

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Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell
BALTIMORE – The head of Prince George’s County Public Schools faced the Maryland State Board of Education Tuesday, the first time since a troubling state audit showed grade-fixing and policy violations allowed students to graduate without meeting state requirements.

At the hearing, state board members pressed Dr. Kevin Maxwell on the root causes of the findings and whether there has been a shift in culture in the school system.

“It seems like something is going on here,” said Maryland State Board of Education President Andrew Smarick. “I don’t want to go too far, but it seems like some signal, something is happening to suggest to schools, to teachers, to someone, ‘We gotta graduate these students irrespective of some of these rules we have.’ And that is what I have been grappling with here.”

Smarick noted some of the most outstanding audit findings — grade changes that could not be verified, late changes to student transcripts and students graduating despite more than 50 unexcused absences.

In response to questions about the driving forces behind the audit findings, Maxwell spoke about staff confusion on grade change forms, lack of automation, high staff turnover and people who were not clear on policies. He emphasized the audit found no intimidation or fraud by him or his staff.

After the hearing, FOX 5 asked him again about the underlying causes of the problems uncovered.

“The audit, I think, gave us a very good roadmap to the fact that there are some issues that need clarification, there are some procedures that need to be updated, there is a lot of training and there are some compliance issues,” Maxwell said.

At one point, a school board member asked whether emphasis on graduation rates by the state and federal government was to blame, but Maxwell did not agree that outside pressure was a factor.

Maxwell and his staff outlined their plan to correct what was found by the audit and the ways the school district is tightening up policies, putting more oversight in place and retraining staff.

Janna Parker, a Prince George’s County community member who attended the meeting, said the plan is a good first step, but feels what she did not see from Maxwell was accountability at the top.

“I think when you base any plan on not fully accepting accountability or placing the accountability on who and where it needs to be, it’s flawed plan,” Parker said.

When asked about Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent statement that some of what is going on in Prince George’s County Public Schools is criminal, Maxwell said he did not agree with the governor.

Smarick said the state board is now going to decide how and if the state will intervene in the school system and what is legally possible. He said there should be decisions made by the next meeting in February.

There could be another audit, and while there has been no public talk of the state taking over Prince George’s County Public Schools, it is something that’s happened in other states.

After the meeting on Tuesday, the state released graduation rates for districts across the state. Prince George’s County had a record high of 82.7 percent for 2017.

via Fox 5DC Read more >>>Washington Post

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BOE Member Sonya Williams In major water as Arun Puracken joins the 2018 race – as people’s choice – District 9

81744AA3-C8FD-4F91-8B22-BEC03F92ACCAWe finally have a Teacher Running for Board of Education. This is the way to go Mr. Arun Puracken. Education matters and it is the key to life. It should matter now more than ever.

Mr. Arun Puracken school board campaign launch was more lit than some delegate, Senate, and Council campaign launches. There is lots of love and support from the community and the board members themselves starting with Mr. Edward Burroughs III, Mr. David Murray and Ms. Raaheela Ahmed our “rebellious, fearless leaders”.

we encourage more teachers and others to step up to run for various political offices and lead the way forward in Maryland. This is one way to shake up the state and the county Leadership in order to make a difference in the future.

Nominate a Leader to be Featured in Education Matters

Do you know a leader in your community supporting our schools and making a difference in the lives of children both in and out of school? We are seeking nominations for individuals to be highlighted in our Leadership Spotlight segment. Nominees could be principals, superintendents, teachers, teacher assistants, guidance counselors, parents, students, business leaders, community volunteers, afterschool providers, and more.

Here are Some pictures from Mr. Arun Puracken Friday December 8th, 2017 event.

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PGCPS Administrator on Leave After Charge He Chased Student for Littering

2922C06D-8418-4B58-A30A-498C85EB3CF3.jpeg administrator for Prince George’s County Public Schools is on administrative leave after he was accused of chasing a student and grabbing her because she allegedly threw garbage out of a school bus window and it hit his car.

Associate Superintendent Mark Fossett is on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials confirmed.

“We expect all of our administrators to behave professionally, which is why we’re investigating,” PGCPS spokesman John White said.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told News4 that on Friday, Dec. 1 a student at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro was headed to school on a bus when she threw some trash, possibly an empty potato chip bag, out of a window.

Fossett happened to be driving behind the bus. The trash hit his car, White said school officials were told.
Once the bus got to the school, Fossett got on board and yelled at the students, the source said.

The teen who allegedly littered got so upset that she jumped off the bus and started running to the school.
Fossett then chased her, and the student said he grabbed her by the arm, the source said. He denied that he grabbed her, according to the source.

White declined to comment on the specific charges and said an investigation is underway.

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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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2 confirmed cases of tuberculosis at PGCPS high school

IMG_1667UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Two people at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, according to school officials.

Prince George’s County Public Schools say the two confirmed cases of the bacterial infection are being treated, and other students and staff are not at risk of additional exposure.

The school system did not say if the affected individuals were students or staff members.

“Although the risk of exposure is small, we are working with our health professionals to offer TB screening out of an abundance of caution,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell.

Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of the disease include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, pain in the chest, coughing up blood or phlegm, weakness or fatigue, weight loss, no appetite, chills, fever and sweating at night.

Prince George’s County health officials say it normally takes at least eight hours of close contact in a small room for tuberculosis to be passed on to others, and it cannot be contracted from shorter exposure periods such as passing a person in a hallway or sitting in a cafeteria for an hour.

“The Health Department and PGCPS prioritize the health and safety of all students, staff, and parents,” said Prince George’s County health officer Pamela Creekmur. “We are working expeditiously to provide information, screening, and any additional follow up to maintain the health and wellness of the Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School community.”

via Fox 5 DC

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