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Alsobrooks Boasts $1.2M War Chest in Reelection Bid fueled by Developers and others.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Largo, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Why has the Prince George’s County, Maryland become so thoroughly corrupt? The reason is historical—it goes back many decades—and, in a way, philosophical. The county leadership is best understood as an insurgency that carried the seeds of its own corruption from the start. This corruption continues to advance with the developers and other folks interested to lining up their own pockets in heavy toll. As a result, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has a war chest of $1.2 million in her bid for reelection in the majority-Black jurisdiction which is fueled by outsiders and others.

Though Alsobrooks hasn’t officially filed paperwork with the Maryland State Board of Elections, a campaign statement released Wednesday summarizes the Democrat’s plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools. Allowing elected officials in Maryland to use campaign funds to pay for their legal defense is a “slap in the face” of efforts to reform the state’s corruption-plagued political culture,” stated a resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

The latest campaign finance report for Jan. 14, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022 showed her campaign has raised nearly $702,000.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for the overwhelming amount you chose to invest in the vision that I have for Prince George’s County,” Alsobrooks said. “Please continue to volunteer for our campaign and tell friends about what we are doing. I need you more than ever to keep our momentum moving forward.”

A summary shows out of the 1,432 donations received, about 902 came from Prince George’s County. Approximately 823 donations came in at $100 or less.

A few of the major contributions:

• $6,000 from AES Electrical Inc. of Laurel.

• $6,000 from Gordon Barnaby, founder and president of BarnAllen Technologies of Rockville in Montgomery County.

• $5,000 from Bowie Trucking Service of Upper Marlboro.

• $2,500 from Andre Gingles, an attorney and owner of Gingles LLC in Laurel.

• $2,000 from EXP US Services Inc. of Chicago.

Meanwhile, four other Democratic candidates filed to run for county executive by the deadline on 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to file campaign finance reports online. If mailed, the reports needed to be postmarked on or before Wednesday.

Former NFL player and county native Leigh Bodden of Bowie has about $4,400 cash on hand, the second-highest amount in the race. He contributed about $1,000 to his campaign.

Sherman Hardy, a real estate agent and Air Force veteran of Clinton, raised $2,406 last year but with only $473 cash on hand.

Tonya Sweat, an attorney from Accokeek who also runs her own consulting firm and is well knowledgeable with the State and county issues, raised slightly more than $6,465 last year. However, her campaign finance report shows a deficit of $386. She will make a great county executive if given a chance.

“I still have a couple outstanding bills that need to be paid,” she said.

As she continues to campaign, Sweat has some advice for voters.

“If they want to stay in the same place they’re in right now, then that’s their right,” she said. “If they want change, then they need to stop and think about where the money’s coming from. Money doesn’t necessarily bring about change. It’s a resource and a tool we can use to get there, but if it’s not in the right hands, we’re not going to be any better off.”

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, a campaign finance report wasn’t online for Billy W. Bridges who has promised a robust campaign and he is aware of the issues as well. He sought the office in 2018 and made prayer in public schools a part of his campaign platform.

All prospective candidates have until Feb. 22 to file documents with the state elections board.

The winner of the June 28 Democratic primary is all but guaranteed victory in the general election with Democrats outnumbering Republicans 10 to 1 in the county. The jurisdiction with a population of 967,200 has the highest number of registered Democrats in the state.

County residents eligible to run for public offices are encouraged to vie as democrats’ for all open seats to challenge and beat the incumbents without delay this year. A few senators and delegates are okay. This is the only way to bring a positive change in Prince George’s county, Maryland.

Read more >>> PGCPS Parent Fatally Shot in Front of his 3 Children, Girlfriend.

Read more here >> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks plans to seek a second four-year term despite major fiasco sweeping the county schools.

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Maryland lawmakers convene for 90-day legislative session

Maryland lawmakers gathered on Wednesday for the start of their 90-day legislative session with an unprecedented budget surplus

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reform Sasscer) — Maryland lawmakers are gathering in Annapolis for their 90-day legislative session.

They started on Wednesday with a huge budget surplus. That’s because of unexpectedly large revenues resulting from the help of federal pandemic aid.

Democrats, who control the General Assembly, say they will be prioritizing upgrades to parks, bridges, schools and information technology systems to help put more people back to work.

The Democrats have their long list of agenda items, and so does Governor Larry Hogan. There is one thing they may agree on – a tax cut for Marylanders – but a disagreement may arise on how to pay for it.

Other big-ticket items include the legalization of marijuana and how to tackle crime in Baltimore City. This will be the third year in which COVID-19 has impacted the session in some capacity

After being elected twice, this will be Governor Larry Hogan’s last first day of the General Assembly. He has a long list of priorities which include focusing on cutting crime. Senators have supported those crime bills in the past but they failed in the House of Delegates.

In the last week, he announced a $500 million plan to help with additional support for law enforcement . The governor also wants to cut taxes for seniors so they won’t keep leaving for other states.

With more than a $4 billion budget surplus – the governor said now is the time to cut those taxes.

“And so we think it’s the right time,” the governor said Tuesday. “We now can afford to do this. That’s usually the number one criticism we get from our colleagues across the aisle they say, ‘we’d love to help our retirees and our families and our small business we just simply can’t afford it.’ Well, now we can afford to.”

Democratic lawmakers may take a look at issues like legalizing recreational marijuana and whether they will make the decision or leave it up to the voters in a referendum.

They have to continue to focus on COVID-19 with things like testing and keeping the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Democrats are also in favor of some tax cuts, but it’s just a matter of how to pay for it.

“It’s essential that we be thoughtful about how those dollars get used,” Senator Bill Ferguson said. “Those are not dollars that will come back year after year after year. Some of them may and for the portion that is recurring, where we have a structural surplus, we will entertain conversations about how we can protect what we have and invest in the future.“

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Former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles is set to fill a vacant seat as a Delegate.

former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles

Largo, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer) – In a cleverly crafted scheme to get like minded folks in public office, the Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee on Tuesday January 4th selected former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles to fill a vacant seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Her selection was “by acclamation,” said Central Committee Chairman Kent Roberson. Her name will be forwarded to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), who by law has 15 days to make the appointment official.

Toles, a lawyer, will fill the District 25 seat that came open when Dereck E. Davis (D) was selected to replace Nancy K. Kopp (D) as state treasurer in controversial episode of high level public corruption.

Toles had previously filed to run as a candidate in District 25, having been added to a slate that includes incumbent Sen. Melony Griffith (D) and Dels. Darryl Barnes (D) and Nick Charles (D).

She served two terms on the council, from 2010 to 2018, representing District 7, which overlaps with the legislative district.

In a statement announcing the slate last month, Griffith called Toles “an established fiscal leader known for her community engagement, advocacy for seniors and outstanding constituent services is poised join the team and hit the ground running on behalf of District 25.”

Toles works as community affairs director for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Prior to serving on the council, she was senior policy advisor for AFSCME and regional field director for the Democratic National Committee.

During her tenure on the council, she gained notoriety for an incident in which she was observed by police driving more than 100 miles an hour and swerving between cars on the heavily traveled Capital Beltway in 2012.

She was charged with reckless driving and other offenses, but she was given probation before judgement and allowed to retain her license.

Toles will serve the final year of Davis’s four-year term and she is expected to be challenged big time in the next election cycle.

Former school board member Edward Burroughs III (D) attracted 199 vote

Burroughs posts big lead in low-turnout Council race

A small crowd of Prince George’s voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast primary ballots for a County Council vacancy that was created when Monique Anderson-Walker (D) resigned to run for lieutenant governor on a ticket headed by Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D).

Just over 100 people voted in-person on Tuesday; 191 people cast ballots during early voting.

Former school board member Edward Burroughs III (D) attracted 199 votes, 68% of the 294 ballots cast. Former County Councilmember Tony Knotts (D) received 51 votes, 17% of the electorate. Four other candidates accounted for the other 15%.

The tally does not include 2,200 mail-in ballots. Those votes will be counted in two canvasses: on Thursday and Jan. 14.

Burroughs served for a dozen years on the board of education, a panel he joined at age 18. Over time he emerged as the leader of a progressive group of board members who clashed loudly and often with school board president Juanita D. Miller, an appointee of County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D). Burroughs was heavily supported by union activists in the brief campaign, which was largely waged over the holidays and was widely ignored by the public.

Whoever wins the primary will be the only candidate to appear on the Feb. 1 special general election ballot, as no Republicans, independents or third party candidates filed to run for the District 8 vacancy. However, that is bound to change in the future credible election. So far, only 10% of eligible voters turned out for this special election – clearly not a good demonstration of Democracy. It’s critical that the county residents figure out how to get more citizens to vote. Hopefully Mr. Burroughs will do a better job for the county than he did for the school board. We hope he will challenge the public corruption perception involving the unions including AFSCME among others which sponsored him this time around and others involved in cover ups in the county.

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Former Prince George’s delegate Angela Angel enters 4th District congressional race

Former Dels. Angela M. Angel (D), District 25 will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Angel, a lawyer worked on legislative policy. During her tenure in Annapolis, spoke of being grabbed, touched or treated inappropriately, without giving details or naming the perpetrators. Angel is expected to revisit and name names. This is the only way to change Annapolis General assembly once she becomes congresswoman. She is expected to challenge and change the culture of the congress.  

Bowie, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Former Prince George’s delegate Angela M. Angel will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, she announced in a video Monday.

Angel, who served in the General Assembly from 2015 to 2019, will take on fellow current and former Prince George’s officials in the Democratic primary after Brown announced that he would not seek reelection and instead run for Maryland attorney general next year. During her tenure in Annapolis in the general assembly, Delegate Angel faced sexual harassment together with three other female lawmakers. At that time, the Three female lawmakers told a legislative panel in Annapolis that they’ve experienced sexual harassment while in office and called for an independent investigator to handle harassment complaints in the Maryland General Assembly.

In her campaign video, Angel highlighted her rise from a stint of homelessness in 2012 to her election to the House of Delegates in 2014, where she became a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence, citing her own experiences.

“In June of 2012 I found myself in a homeless shelter, nine months pregnant, escaping an abusive marriage,” she said. “I know what it’s like to get knocked down. I also know what it takes to stand back up. By June 2014 I went from homeless to the House of Delegates, where I authored and passed bills protecting survivors of domestic violence, providing mental health services for our children and holding companies accountable for overcharging seniors for prescription drugs.”

If elected, Angel said, she would also prioritize fighting for universal prekindergarten and developing the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor that runs through the district. She also said she would work to bring the FBI headquarters to the district as federal officials consider a new location — a project that lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have been jockeying to build in their districts in anticipation of major economic benefits.

She joins Del. Jazz Lewis (D-Prince George’s) and former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn Ivey in the Democratic primary. James Curtis Jr. is also running for the nomination.

There are reports, Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government. According to the doctrine of separation of powers, the U.S. Constitution distributed the power of the federal government among these three branches, and built a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch could become too powerful. With Glenn Ivey’s wife Jolene Ivey ​currently representing Council District 5 and their son Del. Julian Ivey who is a member of House of Delegates since January 9, 2019. It will be fair to give a chance to another family or families to wand off wide spread corruption in the county.

Given the deep-blue shade of the district, the Democratic primary is likely to attract more funds and energy than the general election. The district includes a large swath of Prince George’s, plus parts of Anne Arundel County — newly including Annapolis after the General Assembly passed a revised congressional map this month as part of the redistricting process.

Delegate Jazz Lewis will also seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Mr. Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government.

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‘It’s on me’: PGCPS CEO Goldson addresses issues in front of Questionable school board task force

Dr. Monica Goldson was named the new CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 amid outcry of public corruption in which she is part of it.

Upper Marlboro, (Reform Sasscer); ( — With Prince George’s County school buildings closed just days before winter break and CEO Monica Goldson, Ed.D who was appointed under public corruption defended her actions in a news conference. She appeared before more community members during the county’s questionable school board task force Tuesday night.

The group was established by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to make recommendations on how to revamp the school board as it has been plagued with infighting and investigations. However, Considering a number of the members have been cited in our https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to many of us. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the #PGCPSMess as we know it.

The task force meets with different stakeholders to ask questions about the school system to determine what would be the best format for the school board. However, with some questionable members such as
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 and public corruption. 3.) Christian Rhodes, chief of staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education left due to public corruption. 4.) Maryland State Education Association should be excluded after various misconduct involving it’s officers over the years starting with Ms. Dudley, this taskforce is a joke. The final meeting of the year comes at the same time as the school system returned to virtual learning because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and major fights across the county schools.

“I’m probably praying more than anyone that this thing ends very soon,” said Goldson.

During one question, she used the pandemic as a way to explain how beneficial the relationship between the school system and county government has been. Angela Alsobrook the current county executive helped to cover up public corruption for Goldson.

“To be able to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, I need to get teachers vaccinated’ and Kaiser said, ‘Hey this is the limit we have’ and then to contact the health department and they can supplement and to understand the sense of urgency in getting it done, was key,” said Goldson.

The task force also wanted to know about how politics, local and statewide, can play a role in the CEO’s decisions.

“I have been very honest and forceful and say, it all falls on me, so when it all goes bad, it’s on me, so allow me to make those decisions and they have done that,” she said.

She also said she also sends lawmakers the same guidance she sends to parents so everyone is on the same page.

While she recognizes that not everyone may agree with her decisions, like the one to revert back to virtual learning before winter break, she stands behind it.

The newly formed School Board Transformation Task Force continues to have meetings despite all the reservations cited earlier. Considering a number of the members have been cited in https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to the public. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson as we know them as #PGCPSMess.

Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson who is acting as fox in a chicken house.

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MD Gov. Hogan Gets COVID-19, Blasts School District’s Decision To Go Fully Remote

Prince George’s County Public Schools begun testing random groups of students for the coronavirus around October, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Upper Marlboro – (Reform Sasscer); Prince George’s County Public Schools will move fully to remote learning through Jan. 18, and recently, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made it known: He’s not for it.

Hogan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, said it’s a “big deal and terrible mistake and something that we’re very opposed to,” according to NBC Washington.

“We all want to keep our kids safe but we’ve got protocols in place. There’s a hundred cases in Prince George’s County out of 131,000 students.”

PGCPS started closing all buildings starting yesterday Dec. 20 and will move to virtual learning for three days ahead of their winter break which will start on Dec. 23 due to multiple fights by students running uncontrollably throughout the district.

Schools will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 14. They will return in person on Jan. 18, following Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31.

“Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities.” Said Monica Goldson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS who was selected under a cloud of public corruption.

Last week PGCPS saw a high of 155 cases of COVID-19 reported in a single day among students and staff even though there has been a growing movement among the students and staff to take a break due to these many fights which have gone amok.

It becomes the largest school district in the country to go close all of its schools and turn to remote learning due to the pandemic and other issues combined.

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Read more >>> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

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Holding Elected leaders accountable and holding their feet to the fire.

Former Prince George’s County Executive Mr. Rushen Baker now running for Maryland Governorship facilitated major public corruption in Maryland which is ongoing.

Largo, Md. (Reform Sasscer): To liberate a society from repression, exploitation and subjugation, we must use verifiable FACTS and historical and scientific DATA-not VOODOO, or MYTHS. Tyranny thrives in ignorance, secrecy and silence. Confront charlatans, despots and their surrogates with UNVARNISHED TRUTH.

The main problem facing Prince George’s County and Maryland in general is public corruption. In Prince George’s county, corruption and BAD GOVERNANCE has become pervasive. Theft of public resources, human rights abuses and other forms of repression are BY-PRODUCTS of bad governance. To make Maryland and Prince George’s county prosperous, united and tranquil, we must rid ourselves of DESPOTS and KLEPTOCRATS. We must make elected leaders accountable and hold their feet to the fire.

Beginning this week, we are going to make a series of exposé and the role some key lawmakers in Maryland have played to create chaos and cover ups in the county and the county schools.

The drama begun earlier but reached a major point during 2013 Maryland general assembly session in the last days of the session to advance corruption and cover ups rather than fix the issues. All states have laws against bribing public officials in order to weed out public corruption. There are also federal laws against bribery. … Most bribery laws target the giver of the bribe, but it is also illegal for a public official to accept or solicit anything of value in exchange for a particular action.

For Marylanders and Prince George’s County residents in particular to forgive Despot Rushern Baker, and co-perpetrators of crimes against humanity, they must PUBLICLY apologize and be tried and punished to the full extent of the law. A society built on crime, violence and conmanship will never be united and prosperous.

Stay tuned here as we explore the issues in a series and the players tied to the problems who appear unconcerned. The issues they caused starting with the interferences of the courts have had major consequences throughout the region. This is one reason the author of this blogger sought audience with the Speaker of the Maryland general assembly last week, without much success. We will share a separately post on that, in the coming days.

Jolene Ivey – District 5 County Council Member appear unconcerned with the issues. She was a key player to introduce HB1107 LAW in the Maryland General Assembly.
Del. Dereck Davis, pictured, of Prince George’s County and the acting Maryland Treasurer introduced HB1107 LAW.

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Prince George’s County Board of Education Meeting 12/09/21

The Board meeting for 12/9 includes an agenda item for the annual ethics report. However, the ethics reports means nothing if the hyena is in charge of the meats…. We demand a transparent investigation of the issues we have raised repeatedly on this blog. The board members must learn from failings of their colleagues and adjust accordingly. It’s the young people in society who lead the change without fear or favor and can—and often do—make a serious impact on the world.

Hyena with a piece of meat at Maasai Mara National Reserve.

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Maryland Lawmakers Elect Prince George’s County Del. Dereck Davis State Treasurer

Del. Dereck Davis, at right, marks his secret ballot in the General Assembly’s election for state treasurer on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Reform Sasscer) — Maryland lawmakers elected Del. Dereck Davis on Thursday to be the state’s treasurer.

The General Assembly held the vote at the end of its four-day special session on redistricting to redraw the state’s congressional map.

Davis, a Prince George’s County Democrat, has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995 and has served as chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee.

While we as authors of this blog have our reservations about Del. Dereck Davis candidacy as Maryland treasurer, we have to respect the decision of the lawmakers. Even though there are issues and violation of rights, we can work those as time progresses in Prince George’s County and in Maryland as a whole. If Dereck Davis and his friends do not resolve our grievances, God almighty will take care of our issues on our behalf. There is a greater power out there! We will continue to work hard in everything we do. Our humble opinion is that, the Maryland State Treasurer role should be elected by the voters statewide and not by close connected friends who can easily be swayed with money. At this point, no one knows where Delegate Dereck Davis stands on improving the Beltway in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and other issues. Maryland voters must raise up and demand changes to the old status quo and request for their voices to be heard on this important position directly in the ballot.

The essence of democracy is majority rule, the making of binding decisions by a vote of more than one-half of all persons who participate in an election. However, constitutional democracy in our time requires majority rule with minority rights. Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, expressed this concept of democracy in 1801 in his First Inaugural Address. He said,

All . . . will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect and to violate would be oppression.

In every genuine democracy today, majority rule is both endorsed and limited by the supreme law of the constitution, which protects the rights of individuals. Tyranny by minority over the majority is barred, but so is tyranny of the majority against minorities.

There are reports by fellow lawmakers that, he would have made a truly great speaker of the Maryland General Assembly. That is one reason why he got the offer to be state treasurer so he would no longer be a threat to be Maryland speaker Adrienne Jones. The speaker was very scared by Dericks influence in Maryland and had to find a golden parachute for him. We will keep our folks informed as time progresses.

“I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Delegate Dereck Davis on his selection as the next Maryland State Treasurer,” said Gov. Larry Hogan in a statement. “Throughout his nearly 27 years in the House of Delegates, Dereck has served the people of Prince George’s County, and our entire state, with integrity and distinction.”

“Dereck and I have always had a great relationship. I look forward to welcoming him to the Board of Public Works, and working with him to continue changing Maryland for the better,” the governor said.

The treasurer holds one of three seats on the state’s Board of Public Works, along with the governor and comptroller.

The treasurer also leads several key state boards and financial planning committees, including the Maryland State Retirement and Pension Systems.

Davis was elected to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of longtime Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

Maryland House of Delegates chamber after Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George’s) was elected as Maryland’s next state treasurer
state senators cast their secret ballots in the Senate chamber, and then Senate Secretary Nicole Xander carried the ballots across the hall to the House of Delegates, with a small contingent of lawmakers and senate staffers.

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Major PG Parents Protest Potential Closure of PGCPS County Elementary Schools

Woodmore ES PTO started this petition to Prince George’s county board of education.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/parents-protest-potential-closure-of-prince-georges-county-elementary-school/2902724/?fbclid=IwAR2-6VTXHalBKwk4CMiiIsOQEiFDAC56rhLh7yuXupvoFTjC0mRPwgvg6cc

“Why would you want to close down a school that’s got smaller class sizes, better testing scores? It just kind of didn’t really make sense to me or any of the other members on the PTO,” one mother said. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports above.

Largo, Md. (Reform Sasscer)

The official description was underutilized and/or too old to repair….. Closing schools is ridiculous. In the future, Prince George’s County residents will need to shift boundaries to fill them but every school around the county is at 110% capacity or higher and loaded with temporary buildings. The population has grown not decreased. There is something which does not seem to pass the mastery and pure thuggery may be going on in many ways in our view. You don’t close schools in the midst of population boom. There is something else prevailing to dupe the residents. Let us have transparent investigation concerning the original issues we raised and the truth will come out. The younger progressives in the current board of education need to figure out what is happening and then lodge a protest without fear. Everyone knows that, DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) is a hot real estate market and without a strong or proper oversight in Prince George’s county with the raising population, corruption might have played a major role to sell off some of these schools. There Is Very Limited Inventory and Lots of Buyers. The top reason why the housing market is so high right now has to do with limited inventory, or supply. It’s one of those fundamental concepts even a child can comprehend. … Sure, home prices were significantly lower, but inventory wasn’t all that great.

As mentioned, when it comes to existing homes, supply is small. The COVID-19 pandemic hit just as the 2020 spring selling season was about to kick off — and the coronavirus situation prompted some homeowners to hit the pause button, creating a shortage of existing homes. This trend is going to continue on for a while.

 There is already a petition started recently to protest the closure of one school. It reads:

“The Prince George’s County Public Schools Board contracted a Vendor to evaluate over crowding and under crowding in PG County public schools. The Vendor evaluated 184 schools based on the age of the school, renovations and enrollment to determine which facilities need to be closed, renovated or rezoned. The vendor produced a report providing 3 scenarios to address the Boards concerns. 

If adopted, and under the third and most aggressive scenario, Woodmore Elementary would be permanently closed. 

There are several material concerns with the study. Primarily, the study did not take into consideration the new construction on Church Rd, future growth or the school performance. Closing a successfully functioning school and rezoning the students to an under performing school is wanton.

Woodmore Elementary School is a higher performing school than its surrounding schools. The only schools that rank higher than Woodmore Elementary School are PGCPS Specialty Program Schools that receive additional funding and operate in much better facilities. 

Woodmore Elementary School is ranked #12 in the county and #248 in the state.  The schools that are currently in the proposal to move students to, if Woodmore Elementary School is closed, are Kingsford Elementary School and Northview Elementary School.

Kingsford Elementary School is currently ranked #53 in the county and #532 in the state.

Northview Elementary School is ranked #105-#140 in the county and #640-853 in the state (essentially not ranked).

If Woodmore Elementary School is closed, students would be re-zoned into schools that are performing at a substantially lower level, despite the fact that residents living in the 20720 and 20721 zip codes pay a disproportionately higher share of county property taxes.

The Prince George’s County Public Schools owes its community a better solution. Please sign our petition to the County School Board to let them know we want to keep our local community school open.” (See here)

Call your elected officials now and the law enforcement community to stop this advanced public corruption emanating from Prince George’s County and affecting the entire state of Maryland. Don’t take it lightly.

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