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PGCPS launch task force to review policies after child porn case

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Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College and onetime president of the Maryland State Board of Education with a history of misconduct and cover ups is to lead the task force. We must say “NO”.

Prince George’s County’s has created a task force to independently examine policies and practices designed to keep students safe following the arrest of an elementary school volunteer accused of making pornographic videos of children at school during the school day.

Leading the new panel will be Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College and onetime president of the Maryland State Board of Education who left under a cloud. Millet can’t expect justice from a court composed of chicken. The conduct of Charlene Dukes who steered public funds in questionable circumstances and who in the past has chosen to suppress the truth plus evidence should be in everyone mind.

“I want parents, students, and all who care deeply about the welfare of children to know that the Student Safety Task Force will be methodical, exhaustive, and swift in our work. We will focus on bringing forth recommendations that keep our children safe,” Dukes said in a statement. However, we doubt that statement and if anything good will come out of such a committee based on Charlene Dukes engagement in misconduct in what appears to be ongoing basis.

As stated previously, If we are going to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the future and help the schools, what we need now is not more of the same, but a willingness to try new and better approaches to fighting corruption including electing or selecting new leaders with better record for engaging the truth to power and not cover ups.

Others on the task force include representatives from universities, a nonprofit group, the private sector, local government, public safety and the school district.

The task force was formed about two weeks after the arrest of Deonte Carraway, 22, of Glenarden, who remains jailed on 10 counts of felony child-porn charges. Carraway admitted to creating videos of children between ages 9 and 13 performing various sexual acts, according to charging documents. Police say the victims in the case now number 17.

 The task force will begin meeting March 1, 2016 and move to review policy, procedures and practices to make recommendations by or before May 2, officials said. The school system outlined four phases of work, starting with expert presentations on key strategies for protecting children and a review of policies on background checks, reporting of abuse and volunteers, among other things.

Besides Dukes, other task force members include:

  • Joshua Sharfstein, associate dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Gloria Brown, the county’s director of social services.
  • Renee Battle-Brooks, assistant state’s attorney in Prince George’s.
  • Judy Bresler, a lawyer with a private firm.
  • Kristina Kyles-Smith, assistant state superintendent with the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Brenda Jones-Harden, associate professor in the department of human development and quantitative methodology at the University of Maryland at College Park.
  • Michele Booth Cole, executive director of Safe Shores, the D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Blanca Abrico, a parent of a student at Robert R. Gray Elementary School.

School officials said the newly formed group will be supported by county and school staff members including George Margolies, chief of staff for the school system; Monique Davis, deputy superintendent; Shawn Joseph, deputy superintendent; Adrian Talley, executive director of the office of student services; Erica Berry, executive director of the school board’s office; and Tehani Collazo, education policy adviser in the office of the county executive.

Schools chief Kevin Maxwell said in a statement that he had formed the task force “to carefully scrutinize every single policy and procedure we have in place.”

“We will leave no stone unturned, but we will also act quickly,” he said.

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Search committee hears from community leaders.

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The state-appointed CEO search committee, composed of, from left, Kenneth Johnson, chairwoman Charlene Dukes and Orlan Johnson, listen to Prince George’s County stakeholders discuss the qualities they would like to see in a new school system leader.

The sentiments were widespread and uniform. The patience of the parents and citizens of PG County has been tested and strained beyond its elastic limit. People are expecting results not rhetoric.

Many of the Prince George’s County community leaders and elected officials who attended a listening session Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 4:30 PM -5:45 offered their opinion on what characteristics the new schools chief should have.

Several attendees expressed hope to see change management in the next leader and proper accountability throughout the system. This is because managing change is simultaneously difficult and important. “Often the ability to efficiently execute change projects is used as a measurement of the efficiency of the Manager.” Added one parent. “When discussing change projects, one cannot stress too much the importance of communication.” She concluded.

A large number of employees, parents and students who have talked to reform Sasscer Movement secretariat are very excited and optimistic about the future. Many are in high spirits that a proper leader will be identified without any problems to take the county forward and speed the troubled past behind them into a new era of accountability and proper collaboration.

As promised in our earlier blog, the search committee led by President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes has scheduled a telephone townhall for Monday June 10, 2013 from 7PM to 8:30 PM. Residents who want to participate can dial 855-246-7045, ext. 21990#.

We will keep you posted with point for point analysis and provide behind the scenes perspectives as we move forward to the future. No stone will be left unturned to establish accountability and ensure first class performance from our often wayward colleagues.  (See our Top priorities here) (Read more Gazzette) (Read more Washingtonpost)

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Kent Hall at Prince George’s County Community College.

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PGCPS CEO Search Committee begins…

…stakeholde​r meetings.

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President Dr. Charlene M. Dukes

The Search Committee charged with finding the new Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO begins their work this week by meeting with stakeholders on June 5th, 2013 at 4:30 PM.  Community and parent groups will appear before the committee first starting at 4:30PM.

The next session, which will take place after the stakeholders’ meeting finishes, will be with elected officials, including school board members at 5:45PM. Both meetings will be at Kent Hall at Prince George’s County Community College.

The final session, a “telephone townhall” format, will be for the general public on June 10. Additional information on how to participate will be released at a later date. County residents can e-mail their questions and/or suggestions to newschoolsceo@co.pg.md.us.

For more information or to get information on attending contact educationboard@co.pg.md.us. Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of the Prince George’s Community College as well as President Maryland State Board of Education, also serves as Chair of the Search Committee. She will preside over the meetings and the expectations are very high.

Thank you State Leaders for your dedication and commitment to PGCPS and ensuring that PG County families  have a bright future for their children. (Read more) ( more)

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