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Maryland Common core protest…

…Well attended by citizens

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A grassroots movement of Protesters lined the curb outside the Maryland State Department of Education building in downtown Monday, carrying signs denouncing corruption in Education. Others in the group were denouncing Common core and an array of other areas of concern in Maryland. The impressive showing in Baltimore city brought awareness to the issues surrounding a variety of matters including lack of transparency and accountability involving Maryland State Board of Education and its state Superintendent of Schools. The Activists came from many counties, including Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, Cecil, Charles, Prince George’s and others. They included parents, grandparents, homeschoolers, and citizens who are democrats, republicans or independents.

The group of more than 50 assembled in front of the Maryland State Board of Education headquarters and had placards in their hands. They advocated for the Local teachers and school districts to determine the lessons and what textbooks and other materials will be used locally. Others protested loudly about the Maryland scandal and a variety of corruption related activity involving members of the Board of Education in Maryland.

The common core standards have become a flash point for both the far right and the far left who are against dishonesty in Education and the introduction of the standards in United States this year. >>>> Read more

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Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the county, state or Country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption.

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Read more – Maryland ranking scandal

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Opponents to hold Common Core protest at MSDE…

…as part of national event.

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Opponents of Common Core and takeover of schools in Maryland will be holding a protest on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 10am to noon at the headquarters of the Maryland State Department of Education at 200 West Baltimore Street in Baltimore.

The event is part of a national protest against Common Core and public corruption in Education that will take place in states across the country. Some parents are against common core and others are driven by the fight against public corruption in Education here in Maryland. The chosen date has significance to the movement, being not only the first day of American Education Week, but also Revolution Day.

Organizers are encouraging parents, students, teachers, and others to attend.  More information, will be posted as it becomes available on the Facebook page “Stop Common Core in Maryland”. This is a bipartisan event involving people of different diverse backgrounds who mean well for their communities and the United States.

Above all, they want to see a greater level of accountability and transparency involving the Maryland state Board of Education which yields a lot of power. Many homeless students and other unfortunate students in the system are being left behind by the unmonitored standards.

The problem was created by a top-down philosophy; the solution will come from the bottom up. Many parents in PG County are supportive of  president Obama and Maryland Governor O’Malley but they want to see an end to corruption within Prince George’s County public schools and Maryland. Maryland state has  senior officers involved in discrimination starting with Dr. Charlene Dukes President of Maryland State Board of Education and Dr. Lillian Lowery Maryland State superintendent of Schools pictured below.  Please help spread the word and join us on November 18, 2013.

To join the fight against public corruption in schools, join the Facebook pages: Call your elected officials now and demand changes within the top school system leadership in Maryland. We must create accountability and transparency. Say “No” to corruption. This is because of entrenched ethnicisation and political manipulation, the ugly face of repression is raising its head. The system and its hirelings are already working hard to prop up a repressive system. Just like it happened many years ago in the state, the democratic ideals enshrined in the constituton are being betrayed by the conscienceless and unashamed clique of usurpers who are remnants of the former repressive regimes of Jack Johnson era. To them, the constitution is just a piece of paper which they embrace when it suits them and discard when it does not. People can no longer express themselves freely anymore and give proper solutions to society. This is not the Maryland we want our future generations to inherit.

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Dr. Lillian M. Lowery Maryland State Superintendent  of schools has been criticized for showing very poor leadership skills in various ways including discriminatory conduct and received an F grade for Common Core meetings so far.

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In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes shown here has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play” and manipulation during her tenure.

Our children cannot live on election promises, expensive hairdo’s, decorated buildings with their names and top of the line auto imports. Please let us focus on where our bread is battered. Performance, integrity and high values. When our kids succed, then you can go get your hairdo on – until then, please refrain from this unagreeable behavior.

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Northwestern High Schoolers demands better conditions.

Defenders of Northwestern High Schoolers punished for standing up for a better education, proffessional misconduct, an end to Corruption and nepotism in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS)!

A Demand for the ring leaders suspensions be revoked!

 Call Principal Batenga and other school officials – see info below:

Thursday, March 1, 2012 was the National Student Day of Action in which students around the country organized demonstrations protesting educational  budget cuts and inequality, and advocating for quality and affordable education for all.

Students at Northwestern High School in Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) Maryland planned a walkout and rally as part of the National Student Day of Action. Over 300 students planned to walk out to protest unsanitary conditions in their school, enormous class sizes, cuts to the ESOL program, denial of promised pay raises for their teachers and corruption involving Dr. William Hite. The students were also asking for more teacher/parent/student input in the curriculum and demanding an apology for a group of Filipino teachers who were fired and deported after not having their work visas renewed.

The Administration at Northwestern High School discovered the walkout plan early in the day by trolling Twitter accounts and then put the whole school on lockdown. Police blocked the doors and a canine unit waited in the school’s parking lot. They held student leaders in the Principal’s office all day, threatened them with expulsion, and at the end of the day suspended four students for 5 days requiring that when they return their parents must accompany them to classes all day.


Northwestern is a high school where the majority of the students are Black and Latino. The student organizers’ mission was to walk out for a better school and a better education. Instead the Administration violated their civil liberties, squashed these students’ free speech, and punished them for wanting to improve the school environment for themselves and their teachers. Instead of having a dialogue with students, the Administration at this school chose to make an example of several students and punish them harshly knowing this could affect these students ability to get into college.The students in Northwestern High school are asking citizens throughout the world to stand in solidarity with them. “We cannot let school officials succeed in punishing us like animals for wanting changes to our school and quality education” one student said.

Support these students by contacting the following school officials and other elected officials. Demand that their suspensions be revoked and removed from their permanent record: (Read more, Pics – Courtesy Hyattsville patch)

Mr. Edgar Batenga “Edgar”
Principal
301-985-1820 Edgar.Batenga@pgcps.org

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent
301-952-6008 william.hite@pgcps.org

Amber Waller
Board of Education Member, District 3
301 952-6115 amber.waller@pgcps.org

Monica Goldson “Monica” Phone: 301 – 669 – 6000

Jane Spence “Jane”
Instructional Director of High School Performance
240-264-1720

Northwestern Vice Principals:
Mr. Douglass Jones, x-2318 douglass.jones@pgcps.org
Ms. Patricia Cox, X-2237 patricia.cox@pgcps.org
Mr. Robert Pollard, X-2280 robert.pollard@pgcps.org
Ms. Jennifer Love, x2280 jennifer.love@pgcps.org
Mr. Arrington, x2265

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