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Maryland Senate confirms education accountability board members as partisan, Biased.

A view of the Maryland Senate chamber from the visitor’s gallery.

The Maryland Senate confirmed members of an education reform oversight panel Tuesday morning February 15th, after Republicans sought to delay the appointments, citing concerns about geographic diversity and as partisan, inconsistent.

Sen. Stephen Hershey (R-Upper Shore) again raised concerns on the Senate floor Tuesday over how Blueprint for Maryland’s Future Accountability and Implementation Board members were chosen, contending that the board does not reflect the diversity of the state of Maryland. This bickering has led Governor Larry Hogan to withhold more than $140 million for Prince George’s and Baltimore city jurisdiction.

Four of the board members reside in Montgomery County, three in Baltimore City, one in Baltimore County and one in Anne Arundel County.

Sen. Stephen Hershey interrogated Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), who sat on the committee that nominated AIB members, on the committee’s outreach efforts to find applicants for the board, which is charged with overseeing progress on education reform efforts throughout the state and can withhold funding from local school districts that fail to meet certain goals.

Pinsky said that the committee sent public announcements to 40 media outlets across the state and that all 180 legislators, being aware of the accountability board, bore some responsibility for reaching out to potential applicants as well.

Pinsky also highlighted that rural representatives on the Kirwan Commission approved establishing a seven-member accountability board. “We only had seven slots — every county did not get a slot based on geographic representation,” Pinsky said.

But Hershey took issue with the fact that the nominating committee did not reconsider the nominees following letters from various groups — including the Maryland Latino Caucus and Prince George’s County Executive — asking them to do so. “It wasn’t just a few pissed-off rural county legislators,” Hershey said.

“What was the hurry that this could not be addressed?” he continued. “When letters go to the nominating committee about the makeup of this board, and they did absolutely nothing about it, they’re doing that because they say — we are not accountable to the General Assembly.”

Pinsky pointed out that the board members were unanimously approved by the nominating committee, including by the two members selected by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R). “We think we made the right decision,” said Pinsky, who called the AIB members “fine, smart individuals who care about the state.”

Pinsky also criticized Hogan for delaying the implementation of Blueprint for Maryland’s Future first by vetoing the bill in 2020 and second by not including full Blueprint funding in his budget. Because the Blueprint officially became law after a veto override last year, Hogan did not have to include this funding in his proposed budget for this fiscal year, which started July 1. To account for this, lawmakers directed the first $4.8 million from new sports betting revenue to go to the accountability board, which is being released as revenues are collected.

The Senate approved the confirmation of the AIB nominees — who had received initial approval from the Senate executive Nominations Committee earlier this month — in a 31-16 vote, largely on party lines. Two Democratic senators — Katherine Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County) and Ron Watson (D-Prince George’s) — joined the Republicans in voting against the nominees. Sen. Edward Reilly (R-Anne Arundel) was the only Republican who voted in favor of the nominees.

Lingering not far beneath the surface is partisan politics. One Prince George’s county resident Mike Georges who wanted to be part of the board said yesterday, that the political fight will ultimately hurt students in the county and the state.

“This is about power,” resident Mike said. “It’s about who can hit whom in the nose. . . . And our kids are sitting back here with all these needs. It should not be about politics. We need to proper Board which represents the state of Maryland to advance wellbeing these schools.”

“This is a crippling recommendation that ought to be rethought and the Maryland Senate ought to revisit to appoint a balanced delegation. I cannot imagine anything ultimately coming out of the Senate that reduces the way the state ought to be represented that does not have the aggressive representation of all Maryland senators,” said Andera Mousad.

Due to these blunders and many more, Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) is being opposed in the Democratic primary by democrat Rashad D. Lloyd in order to change the culture of Political patronage by a few connected individuals.

Read more >>> Maryland Governor Accused of Shortchanging Efforts to Fund Education in Communities of Color

Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s), sat on the committee that nominated AIB members and is partisan, inconsistent. It does not have the aggressive representation of all Maryland senators
democrat Rashad D. Lloyd is challenging Sen. Paul Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) in the Maryland Democratic primary this June.

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Maryland State Board of Education votes to remove mask mandates in schools

The Maryland State Board of Education has voted to rescind its emergency regulation mandating the use of face masks in schools, pending legislative approval.

The Maryland General Assembly’s administrative, executive and legislative review committee will need to approve the measure before the state’s 24 school systems can ease masking rules in schools. The board identified March 1 as a target date for lifting the mandate and approved the measure in a 12-2 vote, with Holly Wilcox and Rachel McCusker casting the dissenting votes.

The board’s decision aligns with State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury’s recommendation Tuesday that local school systems decide whether masks should be required. And it comes after Republican Governor Larry Hogan called earlier this month for the mandate to be rescinded. He cited the availability of vaccines and recent improving health metrics following a COVID-19 surge.

In a statement Tuesday, Hogan thanked the State Board of Education for “heeding our call to rescind its school mask policy.” The General Assembly must act swiftly to ratify the decision, he said.

“This action aligns with the data and the science, the recommendation of the State Superintendent of Schools, and the guidance of medical professionals across the country,” Hogan said in the statement.

Meanwhile, representatives for the Maryland State Education Association, the union that represents classroom teachers and other certificated school employees, called the move “premature.”

“If it does go to local control, we hope local boards will use off ramps as guidance and work with students and educators who can’t be in school without masks,” said union president Cheryl Bost.

union president Cheryl Bost.

Before taking a vote on the matter, state board members heard public comment from parents, grandparents, union leaders, medical professionals and local school board members both in favor of and against masking. Board officials said they welcomed the public input and doubled the registration cap for public comment to 20 individuals due to an “influx of demand,” said spokeswoman Lora Rakowski.

The state board of education passed a universal mask mandate last August, and the measure was approved by the legislature’s joint committee in September.

Nearly three months later, the board established the benchmarks for lifting protocols.

Speaking at the board meeting Tuesday, Choudhury said the mandate had been an effective tool to keep schools open during multiple waves of cases.

“If I would go back, I would do it again, because it did what it needed to do,” he said.

Read more >>>  Maryland Governor Accused of Shortchanging Efforts to Fund Education in Communities of Color

Read more >>> Maryland Senate confirms education accountability board members as partisan, Biased.

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Fiasco as PGCPS Youth Violence Forces DC Anti-Crime Leader Del McFadden to Resign.

Delbert Del McFadden, executive director, Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (DC.gov)

Washington DC: (Reform Sasscer) – The D.C. leader in charge of one of the mayor’s key anti-crime initiatives has abruptly resigned after recent out of control violent crime in the District of Columbia involving Prince George’s county Public Schools (PGCPS) youth. 

Delbert “Del” McFadden stepped down as executive director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE).

The office is charged with overseeing violence interrupters, the Safe Passage program aimed at getting youth safely to and from school and implementation of the Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act, which addresses crime as a public health emergency. 

Several sources familiar with the matter told the press that McFadden’s resignation came as a surprise to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office. 

The mayor did not immediately comment on the resignation, which comes days after Bowser launched another anti-crime initiative involving Prince George’s county Executive Angela Alsobrooks due to the recent out of control violence involving PGCPS youth inside the District of columbia.

McFadden was appointed in October 2017 and has spent 20 years “advocating for disadvantaged youth and reducing criminal elements in targeted communities,” his bio says. “Director McFadden is a community organizer and educator with experience in implementing evidence-based violence prevention and intervention programs across the city. During a long career at Collaborative Solutions for Communities, located in Ward 1, Mr. McFadden served as coordinator for numerous intervention programs, including Weed and Seed, Project Safe Neighborhood and the Citywide Coordinating Council on Youth Violence Prevention,” the city government website says.

Early this month, Government and law enforcement leaders in the District and Prince George’s County joined forces to combat the recent rise in carjackings and other violent crimes that have occurred in both jurisdictions.

On Feb. 2, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III joined Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and her police chief, Malik Aziz joined forces, to announce the joint partnership at the Marvin Gaye Park located in Northeast. 

“We are focused in both jurisdictions on collaborating to make our communities safer for all people,” Bowser said. “We are particularly focused on how we reach our young people and engage them so they don’t get involved in violent activity, how we hold them accountable when they do and how we get them on a more productive and positive path forward.”

The issue of carjackings in the region became even more pronounced on Jan. 15, following the attack of a D.C. Council (D) at-large candidate at a gas station located in Northeast. After contacting the police, Nate Fleming talked about the crime on social media and the story went viral. 

On Jan. 30, D.C. police announced a 17-year-old District Heights, Md. resident had been arrested in connection to the crime. Contee said the arrest resulted from collaborative efforts led by D.C. and Prince George’s County police. Fleming expressed satisfaction following the arrest.

“I’m pleased to see that MPD has made an arrest of one of the suspects in this incident,” Fleming said. “We know that in the majority of these carjacking, juveniles are the assailants. We need to attack juvenile violent crime comprehensively both in the short-term and long-term. In the past two weeks, there have been numerous carjackings throughout the District, including another one at the same gas station where I was carjacked and several carjackings in the blocks nearby. Urgent action is needed.”

In 2021, youth made up 85 of the 132 people arrested in the District for carjacking while in Prince George’s, 86 out of the 152 arrested consisted of minors. 

Bowser said many of the young carjackers cross the District-Prince George’s County border to commit their crimes. Realizing many of the youth lack a strong direction in their lives, the mayor said the city offers activities that can distract them from crime such as sports, afterschool programming and employment opportunities.

County Executive Alsobrooks has implored the community to come together to “disrupt the cycle of violence that is growing again.”

According to Alsobrooks, for example, there have been 162 carjackings in Prince George’s County. She acknowledged on Tuesday first half of January and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.

“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.

Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning money off to friends and family etc. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.

To be effective, violence prevention programs require community-wide collaborative efforts led by school system leader that include students, families, teachers, administrators, staff, social and mental health professionals, law enforcement, emergency response personnel, security professionals, school board members, parents and the businesses. The school system leader takes an active role to effect change and not hide in the closet and wish these problems away. Dr. Monica Goldson “Goldson” has failed to provide proper leadership and it’s time for her to go due to corrupt leadership style!

Stay with Reform Sasscer Movement for more details on this developing story. 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser addresses carjacking issues in her city while Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz and D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III listen.

Read more >>PG County Executive violating the law willfully after thousands of dollars in excess contributions review shows

Read more>>>PGCPS Board of Education member resigns, citing flawed governance system and corruption.

Read more >>>Alsobrooks files to run for reelection as Prince George’s County Executive

>>> Police in DC, Prince George’s Co. team up against repeat carjacking PGCPS teens and others.

Read more >>>Prince George’s County father speaks out after PGCPS teenage son shoots, kills mother, brother

>>> PGCPS Student charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting of 16-year-old in Oxon Hill area, police say

>>> PGCPS Teenager killed in Greenbelt shooting identified

>>> PGCPS Students Say They Were Threatened Not to Testify About Proposed Closure of Alternative Schools

>>> PGCPS Teenagers rob a man who shoots one of them, Bowie police say

>>> Maryland Parent coalition files lawsuit challenging Maryland’s statewide school mask mandate

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Shock as it emerges Prince George’s County Teen Arrested, Charged With Killing Woman in DC Days Inn: Police

Prince George’s county is is on the spot after a Prince George’s county teen has been arrested in the Washington DC shooting which took place at a Northwest Washington, D.C., hotel last month. That fiasco left a woman dead and several others injured, police said.

An eighteen year old Gerald Thomas, of Temple Hills, Maryland, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of second-degree murder while armed. The arrest came a day after D.C. police announced they were looking for Thomas.

The shooting occurred in the early morning of Jan. 27 in the Days Inn located at 4400 Connecticut Avenue NW, in the University of District of Columbia (UDC) Van Ness neighborhood.

According to court documents, Thomas tried to crash a party because his girlfriend was there, got into an argument at the door and opened instant fire, killing 20-year-old Dasha Cleary of Waldorf, Maryland. Cleary appears to have been a bystander in the room, court documents suggest.

Information on how Thomas was found wasn’t immediately released.

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Charging documents shed light on how the deadly shooting unfolded during a surprise birthday party with upwards of a dozen people inside the fifth-floor room.

Detectives believe Thomas was trying to get into that party to see his girlfriend because he was angry she was there while other men were present. The girlfriend told detectives Thomas came to get her because he thought she was cheating on him, according to court documents.

When Thomas attempted to get inside the hotel room, there was an argument at the door and Thomas began firing, charging documents say. After examining bullet holes, detectives deduced that one of the injured men inside the hotel room returned fire toward Thomas before fleeing the hotel, court documents say.

According to a victim’s statement reported in court documents, Cleary was dancing at the back of the hotel room when gunfire erupted. She was shot in the head one time, the medical examiner said, and later pronounced dead at a hospital. It appears she was not involved in the dispute at the door.

Two men sought treatment on their own and suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said. No charges have been brought against anyone accused of returning fire.

Officers responded at about 3:30 a.m. and found a horrific scene: Three women were shot, with at least one in the lobby and another in a room, police said. The hotel room was covered in blood, according to court documents.

Thomas’ girlfriend was one of the women critically injured in the shooting. She is expected to survive after surgery, court documents indicate.

The arrest affidavit includes text messages obtained by detectives between Thomas and his girlfriend’s mother. Thomas allegedly wrote: “I’m so so so sorry this is happening, they tried to kill me” and “I’m going to jail.”

Surveillance video from the hotel helped detectives identify Thomas.

The Days Inn is located in a commercial area with some homes and several businesses. Authorities said after the shooting that members of the community had complained about the hotel before.

Records show D.C. police had been called to the hotel 278 times in the two years leading up to the January shooting. Authorities said it was a big increase over previous years. According to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee, the hotel’s address has been subject to 73 calls for service since July for incidents ranging from welfare checks to assaults to drug complaints.

The majority of calls police have responded to at the hotel are for what’s listed as “disorderly disturbance.”

Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks released a statement on or around November 15th, 2021 regarding the recent shooting and others involving teens and children. She asked residents to participate in the police departments’ gun buyback program. 

“We encourage residents to anonymously turn in guns, no questions asked, to receive free gift cards,” Alsobrooks said. “Stopping violence starts with this community, and this is one way our community can commit to a future where no more families have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to gun violence.”

At the moment, Prince George’s county has become a hub for crimes and all sorts of syndicates due to poor management of it’s school system under corrupt leadership style.

Read more >>PG County Executive violating the law willfully after thousands of dollars in excess contributions review shows

Read more>>>PGCPS Board of Education member resigns, citing flawed governance system and corruption.

Read more >>>Alsobrooks files to run for reelection as Prince George’s County Executive

>>> Police in DC, Prince George’s Co. team up against repeat carjacking PGCPS teens and others.

Read more >>>Prince George’s County father speaks out after PGCPS teenage son shoots, kills mother, brother

>>> PGCPS Student charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting of 16-year-old in Oxon Hill area, police say

>>> PGCPS Teenager killed in Greenbelt shooting identified

>>> PGCPS Students Say They Were Threatened Not to Testify About Proposed Closure of Alternative Schools

>>> PGCPS Teenagers rob a man who shoots one of them, Bowie police say

>>> Maryland Parent coalition files lawsuit challenging Maryland’s statewide school mask mandate

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A top researcher says it’s time to rethink our entire approach to preschool

Dale Farran has been studying early childhood education for half a century. Yet her most recent scientific publication has made her question everything she thought she knew.

“It really has required a lot of soul-searching, a lot of reading of the literature to try to think of what were plausible reasons that might account for this.”

And by “this,” she means the outcome of a study that lasted more than a decade. It included 2,990 low-income children in Tennessee who applied to free, public prekindergarten programs. Some were admitted by lottery, and the others were rejected, creating the closest thing you can get in the real world to a randomized, controlled trial — the gold standard in showing causality in science…

Read more>>> https://www.npr.org/2022/02/10/1079406041/researcher-says-rethink-prek-preschool-prekindergarten

Read more >>PG County Executive violating the law willfully after thousands of dollars in excess contributions review shows

Read more>>>PGCPS Board of Education member resigns, citing flawed governance system and corruption.

Read more >>>Alsobrooks files to run for reelection as Prince George’s County Executive

>>> Police in DC, Prince George’s Co. team up against repeat carjacking PGCPS teens and others.

Read more >>>Prince George’s County father speaks out after PGCPS teenage son shoots, kills mother, brother

>>> PGCPS Student charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting of 16-year-old in Oxon Hill area, police say

>>> PGCPS Teenager killed in Greenbelt shooting identified

>>> PGCPS Students Say They Were Threatened Not to Testify About Proposed Closure of Alternative Schools

>>> PGCPS Teenagers rob a man who shoots one of them, Bowie police say

>>> Maryland Parent coalition files lawsuit challenging Maryland’s statewide school mask mandate

UPDATE: Funeral for former High Point High School teacher to be held at Landover, MD

A photo of Cheryl Mitchell, the teacher found dead at High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland (Courtesy image)

Beltsville, Maryland. (Reform Sasscer) – Funeral services are planned for a High point high school teacher who died at the school due to natural causes.

Cheryl Mitchell was a Social Studies teacher. She was working late on a Wednesday night January 26th, in the school preparing for the week ahead, her principal told the press at the time. It’s an example of the kind of teacher she was.

“A dedicated teacher, invested in the lives of the school community always wanted to make sure there was a great deal of balance and equity and inclusion,” said Principal Dr. Lori Taylor.

Prince George’s County Police were called to the school on Powder Mill Road around 7:15 p.m on January 26th. for a report of an unresponsive woman.

Prince George’s County Police says a woman was found dead inside High Point High School in Beltsville, Md. Wednesday night, Jan. 26, 2022.

Mitchell, a popular teacher at the school, was found deceased of natural causes in her classroom, according to a Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson.

Dr. Taylor said the High Point community has been devastated by the news.

“My heart is heavy today. Its sad most of all sad for the community, the students of high point because she was a star amongst us,” said Jesse Belarde, head of the High Point Social Studies department.

Belarde said even though Mitchell had been at High Point for just a year she was already known for using her own life stories to reach students. Belarde says, “Today we lost an amazing educator. She was one who connected with students through her love for learning.”

Prince George’s County Police says a woman was found dead inside High Point High School in Beltsville, Md. Wednesday night, Jan. 26, 2022. 

The 57-year-old teacher was known as a strong student advocate who respected and supported diversity.

The school is offering counseling to students and also encouraging them to express their thoughts in writing or art on Ms. Mitchell’s classroom door.

“It’s one way to get out what they’re feeling on the inside,” said Dr. Taylor.

The Celebration of Life service for Cheryl Mitchell will be held:

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Viewing 12:30 – 1:30

Service. 1:30

J. B. Jenkins Funeral Home

7474 Landover Road

Landover, MD

Prince George’s County Police says a woman was found dead inside High Point High School in Beltsville, Md. Wednesday night, Jan. 26, 2022.

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Effort to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent Passes Maryland House

The Maryland House has approved a bill that would end the biannual changing of the clocks to “fall back” and “spring forward” that Americans are accustom to observing — and dreading.

Democratic Del. Brian Crosby introduced HB 126, which would making Daylight Saving Time permanent, meaning Marylanders would keep their clocks set one hour ahead of standard time all year.

“Ending biannual clock-change will keep our circadian rhythms healthy, lower crime, and help small businesses,” Crosby, who represents St. Mary’s County, said on Twitter.

Researchers say the time shift can cause circadian disruption in humans, a condition linked to countless disorders and diseases, and the loss of an hour of sleep every March takes a toll, including a higher rate of heart attacks, higher blood pressure, increased fatigue and more car crashes. Increased work injuries and a temporary increase in suicides the day after the spring time change are also evident in some studies.

The bill has been in the works since 2020 general assembly. But even if the bill passes the Senate and Gov. Larry Hogan signs it, the legislation still has a major hurdle: changes to the federal Uniform Time Act. The law allows states to exempt themselves from observing Daylight Saving Time, but requires a change in federal law to remain on Daylight Saving Time year-round.

Benefits of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (often mistaken as “daylight savings time”) is the practice of setting the clocks forward one hour from standard time in the spring and backwards one hour in the fall. The “springing forward” usually occurs in March or April, and the “falling back” follows sometime between September and November. The purpose of such a seemingly trivial act? To make better use of natural daylight.

Although less than 40 percent of the countries around the world use daylight saving time, the United States implemented it in 1918, and it doesn’t appear like it’s going to change anytime soon.

So, need a reason not to dread getting out of bed an hour earlier on March 12? Consider these four benefits of daylight saving time:

1. There’s more light to enjoy in the evening.

 What’s better: Only a fleeting moment of daylight before work (and driving home in the dark) or being able to enjoy the daylight well into the evening hours? That’s what we thought. More light = more time to do what you want or need to do = a happier you.

2. The crime rate drops during daylight saving time.

 Research has shown that robbery rates after daylight saving time fall an average of 7 percent, with a much larger 27 percent drop during those light-filled evening hours that didn’t exist before the time change. Mind. Blown.

3. It minimizes energy consumption (and lowers your costs).

 When you enjoy more natural daylight, you use less artificial light — and that makes a real impact on the overall cost of energy consumption.

4. It lowers the incidence of traffic accidents.

Like driving home in the daylight versus the darkness, driving is easier when you can see your surroundings and where you’re going, right? Duh! Studies actually show that we could save hundreds of lives per year if we implemented daylight saving time year-round.

Currently, Hawaii and Arizona are the only two states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Effort to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent Passes Maryland House

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San Francisco: Voters Recall Three Board Members

Voters in San Francisco overwhelmingly recalled three board members because the board spent too much time on divisive equity issues and too little time on reopening schools, according to the account by Laura Meckler in the Washington Post.

The story subtitle is: “In a warning for the left, critics saw misplaced priorities, as the board focused on equity issues while schools remained closed”

Some voters were angry about the board’s failure to reopen schools. Asian-Americans were angry about the board’s decision to change the admissions procedure for Lowell High School to increase the number of Black and brown students. Others were frustrated by the lengthy deliberations about renaming schools where the name was associated to racism, not always accurately. More unrest was created by lengthy debates about whether to destroy or cover over a mural in Washington High School depicting George Washington as a slave owner and imperialist, which was considered “racist” by critics who did not realize it was a critical depiction. (The board ultimately voted to cover the mural, not destroy it.)

The recall was heavily funded by “reformers” like billionaire Arthur Rock, a major donor to TFA.

Meckler writes:

Voters in San Francisco opted overwhelmingly to recall three school board members from their positions Tuesday, fueled by dissatisfaction over what San Franciscans saw as the board’s focus on issues of social justice at the expense of reopening schools.

The recall election is the latest signal that mainstream voters, even in a liberal city like San Francisco, have grown frustrated with public schools during the pandemic. Education, particularly its struggles with coronavirus measures and racial justice, is expected to play a prominent role in elections across the country later this year. The results in San Francisco offer another warning sign for Democrats.

Preliminary results showed the vote to oust each of the school board members topping 70 percent. Those who lost their seats are school board president Gabriela López and members Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga.

The recall effort was initiated by a couple frustrated by the board’s failure to reopen schools last academic year. Even as other districts opened or developed hybrid in-person and remote systems, San Francisco remained remote for nearly all students, who returned this fall.

The leaders of the recall movement, Siva Raj and Autumn Looijen, appeared on Glenn Beck’s radio show in a segment about parents pushing back against schools, drawing criticism at home.

Months after the recall effort launched, the Virginia governor’s race showed the power of education as a political issue when Republican Glenn Youngkin won with a heavy emphasis on school closures and race.

A pedestrian walks past a San Francisco Unified School District office building in San Francisco, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. A seemingly endless amount of drama, name-calling, lawsuits _ and outrage from parents and city officials _ made the saga of San Francisco’s school board a riveting pandemic sideshow that is about to play out at the ballot box. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OPINION:

prince George’s county should have a recall elections to keep Board of Education members on their toes and other politicians.

How do you trigger a recall election?

A recall election is a process that allows voters to remove an elected official before the regularly scheduled election at the end of their term. In 39 states, various officials can be subject to recalls, although how easy it is to prompt a recall and what happens next varies significantly among states. And 12 of these 39 states require a stated reason for a recall, whether legal or political. For the rest, if the requisite amount of support is gathered for a recall election, it can be called for any reason. 

There are hundreds of recall efforts every year, ranging from school board to governorship recall elections. However, most of these efforts do not reach their required legal minimum number of signatures in order to successfully warrant an election. Parties interested in recalling an elected official must gather a certain number of signatures within a matter of months, ranging from 10% to 40% of all the votes cast in the last election to that office. The shortest timeline for this petition collection process is 60 days in Colorado, Idaho, Wisconsin and Nevada; the longest is 320 days in New Jersey. 

If a recall effort successfully gathers the required amount of signatures within the allotted time frame, an election is called in which all voters, including those opposed to the recall effort, can vote. After the election, if the incumbent is indeed recalled, states have three different processes they use to appoint successors. In some states, the same ballot used to recall candidates is used to replace the official. In others, a second special election is called to vote for a replacement. And in five states, the successor is appointed instead of elected. 

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Vigil planned for Deceased PGCPS Suitland teacher

SUITLAND, Maryland (Reform Sasscer) — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Suitland Community is grieving the loss of Mrs. Alethia Wilkin.

Mrs. Wilkin was a coordinator at Suitland High School for some time and her presence was well felt.

When we gather to mourn, we tell stories about the person who died and make little speeches about them, which helps build an image of the person that you take with you: They may be gone, but this is who they were. Grief is the reaction we have in response to a death or loss. Grief can affect our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Below is a sample of some reactions from some of her friends and others who might have known her.

According to friends Kelly Kellz, Alethia was loved by her students and by those that got to work with her throughout the years. “She was an amazing woman. This one is tough. Hurts so much,”said Kelly.

My son told me about this. He is a Suitland Alumni. She was admired by her students,”said Valorie White-Jones

Wilkins was probably one of the nicest teachers I knew. She was so happy to come to Suitland, she just loved it here,” said Tom.

We never know the lives we touch… met her when Sam was in Kindergarten… he was in school with her son for 4 years… This is heartbreaking She made everyone Feel “YOU MATTER”, another parentManda Standardsaid.

 “She’s one of those teachers that expected a lot out of you. But she was there for you 100%,” said Jones who interacted with her in middle school. “If you needed help, she would do whatever she needed to do, she loved teaching, she loved her students.”

“Wilk was an inspiration to many students and faculty. She was our super woman, our shero and just a great Woman of God. I’m in such disbelief. Please remember her family. Her son is a senior at Flowers,” said Angela Michelle Gaskin

“Well I had no idea they were going to use my FB post. “Wilky”, as we called her, was more than an educator, she truly became my sister. My daughter became an educator because of her. I wanted to be feel some type of way because I wasn’t her inspiration, but I can only strive to influence as many lives as Alethia did. My heart is torn into a million little pieces…said Deidra Speight

“Seems as if she touched so many lives during her short time here on this earth. I pray that others will pour into her children the same way she did for others and may they gain peace and understanding,” said Robin Rubain

“Wilky molded me into who I am today and stood beside me even after graduating to see where I would go and who I would become. I love her dearly. I, along with so many others, are hurting behind this loss. To say I’ll miss her would be an understatement,”said Kendra Speight

Community members will gather on the Football Field inside Suitland High School to remember Mrs. Alethia Wilkin 5 p.m. Friday, February 25, 2022. Everyone is encouraged to wear school colors (Red/Black/White). Balloons are not permitted – Candles will be provided for the occasion.

May her soul rest in perfect peace and light forever.

Read more >>> PGCPS Suitland High School Community mourns popular teacher.

Late Mrs. Alethia Wilkin

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Youngest Member in Prince George’s Council’s Recent History Sworn In

Edward Burroughs III has been a public servant, rising from the student member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education

By Tracee Wilkins, News4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief 

One of the youngest members in the history of the Prince George’s County Council was sworn in Tuesday.

Since he was a student at Crossland High School, Edward Burroughs III has been a public servant, rising from the student member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education to its youngest elected member when he was 18. Now at 29, he’s a County Council member. 

“If you would have asked me a year ago, six months ago, where would I be, it would not be on the Prince George’s County Council,” he said. “For those of you who have known my story and know what we’ve been through, this is the last place that I ever thought I would be.”

When former District 8 Council member Monique Anderson-Walker stepped down to be running mate for gubernatorial candidate Peter Franchot, Burroughs won the special election with more than 70% of the vote in the primary, beating former Council member and state Del. Tony Knotts. 

On the school board, Burroughs helped elect progressive candidates, causing a shift in the power of the board. That shift led to frequent clashes with school system leadership, and Burrough’s fight against former PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell went all the way to the governor. Maxwell later resigned. 

Political leaders spoke in support of Burroughs Tuesday, including U.S. House Majority Leader and Prince George’s County native Rep. Steny Hoyer.

“There’s been controversy on the Board of Education, but you have tried to be a steady, focused voice,” he said.

“I’m here today to celebrate Ed, to celebrate his perseverance, his passion, and to remind each and every one of you that he is someone who is an example of the ultimate measure of a man,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said. 

Burroughs’ campaign was not supported by everyone on the board. Some Council members were missing from his swearing-in.

“I’m going to fight to do what’s right on behalf of the people of Prince George’s County, and often that gets me into some good trouble, but I feel comfortable in that space at this point, and I look forward to contributing and supporting and working together as best we can,” Burroughs said.

After winning his seat, Burroughs resigned from his job overseeing the Teen Court Program within the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said Burroughs helped grow the program and wrote legislation expanding the state’s definition of child abuse. 

The regular primary election will happen in June. Burroughs and Knotts have both filed to run, and Burroughs will need to win to keep his seat on the Prince George’s County Council.

Via NBC4 News

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