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

Suitland High School is a public magnet high school located in the Suitland census-designated place in unincorporated Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, near Forestville. It is a part of Prince George’s County Public Schools. It is long regarded for its Visual and Performing Arts magnet program.

Suitland – (Reform Sasscer); Suitland High School of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) was on lockdown recently after multiple fights took place in the school. The school is known to be the epicenter of fights spreading uncontrollably in other high schools in PGCPS such as Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine and Friendly High School on Allentown, Fort Washington. There are other schools in the county which have had major fights recently during the covid-19 pandemic which have led schools among other issues to close early.

Cell phone video surfaced on social media shows an officer with the county schools Department being hit by a student with a fist during the many brawls recently to the dismay of onlookers nearby. It all happened while multiple fights were breaking out in several of these schools.

“They just said it was a fight that broke out in the cafeteria between two students. A chair was thrown, and then multiple fights got to breaking out,” said parent who wanted to remain anonymous.

In a recent viral video circulating on social media, a woman identified as Prince George’s County, Suitland High School administrator Eileen Mayfield can be seen on the ground in the school building tugging on a student in a gray shirt, yelling “I’m going to kill y’all” and attempting to grab what looks to be a hair weave component.

“There is a thing called fight Friday” students in various schools plan various fights on this day either at school or outside these schools. Many students in the county are aware ahead of time concerning such fights and are usually ready for them. However, there is little response from the county police rushing to the scene or school security to stop these outside fights among other issues.

No serious injuries have been reported. Personnel for this blog obtained a video of a young woman student apparently knocked out and another student was shown to have been hit hard to the ground.

“Every day since school (has) been in, it’s been ongoing. Fight, people getting ready to fight others. They fight all day in the schools. Parents bring other kids up here to fight kids. It’s out of control,” said parent who did not want to be identified.

Some parents are upset at how the situation was handled. One mom, who dropped everything when she saw all the flashing blue lights, says being able to get to her son was a huge relief, especially after hearing about how officers tried to get everything under control.

“My baby called me and told me that she couldn’t breathe and that she was on the way to her next class and they pepper-sprayed her,” said Ms. Johnson.

Although no one was badly hurt, another parent says her student will not be returning to class.

“They are not allowed to come back here anymore, (because) they can’t control the school,” Ms. Johnson said.

A quick search on LinkedIn about Ms. Eileen Mayfield, is listed as an assistant principal for PGCPS, however, it is unclear if she is still with the school system and or how long she has been a PGCPS employee.

Further research on Twitter shows that, students and alum of Suitland High School have been raising concerns of toxic behavior and tension between both students and Eileen Mayfield for over a decade.

Because the administrator has on a mask in the video and Charles Flowers High School C/O 2024 president confirmed on Facebook that this situation in question was from the week of Dec. 6, 2021, it is unclear as to what has really been going on in the PGCPS schools during in person learning. This way, there is a plan during a global disease to protect the overall mental and physical safety of the students, staff in regard to the pandemic, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse or exposure to it.

As of Dec. 17, 2021, CEO Monica Goldson made an announcement to close all schools until mid-January 2022 to students due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers. However, CEO Goldson has advised teachers that they still must come in the building even though the buildings need a proper clean up. She appears powerless with no clue to reality as just last week scheduled a Christmas party in the middle of the school day. After criticism from the staff on social media, she cancelled the said virtual party.

Additional photos show the growing number of fights in PGCPS with or without school system employees around as indicated above. The poor leadership of CEO Monica Goldson who was selected under cloud of public corruption is all there for all to see.

We must demand more transparency from PGCPS in regard to incidents like the one that included Eileen Mayfield and others. This is very triggering and traumatizing to the students, parents, and community to watch.  While we would never want to see a teacher, student, or staff member assaulted, it is very disturbing to hear an administrator confidently threaten to kill all of the students in her reach especially if she’s been in the county over a decade. This incident confirms a lot of parents’ allegations about the PGCPS employees that have been employed for years confidently and boldly having no regards for human life or accountability of their actions. A school system is not the place for that mindset. Parents, students and staff must have peace of mind as they perform their roles.

There is no record of PGCPS, Monica Goldson, or County Executive Angela Alsobrooks addressing this incident as of Dec. 19, 2021. We have had enough. Enough is enough! We demand immediate actions to help save lives.

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Ms. Eileen Mayfield, is listed as an assistant principal for PGCPS. She is said to have yelled, “I’m going to kill y’all” and is seen attempting to grab what looks to be a hair weave component.

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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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Charlene Dukes to Retire Amid Corruption Allegations And Self Dealings.

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Dr. Charlene Dukes, endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college by Dr. William Hite Jr as part of quid pro quo.#DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Dr. Charlene Dukes President of Prince George’s County Community College is retiring ahead after her public corruption syndicate was exposed by this blog recently, Reform Sasscer Movement blog has confirmed.

Dukes submitted her retirement plans and issued a press release letter Wednesday to the Board of Trustees office and the community. The retirement will become official in June 2020, according to the information received and a senior aide familiar with the Duke’s decision.

Duke, became the institution’s eighth and first female president on July 1, 2007, is expected to be sued for public corruption anytime this year for conspiracy and other related charges in the United States. Dukes’ abrupt departure will spur a special  initiation of a national search for the ninth president of the College. Duke has been President for community college since 2007.

Duke has been accused of misusing the office of the community college to benefit her friends and family and interconnected offices including abuse of office ever since she was the President of the Maryland State Board of Education.  Dr. Charlene Dukes, tenure as the Maryland State Board of Education facilitated public corruption which is ongoing and endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college when hearing concerning PGCPS corruption was in progress.

These malicious activity was part of quid pro quo due to a reward to her by conspirator Dr. William Hite Jr among others. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused in 2012.

In addition to these allegations, there are numerous violations which involves the unions in Prince George’s County and other counts tied to her and corrupt legal officials in Maryland. There is evidence that Dr. Thornton’s role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. Long before County Executive Alsobrooks made the announcement for Mr. Thornton to be the new PGCPS new Board Chair, this troubling revelation was already known. Dr. Thornton has links to the President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes.

One of the most pivotal moments in the unearthing of her shenanigans actually, is when Dr. Hite and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”, in the latest twist in the ongoing public corruption.

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Dr. William Hite (seen here) and Dr. Dukes engaged in a scheme and awarded 10 million dollars to start a charter school in Prince George’s County Community College to “assist students with double diploma”#DespotsMustFall

Read more here>>> ‪ https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/…/facilitator-agents-of-un…/ ‬ #Despotsmustfall

Below is the full news release Published: October 30, 2019

After serving as president of Prince George’s Community College for 13 years, Dr. Charlene M. Dukes announced her retirement effective June 30, 2020.

A champion of teaching, learning, and student success, Dr. Dukes guided the realignment of organizational structures and program offerings to create connections between and among the three key components of the 2019-20 Strategic Plan: student success, regional impact, and organizational excellence.

President Dukes will leave an everlasting legacy at Prince George’s Community College.

To read the full press release -> https://bit.ly/2JAIWOV

Read more >>> Prince George’s County Corruption Continues and Must End ASAP.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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Whitehall Update: Perturbed CEO Goldson finally withdraws changes under pressure!

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) In what is turning out to be a comedy of errors, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) CEO Dr. Monica Goldson has finally withdrawn an illegal procedure she enacted without consulting the community or Board members. This deliberate blunder led to an outcry in the community of Whitehall and surrounding areas. Goldson who has surrounded herself with sycophants lately in order to enact a systematic scheme, is causing untold worry in the community. There is clear evidence of personnel known to each other who are out to abuse power. They are running the entire school system under a cloud of corruption. These violations of law which have been willful in nature were reported years ago. Furthermore, CEO Goldson herself has an active case within the United States legal frame work and others are pending, a clear piece of evidence which furthers the scale of public corruption which is ongoing concern.

Local Board of Education member for the area Ms Raaheela Ahmed on Tuesday was quoted in part as stating the following “…But in my opinion, this item is not an FYI. For an item like this, input needs to come from the community BEFORE a proposal is made. Housing audits should be complete BEFORE a boundary change is confirmed to present. Proposals need to be complete, sensible, accurate, and stand up to questioning. Central office needs to listen and ACT when the PTA has reviewed the proposal and expressed concern over it days before it came to the community as a whole. That’s not what happened here, and that’s the problem,” she added. We previously covered the story here.

We reprint the report by The WUSA9 News below.

BOWIE, Md. — The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools changed course Tuesday after parents fought back against the proposed re-zoning of Whitehall Elementary.

The district had proposed shifting more than 200 students to four other nearby schools in 2020 to solve the long-standing overcrowding problem at Whitehall.

After multiple parents complained, the CEO announced Tuesday that she would be withdrawing the proposal at Thursday’s school board meeting in favor of creating a task force.

“My son would have ended up going from one of the best performing schools in Prince George’s County to one of the worst, and my wife and I were not going to do that,” said RiShawn Biddle, the father of a kindergartner who just started at Whitehall.

In his mind, Whitehall is the best and Northview is the worst.

“The way that they rolled out this proposal is just in poor taste,” Emebet Booker, parent of three, said. “People made a big investment. I mean, we’re paying a premium to live in the school zone that we’re in.”

Booker has children in fourth and first grade at Whitehall, and one in pre-school. She said if the changes would have gone through, she would have had to take her kids to three different schools.

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The CEO of PGCPS wrote a letter announcing she would be withdrawing the rezoning plan Thursday after violating due process rights in the community.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested #DespotsMustFall

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Facilitator agents of Union Crime and Public Corruption in Maryland.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years! Since the exposure of her illegal activities, Goldson has since scheduled three meetings where she only takes notes, she did not respond to the concerns expressed by employees, parents and others in the last two meetings. They say it was a listening session. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) Nearly fifty years after John F. Kennedy first condemned corrupt leadership in the American labor movement, it is still plagued by rampant corruption, embezzlement, racketeering and influence from numerous organized crime organizations. From penny-ante theft to multi-million dollar embezzlement schemes, labor leaders continue to violate the trust of the members they claim to represent.

The labor movement is nothing but the sum of its many parts—millions of working Americans who have entrusted union leaders to spend a portion of their hard earned salary for the benefit of the collective good. Financially speaking, the sum of the movement’s parts total more than $10 billion dollars annually in mandatory dues and control another $400 billion in financial assets in strike funds, pension plans, and health care benefits.

In fact, in just the last five years, hundreds (maybe thousands) of labor leaders at all levels of the movement have been convicted of embezzlement, corruption, racketeering, or engaging in organized crime. The problem is rampant, getting worse, and yet the unions seemingly refuse to address it.

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Mr. Christian Rhodes who is the current Chief of Staff for PGCPS is involved in numerous conflicts of interests involving PGCEA where he was an officer and other unions facilitating criminal activities. He makes more than $215,000 a year #DespotsMustFall

Here in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), Mr. Christian Rhodes, who is the current Chief of Staff for PGCPS, facilitates public corruption within the Prince George’s County Schools via various union representatives. Some of these individuals were his colleagues at his former employers the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) who are well connected.

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James E. Spears Jr., who is a Field Services Director facilitates crimes within PGCPS under ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 #DespotsMustFall

In ACE-AFSCME Local 2250, corruption is facilitated and covered up by James E. Spears Jr., who is a Field Services Director and a former colleague of Mr. Rhodes, Mr. Daniel Besseck at MSEA, and Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley. They coordinate willful violation of the law with Mr. Damon Felton, the attorney for MSEA and PGCPS Human resources personnel tied to them, in order to blackmail union members and PGCPS staff. The willful violations of civil rights and cover ups by these individuals, including County Executive Alsobrooks office, is an ongoing concern and others tied to PGCPS CEO Dr. Goldson.

In the past, the PGCPS working in conspiracy with MSEA and PGCEA used services of former MSEA attorney Mr. James Whattam. Whattam was promoted in an organized scheme to become PGCPS labor relations director.  An investigation about Mr. James Whattam and Mr. Rhodes who have extensive ties to AFSCME Local 2250, PGCEA, MSEA and others need to be investigated and exposed.

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Dr. Alvin Thornton is facilitating the worst misconduct in history within the Prince George’s county public schools. He needs to resign at the earliest opportunity before he is arrested  #DespotsMustFall

There is evidence that Dr. Thornton’s role is driven by dirty politics in order cover up misconduct within the Prince George’s county public schools and in Maryland. Long before County Executive Alsobrooks made the announcement for Mr. Thornton to be the new PGCPS new Board Chair, this troubling revelation was already known. Dr. Thornton has links to the current President of Prince George’s County Community College, Dr. Charlene Dukes, who endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college when hearing concerning PGCPS corruption was in progress. This malicious activity was part of quid pro quo. A Motion to recuse her due to many conflicts of interests requesting her to step aside was presented to her and she refused. Dr. Thornton has strong links too with the Maryland State Education Association officers who interfered with arbitration and the lawyers whom employees had hired to represent them but were compromised during County Executive Alsobrooks tenure as the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney.

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Dr. Charlene Dukes, endorsed wrongful terminations after she was awarded about $10 million to start a charter school within the Prince George’s County community college by Dr. William Hite Jr as part of quid pro quo. #DespotsMustFall

It is very interesting that former PGCEA teacher’s union director, Lou Robinson, became Labor Relations Director and prior to that a PGCEA Uniserv Representative, Susan Lesscer, began working in the PGCPS Labor Relations Office—both of whom were under the supervision of former PGCEA President, Kenneth Haines and a close friend of Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley, who was allegedly conspiring with PGCPS leadership instead of supporting teachers which is why, he was ousted.  Many of us have heard in a corrupt system, the corrupt are promoted meaning people who will engage in wrongful behavior if told to do so will apparently be promoted. This is wrong and a violation of employee rights.

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Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley (pictured here) is a real thug based on many observations. She is currently serving two masters and should resign one position due to conflicts of interests in politics. She is also engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity in PGCPS.  #DespotsMustFall

Many violations in this county involve the use of the Unions including Prince George’s County Education Association (PGCEA) and Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP). Both organizations are advancing public corruption and cover up under Mrs. Theresa Mitchell Dudley and Ms. Doris Reed close friends of County Executive Alsobrooks and Dr. Monica Goldson. Mrs. Dudley, as the President of PGCEA has played several illegalities in allowing public corruption in the county schools and cover ups after she rigged her election in order to remain as President of PGCEA. She has also used union dues to hire outside activists to help hide major violations within the county schools. We have evidence and witnesses of these violations.

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Ms. Doris Reed has facilitated misconduct involving two past presidents who abused employees willfully. Some teachers where impregnated as part of abuse of power through the union without recourse. #DespotsMustFall

Please note that, Mrs. Dudley engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity when she advanced the selection of the current Board of Education Chairman Dr. Alvin Thornton.  During  a campaign meeting in PGCEA in the spring of 2018 to support Ben Jealous, a candidate for governor in Maryland, Mrs. Dudley was working with Dr. Thortorn and others (omitted parts which were highlighted concerning public corruption in Maryland involving the unions in PGCPS after presention of issues to the group). When notes were made to circulate in the social media, these items involving public corruption which we raised were no longer there. A member of PGCEA forwarded information concerning a double standard in pay increase in which Mrs. Dudley was accused of benefiting while calling out Dr. Kevin Maxwell and Mr. Christian Rhodes, who were advancing the same. Mrs. Dudley later retaliated against these issues due to the exposure.

If you want to know the source of most of monetary woes, public-sector unions are a good place to start — not just in Prince George’s County, but anywhere a local or state government is faced with stratospheric labor costs and corruption.

Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this charade by the county officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.
#DespotsMustFall
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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall
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Prince George’s County Corruption Continues and Must End ASAP.

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) When a small clique of crooks have imposed themselves, plundered the county’s resources, created zombies through substandard education, dirty water and food and committed crimes and subverted democracy for too long, a lot of citizens believe tyranny is normal.

When tyranny is normalized, citizens start finding justifications why they are poor, homeless and hungry while the despots, con-men and con-women have everything. Citizens begin to hurl abuse at freedom fighters because they feel impotent. “God created rulers and made us poor,” they say.

“If you can’t beat them, join them,” they yell, not understanding that “joining them” means becoming their slave and accepting the subhuman condition that they have institutionalized. Those yelling such nonsense are too scared to admit that “joining them” only means surrender. Accepting that you are a slave.

After despotism, conman-ship and criminality have been normalized and institutionalized the way they are in Prince George’s county, it is a duty of all self-respecting patriots to fearlessly, consistently and ruthlessly do everything within our power to uproot that system of bad governance. Use all means necessary.

According to a concerned parent who was in a meeting at Laurel High School about Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS), she stated that, “…The system is REALLY broken: curriculum, under-staffing of teachers, overcrowding with students, old buildings, supplies, late buses, HVAC problems, resources, rezoning & very underfunded. The children deserve better. I believe there is corruption,” she concluded.

“Corruption” is just one symptom of a more serious societal illness. The GERM that causes the illness is the CULTURE OF IMPUNITY which creates the belief that one is above the law and protects those who commit serious crimes like murder, steal elections or loot public resources.

To significantly reduce corruption we must first and foremost remove from positions of power and authority those who believe that they are above the law. We must punish to the full extent of the law all criminals, thieves and those abusing power STARTING with Dr. Monica Goldson.

Shouting or singing about the “fight against corruption” while expecting the DEAN OF IMPUNITY like Dr. Monica Goldson to be the one leading that fight is like a fox guarding a chicken house. Those disobeying court orders, bribing attorneys, court officials and subverting the Constitution cannot fight impunity.

This last week, we filed our case to the US Supreme Court and more is being done elsewhere. After we wrote to the county executive Angela Alsobrooks concerning the violations on September 4 and on October 4th, 2019, she arranged a series of meetings including yesterday, October 21, 2019, in order to help with the cover ups currently in progress in Prince George’s County led by PGCPS CEO Dr. Monica Goldson. There also been a variety of public relations exercises involving the despots in order to derail justice. We are demanding a proper federal investigation on these issues.

The despots and their collaborating con-men and con-women don’t care about you. They believe that you and many of us in the struggle are not human beings!

It’s now time for the opposition, the clear and level-headed in the democratic and republican parties – if such still exist – businessmen and women and the tax-paying and law abiding in Maryland to demand that an end be brought to this charade.

We need leaders who can lead – who are willing to lead – because they’re capable and we need these leaders to inform the mobs that they will not succeed in turning the Prince George’s county into another chaotic and mindless county, a failed county with a failing school system being used as a cash cow, purely because it’s their right to do so.

There are only so many taxpayers, there is also only so much that they will bear and that needs to be firstly addressed.

The corruption, the crime and general neglect of the county, together with the pampering to the whims of the masses, are turning Prince George’s county into a quagmire of racial, class and economic disharmony which the real owners and drivers – the taxpaying citizens who enable the county to grow and prosper – will eventually turn their backs on.

Call your Elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this calamity by the county officials!

ORGANIZE! MOBILIZE!

Never give up. Never surrender. Never compromise.
#DespotsMustFall

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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall

Read more >>>Prince George’s County Corruption and predictions

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Prince George’s County Corruption and predictions

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Dr. Monica Goldson current CEO for Prince George’s County advanced corruption for years. #DespotsMustFall

LARGO, Md. (Reform Sasscer) As a long suffering resident of Maryland focusing on Prince George’s County who has seen numerous superintendents promising reform, here are my predictions:

  1. The scandals in PG County schools will continue and Wapo will write about them (regularly) as time goes.
  2. At the end of her contract, PG schools will be performing no better than they are today. If the past is any guide, they will be worse. Reforms in PG County usually make things worse.
  3. The new superintendent will leave her job under a cloud of corruption/incompetence. Mega corruption is already underway and no newspaper or blog has published anything because of fear.
  4. More corrupt elected officials will either resign on their own or be arrested for ongoing mega corruption involving the school system or other county agencies.
  5. “pay-to-play” culture at Prince George’s County will continue at higher rate with political donations from real estate developers seeking county approval for their building plans.
  6. Bribery, kickbacks and extortion schemes involving elected officials and others tied to the Prince George’s County development will continue flowing like water.
  7. Union Executives will continue to facilitate organized schemes to derail justice while paying off attorneys but this time will be arrested.
  8. Well connected politicians will continue to give bribes as charitable or political contributions.
  9. Developers will continue to seek opportunities to make the country more corrupt so they could cash in. But in the right circumstances, they’ll either decide to jump ship or simply have no choice but to tell the truth. It’s already happening, and there’s nothing county Executive Angela Alsobrooks can do to stop it.
  10. Board members who have embraced public corruption and have been compromised will not win another term. Eventually they might be arrested for accepting bribes and jailed for being in bed with corrupt executives.
  11. At the end of the day, PG schools will still be the worst in the state of Maryland (with the possible exception of the city of Baltimore.)

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Delegate Dereck Davis – Chair, Economic Matters Committee Maryland General Assembly advanced corruption in the Maryland and used PGCPS as an ATM Machine to advance his shenanigans which are well known. #DespotsMustFall

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County-Executive-Angela-Alsobrooks covered up public corruption and promoted Dr. Goldson to be PGCPS CEO when she knew about corruption she was engaged in. #DespotsMustFall

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Ardra O’Neal of the O’Neal Law Firm helped facilitate public corruption at the beckoning of the Maryland and county officials and the corrupt union executives.  #DespotsMustFall

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Push PG NAACP to do right thing at its meeting Thursday, 7 pm in Hyattsville

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Bob Ross ~ PG NAACP President is under fire and accused of  facilitating cover ups.

Greetings activists,

PG NAACP and  MD NAACP, Which side are you on?

Neither organization — NAACP PG, nor NAACP MD issued any strong statement of protest about ten police officers who killed Mr Shand.

This is the question to ask the PG NAACP at its annual meeting Thursday 7-9, in Hyattsville.

So far PG NAACP has put out only a mild statement (and this was done as a reaction to being misquoted by WTOP).

I urge members and others to bring up our issues at PG NAACP’s meeting this Thursday, October 17, 7 pm in Hyattsville.  Invite at bottom of this email.

Attend the meeting to encourage PG NAACP to demand or even favor:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

*  Police departments use milder ways to corral suspects.

*  Effective training of police.

*  Question trusting the Prince George’s Police Dept.’s investigation unit to do a rigorous and fair investigation.

Supporting info:

*  Repeal MD’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights LEBOR

Here is the 2015 Baltimore Sun article on LEBOR by the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

Reform Maryland’s Officers’ Bill Of Rights

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/bs-ed-aclu-leobr-20150117-story.html

*  Insist that Police Use Body Cameras

The PG police and the first Hyattsville policeman at the killing were not using body cameras.  The use of body cameras by Hyattsville policemen is discussed in “Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

I recommend reading entire article.

Prince George’s County says there’s no money for body cameras because the cost is 2 million dollars.   But:

The Prince George’s County Government spent just over $2 million Tax Dollars from December 2018 thru July 31, 2019 defending Racial Discrimination and Retaliation under County Executive Alsobrooks.

Dr. Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, Executive Director, Lab for Applied Social Science Research, University of Maryland, also Brookings Institutionposted:

“I just want to note that my colleagues and me at the Lab for Applied Social Science Research (LASSR) at the University of Maryland conducted a study on body-worn cameras in Prince George’s County. We found that residents across race/ethnicity and social class overwhelmingly support the county having body-worn cameras.  …

The link to the published study is below. ”

http://rashawnray.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Can-Cameras-Stop-the-Killings.pdf

*  Police Departments Use Milder Ways To Corral Suspects.

Like An Argentinean Cowboy Roping A Cow With A Bola:

The BolaWrap has an eight-foot kevlar tether which can wraps itself around a man’s chest and arms or around his legs.  If deployed correctly, it can de-escalate a situation between police and a dangerous offender.  See video on TV news at

https://wtkr.com/2019/10/11/edenton-police-department-becomes-first-in-north-carolina-to-carry-new-pain-free-compliance-device/

Also, see video in this BolaWrap advertisement on the web:

Wrap Technologies, Inc. [NASDAQ: WRTC] | BolaWrap® | Policing Today

https://wraptechnologies.com/policing-today/

“The Problem

American police are rethinking their training, procedures and non-lethal tools, specifically to handle encounters with the mentally ill.

The Police Executive Research Forum, an independent research organization devoted to improving policing, reports that handling encounters with the mentally ill is a national crisis.

A Washington Post investigation [of]fatal shootings by the police in 2015 [found that] nearly a quarter of the incidents involve a person who was mentally unstable.”  (Emphasis added.)

Cheryl Fellenz posted:

An intervention of officers coming up behind an individual with protective gear and enveloping him is called by officers ” a wrap”.

Anyone who watched the video could see with their own eyes that the officers did not look like they knew what to do.

*  Effective Training Of Police.

I’m concerned about the recent lowering of standards for new police hires noted in

“Having Eight On-Leave [Hyattsville Police] Officers Adds To Staffing Shortage (Updated 10/3)”

https://hyattsvillelife.com/eight-on-leave-hcpd-officers-adds-to-staffing-shortage/

Excerpt:

“Over the last year or two, according to [Public Information Officer and Acting Lt. Zachary Nemser], the HCPD has had to adjust their hiring standards to address the shortage. Successful officer applicants were required to score 70% or above on each section of the National Police Officer Selection Test(Standard & Associates, Inc.). Officer applicants now need just a 70% average on the whole test.Physical agility requirements have also been relaxed. And if an officer makes a lateral transfer, they no longer need to pass either the written or agility tests,”

How much less do the new hires, who did not meet the 2015 requirements, know and how much less can they do than the police hired in 2015.  Were they provided with additional training to bring them up to the 2015 standards?

A score of 70% indicates mediocre knowledge; this is low-level tolerable for high school and college courses.  Policemen should be required to have serious knowledge of policing.   (I do not know how rigorous the police exams are.)

 *  Question Trusting The Prince George’s Police Dept.’s Investigation Unit To Do A Rigorous And Fair Investigation.

Prince George’s County,  “Washington’s Ferguson Next Door”

“…the intervention of the U.S. Justice Department has been most responsible for bringing any meaningful change [to Prince George’s County’s Police].”
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/09/washingtons-ferguson-next-door-110707.html#.VWafakLvZUR

Much more change still needed:         

“County Police Officer, Guilty of Second Degree Assault for Assaulting a Citizen Who Was Handcuffed  //  Officer Repeatedly Punches Man In The Face While Handcuffed Behind His Back [And Secured With A Seat Belt In The Front Seat Of Police Car].”                            August 8, 2019                    More info at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1510&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Prince George’s Officers of Color File Federal Lawsuit Challenging Widespread Race Discrimination, Retaliation by PGPD            December 12, 2018

https://www.washlaw.org/news/795-prince-george-s-officers-of-color-file-federal-lawsuit-challenging-widespread-race-discrimination-retaliation-by-pgpd

“Racial Discrimination In The Prince George’s Police Department”

“Racial discrimination in the Prince George’s Police Department is discouraging the reporting of abuse committed by PGPD officers because Latinx and Black officers in the department experience retaliation for speaking out about it, spurring a lawsuit. New leadership in the county must take firm steps to enable full compliance and accountability in the department in order to end abuse of citizens by police.”

From the blog posted Jan 3, 2019 on the Progressive Maryland website at:

https://www.progressivemaryland.org/racial_discrimination_in_the_prince_george_s_police_department

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Other notes: 

“ACLU: Hyattsville Police Shooting Part Of Troubling Pattern”

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/06/aclu-hyattsville-police-shooting-part-of-troubling-pattern/

Excerpt: Jay Jimenez, a Legal Program Associate for the ACLU of Maryland, What we’ve seen is that most of these police deaths in Maryland, especially involving people of color with disabilities could could have been avoided.”

According to Jimenez, preventing these deaths requires a reevaluation of the validity of current police de-escalation training and the use of less-than-lethal tools, such as tazers, pepper spray and beanbag shotguns.

“I’ll just be clear: The use of tasers, OC sprays, flashbang grenades, or other methods of less-than-lethal force are not the same as de-escalation,” said Jimenez. “Based on the video footage that we’ve seen, this actually had the opposite effect in the shooting of Leonard Shand.”

More from“Police story of Leonard Shand’s death called into question by [Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon]” at 

https://route1reporter.com/2019/10/02/police-story-of-leonard-shands-death-called-into-question-by-city-offial/

“Hyattsville City Councilor Joseph Solomon has called into question major aspects of the police narrative surrounding last week’s fatal police shooting of Leonard Shand by 10 officers from Hyattsville, Prince George’s County and Mount Rainier police departments.”

“Solomon’s recollection of this aspect of the video footage he has reviewed was backed-up by a participant in the Oct. 1 meeting who told city officials she was present when police first encountered Shand, and who said she did not see knives in his hands during those first moments of Shand’s police encounter.”

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PGCPS Principal on leave for saying non-citizens would be barred from White House field trip

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The North Portico of the White House (Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post)

By Arelis R. Hernández

A Prince George’s County elementary school principal has been placed on administrative leave, a school system spokeswoman said Friday, after distributing an unauthorized permission slip that said fourth-grade students who are not citizens would not be allowed to go on a planned field trip to the White House.

The school system said Ashanti Foster will not be returning for the rest of the school year to Thomas Stone Elementary School in Mount Rainier, Md., where a majority of students are Hispanic and the children of immigrants.

Prince George’s schools have long arranged White House visits through a National Park Service program, said schools spokeswoman Raven Hill. While the May 28 trip had been approved, the document sent to parents last month by the school was not. The White House tour was canceled as a result of the errant permission slip, and an alternative trip visiting other national monuments and memorial parks in Washington will take place.

“The issue here was whether school staff took appropriate steps to ensure that all students could participate in a meaningful way,” said schools superintendent Monica Goldson in a statement on Friday. “That did not happen.”

The schools chief said she is making “personnel changes” to improve the school’s climate, placing the principal on administrative leave and reviewing the circumstances surrounding the field trip. She named assistant principal Patricia Crosson as acting principal.

Foster did not respond to a request for comment. But in a letter to parents Wednesday, the principal said the “permission form did not reflect our values as a learning community, and for that, I apologize.”

The controversy — first reported by the Route 1 Reporter news site — erupted publicly when Rocio Treminio-Lopez, mayor of nearby Brentwood, Md., posted a copy of the permission slip on social media asking for help explaining its meaning.

The document — written in English and Spanish — sought information including students’ full names, birth dates, country of birth and citizenship status. Students who were not citizens were supposed to provide a passport number.

“If a scholar is not classified as a U.S. Citizen, they will not be able to attend the field trip,” the permission slip said in bold letters at the bottom.

The questions on the form appear to match what congressional staffers ask when arranging free White House tours for constituents, according to an image of that internal application provided to The Washington Post.

A U.S. Secret Service spokesman confirmed that the questions on the permission slip are required of all children seeking a “boarding pass” to the White House. Children who are not citizens must bring a valid passport with them once cleared.

School officials said the problem was not with the identification requirements, per se, but the wording at the bottom of the permission slip Stone sent out.

Prince George’s school officials would not have approved any form or activity that “excluded students based on citizenship, race/ethnicity, sexuality, religion or ability,” the statement said.

Prince George’s County Council member Deni Taveras (D-District 2), whose district includes Stone Elementary, said the planning for the trip was insensitive and could easily have appeared threatening to families in the United States illegally.

Constituents had complained to her office in the past about the school, she said, including a lack of sufficient bilingual staff and a requirement that parents show a government-issued ID to accompany children to class on the first day of the academic year.

Foster later apologized for the ID requirement.

With the field trip permission slip wording, Taveras said, “instead of stopping and thinking, ‘This isn’t a good idea,’ they went forward and created more division.”

Via Washington Post

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PGCPS Principal Dr. Ashanti Foster on leave for saying non-citizens would be barred from White House field trip

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Brentwood Mayor Rocio Terminio-Lopez drew attention to the errant permission slip on social media. (Hamil R. Harris/The Washington Post)

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Former PGCPS Executive Shawn Joseph Forced out of Tennessee dotted with legal, ethical issues – ties to local corruption

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former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

One of the former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph who helped cover up corruption through Dr. Lilian Lowery and transferred the same shenanigan in Nashville, Tennessee has been forced out of the job.

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a widespread scheme involving high level executives at Sasscer. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal affianced in a wide ranging plot and bribery to defeat justice for employees. Dr. Shawn Joseph who later joined the PGCPS District at the beckoning of Dr. Lilian Lowery was also part of the mix in the same scheme.

The fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed and omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even acknowledged extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County ties to discrimination. The public corruption in Prince George’s county public schools starts on an administrative level and is interconnected to local lawyers with ties to some local politicians, which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

In retaliation for exposing their shenanigans in this blog, the current interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson ordered this blog to be blocked in the PGCPS network and other parts globally on or around November 2018 in order to minimize their expose of their illegal agenda.

Shawn Joseph’s departure from Tennessee, due to similar issues and public corruption fiasco connected to Maryland and Denver, Colorado is a wake up call in Maryland. While major issues are interconnected, local issues are playing out around this case. The recent indictment of Gregory B. Craig, President Obama’s first White House Counsel shows that while Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, its effects will continue to ripple outward across the Washington DC metro area for a long time. Paul Manafort’s prosecution was a wake-up call for Washington lobbyists and Craig’s indictment is sounding the alarm for attorneys engaged in a widespread bribery using unaccountable money meant for public schools in a town full of them.

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Attorney Ardra O’Neal is involved in criminal undertaking of defrauding employees while working closely with employers including PGCPS in malicious undertaking. Employees and other citizens be aware of her shenanigans. She is involved in Self-dealing and fraud. Self – Dealing may involve misappropriation or usurpation of corporate assets or opportunities.  Anyone who has been a victim of her mischief is asked to report her fraudulent schemes to the law enforcement agencies at the earliest opportunity. In addition, she needs to be reported to the bar counsel ASAP!

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Monica Goldson (seen here) The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) under Dr. Monica Goldson as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster according to the reports from Tennessee. The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee in high level corruption. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee. Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Tennessee citizens just like Maryland citizens are demanding for Transparency,  accountability and sanctions to the corrupt executives after state and Federal laws were broken willfully in both states.

We reprint the report by newschannel-5 article below:

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Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

By: Phil Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s the end of the road for Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph — a road dotted by legal and ethical potholes.

Under the terms of his buyout deal with the school board, Friday, April 12, is his last day.

But Joseph’s journey as Nashville’s first African-American director of schools began in July 2016 amid high expectations — with the school board essentially giving him a blank check.

“I think that Dr. Joseph needs to do whatever he needs to do to make sure that we are successful,” then-chair Anna Shepherd said.

Within months, there were ethical questions.

When NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked about the qualifications of the people he brought with him from Maryland, Joseph directed staff not to answer those questions – saying the district should wait and attack the reporter’s methods.

A school maintenance worker was also directed to work on Joseph’s house.

An email showed he would be “on the clock,” working at taxpayer expense. Joseph blamed his assistant.

“I hold myself to the highest level of integrity,” the schools director told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in October 2016.

We asked, “So where did she get the idea that he would be on the clock? Did that come from you?”

“No,” he insisted, “and that’s what I corrected it in an email.”

Joseph still ordered the man’s supervisors to allow him to modify his work schedule to work at the director’s house.

That fall, our investigation caught the schools director using a bus driver to chauffeur him around town — including for personal errands — with taxpayers paying for the driver to wait and wait .

But when we tried to show him the video, he walked out of the interview.

“This is one of the few districts where I’ve ever worked where the number of vacancies goes up instead of down,” former Metro Schools administrator Mo Carrasco told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in December 2017.

“People are leaving. People are not happy. And we keep saying to people that everything is great and we’re making progress. We are not making progress.”

Those comments come just before Carrasco, one of the director’s longtime friends, resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

On his way out, Carrasco raised questions about how Joseph was spending the district’s money.

“I made a statement one day to some of the executive staff that we have too many contracts, too many consultants in the district,” he added.

“They are running into each other, and I don’t think that was taken very well.”

Our investigation later discovered Joseph’s team had hired consultant friends , sometimes without contracts, sometimes without getting the required board approvals .

When two school board members, Jill Speering and Amy Frogge, requested an independent audit last April, Joseph lashed out, accusing them of behaving inappropriately and risking a potential lawsuit.

“It’s a lawsuit when you are inappropriately pointing people out and making comments that are not appropriate,” he argued.

Frogge responded, “I am doing my job, and I am not inappropriate.”

Last summer, two Metro Schools employees went public with horrific sexual harassment allegations against principal Sam Braden .

The district’s own files showed there was lots of evidence.

Still, Joseph’s team did nothing until after our investigation aired and then only under pressure from school board members.

After repeated interview requests were declined, NewsChannel 5 Investigates tracked down the schools director.

“Did you drop the ball?” we asked.

“I did not drop the ball,” he answered, refusing to answer any specific questions.

To try to calm the controversy, Joseph later convinced the school board to sign a $100,000 contract with a Nashville law firm to review the district’s Human Resources Department.

Then, a secret recording caught him hinting to school bus drivers that they should vote against vice mayor candidate Sheri Weiner, potentially in violation of state law.

In September 2018, new school board member Fran Bush had questions about Joseph’s continued use of a school bus driver as a chauffeur while a bus driver shortage left kids sometimes waiting for long periods to get home from school.

Our investigation discovered that Joseph’s account of how he used the driver did not match records provided by his office.

“I clearly think, at this point, learning about this information, we need to open up an investigation,” Bush told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

As Joseph’s relationship with a few board members continued to sour, our investigation uncovered new questions about his ties to a company that got a $1 million, no-bid contract in violation of state law.

The district bought the student assessment software, then did not require schools to actually use it.

Then, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained the law firm’s confidential HR report, which warned the district is facing a morale crisis that threatens its ability to attract and keep good employees.

And a group of teachers decided to go public, suggesting that Joseph’s discipline policies were making their jobs harder.

“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” guidance counselor Constance Wade said during a Teacher Town Hall.

Through it all, the schools director never took personal responsibility for any of the controversies.

In fact, he blamed NewsChannel 5 Investigates of trying to create hysteria over the sexual harassment issue.

“Let me tell you, what I don’t respect about you, my friend, is that you like to try to create unnecessary narratives on very important topics to try to create this hysteria,” Joseph told us last year.

“You should be ashamed of yourself.”

More recently, he had suggested to support employees that they should not be airing the district’s business in public — a lesson he said his mother taught him as a child.

“I told you about my mom with her little belt thing,” Joseph said during a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union, Local 205.

“She said, ‘I wish you would tell somebody our business outside in the streets. We handle stuff right in this house.'”

Via NEWSNEWSCHANNEL 5 

 

 

 

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Update: Teachers in Fear after PGCPS Administration covers up racism at Laurel area schools.

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By Reform Sasscer Staff:

Some teachers at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, claim the district is trying to find the sources of information to our blog in order to oust them for speaking out against unfair practices. Teachers who did not want to be identified for fear of retaliation called the claims against them “nonsense” and said the district is trying to oust anyone for speaking out against deceptive practices. However, one teacher who wanted to remain anonymous said, the teachers at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School were happy the truth was finally out.

Some of the teachers who did not want to be identified said they repeatedly raised internal concerns about teachers allegedly advancing racists tendencies on school grounds and the district leaders reportedly violating students’ civil rights by placing them into disciplinary action in some cases without proper due process.

However, Mr. Ronald Dortch who is the PTA President at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School appears to be out of touch with reality. He was said to be unhappy when the story broke out. There are reports he engages external parties to raise money or other items and was afraid the school was looking bad. He was said to be upset with the exposure concerning racism at the school hence the reasons to make up wild allegations against the student whistle blower. While PTA members are not school employees, they are part of the school community. The alleged misconduct of pointing fingers by Mr. Dortch is deeply disappointing and betrays the trust the Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School community placed in him. Mr. Dortch must learn not to take public issues personally as victims of various shenanigans tied to racism have families too and deserve justice. Across the country, there have been many PTA Presidents or members of PTA with ties to the unions who have been arrested and charged for violating trust involving money and other issues tied to schools improvement.

Conflict of interest

At Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, there are concerns that, Mr. Jonathan Mayhew who is a husband to Mrs. Laura Garon Mayhew, who also works as a Technology teacher at the school might have conflicts of interests. Situations involving conflicts of interest within the school system in Prince George’s County and the entire Maryland system are widespread. Allegations of cronyism, wasteful spending and other misconduct are roiling the entire school district including single source contracts which was reported widely in the media to be more than $78 million dollars.

“I believe that there are several factors which have contributed to the administration’s desire to retaliate against a student who blew the whistle in the first place and find sources of information in order to discipline teachers who have spoken out,” said a teachers who wanted to remain anonymous. “In my opinion, none of these factors are legitimate or reasonable. The fact remains that, there many issues which are being swept under the rug to the detriment of the entire system,” she added.

District’s claims

According to Mr. Dortch, he truly believes that we are damaging people’s lives without all of the facts. He stated in part that, “ALL of your stories appear to be one sided. You and the parent should be sued after these people are cleared of all charges. Did this parent tell you that her so called innocent daughter is accused of bullying students at DDEMS? But I guess since she is a black student bullying other students its ok. Are we now saying that a White Teacher can’t teach Black History? Are we now saying that a Black Teacher can’t teach students about Cinco de Mayo? If people would also educate their children and STOP thinking that education is only done at school, then students would be able to tell the difference between someone teaching them and someone trying to embarrass them. Parents need to stop treating school like it is a daycare. As long as their child is out of the house so they don’t have to deal with them. I challenge any adult to visit a school and just try to make an open announcement to the students and see just how disrespected they will be treated. I am in no way defending anyone that is a racist, but I have know Mrs. Mayhew and the staff at DDEMS and LHS for seven years and I know that what you said about both of these schools are NOT true……..” statement stated in part.

Widespread Fraud involves the Unions and Laurel Area Schools

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a scheme. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal engaged in a wide ranging scheme and bribery to defeat justice for employees.

The Fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed or omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even though acknowledged involved extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County with ties to racism. The public corruption starts on an administrative level and is connected to local politicians which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

Employees’ protection

Employees enjoy protection from retaliation under the law for a host of actions in the workplace. State and federal laws protect employees from retaliation for complaints of unlawful discrimination, for seeking reasonable accommodations for disabilities, for taking protected family and medical leave, and from whistleblowing or refusing to engage in illegal activities. The web of legal protections from retaliation is comprehensive and fact-specific, and you should contact a qualified employment attorney if you believe you are being retaliated because of your legally protected activity at work.

You Have Rights to Protect You from Workplace Retaliation

Workplace protections from retaliation can be very broad. Not only do laws against retaliation protect employees from termination, but usually also provide protection from an employer taking an adverse action that would “dissuade a reasonable employee” from complaining about their legal rights. As a result, adverse actions can include termination, refusal to hire, denial of promotion, unjustified negative performance evaluations, or other threats or harassment.

Under civil rights laws, an employee engages in protected activity by opposing unlawful discrimination or harassment, or participating in an employment discrimination proceeding. An employee opposes discrimination when they complain about unlawful discrimination or harassment, threaten to file a complaint, or refuse to obey an order they reasonably believe is discriminatory. An employee participates in a proceeding when they file a complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment, cooperate with an internal or external investigation of discrimination or harassment, or serve as a witness in an investigation or litigation. Each of these can amount to “protected activity” for the purposes of retaliation under county, state, and federal anti-discrimination laws, such as the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, Montgomery and Prince Georges County Human Rights Acts, Maryland State law, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (“Section 1981”), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

In the disability setting, employees can engage in “protected activity” by seeking accommodations for disabilities. Similarly, employees can gain protection from retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by seeking or taking protected FMLA leave.

The number of laws protecting against retaliation for protected “whistleblowing” is very extensive. Those laws include the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, the False Claims Act, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act, the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and a host of other laws. State laws in the District of Columbia and Maryland also protect against retaliation in a variety of settings. Employees are protected from retaliation for collectively complaining about the terms of conditions of employment under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Importantly, public employees may not be retaliated against for exercising their rights to free speech under the United States Constitution. Employees are also protected from retaliation related to asserting their rights for health insurance or benefits provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.

Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA), who was recently elected as the first African American branch director from Prince George’s County of the National Educators Association (NEA) should show proper leadership and help address the local issues affecting staff at the area Laurel Schools. If there was any place to show proper leadership at the union level, it is here.

More to come!

Read more >>> PGCPS Teacher Under Fire Over Slavery Lesson – Administration is accused of cover ups.

Read more >>> Complaint From a Former PGCPS Employee

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PTSA president Ronald Dortch for Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School (Shown here) has no idea on hostile work environment currently in progress at Laurel schools. The community should be concerned he is acting like a Principal while protecting illegal behavior currently in progress in the many PGCPS Schools. There are also worries that, he has been making wild allegations concerning a student without proper review of the issues affecting staff and students on rolling basis at Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School and at Laurel High School. Picture Courtesy Doug Kapustin / For Baltimore Sun Media Group

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Dr. Monica Goldson is the current interim CEO and she is an unexperienced administrator in matters which involve hostile environment in a large school district. There are confirmed allegations of cover ups of many issues in progress in PGCPS.

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PGCPS Teacher Under Fire Over Slavery Lesson – Administration is accused of cover ups.

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Laura Garon Mayhew

By Reform Sasscer Staff: 

Kids and parents say this Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) teacher needs a lesson — in racism.

Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School teacher Laura Garon Mayhew shocked and traumatized children in her social studies class when she singled out black students and told them to pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule. She had 5 students go to the front and told them that 3 of them equaled one slave master. The other Social Studies teachers did not act out this scenario.

Later, Ms. Mayhew was asked by a student why they were not celebrating Black History Month and she mentioned that she was not celebrating it until everyone had a month and that it’s ridiculous to single one culture out,” students and a staffer said. A different student mentioned to another teacher that she mentioned wanted to have white history month. 

Fast forward to March, according to the students and staff in the school, she has the students doing a project celebrating Women’s Month and Irish History Month. 

For the insensitive comments, the principal recently sent out a letter to her 6th-period class, apologizing to the parents for the incident. This was after the principal required her to complete an incident report. (See below the letter sent out to the parents).

There are reports, this past Friday, Dr. Briscoe, made the teacher to verbally apologize to the students as well. Students and staff are not sure if she went out on leave, but they are doubtful of it.

There are confirmed reports that, this teacher has a history of berating black students because she was reported calling 2 students “niggers” under her breath. The statements were given to last year’s Instructional Director and nothing happened. The staff familiar with the situation believe it was because these were students who caused a lot of trouble within the building.

Students said Mayhew, who is white has been at Dwight D Eisenhower for over 5 years. She’s taught different subject areas in the past but now teaches social studies. Mayhew pulled the insensitive stunt in middle school grade classes as part of a unit on the infamous Middle Passage, in which Africans were kidnapped and brought to America as part of the slave trade. The population of slaves would be counted as three-fifths in total when apportioning Representatives, as well as Presidential electors and taxes. The Three-Fifths Compromise was proposed by James Wilson and Roger Sherman, who were both delegates for the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Kids and adults in Dwight D Eisenhower Middle School, where the student body is 54.77% black, Hispanic 37.37% and 3.32% white and just 2.68% Asians, were horrified by the offensive lessons they said occurred in her class roughly two weeks ago.

“It was a lesson about slavery and the Triangle Trade as well as visual representation to the three-fifths rule,” said one of Dwight D Eisenhower Middle Schools’ students, who asked to remain anonymous.

“She picked the black kids,” the boy said, and instructed them to pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule in front of the class. “She said, ‘You see how it was to be a slave?’ She said, ‘How does it feel?’ “

Dwight D Eisenhower Middle Schools’ ill-conceived lesson isn’t the first time a school teacher has grabbed headlines for giving offensive instruction involving slavery.

In 2013, two teachers from Manhattan Public School 59 taught a lesson that used killing and whipping slaves to teach subtraction and multiplication.

Those teachers weren’t disciplined, but they did receive training in cultural sensitivity, Education officials said.

In recent past, teachers who have displayed racism have been heavily disciplined.

However, in neighboring PGCPS Laurel High School, Principal Dwayne Jones who advanced misconduct and racism with Deborah Toppins is still on the job due to his connection and cover ups with ties to Monica Goldson who is the interim CEO.

In the Maryland  legislature this year, House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to censure Delegate Mary Ann Lisanti over her use of a racist slur during an after-hours gathering with colleagues in which she called Prince George’s County “a nigger district”.

There are reports that, there are racial issues at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School and this has caused many of the former teachers at the school to leave the school or the profession altogether. Majority of the administrators are not strong instructional leaders in this school and they heavily lean on IB Coordinator Stephen Mellen, who happens to be white, but runs the school.  Some of the students believe this their real principal and ignore the current one. This is based on information received. “That being said, it causes for a hostile work environment because the current Principal favors the majority of the white teachers who are empowered to treat our minority children and teachers the way in which they do,” the staff member who wanted to remain anonymous said.

Many staff members hope that the school would receive the help that it deserves. “I am surprised that this situation is happening in PG County,” the staff member stated. “Teachers and staff have been thrown out for less in that building,” the staff member emphasized. “They have been put out of the school for selling candy and/or making inappropriate comments,” the staff member added.

“It is very unfortunate that my journey here at Eisenhower has been filled with disproportionate consequences and opportunities among staff. The vast variety of disciplinary procedures, professional development opportunities, and leadership roles appears to all be based on either race, who you know, or who the principal is scared of instead of giving all staff equal opportunities,” statement issued anonymously stated. 

“I just want someone to help out our building because we are suffering in silence”, the staff member concluded.

We reached out to the teacher Ms. Mayhew for a response to these allegations and by the time of publishing, she had not yet responded.

A parent found out what happened at Ms. Mayhew class and this is what she emailed the teacher. 

My name is ——  and I am the mother of —-. Explain to me in full detail why you thought it was appropriate to have my African-American daughter and another student pose as slaves to serve as a visual representation to the three-fifths rule. Your discernment as an educator is cause for concern as that behavior is intolerable, insensitive and abhorrent. Making African-American children relive the trauma of discrimination that is a symptom of white supremacy is an act of violence. And you, a white woman inflicting harm on African-American children is a clear indication that you should not be allowed around our children, much less in a position of authority over them. Do you re-enact the Holocaust in your curriculum? Do you re-enact the Trail of Tears in your curriculum? My guess is no. So, why in a school where the majority of students are African-American did you commit this heinous act with no regard for the emotional trauma it would result in? Also, Black people were NEVER slaves. Black people were ENSLAVED. There is a big difference that impacts how our children view themselves. Everybody was born free. Black people were stolen, hunted, murdered, discarded and forced to perform inhumane, physical labor. We were enslaved by colonizers. I would appreciate that you teach our children the accurate history of their origins instead of cracking at their self esteem with the notion that they were born inferior. Additionally, my daughter came home to tell me that you said you weren’t celebrating Black History Month until everybody has a month and that it’s ridiculous to single one culture out. As an African-American studies major from the first university to teach African-American studies as an academic discipline, let me share this helpful piece of information that you should know; Black history IS American History. You are not singling out Black culture when you celebrate Black History Month. In fact, you’re re-inserting it into the fabric of America.

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The principal sent out this letter and had her distribute it to one of her classes but it never went to the entire school.

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Principal John P. Mangrum, Dwight d Eisenhower middle

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Dr. Briscoe, made the teacher to verbally apologize to the students as well.

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Dr. Monica Goldson is the current interim CEO and she is an unexperienced administrator in matters which involve hostile environment in a large school district. There are confirmed allegations of cover ups of many issues in progress in PGCPS.

 

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Maryland leads the nation in incarcerating young black men

MARYLAND, USA — More of Maryland’s prison population is black than in any other state in the nation, according to a November report issued by the Justice Policy Institute.

The state of Maryland has the highest incarceration rate in the nation of black men aged 18 to 24, while the second-highest incarceration rate for young black men is in Mississippi. 

“No disrespect to Mississippi,” Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Chairman William C. Smith Jr. said. “But this should be something that raises everyone’s eyebrows throughout the entire General Assembly, and especially in this committee.”

Many men ages 18 to 24, who were sentenced to extreme prison sentences, still remain imprisoned even decades later. Currently, the state of Maryland imprisons 3,000 people over age 50, and nearly 1,000 individuals who are 60 or older. 

According to the Justice Policy Institute, more than 70% of all people in Maryland’s prisons double the national average and almost 80% of people serving at least 10 years, are black. 

The latest data from the Department of Justice, however, shows that the proportion of the Maryland prison population that is black is more than double the national average of 32%.

These are the highest rates in the country, easily overshadow the next closest states – Mississippi, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Credit: Justice Policy Institute

“Maryland is the worst state in the nation when it comes to incarcerating people who are Black,” Justice Policy Institute Executive Director Marc Schindler said. “These disparities are most pronounced for people serving the longest sentences who were sentenced as emerging adults (18 to 24 year-olds). This is a racial justice crisis that Maryland’s leaders must tackle head-on.

By keeping the incarcerated adults in prison, it is continuing to cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Tyree Colion, the man who designates “No Shoot Zones” in and around Baltimore, is arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. Tyree Colion was arrested in Middle River on Wednesday after spray painting the words, “No Shoot Zone” on a wall behind a store, near where a 13-year-old girl was killed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Back in 2017, Maryland was at the forefront of the national criminal justice reform conversation when the state reported an unprecedented 10% decrease in its overall prison population. 

While policymakers declared victory, the state of Maryland has been plagued with high rates of racial disparities among emerging adults serving long prison terms.

“We must focus on the emerging adult population for an effective, fair and unbiased criminal justice system,” Delegate Erek L. Barron said. “It’s past time for Maryland to join other jurisdictions exploring innovative reforms related to emerging adults.”

via WUSA

PG County Task Force Issues Final Report, Recommendations on Food Insecurity.

An appointment-only thrift store at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, is stocked with pounds of food and other nonperishable items on Jan. 24. 

A food-security task force in Prince George’s County has completed its report on how to provide healthy nutrition options in a jurisdiction among the most limited in the D.C. region for food choices.

You can read the full report here.

One of the task force’s recommendations for Prince George’s officials to consider while working on the fiscal 2023 budget proposal is to set aside at least $250,000 to create a food security office. A director and staff would coordinate and lead various programs with other county agencies, private businesses, local farmers and residents.

“Prior to the pandemic, we didn’t have a centralized focused office addressing food issues,” said County Council member Todd Turner (D-District 4) of Bowie, who chaired the 21-member task force. “We have the [county’s] Food Equity Council to fill that role as a nonprofit in the interim, but there needs to be a full response from governmental, private sector, not-for-profit sector to be able to address these issues in the future.”

The task force document cited the Capital Area Food Bank’s “Hunger Report” from last year that shows the majority-Black jurisdiction continues to lead the D.C. region in food insecurity, or lack of resources to provide affordable and healthy food options. The percentage increased from 14.3% in 2019 to 17% during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Despite tax incentives for grocers to move to the county and food distribution events that remain ongoing, the task force issued 11 recommendations (four foundational and seven general) to address short- and long-term food needs.

Some of them are:

• Establish “robust” data collection to assess a person’s ability to access affordable and healthy food choices. • Increase resident participation in federal nutrition programs.

• Incorporate food security measures into existing emergency operations such as snowstorms and when other extreme weather conditions affect the region.

• Increase and invest in transportation for residents in rural and underserved areas.

These and other budgetary items are scheduled for discussion during the county’s first budget listening session on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. Residents who want to testify during the virtual meeting must sign up by Jan. 31 at 5 p.m.

The county continues to offer food programs such as “Stand Up and Deliver,” one of the county’s first launched during the pandemic, has distributed more than 1 million meals and other nonperishable items to residents at churches, community centers and other locations.

The Capital Area Food Bank recently opened a mobile grocery truck offering produce, dairy, personal care items and other products in the county’s underserved areas.

As for the task force recommendations, whether they meet the county council’s approval for inclusion in the upcoming budget remains to be seen.

“The council appreciates the diligent work of the task force and looks forward to reviewing the final report and recommendations,” council Chair Calvin Hawkins II said in a statement.

Food insecurity in the DMV has become a larger focus during the pandemic.

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PGCPS Teen arrested in fatal University Park shooting

PGCPS Teen arrested in fatal University Park shooting

College Park, Md: (Reform Sasscer) – Prince George’s County police said Tuesday they’ve arrested a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting last year in University Park, Maryland.

Police said 18-year-old Andres Aguilar, of University Park, has been charged in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Luis Miguel Utrera, of Hyattsville, in November.

Utrera was found with a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat of a car that had struck a tree in the 4000 block of Underwood Street Nov. 17. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said it was a “drug-related robbery.”

Aguilar was arrested in D.C. on Jan. 19. He’s charged with first- and second-degree murder and other charges.

He’s being held in D.C. awaiting extradition to Prince George’s County.

At least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year since 2008.

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 during a press briefing on or around January 11 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.

Read more >>> ‘Hope in Action’: Prince George’s Co. launches new anti-crime effort

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

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. She is not responsive to parents needs and many are being blackballed within the system due to retaliation.

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Donna Edwards jumps into the race for her old Md. congressional seat

Donna F. Edwards, the former five-term Maryland congresswoman, has launched a bid for her former seat in the 4th Congressional District, reshapinga race that already includes several former and current Prince George’s County public officials.

The seat is open this year after Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) announced that he would not seek reelection and would instead run for state attorney general. In an interview with The Washington Post ahead of her announcement, Edwards said she spent the past two months deliberating over whether to enter the race — “it was not an easy choice to make,” she said — before ultimately deciding that “I still have service to give.”

“There’s a point at which you can’t just sit on the sidelines. You have to go back in, and I felt like I needed to go back in and fight for the things that are important to this district and to the country, which is why I feel so good about beginning this campaign,” Edwards said.

Edwards’s foray into the race is likely to pose a heftier challenge for her opponents, many of whom have their own distinct track records of public service in Prince George’s but without the benefit of her 8½ years in Congress — something Edwards said she planned to emphasize during her campaign.

She will take on Del. Jazz Lewis (D), a protege of House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who endorsed him; Glenn Ivey, who served as county state’s attorney from 2002 to 2010 before running unsuccessfully against Brown in 2016; and former delegate Angela Angel, who served two terms in the House of Delegates and advocated for domestic-violence-prevention legislation.Ivey put out his first radio ad campaign Thursday, highlighting his record as a prosecutor and his development of a domestic-abuse unit and after-school programs for at-risk youth.

Because the 4th District — which also includes parts of Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties — votes overwhelmingly Democratic, the primary campaign is expected to draw the most heated competition and fundraising. Democrat James Curtis Jr. is also running, along with one Republican, Jeff Warner.

Edwards served in the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2017 — a liberal stymied by the Republican majority for much of her tenure — before running unsuccessfully in 2016 for the seat vacated by former U.S. senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D).

“I have a record to run on — a record in the Congress, in the House of Representatives, to run on — and I plan to do that,” Edwards said. “There are some things I worked on in Congress where I was at the vanguard, whether it was on opioids or ending the federal death penalty, or the fight for the $15 minimum wage, back before it was popular.”

In a campaign video announcing her run, she highlighted a three-month, 12,000-mile road trip she took in 2017 that she said she took to learn more about the country during President Donald Trump’s administration, bonding with people she met over the costs of insulin and the cost of her own medicine for multiple sclerosis, “bringing my perspective as a Black woman from Prince George’s County to the national conversation.”

Edwards had accused the Democratic Party of not doing enough to uplift the voices of women and minorities after she lost the Democratic primary in 2016 to the eventual winner of the general election, Sen. Chris Van Hollen. She said she believed that Democrats had made progress nationally since then — but pointed out that Maryland currently has no women in its eight-membercongressional delegation. “For a state that prides itself in being really progressive, we need to do something about that,” she said Wednesday.

Edwards said she planned to prioritize addressing public health and health-care-infrastructure inequities, lowering prescription drug costs, and — as a former member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee — ensuring adequate infrastructure and transportation resources for the region. She said she also planned to fight to bring a new FBI headquarters to the district — something she advocated for before leaving Congress while Virginia and Maryland lawmakers lobbied to bring the headquarters to their areas, a competition of sorts that is ongoing.

In her campaign video, Edwards also said she would prioritize criminal justice reform, strengthening democracy and environmental justice, and ensuring people have living wages. “We’ll make the wealthy finally pay their fair share, so we can start bringing down the cost of living for our families,” she said.

Edwards, who started her career as a Lockheed Martin contractor at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, later became a lawyer and philanthropist, co-founding the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which helped spearhead efforts to pass the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.

Since leaving Congress, Edwards ran unsuccessfully for Prince George’s county executive in 2018. She became a political analyst on network news, as well as a contributing columnist with The Post.

“I’ve never really fully jumped out” of politics, she said.

Via Washington Post

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Go Donna. As a leader, Donna was always thoughtful, pragmatic, solution-minded commentary that she offers on MSNBC in her own analyses. We are very impressed with her and we need people in Congress who can offer solutions to our many hard questions on governing including for PGCPS and the Prince George’s County in general. She is the best proven candidate who took the bull by its horns!

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Maurice Cunningham: The “National Parents Union” Is Not What You Think

Retired professor of political science Maurice Cunningham recently read an article about Randi Weingarten that quoted Kelli Rodrigues as leader of the National Parents Union, and presumably a spokesperson for American parents. Cunningham decided to inform Michelle Goldberg, the author of the article in the New York Times, that Ms. Rodrigues is not exactly a representative parent leader.

He wrote:

Dear Ms. Goldberg,

I read your story on AFT president Randi Weingarten with interest, especially the portion about National Parents Union. I have been researching NPU and similar organizations for the past six years.

Thus it was good to see you accurately characterize NPU “as funded by the pro-privatization Walton Family Foundation” but there is even more about the story of its president, Keri Rodrigues, than she or NPU lets on. So far as I know she did work for SEIU as a communications coordinator from 2008-2014 but since then she has worked for a succession of Walton-funded anti-union fronts: as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Communications of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) from Nov. 2014-2015, state director of Families for Excellent Schools Inc. in 2015-2016 (omitted from her Linkedin page), president of Massachusetts Parents United from Dec. 2016-present, president of Massachusetts Parents Action from May 2017-present, and president of NPU from March 2019-present. In a concept paper sent to the Walton Family Foundation in 2019, Ms. Rodrigues and her allies specifically cited as a reason for funding NPU that “The teacher unions currently have no countervailing force. We envision the National Parents Union as being able to take on the unions in the national and regional media, and eventually on the ground in advocacy fights.”

I first became aware of Ms. Rodrigues in 2016 when I was following the dark money awash in the 2016 charter schools ballot initiative in Massachusetts. She was working for the IRS 501(c)(3) Families for Excellent Schools Inc. and I was exposing the millions in dark money flowing through the IRS 501(c)(4) Families for Excellent Schools Advocacy into the Great Schools Massachusetts ballot committee. After the 62-38% drubbing GSM received in that contest, the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance investigated and ordered FESA to disclose its true donors, to shut down, and to pay the largest civil forfeiture in OCPF history. It also placed severe restrictions on the political activities of Families for Excellent Schools Inc., which was the largest donor to FES Advocacy.

One thing that interests me is what I like to call the “creation story” of privatization fronts. For instance in the Walton Family Foundation story you link to in your story, we see Ms. Rodrigues professes that “I started talking to other parents in my community at coffee shops and libraries and decided we were going to organize.” But the 2016 campaign ended in November, Ms. Rodrigues claims to have started Massachusetts Parents United a month later, and the Waltons poured in several hundred thousand dollars in 2017, mostly through Education Reform Now Inc. (the Walton-funded sister to DFER) as MPU secured its tax status. From 2018-2020, the Waltons put $1.85 million into MPU, with $450,000 of that apparently going to help start up NPU in 2020.

NPU has a similar “creation story”: two Latina moms start a National Parents Union. And then the Waltons jump in with hundreds of thousands of dollars, joined by foundations operating under the bequests of the Gates, Broads, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Schustermans, Michael Dell, Reed Hastings, John Arnold, and the Vela Education Fund, a joint venture of the Waltons and Charles Koch. Immediately the two moms hired international communications firm Mercury LLC and top Republican and Walton pollster Echelon Insights. It seems a bit suspicious.

So, in 2020 I examined the “parent” organizations that NPU seemed to be claiming as its members on Twitter (NPU has declined to provide me a member list and has never provided a list of member organizations on its web site). I collected seventy organizations or activists that seemed to be part of an organization. I was able to place 64 organizations into categories and found that many were charter school chains or other privatization organizations. I found only four I could categorize as parent organizations, including MPU and one in Minnesota that had organized at the same time as NPU. I’m not aware of any publicly available evidence that NPU represents parents at all. It represents the Waltons and their billionaire co-investors.

As Ms. Rodrigues’s Linkedin profile indicates, she has a B.S. in communications and that has been her role in professional life, not union organizing. Her career with the Waltons has been lucrative. NPU’s Form 990 tax return for 2020 shows that her reportable compensation from NPU in 2020 was $135,769. Reportable compensation from related organizations was $208,207, and estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations was $34,322. The related organizations are the Walton-funded Massachusetts Parents United and Massachusetts Parents Action. Total compensation across all related organizations for Ms. Rodrigues in 2020 was $378,298. The Form 990 also disclosed that Ms. Rodrigues and COO Tim Langan are engaged. Mr. Langan’s total compensation across related organizations was $248,479 in 2020. Combined total compensation for the two was $626,777.

You were correct to write “Beyond the immediate well-being of families and teachers, the future of public education as we know it is at stake.” Privatizers like the Waltons and their partners are using the Covid crisis as an opportunity to attack and undermine public education. For obvious reasons they can’t become the public face of that activity, so they underwrite Ms. Rodrigues and NPU to masquerade as parent representatives.

Sincerely,

Maurice T. Cunningham

After Cunningham wrote to The Times to complain about the megaphone for a front group for the Waltons, the Hechinger Report published a puff piece about the NPU, mentioning the Waltons but disassociating NPR from the Walton’s anti-public school, anti-union, pro-charter views. The Waltons don’t fund groups that don’t share their ideology.

Unions problems in the United States continues to cause havoc at every turn.

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Prince George’s Co. Public Schools budget proposal would consolidate alternative schools

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (FOX 5 DC) – Some Prince George’s County students and staff say they were shocked to learn their schools are on the chopping block. FOX 5 has learned the PGCPS CEO’s budget proposal would consolidate the county’s alternative schools from five down to three.

Staff said they were caught off guard by the news and some board members said they were also surprised to see this in the budget plan for next school year.

The schools that would be consolidated under the plan are Tall Oaks Vocational High School in Bowie and Community Based Classroom, known as CBC, in Lanham.

Jade Mason, who attends CBC, said she just found out about this on Thursday.

“I was really shocked. Out of all the public schools I’ve been to, CBC is the last school I would close,” said Mason. “It’s so versatile and flexible. They work with you.”

She also provided some statements of support for the school by fellow students.

At Thursday’s school board meeting, several CBC staffers spoke against the proposal during public comment, saying the schools are important options for at-risk students.

CBC has a 95 percent graduation rate. English teacher Zena Whitworth, who spoke before the board, said these students could very well be left behind in a traditional school.

“For example, those students who suffer from anxiety, those students who have been bullied, those students who don’t do well because of the large class sizes,” said Whitworth.

She also mentioned students who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system and those who are parents. CBC has day and evening classes.

“What programs are you going to put in place for these types of students?” she asked.

FOX 5 reached out to PGCPS Thursday for additional details from CEO Dr. Monica Goldson, but we are still awaiting a response.

The budget offers few details about the plan and reasoning behind it, stating the five alternative schools would be restructured into a northern and southern high school location and one middle school program.

CEO Goldson was not at Thursday’s board meeting. The board chair said she’s on travel.

The school board will now amend the CEO’s budget before voting on it. There are several meetings in the coming weeks.

The first public hearing on the budget is on Jan. 27.

Via Fox 5 DC

CEO Goldson was not at Thursday’s board meeting. The board chair said she’s on travel.

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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.

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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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Prince George’s Co. residents speak out on restructuring school board in public session

The Prince George’s County Public Schools headquarters in Upper Marlboro. (Photo: Maryland Matters/Danielle E. Gaines)

Upper Marlboro: Reform Sasscer – Residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland, shared their thoughts Wednesday on the kind of board they want to lead the county’s public school system.

The Board of Education Task Force, a panel formed to study restructuring the school board, hosted its second public listening session. Most of the residents who commented said they support the task force’s preliminary recommendation that the board abandon its current structure of nine elected and four appointed members in favor of an all-elected board.

“Democracy is always a little messy, but that’s OK, it’s still the best system that we have,” said an Upper Marlboro resident.

Another resident, Amity Pope, echoed similar sentiments.

“Stand firm in not disenfranchising the voters of Prince George’s County. A recommendation for a fully-elected school board is a vote for democracy,” Pope said.

While other public participants supported the idea of making the school board all-elected, some also offered the task force additional advice on improving its governance, thereby improving public schools.

“There needs to be some type of training so that they are properly trained and understand how things operate in a board structure … training in fiscal oversight, nonprofit management and governing skills,” said resident Tanya Wingfield.

One commenter suggested wholesale changes are needed at Prince George’s County Public Schools.

“We need to transform teachers’ pay. We need to transform curriculum for students. We need to transform those who are charged with leading our children,” said Dannine Johnson.

The task force is expected to finalize its recommendations next month in a county dotted by youth violence out of control.

At least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year since 2008.

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 this week 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.

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.

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Baltimore’s chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby indicted, accused of perjury and making false loan applications

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby in 2019. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Via Washington Post By Ovetta Wiggins and Katie Mettler – Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, a rising star who was thrust into the national spotlight after the 2015 police custody death of Freddie Gray, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on two counts each of perjury and making false loan applications.

The indictment alleges that Mosby (D) claimed, under penalty of perjury, to have experienced “adverse financial consequences” as she twice asked to withdraw money from her City of Baltimore retirement fund under a Cares Act clause designed to help people cope with the pandemic.

Prosecutors say the work hardships Mosby cited in May and December of 2020, to withdraw $40,000 and $50,000, respectively, were unfounded as she received her full gross salary of $250,000 that year. Mosby ultimately received the money from her retirement account, the indictment alleges, then used it to purchase two properties in Florida — a home in Kissimmee and a condo in Long Boat Key.

On both mortgage applications, Mosby was required to disclose her liabilities but failed to do so, according to court records. She did not reveal that she had unpaid federal taxes or that in March 2020 the Internal Revenue Service had placed a $45,000 lien against all properties she and her husband owned, the indictment states.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Mosby signed a “second home rider” on the Kissimmee property, which allowed her to obtain a lower mortgage rate and included a promise that the space would be primarily used by her as a second home. But a week before that, prosecutors allege, Mosby signed an agreement with a vacation property management company to rent the home — which violated the terms of the second home rider.

An attorney for Mosby said Thursday that the charges were unfounded, “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.”

“Marilyn Mosby is innocent, has been innocent, and we look forward to defending her in the court of law, and presenting evidence of her innocence to a jury of her peers,” A. Scott Bolden said in an email. “We will fight these charges vigorously, and I remain confident that once all the evidence is presented, that she will prevail against these bogus charges.”

The indictment does not immediately affect Mosby’s ability to remain in office. Under the Maryland constitution, a state’s attorney is subject to removal from office for incompetency, willful neglect of duty or misdemeanor in office, on conviction, or by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate, on the recommendation of the attorney general.

The federal probe followed a seven-month inquiry by the city’s inspector general examining Mosby’s travel, personal businesses and gifts. The report was released in February 2021.

Mosby is part of a new, growing generation of liberal prosecutors and a prominent voice among those seeking to address the country’s systemic inequity of mass incarceration.

Currently serving in her second term, Mosby gained national attention in 2015 when she charged six officers in the police-custody death of Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from West Baltimore. Gray’s death triggered days of unrest in Baltimore. None of the officers were convicted, which led to some criticism of Mosby from those who considered the charges an overreach.

Since then, her office has been both hailed and criticized for some of the aggressive actions it has taken to reform the criminal justice system and its response to the surge in violent crime in the city.

Last year, she announced she would stop prosecuting certain misdemeanor cases, including prostitution and drug possession. She said it was part of a shift to keep jails from overcrowding during the pandemic. Advocacy groups said the move would leave more resources to fight violent crime. Some community members worried about the effect the policy would have in neighborhoods impacted by drugs and violence.

Baltimore has recorded more than 300 homicides a year over the last seven years.

Zy Richardson, a spokeswoman for Mosby, said in a statement that her office will not be “distracted” by the indictment.

“State’s Attorney Mosby and the office remain completely focused and wholly committed to serving the citizens of our city,” she said. “Our leadership and our frontline prosecutors are some of the best in the world and we will not be distracted or sidetracked from our mission to make Baltimore a safer community.”

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has repeatedly attacked Mosby over the years, blaming her for escalating violence in the city. During a recent appearance on Fox News Sunday, he called her a “big part of the problem.” “We have a prosecutor in Baltimore City who refuses to prosecute violent criminals and that’s at the root of the problem,” he said.

Mosby countered in a letter to Hogan, saying his own national ambitions drove him to use Baltimore City as a “punching bag” to “score political points with your conservative base.”

At age 34, Mosby became one of the youngest chief law enforcement officers in the country when she was elected in 2014. She is married to Baltimore City Council President Nick J. Mosby (D), who made a brief run for mayor in 2015. The former state delegate became council president in 2020.

The Mosbys have been the center of a federal probe for more than a year that has included the couple’s tax and business affairs.

Last year, a federal grand jury subpoenaed a range of financial records related to the couple, including tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, loan documents and canceled checks, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Five months ago, the Sun reported that Marilyn Mosby’s personal attorney said a perjury charge was being pursued by the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal tax division over a signature on a document.

Bolden said officials refused to tell him anything more and accused them at the time of denying her due process.

On Thursday, he said that the indictment is “more telling for what is not in [it] rather than what is in there … a far cry from criminal tax evasion and tax-related charges that were at the heart of this federal investigation. More importantly, Ms. Mosby has never lied or made a false statement in connection the allegations contained in the charging document.”

He accused the U.S. attorney’s office and the DOJ’s Criminal Tax Division of conspiring to wrongfully indict on nontax-related charges.

Mosby’s indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney of Maryland Erek L. Barron, who was appointed last year as the state’s first Black lead federal prosecutor.

A date for her first appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has not yet been set, the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Maryland said in a news release.

The indictment is the latest scandal for the beleaguered city that has long built a reputation for corruption in the police department and at City Hall.

In 2017, seven Baltimore City police officers from an elite gun-trace task force were indicted, accused of robbing people, extorting drug dealers, filing false reports and claiming fraudulent overtime.

In 2020, former mayor Catherine E. Pugh was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy stemming from profits she made from a self-published children’s book “Healthy Holly,” thousands of copies of which weren’t distributed. Pugh was the second mayor in a decade to resign over allegations of corruption.

OPINION:

Various folks have expressed different opinions. Here below are some:

1.) In response to those who say this prosecution is “petty,” perjury is never a petty matter for 1) a lawyer, 2) a prosecutor, or 3) a public official.

2.) Please tell me this woman is not the face and future of progressive justice in the US. She and her husband represent the epitome of corruption and entitlement.

3.) Who said it was ok for whites to do it? ANYBODY who breaks the law should face justice.

4.) There are millions upon millions of honest, hard working, Black people in this country who do not engage in corruption. Trying to play the race card to justify her corruption is a slap in the faces of each of them.

5.) She knew she was in trouble with the IRS.
Her house was under lien.

In Florida, they can’t take your home if convicted.
She planned to escape there.

6.) Bingo, she took the money out of her pension to buy the Florida houses in order to keep from having it forfeited if she is convicted of corruption and has to vacate her position.

7.) How can someone claim she’s “for the people” of Baltimore while owning two properties in Florida? What’s the matter? West Baltimore not good enough for her? Or North Avenue?

8.) Mosby is no hero. She is a Trump in a black woman’s body. It’s always about her and she’s always the victim of some purported plot against her.

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Save PGCPS Community Based Classroom Alternative High School NOW!!

Upper Marlboro, Saccer Building: – Reform Sasscer – A change.org petition has been launched to plead and reach out to the Prince George’s County Board of Education to stop the shut down of specialty alternative programs and specifically Community Based Classroom (CBC)! At risk youth need option!

It reads:   

“Community Based Classroom (CBC) alternative high school has been successfully working with at risk seniors to earn their high school diplomas since 1989. The school has graduated thousands of students that would not have received a high school diploma without this program in place. We cater to the at risk 5th and 6th year senior who failed to graduate at traditional high schools. 

The data speaks for itself! With a graduation rate of 95% and an attendance rate of 93% (school year 2019-20) it is clear that our program works! By providing highly qualified teachers to deliver engaging in person instruction our students are motivated to gain the skills they need to get their diplomas and make a plan for their futures. We are the ONLY school that offers a flexible schedule for students with children or full time jobs providing morning, afternoon and evening classes. Students only need to attend school for the classes they need to graduate. 

Prince George’s County Public Schools proposed budget for school year 2023 does away with specialty alternative programs in lieu of a North and South hub high school stating that they are providing bigger and better programs. Don’t be fooled! There is no place for our students at the new 9-12 high schools. These hub schools will NOT give them the flexibility or support needed to successfully graduate. Our students will end up in online Edgenuity classes in which they lack the motivation needed to finish classes. Thousands of at risk youth will fail to graduate high school if CBC is shut down! 

Sign our petition now to SAVE CBC!!! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!! Reach out to the Prince George’s County Board of Education today to stop the shut down of specialty alternative programs and specifically Community Based Classroom (CBC)! At risk youth NEED OPTIONS!!  

“There is just no other school like CBC based in the community in Prince George’s County, Maryland for students who need another chance.  CBC really gave me a different mind set for things in the future. CBC really helped me raise up my grades higher than I ever expected them to be. So honestly, CBC would be a great decision for other students who need another chance without any reminders of their past mistakes. Not only am I graduating from high school but now I am looking at attending college.” ~Current Student Erik L.

View CBC’s website here: https://schools.pgcps.org/communitybasedclassroom/

Petition details: https://www.change.org/p/prince-george-s-county-board-of-education-save-community-based-classroom-alternative-high-school-now

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