An increasing number of people believe that we owe it to future generations of people not to undermine the quality of the community’s life. When asked how we are accountable for the moral duties of our descendants, the plain answer is that they are people. Persons have human worth and rights. Our actions and decisions, if not made in good faith, undermine their opportunities for fulfilling lives – whether they live today or tomorrow.
We believe this common sense view is correct.
After the passage of HB 1107 by the General Assembly which was signed into law by Governor O’Malley early last month and goes into effect on June 1, 2013, we want to encourage everyone to join forces here in PG County to support members of the Prince George’s County House and Senate Delegations for delivering incredible legislative success for residents of the County. They did this for sake of the future generations. Prince George’s County was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children… let us take care of it for them.
Any choices that exclude Verjeana Jacobs and her husband David as a leader in Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) is a tremendous advantage for our children. The proposal giving additional power will enable Mr. Baker to exercise much needed and long overdue exercise of authority. PGCPS desperately needs this overall and drastic change in direction and Modus operandi. We cannot afford to continue with the present dubious set up which allows the school Board to act disingenuously and with malice. Verjeana Jacobs and company are wasting and maundering people’s time. Their small little games are a distraction to the community, all the time pretending to ‘love to educate’ the children. The cartel which includes hustlers and con artists, to the ninth degree, parading in the PGCPS solely for the purpose of ‘taking’ money is a disgrace to the human race. The league not only includes PGCPS legal department, Ms. Verjeana Jacobs, Labor relations led by Mr. James Whattam et al but also communications Director. It is a gang of masquerades with nefarious, insidious and capricious intend. They have perpetrated, air brand rip off schemes unabated for decades clandestinely including a ‘bonanza’ of arrays which includes the PGCPS unions.
The co-opting of the unions into unholy alliance has been severe to the detriment of our students, hardworking staff and families of PG County. The election and elevation of Mr. Baker with enhanced powers is a welcome recipe to an othinus smudging of unending horror show on PGCPS street with the current Board chairperson Ms. Verjeana Jacobs in a starring role as Freddie with popcorn. Unfortunately in our scenario, there is no intermission. Our only hope is on Mr. Baker supported by others to help put an end to the fiasco and bad acting. It is our hope that he will put an end to this unholy alliance
For the most part, PGCPS administration is racist, they like engagement of conmanship, gerrymandering and plain professional misconduct, including nepotism and corruption in conspiracy with others.
Above all, they are willful violators of everything under the sun. Their history, whether on or off the record, demonstrates, if not imputes, incompetent. They do not abide by contracts, laws, rules, etc. They are constantly being sued for egregious violations. Don’t believe us?
The trivial pursuits and cheer foolishness engaged in by the Board of Education in hybrid situation with the PGCPS Unions, bogs the mind. This set of unethical behavior engaged by the Board of education for Prince George’s County is hurting the taxpayers of Prince George’s County and our poor children. There is something completely rotten about the state of PGCPS. While doing anything but work at their desks, the Board of Ed. admin staff reads the newspaper, novels or plays on their cell phones. Others are selling real estate, meat, jewelry etc. without consequences. Every now and then, you have bus drivers who appear drunk and sometimes sleeping on the bus. Nevertheless, to implement proper and effective change, We must begin this one at Sasscer. The main rot starts at Sasscer administrative building in Upper Marlboro and trickles down to schools, Bus lots and the Unions. The epicenter of the PGCPS corruption is currently rotating around legal and labor relations departments at Sasscer Adminstartive Building. Something needs to be done to change things for the better. No organization has ever thrived on lawlessness forever.
The Communication Director Mr. Brian Coleman handles school District matters as his own. He plays favorites and does not like County Executive Baker, the Washington post and others who try to expose the situation. (PGCPSLies). He should be the first one to go for unshamely hiding the corruption and for using the school system email to advance his own sick agenda. (See here). The employee should not have used the school system email. This is a clear example of shameful, abuse of authority and willful neglect of duty in order to undermine the government.
The so called Elected School Board, on its own, is a joke. We all know that and so does Mr. Baker, Governor O’ Malley, the State of MD Courts, etc.
Corruption always starts at the top. The fish always rots first in the head and smells the worst. Remember the last bad fish we had and now causing problems elsewhere? Name the last good superintendent? How many high ranking directors have been caught doing something illegal or sued for civil issues or discrimination? All of this is hush hush.
All in all, the system is broken from the ground up. Our question to you is: “why would anyone highly qualified that is in their right mind want to teach in PGCPS when they can get a job in neighboring counties that have better resources and prospects in every aspect?” We must at least fix the issues identified in our blogs first in order to create a stable enabling environment for a better future for our kids.
Our work lies with those of us who are raising the next generation. It lies in teaching our sons and daughters to become liberated, respectful adults who know that bad leaders who willfully break the law and practice corruption are making a choice, and will be punished.
Barely ten (10) years ago, we could not have imagined thousands of people endorsing a fight against corruption in PG County, let alone Maryland General Assembly voting to make changes swiftly as we have seen these past few weeks, indeed, it has been a major breakthrough. And yet, there is still work to be done. These elaborate systems have taken generations to flourish and allow manipulation to become patriarchy, caste and social and sexual inequality that allow abuse to flourish. But unlike the weather, discrimination is not a byproduct of climate change. It can can be fixed. We need to shelve all the gibberish about status and virtue and “it’s a democratic right to be racist, discriminatory and practice corruption and so forth.” We need to put responsibility where it lies: on men and women who violate the law willfully and on all of us who let them get away with it while we point accusing fingers at their victims.
With respect for the humanity in all persons, they would surely have avoided endangering the conditions of a truly human life for any person, – future or present. By falling short of this moral ideal, we fail in our moral duty to future generations, regardless of who they will be. Since these are moral duties of justice, our breach of them now infringes rights they will eventually acquire.
We conclude that we ought to persist in our common sense view that we do have a moral responsibility to the future generations, and that unless we change our ways, we infringe their moral rights. The PGCPS status quo of continuous unabated corruption, conmanship, gerrymandering and professional misconduct etc. is not the answer! It is up to each one of us to tirelessly strive to save the future for our kids and create peaceful neighborhoods. This is the wakeup call against the status quo. It is not going to be business as usual. It is Mr. Baker’s time with the support of our elected representatives in Annapolis Maryland.
“The freedoms which democracy brings will remain empty shells if they are not accompanied by real & tangible improvements” ~ Nelson Mandela
It is extremely important that the Director of Employee and Labor Relations has been identified as a key culprit in the institutionalization of corruption: although he is tentatively held out as the Director, an internal PGCPS document has “Kathy Jones” as the Director of Employee and Labor Relations. Moreover, Mr. James R. Whattam, Esq., is a lawyer who functions out of the Office of General Counsel as much as he does the Office of Employee and Labor Relations.
Anyone else would be under suscipion for fraud (at the very least), misrepresentation (at the most), and a conflict-of-interest (certainly), but retaliating against the lone school board member taking a stand against the status quo seems to be extent of the consequences of the entrenched lawlessness inside the Sasscer building.
The newly-formed ethics panel (Chaired by Sidney Gibson and Vice-Chaired by Lilia B. True) have a task on their hands, if their commission is to weed out the entrenched corruption that the costly BoE (and its cadre of lawyers) have instituted.
It’s time to make changes at Upper Marlboro. This is the only way to protect the workers and the children.