Monthly Archives: November 2017

Maryland Attorney General and Prince George’s County holds the key to peace or chaos in the County and State of Maryland


Maryland Attorney General Mr. Brian Frosh 

For close to Seven years now, this blog has persistently pleaded, cautioned, cajoled, criticized and attacked the Prince George’s county, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), Maryland agencies engaged in serious violation of Federal law willfully starting with Maryland Attorney General Mr. Brian Frosh and other personnel involved in many aspects including Maryland gubernatorial candidate Rushern Baker III. This is because the Maryland Office of the Attorney General — together with the other agency apparatus and the Executive — are the most likely institutions to lead us into conflict, crisis and chaos.

Why? Because elections all over the world and especially in Maryland and Prince George’s County in particular are not just about the policy direction the state and the county will take for the next five years.

No, with our winner-take-all systems, now without any modification in a one party county here in Prince George’s county, our elections are about inclusion, identity, and about patronage and possibilities for enrichment and corruption.

Today, they are about the impossibility of peacefully changing leadership, something that is intrinsic to the development of nationhood and belonging where politics is ethnically engineered.

Crucially, elections in Prince George’s County and in Maryland at this particular moment are also about encouraging creeping dictatorship, advancement in corruption cover ups or embracing freedom and democracy.


If those who feel excluded from power believe that elections can never, and will never, be fair enough for them to get the leadership they want, and if elections remain shrouded in opacity and confusion, this will only raise the stakes for issues like secession to other counties, people power or other forms of resistance that can hurt this state and county seriously as citizens migrates to other counties and states. That’s why we must screen and recommend leaders who have the proper capacity to move us forward during the 2018 election cycle. We must raise money and print fliers endorsing the “peoples candidates” to endorse them during the ballot in 2018.

Already, the blood of the 230 people killed in the D.C. region during 2017 related violence so far, if we include Three girls under the age of 10 were killed inside of a home in Clinton, is on the hands of an adult, whether they pulled the trigger personally or not. It was individual actions driven by bad actions and omissions, and the county’s lack of resolve to address domestic violence to sacrifice its independence to achieve a particular result that led to these deaths. Click here to review crime data in Maryland.

And the cost to the economy will continue to rise fast, not just from what the rising crime but from the anxiety that the tensions bring onto it. Some think that a quick election in 2018 without screening new leadership, even if disputed, can resolve some of the socio – economic woes the county faces, as it has seemingly done in the past, but we may have run out of our good luck charms on this.

What is most infuriating about all this is that it is actually easier to run a transparent and fair election than to run one that is opaque and with predetermined results as Maryland has always done.


And it is this opaqueness that is the source of confusion at the Prince George’s County which is the epicenter of crime and the trigger to the chaos in Maryland of the many of the problems we are witnessing and which will certainly increase.

Transparency demands that Prince George’s County and Maryland should have hired an inspector General and the Governor should reign in on Maryland Attorney General Mr. Brian Frosh many months before we start voting, and as the counting and tallying will be going, this time we will need proper observers to monitor the ballots and quash an corruption heads on.

Authoritative sources led by Delegate Kathy Szeliga say that the Maryland Attorney General is involved in misconduct in several ways after he was given more powers to sue the President Trump administration.  In addition, AG Frosh has been advancing discrimination, racism  and retaliation in Maryland to the detriment of Maryland citizens. We must demand accountability and transparency on these issues.

There can only be one reason for this obstinacy and willingness to subvert the rule of law in many ways in Maryland.


The thing about computers and the internet is that evil doers always leave traces of their work even if they delete it, and it seems that this must never be known. Could it be that this will shatter the myth and destroy the fake news and advancement in public corruption in which the cover ups have become the order of the day? What about the pay off of lawyers hired by staff to represent them in courts of law and they have been compromised in broad day light? Where else can the citizens in the county get justice?

There is no question that, AG Frosh is a leftist activist that needs to be replaced as an attorney general needs to be above reproach and fair minded concerning law. At the moment, Frosh is not. All too often in recent years we have seen attorney general Frosh sit on the sidelines in the face of mounting evidence of government corruption after evidence was presented.

AG Frosh the state’s top law enforcement official, has been glued to the sidelines in many cases, often silent as evidence is shared with his office in order to review and prosecute corruption cases. One could argue that journalists, watchdog groups and rank-and-file citizens with far fewer resources than the Maryland attorney general’s office have done more to expose public corruption in the years since Mr. Brian Frosh was elected.


But he is compromised. Mr. Frosh is incomplete. He cannot maximize the role of Maryland attorney general, as others have across the country, because he, his family, his supporters and his brand are interwoven with the fabric of clout that envelops this state. There is no way, or no willingness on his part, to pluck apart the fibers.

According to John Strauss , As the Attorney General of the State of Maryland, I have not heard of one item he has accomplished to reduce crime or dishonesty in the State. I thought that is what his job all about. I believe there is enough for him to do to clean up the democratic dirt laying around the State. Look around Frosh and in the mirror.”  

For now, the State of Maryland needs a new Attorney General who does not engage in public corruption issues and cover ups. Joshua R. Leuschner  stated clearly that.. Frosh needs to step down… I can’t believe Maryland voted for that so-called “Constitutional Cleanup…”  , no matter what, echoing many Maryland citizen’s position, the AG has never contradicted criminals involved in white collar crimes with some in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties etc, which makes his independence questionable. The state of Maryland may well hold something that they will want to call elections with corrupt leadership trying to run again for this position and others, but the crisis will not go away. Importantly, Mr Brian Frosh will not get the legitimacy he craves, and his may well never live this down.


A Major Meeting scheduled for November 19th, 2017. Please Make Plans to Attend.

1455397056443Join (PG Parents for Education – Action group) for a major meeting at Wegmans

Woodmore Towne Centre
When: On Sunday November 19th, 2017
Time: from 2:30pm to 4pm 
Topics for Discussion
  • More Ways for staying involved within the county.
  • Advocating for youth, teachers/staff, parents and special education needs.
  • Fund raising for cases already in litigation.
  • Better Ways for fight against corruption in Maryland.
  • Promoting Good leaders for 2018 election cycle.
  • Other issues.
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Lawsuit: Md. school became ‘breeding ground’ for child sex abuse


Court documents recently filed in a Prince George’s County civil suit shed new light on how a teachers aide was allowed unfettered access to Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School children, whom he sexually abused or forced to perform sex acts so that he could record them. (WTOP File Photo/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — At least 10 school staff members raised red flags about a school aide’s behavior — complaints ranging from disrupting class to hitting students to concerns about his inappropriate relationships with students.

Yet nothing was done to stop the behavior or investigate complaints, according to recently filed court documents that shed light on how Deonte Carraway was able to sexually abuse 23 children in less than two years.

Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School became an “unchecked breeding ground for sexual abuse” through a lack of supervision, and a failure to intervene and report suspicions of abuse, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of some of Carraway’s victims.

Carraway is now serving what amounts to a life sentence for child abuse and child pornographyconvictions.

Prince George’s County school officials said they have made changes to hiring, training and procedures since Carraway’s 2016 arrest. And the school’s former principal, who is also named in the suit, denied any wrongdoing.

Warning signs

The 72-page complaint details concerns lodged with at least one school administrator by parents, students, and teachers since Carraway joined the school’s staff in November 2014.

One staff member confronted Carraway after a student reported seeing pornography on the aide’s phone.

Others staff members met with school administrators and students after incidents involving Carraway. Several refused to let Carraway into their classrooms. At least one student was warned to stay away from Carraway, according to the documents.

As early as the fall of 2014, a teacher saw a student hit Carraway, who had been bothering the fourth-grader on the playground. The teacher and student met with an assistant principal, who said she would speak with the teacher’s aide.

That December, a fourth-grade girl told a school administrator to check Carraway’s phone. “There’s some things with kids on it, nasty things,” the student said, according to court documents.

According to the lawsuit, no one ever investigated the girl’s claim.

Other complaints lodged by students also went unheeded, the documents allege.

A student complained that Carraway, who was the student’s dedicated aide, pinched him. The learning-disabled student would later miss classes after his complaints were dismissed.

Another student was suspended after reporting that Carraway recorded boys in a bathroom.

At least two guardians made complaints to school officials. One told officials that Carraway used adult language with a second-grade boy while he walked the boy home after school.

Administrators’ solution was to have the boy and his brother leave school early to avoid walking home with Carraway.

Another child’s uncle showed Principal Michelle Williams inappropriate images of children plus messages that Carraway had sent to the 9-year-old through a messaging app. Williams told the man to return for another meeting the next day

Instead, the uncle called police, who arrested Carraway.

An email and reassignments

In a June 2015 email, Williams wrote that she met with Carraway and reminded him that he should speak with students only in full public view, according to the documents.

“This practice will ensure that actions or conversations that could be deemed inappropriate do not take place,” Williams wrote in the letter, according to the lawsuit.

In September 2015, Carraway lost his paid position as a dedicated assistant, but was allowed to continue working at the school as a volunteer, the documents state.

Carraway’s volunteer hours were eventually reduced to three days a week yet he continued to come to school five days a week. Removed from classrooms, he was assigned to work in the library and organize closets — tasks that gave him the freedom to roam the building during the school day unsupervised, the lawsuit asserts.

The lawsuit suggests that the less responsibility Carraway was given, the greater access he had to students, whom he would pull out of class so he could abuse them behind a stage in the cafeteria, in bathrooms and the in band room.

In a response to the lawsuit, Williams denied any wrongdoing or negligence. Calls to her attorney seeking comment were not returned.

Williams was removed as principal following Carraway’s arrest. She left the school system in March, according to school officials.

task force convened in 2016 recommended change to the school system’s policies and procedures to better protect students after Carraway’s abuse came to light. Training to prevent and detect abuse is now required for staff, contractors and volunteers, for example, said school spokesman John White.

“Student safety remains a top priority for our CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and the Board of Education,” White said.



Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell speaks at a press conference about the Carraway child sex abuse allegations. PGCPS Management knew from the day they took over the county schools that sexual harassment was widespread in the county as reported in this blog. However, the Management did nothing to fix the issues except to cover up including interference with the local court system which is a continuing problem throughout Maryland… Anyone who speaks up against the ills within the county schools is immediately put on administrative leave without pay. They then invite the IRS maliciously to keep the employee who reports illegal activity busy with sideshows hoping something happens there. In the meantime, they pay off any lawyer who might representing the employee in an organized scheme in order to cover up further and delay proceedings. This happens as the PGCPS management promote their close friends and relatives in various roles as problems continue.  We must demand answers and proper changes on these issues. Parents needs to get involved throughout Maryland.   


Lawsuit claims teachers failed to report abuse as 23 kids violated – Sexually

sylvania-woods-front-ddi_resizedWASHINGTON — Teachers did not follow state requirements on reporting suspected child abuse, according to a lawsuit filed by families of victims of convicted sex child offender Deonte Carraway.

Carraway pleaded guilty to abusing at least 23 children at a Prince George’s County elementary school between November 2014 and February 2016.

 Ten teachers and faculty are identified as having raised concerns about teacher’s aide-turned-volunteer Carraway’s inappropriate and abusive behavior to Principal Michelle Williams or other school administrators, the lawsuit said. Williams and the county board of education are named as defendants in the suits.

The teachers did not uphold their legal obligation as mandatory reporters, the suit alleges. Despite telling the principal of Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary about instances of seeing Carraway alone in the bathroom with a student, pushing three students to the ground and being too familiar with the kids, among other allegations, other teachers dismissed or ignored student’s reports of abuse, the suit said.

‘I don’t believe you.’

Multiple teachers told students they didn’t believe their reports of abuse, including fourth-grade math teacher Gwyndolyn McNair, who is among those being sued in connection with the Carraway case.

The suit alleges a fourth-grade boy who was pulled out of class by Carraway returned to tell McNair that “Deonte wanted another student to ‘hump’ him’.” Carraway removed him from class to take the boy to the dressing room behind the stage, where he instructed him and another boy to perform a sex act while Carraway recorded it on his phone, the suit said.

McNair is quoted in the lawsuit as responding to the child, “I don’t believe you. Go sit down.”

In another instance, the suit said a first-grade boy told a school counselor that he was in the bathroom when Carraway came in with several other first-grade boys and ordered them to urinate on each other while he watched, the suit said. The counselor is quoted as responding to the student, “I’ll deal with it. Go back to class.”

‘Failure to practice effective policies’

Attorneys for the victims’ families argue that the school system policy that teachers followed, as described in the lawsuit, did not square with the state requirements.

“Employees of the Prince George’s County Public Schools follow a practice that violates the law because employees do not make reports unless and until they have personal knowledge of abuse and neglect,” the suit said.

A representative of the school system said student safety remains a top priority and that since Carroway’s arrest, it has taken steps to improve and strengthen procedures for protecting kids.

Educators in Maryland are required to immediately report suspected child abuse or neglect to the head of their agency, only as a first step, according to Family Law 5-704 (a) (2), cited on the Maryland Department of Human Resources website.

It goes on to say that notifying the principal “does not substitute for the staff member’s need to call the local department of social services and complete the (Child Protective Services) form 180 and notify the State’s Attorney’s office.”

Yet not one of the 10 teachers and staff took their concerns past the principal’s office, the suit claims, while Carraway’s sexual abuse of at least 23 children went on for more than a year.

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Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell speaks at a press conference about the Carraway child sex abuse allegations. PGCPS Management knew from the day they took over the county schools that sexual harassment was widespread in the county as reported in this blog. However, the Management did nothing to fix the issues except to cover up including interference with the local court system which is a continuing problem throughout Maryland… Anyone who speaks up against the ills within the county schools is immediately put on administrative leave without pay. They then invite the IRS maliciously to keep the employee who reports illegal activity busy with sideshows hoping something happens there. In the meantime, they pay off any lawyer who might representing the employee in an organized scheme in order to cover up further and delay proceedings. This happens as the PGCPS management promote their close friends and relatives in various roles as problems continue.  We must demand answers and proper changes on these issues. Parents needs to get involved throughout Maryland.   



Opinion – This is how corrupt politicians launder money


Financial investigator Jim Mintz has been following dirty money for decades. Here’s what he noticed in the indictment against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.


Financial investigator Jim Mintz is an adjunct professor in the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism in the Columbia Journalism School and the president of the Mintz Group, 



Former PGCPS high school athlete slain Monday night

Still1114_00001_1510698098281_4515765_ver1.0_640_360A former football player at a Prince George’s County high school was fatally shot Monday night in New Carrollton, the county police said.

They said Desmond Burns, 24, was found shot in the 5300 block of 85th Avenue. He lived on on 85th Avenue, the police said. police said. When police arrived at the scene, they found Burns on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound to the body. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police were sent about 7:45 p.m. Monday to 85th Avenue after a shooting was reported there. Burns was found outdooors, they said. He was taken to a hospital where he died a short time later, the county police said.

In a brief statement on Tuesday the county police have offered a $25,000 reward to help find his killer, Burns’ co-workers are trying to come together to raise money to help his family pay for funeral costs.

Burns worked for years as head chef and trainer at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Alexandria and he also previously worked at their Fairfax location. He had been an award-winning football player at DuVal High School in Lanham. DuVal High

Burns’ manager Travis Larkins said his staff is crushed after learning of Burns’ death.

“He smiled all the time, kept to himself, but he was a fun dude and loved his music, loved to hang out with the staff,” said Larkins. “He was just a great guy, and came to work with the right attitude and did a great job. I’m going to miss him.”

Many people who worked with Burns were too upset to come to work on Tuesday.

Buffalo Wild Wings is in the process of putting together a fundraiser for his family and collections will take place at all of their area restaurants this weekend. A GoFundMe page is also in the works.

Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George’s County Police’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), online at, or on the “P3 Tips” mobile app.


Desmond Burns, 24,worked for years as head chef and trainer at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Alexandria and he also previously worked at their Fairfax location. He had been an award-winning football player at DuVal High School in Lanham. 

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State officials want review of Baltimore County school leaders’ ties to tech firms


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks to reporters in Annapolis on Thursday Nov. 9, 2017.  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday education officials need to consider Brochin’s call for increased oversight of the contracts and the paid consulting fees that interim superintendent Verletta White and former superintendent Dallas Dance received from a company that brokers private meetings between tech companies and school administrators. Hogan also called the results of an audit into Prince George’s County graduation rates “disturbing.”

A Maryland lawmaker has called for an investigation and audit of the Baltimore County school system’s purchasing of digital devices and software after reports that administrators were working as paid consultants for a company that represents education technology firms.

State Sen. Jim Brochin, a Baltimore County Democrat, has asked the Maryland Department of Education and state school board to investigate all contracts related to a technology initiative, launched four years ago, that is expected to cost the school district more than $200 million.

The Baltimore County school board is set to begin considering new contracts next month.

“It falls to the state to provide oversight as recent questionable decisions of the school system and the failures of the Baltimore County Board of Education have come to light,” Brochin wrote in a letter to state education officials. “To ensure that citizens of Baltimore County have continued confidence in our school system, we must provide a transparent and responsible state investigation and audit.”

The state school board responded in a statement saying it “is in the process of reviewing the information” and will make decisions about audits or other appropriate steps at its next meeting Dec. 5.

The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that White failed to disclose the payments she has received since 2013 as a consultant for the Education Research & Development Institute. Dance also did not disclose any payments until after he announced his resignation in April.

“If these things are really happening, it’s outrageous and we need to get to the bottom of it,” said Hogan, who as governor appoints members of the county school board.

Another state lawmaker, Del. Patrick L. McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican, said he intends to file a complaint against White with the school system’s ethics panel. A similar complaint he filed in 2013 against Dance resulted in the panel reprimanding the former superintendent for failing to disclose consulting work for another company.

“I’m going to file another complaint. They need to be held accountable,” McDonough said. “The school board people have dismissed” White’s actions, he said.

McDonough and Brochin are running for county executive in next year’s election.

In his letter, Brochin said he is concerned about reports of “digital education companies having unrestricted access to key decision makers in Baltimore County Public Schools and in turn, the awarding of contracts to those companies.”

The county school board, he said, “failed to adequately scrutinize the relationships between the vendor-driven organizations and BCPS administrators,”

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican, also questioned the county board’s oversight.

“Disclosure is the fundamental element for our ethics laws at every level of government,” Marks said. “Many of us were hoping that these controversies had ended with the appointment of the interim superintendent. There are many good things occurring in our school system, but right now, it is imperative for the Board of Education to restore trust and accountability.”

But county Councilman Julian Jones, a Woodstock Democrat, said he continues to “respect” and support White because the consulting job was not with a company that held a school contract and she can fix the mistake by amending her disclosure forms.

“I have a lot of confidence in her,” Jones said. “This doesn’t change my opinion of her at all.”

And Tom DeHart, executive director of the union representing county school administrators, said he still has “complete confidence” in White.

White may have made a mistake in filling out financial disclosure forms, DeHart said, but if she corrects them, “I feel that it does not overly concern me.”

The Sun reported Wednesday that White worked as a paid consultant for a company that promotes education technology firms without disclosing the payments to the school system or the public. She repeatedly filed disclosure forms stating she earned no outside income while working as the school system’s chief academic officer, the position she held from 2013 until she was named interim superintendent this year.

White estimated in an interview that she made about $3,000 a year as a consultant for Education Research & Development Institute, or ERDI. The Chicago-based firm provides all-expense-paid trips twice a year to conferences at which superintendents serve on three-hour private panels with education technology companies to review their products.

White acknowledged she made a “mistake” by not disclosing the payments. School officials are required to file forms annually reporting if they earned any income beyond their official jobs.

In an email she sent Thursday to school system employees, she promised to amend her disclosure forms to include the consulting job.

But she said getting paid by ERDI was not a conflict of interest because the company, though it represents technology firms, does not itself hold any district contracts.

“I will not allow an honest oversight to be misconstrued as something untoward or unethical,” she wrote.

She said Dance, as her supervisor, knew of the position and had encouraged her to participate in ERDI sessions to provide education technology companies feedback.

Dance “recommended and approved my participation in these opportunities,” she wrote in the email. “Sales are not involved in this process. This process is purely for feedback.”

McDonough filed an ethics complaint against Dance in December 2013. He raised questions about a different consulting job that required the superintendent to travel to Chicago to train principals. In response, the school ethics panel ruled that Dance violated the ethics code by taking the job with a company that does business with the school system.

Dance’s connection to the now-defunct SUPES Academy is being investigated by the Maryland State Prosecutor’s office, several sources have told The Sun.

McDonough said the school ethics panel should be able to conduct its own reviews.

“It should be mandatory that anytime something like this happens there must be an ethics review,” he said. “It can’t be left up to the board.”

William Groth, a county resident who last year filed a successful ethics complaint against Dance for holding a university teaching job he did not disclose, said Thursday the school system “is facing a crisis of ethics.”

Groth, a former school system administrator, said the school board has failed to hold Dance and White accountable for their actions.

“There is a big chunk of that board that doesn’t understand its purpose,” Groth said.

Via Baltimore Sun


Hogan ‘outraged’ over results, response to Pr. George’s Co. graduation audit


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks to reporters in Annapolis on Thursday Nov. 9, 2017. Hogan called the results of an audit into Prince George’s County graduation rates “disturbing.”

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called it “very disturbing” that one in four Prince George’s County students may not have met graduation requirements.

“I was frankly not only outraged at the report findings, but I was somewhat outraged that the response again by Prince George’s County, who still doesn’t seem to want to take it seriously,” Hogan told reporters.

Hogan addressed the results of an independent audit that found that 25 percent of graduating seniors in the county may have had a grade changed, or may not have met certain other state requirements but graduated anyway.

The State Board of Education sought out an independent auditor to investigate claims from 20 high schools of interference in student transcripts, in some cases after the students had graduated.

“Their response was, ‘Well maybe 5,500 people may have had errors with their grades, but we think it’s just clerical errors and crossing t’s and dotting i’s.’ I think it’s much more serious and they better take it more seriously,” Hogan said.

Hogan is running for re-election against Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker.



Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s outraged by Prince George’s Co. Schools audit findings

Larry Hogan

FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2014 file photo, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Saturday that he’s outraged by results of an audit showing students are graduating in Prince George’s County Schools without meeting state requirements.

“We’re going to make sure that the county gets to the bottom of it, and we’re sorry that the parents, students and teachers seem to have been cheated in Prince George’s County,” Hogan said in an interview with FOX 5.

The report released Friday shows that in the last two years, nearly 5,500 of graduating seniors had grades increased after the final grade entry cutoff date. Auditors selected a random sample from those students and performed a closer evaluation of records. They found that nearly 5% of students surveyed were ineligible to graduate and about 25% didn’t have proper records to determine if they were eligible.

“If this is true, and I believe that it is, it’s outrageous and unacceptable that something is definitely wrong with the Prince George’s County School system, and we’re cheating the kids by having this kind of thing where people are getting grades fixed and graduating,” said Hogan. “So the superintendent of schools kind of dismissed and said it was just lack of crossing t’s and dotting i’s. It sounds much more serious to me, and I think that the county needs to take it more seriously.”

After the report came out Friday, PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell was quick to point out that investigators didn’t find evidence of system-wide fraud as was alleged by board members who asked Hogan for a state investigation.

Maxwell and school board chair Segun Eubanks blamed poor record keeping and staff training for the audit findings.

“We don’t see a problem with instruction in most cases,” Maxwell told reporters. “Again, we have kids who go to some of the finest colleges and institutions across the country. This is about checking boxes, sloppy record keeping, not teaching and learning.”

When asked about the notion of sloppy record keeping being to blame for the findings, Hogan replied, “I think that’s complete nonsense. This was a very thorough and complete investigation and so far, we’re extremely upset and outraged with the results.”

The audit, performed by D.C. consulting firm Alvarez and Marsal, found PGCPS “does not consistently monitor adherence to grading policies and procedures,” that “grades are regularly submitted and changed after quarterly cut-off dates, and “a significant number of 2016 and 2017 graduates had unlawful absences in excess of 10 days.”

It found in the 2015-16 school year, about 38% of graduates had more than 10 unlawful absences. In 2016-17 it went up to 44%. That year, 159 students graduated even though they had more than 50 unlawful absences.

The report goes on to say that while reviewing student records, investigators found “handwritten marking on transcripts where schools are performing math to determine the grade change required for a student to pass a class.”

Investigators noted “multiple instances where student transcripts were updated after students had already graduated. In some instances, transcripts were modified after the commencement of this investigation.”

FOX 5 obtained a whistleblower email to Alvarez and Marsal from a high school employee claiming she and others were instructed to modify student records before investigators visited their school after getting a tip from an employee at a different school on what investigators were looking for.

Prince George’s County Schools now has 60 days to respond to the report and submit a plan to the state showing how it will improve its processes and governance.

FOX 5 was first to report that four school board members contacted Gov. Hogan to request an investigation into what they called widespread, systemic fraud to boost the graduation rate. Multiple school staff members corroborated the allegations when interviewed about their own experiences.

Increasing the graduation rate has been a signature achievement of Dr. Maxwell. Since 2012, the rate has gone up from 73% to 81%.

Despite the alarming findings by auditors, Dr. Maxwell is still criticizing the board members who asked for the investigation, saying it became “political” when they contacted the governor. Both Maxwell and Eubanks said the investigation should have been handled internally.

“There’s nothing political about it and what they just said was completely dishonest because they repeatedly refused to do the investigation,” Hogan said. “And only after the legislators representing Prince George’s County begged for help did the state step in.”

Hogan noted that the entire Prince George’s County delegation to the legislature unanimously requested the state investigate.

PGCPS spokesman John White tells FOX 5 students will not lose their diploma if they’re found to have graduated in error, but they will be notified. The district has established an email address for graduates and their parents who are concerned about their eligibility,

via Fox 5DC