PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md: (Reform Sasscer) — A special task force chosen by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks put in final recommendations on Wednesday to overhaul to the makeup of the Board of Education by doing away with the four appointed positions of the group. However, the task force covered up issues involving misconducts by Union executives et al. Maryland legislature needs to review and adjust issues without fear or favor. There should be no delay in addressing these critical issues as lives are in danger as shown by current youth violence.
No person, government official or government is above the law including CEO Dr. Monica. There is major need for scrutiny as some of these members in the task force engaged in misconduct while in office within PGCPS as outlined earlier. The phrase “a leopard never changes its spots” means that it’s impossible for one to change their character, even if they will try very hard. The expression, sometimes also used as “a leopard can’t change its spots”, is used to explain the idea that no one can change their innate nature. The controversial officials who have been part of the problem and engaged in various misconduct in the past and ongoing coverups involving the courts, paying off lawyers and variety of misconduct cannot be trusted to make sound judgements or shoot themselves on the foot.
During the task force’s final meeting, members approved various changes that were first brought up weeks ago.
Among the recommendations passed on Wednesday:
- The board should consist of nine elected members and one student member
- Board members should be elected from single-member districts
- The board should elect their own Chair and Vice-Chair and they should each serve one-year terms
- School board members’ compensation shall be increased to $27,000 and adjusted every four years by the calculated regional cost of living adjustments. School board chair compensation shall be $32,000 and adjusted accordingly.
- Board members should be limited to two terms.
“We looked at best practices locally, across the field and we listened to the public,” said task force chairman Sean Coleman at the end of Wednesday’s meeting. Various violations involving the unions where not addressed due to cover ups. Several members with ties to the union shenanigan are members of the task force.
Approval of the recommendations is now in the hands of County Executive Alsobrooks, who will then present the possible changes to the Maryland legislature.
The formation of the task force and its recommendations came after a chaotic year that included an attempt by elected board members to oust the appointed chairman by complaining to state authorities, allegations that the ethics complaint system was being weaponized to suppress dissent, the abrupt cancellation of meetings by the chair and the resignation of attorneys hired to advise board members.
“Frankly, I think most of us think of dysfunction when we think of the Board of Education,” said parent Patrick Paschall, whose two children attend Hyattsville Elementary School.
Paschall said he approved of the recommendations but hoped the board would continue to undergo changes in the months ahead.
“Democracy is good. I think that we should have elected officials who represent us,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to solve our issues if we don’t have ethics reform. We are going to need accountability among these elected officials.”
Alsobrooks called for reform after a chaotic year that included an attempt by elected board members to oust the appointed chairman by complaining to state authorities, allegations that the ethics complaint system was being weaponized to suppress dissent, the abrupt cancellation of meetings by the chair and the resignation of attorneys hired to advise board members.
Edward Burroughs III is a former board member now serving on the County Council.
“You had appointed officials who were not in the majority weaponizing bogus ethics charges to remove six out of nine of the elected members,” Burroughs told the press. “Not one of those members have been removed. You know, I left in order to join the County Council. But the ethics charges were completely and utterly false.”
Burroughs said the root of the problem is the hybrid system that pits nine elected members against four members who are appointed by the The County Executive. The appointed members include the powerful Chairman.
Much of the fighting was over how to handle remote learning and how to compensate teachers and staff during the pandemic crisis, Burroughs claimed.
In her announcement forming the reform Task Force County Alsobrooks said the system is not producing results.
“Over the last several decades, our Board of Education has continued to switch between an all-elected board, an all-appointed board and the current hybrid model, along with increasing in size, without achieving the intended outcome of having a Board that functions collectively with the best interests of students, teachers and our entire school system at the forefront of all they do,” Alsobrooks said.
Prince George’s County is currently dealing with youth crisis which is affecting the DMV region, at least 10 juveniles were killed last year in Prince George’s County, Maryland which was the worst year for teen violence 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 first half of January and said that juveniles are responsible for 96 of them.
“And so this tells us a lot about where we’re headed. And we must do something right now to disrupt it,” Alsobrooks said.
Dr. Monica Goldson a CEO for PGCPS who was selected through public corruption has never spoken publicly about the out of control fights and public corruption sweeping quietly through the school system. These willful violations include closing down schools ready for real estate option, paying off lawyers, siphoning money off to friends and family etc. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers without delay. These out of control fights and other purposeful disregard are not fair to county residents, their families and United States.
More needs to be done to safe lives. To be effective, violence prevention programs require community-wide collaborative efforts led by school system leader that include students, families, teachers, administrators, staff, social and mental health professionals, law enforcement, emergency response personnel, security professionals, school board members, parents and the businesses. The school system leader takes an active role to effect change and not hide in the closet and wish these problems away. Successful educational leaders develop their districts and schools as effective organizations that support and sustain the performance of administrators and teachers as well as students. CEO delegates and advances their interests. Dr. Monica Goldson “Goldson” has failed to provide proper leadership style for sometime! It’s time to advance changes without fear.