UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (ABC7) — A group calling itself the Concerned Parents of Prince George’s County Public Schools Students has sent a letter to the Maryland Ethics Commission filled with claims of ethics violations inside the school district.
The four-page letter and attached 20 pages of campaign finance records include allegations of inappropriate campaign donations to school board members including a $500 donation from the district’s CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell to board member Carolyn Boston.
The State Ethics Commission told the 7 On Your Side I-Team that it has no jurisdiction over ethics violations at the district because the district has its own ethics policy.
The district told ABC7 News that board member Boston sought the advice of the district’s general counsel and has returned the donation made by Dr. Maxwell.
Included in the letter was a $2,000 donation from Mainstream Development Educational Group out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to board member Carolyn Boston last year.
Mainstream supplies tutors and education material to school districts.
The district said Boston has a professional relationship with Mainstream Development Educational Group that predates her time on the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Mainstream is her former employer and a longtime supporter. Mainstream was an approved vendor. However, it has not done business with the school system since 2012.
Mainstream President Ralph Beverly told the I-Team that Mainstream has not contracted with the district since 2012 and never donated to Boston’s campaign during the time Mainstream was doing business with the district. Since then Mainstream has made donations to Boston whom Beverly knew before she became a board member.
The district does have an independent ethics panel that does look at ethics complaints. So far no word on if the panel will be looking at the claims in the letter from parents.
Letter from Concerned Parents of Prince George’s County Public Schools Students:
Prince George’s County Board of Education Ethics Policy: