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Former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles is set to fill a vacant seat as a Delegate.

former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles

Largo, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer) – In a cleverly crafted scheme to get like minded folks in public office, the Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee on Tuesday January 4th selected former County Councilmember Karen R. Toles to fill a vacant seat in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Her selection was “by acclamation,” said Central Committee Chairman Kent Roberson. Her name will be forwarded to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), who by law has 15 days to make the appointment official.

Toles, a lawyer, will fill the District 25 seat that came open when Dereck E. Davis (D) was selected to replace Nancy K. Kopp (D) as state treasurer in controversial episode of high level public corruption.

Toles had previously filed to run as a candidate in District 25, having been added to a slate that includes incumbent Sen. Melony Griffith (D) and Dels. Darryl Barnes (D) and Nick Charles (D).

She served two terms on the council, from 2010 to 2018, representing District 7, which overlaps with the legislative district.

In a statement announcing the slate last month, Griffith called Toles “an established fiscal leader known for her community engagement, advocacy for seniors and outstanding constituent services is poised join the team and hit the ground running on behalf of District 25.”

Toles works as community affairs director for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Prior to serving on the council, she was senior policy advisor for AFSCME and regional field director for the Democratic National Committee.

During her tenure on the council, she gained notoriety for an incident in which she was observed by police driving more than 100 miles an hour and swerving between cars on the heavily traveled Capital Beltway in 2012.

She was charged with reckless driving and other offenses, but she was given probation before judgement and allowed to retain her license.

Toles will serve the final year of Davis’s four-year term and she is expected to be challenged big time in the next election cycle.

Former school board member Edward Burroughs III (D) attracted 199 vote

Burroughs posts big lead in low-turnout Council race

A small crowd of Prince George’s voters went to the polls on Tuesday to cast primary ballots for a County Council vacancy that was created when Monique Anderson-Walker (D) resigned to run for lieutenant governor on a ticket headed by Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D).

Just over 100 people voted in-person on Tuesday; 191 people cast ballots during early voting.

Former school board member Edward Burroughs III (D) attracted 199 votes, 68% of the 294 ballots cast. Former County Councilmember Tony Knotts (D) received 51 votes, 17% of the electorate. Four other candidates accounted for the other 15%.

The tally does not include 2,200 mail-in ballots. Those votes will be counted in two canvasses: on Thursday and Jan. 14.

Burroughs served for a dozen years on the board of education, a panel he joined at age 18. Over time he emerged as the leader of a progressive group of board members who clashed loudly and often with school board president Juanita D. Miller, an appointee of County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D). Burroughs was heavily supported by union activists in the brief campaign, which was largely waged over the holidays and was widely ignored by the public.

Whoever wins the primary will be the only candidate to appear on the Feb. 1 special general election ballot, as no Republicans, independents or third party candidates filed to run for the District 8 vacancy. However, that is bound to change in the future credible election. So far, only 10% of eligible voters turned out for this special election – clearly not a good demonstration of Democracy. It’s critical that the county residents figure out how to get more citizens to vote. Hopefully Mr. Burroughs will do a better job for the county than he did for the school board. We hope he will challenge the public corruption perception involving the unions including AFSCME among others which sponsored him this time around and others involved in cover ups in the county.

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

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks told the press on Tuesday that the county is offering grants to nonprofits that help keep people away from crime — up to $50,000.

Largo, Maryland: (Reform Sasscer) – Maryland’s Prince George’s County is working on new efforts to curb violence, particularly among young people.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks told the press on Tuesday that the county is offering grants to nonprofits that help keep people away from crime — up to $50,000.

Among the services the county is looking at through “Hope in Action” is youth mentoring, diversion, reentry and employment services, Alsobrooks said after reviewing our blog post from yesterday.

“We want to really encourage people to please apply to be able to provide those services to our youth,” she said. “We have a task force that is being formed as well to make sure that we’re also meeting the demand, and really counteracting the violence in our community.”

Alsobrooks also said there are mental health concerns when it comes to violence, as well as addiction.

“We know that many of our young people need mentors and others in their lives. And those are the resources that we are providing as a government. But we know that this issue cannot be resolved at the police station, it will not be resolved at the courthouse, it’s going to be resolved in our community,” the county executive who wants to be reelected said.

She 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 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.

Applications for the grants are open until Jan. 14.

Prince George’s county public schools (PGCPS), has experienced a spike in fights recently among its student population countywide which saw county schools being closed in December last year (2021) due to fights and covid-19 related issues combined.

On or around November 15th, 2021, a teenager was found shot in the middle of the afternoon Saturday. Authorities identified the victims as 16-year-old Quincy Barnes of Upper Marlboro. While he was found near his home on the 13800 block of Ascott Dr. in Upper Marlboro, police said they believed the shooting happened near the 13500 block of Fenway Lane.

The teen’s family told the press at the time that they were grieving and wanted answers.

A classmate of the victim described him as quiet saying he couldn’t imagine him initiating any violence.

Family also spoke about their concern about surging violence countywide. On or around November 12, 2021, a 14-year-old survived being hit by a stray bullet. Police say the teen was playing video games in his room at his Beltsville apartment building.

Police say starting last year they’ve seen a disturbing trend when it comes to crime and kids.

“The main things that we see that’s the most concerning to us is really the increase in juvenile crime, whether it’s juveniles committing the crime or juveniles being the victim of the crime,” said Cpt. David Blazer, assistant commander of Major Crimes for PGPD, in an interview last October 2021.

This is the deadliest year in the county since 2008.

At least 10 juveniles were killed last year.

Dr. Monica Goldson 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 which includes closing down schools ready for real estate option. Prince George’s county citizens must raise up and demand answers. These out of control fights are not fair to them and their families.

>>>Read more here >> Major Drama as Fights Break Out at Suitland High School and others.

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Former Prince George’s delegate Angela Angel enters 4th District congressional race

Former Dels. Angela M. Angel (D), District 25 will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Angel, a lawyer worked on legislative policy. During her tenure in Annapolis, spoke of being grabbed, touched or treated inappropriately, without giving details or naming the perpetrators. Angel is expected to revisit and name names. This is the only way to change Annapolis General assembly once she becomes congresswoman. She is expected to challenge and change the culture of the congress.  

Bowie, Md, (Reform Sasscer) – Former Prince George’s delegate Angela M. Angel will seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, she announced in a video Monday.

Angel, who served in the General Assembly from 2015 to 2019, will take on fellow current and former Prince George’s officials in the Democratic primary after Brown announced that he would not seek reelection and instead run for Maryland attorney general next year. During her tenure in Annapolis in the general assembly, Delegate Angel faced sexual harassment together with three other female lawmakers. At that time, the Three female lawmakers told a legislative panel in Annapolis that they’ve experienced sexual harassment while in office and called for an independent investigator to handle harassment complaints in the Maryland General Assembly.

In her campaign video, Angel highlighted her rise from a stint of homelessness in 2012 to her election to the House of Delegates in 2014, where she became a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence, citing her own experiences.

“In June of 2012 I found myself in a homeless shelter, nine months pregnant, escaping an abusive marriage,” she said. “I know what it’s like to get knocked down. I also know what it takes to stand back up. By June 2014 I went from homeless to the House of Delegates, where I authored and passed bills protecting survivors of domestic violence, providing mental health services for our children and holding companies accountable for overcharging seniors for prescription drugs.”

If elected, Angel said, she would also prioritize fighting for universal prekindergarten and developing the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor that runs through the district. She also said she would work to bring the FBI headquarters to the district as federal officials consider a new location — a project that lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have been jockeying to build in their districts in anticipation of major economic benefits.

She joins Del. Jazz Lewis (D-Prince George’s) and former Prince George’s state’s attorney Glenn Ivey in the Democratic primary. James Curtis Jr. is also running for the nomination.

There are reports, Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government. According to the doctrine of separation of powers, the U.S. Constitution distributed the power of the federal government among these three branches, and built a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one branch could become too powerful. With Glenn Ivey’s wife Jolene Ivey ​currently representing Council District 5 and their son Del. Julian Ivey who is a member of House of Delegates since January 9, 2019. It will be fair to give a chance to another family or families to wand off wide spread corruption in the county.

Given the deep-blue shade of the district, the Democratic primary is likely to attract more funds and energy than the general election. The district includes a large swath of Prince George’s, plus parts of Anne Arundel County — newly including Annapolis after the General Assembly passed a revised congressional map this month as part of the redistricting process.

Delegate Jazz Lewis will also seek the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.) in Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
Mr. Glenn Ivey should step down in favor of one of the other candidates running for office as his family already controls all three branches of government.

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‘It’s on me’: PGCPS CEO Goldson addresses issues in front of Questionable school board task force

Dr. Monica Goldson was named the new CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 amid outcry of public corruption in which she is part of it.

Upper Marlboro, (Reform Sasscer); ( — With Prince George’s County school buildings closed just days before winter break and CEO Monica Goldson, Ed.D who was appointed under public corruption defended her actions in a news conference. She appeared before more community members during the county’s questionable school board task force Tuesday night.

The group was established by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks to make recommendations on how to revamp the school board as it has been plagued with infighting and investigations. However, Considering a number of the members have been cited in our https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to many of us. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the #PGCPSMess as we know it.

The task force meets with different stakeholders to ask questions about the school system to determine what would be the best format for the school board. However, with some questionable members such as
1.) Doris Reed, executive director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel
, 2.) Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, chief Transformation Officer, National School Boards Association. Ms. Jacobs left PGCPS due to her reckless behavior and public corruption. 3.) Christian Rhodes, chief of staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education left due to public corruption. 4.) Maryland State Education Association should be excluded after various misconduct involving it’s officers over the years starting with Ms. Dudley, this taskforce is a joke. The final meeting of the year comes at the same time as the school system returned to virtual learning because of an increase in COVID-19 cases and major fights across the county schools.

“I’m probably praying more than anyone that this thing ends very soon,” said Goldson.

During one question, she used the pandemic as a way to explain how beneficial the relationship between the school system and county government has been. Angela Alsobrook the current county executive helped to cover up public corruption for Goldson.

“To be able to pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, I need to get teachers vaccinated’ and Kaiser said, ‘Hey this is the limit we have’ and then to contact the health department and they can supplement and to understand the sense of urgency in getting it done, was key,” said Goldson.

The task force also wanted to know about how politics, local and statewide, can play a role in the CEO’s decisions.

“I have been very honest and forceful and say, it all falls on me, so when it all goes bad, it’s on me, so allow me to make those decisions and they have done that,” she said.

She also said she also sends lawmakers the same guidance she sends to parents so everyone is on the same page.

While she recognizes that not everyone may agree with her decisions, like the one to revert back to virtual learning before winter break, she stands behind it.

The newly formed School Board Transformation Task Force continues to have meetings despite all the reservations cited earlier. Considering a number of the members have been cited in https://pgcpsmess.wordpress.com/, the recommendations from the Task Force won’t be credible to the public. Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson as we know them as #PGCPSMess.

Our children need leadership not another cursory report — especially not from those who helped create the problems such as Ms. Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Doris Reed, Christian Rhodes and others tied to them including CEO Monica Goldson who is acting as fox in a chicken house.

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MD Gov. Hogan Gets COVID-19, Blasts School District’s Decision To Go Fully Remote

Prince George’s County Public Schools begun testing random groups of students for the coronavirus around October, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Upper Marlboro – (Reform Sasscer); Prince George’s County Public Schools will move fully to remote learning through Jan. 18, and recently, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made it known: He’s not for it.

Hogan, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, said it’s a “big deal and terrible mistake and something that we’re very opposed to,” according to NBC Washington.

“We all want to keep our kids safe but we’ve got protocols in place. There’s a hundred cases in Prince George’s County out of 131,000 students.”

PGCPS started closing all buildings starting yesterday Dec. 20 and will move to virtual learning for three days ahead of their winter break which will start on Dec. 23 due to multiple fights by students running uncontrollably throughout the district.

Schools will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 14. They will return in person on Jan. 18, following Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Students in the K-6 Virtual Learning Program will return Monday, January 31.

“Over the past few days, I have remained in daily contact with the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding appropriate steps for maintaining safe environments across more than 200 school communities.” Said Monica Goldson, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of PGCPS who was selected under a cloud of public corruption.

Last week PGCPS saw a high of 155 cases of COVID-19 reported in a single day among students and staff even though there has been a growing movement among the students and staff to take a break due to these many fights which have gone amok.

It becomes the largest school district in the country to go close all of its schools and turn to remote learning due to the pandemic and other issues combined.

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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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3 PGCPS schools close amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Prince George’s County COVID-19 Updates

Upper Marlboro, Sasscer: (Reform Sasscer) – Three schools in Prince George’s County are closing earlier than usual due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases locally, according to a letter sent to the community.

The schools impacted are Benjamin Tasker Middle School, EXCEL Public Charter School and Kettering Middle School.

Officials said students will remain in virtual learning until Monday, January 3, 2022.

“I am alarmed by the rising numbers across our schools: A two-day total last week consisted of fewer than 100 cases. This week, we saw a high of 155 cases reported in a single day,” said CEO Dr. There are allegations Dr. Monica Goldson who has been running county schools under a crowd of major public corruption. She has also been trying to sell off some of the schools in a major scandal which has left many in the community in major shock and dismay.

But Covid isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse on top of all these other scandals. And American schools aren’t going to be normal. Not yet.

After a quick summer of planning, improving ventilation and trying to play catchup, schools in PGCPS started on a bad note due to covid-19 pandemic and other major issues.

There are many thousands of school districts in the US, each one governed by a unique mix of local and state rules, so different students will have had vastly different experiences.

In the meantime, School officials are urging community members to take precaution to stay safe from COVID-19 by taking the following preventative measures:

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid people who are ill.
  • Disinfect high-contact surfaces, such as door knobs and tables.
  • Maintain an appropriate distance from others.
  • Remain home if you are feeling ill and keep students who are feeling ill home from school.
  • Wear a face covering at all times while indoors in businesses and public buildings.
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds on both sides and between the fingers.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
PGCPS Parents with their students

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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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Major PG Parents Protest Potential Closure of PGCPS County Elementary Schools

Woodmore ES PTO started this petition to Prince George’s county board of education.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/prince-georges-county/parents-protest-potential-closure-of-prince-georges-county-elementary-school/2902724/?fbclid=IwAR2-6VTXHalBKwk4CMiiIsOQEiFDAC56rhLh7yuXupvoFTjC0mRPwgvg6cc

“Why would you want to close down a school that’s got smaller class sizes, better testing scores? It just kind of didn’t really make sense to me or any of the other members on the PTO,” one mother said. Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports above.

Largo, Md. (Reform Sasscer)

The official description was underutilized and/or too old to repair….. Closing schools is ridiculous. In the future Prince George’s County residents will need to shift boundaries to fill them but every school around the county is at 110% capacity or higher and loaded with temporary buildings. The population has grown not decreased. There is something which does not seem to pass the mastery and pure thuggery may be going on in many ways in our view. You don’t close schools in the midst of population boom. There is something else prevailing. Let us have transparent investigation concerning the original issues we raised. The younger progressives need to figure out what is happening and then lodge a public protest without fear. Everyone knows that, DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) is a hot real estate market and without a strong or proper oversight with the raising population, corruption might have played a major role to sell off some of the schools. There Is Very Limited Inventory and Lots of Buyers. The top reason why the housing market is so high right now has to do with limited inventory, or supply. It’s one of those fundamental concepts even a child can comprehend. … Sure, home prices were significantly lower, but inventory wasn’t all that great.

As mentioned, when it comes to existing homes, supply is small. The COVID-19 pandemic hit just as the 2020 spring selling season was about to kick off — and the coronavirus situation prompted some homeowners to hit the pause button, creating a shortage of existing homes. This trend is going to continue on for a while.

 There is already a petition started recently to protest the closure of one school. It reads:

“The Prince George’s County Public Schools Board contracted a Vendor to evaluate over crowding and under crowding in PG County public schools. The Vendor evaluated 184 schools based on the age of the school, renovations and enrollment to determine which facilities need to be closed, renovated or rezoned. The vendor produced a report providing 3 scenarios to address the Boards concerns. 

If adopted, and under the third and most aggressive scenario, Woodmore Elementary would be permanently closed. 

There are several material concerns with the study. Primarily, the study did not take into consideration the new construction on Church Rd, future growth or the school performance. Closing a successfully functioning school and rezoning the students to an under performing school is wanton.

Woodmore Elementary School is a higher performing school than its surrounding schools. The only schools that rank higher than Woodmore Elementary School are PGCPS Specialty Program Schools that receive additional funding and operate in much better facilities. 

Woodmore Elementary School is ranked #12 in the county and #248 in the state.  The schools that are currently in the proposal to move students to, if Woodmore Elementary School is closed, are Kingsford Elementary School and Northview Elementary School.

Kingsford Elementary School is currently ranked #53 in the county and #532 in the state.

Northview Elementary School is ranked #105-#140 in the county and #640-853 in the state (essentially not ranked).

If Woodmore Elementary School is closed, students would be re-zoned into schools that are performing at a substantially lower level, despite the fact that residents living in the 20720 and 20721 zip codes pay a disproportionately higher share of county property taxes.

The Prince George’s County Public Schools owes its community a better solution. Please sign our petition to the County School Board to let them know we want to keep our local community school open.” (See here)

Call your elected officials now and the law enforcement community to stop this advanced public corruption emanating from Prince George’s County and affecting the entire state of Maryland. Don’t take it lightly.

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Edward Burroughs submits resignation from PGCPS school board after pressure.

Edward Burroughs III, seated at center, poses outside of the Prince George’s County administration center in November 2018 with other members of the county school board. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

By Washington Post

Prince George’s County school board member Edward Burroughs III (District 8), who nearly a month ago launched his campaign for County Council, said he resigned his seat on Monday then officially filed paperwork to run in the special election to replace Monique Anderson-Walker (D-District 8).

According to Washington post, Some residents and politicians had criticized Burroughs, who was elected to the board at 18, for campaigning while still technically on the school board. Maryland law says a school board member “may not be a candidate for a public office other than a position on the county board.” Burroughs said his interpretation of the law was that he had to resign only once he officially filed to run.

A letter from Burroughs, dated Dec. 6 and addressed to members of the board, said his resignation was effective immediately. Burroughs said in an interview that he delivered the letter to the Prince George’s Sasscer Administration Building, then went to officially file his candidacy with the Board of Elections. The Board of Elections could not immediately confirm that Burroughs had filed.

Burroughs, 29, has for years been a vocal critic of the county’s Democratic establishment on the board. The liberal bloc of members of which he is a leader last year gained a majority on the board after years in the minority, which Burroughs, an energetic campaigner, has cited as one of his accomplishments.

The special election — which will mostly be conducted by mail — will have a primary Jan. 4 and final vote Feb. 1. Other candidates who have filed to run include former County Council member Tony Knotts, Jerry Mathis, Sidney Gibson and Vernon Wade. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

Anderson-Walker, a first-term council member, resigned last month after being tapped as Peter Franchot’s running mate in the governor’s race.

School board member Belinda Queen (D-District 6) has also faced criticism for campaigning for council while on the school board.

Queen, who said she plans to run for the District 6 seat in 2022, said she also believes she is legally allowed to remain on the school board until she files paperwork that makes her run official. She added that she has consulted with the Board of Elections about the issue.

“I want to finish my commitment,” said Queen, who has until Feb. 22 to file. “I made a vow to my constituents.”

Via Washington Post

OPINION

In ordinary language, especially in the media, it is often stated that politics is dynamic, referring mostly to the decisions of some leaders regarding political transfuguism as a phenomenon. There must be compelling reasons forcing it to be in feverish and incessant activity which made Mr. Burroughs to resign under pressure. We probably going to hear more as the theoretical construction and practice evolve in the next few weeks. For those who are not aware, Mr. Edward Burroughs III took advantage of the Unions representing workers in the county. However, he kept their shenanigans under the table as they oiled his campaigns over the years. This oversight damaged many employees and caused untold suffering to many Mr. Edward Burroughs III might never know in life. It was the union shenanigan which led to the current ethic violation which the PGCPS Board has refused to make public among other things. In this case, Change is good for the entire county.

In addition, Mr. Burroughs used well connected employees, some political leaders and our expose in this blog to advance his political career and only chose which parts to expose to the media. This left major scandals in the closets which did not anchor well with many in the community who knew the issues including several key issues highlighted in this blog. The worst case on his part was to mislead some employees, fellow board members and other unethical drama as highlighted elsewhere. All in all, he did somethings well and others very poorly. We forgive him as he resigns from the county school system. The rest of the young board members who remain in the PGCPS school board, must learn from his failings 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. Youth is the spear of the nation everywhere in the face of the earth.

As Mr. Burroughs III engages to run for county council seat in District 8, let us say a firm NO to these kinds of retrogressive thoughts and behaviors. Healthy relationships (between men and women as well between human beings of all gender, age and ethnicities) should be FOUNDED and BUILT on TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY and INTEGRITY. Not deception. When a man who has lived his life hiding his properties from his spouse dies suddenly without a will, and/or the will is fraudulently altered by another person, his children that he might have been hiding the properties for are the ones who suffer. Live your lives HONESTLY. I’m a genuine Pan-African revolutionary. I do not believe in dishonesty, deception and conmanship. I believe in the liberation of EVERYONE including that of women.

Teachers and administrators in Prince George’s county and elsewhere must stay engaged and run for various political seats if they can and hopefully make a difference in their communities.

Viva!

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