President of Prince George’s NAACP branch demands Largo principal resign or be fired.

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President Bob Ross NAACP Prince George’s County.

The president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP is demanding that a high school principal who has been accused of harassing and bullying former employees resign or be terminated.

Bob Ross said he is joining county council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) in calling for Largo High School principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus to be removed as head of the 1,100-student school.

In the past month, one discrimination case involving Simpson-Marcus’s alleged ill treatment toward employees went to trial and resulted in a $350,000 jury award. The school board recently reached an undisclosed out-of-court settlement in a second discrimination case.

“It’s time for her to go,” Ross said. “For the good of the system, it would be better for her to resign. . . . You can’t have a workplace where you are discriminating [against] employees, whether black or white.”

Jon Everhart, who won the $350,000 award, alleged that Simpson-Marcus, who was working as a physical education teacher at the Largo school in 2003, told students that “the only reason a white man teaches in P.G. County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.” He filed a discrimination claim against Simpson-Marcus to the teachers’ union. He said she then targeted him, telling him if she ever became principal, he would be the first person she would fire. >>> Read more Washington Post

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According to a former Human Resources officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools, “Maxwell’s practice of promoting and hiring people based upon nepotism, professional misconduct and cronyism is really working out”. He said recently in the blogs. “If you are a woman or a man you better be married or related to a politician ie Monique Davis, the head of Special education and Shauna Garlington Battle, Esq the head of legal issues.” Otherwise Maxwell has no use for you as a woman or man it appears.

The former Human resources officer further stated, “I was one of the people in HR whose positions were eliminated. My wife and I are not related to a politician so I was shown the door. Robert Gaskin his wife and granddaughter are all in Human Resources – just like Mr. & Mrs. White….until actual crimes are committed the Washington Post pays no attention. It took a $350,000 judgment and blatant racism to wake the Washington Post up.” He concluded.

When the chief financial officer is found by the state to have committed insurance FRAUD, you do not put him on pay leave, you fire him on the spot and then let him go through the due process if he likes it. When his wife, Keisha, is also found guilty of insurance FRAUD, you fire her too right on the spot to set an example and let her go through the same due process like everybody else. If they so wish! The wife to the Chief Financial Officer reports to Mr. Eubanks who is Brother in Law to Rushern Baker and is the Board chair. The Chief Financial Officer reports to Dr. Kevin Maxwell who in turn reports to Mr. Rushern Baker and Mr. Eubanks. Clearly, there is something wrong with that picture!

There is no doubt that, Maxwell and all his cronies are having a banner week. The mishandling of all the cases in Federal, State courts involving previous employees and the millions spent defending them after the Thatcher Law firm bribed the attorneys is not fair to the rule of law in Maryland and the United States. There is no question the jury heard more than one perception when the trial was going on in the case involving Mr. Jon Everhart. Didn’t Dr. Kevin Maxwell pick Dr. White as chief financial officer after he had just paid the fine for his fraud but now sits home on full pay with his co fraud wife? Isn’t this a repeat of what Dr. William Hite Jr did when he hired and promoted Ms. Synthia Shillings after she beat up a Maryland State trooper?

Many of us are astonished by Prince George’s County by praising Angelique Simpson-Marcus . What do they mean his work performance is good…sounds like the same logic that’s keeping Simpson Marcus at the helm of Largo High School. “An effective leader” is what the PGCPS spokesperson used to describe her…also a person found in a Federal Court to discriminate, harass, retaliate, and bully her staff (at least one so far, the other case got settled on Tuesday of this week under seal), more cases to come against her and other administrators in the county!

Where are you Mr. Baker when the real moral and ethical issues rear their ugly head? Nowhere to be found.

Where are you Mr. Mel Franklin, chair of the county council, former Human Relations Commissioner? Nowhere to be found.

Where are you Dr. Maxwell, the multicultural person who used to be the principal at Northwestern High school, you with the PhD in educational policy? So far nowhere to be found on these very important issues for all the residents and staff of PGCPS District.

Thank goodness for the people in Prince Georges County like Mr. Bob Ross and Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel). Only when people in the majority black community call for an end to cronyism, corruption, Nepotism, professional misconduct, incompetence and discrimination will the reputation of the Prince George’s County improve.

According to the opinions received in the blogs, these reports are now exposing the back door deals all the way to County Council President, not new at all and a legendary practice in Prince George’s County. Maxwell backed away from Jack Johnson when Johnson hit the skids, then became the puppet for Baker. Who Maxwell brought with him to his newly appointed position were BDDs and they removed, transferred or dismissed many competent, successful, personnel to put his puppets in place whether they were skilled or not — just pay back. Politics and education have never mixed and this mess is the result. Nothing about any of it speaks to educating students. Ones who were about educating students had their lives put into upheaval, chaos and commotion, sadness. Like so many dedicated teachers, they just readjusted and moved on to do the noble jobs they were put on earth to do. For them it is not about the money but, the success of every child they are humbled to teach or with whom to work. All of it has been the talk of the Sasscer building since it began. This stinks, stinks to the high heavens but, the good news is it has been exposed, the emperor has no clothes. For anyone who thought that Maxwell accepted this position to dedicate his life to students is badly mistaken, it is all about the million dollar contract (with added perks) that he received. Anyone who has spent anytime with him knows he is shallow and knows little about instruction or curriculum. Educate yourselves about PG, Google names, places and you will find the pieces of the puzzle falling into place. All the participants have a history, hence the Good Ole Boy system still lives.

There is no turning back. We all have a responsibility to make this world a better place. Unless we react, anyone else under their care could be a victim next.  There is no doubt in our minds this is corruption at best.

Time to hold our leaders to account for doing the right thing. Mr. White, his wife, Simpson Marcus, Monica Goldson, Thatcher Law Firm, James Fisher, Shani Whisonant in the legal department, ASASP Union President Dwayne Jones need to be fired immediately!!! What are we waiting for, picket signs in front of Laurel, Largo High Schools and the Sasscer Building? It’s time!

Read more >>>>Call your Elected Officials now and the Media.

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Colby R. White placed on leave after insurance fraud.

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The top budget official for Maryland’s second-largest school system was placed on administrative leave with pay Friday after school officials learned of an order from the Maryland Insurance Administration finding that he committed insurance fraud.

Colby R. White, the chief financial officer of the Prince George’s County Public School System, and his wife, Keisha, who works for the school district as an internal auditor, were ordered in August to pay $3,000 each for filing a fraudulent insurance claim for a wedding ring.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said both employees were placed on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation by the school district.

Chief Operating Officer Monica Goldson was named to temporarily assume White’s responsibilities.

Pugh said school officials, who learned of the order late Friday afternoon, are still deciding the scope of their inquiry. >>> Read more Washington Post

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After analyzing the situation carefully, What surprises most of us is that, now Monica Goldson, the queen of questionable activities, ethnics, and back door deals who also lacks the skills to do anything successful in the system, will be CFO and COO all rolled into one. One of the issues we brought to the current regime when they took over the system was the role of Ms. Monica Goldson. See our top priorities here points numbers 5 and 21 F. If that’s not the fox guarding the hen house. We don’t know what it is.

Way to go Mr. Rushern Baker! It just gets better with you at the helm. Maxwell has brought a whole new element of banditry with him and we pray they will all be exposed one day by others.

Many of us are wondering if there is a cloud over Dr. Kevin Maxwell and his Administration! Above all, We better watch his Deputy too a politically connected friend through her husband to Mr. Rushern Baker! CFO Colby White and his wife files a claim about a stupid diamond ring. To think they were so dishonest and liars to have filed that “same” claim earlier. What people will do for money? How can these people be brought to PGCPS and expect Students to be honest.

Now look at how quickly both of them were placed on Administrative Leave for fraud with “pay“. Is that looking out for the public? What happened to Simpson-Marcus? The last time we checked She was still walking around Largo High while Staff, Students, Parents, and the Community are looking at how well protected and bold she has become. Given, the fact that she has declined to step down, or even sought to transfer to another school District together with ASASP President Mr. Dwayne Jones, tells me she is a failure as an educator and as a leader, and that she cares far more for herself and her career than for the children in her charge. Monica Goldson, Simpson-Marcus and others involved in this questionable activity are not the type of leaders we would want to see influencing our children in the critical high school years.

It’s amazing how much money these two made. Yet, the Teachers who make the Schools look good barely get a decent salary or even enough material for the classrooms. You will be surprised how many PGCPS Teachers have to work a second job or other jobs just to make ends meet.

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Read more >>>>Call your Elected Officials now and the Media.

State says PG County schools CFO committed insurance fraud.

…in claim of lost diamond ring.  School system ‘launching an inquiry,’ according to spokesman.

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Colby R. White (Prince George’s County schools)

Buying a diamond ring is always a costly expense.

Claiming to lose it — twice — came at an even steeper price for Colby White, chief financial officer for Prince George’s County public schools.

The Maryland Insurance Administration has ruled White and his wife, Keisha, who works as an internal auditor for the school system, committed insurance fraud by filing a claim for a lost diamond ring that another insurer had already paid $16,313 to replace months earlier.

The agency said the couple “knowingly violated” Maryland insurance law in filing two claims for the same loss. They were ordered to pay $6,000 in civil fines, according to an Aug. 13 order released last week and obtained by The Baltimore Sun. The couple has paid the fine and did not appeal the order.

School officials were unaware of the insurance agency’s ruling until informed by The Sun. But school board chairman Segun Eubanks and a spokesman for schools chief executive Kevin Maxwell said they are investigating the matter.

“This is really the first time we’ve heard of this,” said spokesman Max Pugh. “For now, it’s a personnel matter. We may have some developments next week.”

White and his wife did not return calls left on their work and home voice mails.

Colby White was appointed in June by Maxwell to manage a school system with a $1.8 billion budget. Pugh did not know if White, a longtime schools employee, disclosed the insurance agency’s investigation prior to being promoted from acting budget director.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/sun-investigates/bs-md-insurance-fraud-20140920,0,6839900.story#ixzz3DtpmrTZz

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Read more >>>Why corruption in Prince George’s county is the county’s worst enemy.

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Leaders: Principal should be fired.

….Maryland High School Principal Accused of Bullying Staff.

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Prince George’s County leaders are calling for a high school principal to be fired over accusations of bullying and mistreatment of her staff.

Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus became Largo High School’s principal in 2007. Three years later a group of employees filed complaints of harassment and bullying against her.

“A counselor at Largo High School came to our office complaining about harassment, hostile work environment,” said Bob Ross of Prince George’s County NAACP.

The NAACP received several complaints. Then a white male teacher filed a case alleging reverse discrimination and won in federal court in August.

“When the case came out in August, we were not surprised that someone would win,” Ross said. >>>>Read more NBC 4 News

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Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks (Brother in Law to Mr. Rushern Baker) listens to parents and staff speak. Self-dealing, misuse of state and federal money meant for the neediest students has become a major concern under Segun Eubanks. Just recently, many additional allegations of wrongdoing have surfaced. Current and Former teachers at the Prince George’s County public schools testified before the Federal Judge in Greenbelt, allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, tampering of data, rewarding of high salaries to connected friends and racism.
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Baker seeks support, gets pushback instead.

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Rushern Baker – Appears to be driving corruption to new heights

Prince George’s County executive Rushern L. Baker III made a surprise visit to the county’s Democratic Central Committee Tuesday night to urge members to endorse a ballot initiative that would extend the number of terms the county executive and members of the County Council can remain in office.

Question “J” on the November ballot will ask county voters to decide whether to give the executive and legislators the opportunity to serve three terms instead of the current two-term limit.

Voters in the past have overwhelmingly opposed changing or repealing term limits, which were instituted by referendum in Prince George’s in 1992. But Baker said he believes times have changed, residents are more satisfied with their leaders, and the county would benefit from politicians being allowed to run for a third term,

“I would like you to endorse the ballot question,” Baker said told the committee’s 24 elected members. “You have more reach than I do.”

Fielding questions from committee members, Baker pushed hard against their fears that powerful incumbents with deep coffers would be locked into elected office unchallenged.

“You don’t want them there? Kick their asses out,” he said. “What this boils down to is whether you believe voters are mature enough to get rid of someone they are tired of.”

The central committee — which produces a sample ballot laying out the party’s positions and candidates — was not convinced. Some members wondered whether they would be overstepping their role by endorsing a specific position on the term limits question. >>>> Read more Washington Post  >>> Read more Prince George’s County Term Limits

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Council member: Largo High principal should be fired.

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Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel). Champion of the people

A Prince George’s County Council member is calling on Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell to fire a high school principal at the center of two discrimination cases that were recently settled.

Council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel) said she is “appalled by the school system’s defense of the pattern of blatantly racist behavior by the principal of Largo High School.”

Lehman said in a letter to Maxwell and Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis that the principal, Angelique Simpson-Marcus, should be removed from her job for the way she has treated former employees. The letter was e-mailed Thursday.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for the school system, said he could not confirm that Maxwell and Davis had received the letter but said, “We welcome the dialogue with legislators and our stakeholders, and we’ll prepare appropriate responses.”

Over the past month, one discrimination case went to trial and another was resolved before its court date. >>> Read more Washington Post 

Call your elected officials now and the media. Let us demand an end to this corruption currently in progress in Prince George’s County.

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Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks (Brother in Law to Mr. Rushern Baker) listens to parents and staff speak. He has demonstrated poor leadership skills and continuation of status quo after he has chosen to look the other way around rather than find proper solutions to problems including settling cases affecting the racist Prince George’s County system. Racism is not cool. Do you think racism is cool?
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Many of us think that whenever you have a significant number of staff and teachers saying the same thing – there’s something to it. We do not know what, of course – but you just don’t get that many people independently agreeing on a person’s behavior without that person having done something to merit it. Mostly because these people have everything to lose and nothing to gain by accusing the principal of bullying – why would they do it unless there was some truth to it.

Regardless of if the allegations of the current administration who appear more keen to cover up rather than fix the issues. The principal is still at the school despite one court finding them true and several other suits pending. A true educator is not in it for the fame or glory or money (as there are none of those things in education. You can take it to the bank. They are in it to benefit the children and to help guide them into adulthood, especially at the high school level.

If Simpson-Marcus was teaching elementary school, or perhaps even middle school where kids are not typically aware of the bigger things in the world, then there may be some way to stay on the job despite allegations, despite the lawsuit she lost. But as a high school principal, she knows her students know about the cases. Twenty three cases were originally filed. Some of them touches on the union’s lack of representation. Others touches on ASASP Union and the role it has been manipulated to protect bad principals. In any case, Simpson Marcus has become a distraction to her students and to her supposed duty as an educator to help them learn and grow. Then goes Principal Dwayne Jones of Laurel High schools (President of ASASP) involved in the same thing. Given that, the fact that Simpson Marcus and Dwayne Jones have declined to step down, or even sought to transfer to another school, tells us that they are failure as educators and as a leaders, and that they care far more for themselves and their career than for the children in their charge. And that isn’t the type of leaders we would want influencing our children in the critical high school years.

Prince George’s County Government is plagued with reverse or minority (non-black) discrimination. There is also black on black racism as experienced by Tracy Allison, Dr. Ruth Johnson and others. Many of us have had first-hand experience with discrimination at PGCPS and had to file EEOC complaints with the Prince George’s County Government. All in all, there is no one looking out for the other minorities. Just look at what they have done recently to Filipinos, Africans, Hispanics and other minorities.

Elevation of Dr. Kevin Maxwell as we know it (new Super) was to try and clean house. We don’t know happened. But one thing for sure is that, Legal department and Human Resources are now an extension of Thatcher Law Firm and Monica Goldson. Mr. James Fisher a former employee of Thatcher Law firm and Shani K. Whisonant involved in a number of questionable activities leave a lot to be desired.  

By the way, PGCPS teachers and support staff do not have a union. They have a worthless association (PGCEA) and ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 run by Maryland State Educator Association (MSEA) attorney Mr. Damon Felton as his personal kingdoms. These two plus ASASP union are in bed with the PGCPS Admin and Board of Education which is an Association rather than a Board. It has now become an extension of Mr. Rushern Baker lately. What a shame!

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Cell Phone Towers Continue To Cause Concerns.

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While plans to place cell phone towers continue to move forward, parents and activists say they think the company building the towers needs to file for a special exception because it will make more than four maintenance visits a year.

“It’s simple math,” said Thea Scarato, a Greenbelt resident and parent of two children in PGCPS. “There are going to be more than four visits. It should need a special exception.”

In a previous report by The Sentinel, county planning department officials said the cell phone tower applications do not need a special exception because the towers will only be 151 feet high—lower than the county’s zoning ordinance requirement limitation of 199 feet. However, according to Scarato, cell phone tower applications should go through a process to get a special exception because there will be at least four maintenance site visits per year, according to the leasing agreement between Prince George’s County Public Schools and Milestone Communications.

“Lessee agrees that it will inspect the Leased Premises and the Base Station no less frequently than once every three months,” according to a copy of the leasing agreement obtained by The Sentinel.

According to the section 27-445.04 of the county’s zoning ordinance states: “The building or enclosure shall be unmanned, with infrequent (4 or fewer per year) visits by maintenance personnel and with access and parking for no more than 1 vehicle.”

“In Montgomery County, cell towers go through the special exception process when criteria is met,” Scarato said. “So why is Prince Georges County failing to follow its own code that dictates the same process?” >>> Read more Prince George’s County Sentinel.

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Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks (Brother in Law to Mr. Rushern Baker) listens to parents and staff speak. Self-dealing, misuse of state and federal money meant for the neediest students has become a major concern under Segun Eubanks. Just recently, many additional allegations of wrongdoing have surfaced. Current and Former teachers at the Prince George’s County public schools testified before the Federal Judge in Greenbelt, allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, tampering of data, rewarding of high salaries to connected friends and racism.
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