Substitute teacher at D.C. Options charter school charged..

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Donna Montgomery, chief executive officer at Options Public Charter School who mismanaged school funds , arrives at the school in this May 2013 photo. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post)

A 22-year-old substitute teacher at a D.C. charter school for at-risk youth was arrested Tuesday and charged with having oral sex with a student football player behind her classroom desk, according to police and court documents.

The 17-year-old 11th grader at Options Public Charter School secretly recorded part of the encounter Friday afternoon, which police said happened at the end of an English class in Room 266 while other students and faculty members were at a pep rally to cheer on the Options Panthers’ as they prepared for a game against Perry Street Prep. Police said the student showed the video to five of his football teammates and a childhood friend.

The student and teacher then texted each other throughout the weekend, and the teacher sent him a clothed picture of herself while urging the student to “chill” because she could get in trouble for the relationship, police said.

Symone Greene, of Fort Washington, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, a felony. A Superior Court judge ruled that Greene could be released until a preliminary hearing Nov. 18, but put her on a high-intensity supervision program, meaning she must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

Court documents say that after police called to question Greene about the classroom encounter, she texted the victim’s phone and urged him to tell authorities that she “only helped him with his resume and nothing else happened while they were in the classroom together.” >>> Read more Washington Post  >>> Read more Fox 5 DC.

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Symone Greene, of Fort Washington in the Prince George’s County District is pictured above leaving Washington DC Superior Court. – Courtesy Fox 5 

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Symone Greene, of Fort Washington in the Prince George’s County District is pictured above leaving Washington DC Superior Court. – Courtesy Fox 5 

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Possible violence at Fright Fest Expected at PGCPS District.

…Retaliation from last incident at Six Flags prompt principal to send warning for this weekend.

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Principal Nate Newman principal of Suitland High School broke the bad news.

A high school principal in Prince George’s County is urging parents not to send their children to Six Flags America this weekend because of the threat of violence at Fright Fest.

“Don’t allow your children to go to Six Flags this weekend,” Nate Newman, principal of Suitland High School, said to parents in a text message. “Big gang fight planned. Retaliation from last incident.”

Last month, fights broke out inside the park and outside the gate during the opening night of the park’s Halloween-themed event, known as Fright Fest. At least three teens were injured, including a 15-year-old DuVal High School student who was placed in a medically induced coma after being punched outside the park. Witnesses described the scene as “chaos” and “mayhem” as frantic parents searched for their children.

Havilah Ross, a spokeswoman for Six Flags America, said in a statement that the park has stepped up safety and security measures, including increased surveillance throughout the park, in the parking lots and at a dedicated area for picking up and dropping off guests.

Prince George’s school officials said they were unaware of Newman’s message to the Suitland High community until Wednesday and would not send a similar message to the broader school community. Max Pugh, a school system spokesman, said Newman sent the message after hearing “chatter at the school.” >>> Read more Washington Post

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I Look to You.

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I Look to You is the sixth and final studio album by former American recording artist Whitney Houston. It was first released on August 28, 2009 through Sony Music in Europe, then August 31, 2009 with Arista Records in the United States. The album was Houston’s final studio album before her death on February 11, 2012.

Tower Challenges in Maryland Schools.

UPPER MARLBORO-Activists from Anne Arundel, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties took their fight to halt construction of cell towers on public school playgrounds to a meeting of the Prince George’s County Board of Education. ~ Courtesy Ms. Janis Sartucci

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Judge temporarily bars SRC from imposing terms on teachers’ union.

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Some of the Teachers who came out to stage a protest last week.

A Common Pleas Court judge Monday granted the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ request for a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission from imposing changes to teachers’ health-care benefits.

After hearing nearly four hours of testimony, Judge Nina Wright Padilla issued the short, verbal order from the bench without elaborating.

Her ruling prevents the SRC – at least for now – from implementing the broad changes it approved when it voted Oct. 6 to cancel the PFT contract and require union members to contribute to the cost of their health-care premiums beginning in December.

The PFT had asked for the injunction to maintain the status quo while the courts take up the larger issue of whether the SRC had the legal authority to do what it did.

“The judge’s decision – we’re pleased with it,” PFT President Jerry Jordan said moments after the Padilla issued the order. “We hope it will end here, but we’re pretty sure it won’t.”

District spokesman Fernando Gallard said the SRC will appeal to Commonwealth Court.

“We expect this to be just one of many legal steps we will have to take,” he said. “We are now moving on to the next.”

The district said in a statement released later that it was disappointed with the results of the hearing.

“The School District expects to ultimately prevail in the courts and will pursue this matter forcefully, for the cause is urgent and the children of Philadelphia cannot continue waiting.

“The changes temporarily placed on hold by [Monday's] injunction are estimated to save more than $200 million in the next four years. These are crucial resources for the children of Philadelphia.”
Read more at Philly.com

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Some of the Teachers who came out to stage a protest last week.

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William Hite Jr Breached teacher’s contract in the middle of the night in Philly School District.

Montgomery school board, critics at odds over $140,000 legal bill.

 

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First there was public uproar about how members of Montgomery County’s Board of Education used their district-issued credit cards. Now comes fallout regarding the $140,000 in legal bills that piled up as the records for those credit cards went under review and investigation.

Board President Phil Kauffman (At Large) defended the legal costs in a commentary recently published by The Washington Post, arguing that hiring outside lawyers to examine members’ spending decisions was “the right thing to do” as the school board sought to examine its own actions and come up with new procedures.

“Objectivity was an important part of this process,” he wrote, saying that the board hired the Venable law firm for its experience handling public-integrity issues. The board asked Venable to review board expense records, provide a written report and recommend actions.

“This is standard operating procedure when an organization is reviewing its own practices, whether it’s a business, a sports league or a government agency,” Kauffman wrote.

But several Montgomery County Council members and a Montgomery watchdog group have challenged the need to involve outside lawyers and assailed the cost of the help.

“I just don’t think there is any way you can tie a ribbon on the fact that our school board spent $140,000 getting advice on how to stop wasting money and make it look good,” County Council member George L. Leventhal (D-At Large) said.

Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) said he found the hiring of the law firm wasteful and unnecessary. “The solution was obvious: to get rid of the credit cards and adopt policies that were reasonable,” he said.

This is a total scam by the the school board, which could have hired an independent accounting firm – even a Big 4 – trained in forensic auditing for no more than a third of that cost. And I was a partner in one in for 30 years, so I know how much it costs to audit a dozen credit cards and review the controls and policies over their use.

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Don’t stop.

“Don’t Stop” is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac, written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie.

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It was used by U.S. presidential candidate Bill Clinton as the theme for his first campaign, most notably at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. Upon winning the election, President Clinton persuaded the then-disbanded group to reform to perform it for his inaugural ball in 1993. At the 2000 DNC, he ended his speech by saying, “Keep putting people first.

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