The River is Here.

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“Down the mountain the river flows. And it brings refreshing wherever it goes…..” is a song written by Andy Park  a musician, worship leader and author who is associated with Vineyard Music. He was born in 1957 in Los Angeles, California. He studied at UCLA, earning a bachelor of arts.

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The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area encompasses 292,500 acres, running from the mouth of the Sandy River to the mouth of the Deschutes and spanning southern Washington and northern Oregon – United States of America. The Gorge is unique in its natural and cultural history, as well as its designation as a National Scenic Area.

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Security breach reveals personal data on PGCPS employees

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According to Washington Post , the Prince George’s County Public School System notified employees on Friday evening of a possible security breach involving employees’ personal data.

“Your personal information may have been potentially exposed to others,” Deputy Superintendent Monique W. Davis wrote in an email. “Please be assured we have taken every step necessary to address the incident, and that we are committed to fully protecting all of the information that you have entrusted to us.”

Davis said a report that contained employees’ social security numbers, birth dates and employee identification numbers was emailed outside of the school system. A spokeswoman for the system said the outside addresses to which the material was sent were the personal addresses of school staff members. Recipients have been contacted, said the spokeswoman, Lynn McCawley.

The school district apologized for incident in a statement released on Friday evening.

“Keeping sensitive employee information confidential and safe is a top priority for the school district,” McCawley said. “We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern this incident has caused to employees, and we are working to ensure this does not happen again.”

McCawley said about 10,000 of the district’s 23,785 employees were affected.

Edmund Harris, a library media specialist at two schools in the county, said he was surprised to receive the email from the district’s human resources department.

“I just couldn’t believe this had happened, especially since it involves the social security numbers,” he said.

Theresa Dudley, a teacher at Benjamin Tasker Middle School, said data breaches have become commonplace, noting the security breaches at Target and Home Depot. She said she believes the school district is doing its best to handle the situation.

“It’s the age we live in,” Dudley said. “This kind of thing is happening more and more.”

But Harris said unlike Target and Home Depot, where millions of customers credit card information was stolen, the school employees’social security numbers were revealed, which could “cause a wider realm of possible mischief.”

School officials said sensitive data was inadvertently included in a routine monthly report that was shared internally by email last Friday.

When school officials became aware of the information, which was emailed to a group of principals, the district instructed its information technology staff to suspend the email accounts while they removed the email from the in-boxes.

During that process, they discovered that some of the information was sent outside the school system, according to Davis’ email to employees.

Davis said in the email that the school district will provide one year of free credit monitoring to anyone who was affected.

The following letter was sent to employees of the Prince George’s County Public School System notifying them of the breach.

Dear PGCPS Team Member:

A few days ago we learned that a report was generated and sent via e-mail to a select group of principals. When we became aware of the issue, the recipients’ PGCPS e-mail account was suspended so Information Technology staff could remove the email from their PGCPS in-boxes.

As part of that work, it was discovered some of the information was disseminated outside of the PGCPS e-mail domain. The report contained your Social Security Number, date of birth and employee identification number (EIN).

As a result, your personal information may have been potentially exposed to others. Please be assured that we have taken every step necessary to address the incident, and that we are committed to fully protecting all of the information that you have entrusted to us.

PGCPS is offering one year of free credit monitoring to all affected persons. Please be sure to look for the information on how to enroll in a notice that will be mailed to your home address in the next business day.

We regret this error and please know that we have taken aggressive steps to ensure an incident of this type does not happen again.

Sincerely,

Monique Whittington Davis, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell.  Is the high salaries being paid to these gentlemen worth it?  Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. It makes us sad with Some of the things going on in the world today especially in Prince George’s County  “just ain’t right.” Individuals, educators and political leaders don’t seem to be using “common sense” in dealing with people or in their decision making. We don’t treat people with the common “decency” that we should expect in our lives. We are trying to determine, even if only for our benefit, whether or not we as a civilized society truly use common sense and exhibit common decency in our everyday lives and in our decision making. It’s not at all a scientific undertaking but primarily our own personal experiences and opinions. Feel free to agree or disagree with our views and opinions and possibly you’ll start observing and thinking about some of these things as well. Don’t you think we can all use more common sense and decency in our everyday lives and change the world?

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Democratic officials in Prince George’s must work with Republican governor

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UPPER MARLBORO—County officials remain optimistic after Republican Governor-Elect Larry Hogan won the general election this month over current Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

Hogan is the first Republican elected to the governor’s office in Maryland since Bob Ehrlich in 2002. Hogan’s campaign focused on fixing Maryland’s economy and lessening the tax burden on residents. According to unofficial results from the Maryland State Board of Elections, Hogan got 51 percent of the vote. Results will become official when all absentee and provisional ballots are counted.

Prince George’s County remains strongly Democratic, with all of the elected positions, including the County Council, county executive and General Assembly seats, being held by Democrats.

Mel Franklin, chairman of the Prince George’s County Council, said the council looks forward to working with governor-elect Hogan.

“The council is optimistic about the fact that Governor-Elect Hogan has so many Prince George’s County roots,” Franklin said. “We think that bodes well for the county and for a great working relationship over the next four years.”

Hogan’s father, Lawrence Hogan, served as Prince George’s County Executive from 1978-1982. >>> Read more the Prince George’s County sentinel.

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Educator Excoriates TIME “Rotten Apple” Story.

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Nancy F. Chewning, an assistant principal in Roanoke, Virginia, eviscerated TIME magazine for its cover story about teachers who are allegedly “Rotten Apples.” This impassioned article went viral.

“Have you characterized doctors or nurses on your cover as Rotten Apples? You have not. Is the government setting impossible benchmarks for doctors and nurses to make to correct this problem? No, they are not. Why? Because money talks in this country. The American Medical Association spent $18,250,000 in 2013 and $15,070,000 so far in 2014 lobbying our government; in fact, they rank number 8 in terms of organizations lobbying our government for influence. The NEA isn’t even in the ball park with the AMA, as they rank 221st.

“As Senator Elizabeth Warren has so aptly stated, “The system is rigged,” and it is definitely rigged against public education. In the latest Gallup poll, 75% of American parents said they were satisfied with the quality of education their child was receiving in public schools. However, the latest Gallup poll showed that only 14% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job. Have you done a cover calling Congress Rotten Apples? Why no, you have not. In fact, I checked your covers for the last two years and not once have you said a disparaging word about Congress on your cover. Yet, the approval rating for teachers is 75%, and you have chosen to go after them. Why is that? Is it because as Gawker revealed earlier this year that your writers and editorial staff are required to “produce content that is beneficial to advertiser relationship”? So, was this attack on teachers really about pleasing advertisers and perhaps a billionaire from Silicon Valley with deep pockets as well?”

She notes that no teachers were interviewed for the story.

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PGCPS Fights under Dr. Maxwell.

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The “State of Prince George’s County” has hundreds of parents and teens calling for change with the top leadership at Sasscer Administrative offices in Upper Marlboro. The Prince Georges’ County Public Schools (PGCPS) unflinching commitment to conduct that antagonizes the rightfully prevailing winds of wisdom and decency ensures a dark chapter in this country’s history of education.

With so many deaths still on the hearts and minds of many in the county, hundreds of parents have been demanding change due to corruption currently in progress under Dr. Maxwell as a result of mismanagement of public funds in variety of ways including unjustified high salaries. Below is a sample of video fights in some of the schools and the problem continues to sprawl out of control in many schools in PGCPS, some resulting in death. Many Principals are under pressure not to speak about it. What happened in the six flags recently with fights everywhere is just a tip of the iceberg. As mentioned, these fights end up resulting in deadly outcomes. We can do better than this.

We must teach conflict resolution, empathy and individual responsibility to students as deliberately as we teach math and science. Schools will not get better until we do. We live in an age where the ability to recall many facts is no longer a valued skill. We are also living in an age where violence is glorified and the gap between rich and poor grows wider every day. Even if it’s not in the job description we get from HR, it is our responsibility to teach empathy and conflict resolution. We don’t believe most educators go into the profession because they’re passionate about content standards. We believe good teachers teach because they want to make students’ lives better. Undermining violence is one way we can begin to do that.

We can explicitly teach alternatives to fighting. We can use one period of enrichment a month to teach strategies for peacefully addressing conflict. We can establish peer-mediation groups in our classes and schools. We can work toward a restorative justice model to address issues like fighting. There are a million small steps we can take to start chipping away at this overwhelming, violent reality.

Since Dr. Maxwell’s selection as a CEO, which was suspiciously done by well-connected political friends such Dr. Charlene Dukes etc., many leaders in the county seems more interested in the money they can make than IN helping quell the many problems we identified many months earlier. In a recent parent meeting at Suitland High School which has now become the epicenter of the violence, Dr. Maxwell was nowhere to be seen. Some parents where heard saying he has become “an emperor” and is untouchable due to all his political connections. We need solutions and not cover ups for serious issues like the ones affecting the youth of the county and the larger community. The connections are okay but they should not step on the way of serious problems like this.

Above all, dishing money to close family and friends to go work at the Sasscer administrative building at the beckoning of Rushern Baker III or some other politically connected party including the corrupt unions is not the answer!

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ABC7 WJLA tried to cover the issues sometimes early this year affecting Bowie High School. However, the problems continue and the top leadership of the county led by Mr. Rushern Baker III shows no interest except their selfish motives to collect high salaries at the expense of the wider population.

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell.  Is the high salaries being paid to these gentlemen worth it?  Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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Bullying under the spotlight after hallway assault

…at Suitland High School

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SUITLAND, Md. –

An extra Prince George’s County police officer was supposed to be patrolling Suitland High School in the wake of a hallway assault on two students captured on smartphone video.

Prince George’s County school officials also ordered a week-long series of student meetings to talk about the school’s code of conduct.

The whole issue of bullying among teens is once again front and center all across our region.

“It turned my stomach,” says Brandon Washington, a Suitland High School graduate and budding video director. “It’s just disgusting to me. Things need to change.”

Washington has made a “film” about teens and bullying. He says he has seen the behavior time and again and is sick of it.

Suitland High School principal Nate Newman got an earful from concerned parents at a PTA meeting Tuesday night. He promised to do more and do better to combat bullying and fighting at the school. >>> Read more FOX5

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell seemed like a good fit in the very beginning but has proved himself to be something else. He is clearly being used by Mr. Rushern Baker regime and others for selfish motives including for high salaries at the expense of poor children and for improper influence within PGCPS District. Every time he gets criticized for making mistakes, the county leadership or some other external forces promotes him for some kind of an award to confuse the public everything is ok.  In the meantime, kids are suffering through endless fights and everything is being kept hush hush as scandals swell. Where is the outrage?

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. Lately, he appears busy lining up his pockets. What happened to common decency?

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