NAACP objects to high schools for immigrant students.

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NAACP objects to high schools for immigrant students

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) — Prince George’s County has plans to open two high school academies that are dedicated to helping recent immigrant students learn English.

The Prince George’s County NAACP objects to the new program and is meeting with the Prince George’s County Executive, pushing him to drop the plan for the high schools.

The NAACP calls the academies “separate and unequal,” but Latino activists from Casa de Maryland support the program for students who are still learning English.

Latino activists say the classes are a chance for struggling youngsters to fulfill their dreams.

Maria Narvaez knows both broken dreams and hope for the future.

“When I first came to school, actually I did not speak any English at all,” said Narvaez.

Narvaez struggled in school and eventually dropped out, but she wants more for her 9-year-old daughter Jocelyn, who dreams of becoming a nurse or a veterinarian.

“I feel proud. I got a 9-year-old daughter and she wants to go somewhere bigger than I am,” said Narvaez.

Nearly half the students trying to learn English in Prince George’s County Schools drop out before graduating, so the county is opening two high schools designed specifically for recent immigrants.

The NAACP is furious.

“It goes back to separate but equal. And we fought that battle 50 years ago,” said NAACP President Bob Ross, who fears school leaders will spend millions on Latino children and take the money from African American students who also need help.

“This is a very awkward position because black and brown, people try to say we have the same struggles,” said Ross. “But I sort of take it a little differently. We don’t have the same struggles because we came here for 400 years of slavery and moved forward. People who are arriving now are coming of their own free accord.”

Advocates and the schools’ CEO insist the planned CASA International Schools at Largo High, and another planned for Langley Park, are not about taking resources from one group and giving them to another.

They argue that the county has more than a dozen programs to help low income African American students.

“Ultimately it benefits the community to have kids not drop out, stay in school and graduate,” said Robert Asprilla of Casa de Maryland.

The International Schools are slated to open in August. They’re starting with a $3 million grant from the Carnegie Foundation, but it will take millions of dollars more in county money to run them.

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Charter School Accountability and Transparency…

…Agenda by the Public Interest and the Center for Popular DemocracySaveOurPublicSchools accountability-

Two organizations–In the Public Interest and the Center for Popular Democracy–have proposed reforms for charter school accountability that would remove the most frequent criticisms of charter schools.

They recommend an 11-point agenda that would strengthen oversight, transparency, and accountability. There are a few missing points that I would add, such as, capping the salary of charter school executives to be no higher than that of the local superintendent; prohibiting for-profit management of charter schools; and barring the use of taxpayer funds for political lobbying or campaign contributions.

The Charter School Accountability Agenda An 11-Point Program for Reform

Accountability

  • Require companies and organizations that manage charter schools to open board meetings to parents and the public, similar to public school board meetings. 
  • Require companies and organizations that manage charter schools to release to parents and the public how they spend taxpayer money, including their annual budgets and contracts.
  • equire state officials to conduct regular audits of charter schools’ finances to detect fraud, waste or abuse of public funds.

Protect Neighborhood Schools

Protect Taxpayer Funds

  • Before any new charter school is approved, conduct an analysis of the impact the school will have on neighborhood public schools.
  • Ensure that neighborhood public schools do not lose funding when new charter schools open in their area.
  • Require charter schools to return taxpayer money to the school district for any student that leaves the charter school to return to a neighborhood public school during the school year.
  • Prohibit charter school board members and their immediate families from financially benefiting from their schools. 
  • Prohibit charter schools from spending taxpayer dollars on advertising or marketing. 
  • Stop the creation of new charter schools if state officials have not shown the ability to prevent fraud and mismanagement. 
  • Require all teachers who work in taxpayer funded schools, including neighborhood public schools and charter schools, to meet the same training and qualification requirements. 
  • Require charter schools to serve high-need students such as special education.

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Charter schools do not equal education reform.

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David Hornbeck was superintendent of schools in Philadelphia from 1994 to 2000. During that time, he approved 30 charter schools, hoping they would improve education for the city’s students. Twenty years later, he admits he was wrong.

Now he realizes that charters are not education reform. They are a change of governance. They get mixed results.
“In some evaluations, charter schools overall actually underperform regular public schools.”

Baltimore sun writes:

As Philadelphia’s Superintendent of Schools, I recommended the approval of more than 30 charter schools because I thought it would improve educational opportunity for our 215,000 students. The last 20 years make it clear I was wrong.

Those advocating change in Maryland’s charter law through proposed legislation are equally committed to educational improvement. They are equally wrong. New policy should not build on current inequities and flawed assumptions, as the proposed charter law changes would do.

Mixed academic results: Charters, on the whole, do not result in significant improvement in student performance. It’s mixed at best. In some evaluations, charter schools overall actually underperform regular public schools.

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Breaking News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Replaces Chair of Philly School Reform Commission.

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SRC Chariman Bill Green

According to news reports, Governor Tom Wolf will replace Bill Green, chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, with fellow member of the commission, Marjorie Neff.

Governor Wolf had asked the Commission not to approve any new charter schools because of the city’s dire financial situation, but it approved five new charters at the beckoning of Dr. William Hite Jr. Neff was the only commissioner to oppose all five charters. She is a former principal of a district high school.

Green says he will challenge his removal in court.

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William Hite Jr – Superitendent of Schools was previously in Prince George’s County School District of which he left the county schools in disarray.chdb-map

EduShyster: Who Will Be Selected as the Next Superintendent of Boston?

… What about our neighboring Montgomery County? Is the process going to be fair and transparent?

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EduShyster lives in Massachusetts, so she has more than a passing interest in the selection of the new superintendent of schools.

She presents us with the four finalists here.

On the same token, Montgomery County in Maryland parents, staff and students needs to be vigilant and be part of the process to avoid the same mistakes Prince County public schools made in it’s selection process of it’s CEO. Let their be a fair and open process in our neighboring Montgomery county here in Maryland to avoid missteps in the future for the county.

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Maryland’s lead NAACP housing official convicted on 24 counts..

…in mortgage fraud case.

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Carmen Johnson Maryland’s lead  NAACP housing official. 

Conspirators Used Other Individuals’ Identities, False Income and Credit Information to Induce Lenders to Provide Home Mortgage Loans.

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Carmen Johnson, age 48, of Gambrills, Maryland, today on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and making a false statement on a loan application, arising from two residential mortgage fraud schemes.

The conviction was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Cary A. Rubenstein of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General; Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Rene Febles of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Office of Inspector General; Special Agent in Charge Kathy Michalko of the United States Secret Service – Washington Field Office; John L. Phillips, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, U.S. Department of the Treasury – Office of Inspector General; and Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

According to the evidence presented at her seven day trial, in the first scheme, which operated from March 2007 to November 2008, Johnson conspired with real estate agent Edgar Tibakweitira and others to fraudulently obtain residential mortgage loans by making false statements during the loan application and approval process. In the second scheme, witnesses testified that between April and July 2008 Johnson conspired with real estate agent Nsane Phanuel Ligate and others in a similar mortgage fraud scheme involving two properties in Baltimore.

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Prince George’s County Police hunt down possible serial rapist in Bladensburg.

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A composite sketch of the man who sexually assaulted a woman in Bladensburg, Md. on Sept. 8, 2014. (Prince George’s County Police Department)

BLADENSBURG, Md. (WJLA) – Prince George’s County Police detectives fanned out across a Bladensburg neighborhood Friday night, in hopes of tracking down a possible serial rapist.

“It’s like shock,” said Rafael Tibia, who spoke briefly with investigators. “Police knock on the door and tell us about this.”

Carrying leaflets in both English and Spanish, detectives knocked at homes along the 4100 block of 54th Street, the area of an attack on Wednesday night.

“I’m scared for the area,” said Latin salon owner Maria Garcia, who says she’s concerned for the safety of her clientele.

“I [make] sure my customers have secured a ride. But it’s dark. I’m sorry, it’s too dark,” she added.

Police are now investigating three sexual assaults, all within a 10-minute walk of each other.

“We’ve stepped up patrols, both covert and overt,” said Prince George’s County Police Officer Michael Owen, a department spokesperson. “Some things you can see, some things you can’t see.”

The Wednesday attack occurred around 7:45 p.m.

“They just told us that somebody got hit in the head,” Christian Garcia said.

Investigators say the victim was then sexually assaulted.

Now, detectives believe her attacker may be connected to two previous assaults, one on Sept. 8, 2014, near a wooded trail along the 5100 block of Quincy Street, and again on Oct. 20, along the 5800 block of Annapolis Road.

“Does something like this surprise you, that something like this could happen?” Tibia was asked.

“Yes, big time,” he answered. “We don’t have any of these things happening in this neighborhood.”

Police aren’t saying how the cases are linked. But the after-dark nature of the most recent attack has some residents nervous.

Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/02/prince-george-s-county-police-hunt-down-possible-serial-rapist-in-bladensburg-111886.html#ixzz3T5OLAu4q
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Affected area of Prince George’s County.

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