Md. Gov. Larry Hogan meets with NAACP leaders about P.G. County Schools grade fixing

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Prince George’s County NAACP President Bob Ross addresses reporters following a meeting with Gov. Larry Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford about grade-change allegations in the county. (Ovetta Wiggins/The Washington Post)

The Prince George’s County NAACP told Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Tuesday that it wants to initiate an audit of the county school curriculum and overturn a state law that gave County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) the power to select the schools superintendent.

Bob Ross, president of the county branch of the NAACP, said the organization is also considering filing a civil rights lawsuit against the school district, which is the second-largest in the state.

Ross met for nearly an hour with Hogan, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R) and members of the governor’s executive staff to discuss the state’s probe of alleged grade-tampering and fraudulent graduation rates in Prince George’s.

Ross said the NAACP asked Hogan to meet with them to discuss “what [the governor] can do at his level” to overturn the state law and launch a curriculum audit.

In the end, they were told: not much.

Hogan told the members of the NAACP and several parents who joined their meeting that he supports them and their efforts. He suggested they contact their state representatives and local officials and urge them to take seriously the findings of a recent state audit, which found that grades were changed days before graduation for nearly 5,500 students during the past two years.

County and school officials are scheduled to release a corrective plan next week.

The governor has repeatedly criticized Baker, one of eight Democrats seeking the nomination to run against him next November, over what he says is a lackluster response to the audit.

On Tuesday, after several parents called for the removal of Kevin Maxwell, Baker’s handpicked schools chief, Hogan said, “They have lost confidence in leadership.”

A spokesman for Baker said Maxwell and his staff “have been working diligently to correct” problems identified in the audit.

“We take our children and their futures very seriously, which is why we are working to correct any deficiencies,” spokesman Scott Peterson said.

Hogan declined to say whether he thought Maxwell should be ousted, calling it a decision for Baker.

Ross said his members, who sought the meeting with the governor, planned to meet him in Annapolis, but instead were told Hogan would come to Prince George’s, Baker’s home area.

There are reports according to Mr. Delvin Champagne that, Policy makers and community leaders were totally supportive of expanding School Choice Vouchers to maximize options and opportunity in Prince George’s County.

Via Washington Post,  >>>ABC7’s Brad Bell has more on this story in the video >>> here.

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Good meeting today at NAACP headquarters in Prince Georges County Maryland, with President Bob Ross, Governor Hogan and fellow Howard Bison alum Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to discuss PGCPS issues. Policy makers and community leaders were totally supportive of expanding School Choice Vouchers to maximize options and opportunity in PGC.

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Governor Larry Hogan with NAACP County Branch Education chairperson Dr. Juanita Miller.

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NAACP headquarters in Prince Georges County Maryland, with President Bob Ross, Governor Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford to discuss PGCPS issues.

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Prince George’s County NAACP Branch and Maryland Governor Hogan To Meet.

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Branch President Bob Ross.

Upper Marlboro, MD, December 11, 2017 – Prince George’s County Branch NAACP will meet with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Two weeks earlier, the Branch reached out to Governor Hogan asking to meet regarding the injustice to the students of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Writing that it is deeply concerned about the Prince George’s County Performance Audit of graduation grade changes, Branch President Ross wrote the Governor that, “the Branch and county now needs to see that our Governor cares about our children and our future. The audit was just the first step.”

Ross wrote that the Branch believes education is the Civil Rights issue of our time. Every single graduate who was issued a diploma without meeting the basic requirements and/or not demonstrating adequate attendance has had his or her Civil Rights violated. The level of duplicity exhibited within the school system leads the Branch to believe that a deeper investigation needs to occur and that more state involvement is necessary. The students impacted will suffer greatly for the rest of their lives because of the neglect and selfishness of our school system’s leadership. Prince George’s County cannot be left alone to handle this matter.

The meeting will focus on making sure the audit’s recommendations are implemented accurately and expediently. It will also focus on determining why any educators in the school system would consider that there would even be the necessity to pass children that are failing. Whether students are passed or failed, too many students are not prepared to effectively contribute to the economy. NAACP Education members, parents and community leaders will meet with the Governor at the local Branch office.

The Prince George’s NAACP recognizes that this meeting with the Governor is unprecedented. However, the Prince George’s County public school system handing out diplomas to students who haven’t made the grade and the systematic failure of our students in our public schools and beyond has necessitated the Governor’s involvement at the local level.”

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Media Contact:
April Martin, Communications Chairperson
Prince George’s County Branch NAACP

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BOE Member Sonya Williams In major water as Arun Puracken joins the 2018 race – as people’s choice – District 9

1EBB8BAA-93DA-4159-A685-4B2D3B0B31B4.jpegWe finally have a Teacher Running for Board of Education. This is the way to go Mr. Arun Puracken. Education matters and it is the key to life. It should matter now more than ever.

Mr. Arun Puracken school board campaign launch was more lit than some delegate, Senate, and Council campaign launches. There is lots of love and support from the community and the board members themselves starting with Mr. Edward Burroughs III, Mr. David Murray and Ms. Raaheela Ahmed our “rebellious, fearless leaders”.

we encourage more teachers and others to step up to run for various political offices and lead the way forward in Maryland. This is one way to shake up the state and the county Leadership in order to make a difference in the future.

Nominate a Leader to be Featured in Education Matters

Do you know a leader in your community supporting our schools and making a difference in the lives of children both in and out of school? We are seeking nominations for individuals to be highlighted in our Leadership Spotlight segment. Nominees could be principals, superintendents, teachers, teacher assistants, guidance counselors, parents, students, business leaders, community volunteers, afterschool providers, and more.

Here are Some pictures from Mr. Arun Puracken Friday December 8th, 2017 event.

 

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PGCPS Administrator on Leave After Charge He Chased Student for Littering

B678CA98-D9EB-48DB-A296-D8EDD6496E71An administrator for Prince George’s County Public Schools is on administrative leave after he was accused of chasing a student and grabbing her because she allegedly threw garbage out of a school bus window and it hit his car.

Associate Superintendent Mark Fossett is on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials confirmed.

“We expect all of our administrators to behave professionally, which is why we’re investigating,” PGCPS spokesman John White said.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told News4 that on Friday, Dec. 1 a student at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro was headed to school on a bus when she threw some trash, possibly an empty potato chip bag, out of a window.

Fossett happened to be driving behind the bus. The trash hit his car, White said school officials were told.
Once the bus got to the school, Fossett got on board and yelled at the students, the source said.

The teen who allegedly littered got so upset that she jumped off the bus and started running to the school.
Fossett then chased her, and the student said he grabbed her by the arm, the source said. He denied that he grabbed her, according to the source.

White declined to comment on the specific charges and said an investigation is underway.

via NBC4

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Major Fundraiser for Mr. Arun Puracken’s Campaign Kickoff scheduled – for B.O.E, District 9.

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Mr. Arun Puracken

A candidate for Board of Education seat Mr. Arun Puracken (shown above) is planning a major fundraising event for Board of Education (B.O.E), District 9, according to an invitation obtained by PG Parents blog.

The fundraiser is scheduled for December 8th, 2017 starting at 7pm to 9pm at

8709 Allentown Rd,
Fort Washington,
MD 20744-2332,
United States.

The appeal is supported by many citizens of the county. Campaign finance records show  county residents have donated money to both Democratic and Republican campaign committees towards the 2018 election cycle. Major changes in the management of the county schools are expected in the future.

We hope many of you can attend!

Details

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/y898jrs4
Flyer: https://tinyurl.com/y9787l9a
Website: www.puracken.com
Paypal: paypal.me/Puracken
Email: arunpuracken@gmail.com

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Child shot, critically wounded in Prince George’s County

CROPped_jl_copy2An 11-year-old boy was shot and critically wounded Tuesday night in what appeared to be the accidental discharge of a gun in an apartment in Prince George’s County, police said.

They said the boy was in the Suitland home of a neighbor in a townhouse development in the 3000 block of Bellamy Way and was watching as the neighbor was putting away a handgun. They were in an upstairs room when the gun discharged, and the boy was struck in the upper body, police said.

“At this point, we believe [this to be] a tragic accident,” said Jennifer Donelan, the director of media relations for the county police.

The boy was in the care of the 33-year-old male neighbor at the time of the shooting, police said. After the shooting at about 6:30 p.m., the man ran next door to the boy’s home and contacted the child’s mother, police said. The three of them then rushed to Joint Base Andrews for medical care before the boy was taken to Children’s National Medical Center, police said.

The boy remained in critical condition as of Wednesday.

 Neither the neighbor nor the child was named, and police said they were continuing to investigate. Police said the man was cooperating with authorities and was distraught by the incident.

Donelan described the events as a “horrible, horrible night for two families.”

The man is the legal owner of the handgun, police said. Detectives will forward their investigative findings to the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office to determine whether charges are appropriate in the case, police said.

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PGCPS board member wants deeper probe of alleged grade tampering

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Prince George’s Board of Education District 8 member Edward Burroughs III wants the state to take a deeper look at the county’s alleged grade- and graduation-rate-tampering scandal. (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

A Prince George’s County school board member who helped launch an investigation of alleged grade-tampering and fraudulent graduation rates told a state panel on Wednesday that the state officials need to conduct a deeper probe into the scandal.

“More state intervention is necessary,” board member Edward Burroughs told the state Board of Public Works, a three-member panel made up of Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp.

Burroughs is one of four school board members who wrote a letter to Hogan earlier this year asking the state to investigate the allegations, which have roiled the state’s second-largest jurisdiction.

A state audit resulted in a lengthy report that did not find evidence of systemic corruption but said grades were changed days before graduation for nearly 5,500 students during the past two years.

On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved a nearly $500,000 contract to Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services to pay for the audit. Appearing before the panel, Burroughs called for a deeper probe of whether top schools officials knew of the tampering, saying: “This is not organic.”

Hogan, who has accused Prince George’s officials of not taking the audit findings seriously, said he plans to meet next week with the county NAACP, which requested a sit down to discuss the tampering scandal.

The county school district has until the end of the month to submit a corrective plan to the state Board of Education. On Tuesday, Kevin Maxwell, the system’s chief executive, sent a letter to parents that said the district has started to make improvements, including tightening controls on student records, upgrading technology to improve graduation certification and rethinking credit recovery programs that allow students to make up for work they have failed.

Via Washington Post 

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Governor Larry Hogan, has accused Prince George’s officials of not taking the Grading audit findings seriously, said he plans to meet next week with the county NAACP, which requested a sit down to discuss the tampering scandal.

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