Maryland Citizens must demand an Outside investigation for PGCPS to Review Activities in Maryland Courts

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Recent events in which Governor Larry Hogan called for a “complete, thorough, and exhaustive investigation” into allegations of fraud and corruption in Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) should be extended to review the misconduct and fraud currently in progress in Federal court here in Maryland. The Federal law is considered the law of the land but is being applied selectively.

So what happens when the court rules without considering all evidence, fails to docket exhibits connected to the case and then withholds the record from being transmitted for appeal inter alia? This is what is happening in Federal court in Maryland. (see 1:16-cv-01435-ELH Mua et al v. State of Maryland et al). There are problems in the state courts as well.  Plaintiff Mr. Mua travelled to Richmond on June 26th, 2017 to review the documents which had not been docketed by the U.S District Court only to find they were never transmitted in the first place as requested by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on 04/18/2017. Thus prompting the upper court to issue the attached order.  The case is tied to issues which are currently in progress in PGCPS.

An outside investigation and one which is not controlled by the Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to review the issues is the only solution to the PGCPS fraud problems. The county citizens and Maryland residents must demand a truly independent outside investigations led by the Federal government agencies to review these interconnected issues.

There are wide spread problems affecting the citizens of Maryland tied to the Maryland Attorney general and PGCPS including failure by both agencies to transmit the record for administrative appeal to the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Other issues involve withholding of crucial  documents, interference of counsels hired by employees, interference of judges,  retaliation with malicious intentions inter alia.

Maryland residents must demand answers on these violations. What happens to one person will become the standard for everyone else in the future. Therefore,  we should not let these willful violations to stand.  Josephat Mua’s complaints prompted the Maryland Attorney General (AG) acquiring more powers from the Maryland legislature after AG engaged in a systematic violations of rights guaranteed by the U.S constitution.

Call your elected officials now to make sure that there is honesty and transparency in every step of the way and that the law is not being applied selectively based on discrimination and racism.

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Prince George’s Co. Schools CEO Requests Grade Tampering Investigation

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PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell

The CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools asked the Maryland State Board of Education for a thorough review of allegations of widespread grade changing to boost graduation rates.

“I categorically deny any accusation of a systemic effort ordered by me or others acting on my behalf to promote students,” PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell wrote in a letter requesting an investigation into allegations of grade tampering.

Nine county school board members, including the chair and vice chair, signed the letter. Gov. Larry Hogan made the same request Sunday.

Maryland Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon read the letter during the state board’s meeting in Baltimore Tuesday.

“Please know you can expect full cooperation from me, my executive team and anyone else you deem pertinent,” Maxwell wrote.

The board voted Tuesday in favor of an independent, third-party investigation.

“We don’t have any evidence of this yet,” board Chair Andrew Smarick said at Tuesday’s meeting. “These are just allegations. This implicates the reliability of data, and we want to make sure the kids are well served.”

Maxwell said no one on his team has told people to change grades that shouldn’t be changed. He also said graduating more students is a primary goal of the school system.

“We are giving the kids second chances,” he said. “Kids deserve second chances, and we’re working to graduate more children so they have those post-secondary opportunities.”

“I revealed what was going on in the schools, and they said they were hearing the same things,” said one of the first teachers to make the allegations.

She wants to remain anonymous.

“If you don’t change the grade or don’t approve the work, your principal has the authority to do what’s called an administrative override, and they can change the grade for you,” she said.

Source: Prince George’s Co. Schools CEO Requests Grade Tampering Investigation | NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Prince-Georges-Co-Schools-CEO-Requests-Grade-Tampering-Investigation-431155193.html#ixzz4lIOKMZs2

Read more >>>Why is school CEO Maxwell NOT on administrative leave.

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Md. Gov. Hogan explains why he requested probe on grade fixing allegations against PGCPS

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan

– Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he wants independent investigators to look into allegations of fraud and grade fixing in Prince George’s County Public Schools.

In his first interview on this topic, Hogan said the Maryland State Board of Education would oversee the investigation.

“We will let the state board decide the best way to pursue it,” he said. “I think we should have an independent body take a look at this.”

Hogan has called for a thorough, exhaustive investigation into claims made four Prince George’s County school board members that hundreds of students have graduated without meeting state requirements in recent years. Teachers and staff members have told FOX 5 that tremendous pressure to increase the high school graduation rate has resulted in grade changing and manipulation of records.

“We keep hearing all of this outcry,” Hogan said. “We haven’t seen any evidence, but when there’s smoke, there’s usually fire and there’s an awful lot of smoke out there. We just want to find out if something is on fire.”

RELATED: Prince George’s Del. Walker hopes grade fixing allegations are false, but there’s a lot of smoke

The Maryland State Board of Education met Monday, but has not decided on next steps, according to a spokesperson. There will be another meeting Tuesday where a decision could be made.

The board of education oversees the Maryland State Department of Education, which conducted an investigation into grade fixing in Prince George’s County Public Schools in January. According to records, the state investigator spoke only to schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and four district staff members Maxwell recommended. The investigation found no wrongdoing.

“We just found out that there was this so-called investigation, and it wasn’t acceptable to other people and it wasn’t acceptable to us,” Hogan said. “That’s why we have asked instead to have the actual state board of education themselves, which is a body that oversees the school system and is responsible for oversight, for them to conduct the investigation and to do a complete and thorough one – one that gets to all the facts.”

Hogan went on to say that “potentially, [the board will] have to hire some help to get it done.”

The school staff members FOX 5 has spoken to have all asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. We asked Hogan what his message is to those hesitant to come forward.

“I would say that our state is going to aggressively protect any whistleblowers that come forward with information,” he said. “The state school system and our offices, the attorney general will make sure that nobody is going to have their rights violated by coming forward, and they shouldn’t feel threatened. We will make sure they are protected.”

CEO Dr. Maxwell continues to refuse interview requests. In a statement on Sunday, he said:

“From the beginning, I have maintained that politics lie at the root of these accusations. There has been no systemic effort to promote students in Prince George’s County Public Schools who did not meet state graduation requirements in order to inflate our graduation rates. We look forward to collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education to resolve this matter.”

Hogan says he doesn’t know how this could be politically motivated with the wide-ranging calls for an investigation.

“The members of the Prince George’s County School Board and members of the Prince George’s County house delegation and the members of the Senate from Prince George’s County are all the ones that are asking for it,” Hogan said. “And we reluctantly agreed to ask for it as well. But it didn’t originate with our office and it has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with the kids in Prince George’s County get the opportunity to have a great education.”

Stay with FOX 5 for the latest on this developing story. Contact the reporter at Lindsay.Watts@foxtv.com.

Governor Hogan’s letter to the Maryland State Board of Education President: (app users: Click here to read)

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Prince George’s Del. Walker hopes grade fixing allegations are false, but there’s a lot of smoke

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Prince George’s Del. Walker

– Allegations of grade fixing to boost graduation rates in Prince George’s County Public Schools have left many people concerned, including the entire Prince George’s County Delegation in the General Assembly. Last week, they wrote a letter to the State Superintendent describing their concerns about claims of grade fraud in the school system, citing FOX 5’s reporting. FOX 5 reporter Lindsay Watts and photojournalist Van Applegate broke this story.

On Sunday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called for the Maryland State Board of Education to conduct a “complete, thorough, and exhaustive investigation” into allegations of fraud and corruption in Prince George’s County Schools. Del. Jay Walker, who is the chair of the Prince George’s County Delegation in the Maryland General Assembly, joined FOX 5 in studio on Monday morning to share his concerns and what he hopes will happen next.

“I hope these findings are all false. Our Prince George’s County teachers work so hard. We work so hard for funding from the whole state of Maryland, to make sure Prince George’s County kids have a shot, and we just hope this is all false– but there’s a lot of smoke,” Walker said.

Amid the claims that teachers and couselors were asked to change grades to boost the graduation rate in Prince George’s County schools, there’s an obvious looming question: is there evidence? Since the story first broke, Del. Walker told FOX 5 he has been stopped in the grocery store by teachers who tell him kids have graduated, and they don’t know why. Walker said he’s had trouble sleeping since the allegations surfaced because it’s so disturbing to him.

When he first heard that the graduation rates had reached record highs, Walker said he was excited.

“Now I’m starting to question– are these real graduation rates, or is that just a show? That’s why I think it’s so important to find out the truth.”

There was a previous investigation into allegations of grade fixing, but Walker and his colleagues are concerned that the first investigation wasn’t as thorough as it should have been.

“If you’re going to investigate something, do it thorough– a thorough investigation, particularly when you’re talking about education and what’s at stake here,” Walker said.

Teachers and staff, Walker said, take great pride in the Prince George’s County Public School system. He added that he doesn’t think teachers are the focus of the grade fixing allegations, indicating it could be higher up than that. But if students have been graduating when they shouldn’t have been– in Prince George’s County, or any county in the state– Walker said we need to find out why.

“At the end of the day, you want to get to the truth. If we don’t get to the bottom of it, I think we’re doing a disservice for everybody,” he said.

Prince George’s County Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has denied the claims, calling them politically motivated.

“There has been no systemic effort ordered by me or others working on my behalf to promote students in order to inflate graduation rates,” Maxwell said at Thursday’s school board meeting.

In a statement Sunday, Dr. Maxwell responded to the governor’s call for an investigation:

“From the beginning, I have maintained that politics lie at the root of these accusations. There has been no systemic effort to promote students in Prince George’s County Public Schools who did not meet state graduation requirements in order to inflate our graduation rates. We look forward to collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education to resolve this matter.”

Walker said the Prince George’s Delegation has tried to meet with Maxwell to discuss their concerns, but he cancelled a scheduled meeting with them last week and rescheduled for the end of July. The delegation then offered to meet with Maxwell anytime this week, but Walker says they haven’t received a response to that request.

“This is important,” Walker said. “So, if the Governor has the Maryland State Board of Education involved, I’m hoping that they can get the answers that the Prince George’s Delegation tried to seek out on its own.”

Maxwell has the support of the majority of the school board, and last week, those nine members wrote their own letter to the state blasting the grade changing claims. After news broke Sunday that Gov. Hogan had asked the State Board of Education to step in, Prince George’s County School Board Chair Segun Eubanks tweeted the following: “What a shocker. Republican Governor who has cut millions from Prince George’s County Public Schools now joins those doubting our students’ achievements.”

But in Monday morning’s interview, Walker said he doesn’t think this has anything to do with politics.

“You don’t play politics with kids or education at all,” Walker said in response.

“Education should not be politically motived, so I don’t see that at all. I kind of find it offensive when that’s being said,” he added.

During his interview, Walker thanked FOX 5 for bringing the issue to the forefront, saying he hopes the school board will get behind the investigation and just show the evidence.

“If there’s nothing to hide, show it,” he said.

Walker says the Prince George’s County Delegation plans to stay on top of allegations and a possible forthcoming investigation.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about answers.”

Governor Hogan’s letter to the Maryland State Board of Education President (app users: Click here to read)

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Maryland Citizens must demand an Independent Outside investigation for PGCPS

boe-letter_1498421863756_3613844_ver1-0_640_360Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to call for a “complete, thorough, and exhaustive investigation” into allegations of fraud and corruption in Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) is the step in the right direction. (Read more here) However, more needs to be done if the county top leadership has to be held accountable for their actions and credibility established within the schools.

In the last week, the Maryland governor’s office mailed the attached letter concerning Prince George’s County fraud in which several Judges and attorneys have been paid off in an organized scheme here in Maryland. The letter directs Josephat Mua to file a complaint with the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities. (see attached).

However, failure by the Maryland governor to get involved in this dispute which is intertwined with the current issue  will create a situation given that, the Attorney General for Maryland is part of the whole dispute which is tearing Maryland apart with a variety of illegal activities. The issues of fraud cited by the Four Board members in Prince George’s County  are interconnected to the original dispute in which similar issues have been raised in Federal court. (see 1:16-cv-01435-ELH Mua et al v. State of Maryland et al)

Josephat Mua’s complaints prompted the Maryland Attorney General acquiring more powers from the Maryland legislature. Unfortunately, the Federal Judge who presided over the case and failed to hold a hearing in Baltimore and dismissed the case used to work for the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. She refused to recuse herself from the case despite a variety of conflicts she was engaged in and brought to her attention. The case is currently on appeal in Richmond. We will be posting the briefs in this blog. So stay tuned.

At the moment, there is ongoing cover up which we raised in this blog after a hearing was cancelled in Baltimore City circuit Court which was scheduled for wednesday last week. An outside investigation and one which is not controlled by the Maryland Attorney General to review the issues is the only solution to the PGCPS fraud problems. The county citizens and Maryland residents must demand a truly independent outside investigations led by the Federal government on these issues which is not controlled by the Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

The gravity of this situation is clearer than ever, and the American people deserve answers. We need to know whether the Defendants led by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General colluded with the other Defendants or if there is any criminal activity, and just how deep their ties run in which employees have lost their jobs and thousands of dollars in an organized scheme.

Our Friends, there’s a whole lot of smoke here – We are going to do our best to figure out whether there’s a fire, too, and get folks like you the answers you deserve. We need help and demand an independent investigations concerning what has been happening in the county schools tied to these cases and others in Progress in Federal and state court.

The stakes here are incredibly high.

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Use callyourrep.co. Simply enter in your Zip Code and get your representatives’ phone numbers.

Call your House Member and Senators tell them to demand an proper outside investigation concerning various criminal activities currently in progress in Maryland.

Call your Senators and tell them to demand Josephat Mua get a fair hearing after Attorneys and court personnel were bribed to cancel the hearing which was scheduled for June 21st, 2017.quote-if-you-are-neutral-in-situations-of-injustice-you-have-chosen-the-side-of-the-oppressor-if-an-desmond-tutu-187884

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Gov. Larry Hogan calls for state investigation into alleged corruption in PGCPS

– Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling for a “complete, thorough, and exhaustive investigation” into allegations of fraud and corruption in Prince George’s County Schools.

On Sunday, Gov. Hogan sent a letter to the president of the Maryland State Board of Education saying he is “deeply troubled by these allegations regarding one of our school systems, which have now been brought to my attention by multiple sources.”

FOX 5 was first to report on allegations of grade changing and manipulation of student records to boost the graduation rate in Prince George’s County schools.

Four school board members sent a letter to Gov. Hogan requesting a state investigation into what they called widespread, systemic corruption.

Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell had denied the claims, calling them politically motivated.

“There has been no systemic effort ordered by me or others working on my behalf to promote students in order to inflate graduation rates,” Maxwell said at Thursday’s school board meeting.

Gov. Hogan also wrote a letter to the four board members letting them know he has requested a state investigation.

“I am also mindful of your statement that many individuals took risks in bringing this information to your attention. We believe these individuals are entitled to the full protections afforded whistleblowers under the law. Thank you for bringing these important concerns to my attention,” Hogan wrote.

FOX 5 has requested a response from Dr. Maxwell to these new developments.

Governor Hogan’s letter to the Maryland State Board of Education President (app users: Click here to read)

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Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell had denied the claims, calling them politically motivated.

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