MD names former Eastern Shore schools chief as state superintendent

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Karen B. Salmon was named Maryland’s state superintendent of schools on May 24. (Maryland State Department of Education)

Maryland officials tapped a former schools chief on the Eastern Shore for the state’s top education post Tuesday, ending a national search that started in January.

Karen B. Salmon, who joined state government in August and is acting deputy state superintendent for school effectiveness in Maryland, is expected to take over as state superintendent of schools on July 1.

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved the selection at its meeting Tuesday. Salmon was chosen from among several dozen candidates, officials said.

“Dr. Salmon knows our State, understands our challenges, and has a track record of developing effective solutions to educational issues through collaboration,” Guffrie M. Smith Jr., the board’s president, said in a statement.

The appointment comes four months after the state launched a search to replace its previous state superintendent, Lillian M. Lowery, who left Maryland in September to lead FutureReady Columbus, an education nonprofit in Ohio.

 Lowery was hired during the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and her exit followed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s election. State officials have said Lowery did not leave because of political pressure.

Though Salmon began her state-level job less than a year ago, she was superintendent in Talbot County, on the Eastern Shore, for a decade, and has worked as a Maryland educator for more than 30 years. She also was superintendent for two years in Bay Shore, N.Y.

“I am committed to collaborating with all of our stakeholders to ensure a world-class education for every Maryland public school student,” Salmon said in a statement. “I want to build on Maryland’s past accomplishments, streamline programs at the Maryland State Department of Education, and articulate a shared vision for educational excellence.”

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“We hope that Dr. Salmon will serve as an independent, apolitical voice for research-based solutions that help all students,” Weller said in a statement.

Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) said that he knows little about Salmon’s tenure in Talbot or about her philosophy but that Salmon was “informed and clear in her answers” when she appeared before the Senate education committee this year.

Salmon takes the helm during a difficult stretch that includes the loss of a number of key staffers, he said. “It’s a very transitional time,” Pinsky said. “I think she will have some rebuilding to do of the department, and she has to build a relationship with the new current board.”

Pinsky, lead sponsor of the bill, said at the time that the state superintendent has a “trickle effect” on local school policy.

The Democratic-controlled legislature has raised some concerns about several education proposals Hogan has pushed, including a bill last year that would have given charter schools greater authority and allowed the state board to authorize charters in local school districts.

Via Washington Post 

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Maryland names former Eastern Shore schools chief as state superintendent

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Karen B. Salmon was named Maryland’s state superintendent of schools on May 24. (Maryland State Department of Education)

Maryland officials tapped a former schools chief on the Eastern Shore for the state’s top education post Tuesday, ending a national search that started in January.

Karen B. Salmon, who joined state government in August and is acting deputy state superintendent for school effectiveness in Maryland, is expected to take over as state superintendent of schools on July 1.

The Maryland State Board of Education unanimously approved the selection at its meeting Tuesday. Salmon was chosen from among several dozen candidates, officials said.

“Dr. Salmon knows our State, understands our challenges, and has a track record of developing effective solutions to educational issues through collaboration,” Guffrie M. Smith Jr., the board’s president, said in a statement.

The appointment comes four months after the state launched a search to replace its previous state superintendent, Lillian M. Lowery, who left Maryland in September to lead FutureReady Columbus, an education nonprofit in Ohio.

 Lowery was hired during the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, and her exit followed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s election. State officials have said Lowery did not leave because of political pressure.

Though Salmon began her state-level job less than a year ago, she was superintendent in Talbot County, on the Eastern Shore, for a decade, and has worked as a Maryland educator for more than 30 years. She also was superintendent for two years in Bay Shore, N.Y.

“I am committed to collaborating with all of our stakeholders to ensure a world-class education for every Maryland public school student,” Salmon said in a statement. “I want to build on Maryland’s past accomplishments, streamline programs at the Maryland State Department of Education, and articulate a shared vision for educational excellence.”

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“We hope that Dr. Salmon will serve as an independent, apolitical voice for research-based solutions that help all students,” Weller said in a statement.

Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George’s) said that he knows little about Salmon’s tenure in Talbot or about her philosophy but that Salmon was “informed and clear in her answers” when she appeared before the Senate education committee this year.

Salmon takes the helm during a difficult stretch that includes the loss of a number of key staffers, he said. “It’s a very transitional time,” Pinsky said. “I think she will have some rebuilding to do of the department, and she has to build a relationship with the new current board.”

Pinsky, lead sponsor of the bill, said at the time that the state superintendent has a “trickle effect” on local school policy.

The Democratic-controlled legislature has raised some concerns about several education proposals Hogan has pushed, including a bill last year that would have given charter schools greater authority and allowed the state board to authorize charters in local school districts.

Via Washington Post 

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Edwards blasts Democrats: ‘We are neither post-racial nor post-gender’

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By Fenit Nirappil

Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) has declined interview requests since losing a heated Senate primary to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) last month.

But she made her views known Tuesday in a first-person essay published on Cosmopolitan magazine’s website, in which she described her 15-point loss as her hitting a “glass ceiling for black women with a concussion-worthy crash.”

Her essay largely mirrors her fiery election-night speech, in which Edwards accused the state Democratic Party of sidelining women and people of color, and dismissing candidates such as her who raise it as an issue.

 The Prince George’s County congresswoman, who gave up her House seat to run for the Senate, hinted that a shake-up could be necessary if Maryland ends up with its first all-male congressional delegation in 43 years.

The retirement of Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in Congress, and the departure of Edwards in January, mean there will be no female incumbents on the November ballot. Female Democrats who ran to succeed Edwards and Van Hollen in Congress were defeated in the April 26 primary. And although women won the GOP nominations for the Senate and for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District seat, both of those candidates — state Del. Kathy Szeliga and Amie Hoeber — are considered underdogs in a state where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans more than 2 to 1.

“We must be honest about the depth of the problem in order to unloose the structural barriers that contribute to it — the money, the process, the lineage,” Edwards wrote. “It may require some to simply step aside.”

Edwards, whose candidacy received major support from the Democratic pro-choice group Emily’s List, also talked about race, arguing that the Democratic Party cannot survive in the 21st century “without the real leadership of people of color, especially black women, at every level.”

She said Democrats should not be complacent about female representation even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, so long as men continue to hold a disproportionate share of elective offices. “We are neither post-racial nor post-gender,” she wrote.

Edwards relied on national female-oriented news media during her campaign. She did an interview with Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny and a live show of the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend,” and she penned an op-ed in Glamour.

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Insurance Scam in Maryland involves union members for car coverage.

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The company above is involved in a malicious scam involving the illegal termination of costumer’s car insurances, mostly affecting union members in Maryland and other states. They usually undergo these terminations without warning the customer but more so, it is done in a discriminatory manner. The company recently failed to reimburse car rental fees as agreed after an accident was caused by another driver from another insurance company who was at fault.

The California casualty indemnity exchange (“California casualty”) uses false advertising to lure unsuspecting members in their corner. Once they sign up, the company finds a way to entrap their customers into paying high fees. Most customers affected by these illegal activities involve union members (mostly teachers and other staff members associated with education) who end up paying high fees to their detriment. Something needs to be done to stop their illegal behavior throughout the country involving thousands of employees.

In a recent incident, California casualty and it’s agents were caught being involved in a bribery situation wherein they had documents filed within the court altered on several occasions so that they could win a case. The company works closely with the collection agency (Marsden & Seledee LLC) which only got their collection license after they got sued in Federal court. All this while, Marsden & Seledee LLC never obtained a license which is considered illegal in Maryland. Therefore, both companies are engaged in malicious activities including interference with public officials in Maryland in order to get a favorable outcome of any issue they have to the detriment of many.  These violations  are still ongoing.

If you know of anyone or someone who is a victim of their illegal behavior, please email us at reformpgcps@gmail.com. Any teacher or staff member enrolled with them is please asked to cancel their membership and enroll with much cheaper insurance companies for the same services or even better. After switching to Gaico for example, expect to save money on your premium or any other reliable insurance company which is more affordable.

Stay tuned with this exposé, as we highlight their illegal activities involving white collar issues and an illegal agenda in Maryland and elsewhere around the United States.

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More charges for PGCPS aide accused of sex abuse

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A former Prince George’s County elementary school aide is already facing a host of state and federal charges related to child sex abuse, but even more charges could be on the way.

Deonte Carraway, 22, a former aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, Maryland, who also had access to children at several other locations in Prince George’s County, is currently facing state-level charges over his alleged actions with just one individual.
“We’re still investigating the remainder of the victims,” John Erzen, with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Friday. “All of those cases are in front of the grand jury right now and hopefully within the coming 30 days or so we’ll have some additional announcements.”

Officials previously said Carraway made videos of children having sex with him and each other.

 “There’s certainly more than one victim in this case, and since the state is handling all of the charges related to the various sex offenses, he could certainly be looking at many more charges for many more victims,” Erzen said.

Prince George’s County police have said there are at least 17 victims.

 While the state is working on prosecuting alleged sex acts by Carraway, federal prosecutors are set to try him on child pornography charges. Erzen said the offices are working closely together, and that the case against Carraway was separated because federal agencies have more resources to analyze the numerous photos and videos that have been collected.
 Federal mandatory minimum sentences on child pornography charges also would leave Carraway with significant jail time if convicted, Erzen said.

Federal prosecutors have charged Carraway with making sexually explicit videos of 11 children ranging in age from 9 to 12. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on those charges.

 In the federal case, Carraway’s lawyers have argued that a confession and evidence taken from two cellphones should be thrown out. They said Carraway has an IQ of 63 and didn’t have the capacity to understand the circumstances when he waived his rights and made his confession. Also, they said videos and photos were improperly taken from the phones.

The cases have led to lawsuits by parents, who say the school’s principal was warned about Carraway’s conduct and did nothing.

 Carraway’s next hearing is scheduled for July 18, 2016 at Prince George’s County Circuit Court.
Via WTOP
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County valedictorians, salutatorians celebrated at dinner

ValnSal_04KETTERING – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) graduations started Wednesday, but for the highest-ranking students in the school system, the celebrations started Monday night.

At the annual valedictorian and salutatorian celebration, Top of the Class, more than 50 students from all the high schools, vocational schools and evening schools were celebrated for their outstanding academic achievements and personal victories.

Two students who accomplished great achievements and personal victories were Marlen Cruz and Meybelin Alarcon, who are the salutatorians at the Academy of Health Sciences at Prince George’s Community College and Evening School at Crossland High School, respectively.

Cruz credits her strong work ethic and support of her family and school for helping her reach her goals. As a graduate of the academy, Cruz has earned both a high school diploma and an associate degree from the community college, where she held a 4.0.

“It was four years like any regular high school, but it was tedious. You’re taking college courses along with high school classes and you’re taking classes with other college students. Your educators are also college professors,” Cruz said.

She will study public health at the University of Maryland, wants to eventually work for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and possibly teach as a college professor.

At 21 years old, Alarcon has overcome great adversity in her high school career and said the honor of salutatorian is a great personal victory, a victory she dedicates to her two children.

“Being at this point and getting my high school diploma, it’s meant a lot to me because I’m a mother of two kids. My son is two years old and my daughter is five months and working, being a mom and a part-time student, it’s meant a lot. It’s worth it,” she said.

Alarcon dropped out of high school in Montgomery County two years ago and moved in with the father of her children, who later went to prison. But Alarcon refused to let anything get in the way of her earning her diploma.

“I thought I was going to quit because it was too much pressure. It was only me and my mom lived back in Montgomery County and I didn’t want to move over there. So, it was really hard,” she said. “I’m really proud. I never thought I would be in this position right now. I’m the first child of my mother’s to graduate.”ValnSal_03

Among the accolades of the high achieving students honored Monday night are millions of dollars in scholarships, acceptances to Harvard, Stanford, the University of Maryland, Georgetown and even the University of Southern California.

Dave Zahren, host of The Science Bowl and master of ceremonies for the event, introduced each student to the room and bragged about each of their accomplishments made during their time with PGCPS.

“We’re celebrating the very best students in all of Prince George’s County,” Zahren said to the crowd. “You are the valedictorians and salutatorians. The biggest, the brightest, the baddest kids on campuses from Bladensburg to Surrattsville.”

He called the students the “pride and joy of Prince George’s County,” and Prince George’s County Board of Education Chair Segun Eubanks and PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell agreed.

Eubanks lauded the students for their work during the year and thanked and acknowledged the parents behind each student. He said he was amazed by the students and their accomplishments.

“The folks in this room are among the most talented in the state of Maryland, among the most talented and capable and high achieving students in the United States of America and, in fact, the most talented and capable and high achieving students in the world,” Eubanks said. “You are the world’s best, but remember this my young folks: with that achievement comes a tremendous amount of responsibility.”

Eubanks said the school system, the county and the world expect a lot out of their leaders and high achievers. He said the world “is a mess” and he’s counting on the students to help sort it out.

Maxwell also had a request for the valedictorians and salutatorians of PGCPS. He said he saw many shining examples of great leaders who want to work in medicine and become doctors or explore artificial intelligence and become scientists, but said he wished more were pursing the field of education.

“If you who represent the best and brightest, if none of you go into education, then when you start your families and have your children, who will teach your children? And the answer to that of course is – not the best and brightest,” Maxwell said. “So as you ponder your future and you face those choices in school, think about your children and our grandchildren and the opportunities they deserve to interact with the best and brightest.”

Maxwell said even if the students chose to not pursue education, they can give back to their community school systems.

He also had a final request of the graduates: to bring their knowledge back to Prince George’s County.

via sentinel 

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2 PGCPS Students Arrested for the May 8 homicide

LARGO – Detectives from the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit have made arrests in the fatal shooting of an Upper Marlboro man that occurred near Prince George’s Community College earlier this month and it involves two (2) Students in Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS).

Homicide detectives have arrested 17-year-old Christopher Pineda of the 800 block of Narrowleaf Drive in Largo, and 19-year-old Erik Parham Jr. of the 5900 block of H Street in Fairmount Heights, in relation to the homicide.

Around 9:30 p.m. on May 8 2016, police responded to the 500 block of Harry S. Truman Drive for the report of a person shot. Upon arriving, they found 22-year-old Alim Rahim in a car suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Preliminarily, police said the motive appears to be a marijuana-related robbery. The two suspects have admitted to their involvement in the homicide and are charged with first-degree murder. They are in custody of the department of corrections on a no-bond status.

Court records show that Rahim was arrested in April 2012 for several counts of burglary, destroying property and theft. He was also arrested in Charles and Calvert County on a number of other charges.

Court records also show that in June 2015, Parham was arrested and charged with over a dozen traffic violations, ranging from failure to stop after an accident to leaving the scene of an accident.

The Reform Sasscer Movement argues the county Executive and the school board to commit resources on social services to avert these social problems which are on the rise within the Prince George’s county.

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