Former PGCPS Student and Past SGA President Killed in Double Shooting in Upper Marlboro


Allyssa Banks, 18 (Right) killed in a double shooting in Upper Marlboro recently graduated from Largo High school in PGCPS system. (Photo courtesy)

Upper Marlboro: Prince George’s County police have identified the teenage girl killed in a double shooting in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Allyssa Banks, 18, and an unidentified man were found shot in a car in the 10200 block of Prince Place at about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Banks graduated from Largo High School this past May 2016, according to Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson Raven Hill. The principal of Largo High School confirmed Banks was president of the school’s Student Government Association during the previous school year.

Family and friends described Banks as quiet, but also sweet and kind.

“I think she ran for SGA president to let people know that you don’t have to be very loud and outgoing to take control and help out,” said Dyonna Nelson, a friend of Banks. “She just wanted to be a big help.”

Nelson added, “Whoever did it, they don’t know how much of a great person she was to have around and they don’t know how she affected many people’s lives in Largo and her family and just anywhere she went.”

According to Corporal Lamar Robinson, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department, officers were called to investigate a report of a shooting near a condominium complex in the 10200 block of Prince Place near the intersection of Swiss Gap around 1:45 a.m.

Once on the scene, which is a little over a mile and a half from Prince George’s Community College, police found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The man was transported with non-life-threatening injuries, however the female victim was taken to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

“I heard four shots,” one neighbor told the press. “I heard lots of screaming. I was too scared to look out of the window.”

Banks was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police. The man’s injuries are not life-threatening.

Right now police have no information to release on possible suspects or motive for the crime. Homicide investigators were on the scene and appeared to be focusing their attention on a red sedan parked in the area.

There are unconfirmed reports the two victims were found in the vehicle, along with a pet that was not injured.

Police say Banks and the other victim knew one another; the relationship between the two was not released.

Investigators are still working to figure out what led to the shooting. Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 1-866-411-TIPS or call 301-772-4925. Callers can remain anonymous and there may be a cash reward.proxy.png



Ethics complaint filed against PGCPS board members


Segun Eubanks appears to have  steered a contract to a friend for personal gain which he now denies. He ought to resign based on these illegal activities.

LARGO, Md. – An ethics complaint filed in the Prince George’s County school district alleges impropriety regarding a parent opinion survey.

A D.C. communication firm headed by a former board member was slated to do the work – a survey on why parents aren’t choosing Prince George’s County Public Schools. With focus groups priced at $10,000 a piece, the total survey was set to cost taxpayers $122,500.

There was no open bidding process for the contract. Instead a board subcommittee chaired by board member Curtis Valentine chose the firm out of two possibilities. Board chair Dr. Segun Eubanks then put the study on the budget consent agenda in an effort to get approval by the full school board.

“It just didn’t smell right,” said Patricia Fletcher, who filed the complaint.

Fletcher is also a former school board member and pointed out another possible problem with the arrangement – a policy that states that former board members are not supposed to be hired by the district for a year after they have left.

Daniel Kaufman, who heads Widmeyer Communications, left the school board in June 2015 and records show he had prepared the proposal for the survey in April 2016.

Valentine and Eubanks are both named in the ethics complaint with Fletcher writing, “Mr. Valentine and Chair Eubanks actions to get this sole-sourced contract to Widmeyer Communications awarded as a budget consent item troubles me greatly … I am deeply offended that Dr. Eubanks and Mr. Valentine worked to pay one of their former colleagues more than $100,000 of taxpayer money to find out why parents don’t choose Prince George’s County Public Schools.”

The proposal for the parent survey was ultimately tabled at an April board meeting when two board members questioned why the study was necessary and why district employees couldn’t perform the work.

Fletcher said the issue should be concerning to taxpayers because it is part of a bigger problem she recognized when she was on the board.

“Political favors,” she said. “Because a lot of people who were getting huge contracts, you dig deep, do a deep dive, and you would see that either they are a family member of someone who made big campaign contributions to an elected official.”

In a written statement Dr. Eubanks said: “Any suggestion that I attempted to steer a contract to a friend is patently false. The parent survey was reviewed and recommended by the Board’s Family, Parent and Community Engagement Committee, of which I am not a member. Board of Education policy does not exclude no-bid items from the consent agenda. In regards to this matter, the Board voted to take no action on the proposal after several members requested additional research. No action has been taken since then.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools has an ethics committee that reviews complaints like Fletcher’s.

via Fox 5 DC

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There was no open bidding process for the contract. Instead a board subcommittee chaired by board member Curtis Valentine (shown above) chose the firm out of two possibilities in clear case of conflict of interest.


Mr. Daniel Kaufman, who heads Widmeyer Communications, left the school board in June 2015 and records show he had prepared the proposal for the survey in April 2016.


Police: Person claiming to be a clown called in a bomb threat to a PGCPS school.

Someone claiming to be a clown called in a bomb threat to a middle school in Hyattsville on Monday, causing the school to go on temporary lock down.

Prince George’s County Police got to the scene and found no bombs and the lock down has since been lifted.

 According to police, Gholson Middle School and Cora Rice Elementary School on 900 Nalley Road received the call some time during the morning from a person saying they were a clown and that they had planted bombs in the school.

Police say they are continuing to investigate who made the call to the school.

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Rep Donna F Edwards


On October 15, 2016, Congress woman Donna F Edwards is hosting our 8th Annual College and Career Fair at Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The fair will feature over 150 exhibitors and presenters from community colleges, universities, military academies, and liberal arts colleges from across the country. Additional attendees include corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and associations that will offer information about internships, and full & part-time summer employment opportunities as well.


Students and parents can also attend workshops on the college admissions process, SAT/ACT prep, the Service Academy nomination process, financial aid, life after college, and more.

To see a list of participating Prince George’s County Public School bus routes and times to the college fair, please click here.

To see a list of exhibitors, speakers, and a workshop schedule, please click here.


To RSVP for the 8th Annual College and Career Fair, please email  or call 301-516-7601.

For more details on the 8th Annual College and Career Fair, please see below:

What: College and Career Fair & Forum
When: October 15, 2016
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
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PGCPS to pay for AP exams -System Backs Down in face of protest

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (WUSA9) – Prince George’s County school officials restored their promise to cover the cost of Advanced Placement exams for low-income students, hours before protestors who launched at petition planned to picket the Board of Education.

“We understand your concerns and we do not want any family to feel anxiety over paying for AP Exams,” the school system said in an on-line announcement Thursday. “For the 2016-17 school year, PGCPS will continue the practice of covering AP Exam fees for all students.”

As part of an effort to boost AP exam participation, PGCPS had been spending nearly a half-million dollars a year covering the cost of AP exams for low-income students who qualify for free and reduced lunches. Each exam costs $93 to take.

“This decision does have financial implications that will require some additional adjustments, but we feel that this is the right thing to do,” the statement said. “We will revisit this practice for the 2017-18 school year, allowing students and families’ adequate time to plan and adjust, if needed.”

Before restoring the promise, PGCPS planned to cut the benefit to low income students as a budget trimming measure.

Students who score well on the exams can receive college credit, and can therefore save hundreds or thousands of dollars in college tuition expenses in the future.

The PGCPS policy of paying for AP exams significantly boosted the participation rate, which is one metric sometimes used to measure the quality of a school system. However, the rate of students who passed the exams was between 26 and 28 percent, according to sources familiar with the policy.

Currently, Prince George’s County Public Schools is the only system in the region to assume the cost for all students.

via wusa9




NAACP Asks Prince George’s County Executive to Fire CEO Kevin Maxwell.

The Prince George’s County chapter of the NAACP wants County Executive Rushern Baker to remove public schools Superintendent and CEO Kevin Maxwell immediately, following a number of incidents within the school system.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, local NAACP President Bob Ross said the residents of the county lost confidence in Maxwell’s ability to run the school system a long time ago.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Local NAACP said “CEO Maxwell has failed to protect the health, safety and civil rights of the students of this school system. Every child in the Prince George’s County school system deserves to attend school in a safe, secure and protected environment. Those who are entrusted with the children’s care and well-being are hired to teach, transport and deliver our county’s most vulnerable citizens to their homes safely every day. The Prince George’s County school system has failed to properly vet and oversee the staff and teachers it has entrusted with the care of our children.”

 The statement continued, “The abuse that has occurred at the hands of those hired to teach and transport our children is an intolerable situation. The children of Prince George’s County can no longer “wait” for things to “turn around”. The children of Prince George’s County cannot tolerate another incident of abuse. The children of Prince George’s County deserve responsible, accountable and trustworthy leadership. There is no longer time for excuses, plans or studies. The change must happen now. CEO Maxwell must be removed immediately. We further ask that the Maryland Department of Education do an oversight of the school system, put it back on the right track.”

“Right now, the citizens have no confidence in Maxwell being the superintendent of the schools, and that’s why we’re asking that Rushern Baker remove Maxwell as superintendent of schools,” Bob Ross said.

Maxwell has failed to protect students and failed to properly vet and oversee staff and teachers entrusted to protect children, the NAACP said. It brought up allegations of abuse on school buses and abuse allegations that led to the loss of a federal Head Start grant.

It has been a challenging year for Prince George’s County Schools after several situations surfaced concerning student safety. On September 21, Chief Of Staff George Margolies was relieved of his duties after an email he wrote regarding ongoing issues in the school system was leaked. The next day, school board member Edward Burroughs, III appeared on FOX 5 to call for the resignation of CEO Kevin Maxwell after questioning an alleged cover-up regarding the county’s Head Start Program.

Just Tuesday, the press reported on the arrest of a high school teacher for allegedly touching a student inappropriately and sending him inappropriate text messages for months.

Last school year, a teacher’s aide at an elementary school was accused of sexual abuse of children and recording sex acts between children. He was first charged in February, and in June a grand jury indicted him on 270 counts of sex abuse of a minor, sex offenses and child pornography charges covering 23 victims.

“We reviewed the report that was done by the federal agency, and that date is Feb. 29, 2016,” said June White Dillard, of the Prince George’s County NAACP. “The schools CEO has had a tremendous amount of time to deal with these issues and has not done anything effectively until August, September, and that kind of delay is just unconscionable.”

Reform Sasscer Movement secretariat is planning to have a conversation with Dr. Maxwell, but in the past he has refused to resign stating he is in for a long haul. A spokesperson for Baker said he supports Maxwell and has no plan to remove him from office. However, the county schools are not doing too well at the moment.

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