Monthly Archives: April 2016

Former Pr. George’s executive asks for corruption conviction to be set aside

imageFormer Prince George’s County executive Jack B. Johnson, who pleaded guilty in a broad corruption scheme and is serving 87 months in prison, is asking a Maryland judge to set aside his conviction and sentence.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court of Maryland, Johnson claims he has “newly discovered evidence” that “uncovers probable law enforcement misconduct” in connection with the federal investigation into him that ended with his 2011 plea on extortion and witness and evidence tampering.

The latest motion claims that Johnson and his family received several “offensive and hate-filled” notes “containing implied death threats,” before Johnson reported to prison in 2012. He suspects that a member of the Prince George’s County Police Department sent them, though the motion acknowledged that there was no solid evidence to prove it.

At least one note was sealed in a Prince George’s County government envelope and mailed to Johnson’s home in Mitchellville, according to court records. That envelope contained Monopoly money with handwritten notes on the back urging Johnson to “Rot in Jail.” Another was sent to the College Park home of his eldest son, Jack Johnson Jr. One of the notes referenced two county police officers whom Johnson prosecuted while he was state’s attorney from 1994 to 2002.

“I have always suspected that law enforcement, involved in prosecuting the case against me, sent these hate-filled and threatening message to me and my family,” Johnson said in a sworn declaration accompanying his motion.

Terry Eaton, Johnson’s attorney, declined comment other than to say: “We look forward to litigating the issues we raised in court.”

Johnson hired private investigators and a forensic lab to help determine who was involved in the alleged intimidation, including possibly federal agents, according to records. The lab found DNA trace evidence on the back of the envelope mailed on county government stationery and said it matched DNA from a second envelope.

Johnson, 67, said he would not have pleaded guilty had he “known that it was possible to recover DNA evidence” from the envelopes.

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, whose office prosecuted Johnson and his wife, said Johnson’s motion is without merit.

“Mr. Johnson admitted under oath that he was guilty of serious crimes,” Rosenstein said in a statement on Monday. “His motion does not include anything that casts doubt on the propriety of his conviction and sentence.”

Johnson, who served as county executive from 2002 until December 2010, masterminded a corruption conspiracy and received more than $1.6 million in bribes, and implicated his wife, Leslie Johnson, and several developers, county officials and businessmen.

Johnson and his wife were arrested at their Mitchellville home by the FBI in November 2010 as part of a sting operation. They were overheard on a wiretap scheming to flush a $100,000 check that he received as a bribe down the toilet, and stash $79,600 in cash in her underwear. Jack Johnson also was videotaped taking cash bribes from a longtime associate and developer.

A grand jury returned an eight-count indictment against the Johnsons in February 2011.

Jack Johnson, who could have received a maximum of 14 years in prison, agreed to a plea deal and was sentenced to 87 months. The judge also fined him $100,000 and ordered him to undergo alcohol treatment and forfeit $78,000 and his antique Mercedes-Benz.

Johnson’s sentence was among the longest in Maryland history for a politician in a corruption case.

He is in custody at the Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., and is scheduled to be released in June 2017, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Leslie Johnson, who was elected to the County Council 10 days before her arrest, pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit witness and evidence tampering. She received one year and one day in prison, and was released in 2013.

via Washington post

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Disturbing Call from Pgcps Ardmore


We received this in our blogs. Please investigate and share, there is so much corruption going on at this school it is ridiculous!

Published on Apr 16, 2016.

On 4/14/16 at 5pm parents received this robocall from the school. No context was given and the school has a history of lacking communication. The day prior children had a “drill” for strangers entering the building. If you received this call, what would you think?

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Pr. George’s schools sued again over background checks

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A federal civil rights lawsuit filed this month alleges that the Prince George’s County school system failed to conduct a proper background check on a teaching assistant with a previous history of alleged sex abuse who was later convicted of molesting an elementary school student.

The suit, filed in federal court in Greenbelt, comes four months after the school system settled a similar civil rights complaint and as it finds itself amid a wide-reaching child-pornography investigation involving a volunteer teacher’s aide.

The case filed April 5 involves a former Glenn Dale Elementary School teaching aide and an ­8-year-old student. Jason Jamar Howard, 33, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor in April 2013 after a teacher witnessed him sit next to the child, place his hand under her skirt and fondle her in the middle of the school day, according to police. Howard later admitted to abusing the girl between 10 to 15 times over the course of two school years, according to court documents.

Howard, who is no longer with the school system, pleaded guilty to sex abuse in Prince George’s County Circuit Court six months later and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The student’s family contends that the Prince George’s County school system should not have hired Howard in 2011 because he had been charged with assault and sex offenses in 2002, according to online court records. The 2002 charges were dropped.

The school system “breached their duty by either failing to conduct a criminal background check on Howard, which would have revealed Howard’s past charges of assault and sexual offense or by conducting a criminal background check and hiring him despite the charges,” the family’s attorney alleged in the legal complaint. The complaint also alleges that the principal at the time failed to immediately disclose the abuse to authorities and the child’s parents.

Officials in Prince George’s would not comment on the pending lawsuit, saying it is the school system’s practice not to comment on legal issues. But in a response to the complaint filed in court, attorneys for the school system denied many of the allegations set out in the lawsuit. Attorneys for Howard and the principal named in the suit did not respond to requests for comment.

The school system is in the middle of reviewing policies and practices in light of the recent arrest of a Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School volunteer charged with child sex abuse. According to police and prosecutors, Deonte Carraway, 22, abused and filmed inappropriate behavior with students during the school day and on school grounds since at least January 2015. Carraway, authorities said, also abused children between the ages of 9 and 13 at a local town center, church and in private homes, and has claimed at least 17 victims.

The case deeply upset parents in the city of Glenarden, with many of them demanding to know how Carraway was given so much time alone with children to allegedly perpetrate such acts and why other adults in the school didn’t notice or report problems sooner. The Carraway case has also prompted at least five civil suits against the school system, including a class-action lawsuit.

School officials have said Carraway, who was hired to be a paid employee in 2014 before budget cuts eliminated his position, passed a background check.

Dianne Stewart Hamlin, an attorney for the family of the student abused by Howard, said she believes there is a “pattern of carelessness” on the part of the school system that allowed for the continuing abuse in her client’s case and the most recent Carraway case. Hamlin said a simple Internet search revealed the past charges against Howard.

“I have children and I always do a background check on their babysitters,” Hamlin said. “If there were even a hint of a possibility that something would be out of line, I wouldn’t hire them. The school board has a higher threshold because they’re responsible for other people’s children.”

Via Washington Post 

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Washington Post Endorses Vouchers

washingtonpostMany of us read the Washington Post because of its excellent reporting and the blog written by Valerie Strauss, The Answer Sheet. There are also other raising reporters but their hands appear tied and scared to write truth to power in the region after County Executive Rushern Baker III hijacked the county schools in a suspicious manner.

However, for sometimes now, its editorial pages are not a source of enlightenment about education in this region and a proper change management to assist the citizenary make better choices. According to blogger Diane Ravitch, For the entire reign of the controversial Michelle Rhee as the D.C. schools chancellor, the editorial page of the Post defended her every move. It claimed success when there was none. In the eyes of the Post editorial board, Rhee could do nothing wrong. The fact that D.C. has the largest achievement gaps of any urban district in the nation seems to have eluded their gaze.

Now the Post has endorsed the recent legislation to start a voucher program in Maryland. It is a bizarre editorial. It suggests that “the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray last April shone new light on the shortcomings of the public school system and the injustice that does.” Freddie Gray died in the back of a police van, where he was shackled and improperly restrained without a seat belt. Did his death say anything about “the shortcomings of the public school system”?  Would school vouchers have prevented his death or the unrest that followed? Freddie Gray’s death was caused by a broken neck; the broken neck was the result of negligence. If Maryland had offered school vouchers, would “the unrest” have not occurred? If Freddie Gray had gone to a parochial school, would the police have put a seat belt on him? I don’t understand the logic. Maybe someone could explain it. Certainly the Post doesn’t.

The editorial also errs in praising the D.C. voucher program. The final evaluation of the program found no academic gains; it found a higher graduation rate for students who persisted in the program, but also very high attrition rates. The students likeliest to see no academic gains were those attending SINI schools (Schools in Need of Improvement), for whom the program was created.

Voucher proponents have a hard time finding a model for future voucher programs. It is not Milwaukee or Cleveland or the District of Columbia. Vouchers have been promoted by the fringe right for more than half a century. They have the support of right wing think tanks, the Koch brothers, the DeVos family, ALEC, and red-state governors. The goal is to replace public education with a free market, and to right wing ideologues, evidence is irrelevant. In North Carolina, for example, vouchers were recently adopted by the Tea Party legislature (the same one that just passed a law allowing discrimination against gay and transgender people). Voucher schools do not have to adopt state curriculum standards, are permitted to hire uncertified teachers, and do not have to administer state tests. They can use textbooks that teach creationism, and they are free to discriminate in selecting their students.

It is sad to see the Washington Post encouraging the diversion of public funds to religious schools for the nation’s neediest students while majority of public school students suffer.

Via blogger Diane Ravitch

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Save our communities High School- Friendly Senior High School!!

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Save Friendly High School!

Residents of Fort Washington MD and fellow Alumni of Friendly Senior High School, I’m urging our community to actively unite to SAVE Friendly High School, a 50-year landmark of higher learning, from closing it’s treasured doors forever.

Our community needs to join forces and fight for our children’s education.

Why should we, as taxpayers, have our children bused into another school district? The answer is simple- we shouldn’t. We need to make sure our tax dollars go toward improving and expanding our educational system. And if we can’t get competent and committed school board members to protect our children, then it’s time for these officials to go. Afterall, we voted them in and we can just as quickly vote them out.

Together we can make the DIFFERENCE. All it takes is a desire and commitment.

Therefore, take action now! Sign the peition that will be first step in protecting the legacy and future of Friendly High School.

Below are the school board members email address for your districts … give them a quick nice/nasty email about election time.

http://www1.pgcps.org/board/

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Maryland legislature passes a bill to investigate Howard County schools

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A bill meant to address allegations that Howard County school officials have illegally withheld public information under Superintendent Renee Foose‘s leadership is one step away from becoming law.
On Thursday the Maryland Senate voted 60 to 0 to pass House Bill 1105, which, if signed into law by Gov. Larry Hogan, would require the state public information ombudsman to investigate the validity of Howard County school officials’ refusals ofMaryland Public Information Act requests since Foose took office in July 2012.
A report of the findings would be due Jan. 1, 2017 to allow time for the county’s delegation to review it before the start of next year’s legislative session.
State Del. Warren Miller proposed the legislation last October in response to concerns among Howard County residents that the school system was systematically breaking public information law.

“They want to hide stuff that taxpayers have paid for,” said Miller, a Republican from District 9A, at a meeting of the Howard County Delegation in January.
The bill, which is backed by all 12 of Howard County’s representatives to the Maryland General Assembly, passed the House of Delegates 140 to 0 in March and was given a favorable report by the Senate education committee earlier this week…

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-miller-senate-vote-0414-20160407-story.html

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What are the Panama Papers?

160405105213-panama-papers-cnnmoney-graphic-exlarge-169ICIJ and an international coalition of media outlets investigated the trove of papers, which allegedly reveal a clandestine network involving associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and business ties between a member of FIFA’s ethics committee and men whom the United States has indicted for corruption.

Why are they called the Panama Papers?

The more-than 11 million documents, which date back four decades, are allegedly connected to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca. ICIJ reports that the firm helped establish secret shell companies and offshore accounts for global power players. ICIJ reports that a 2015 audit found that Mossack Fonseca knew the identities of the real owners of just 204 of 14,086 companies it had incorporated in Seychelles, an Indian Ocean archipelago often described as a tax haven.
And as Gerard Ryle, the director of ICIJ, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: “These documents, if nothing else, raise an awful lot of questions.”

Who is mentioned in the documents?

The documents reference 12 current or former world leaders, as well as 128 other politicians and public officials. In addition to allegations involving associates of Putin — the Russian leader isn’t himself mentioned by name in any of the documents — and FIFA, the papers also accuse the prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, of having ties, through his wife, to an offshore company that were not properly disclosed, while Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri is alleged to have failed to disclose links to a company in his asset declarations.

In short, if there is one thing The PANAMA LEAKS have proven, that the Governments and Political Leaders and the so called Elites are the ones undermining mankind, undermining their own nations.

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Complaint alleges Maryland child-abuse task force violated open-meetings law

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Prince George’s Community College President Charlene Dukes speaking in 2008 in College Park, Md. Dukes is chair of a task force on student safety created by the Prince George’s school system. (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

According to Washington post, A Greenbelt resident has filed a complaint alleging that a Prince George’s County task force created to examine the handling of child-abuse issues in schools violated the state’s open-meetings law by closing a March session to the public.

The task force was created in the aftermath of the widely publicized child-pornography case involving Deonte Carraway, 22, a school volunteer arrested in early February on suspicion of directing children as young as 9 to perform sex acts and video-recording them.

Kevin Maxwell, chief executive of the Prince George’s school system, said in an interview in March that meetings of the task force are closed to the public to allow members to “get a lot done in a very short period of time” and that the panel’s recommendations would be released publicly.

“We don’t want folks to have distraction to their conversations and to their work,” he said. “We want to make sure that they can get the work done and that they can get the work done well, with robust conversation and lots of time studying.”

Maxwell said the leader of the task force — Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College — would give regular updates.

“We want to make sure that at the end of the process, it is absolutely, 100 percent transparent what their recommendations were,” he said. “It will be a public document. But the open meetings for the most part are about decision-making bodies in public that are discussing public business.”

After reading Maxwell’s comments in a story in The Washington Post, Colin Byrd, 23, filed the complaint with the state’s Open Meetings Compliance Board. Byrd is a University of Maryland student from Greenbelt who attended Prince George’s schools as a child.

“I think this kind of lack of transparency erodes the trust in the schools,” Byrd said. “When the task force is undertaking serious business, the public should have the opportunity to see what’s going on.”

In his complaint, Byrd cited a March 1 date that was publicized as the task force’s first meeting. No other meeting dates were publicized, he said.

Maxwell has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the task force, saying in February that it would “carefully scrutinize every single policy and procedure we have in place.” In the Post interview, he said the task force would look at what could have and should have been done differently.

Prince George’s schools officials have not yet received the complaint, spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson said.

The Open Meetings Compliance Board received Byrd’s complaint Monday and mailed a copy to Dukes, giving her panel 30 days to respond, a spokesman said. The compliance board will then decide the issue, he said.

A spokeswoman for Dukes said in an email Thursday that the task force has a lot to do in a short time and that the Open Meetings Act “involves decision making bodies or groups established by public bodies to advise decision-making bodies.”

She also said that the task force had just announced that it is seeking public comment as part of its policy and review process. An online survey has been posted on the school system’s website, with public input accepted until April 15.

“The input and perspective of the public will help inform our recommendations to Dr. Kevin Maxwell and his team,” Dukes said in a statement.

Dukes, a former president of the Maryland State Board of Education, declined a request for an interview about the task force because of “the attention and focus needed on the work of the newly formed committee,” spokeswoman Jennifer Colter said in an email.

Schools officials said the task force met three times in March and will meet again next Wednesday. Its recommendations are expected by May 2. Members include a parent and representatives from universities, a nonprofit group, the private sector, local and state government, and public safety.

Byrd said the group should have included teachers, who he noted are ultimately responsible for carrying out policies in classrooms.

“It’s not going to have the ideal outcome if the right people are not at the table and if the entire community does not have the opportunity to see what’s going on — to see if the i’s are being dotted and the t’s are being crossed,” he said.

Byrd led the successful push at U-Md. last year to rename the university’s football stadium so that it did not honor a former university president who was a segregationist and barred black students from enrolling until a court compelled him to do so.

Donna St. George writes about education, with an emphasis on Montgomery County schools.

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Hogan, Franchot protest legislature’s ban

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Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot were fuming Wednesday that the General Assembly has barred school systems from spending state tax money on portable air conditioners.

The General Assembly also put an end to the annual “beg-a-thon,” in which local school superintendents appear before the Board of Public Works to ask for more construction money.

Hogan said the provisions were major reasons he decided not to sign the capital budget bill, where lawmakers made both changes. The bill will become law without his signature.

“It’s one of the most absurd and ridiculous things I’ve ever seen the legislature do,” Hogan said.

Franchot complained that neither measure was aired in hearings during the legislature’s 90-day session and weren’t in earlier versions of the bill. He suggested that the move was made secretly and was a shot at him and Hogan.

“I think it’s a bizarre use of the conference committee,” Franchot said. “I don’t know who put that language in. Nobody’s raised their hand and said, ‘I did it.'”

Del. Adrienne Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat who chairs the House capital budget subcommittee, said lawmakers felt that Baltimore City and Baltimore County were making sufficient progress on adding central air conditioning, so it wasn’t necessary to spend state tax dollars on portable units that won’t last.

“It’s nothing political. We’re looking at being the best stewards of public money,” Jones said.

Jones rejected any suggestion that the decision was made in secret. “These are open meetings. … Doors are open, anyone can come,” said Jones, who led the House negotiators.

While conference committee meetings are open to the public, it can be difficult to determine when and where they will be held. Neither Jones nor Sen. James E. “Ed” DeGrange Sr., her Senate counterpart, knew where the language they adopted originated.

For several years, Franchot has pressed local school systems — particularly those in Baltimore city and county — to speed the installation of air conditioning in public school classrooms.

Hogan has joined the comptroller in pushing for the installation of portable window units as a quicker solution.

But the school systems in the city and county have preferred to spend their money on central air conditioning.

While that takes more time and money to install, school officials contend it is a better use of taxpayers’ dollars in the long term.

Franchot said the legislature’s action does a disservice to Maryland families.

“What about the 40,000 children in Baltimore City and Baltimore County who sit in sweltering hotboxes without air conditioning?” he said.

The Board of Public Works did not require money be spent on portable air conditioners but voted in January to scrap a policy that prevented state money from being spent on portable units in classrooms. The legislature’s budget provision undoes that action.

Baltimore County did not plan to use state money for portable air-conditioning units, even after the policy was changed, said Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for County ExecutiveKevin Kamenetz.

The best way to remedy hot classrooms is to install central air conditioning during major renovation projects, Kobler said. The county aims to have central air conditioning in all schools by 2019.

At the beginning of the school year, 48 schools in Baltimore County did not have air conditioning.

Baltimore City school officials did not respond to a request for comment. The city school system has been studying the feasibility of installing portable air conditioners, which officials have estimated would cost about $17 million.

DeGrange, an Anne Arundel County Democrat, noted that jurisdictions are free to use their own money to buy window units if they choose — as his county has done.

Franchot and Hogan also objected to a provision that says local school officials can’t appeal decisions from the Interagency Committee on School Construction to the Board of Public Works on how to allocate state construction money.

The appeal process has been dubbed the “beg-a-thon” because it usually involves a full day in January when local school superintendents and other officials go before the three board members to implore them to fund their projects.

Last month, the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland wrote a letter to House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller calling the process “unnecessary and redundant.”

“Our experience has been that the members of the BPW often do not question the construction projects but use the time as a forum to advance political agendas such as financial literacy, declining enrollment, communications to parents, post-Labor Day starts, charter school approvals, and other instructional or operational issues,” the letter said.

The superintendents specifically excluded Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp — but not Franchot or Hogan — from their criticism. Kopp, they said, asks “appropriate questions.”

Franchot said the superintendents object to the “transparency and accountability” of the process. He said members would still be able to quiz superintendents when they appear before the board on other school-related items.

DeGrange said the beg-a-thon was an “outdated” event. “It was just a ridiculous process,” he said.

Via mdresser@baltsun.com and pwood@baltsun.com >>>Baltimore sun 

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Three run for District 8 Board of Education seat F

TEMPLE HILLS – A teacher, a leadership coach and an incumbent Board of Education member have all thrown their hats into the ring for the Prince George’s County Board of Education District 8 seat. All three candidates have said their main focus is the students, but differ on how they can help on the board.

With the primary election less than three weeks away, the candidates are ramping up their messages and getting ready for April 26. Edward Burroughs III, the incumbent board member, Stephanie Hinton and Carlton Carter are all hoping they are voted into one of the two final spots on the general election ticket.

Hinton, a fifth grade teacher at Forest Heights Elementary, entered the race because of all the issues she sees in the school system on a day-to-day basis. As a teacher in the system for six years, and being in the educational realm for 20, Hinton said she knows first-hand the struggles of the teachers, students and families in Prince George’s County.

“Teaching is my passion and, being an educator in the classroom, there were things going on within my classroom and I had to advocate for my students this year, for just a lot of different things. And then my daughter said, ‘you know, the board of education seat is open so you should try to run so you can make changes,’” Hinton said.

Carter is a leadership coach at the American Institute for Research who was born and raised in Prince George’s County. At the institute, Carter visits the schools performing in the lowest 5 percent in the county to help them improve from “priority status,” meaning the schools are close to closing, to “good standing.” Carter is hoping to use that experience to turn the Prince George’s County Public Schools system around.

“I have a lot of experience in school districts. I’ve got a lot of experience and I know what it would take to take Prince George’s County from one of the lowest performing schools. I know how to turn the school system around. I know what to do,” he said.

Burroughs said he knows a thing or two about school systems as well, having served on the board since 2008. He was elected twice while in high school at Crossland to sit on the board as the student member, was one of the youngest board members ever elected when he ran for the District 8 seat straight out of high school, and continued on to win his reelection in 2012.

“I am absolutely a product of this system – a recent product of this system – and I know first-hand how important the decisions that we make are and how they impact students and our employees,” Burroughs said. “I have institutional knowledge. I was there when Dr. (John) Deasy was there, I was there when Dr. (William) Hite was there, I was there when Dr. (Alvin) Crawley was there and now I’m under Dr. (Kevin) Maxwell. It’s extremely important to have someone there with institutional knowledge because when you have so many new board members you’re able to say, ‘well I was here in 2008 and this is what happened’ or ‘we could try it this way because it worked in 2009,” or ‘in 2011 this policy passed and it had this impact on decisions we’re making today.’”

Burroughs, 23, said he is seeking reelection because he “loves this county so much” and wants to continue working toward a better school system, a fairer school system and ultimately a more prosperous county. Burroughs is infamous for his often-stark opposition to Maxwell while at the dais and his fight for equity in funding for Southern County.

He said he will continue his fights, advocating for special education, more accountability in the school system and equity across the county, and work with nonprofits to help pay for programs the school cannot afford.

“It’s no secret I am someone that I don’t go along just to get along. I will continue to fight for what I believe is in the best interest of the kids regardless of the consequences,” Burroughs said.

However, both Carter and Hinton think it is time for a change.

Carter, 47, taught in Prince George’s County for five years and served as principal at Ernest Just Middle School where, he said, he took the school from “priority status” to a benchmark of “yearly annual progress” in just two years. Overall he has “turned around 30 other schools.”

However, Carter resigned from Ernest Just partway through the 2012 school year after being placed on indefinite leave, according to the Washington Post, which did not report the reasoning for Carter’s dismissal, as it was a personnel matter. Briant Coleman, the school system’s spokesperson at the time, had said the matter did not involve children.

Carter said he wants to fight for students by forcing accountability and by championing the causes of the families. Carter said it is time for a professional to take the seat on the board and revamp school policies.

“I’m a lifelong resident of Prince George’s County and I’m vested in the school system. I am turning schools for everyone else and I did a small sample at one school in Prince George’s County and I’m saying ‘hey, I can do it here,’” he said.

Hinton, 51, also wants to champion the causes of parents and students and wants to make sure District 8 is getting its fair share of resources. She said for “far too long” the district’s needs have been ignored or not up to par with other districts in the county.

If elected to the board, Hinton said she would fight for a resource center in the southern part of the county, smaller class sizes, the resources necessary for teachers to teach, retention of quality teachers and an anonymous tip line, and said she will hold town hall meetings to constantly gather community input and get information back to parents.

“I want to find a way to bring teachers into the fold and not have them feel like they’re just here and not part of it,” she said. “And (District 8) needs a voice that’s going to be like ‘hey, we’re down here! Pay attention. We need this!’ So I want to be that voice.”

Hinton said it is time for a county school system educator to be on the board, but Burroughs said the board has a lot of educators fillings its seats already.

Burroughs said, bottom line, he has learned how to do things by doing them and knows how to get things done.

“As a recent graduate of our school system, when I walk into a school and I talk to students, it’s a completely different conversation than if someone older walks in and tries to have a conversation with them or wants to connect with them in a way that someone from a different generation would,” he said.

Still, Carter said it is time for someone with the “right experience” to take over the position.

“Yes, Mr. Burroughs is liked and loved, but at this point the schools need, the system needs, a specialist,” he said.

via Prince George’s county sentinel

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