Monthly Archives: May 2016

Insurance Scam in Maryland involves union members for car coverage.

THIS IS A CALL FOR ACTION CalCas logo Stacked Color (2)

The company above appear 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 union 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.

Unionizing significantly changes the workplace in addition to its effects on wages or jobs. Employers are prohibited from negotiating directly with unionized employees. Certified unions become employees’ exclusive collective bargaining representatives. All discussions about pay, performance, promotions, or any other working conditions must occur between the union and the employer. An employer may not change working conditions–including raising salaries–without negotiations.

As we have seen in the last few years, Unionized employers must pay thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and spend months negotiating before making any changes in the workplace. Unionized counties as such Prince George’s County often avoid making changes because the benefits are not worth the time and cost of negotiations. Both of these effects make unionized businesses less flexible and less competitive and affects the union members.

If you know of anyone or someone who is a victim of their illegal behavior mentioned here, please email us at Any teacher or staff member enrolled with them is asked to think of 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.



More charges for PGCPS aide accused of sex abuse


Deonte Carraway, 22,

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.

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 



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.



Complaint From a Former PGCPS Employee

img_6358We received another email below from a user who wants to remain anonymous in regards to problems affecting teachers and staff in a Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). It reads:



I am a former PGCPS employee and I found your website a while back when I was searching for “Bringing Words to Life” to present to my students. The curriculum I was required to teach from was unclear of how to access half the documents and the adoption of Google Sites has led to long and difficult to memorize urls. I end up Googling most materials I need for class, but half the time it won’t appear on the first set of results.

Anyways, I was told by one of the assistant principals that she would recommend to the principal and to the county that I should leave the school. We’ve been at odds for the past week or so because I had no formal lesson plans written for my students. Nearly everyday at the school there is a random event such as a PARCC pep rally, class picture day, professional development meeting, or something that was not scheduled until the day of, making teachers completely shift their schedules around. The problem is that these teachers are departmentalized in what they teach, meaning only one of the classes of students may be affected while the other class gets their full time for whatever subject is being taught. It made it extremely difficult to teach, but I did my best to incorporate technology into the classroom, do relevant read-a-louds such as introducing I Am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition) to my 3rd graders. The text by itself is a very high level for many of my students, but I made sure to define words, draw connections, and question my students as we read along to help my students create meaning. I was discouraged from straying from the curriculum and I was told to teach exactly what was on the documents.

I attempted for only a few days before I noticed numerous typos or other inaccurate information contained within the documents. The documents also lend nothing to creativity and have a large focus on direct instruction. I tried to clarify several misconceptions for my students but the assistant principal said it was inappropriate to do so. She thought it would be better if I just stuck to what was in the curriculum regardless of whether the information is accurate or not. I’ve learned far too much about project based learning, integrated content area teaching, and student centered learning to agree with almost anything my assistant principal had stated. She believes that my students are performing poorly in large part due to me straying from the curriculum but I am not sure if she is even aware that a quick look of her son’s public Facebook page reveals that she sent her own son to private school. Not only did she sent her own son to private school, but her son has dozens of wall posts from friends talking about partying together and smoking weed in addition to number of obscenities and racial slurs.

I would prefer to remain anonymous, but if there is anything you would like to add to the blog about my experience, I would be happy to share. I would encourage you to publicize some of the elementary school curriculum and focus on some of the current inaccuracies that are contained within. For example one of the BWTL PowerPoint slides I was required to share states that emigrants only move from one part of a country to another whereas immigrants come from another country. However, a quick browse of Merriam Webster’s dictionary will tell you that an emigrant is “a person who leaves a country or region to live in another one.” This is just one of numerous mistakes I have encountered in the documents. I’ve also seen ridiculous paid positions such as “School Testing Coordinator” and I’ve been working on substitute teacher pay for the past several months despite being told I would get a full contract with benefits. I also had problems in the past with the secretary not entering in all the dates that I worked, so I had to email her four times before she finally entered in the correct dates I worked so I could be paid.

I commend you, your team, or whoever else might be writing to reform PGCPS. I was told my several close friends that I should have just been quiet and did as I was told, because it doesn’t make sense to get fired. However, I saw far too many teachers just staying quiet and that’s exactly why these problems still persist. If everyone began to stand up for themselves and protest the corruption in the current top heavy system, then PGCPS could be among the highest performing school districts in Maryland.

Thanks for all you do!


Teacher with a complaint about PGCPS

We received the email below from a user who wants to remain anonymous. It reads:
I need to remain anonymous in this.
My school, Forestville High, is closing this year after the school system went back and forth for months. Because they said they were closing us down, then said they weren’t, nobody had time to apply for positions in surrounding counties as those application deadlines were in February. Now we’re all scrambling to find positions. HR says we’ll have positions in PGCPS, but our staff reduction letters say nothing about guaranteed positions, and none of the 18 schools I have contacted have openings in my certification areas.

I can’t have my name tied to this because I desperately need to find a job and I fear fallout from the school system for speaking up.

At any rate, I wasn’t even writing to complain about that. I was writing to let you know that in April, we were ordered to turn in all projectors and other machinery/computers we had checked out so they could go to county storage. After an uproar from teachers, we were told we could keep them until the seniors graduated. That was yesterday. So far a SWAT team hasn’t shown up to reclaim my $100 projector, but I plan to keep it for as long as possible because…

Also in April, PGCPS came to Forestville and removed all of our department’s texts and workbooks to move them into storage. Yes, you read that correctly. With two months to go in the school year, we were left with NO texts to use with our students. Our “teaching” has now been diminished to making copies of worksheets and pulling up articles on the projector for students to read. Next year these students will start at new schools having missed nearly the entire 4th quarter of instruction.

For a system with the slogan “Great by Choice,” PGCPS is making some really stupid choices. Apparently our students don’t need to learn anything for nearly the entire fourth quarter. I have no idea if other departments were also ordered to turn in their texts.

I love PG County. I was raised here, I am a product of this school system (back when it was still decent), and I adore my students. However, I hate the disorganized, overreaching, slimy administration in this school system. I am currently torn between my desire to be the caring adult these students need and my desire to work for a system that values its students enough to supply them with resources to help them learn. 😦

Again, PLEASE keep me anonymous. I just couldn’t stay quiet and am hoping you may be able to pick it up and run with it.pgcps_logo


Board passes facilities plan, new school sites


UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Board of Education had a busy agenda on May 12 and the theme of the night was capital improvement programs.

With everything from contract close outs and change orders to the facilities master plan, a charter school contract and location choices for the two new middle schools on the plate, the board of education had a lot of decisions to make for the future of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).

At the end of the night the board voted 9 to 1, with three abstentions, to pass the facilities master plan and voted unanimously for the two new middle school locations and for a slightly amended contract for the College Park Academy charter school.

At the forefront of the conversation were concerns about equity for students throughout the county and the future of some schools.

Although the facility master plan does not call for the closure of any schools within the next year, some board members still worry about the impact the plan will have on possible closures in the future.

Edward Burroughs III, who represents District 8, said he was glad to see Friendly High School was not slotted for closing any time soon, but Sonya Williams, who represents District 9, said she did not like the listed state rated capacity for Frederick Douglass High School and fears it may set the school up for possible closure.

“What that does to their population is, that puts them at 60 percent below state rated capacity, which is detrimental to that school’s capacity,” Williams said.

The current listed state rated capacity for Douglass is more than 1,400 students, but Williams said she would prefer the number return to its former 1,283. However, Monica Goldson, the PGCPS chief operations officer, said the number takes into consideration the space of all of the classrooms and was reviewed by the principal.

Williams said that made her uncomfortable as the sitting principal had only served the school for a year when the number was created and she does not feel that is enough time to adequately gauge the capacity.

Goldson said the capacity was already submitted to the state department of education, however, and has been on the books for a year.

“If this number had changed to 1,400, this is the first we’re hearing about it in this report that was in July. So, I just do not feel comfortable with it being at 1,400,” Williams said.

Williams was the only member to vote in opposition to the plan.

Perhaps one of the biggest votes of the night was the passing of the sites for the two new middle schools in the northern area of the county.

The two middle schools will be created to help alleviate overcrowding in northern county, particularly in the Buck Lodge/Nicholas Orem middle schools area and the William Wirt/Charles Carroll area. Although the schools are being placed to relieve crowding, school officials said there have been no official discussions of boundaries or existing school populations the two new middle schools will pull from.

Boardmember Dinora Hernandez, District 3, said the schools are warranted for the area based on a severe need.

“This is based off what we know as a need in the north and that’s the massive overcrowding in our schools. We cannot have any more temporaries. We cannot have children uncomfortable in their classroom,” Hernandez said.

Lupi Quinteros-Grady, who represents District 2, agreed and said she has had to sit down and discuss with principals how to work their daily bell schedules to create enough space to accommodate students in overcrowded schools. Quinteros-Grady said the overcrowded classrooms are impeding instruction.

The vote for the placement of the schools was made despite PGCPS only conducting two community meetings on the probable locations. The first middle school will be built on the same site as Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary School at Adelphi Park off Adelphi Road. It will cost approximately $71.6 million.

The second school will be built at Glenridge Park, a site currently owned by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission that rests between Glenridge and Beacon Heights elementary schools. To build there, PGCPS will likely have to deal a land swap with the commission, and the estimated cost of the project is $74.4 million.

Although Quinteros-Grady, Hernandez and Zabrina Epps (District 1) all expressed the need for the two middle schools, both Burroughs and Beverly Anderson expressed some concerns with the idea of the schools.

Anderson said she fears the locations of the school will create unintended segregation by building schools in areas that pull from predominately Hispanic and Latino populations. Since Greenbelt was not listed as a defining area like William Wirt or Nicholas Orem, she said she fears the new schools will not help alleviate overcrowding in Greenbelt. Anderson said she would support the building of one school, but would like a thorough study into where to place the second school so as to “maximize diversity.”

“We don’t want to have any re-segregation of schools. I don’t think that’s what we want to do, but that appears to be the direction in which we are moving and that’s where I have an issue,” she said.

Burroughs also raised issue with the schools and said the southern portion of the county also has temporary classrooms and overcrowding, yet it seems the school system is telling those students they are not deserving of new buildings and comfortable classrooms.

“We have temps in the south. We have overcrowding in the south. We have asbestos and mold in the south. We have half the building hot, another half of the building cold in the south as well,” Burroughs said. “I recognize we don’t have the massive overcrowding as the north, but does that mean these conditions are acceptable and will remain acceptable for the schools in the south?”

Goldson said they were “definitely not” and said the school system had just received $39 billion to tackle projects across the county. She said PGCPS is not just working on the new schools, but also for aging sites as well.

Burroughs also raised issue with the one-year extension contract with College Park Academy, a charter school run in partnership with the University of Maryland. Part of the reasoning behind an only one-year contract is the school is considering holding seats for children of the university’s staff and students in College Park.

Burroughs said he is worried about the idea of reserving seats for “the elite” and said opportunities like the academy should be open to all students in the county. In an attempt to make that point clear he made an amendment to add language to the motion saying the “board wants to ensure equity quality and access for all students.”

Although Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of PGCPS, said the language did not change the contract, Board Chair Segun Eubanks was confused by the motion and if it was in order since the motion was already on the floor.

This confusion led way to heated exchange in which Burroughs said the motion was in order and Eubanks told Burroughs to “shut up and let the parliamentary answer the question.”

Burroughs in turn told the chair that he should not tell another member to shut up while on the microphone and reminded him that Burroughs was elected to the board, while Eubanks was appointed.

The tension also included Burroughs having to repeat his amendment, which was accompanied by a hard stare to which Eubanks said “You’re staring me down now Edward, really? “ and “That’s where we’re going? Come on now young man.”

And Burroughs responded with “I’d love to see an election.”

The board unanimously passed the amendment and subsequently the yearlong contract. Burroughs and Eubanks made up after the meeting with a conversation and a hug.

The board also approved nearly 30 different change orders and project closeouts during the May 12 meeting.

via sentinel