Monthly Archives: November 2016

Grand jury indicts 18-year-old former PGCPS Student in two killings.

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Left: Arthur Baldwin Jr., the Secret Service officer shot and killed in a robbery on Dec. 15. Right: Devonte Washington. (Family photo, left; Courtesy of Victor Leonard, right)

An 18-year-old District resident who was once a Prince George’s County student was indicted Thursday in two slayings. The indictment includes the December shooting of a Secret Service officer during a robbery and the March shooting of Davonte Washington who was 15-year-old at the Deanwood Metro station.

Davonte Washington, 15 was a Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Student  who was being raised in Maryland by his stepfather so he could have a chance to attend better schools. He was a student at Largo High School in PGCPS District. We covered his story here.

After investigations and an arrest, a D.C. Superior Court grand jury indicted Maurice Bellamy, 18, on multiple charges, including first-degree premeditated murder while armed, first degree felony murder and robbery. Bellamy, who was 17 at the time of the killings, was charged as an adult. The Washington post covered Maurice Ballamy’s story here. (Four ways schools failed in the case of Maurice Bellamy, a 17-year-old charged with two killings)

Bellamy’s alleged violent criminal spree rippled through the District.

Authorities say that on March 26 Bellamy gunned down 15-year-old Devonte Washington, who was on his way to get a haircut for Easter. Authorities say Washington was targeted simply because he or a sibling looked at the shooter the wrong way at the Deanwood Metro station.

Bellamy was also charged in the Dec. 15 slaying of Arthur Baldwin Jr., a Secret Service officer who was shot during a robbery in Southwest Washington, where he was waiting for a friend.

Charles Sims, 30, Bellamy’s co-defendant in the December robbery and murder, pleaded guilty Wednesday in D.C. Superior Court to second-degree murder while armed and armed robbery of Baldwin. Sims is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12.

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Davonte Washington, 15, was being raised in Maryland by his stepfather so he could have a chance to attend better schools. He was a student at Largo High School in PGCPS (Courtesy of Victor Leonard)

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Former PGCPS Student arrested for threatening mass violence at former high school on Twitter.

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Alejandro Avelar, 20, of Adelphi

The Prince George’s County Police Department Homeland Security Division detectives arrested a suspect in connection with a threat of mass violence to High Point High School in Beltsville. The suspect is 20-year-old Alejandro Avelar of the 2200 block of Tecumseh Street in Adelphi.

The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect used his Twitter account to threaten to bring guns and explosives to High Point High School this afternoon. Avelar, an alumnus of High Point High School, is charged with Threat of Mass Violence and other related charges. During this investigation, detectives have been able to verify that Avelar does not have access to firearms or explosives.

Detectives ask that anyone who sees threats of violence on social media to please call police immediately instead of forwarding that post. This helps detectives trace the origin of the threat more quickly.

“The Prince George’s County Police Department will continue to take seriously all threats against targets in this county and will work aggressively to arrest whoever is responsible for sending those threats,” police said Tuesday.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

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High Point High School in Beltsville – MARYLAND.

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How Former PGCPS Executives continues To Scheme Taxpayers in Nashville.

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Dr. Shawn Joseph

By Phil Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville’s new director of schools makes a lot more money than the mayor.

So why have you been paying for his rent and the security deposit on his house?

It’s the latest question raised by an exclusive NewsChannel 5 investigation.

Back in July, Dr. Shawn Joseph took charge of a district that’s often stretched for resources… where teachers sometimes resort to GoFundMe drives to furnish their classrooms.

His contract gave him a $285,000 salary, and the district bought him a $55,000 Tahoe to drive.

Still, we discovered that, when he found a new house to lease, he charged taxpayers another $10,000.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Why are you charging taxpayers for your rent?”

Joseph responded, “My contract was negotiated and like many executives there is that transitional housing that occurs — and that occurred in my contract.”

We checked, and Joseph’s contract does say the school board will pay for “three months of reasonably priced temporary housing.”

Joseph’s landlord confirms he signed a one-year lease on this Bellevue-area house at $2,500 a month.

We asked, “Twenty-five hundred dollars a month — is that reasonable?”

“You tell me,” Joseph answered. “I’m not a real estate broker.”

“So you consider that one-year lease to be temporary housing?” we continued.

“The terms of my lease are my business — I’m transitioning,” he replied.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted, “You’re charging taxpayers for it, so it’s the public’s business.”

“No, no,” he insisted.

We showed Joseph’s contract to Metro Council member Steve Glover, who served four years on the Metro School Board.

“I think it’s taking advantage of the taxpayers,” Glover said.

“When I look at a temporary housing clause in a contract, I assume that’s for like a Residence Inn until you can find your permanent housing, where you are going to live, where you are going to go home to every day.

“If in fact, he took a lease on July 1st, that’s permanent housing.”

WATCH: Did Board approve security deposit?

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We also discovered that Joseph, for the first month, billed taxpayers $5,000 — for the first month’s rent and a $2,500 security deposit.

That means that if he damages the house or breaks the lease, taxpayers have already paid for it.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “In looking at your contract, I don’t see anywhere that it says you can charge taxpayers for the security deposit on your house.”

“Sure,” he acknowledged.

“Can you point that out to me?” we asked, offering him a copy of the contract.

“No, you can hold that,” he declined. “I don’t need that. Thank you.”

“Is it in there?” we asked. “I don’t see it in there.”

Joseph replied, “I am just following what the board saw was appropriate.”

Glover didn’t see it either — even though Joseph’s request for reimbursement *was* signed by then-School Board Chair Sharon Gentry.

“I certainly don’t see where we’ve agreed to pick up a $2,500 security deposit,” he said. “The taxpayers should never be responsible for picking up his security deposit. Never. Never, ever.”

We also discovered that Joseph had a school maintenance worker come to his house to paint. The schools director insists the worker was off the clock — and that he paid him out of his own pocket.

But our investigation also uncovered evidence that Joseph arranged for another maintenance worker to come to his house to mount a television.

Joseph’s assistant emailed staff, saying the worker “will be on the clock” — meaning you would pay for it.

We asked, “So where did she get the idea that he would be on the clock? Did that come from you?”

“No,” Joseph said, “and that’s why I corrected it in an email.”

His email to staff explained that the issue was “time sensitive because the cable company needs to install the cable on a tv that will be on the wall.”

He said that the worker would simply “adjust his start time” and then work a full day.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted, “Your words were: ‘I have approved the adjustment of his time.’ You were approving him changing his schedule.”

“If he was going to be late,” Joseph explained, “I was approving that he would work eight hours.”

We continued, “Why would you even think that mounting your television was more important than him being at work on time?”

“It’s not more important at all,” he said.

The worker’s time card shows he ended up taking 3.5 hours of vacation time, finally coming into work just after 11 on the morning he had been scheduled to work at the boss’s house.

WATCH: Discussion of use of maintenance worker

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Still, Joseph claimed, the worker never showed up at his house.

“Though he wanted to help me and I appreciated the help, it just wasn’t worth the overall potential headache. So we chose not to do that.”

As for the security deposit on that one-year lease, Dr. Joseph said that he’ll pay it back if the school board decides it’s something that needs to be returned to taxpayers.

But, so far, there’s no sign that the board is inclined to openly question anything that he’s done.

Via Channel 5

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Shawn Joseph breaks down and cries while in PGCPS.

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Critic Sees ‘Cronyism’ In former PGCPS Executives in Nashville Tennessee Hiring Fiasco.

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How PGCPS Executives transferred Cronyism in Nashville Tennessee and hired their friends pretending to be the best in the nation only to get caught. The Tennessee Nashville Metro Schools Hiring fiasco is facilitated by illicit affair and corruption.

Phil Williams a reporter in Nashville Tennessee pulled no punches when he launched an extensive coverage against the former Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Executives and now Nashville Metro School’s  “corrupt political elite.” They  appear to be embezzling funds from the district without any mercy.

Nashville parents and local bloggers have singled out the “scandalous” Dr. Shawn Joseph transaction in which long time friends and close members and friends controversially received thousands of dollars in suspect pay. Others are engaged in a culture of pay to play within the same district using the Nashville Metro as a flat form for an illegal agenda to do Business.

“We’re headed for a predator state where a powerful, corrupt and demagogic elite of political hyenas are increasingly using the state money to get rich,” said one parent after reading about the story in the blogs.

Just like the “hyena and her daughters” eat first in nature, the “School chief and his family eat first” in Nashville Tennessee. The same scenario is playing out in Prince George’s County were they learned this trade and advanced to the next level only to get caught. Remember our story early this year ….Mr. Bodyguard Hyena and why his escort is unfair through a jungle.

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Shawn Joseph is overcome with emotion and cries while in PGCPS.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Has Metro’s new director of schools hired some of the nation’s best — or just his best friends?

That’s the question being raised by critics of Dr. Shawn Joseph’s hiring practices.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered that one of the common factors behind a lot of those hires is that they’ve previously worked with him in Maryland or Delaware — or they’ve got connections to members of his inner circle.

“We have to hire and attract the best people in the country,” Joseph insisted in a recent interview.

One of those people — Kathleen Dawson — serves as an executive lead principal, helping to supervise other principals.

We pulled her application and it claims that, in her last job as an executive principal, Dawson was “responsible for leading the turnaround” of a troubled high school, increasing the graduation rate by 4 percent, while decreasing the dropout rate by almost 1 percent.

Local education blogger T.C. Weber found that laughable.

“This was good for a chuckle,” he remarked. “Kathleen has done everything but hire all the janitors, build the school, train all the parents.”

Weber is a Metro Schools parent whose blog is followed by a lot of district employees.

He noted that a simple Google search shows that Dawson took the job in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in July 2014.

By November, there were reports of trouble inside the school.

By January, Dawson had called it quits.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Realistically, there’s no way she could have accomplished that?”

“No, no, no,” he insisted.

In fact, we discovered that, while Dawson’s resume shows plenty of experience as an assistant principal, she’s never worked a full year as the lead principal at any school in her career.

“My conclusion when I look at that,” Weber said, “is that she is overseeing a whole bunch of principals that are a lot more qualified than she is.”

But Joseph recently told NewsChannel 5 Investigates, “I feel real good about who we have.”

He defended the fact that, when he wanted the best chief academic officer in the country, he hired a longtime colleague from Maryland, Monique Felder.

The best chief of schools he could find: another colleague, Sito Narcisse.

The best executive officer for diversity: Narcisse’s then-fiance, now wife, Maritza Gonzalez.

The best executive officer for priority schools: another colleague, Mo Carrasco.

Two other executive lead principals — Karen Desouza Gallman and Linda Iverson — are also from Maryland.

“If I know extraordinary people,” Joseph said, “then I think it’s great for me to do what I can do to recruit them.”

We asked, “Is it possible that there were extraordinary people already here that you overlooked?”

“No, not for the positions that I hired for,” he answered.

WEB EXTRA: Joseph discusses Central Office size

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Weber’s reaction: “Well, he would have had to talk to people to know that.”

The education blogger noted that, in the case of Kathleen Dawson’s position supervising other principals, there were plenty of options in a district that’s been honored in recent years for its innovative programs.

“At the high school level across the board we have some rock stars,” he said. “Down in the middle schools, we have some rock stars. We have some quality principals. That’s one strong point we have.”

He also pointed to Joseph’s hiring of another former colleague, Tamika Tasby, to head professional development programs used to train teachers across the district.

Her resume shows that, until just five years ago, Tasby was in sales.

“A lot of teachers that I talk to get angry about that one,” Weber said.

Why?

“Because she has absolutely no classroom experience and absolutely no experience in developing professional development.”

Joseph, however, has been unapologetic.

“For the initial start, I thought in this instance and this time the people that I chose are pretty extraordinary — and I’m very proud of the work they are doing.”

While Joseph insisted he’s just being the change agent that the School Board hired him to be, Weber has another word for what he sees.

“I think it’s safe to say that cronyism would be the right word.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates reached out to the school district four days ago, asking for comment about these specific hires.

We wanted to know if anyone else was given a chance to interview — and we wanted to know why district leaders think the two women we highlighted were so qualified for these jobs.

So far, Dr. Joseph and his team have ignored our request for comment.

Meanwhile, we obtained an email in which Doctor Joseph’s longtime mentor cautioned him about hiring so many outsiders.

That came after Joseph hired an outsider as his chief of staff. That meant that three of the four people on his leadership team were from out of state. The only Metro Schools veteran was former interim director Chris Henson.

“Chief looks good and well rounded. BUT she is another outsider,” Joseph’s former boss, Jerry Weast cautioned.

“Be careful and try to find someone besides Henson who is local. He will attract conversation since people know him…. I am advising you you must have someone you trust and is a local — that is until you become the local.”

 

Joseph told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that he just doesn’t agree with Weast’s concerns.

Read more >>> A Look at How PGCPS Executives transferred Corruption to Tennessee.

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A Look at How PGCPS Executives transferred Corruption to Tennessee.

One of the most frequently voiced objections to school choice is that the free market lacks the “accountability” that governs public education. Public schools are constantly monitored by district administrators, state officials, federal officials, school board members, and throngs of other people tasked with making sure that the schools follow all the rules and regulations governing them. That level of bureaucratic oversight does not exist in the free market, and critics fear choice-based education will be plagued by corruption, poor-quality schools, and failure. In case you are new to the game, back in July,  Prince George’s county Public Schools (PGCPS) Executives led by Dr. Shawn Joseph left the county for greener pastures in Tennessee. Specifically, Nashville got a new Director of Schools, and while there was a sigh of relief that he wasn’t of the reformer ilk, he’s raised plenty of other red flags since he started work there which amounts to transfer of corruption from PGCPS. This is so because, these are the same issues we complained about  long ago within the Prince George’s County  schools. Recently, This past week, even more started to pop up. According to blogger Dad Gone wild, you cannot simply bottle up the truth. >>>Read more here. 

Due to blogging posts in Nashville Tennessee, Phil Williams, an investigative local journalist with Channel 5 News, has begun asking many of the same questions that the bloggers had been asking in the last few months. In an attempt to preempt the potential damage, Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) released a series of communications. The first was under the guise of a“fact checking” sheet. Everybody loves a fact checker these days, but the problem is, this one didn’t counter any facts. Instead, it confirmed that the Chiefs were driving luxury vehicles and commanding much larger salaries than last year. Salaries that were not designated in the budget that was approved just a few months ago. Here’s another hint: justifications that involve how special you are as opposed to everybody else will usually fall on deaf ears.

According to the information received from Nashville School District, Each of the chiefs are also supplied an automobile. In this case, a Chevy Tahoe. A vehicle with a price tag similar to the salary of an MNPS teacher with 7 years of experience and a Master’s degree. District officials, when questioned, claimed that these vehicles were previously used by other administrators in the past. Which would beg the question of who was using them because the previous director drove a Ford Edge and his Number 2 used his own car except on rare occasion. It is also extremely fortuitous that we had 5 Tahoes already in the fleet given that the “Chief” positions are all new positions. Any keen observer will say this opens a lot of questions about their fleet management. It appears as though some of these Chiefs may have returned their Tahoes to the fleet. If true anyone can reading this can  ask, why did they wait until people raised a fuss?

Here is a chart of current salaries for the new Chiefs from PGCPS and Montgomery County  (the 4th Chief began her job after my FOIA request) and the Executive Officers, all of whom are making significantly more than their predecessors:

CHIEF – ACADEMIC OFFICER 7/1/16 185,000.00
CHIEF – FINANCIAL OFFICER 7/1/02 185,000.00
CHIEF – SCHOOLS 7/1/16 185,000.00
EXEC OFCR – SUPPORT SERVICES 8/26/92 159,120.00
EXEC DIR – TALENT STRATEGY 1/22/13 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – CHARTER SCHOOLS 7/1/16 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – EQUITY & DIVERSITY 7/1/16 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – HS 7/21/04 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – LEADERSHIP DEVELOP 6/1/10 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – MS 8/9/99 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – PRE-K & ES 7/15/13 155,000.00
EXEC OFCR – PRIORITY SCHOOLS 7/1/16 155,000.00

Each of the chiefs are also supplied an automobile. In this case, a Chevy Tahoe. (similar to the ones pictured below).  A vehicle with a price tag similar to the salary of an MNPS teacher with 7 years of experience and a Master’s degree. District officials, when questioned, claimed that these vehicles were previously used by other administrators in the past. Which would beg the question of who was using them because according to the records supplied by bloggers there, the previous director drove a Ford Edge and his Number 2 used his own car except on rare occasion. It is also extremely fortuitous that they had 5 Tahoes already in the fleet given that the “Chief” positions are all new positions. Any keen observer would say this opens a lot of questions about their fleet management. It appears as though some of these Chiefs may have returned their Tahoes to the fleet. If true they need  to ask, why did they wait until people raised a fuss?

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Here’s what the previous organizational chart looked like from September 2015:

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Here’s what a new one looks like from August 2016:

In looking at the two charts above, anyone can see there is not a lot of shrinkage happening. In fact the opposite of what the board in that District had been calling for seems to have happened. As any keen observer can see the news reporters in Nashville are not arguing for justification, and shrinking central office may have been the wrong directive, but where is the money coming from? And why is it necessary to pull people from outside of the district to fill those new positions? Did they not have nobody competent enough who was working previously in Nashville? Because that’s the impression being given. It seems like no one in Nashville is good enough, and that is ridiculous considering that there was some exceptional work taking place before Joseph was hired. Pre-K, the Academies, English Language instruction, budget presentation, all were winning national accolades that are now going unrecognized by the current administration in Nashville according to bloggers in that District.

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Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph – He was  Deputy Superintendent of Schools in PGCPS.

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Sito Narcisse, Ed.D was the Associate Superintendent for High School Performance in PGCPS before he left for Tennessee. He left in the middle of the night with Maritza Gonzalez to become the new chief of Schools in the Metro Nashville Public Schools after engaging in misconduct within PGCPS.

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Monique Felder, Ph.D was the Executive Director, Office of the Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in PGCPS. She is now the Chief Academic Officer in the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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Moreno E. Carrasco came from Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where he worked in the Office for School Support. He is now the Executive Officer for Priority schools in the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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Maritza González  is now married to Sito Narcisse – She previously worked in a key position of Officer for Diversity, Latino/a Affairs in PGCPS. After illicit affair,  She now serves in a similar role as an Executive Officer for Diversity and Equity in the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Each of the chiefs are also supplied an automobile a Chevy Tahoe at the cost of $55,000 as shown above.

From PGCPS to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

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Former PGCPS Executives Abusing Power in Nashville: Schools Director’s Drivers: Waiting And Waiting And Waiting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A NewsChannel 5 hidden-camera investigation raises new questions about how Metro’s new director of schools spends your money.

We spotted him using district employees as his personal chauffeurs – even on personal errands. That’s despite his insistence that the school system’s budget is tight.

“We don’t have a dollar to waste,” Joseph told the Metro School Board recently.

But we watched as Metro Schools employees chauffeured Dr. Shawn Joseph around town in the brand new $55,000 Tahoe provided by taxpayers.

While the boss did his business, our hidden cameras spotted the well-paid employees waiting and playing on their phones for hours at a time.

Still, when we tried to show Dr. Joseph what we saw, he walked out of the interview.

As Joseph headed for the door, NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked: “Can you look at this and tell us what you think about whether this is a good use of taxpayer money?”

But Metro Council member Steve Glover, a former Metro School Board member, had plenty to say.

“This position has never had somebody chauffeur them around before — never,” Glover insisted.

“We are not far enough in our educational process right now with everyone of our children in order to be wasting any money.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “And this is a waste?”

“In my opinion, yeah,” Glover said.

Joseph made no apologies for being the first director of schools to use district employees as chauffeurs. One of them is a school bus driver, making $28,000. The other, a senior mechanic, making $46,000.

“I use the car like a mobile office,” he explained.

“I spend hours on the road, and those hours are much more efficient with me actually staying on top of what’s happening with this system of 10,000 employees and 89,000 children.”

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “Do they pick you up in the mornings?”

“They have,” Joseph admitted.

“At your house?” we inquired.

“They have,” he said.

While we never saw that, one day recently, we did spot Joseph being chauffeured a short three miles from the school board office to Trevecca University.

While the new school boss was being honored at a luncheon, out in the parking lot, you paid for the Metro Schools employee to wait for an hour and a half.

Then, when Joseph was done, you paid for him to be chauffeured another three and a half miles to a doctor’s appointment.

There, again, you paid for the driver to wait for another hour and a half.

And when Joseph was finished, he hopped back into the Tahoe to be chauffeured less than a half mile away to the Oasis Center on Charlotte Avenue.

And the waiting game began again, as you paid for the driver to play on his phone, getting out at one point to flick a piece of debris off the boss’ seat, then playing on his phone some more.

That lasted for another hour and fifteen minutes.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates noted to Joseph, “That’s a lot of waiting.”

“So they typically do work in between when they can,” he responded. “Their schedules are pretty complex just like mine.”

But the driver’s schedule didn’t look that complex to us at all.

Still, when we tried to show Joseph what we had seen, that’s when he walked out.

He returned a few minutes later, but he still did not want to see the video of his driver playing on his phone for hours while on taxpayer time.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked, “When the public sees that, is the public going to think that’s a good use of taxpayer money?”

Joseph saw nothing wrong.

“I think it’s a good use of taxpayer money,” he said, “to get me efficiently from place to place so I can get the work done and, in between, allowing me to conduct the business of the school district.”

A review of Joseph’s schedule shows he does use drivers on days when he’s got back-to-back appointments.

But internal emails show other days, like the morning when he needed a driver at his home by 7 a.m. just to drive him to a breakfast on his way into work.

In that case, a second Metro employee had to drive the driver out to Joseph’s house in Bellevue so the driver could then get behind the wheel of the boss’s SUV.

Review the emails here.

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Dr. Shawn Joseph previous PGCPS Deputy Superintendent 

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US Election 2016 Results: A Democratic Party in Complete Disarray including Prince George’s County.

img_7099The weather matched the mood of the Democratic faithfuls in many places in the United States the day after the 2016 electoral disaster – gloomy and grey.

As Hillary Clinton loyalists queued in the drizzle outside the downtown hotel in New York City where their candidate would formally concede the presidential election, Democratic faithfuls tried to wrap their heads around what had just happened to them and their party. As Mrs Clinton exits the stage, she leaves a Democratic Party that is in tatters. When President Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, he rode into office with large majorities in Congress and control of 29 of 50 governorships. But unfortunately he lacked the support to move forward on critical issues. We have no regret as the past eight years under Obama’s leadership were an opportunity to rebuild the USA. We will never have a president who is that smart, classy, and cool. Many of us would vote for four more years in a heartbeat.

“I’m pretty heartbroken,” said one young woman, brushing back a tear. “They hated more than we loved, and that’s on us. That’s how they won.”

The previous night, as emotions at the Clinton campaign headquarters shifted from celebratory to despair, the attendees either refused to face reality – offering glib assurances that fortunes would turn in their favor soon enough – or responded to queries with stony silence.

The morning after, however, thoughts turned to the future and where their party should go from here. According to a section of the Democratic Party here in the Prince George’s county, some members are preparing to form an alternative party or leave the democratics for some thing else altogether.

What lies in store for the Democrats, first and foremost, will be an attempt to define what went wrong. Plenty of blame will be heaped on Mrs Clinton and the centre-left establishment she represents. Of course, if Mrs Clinton had decided to rely on State Department email servers for her work correspondence the issue sorrounding FBI investigations which became a center for criticism would not have sufficed. That one is on her shoulders.

Already there has been a torrent of second-guessing from the Sanders legions, who point to polls that showed their man beating Mr Trump in hypothetical head-to-head matchups last spring.

“Hate to say we told you so, but Bernie Sanders warned the Democratic Party, and it didn’t listen; it sabotaged him,” tweeted writer Ben Norton of the liberal website Salon.

In general here in Prince George’s county Maryland,  residents voted for local board of education races, local ballot referendums, a constitutional amendment, U.S. House races and the state’s open U.S. Senate seat in addition to president. There was without a doubt a coordinated effort to suppress voter information especially question D which is a problem.

In a nutshell, the sample ballots are a conduit for fraudulent transactions and a problem for the Prince George’s county. Something should done to stop the misinformation in order to sway the county residents in other directions for personal gain as it was done this time around.

Here is the bottom line: Republican Donald Trump was elected US president, defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton. His victory came after key wins in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump has defied all expectations from the very start of his presidential campaign more than a year ago.

Very few people thought he would actually run, then he did. They thought he wouldn’t climb in the polls, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win any primaries, then he did. They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination, then he did.

Finally, they said there was no way he could compete for, let alone win, a general election.

Now he’s president-elect Trump.

In the end, Mr Trump and his closest confidants – his children and a few chosen advisers – will have the last laugh. And they’ll do it from the White House.

In closing, The biggest mistake we can make is to assume that it is up to our political leaders to unify us. They can set the tone, but it is primarily in the hands of the American people to rebuild a basic level of mutual respect and dignity. The sooner we do, the better, because we are hurting each other and in the process making our country ungovernable, no matter who we elect. We need to reach out across the party lines and start a conversation.

Breakthroughs usually only come out of crises, and we are in crisis. So there is no better time for We, the People, to build a new order: one based on mutual respect and care for our fellow citizens, a commitment to social justice, and a defense of the liberties that give us the power to build that order in the first place.

Here are the results:

Presidential results in the USA General
Donald Trump  60,072,551 votes 47.4%- Winner 
Hillary Clinton 60,467,601 votes 47.7%

U.S. Senate – General

Van Hollen, Chris Dem 1,488,845 60% – Winner
Szeliga, Kathy GOP 898,902 36%
Flowers, Margaret Grn 78,752 3%

U.S. House – District 4 – General DC subs
Brown, Anthony Dem 218,215 74% – Winner 
McDermott, George GOP 63,674 22%
Clark, Kamesha Grn 7,357 2%
Krause, Benjamin Lib 5,274

U.S. House – District 5 – General South
Hoyer, Steny (i) Dem 223,582 67%
Arness, Mark GOP 98,768 30%
Summers, Jason

In addition, Residents within the Prince George’s County School District Board of Education chose between five candidates for positions on the Prince George’s County School District Board of Education during the general election. The following top five school board members will serve for four year terms.

District 001 
Raul Jurado – 27 percent
David H. Murray – 72 percent

District 004
Patricia Eubanks (i) – 70 percent
Abel Olivo – 29 percent

District 005
Raaheela Ahmed – 58 percent
Cheryl Landis – 42 percent

District 007
John E. Richardson – 38 percent
K. Alexander Wallace (i) – 61 percent

District 008
Edward III Burroughs (i) – 68 percent
Stephanie Hinton – 32  percent

* (i) denotes incumbent

Ballot Issues won through fraudulent transactions after sample ballots were mailed out en masse to the citizenary.
Prince George’s County 
A: Library bond – Pass 82 percent
B: Public safety bond – Pass 86 percent
C: Community college bond – Pass 85 percent
D: Charter amendment to add at-large seats to the County Council – Pass 66 percent
E: Public works and transportation bonds – Pass 85 percent
F: County buildings bond – Pass 71 percent
G: Charter amendment on outside legal counsel – Pass 85 percent

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President Obama’s address to the nation on the 2016 election results to ensure a peaceful transition of power.

Via The White House.

The President just addressed the nation on the 2016 election results and the next steps we can take to come together as a country and ensure a peaceful transition of power.

“We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”

This is something every American should watch — no matter his or her politics.

Watch now.

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In PG County Vote NO on ALL Ballot Questions

Reminder: Vote AGAINST ALL Ballot Questions, especially Question D. Send a clear message. 

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Vote NO on the county bond questions (A, B, C, E, F).

In addition to the direct costs shown in the ballot language, these bond issues will obligate the county to pay an undisclosed amount of money for an undisclosed period in interest and other debt service related costs.

County officials have been complaining that they do not have enough money–that they have what they call a “structural deficit.”  Any additional commitments to pay the principal, interest, and fees related to these bonds will inevitably increase that “structural deficit.”

Thus, planning to spend even more money is both irresponsible and almost certainly preliminary to yet another attempt to circumvent the will of the people and raise taxes.

Question F is especially bad!  It would transfer transfer over $120 million plus ongoing interest, fees, and rents from the taxpayer to Rushern Baker’s development cronies to pay for moving county offices out of county-owned buildings in Upper Marlboro into totally unnecessary leased space in Largo.  It is little more than welfare for wealthy special interests who finance political campaigns.

And there is no real guarantee that the proceeds from any of the bond issues will actually be spent as promised.  Our elected officials have repeatedly misled us about how money will be spent–remember that the lottery was sold to us with the promise that it would fund schools, not stadiums for wealthy sport moguls.  And a number of our elected officials, including Rushern Baker, have lied to us about TRIM and raising taxes.  They have earned out distrust.

Question D is another payoff for special interests.  Adding to the county council would cost the county well over a million dollars a year, adding even more to the “structural deficit” at a time when the county claims it is too poor to fully staff police district VII.

Note that the supporters funding a yes vote on Question D are primarily wealthy special interests who see it as an easy way to buy more elected officials.

And although the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee voted against supporting Question D, many candidate committees are sponsoring a dishonest “2016 Democratic Sample Ballot” telling people to vote for the question.  I have listed some of the campaigns promoting this dishonest sample ballot in another posting.

You might want to ask your council members why providing more opportunities for career politicians to feed at the public trough is a higher priority than public safety and to whom the new at-large members will really owe their primary allegiance.

Question G is partly an admission of failure and partly welfare for lawyers.  County officials want to be able to spend tax money, again increasing the “structural deficit,” and their claimed need for higher taxes, on outside lawyers. Their claim seems to be that outside lawyers are necessary when the council and executive disagree on legal issues, but there is no explanation of why county lawyers cannot br=e trusted to interpret the law.  The state Attorney General is authorized and staffed to settle any such disputes with spending county money on outside lawyer.  And there is no accountability here–this question would essentially give the council and executive a blank check for welfare payments to lawyer cronies.

A vote for any of the county questions is a vote for higher deficits and higher taxes.

A vote for Questions D, F, or G is also a vote to reward or subsidize cronies and other special interests.

Vote NO on ALL ballot questions

Spread the word and circulate this information widely. “Vote No” on all ballot “Questions and especially on D” during the November 8, 2016 Presidential Election.

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Vote Against Question D And unofficial/faux 2016 Democratic Sample Ballot is Misleading.

Sen. Muse explains how Question D is a way for Prince George’s County Council members to extend their political careers and for major developers to cash in on political favors. Sen. Muse is one of the only elected officials willing to speak out against the political establishment to support civic activists.

In addition, many of us in the reform movement were disappointed congressional candidates this year chose to intervene in the local issues against the position of the County Central Committee. But, unfortunately, this is how the Democratic political machinery  works in our county. As a movement of reform and reform minded Democrats in Prince George’s county against all kinds of slates, sample ballots and political corruption. We believe all candidates should compete on their own merits without interference.

As you know, Early Voting was available to VOTERS in Prince George’s County Maryland for eight (8) consecutive days from 8AM-8PM. It ended Thursday, November 3, 2016. People we met on the campaign trail demonstrated they WANT CHANGE. If you can VOLUNTEER on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7AM-8PM, please respond to this email/post.

As highlighted above, in the mail or at the polls you might have received an unofficial/faux 2016 Democratic Sample Ballot. Some special interest groups, Political Action Committees (PACs), elected officials and aspiring elected officials support all candidates identified on the document including Non-Partisan Board of Education Candidates and all referendum items that include the controversial Question D cited above by Senator Muse. Our Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee (PGCDCC) who represents the Democratic Party voted against endorsing any Non-Partisan Board of Education Candidates and against Question D. Our PGCDCC decided to send out the 2016 Official Democratic Sample Ballot electronically due to the enormous cost of printing it.

Most citizens of Prince George’s County have been mislead by the unofficial/faux 2016 Democratic Sample Ballot. You and others can still CHANGE THINGS by volunteering on Tuesday, November 8th to pass out the right information and asking people to VOTE  AGAINST QUESTION D. The  unofficial/faux 2016 Democratic Sample Ballot almost seems like it’s designed to trick voters who want to vote the party line into thinking that there’s a Democratic candidate for school board and a Republican candidate. This is not fair to the citizens of the county.

 

Learn more about why people from across Prince George’s County are voting NO on Question D. http://www.NoOnQuestionD.com

Change this year is in your HANDS when you vote with the correct information and with your best interest at heart!

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