Monthly Archives: June 2018

Key figure in Prince George’s school system is out following mega Public corruption and bullying.

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Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis

By Scott Broom

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. – A key figure in the scandal-rocked Prince George’s County School System is moving on.

Deputy Superintendent Monique Davis who oversaw employee performance an evaluation will be returning to the Anne Arundel County School system as a regional superintendent.

Davis was second-in-command in Prince George’s County when a state audit found improperly documented grade changes allowing unqualified students to graduate.

She was also accused by at least 21 employees of workplace bullying and harassment during her tenure.

The results of an internal investigation into the complaints have not been made public.

Davis starts in Anne Arundel County July 2.

RELATED: Should Prince George’s County Schools give the quitting school CEO a payout?

Prince George’s County School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell announced he will be leaving the school system before the beginning of the next school year. A final date for his departure and details of any severance payout he may negotiate has not been announced.

Via WUSA9

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Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for fatal shooting of PGCPS teacher, their 2-year-old child

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Daron Boswell-Johnson (Right)  shot and killed NeShante Davis, (center) a teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, and their daughter, Chloe, (Right) in Feb. 2016.

 – A Prince George’s County man found guilty for the killing of his 2-year-old daughter and the girl’s mother in a dispute over child support has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Daron Boswell-Johnson shot and killed NeShante Davis, a teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, and their daughter, Chloe, in Feb. 2016.

Prosecutors said Boswell-Johnson was waiting outside of Davis’ Fort Washington home when he approached her placing their daughter into a car child seat. During the dispute, Boswell-Johnson shot and killed both the mother and child.

Boswell-Johnson had been ordered by the court to pay $600 a month to Davis after a paternity test determined Boswell-Johnson was the 2-year-old’s biological father, police said.

He was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of use of a handgun in the commission of a felony in April.

“The conduct that we sentenced today really did represent sheer evil,” said Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “The defendant in this case stood in court today after having executed a 26-year-old woman and putting a gun to the head of a 2-year-old and shooting not once, but twice, and stood today in front of this family without any remorse, without a single apology, without acknowledging what happened and maintaining the same demeanor that he has had throughout this complete case.”

According to Alsobrooks, the judge who sentenced Boswell-Johnson on Thursday said in court that he had not seen a case like this one in all of his years.

“The most aggravating factor in this case was that we are convinced that the true target of this murder was the 2-year-old,” Alsobrooks said. “It was not her mother. This defendant simply did not want to pay child support. He conducted several internet searches and those searches said very simply how to terminate child support.

“He did that for a while and then he received a wage garnishment in the mail indicating that his wages would be garnished, and so he knew from that point that there was no way to terminate the child support. So he changed the plan and the plan became to kill. He went to that home and he shot the mother in her side. But placing a gun within six inches of the temple of a 2-year-old baby meant that was who the target was, and so the most aggravating factor of this is that his true target was a 2-year-old baby. That is why we believe life without parole was the proper sentence in this case.”

Davis’ family said they are pleased with the sentence, but the deaths of NeShante and Chloe will continue to resonate with them.

“It’s not closure to us,” said Neshanna Turner, Davis’ sister. “This will never close. It will never end. This is something that we will continue to feel for the rest of our lives. We will also forever hold their memories close and near, which will help us get through this.”

Via Fox5DC

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Board members: Internal audit finds more inappropriate raises in PGCPS HR department

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 – There are new allegations that funds were misused in Prince George’s County Public Schools after an internal audit found excessive and inappropriate pay in the human resources department. The report shows mistakes add up to several hundred thousand dollars.

The audit, done by Prince George’s County Public Schools auditors, looked at human resources salaries over the last five years, which has been the time Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell has been running the school system. It found multiple employees are being paid inappropriately – with some of them getting excessive raises and promotions. The final tab – more than $300,000.

“There’s no oversight and we are just not being a good shepherd of the taxpayers’ money,” said Prince George’s County School Board member David Murray. Murray has been a longtime critic of Dr. Maxwell and his administration. He and fellow board member Ed Burroughs are speaking out about the newly-revealed problems.

“It’s disturbing,” Murray said. “I’m thinking about how many teachers we could have hired, money we could have put towards school supplies, towards student AP exams. I’m very disturbed.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman John White said Dr. Maxwell and his staff haven’t gotten a chance to go over the report, fact check the numbers or officially respond to this investigation. White said for now, this is a matter that is supposed to be confidential and the board members who are sharing details are “violating the confidentiality of the process.”

“I think they violated the process by giving raises that weren’t authorized,” Murray said in response.

This is just the latest scandal involving raises. FOX 5 was first to report on members of Dr. Maxwell’s executive cabinet who got salary hikes between $35,000 and $50,000 over just a few years.

Then, two months ago, there were allegations by board members that there were unauthorized raises for several central office employees that violated the law. Dr. Maxwell still hasn’t publicly responded to those claims.

There has been acknowledgment that there were prior improper raises found in the human resources department. Dr. Maxwell said at the time he wasn’t aware and has corrected the salaries of those who were identified.

It’s unclear when Dr. Maxwell will have a response to this latest investigation. White said Maxwell will not do any more media interviews during his time as Schools CEO.

Via FOX5DC

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Principal, teacher who engaged in a major brawl in front of PGCPS students on leave.

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Principal Georgette Gregory  has been placed on paid administrative leave. She is accused of an assault, hurling expletives, and yelling at a teacher in the school grounds at Ardmore Elementary School

SPRINGDALE, Md. – A principal Georgette Gregory and a teacher at a Prince George’s County Ardmore elementary school have been placed on leave after engaging in a major brawl on school grounds in front of students, according to a Prince George’s County School Spokesperson John White. This blog was first to report the altercation after parents called complaining of major distraught at Ardmore School grounds.

Prince George’s County police and an ambulance were called to Ardmore Elementary School on June 12. Police said they were called to the scene for a disorderly teacher, but no arrests were made. Authorities were told school security would handle the case.

The principal, Georgette Gregory, was put on leave immediately, White said. This is the district’s protocol when investigating incidents.

According to teachers who have worked in the school, this is not the first time for Principal Gregory.  Marsha W. Logan wrote to our blog that: “I am a former teacher of Ardmore Elementary. I left the school because of the bullying and shenanigans of the current principal, Ms. Georgette Gregory. She probably should have been fired years ago, however she had friends and higher ups in the system to always bail her out of the numerous atrocities she committed over the years.”

After this blog broke the story, almost a week later, the district sent a letter home to parents. The letter outlines an altercation but did not indicate that the principal was involved. It was signed by the assistant principal without a date.

The school district would not confirm that this was a physical altercation. According to the district, the incident is still under investigation. We do not know if anyone was hurt. We also do not know if any criminal charges were filed.

Multiple elementary school students witnessed the incident. Parents were not notified until a week later, when the local press including this blog began asking questions about the incident. According to the district, parents were not notified until the district saw surveillance camera that showed students in the vicinity of the incident.

The following letter was sent home to parents:

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Baker caught brushing off teachers grievances, when confronted, this was his crazy response. (video)

Screen Shot 2018-06-03 at 4.27.09 PMIn this embedded video below (listen closely) Board of Education member David Murray engaged the County Executive Rushern Baker III who is running for the governorship of Maryland to let him know that he (Mr. Murray) and several other school board members had been trying for months to meet with him and he asked him again if he could meet with them. Mr. Murray told Mr. Baker, “I want to talk about teacher raises, the budget, and getting back the Head start grant.” (The county schools under Rushern Baker III lost $6.5 million). Apparently Mr. Baker was not interested. He tells the Board member “after the election” and the Board member let him know that, that was a problem, kids come first, not his Gubernatorial campaign.

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PGCEA Meets with Board of Education to Make Demands

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UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) organized a sit-in at the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Thursday, June 8 to continue their demands for transparency and accountability in the school system.

“We are reclaiming our schools,” said PGCEA President Theresa Mitchell Dudley. “The narrative is being written by everyone but the educators.”

There has been a 15 percent turnover rate in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) teachers in the past year due to insufficient pay, Mitchell Dudley said. The county has had to hire many provisional teachers that don’t have licenses to teach to make up for it, and the PGCEA is saying enough is enough.

This was the last Board of Education meeting of the school year, and PGCEA urged as many teachers as possible to come. The meeting ended up having a full auditorium with more than 100 teachers, students and other stakeholders singing “We reclaim our schools” in solidarity.

As part of their sit-in, PGCEA made the following list of demands: a seat at the table when selecting the next PGCPS transitional and permanent CEO, the inclusion of additional steps and raises to educators in the fiscal year 2019 school board budget, a countywide plan for a clean and safe school environment, wrongly laid off school counselors from DuVal High School to be put back to work immediately and the implementation of the PGCPS Community Schools Policy.

PGCPS Board of Education Chair Segun Eubanks opened the meeting with a statement that he would meet with the PGCEA on the following Monday if his schedule allowed him to which Mitchell Dudley and the other PGCEA members responded that was not good enough. With pressure from the group, Eubanks agreed publically to meet with them on June 11 at five p.m.

The issue of pay raises for teachers was originally not going to be discussed of the meeting until District 8 BOE member Edward Burroughs, III spoke up stating that he would like to have the four percent increase for teachers pay added as an amendment to the day’s agenda.

“We have a lot of stakeholders here,” he said during the meeting. “We have many meetings where the stakeholders cannot participate. I don’t see the harm in discussing it.”

Other board members’ reasons for disagreeing were that this did not follow the process of getting things done and it could be discussed at next week’s budget meeting. A vote was taken and discussion of the increase was outvoted five to seven.

“I have been a teacher in Prince George’s County since 2009,” said Erika Terry, who teaches at Oxon Hill Middle School. “I’m four steps behind in pay, but my responsibilities have become more in-depth. A four percent raise helps but it doesn’t take into account teachers pay out-of-pocket for materials and take classes to recertify. We’re not being reimbursed. It’s disrespectful.”

PGCEA members were further upset by secret pay raises that took place within the BOE administration, especially that of CEO Kevin Maxwell who is currently transitioning out of his position, Mitchell Dudley said.

“I don’t have a direct issue with Maxwell,” said Michele Clarke, a teacher at William Heck Elementary School. “My problem is with the idea of the Golden Parachute. Paying off his contract at this point doesn’t make sense.”

Mitchell Dudley takes issue not only with Maxwell, but with Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, III as well.

“With all the problems we’ve been having, loss of grant money, hundreds of teachers and educators placed on administrative leave and the secret pay raises, the county executive stood back and did nothing,” she said. “He still refuses to admit these problems are a result of the fact that they have not been working with the community on these issues.”

Compensation was not the only problem the teachers had with the school system. They want better facilities and a safer school environment, said Terry, who suffered permanent lung damage from the mold conditions in her school. They want to be involved in decisions made about the school system, and they cannot do it then when the BOE holds their meetings during school hours. Finally, they want counselors who were wrongfully recommended for termination by Maxwell and recently laid off to get their jobs back.

“We’re extremely demoralized,” said Clarke, who is running for County Council District 7. “People in other counties are making four to five times what we make. We’re so many steps behind.”

Following an awards ceremony for the MGM National Harbor’s Positive Impact Scholarship, teachers had the opportunity to express grievances to the BOE such as money to improve the facilities at Turning Point Academy and renew their charter as well as a call for more support for creative arts and special needs students.

“My question is what are you so afraid of?” Mitchell said to the BOE. “Why are you so afraid of educators when all they want to do is teach? You as a board have a responsibility as far as this transition is concerned to meet with the educators of Prince George’s County and make sure we are at the table.”

The BOE discussed other matters such as the Community Schools Initiative, a plan proposed by Maxwell in December 2017 for resources and services for schools with the goal of making them centers for community life. PGCEA has been pushing for the initiative to pass, however, after some discussion, the BOE decided to discuss it further on another day.

“A lot of things were covered,” said Deidra Daniels, a teacher at James McKinney Elementary School. “I hope concerns were heard. It will take time to see what the board acts on.”

PGCEA’s hope going forward is that the Board of Education will genuinely take into account what was said at the meeting and start to implement their demands.

“We were not there to stop the meeting,” said Mitchell Dudley. “We were there to make a point and let them know we’re going to be here and we’re going to come back.

via thesentinel

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14-year-old PGCPS boy in critical condition after ‘near-drowning incident’ at Six Flags wave pool: Officials

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Six Flags America in Maryland is pictured in a Google Street View image dated 2018.

Saturday June 16, 2018 A Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) teenage boy was hospitalized in critical condition after a “near-drowning incident” at Six Flags America in Maryland on Wednesday, Prince George’s County Fire officials said.

The 14-year-old was rescued from a wave pool at the park and taken to a hospital after being treated by park officials and the county paramedics, said Six Flags spokeswoman Denise Stokes.

Stokes did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the near-drowning.

“The safety of our guests is always our highest priority,” Stokes said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the guest and his family,” she added.

The boy is an eighth-grader at Beltsville Academy who was at Six Flags for a class trip, Principal Leslie Lowe said in a letter to families Wednesday.

“A number of students who witnessed the incident were deeply affected by it,” Lowe said in the letter. “A support team of school psychologists, professional school counselors, and pupil personnel workers from Prince George’s County Public Schools were said to be available on Thursday to provide counseling and support to students and staff. Counseling will continue to be available for both as long as necessary.”

“I know that you join me in sending our very best wishes to the student’s family,” Lowe added.

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Beltsville Academy 

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(VIDEO) Shock as Former PGCPS Students caught on camera fighting in a popular shopping mall over a man

5Two women suspected of being area former PGCPS students were caught on camera fighting over a man in a popular shopping mall.

The shameless bimbos with strong ties to Nigeria caused a scene as they went all out on each other in a crazy catfight.

As usual, the fake hair was the easy target as they pulled off the weaves while hurling insults with wild abandon.

Such ugly scenes of women fighting over men in public have become commonplace. There have been other similar incidents such as happened at Ardmore Elementary School  on June 12th, when Principal Georgette Gregory decided to go down with teacher during recess as students watched to their dismay.

Watch the madness below.

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Shock as PGCPS Ardmore Elementary School Principal decides to go down with teacher – Accused of assault, hurling expletives.

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Principal Georgette Gregory is accused of an assault, hurling expletives, and yelling at a teacher in the school grounds at Ardmore Elementary School

Saturday June 16, 2018 – Principal Georgette Gregory, of Prince George’s County Public School’s (PGCPS) Ardmore Elementary School is without a doubt determined to go down  due to reports of a deliberate assault on a teacher during recess on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, which was widely reported on social media. 

According to reports on social media, created by user Crystljms and later by Crystal Jewel, both County citizenry wondered what was going to be done after Principal Georgette Gregory assaulted a teacher in plain view of students. According to their reports, the County Police and an ambulance were sent to respond to the school; the teacher was transported to the hospital. On Tuesday,  Crystljms requested that this blog call the CEO’s office to ask what was being done about the principal’s misconduct.

On June 15, 2018, Crystal Jewel wrote on Facebook regarding the events at Ardmore Elementary. She wrote, “Please help me understand. On Tuesday, during recess, students witnessed the principal at Ardmore Elementary School hurling expletives, and yelling at a teacher. The principal even assaulted the teacher. Police and an ambulance came to the school, all of which, children bore witness to, yet no one has even released a statement to the parents regarding what occurred. Despite dozens of calls from parents inquiring about what their children witnessed, no one seems to care about the appropriate trauma responses needed for the kids or feel the need to release a statement to the parents… I am just at a lost as to what to do….Community members have called me, but who actually can make sure the children are addressed in this? The CEO office has been contacted, the Board Vice Chair, County Executive office….still nothing!”

President Theresa Mitchell Dudley of Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA) stated that, We are in contact with our member and PGCPS. There is an investigation and we are taking this very seriously. The issue of notification of parents is a decision PGCPS makes.”

Later through social media, Doris Reed – the Executive Director of Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) – stated that, I would caution sharing allegations. I believe the investigation will include everyone involved.”

Below are samples of the comments on social media:

There have been numerous concerns regarding the widespread shenanigans of Prince George’s County administrators. The issues have always been cover-ups and a bandage to the problems rather than addressing the underlying grievances.

Corruption erodes trust in public institutions and democracy, as it: undermines our internal market; hampers foreign investment; costs taxpayers millions; and in many cases, helps organized crime groups carry out their dirty work. This instance and the response of the PGCEA highlight that individuals without a sound education are like society without a sense of direction.

The stark difference between the 84 executives hired by Dr. Maxwell and the 20 executives hired by Former Superintendent Dr. Hornsby raises serious concerns. Dr. Maxwell and his cronies, including the Thatcher Law Firm in Greenbelt, “carry water” and the Union lawyers for the current executives, who have been robbing the County blind. Additionally, there are allegations that some of the attorneys at PGCPS Sasscer have not yet passed the bar, but still get paid to sit around.

Corruption flourishes when someone has monopoly power over a good or service, has the discretion to decide how much you get or whether you get any at all, and where transparency and accountability are lacking. So, to fight corruption, we must reduce monopoly and discretion, and increase transparency in several ways.

Corruption = Monopoly + Discretion – Transparency

Enhancing accountability means many things, and creative leaders use a remarkable variety of methods. One way to improve accountability is to improve the measurement of performance. Leaders can work with their employees and clients to create new systems for measuring the performance of agencies and offices—and then link rewards to results.

Accountability is also increased by inviting outside agencies to audit, monitor, and evaluate.

What about ethics and morality? Successful leaders set a good example. They often create training programs for employees and citizens. The keys are systems that provide better incentives for imperfect humans to perform in the public’s interest—and to avoid corruption.

Subverting Corruption

When corruption has become systemic, it resembles organized crime. It has its own parallel system of recruitment and hierarchy, of rewards and punishments, and of contracts and enforcement. This parallel system contains  inherent weaknesses. For example, bribery and extortion are not legal in any country of the world. Therefore, they must be kept (somewhat) secret. The money gained must be hidden. One cannot openly recruit new members. The mechanisms for enforcement are illicit.

How can these corrupt systems be subverted? Obviously we cannot count on members of organized crime to clean themselves. Instead, we must analyze the corrupt systems and ask, “How might they be destabilized?” Who is “we”? It can be a new president and his or her administration, or a new mayor, or a leader of a public enterprise; but it can also be you and me as members of civil society. Around the world, we see new examples of: citizen activism; business groups entering into “integrity pacts”; and intellectuals, journalists, and religious leaders going beyond lectures and sermons to analyze corrupt systems and work together to subvert them.

By asking Rushern Baker III, to solve their Education problems, Prince George’s County and Maryland leaders should know that it’s like telling the hyena to help search for your stray sheep in the forest! Many in the County leadership can not learn a thing. They lack common sense, human dignity, are corrupt or driven by the desire for free cash whose source is unknown!154819_135618879938997_1040738368_n

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