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Former Md. gubernatorial hopeful hired to school post after backing county leader

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Onetime Maryland gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin

By Donna St. George and Ovetta Wiggins

Onetime Maryland gubernatorial candidate Valerie Ervin was hired into a six-figure job with the Prince George’s County school system less than three months after she dropped out of the governor’s race and threw her support behind the county’s top leader.

In the final stretch of the campaign, Ervin regularly stumped for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who was in a heated battle for the Democratic nomination. Baker hinted publicly that if he were elected, Ervin would join his administration.

But Baker lost the June 26 primary. In August, Ervin was hired to a $133,200-a-year position as a special assistant in the school system’s Office of Employee and Labor Relations. Officials in the state’s second-largest school system said the job was created in August to improve communication with the labor unions representing the district’s 20,000 full-time employees.

At least one school board member, David Murray, raised questions about political favoritism.

“It’s disappointing because it appears that school system jobs are continuing to be used as a political bargaining chip,” said Murray, who has been critical of Baker. “All too often, the school system is forced to hire friends, relatives and political allies of powerful politicians in the county.”

Murray said that although Ervin is qualified for the post, he is concerned about the manner of her selection. “The circumstances are questionable,” he said.

School district officials said this week that more than 40 people applied for the position, which was advertised, and that four applicants, including Ervin, were selected to appear before an interview panel.

The panel had five members, including the school system’s legal counsel, Shauna Battle; communications officer Raven Hill; a human resources staff member; a local union president; and Christian Rhodes, the school system’s chief of staff.

Rhodes worked for Baker as his education policy adviser from 2012 until joining the school system in 2014.

The panel scored Ervin highest among the four finalists, officials said. Her appointment was approved by the school board Aug. 23 in a closed session.

“This decision was not made in isolation,” school system spokesman John White said. “It followed the normal process.”

Rhodes said in an interview Tuesday that Ervin’s résumé “speaks for itself,” noting her labor background and time as a school board member and County Council member in neighboring Montgomery County.

“She is one of the foremost labor leaders in the country and has extensive knowledge of how local government works,” he said. “We look forward to using her expertise to forge a better relationship with our labor partners, especially in the realm of compensation.”

Ervin did not respond to requests for comment on her selection.

Before taking the schools job, Ervin worked as a senior adviser to the national Working Families Party, a political organization that advances issues important to working families, including paid sick leave and increasing the minimum wage.

Ervin, who was a candidate for lieutenant governor earlier this year, was running on a ticket with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and decided to seek the state’s highest office after Kamenetz, 60, died of a heart attack in early May.

She ended her long-shot bid for governor in early June and endorsed Baker.

Much of Ervin’s background centers on unions. She started as a union organizer in the Mississippi Delta, working with laborers on poultry and catfish farms. She was promoted by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in 1987, leading her move to the Washington area.

As county executive, Baker persuaded state lawmakers in 2013 to give him expanded control of the county’s low-performing school system. He has the authority to select the school system’s chief executive and name the school board’s chairman and vice chairman.

A spokesman for Baker said Tuesday that Baker does not have authority to make hiring decisions such as the one involving Ervin. He also emphasized Ervin’s qualifications.

“Ms. Ervin’s background and credentials as a former Montgomery County school board member, County Council member and her experience working with labor unions, make her qualified for the position she obtained,” Baker spokesman Scott Peterson said. “The students, teachers, and administrators . . . as well as the taxpayers of Prince George’s County are very fortunate having a person with her background working on their behalf.”

Doris Reed, executive director of the Association of Supervisory and Administrative Personnel, the union that represents principals and supervisors, lauded Ervin’s hiring, adding that “she applied for the job like everyone else.” Reed described Ervin’s credentials as impeccable.

In recent days, some in the community reacted to a Facebook post noting that Rhodes drew a major salary increase, to $213,000 a year. Monica Goldson, interim chief executive of the Prince George’s school system, promoted Rhodes from chief of strategic and external affairs to chief of staff. His appointment, announced July 31, was confirmed by the board Aug. 23, according to White, the school system spokesman.

The salaries of Rhodes and other top aides became a flash point several months ago when critics spotlighted raises given by Kevin Maxwell, who was chief executive of the school system at the time. Figures released then showed Rhodes’s salary rose from $138,300 in 2015 to $188,100 in 2017.

His most recent salary in that position was $195,800, officials said.

Via  Washington post

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Shock! School Board Member Deletes Facebook Post after a call from interim CEO after exposure for illegal pay raise!

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Board of Education member Edward Burroughs III, alleged that Eubanks shoved him against a bookcase — in a room outside of public view — and yelled, “I will f— you up” several times while pointing a finger in his face.

Isn’t it frustrating when you work hard to craft valuable social media content only to have it flooded with critical negative comments about the post or your agency? Just delete the comment  or entire post so it doesn’t devalue your reputation.

No big deal, right? Wrong!

Not only is deleting posts or negative comments by elected officials possibly infringing on the citizens freedom of speech, in some states, it can also be be illegal if it doesn’t clearly violate  social media policy. Besides, what do you do when they see you’ve deleted their comment and they file an open records request for the complete context of the post? You provide it, right? Well, you should; and, legally you must.

Last evening a Facebook post, drafted by Board of Education member Edward Burroughs III exposing unreasonable pay increase of Mr. Christian Rhodes totaling more than $210,000 was mysterious deleted after members of the public started posting critical comments on the issue. Mr. Rhodes is the Chief of Staff for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and reports directly to Dr. Monica Goldson (the interim CEO).  He has engaged in questionable conduct in the past before resuming the current role and was part of the team which received thousands of dollars in pay increases by former CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell earlier this year.

One concerned user on direct message stated, “Something is going on just like him dropping the charges against Eubanks. I think Monica is behind it.” Mr. Burroughs later posted another message praising Monica Goldson by stating the following:

Update: I just got off the phone with the interim CEO. For months we’ve talked about the importance of making sure that our teachers and support staff receive pay increases. Not just the executives ( upper marlboro elites) . I’m going to do everything I can to support her in doing just that. She and I will not agree on everything- but we will are unified and when I tell you things have gotten so much better- I mean it. My most important meeting with her was last week regarding alternative schools. The last CEO would not return an email about these students. She was very thoughtful and concerned about our students who are expelled, habitually truant, or who’ve had adverse contact with the criminal justice system. Major positive changes are coming for these students. I will continue to keep you informed about what’s happening.”

Many elected officials have traditionally used town halls, letters and email correspondence to engage with their constituents. In the age of social media, Facebook and Twitter have emerged as key platforms for political dialogue. Lawmakers increasingly rely on these tools to inform the public of their positions, announce policy changes and gauge constituent opinion. With this in mind, deleting important posts, blocking citizens from these forums is akin to denying them access to their representatives.

Many organizations, including The Washington Post, curate reader comments, but if they are not part of the government, they do not have the same responsibility to communicate with constituents. Mr. Edward Burroughs’ Facebook page is linked to his office and he gets assistance from the Board employees with many issues including emails and voicemails. It is both constitutionally and ethically held to a different standard.

The legal framework surrounding free speech rights on online forums is still developing, and with time government officials may have real concerns about how to preserve constructive dialogue on their pages. Some difficult questions may present themselves.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, government entities are legally required to make public records available to citizens for viewing and copying at their request. Most people know this as an open records request. But, in order for agencies and other organizations working with the government to provide records for the requested information, they must preserve all of their records — physical and digital — so they can be accessed any time.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1967, gives citizens access to public information. It’s often described as “the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.” FOIA applies to federal agencies, but most states have their own version of an open records act which typically charge agencies and organizations doing business with government to preserve digital content.

That means emails, texts, and social media must be archived.

But, what is considered public and what isn’t? Let’s take a look.

Is Digital Content Considered “Public Record”?

Public record, according to the Maryland Open Records Act, includes all documents, letters, papers, maps, books, tapes, pictures, data, data fields, and computer-based or computer-generated information. That includes content received or sent by a public agency or by a private person or private organization working with the government.

So, yes, digital content is considered public record.

Once someone submits an open records request, the agency must supply the record within 3 days unless it is legally determined confidential.

Records Not Considered Public

Agencies and businesses working with the government aren’t required to prepare reports or summaries for the open records request, nor are they required to take time away from their daily responsibilities to go above and beyond to prepare the requested records. And some records are not considered public. Types of records that aren’t public, include:

  • Law enforcement
  • Medical
  • Veterinary
  • Information about regulatory agencies in pending criminal investigations
  • Federal government cases specifically required to be confidential
  • Confidential evaluations and investigations related to the hiring of public officials or public employees
  • Personal information like social security numbers, mother’s birth name, insurance and medical information, financial data, and bank account and credit card information

Keep in mind, this list is not exhaustive and there are other types of information not required to be open to the general public. Additionally, most states have their own variation of an open records act that could vary slightly from this list.

Instead of deleting posts or comments all together that critique policy positions and those of the executives involved in shenanigans in PGCPS, Mr. Burroughs should allow them online — and, if he disagrees with them, respond and make his case for why the status quo is not the answer and vice versa! He should also invite some of these questionable characters to highlight their side of the issue or schedule hearings himself since he is part of the leadership team as a Board member.

Deleting Facebook posts after an official engaged in unjust enrichment calls to complain, or even after the public has started engaging in social media condemning an illegal scheme should not be concealed.  It’s even worse to withdraw a suit after making serious allegations against certain individuals after many months in the media, highlighting  corruption fiasco in the county schools. Running away from problems as part of cover ups as an elected official is not the answer!

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Chairman Segun Eubanks assaulted a fellow school board member Edward Burroughs above  >>>Read more <<<

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Dr. Monica Goldson (the interim CEO).

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Mr. Rhodes is the Chief of Staff for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and reports directly to Dr. Monica Goldson (the interim CEO).

Read more >>>Major Outrage as Architect of an Organized Scheme Monica Goldson is appointed Acting CEO of PGCPS

 

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Where’s the school bus? Some PGCPS parents complain of no-shows and cover ups through None Working Application.

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By Kate Ryan 

Sylvia Imbarlina-Moore of Bowie, Maryland, said her 8-year-old son was excited to ride the bus to his new school, Heather Hills Elementary.

But, since school started Sept. 4, Imbarlina-Moore said the bus showed up just three times.

Some days, she’d wait for more than the 20-minute window recommended by the school system. The bus was supposed to show up at 6:50 a.m.

By 7:10 a.m., she started to worry, but decided to wait a bit longer.

“After that, we waited a good 30 minutes — and the bus was not showing,” she said.

She’d contacted school officials in the weeks before school, and again on the days when she found herself having to hustle her son off to school herself.

By Sept. 11, she emailed the school transportation department, saying she was “beyond livid” because she’d been late to work after waiting for a bus and then having to get her son to school.

She did get an email from Tony Spruill, an operations supervisor with the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ transportation department. He wrote, “We continue to make daily adjustments to our routes in an effort to get students to school on time. We should have this route fixed by next week.”

Imbarlina-Moore said the lack of specific information — what time the bus would be there, why it was late — was frustrating. She wasn’t alone.

Dr. Rudolph Saunders, director of transportation for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said in the first week of classes, they get thousands of calls — parents asking for information, as well as those complaining about late buses or clarification on the location of bus stops.

“For the first week of school, a number of our buses are going to be late,” Saunders said.

One factor that leads to delays, he said, is the need to check that each student is getting on the right bus to the right school. And, once they get to school, there are checks to make sure the students know where to go.

Saunders said he knows it’s frustrating for parents on tight schedules. “But, we’d rather take a few extra minutes at every stop to make sure we get all the kids on the right bus at the right time.”

He said they don’t want to risk having a child get off a bus in the wrong neighborhood or left at school with no way home.

Another issue is the shortage of available school bus drivers. Right now, Saunders said the county school system has the full complement of regular bus drivers. What’s missing is a full cadre of substitute drivers.

Saunders said the school system could “easily” use 100 more drivers to deal with those times when a regular driver is out sick or on leave.

The school system is recruiting drivers, but Saunders said there’s a lot of competition for qualified bus operators. Holding a commercial driver’s license, he said, “It’s like a license to print money.” That’s how competitive the market is.

The school system holds recruitment fairs throughout the school year; another one is scheduled for Saturday.

Saunders said to deal with the shortage, many drivers double up on routes. And, all of the staff members at the school system’s bus lots hold commercial licenses. “We have to use them sometimes to help cover the runs to make up the gap,” Saunders said.

The app “Here Comes The Bus” is supposed to help parents keep tabs on where the school buses are and how soon they’ll show up.

But Imbarlina-Moore said in checking the app, she’d often see that the bus was far from her home and that “the bus that he’s supposed to be on is on a completely different route — it’s not on his route at all.”

Saunders said the start of the school year always includes some time for drivers and students to settle into the routine and that, sometimes, stops have to be shifted. So, patience is needed.

Imbarlina-Moore said what she needs is more clarity — and communication. “I feel that would really relieve the stress and anxiety that parents feel, especially during a new school year.”

Via WTOP

The same concerns were raised via facebook by a PGCPS parent (Maria Gonzales Jackson), She  “Wondered if anyone else has noticed that the “Where’s the Bus” app “works” and records pick up and drop off times when the bus is on time or close to being on time. But, when the bus is late, like my daughter’s was by 45 minutes it did not record/show the time. If so, seems like a great way for Prince George’s County Public Schools to “skew the stats” of bus time performance. I called the “Where’s the Bus” tech support and was told if it is working when bus is on time, but not recording when it is late, then someone either remotely or the driver himself/herself is turning their device off. Interesting discovery.”

Read more >>> Maryland audit of Prince George’s school system makes a finding…

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Recent PGCPS Suitland High School graduate remembered for his dedication to staying out of trouble

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TaQuan Pinkney, 18, had recently graduated from high school and planned to attend the University of the District of Columbia this fall. He was shot and killed Sunday in Southeast Washington. (Courtesy of Horton’s Kids)

By Dana Hedgpeth

To look at him, he didn’t seem the boxing type — skinny, quiet and unassuming.

But when TaQuan Pinkney got into boxing about three years ago, he not only liked it, but also learned he was good at it. The activity offered a safe haven from the rough District neighborhood he called home.

Pinkney, 18, was shot and killed after 1 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Stanton and Pomeroy roads in Southeast Washington. He had left to buy a soda at a store a few blocks from home. Friends and family said he was shot in the back while running away from people having a “neighborhood beef” and was caught in the crosshairs.

More than 100 friends, family members and community leaders attended a vigil Thursday to honor Pinkney. At the end, 70 red and black balloons — Pinkney’s favorite colors — were released.

Those who spoke recalled him as upbeat, loving and determined to get a job to help his four siblings and mom move to the Maryland suburbs, where they have extended family.

D.C. police said the case is under investigation and authorities have no suspects or motives in the case.

Pinkney is among 195 people in the Washington region killed by violence this year, according to tracking by The Washington Post. Of them, D.C. police say 108 were killed in the District, a 37 percent increase over this time last year.

Of homicides this year in the District, 71 have been in hard-pressed neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. Seventeen of the victims were under the age of 19.

Among the young people killed this year were a 10-year-old girl shotwhile getting a treat from an ice cream truck and a 16-year-old boy fatally stabbed in the NoMa neighborhood.

For family, friends and community leaders who knew Pinkney, his death was heartbreaking. He recently graduated from Suitland High School in Maryland and enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia for a program to learn about HVAC technology — or heating, ventilation and air conditioning. He had been working at a sandwich shop near his house.

“He always said, ‘Mom, I want to do better,’ ” recalled his mother, Yolanda Pinkney, 38. “He always said, ‘We’re moving.’ ”

About five years ago, Pinkney became involved with Horton’s Kids, a nonprofit organization in the District that helps more than 200 disadvantaged children each year with educational opportunities. He had gotten into boxing with its help.

“He had perseverance,” said Rahaman Kilpatrick, manager of family engagement for Horton’s Kids. “Ten kids signed up when we first offered boxing, and by the end, only three were left. One of them was TaQuan.”

Even after Horton’s Kids ended a partnership with the gym, Pinkney found a ride or caught the Metro to get there or another gym in Northeast.

His mother said he liked boxing because it was something different. Pinkney often was at school, at Horton’s Kids or in his house, his mother said, to stay away from danger in the neighborhood.

“He liked the fact that it got him out of the neighborhood,” she said. “He got to relieve some stress, too.”

Pinkney wasn’t the type of “kid that you would expect to be good at a sport that’s about being aggressive,” said Robin Berkley, executive director of Horton’s Kids. “He had such a positive, relaxed, happy attitude, but he was really good at it.”

Friends and community leaders recalled how he strove to be on time to every activity and was often seen in the neighborhood walking his dog, a Yorkie named Dior.

In his sophomore and junior years, Berkley said Pinkney had lost some interest in school but had what a mentor said was a “wake-up call” his senior year when he realized he might not graduate. He started taking night classes and doing other work to catch up.

Yolanda Pinkney, as well as others who knew her son, said they believe two groups may have exchanged words at the store when the violence escalated.

“Shots fired,” she said, “everybody scattered. He was the only one to get shot in the back.”

Kilpatrick said that TaQuan Pinkney stayed away from those who were getting into trouble, but that it wasn’t enough.

“He didn’t want anything to do with that,” he said. “It’s so ironic. You can do everything the right way and still be the victim of violence.”

Via Washington Post 

Read more >>> Recent PGCPS Suitland High School graduate shot to death in Southeast DC

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D.C. police said they have no suspect or suspects in the slaying of TaQuan Pinkney, 18. His family said he had gone to a corner store near his home to get a soda. (Courtesy of Horton’s Kids)

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Head Start expands in PGCPS where scandal flared two years ago

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Head Start classes are expanding in Prince George’s County, more than two years after the public school system lost a multimillion-dollar federal grant for the early-education program amid reports of corporal punishment and humiliation of children.

Easterseals DC MD VA and the Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness announced Wednesday that they have received a combined $33.5 million in federal grants to operate programs for 418 economically disadvantaged children a year. The grants will stretch over five years.

That’s significantly fewer children than what the school system once served in Prince George’s — 932 children in 2016 — but it is evidence of revival for a prominent program in a county with a large number of children living near the poverty line.

Leaders from the two nonprofits are working to roll out their programs, with two centers open last week and more expected soon. School system officials say they embrace the efforts and promised to provide classroom space and other resources.

“This is great for children and families in Prince George’s County,” said Monica Goldson, interim chief executive of the school district, who pledged to “do our best to help the new providers serve as many children as possible, as quickly as possible.”

Though no longer operating Head Start, county school officials have expanded prekindergarten by 280 seats since 2016 and increased the program’s full-day enrollment.

Designed to foster school readiness, Head Start enrolls children ages 3 to 5 and has a sister program, Early Head Start, for infants and toddlers. The programs are administered by the federal Administration for Children and Families, which awarded the grants.

Head Start aims to make children from low-income families ready for school by offering educational, nutritional, health and social services.

Easterseals received an $18.6 million grant, not including start-up costs, to serve 218 children a year, and the Lourie Center drew a $14.9 million grant to serve 200 children a year. Both organizations will enroll infants to 5-year-olds.

Federal officials said the grants include programs for infants and toddlers, which are significantly more expensive. But they said they expect the shift to give the most vulnerable and underserved children “the support they need to succeed in school and in life.”

Easterseals officials said they will provide programs to children living in southern Prince George’s County. Centers in Hyattsville and Temple Hills are already serving children, and locations will be added in coming months, they said.

They said they plan to go beyond education to offer early-intervention evaluations, mental health support and other services. Classrooms will include children with disabilities, who could account for as much as 25 percent of enrollment.

“There is tremendous need for services in Prince George’s County, and this is a big step to begin serving a large number of families,” said Larry Bram, a senior vice president at Easterseals. “We believe we can help change lives — and earlier is better.”

Lourie’s programs under the new grant will serve children in the county’s northern and central areas. Classrooms are slated to open as early as next month in Riverdale Park and Adelphi, and home-based services will be provided for pregnant women and for children from birth to age 3. Lourie plans to enroll 12 children in a therapeutic nursery program that works with children who have experienced trauma or other emotional challenges.

The new efforts mark a rebound for Head Start in Prince George’s.

Federal officials cited a string of troubling incidents as they announced their intention to revoke the school system’s grant in August 2016. One involved a teacher forcing a 3-year-old who wet himself to mop his own urine in front of the class and texting a photo to his mother, describing the punishment and writing “LOL.”

In another incident, a teacher made two children hold heavy boxes over their heads for an extended period as punishment for playing during nap time. A 5-year-old wandered away from the program, unmonitored for 50 minutes.

[Feds end Head Start grant after finding schools humiliated kids, used corporal punishment]

Federal officials said at the time that school district leaders had not taken sufficient steps after problems were pointed out. Prince George’s relinquished a grant it had held for 50 years.

Afterward, temporary efforts were made to serve Head Start students. Federal officials brought in a nonprofit from Denver that provided interim services. County school officials also used more than $5 million in school system money to operate an early-education program for children already enrolled in Head Start during the 2016-2017 school year.

[After feds cancel Head Start grant over abuse, Md. county to have ‘Early Start’ instead]

Easterseals has a 70-year history in the Washington region of providing early care and education services to disadvantaged children, officials said. But this is the agency’s first foray into Head Start, so it has engaged Shine Early Learning, a nonprofit with Head Start expertise, to help.

[How a Maryland school system lost its Head Start grant]

Leaders at the Lourie Center, started in 1983, said their efforts would come in the spirit of founders Reginald S. Lourie, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley Greenspan, experts in early-childhood development. It has been involved in Early Head Start in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties for more than 20 years.

The new grant would add greatly to the “continuity of care,” said Angela Card, director of Head Start for the Lourie Center. “We will be able to really support children, through pregnancy and from birth to 5.”

Via Washington post 

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Recent PGCPS Suitland High School graduate shot to death in Southeast DC

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TaQuan Pinkney was found shot in the 2800 block of Stanton Road in Southeast D.C.

 – The mother of an 18-year-old graduate is mourning the loss of her son who was fatally shot this weekend in the District.

D.C. police say TaQuan Pinkney was found shot in the 2800 block of Stanton Road in Southeast D.C. by officers at around 1:13 p.m. Sunday. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Pinkney’s mother, her son was headed to the corner store, but never came home. She said police told her that TaQuan was not the intended target of the shooting.

Pinkney graduated from Suitland High School in May and had been working at a local restaurant to help pay for college. He was planning on attending the University of the District of Columbia.

He was also involved in the community with Horton’s Kids, a D.C. community-based organization that provides at-risk children with programs to help them prepare for their education and their future.

Pinkney leaves behind five siblings, his mother said.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible in Pinkney’s death. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.

Via Fox5 DC

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TaQuan Pinkney in a past photo during his graduation. 

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Students Walk Out at Sacramento Charter High School to Protest Teacher Firings and Arbitrary Policies

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Students protested at Sacramento Charter High School, operated by St. Hope’s Charter chain, led by former mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife Michelle Rhee

Students protested at Sacramento Charter High School, operated by St. Hope’s Charter chain, led by former mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife Michelle Rhee. They were angry about Teacher firings over the summer and arbitrary rules, like requiring students to wear long pants when the temperature reached 100.

Charter operators can’t push high school students around as easily as little kids.

Here’s some history about Sacramento Charter High School.

“Founded in 1856, Sacramento High School moved several times. In 1922, construction began at its current location on 34th Street. It opened at this location in 1924 and continuously served the growing neighborhoods of Downtown Sacramento, Midtown, East Sacramento, River Park, College Greens, Tahoe Park and Oak Park until 2003.

“The school was closed by the SCUSD School Board in June 2003, over the objections of many students, parents and teachers. The new charter high school, which opened in September 2003, kept the same school colors, purple and white, and the dragon mascot but not the Visual and Performing Arts Center (VAPAC) which had been one of the school’s unique features for many years. Sacramento Charter High School is governed by a private Board of Directors from St. Hope Public Schools.”

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Students protested at Sacramento Charter High School, operated by St. Hope’s Charter chain, led by former mayor Kevin Johnson and his wife Michelle Rhee

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Michelle A. Rhee is an American educator and advocate for education reform. She was Chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools from 2007 to 2010.

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Kevin Maurice Johnson is an American former professional basketball player and Democratic Party politician who served as the 55th Mayor of Sacramento, California. He is the husband of educator Michelle Rhee.

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