Category Archives: election 2012

former PGCPS IT Director abandons family.

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Morris Flecher Beyene

Reformsasscer@gmail.com

For Immediate Release:

June 5th, 2012.

La Plata Maryland: Mr. Pierre Dickson, the former IT Director (pictured below), who conducted a reign of terror during his tenure as the Telecommunication Director in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), was given an honorable discharge after pressure from several elected officials.  He, in fact, deserves to be  criminally investigated and locked up for corruption, intimidation, abuse of power, theft by conversion, illicit office affairs, bribery, interference with legal proceedings, tampering with witnesses, bribing attorneys, bribing law enforcement, etc. His termination was merely a cover up and a slap on the wrist by the embattled Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr. This man deserves to be locked up in a federal penitentiary.

In the meantime, Mr. Dickson’s wife has filed for divorce due to abandonment and cruelty because of his malicious behavior over the years as well as other matters. (Read the entire complaint here ~> Pierre Dickson’s Divorce papers). Any abuse that endangers a person’s mind severely or body is clearly grounds for divorce. In the complaint, Mr. Dickson wife accuses him of committing adultery among other issues. (See ~> Pierre Dickson’s Divorce papers) Divorce is rampant in the United States and it is rampant in PG County – Maryland. There are some instances where people have married not once or twice, but three, four, five or six times. It does not have to be this way. The former IT Director, who was known in PGCPS as a bully and having a strong appetite for other people’s wives, will not be missed. He will be remembered for his illicit affairs during business hours.

Mr. Dickson also known for physical brutality and abuse of power in the office was involved in adulterous relationship among them with Ms. Shanita Anderson. Many staff members who knew of his conduct are not surprised by the turn of events. “I hate men who use their influence and jump from woman to woman without a condom,” said one concerned employee recently. “There are a lot of cases involving senior administrators behaving badly in PGCPS and they are being covered up, as usual,” she continued. “Just look at what is happening at Laurel and Largo High Schools. No wonder PGCPS continues to be the second worst performing district in the whole state of Maryland,” said another anonymous employee.

After Mr. Pierre Dickson was fired from PGCPS, he continues to work closely with the top PGCPS management clandestinely. If you visit their website, PGCPS has added an anti-bullying banner in an effort to show that they are addressing interior issues similar to the ones Mr. Dickson practiced. In fact, it is a cover-up mission and no corrective action has been taken. PGCPS management had investigations blocked and they ruined careers of staff members who tried to bring the truth to light. (See 12-common-signs-of-workplace Bullying.)

PGCPS has a reputation in organized crime circles as a haven for those mixed up in shady dealings. The operatives who master minded the paperwork and the illegal deals during former County Superintendent Dr. Andre Hornsby’s saga involving public corruption are still running the show. To enhance their corrupt illegal activities, PGCPS legal department awarded a $5 million legal tender to Thatcher law Firm to represent PGCPS, Mr. Pierre Dickson, Mr. Roger Thomas and Dr. William R. Hite Jr without competitive bind against the rules of Board of Education in 2011 (Read the story here). The said law firm (Thatcher law Firm) is being used to conduct illegal activities in support of corrupt agendas, which includes bribing attorneys and defending illegal activities against staff with legitimate cases.  Furthermore, Dr William R. Hite Jr has been the disgraced Jack Johnson’s side kick before and after he became the County superintendent of schools. We have the evidence and the PG County needs new officials with no hands tied to corruption. Tax payer’s money is being used by the PGCPS legal department and Dr. William R. Hite Jr to undermine transparency and accountability.

Our theory here is that there is a criminal element embedded within PGCPS. It’s this element that appears to be working in cahoots with Mr. Pierre Dickson to maintain the status quo. They seem to be involved in grand corruption and other issues of public concern. This begs the questions – why would this criminal element sponsor what appears to be illicit activities and high corruption? How much is Dr. William Hite’s involvement in all this? What role is the county executive playing? What happened to the Inspector General promised by Mr. Rushen Baker during the campaign?

Criminality within a state agency like PGCPS thrives in a republic of fear. A panicked public is unable to hold the state agency accountable. Public fear saps the energy of the citizenry and allows malignant and dark forces to loot the treasury and carry out all manner of illegalities. Corruption is a big problem, but a fixable one. Bad laws = corruption. Good laws = no corruption. The PG County citizenry must say “No” to this unethical practice and demand a regime change. Enough is enough.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat, please email Morris Flecher Beyene at reformsasscer@gmail.com

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Dr.William Hite Jr goes Bonkers – finally loses it!

 Please anyone, calm this man down.Dr. William Hite Jr.

Reform Sasscer movement has always taken a holistic approach to promote good governance. Good governance requires strong institutions, a receptive regulatory environment, and an active citizenry that holds its government accountable.  Underpinning all governance reform efforts is the public’s right to information. Where information is accessible at all levels and transactions are conducted in a transparent and open way, citizens are empowered and opportunities for corruption diminish. Conversely, the lack of adequate access to information, whether in election, budget processes or procurement procedures, enables corruption to not only exist but to flourish.

Reform Sasscer movement experience has proven that improving in one area of governance –  For example PGCPS Budget reform – without addressing access to information leaves an imbalance which can result in a less transparent and accountable society like we are seeing under the  Student Based Budgeting (SBB) in Prince George’s County Public Schools ( PGCPS) under William Hite. Many parents and staff members are in the dark. This was demonstrated recently on May 30, 2012 during the District 6 citizen meeting at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. Several concerned parents had no idea of how money is being spent.

It is in this background that we wrote to the General assembly on April 23, 2012 asking our elected officials to help push much needed reforms within PGCPS under embattled Superintendent Hite.  As a result of our advocacy, Dr. Hite reacted angrily over the weekend promising certain retaliatory measures. He refused to answer the concerns presented in our blogs by denying everything saying “these allegations are not only false, they are slanderous”. (See emails below and our response).

Greater transparency can be achieved in various ways, but one of the most efficient way is through a general right of access to official information. Access to timely, transparent and appropriate information within our school system is crucial to building accountable communities.  If William Hite cannot cope with this demand, he should resign hence forth. We have been demanding this for a while now on behalf of PGCPS and the larger community as a whole. Dr. Hite is and has been a distraction because he does not know the job and he is harrassing. The man was selected corruptly for the job.

Bottom line, in the age of social media (Twitter, Facebook, blogs etc.), no leader or civil servant can afford to abuse power and plunder resources without oversight. The consequences can be adverse as demonstrated recently even with our own secret service. Nobody should be above the law in PGCPS. That goes for Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Ms. Verjeana Jacobs and anyone else involved in the public corruption including Chief legal counsel Mr. Roger Thomas.  We will continue with our advocacy until the issues are addressed.

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From: Reform Sasscer <reformsasscer@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Apr 29, 2012 at 3:45 AM
Subject: Re: Allegations – A Response To Allegations in This Information
To: “William R. Hite, Jr.” <william.hite@pgcps.org>
Cc: “educationissues@hotmail.com” <educationissues@hotmail.com>, “paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us” <paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us>, “anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us” <anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us>, “douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us” <douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us>, “jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us” <jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us>, “victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us” <victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us>, “thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us” <thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us>, “joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us” <joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us>

Dear Senators, Board of Education members, elected officials et alia,

The reply received is typical of Dr. William Hite jr response to a public inquiry. First, Dr. William Hite jr is a public figure with responsibility and duty to be accountable to the public and yet he feels he is a king in charge and only accountable to himself. His response to Dr. Eugene Williams is contemptible and disgusting and revealing to his attitude towards accountability and transparency of public funds. Dr. Eugene Williams only asked for a simple clarification to an issue which is now public knowledge and what does Dr. William Hites jr do? He comes out with guns blazing and with a no take prisoners approach. Dr Hite immediately becomes a judge and jury all rolled into one claiming slander and terrorist – threatening unspecified retaliation measures. Could someone please bring this Dr. William Frankenstein Hite monster under control with a muzzle and tranquilizer? Such a so called learned man should learn how to respond in a civil and enlightened manner. Prince George’s County Public Schools (Pgcps) does not deserve or condone such uncouth and irresponsible behavior from a superintendent of schools.
Dr. Wiiliam Flantesntein Hite should tame his ego and lead by example. What kind of example does this dialogue serve? Are we supposed to bow and shudder to the all might self proclaimed king Dr. Wiliiam Frankenstein Hite? We hope he is not trying to start his own Friday the 13th horror sequel. Dr. Hite you don’t scare anyone. We will settle for nothing-less than the truth, transparency and accountability. Enough is enough. Your threats and witch hunt belong in a museum. They will never work. We will not be silenced or intimidated.
In addition, Dr. William Hite you can bark as much as you like but you need to have the common decency to the gentleman’s inquiry and answer the questions.  This is not a threat but a fact. There are more than 21 points to clarify. We will continue to post questions and concerns from Pg county citizens in the blogs. Parents and students deserves answers. Dr William Hite jr climb down from your high perch.
Finally, if you are a woman  who has been subjected to sexual harrassment, innuendo, unwarranted looks and comments and promises by Dr. William Hite jr, don’t be a victim of silence, you need to come out and save other women suffering the abuse silently. We are aware of numerous venues inluding Boston etc. Time has come to put a stop to this madness. Every girl and woman needs your protection in Pgcps – Speak up!
Regards,
Deputy spokesman – Fletcher Morris Beyene
Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat.
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From: William R. Hite, Jr. <william.hite@pgcps.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Subject: Allegations – A Response To Allegations in This Information
To: educationissues@hotmail.com, reformsasscer@gmail.com
Cc: paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us, anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us, douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us, jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us, victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us, thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us, joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us
Greetings Mr. Williams,

 Thank you for contacting Prince George’s County Public Schools. As a general rule, we do not respond to anonymous emails, blogs, tweets and Facebook posts. The school system has established numerous resources for individuals to voice their concerns and/or make formal complaints (http://www1.pgcps.org/internalaudit/index.aspx?id=20430).

However, rest assured that these allegations are not only false, they are slanderous. The individuals behind these hateful attacks seek to shred the reputation of our employees, students, school system and community. Hateful online speech (e-bullying or e-terrorist attacks) have real world consequences and should not be tolerated.

Finally, Mr. Williams, if you are the person responsible for these communiqués or if you know the individual(s) responsible, please let us know.

Thank you,

William R. Hite

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From: Eugene Williams,Sr. <educationissues@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Subject: A Response To Allegations in This Information
To: rosalind.johnson@pgcps.org, verjeana.jacobs@pgcps.org, donna.hathawaybeck@pgcps.org, william.hite@pgcps.org, educationissues@hotmail.com

Superintendent Hite and Board Members-

I recently retired from the school system, primarily because I did not feel that the the teaching environment was hostile and retaliatory to senior, experienced teachers. Moreover,  the alleged age and racial discrimination infuriated me, an experience, competent teacher who helped many students and brought national and international recognition to the system. For more abour my accomplishments and achievements, please see www.academicresourcesunlimited.org.

Now, an Evolutionary Elder, I am desirious of a response to the information in the e-mail I am forwarding to you. I receive such e-mails regularly. Are these allegations true? If so, how do you plan to address them?

Personally, as a citizen of the County, I have several other concerns about the quality of education some of our young people are receiving. I will share them with the Superintendent in a follow-up e-mail.

Thanks for a prompt response.

Dr. Eugene Williams, Sr.
301-768-8316
www.academicresourcesunlimited.org
Evolutionary Elder

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Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 12:43:06 -0400
Subject: Reforms needed at PGCPS -Sasscer.
From: reformsasscer@gmail.com
To: paul.pinsky@senate.state.md.us; anthony.muse@senate.state.md.us; douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us; jim.rosapepe@senate.state.md.us; victor.ramirez@senate.state.md.us; thomas.v.mike.miller@senate.state.md.us; joanne.benson@senate.state.md.us

Greetings,
We are providing you with this update to make you aware of the conflicts of interest which is impacting Prince Georges County Public Schools (PGCPS) as a result of  the actions of Superintendent of Schools Dr.William Hite and the outgoing BOE Chair since 2008 school year.
We are asking the members of the General Assembly to press for reforms at the Sasscer Administration Building and an end to the corruption being perpetrated by Dr. William Hite and his Kitchen cabinet. We request major cuts be pushed at Sasscer before any approval of the FY2013 budget..Our school system is faced with corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct and cuts are necessary to clean house. Any Budget approval should be tied to accountability and transparency of an inspector General (IG). Needless to say, this would act as a mint of fresh air to scandalous Budget AND money buried in the said budget for questionable activities by Dr. William Hite and Verjeana Jacobs (BOE Chair). (see the link below)
Deputy spokesman – Fletcher Morris Beyene
Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat.
  

Top Priorities For The Incoming BOE in PGCPS.

TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE INCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS IN PGCPS.

  1. Restore sanity to Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) discourse (Addressing corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct at Sasscer Administration Building).
  2. Evaluate unprofessional relationship between Dr. William Hite and various unions representing employees as well as some young female Principals.
  3. Review activities of previous nefarious Chief Legal Counsel Mr. Roger Thomas and previous nefarious Chief Human Resources Officer -Synthia J. Shilling (formerly Deputy Legal Counsel). These two cost the school system millions of dollars.
  4. Create a strong anti-discrimination and harassment policy in PGCPS. Obey state and federal laws.
  5. Access certification credentials held by senior management including Ms. Monica Goldson etc.
  6. Limit the purchasing power as exercised by Dr.William Hite when purchasing school system merchandize. (Who abused this power and was without oversight).
  7. Find ways to address and help reduce high suspension rate throughout the PGCPS District. Suspended students become a problem to the community.
  8. Examine closely all contracts over $10,000 signed off by Dr. William Hite Jr. and Ms. Verjeana Jacobs previously (Corrupt BOE Chair).
  9. Consider the following points as they impact the entire school District.
  • A.) Adding tighter campaign finance rules to avoid repeats of the Thatcher Campaign Donations Fiasco.
  • B.) Lobbying the County Council and the County Executive (Rushern Baker) to appoint an Inspector General (IG) to address waste, fraud, and abuse issues for all county agencies at Baker’s Office (including School Board). (These steps are necessary because an I.G. has not been appointed and there are an abundance of attorneys). Yes we can!
  • C.) Enforce the existing Codes of Ethics for all central office employees. Report infractions that go unpunished to MSDE.
  • D.) Report all concerns to MSDE so the state department is more accountable to us in enforcing state laws and policies at the local level.
  • E.) Ask tough questions about Ms. Elizabeth Davis, alleged lover to Tony Liberatore. His wife allegedly walked up on those two kissing at Sasscer. Ms. Davis does EEOC hearings/mediations. What are her qualifications and credentials for that role with such low morals? What connection did she have with Ms. Synthia Kucner?

11. Consider rules and regulations by federal, state and BOE policies.

  • A.) Abide by state law for Hite’s contract. The verbage for the state law is on the BOE webpage. see the attached link.
  • B.) Establish more precise criteria so we can get a better leader. Attract qualified, traditional candidates from other than Broad Group and other such organizations.
  • C.) Elect a BOE that will supervise rather than fraternize with the Superintendent.
  • D.) Complete THOROUGH background checks to avoid embarrassment of incidents like Deasy’s questionable doctorate.

12. Examine closely appointments of personnel –

A.) Look into the growing number of personnel in PGCPS like Jim Whattam, Esq., and Baker’s appointees like Mr. Christian Rhodes, Education Liaison, who have extensive ties to Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA). Be fair to all unions without over representing the teachers.

B.) The serious allegations of misconduct by previous Superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr. and some female employees need to be investigated. The concerns need to be put directly in writing to the BOE members and a demand for an investigation launched right away. A Copy needs to be forwarded to Mr. Rod Rosenstein’s office if the BOE does not act. The man was worse than Dr. Hornsby.

13.  Dr. William Hite Jr. should be summoned back to explain what happened when he appointed less qualified, non-credentialed personnel without following the state law. BOE should supervise the future Superintendent and force HR compliance. In the previous format, Dr. Hite always told the BOE what to do. This is unacceptable.

14.  Review the following deals:

  • A.) Washington Plaza, lobbyist ties and campaign donations
  • B.) H-1B
  • C.) The 27 administrators currently in arbitration
  • D.) Lack of due process among ALL employees for hearings, terminations, etc under Mr. Roger Thomas, Synthia J. Shilling, and Mr. Jim Whattam
  • E.) OIA number of lawsuits and EEOC complaints. There are so many EEOC complaints, they now have outsourced to other field offices throughout the country.
  • F.) Review overlap of Legal Department for attorney duties for waste
  • G.) The Thatcher contract was a no bid contract, totally against BOE policy. It needs to be cancelled.
  • H.) The $90 million Dr. Hornsby left behind that has been squandered.
  • I.) A proper investigation needs to be launched ASAP to follow money trail involving Dr. William Hite Jr., Roger Thomas, Mr. Matthew E. Stanski, Ms. Synthia J. Shilling also known as Ms. Synthia Kucner, and co-conspirators.

15. Contact state and federal officials (FBI, DOJ) about the broken laws, policies and procedures.

16. Go to Dept of Labor, MSDE, EEOC and any other organizations like NAACP, Casa de Maryland and La Raza about discrimination and hiring. Demand to know about credentials and licensure. The State Department is already doing an audit.

17. Report any information to Miranda Spivack or Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post or NBC4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins so they may do a story on misappropriation of funds. (After the incident with Dr. Hornsby occurred, BOE policies/procedures were implemented to prevent a reoccurrence. These procedures have yet to be followed.

18. Stop empowering Principals who harbor strong biases and use the system to destroy teaching credentials in order to remove teachers who don’t appeal to them. Test scores rise because of teachers and not because of the principals. Administrators should be receptive helpers and not feared executioners.

19. Teachers and staff in PGCPS need a raise like what happened to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) teachers recently. PGCPS staff have not had a raise for a while now. They work very hard usually without compensation.

20. Investigate Office of Constituent Services which acts as a campaign tool for Dr. William Hite even after he left the system. This office does very little to promote the interests of the PGCPS. The said office was only created to promote William Hite’s personal agenda and the staff overpaid to sit around to help put out fires touching on Dr. William Hite. Several staff members were given huge raises with no justification by Superintendent Hite personally. In this regard, IT Help Desk and Constituent Services needs to be merged to avoid duplication of duties.

21. Investigate IT Department and the relationship between some BOE members connected to fired IT Director Mr. Pierre Dickson. Verify what damage caused by the said Director and his lover Ms. Shanita Anderson.

22. Investigate nepotism beginning with Dr. William Hite’s office for the following reasons;

  • A.) The Director of communications Mr. Briant K. Coleman is a close family member to second in command.
  • B.) Several Instructional Directors have spouses who are either Principals or administrators within PGCPS.
  • C.) The previous Director was fired to create room for the current Communication Director, who is family member of the Deputy Superintendent.
  • D.) Previous Director of Communication was unjustly terminated in pretext for raising a discrimination issue.(see attached ~> Breedon vs PGCPS Bd. of Ed Hite)
  • E.) Investigate Ms. Monica Goldson, Chief Operating Officer (COO). She has several relatives in high level positions beginning at Sasscer – HR and in various schools. As the chief operating officer (COO), She controls millions of dollars and reports to the chief executive officer or the superintendent of schools. She is also responsible for the PGCPS’s day-to-day operating activities, including revenue and sales growth; expense, cost and margin control; and monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal management etc. What did she do to Dr. Hite to get the job without qualifications?

Investigate, investigate and change things immediately.

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PGCPS Breakfast or Bribery?

Verjeana Jacobs (Pictured above) must be rejected in the polls this election season for practicing corruption.

It has come to our attention that the embattled Ms. Verjeana Jacobs  (Chairperson of the Board of Education – BOE) is throwing a breakfast for influential members of the board, parents and union members which includes school principals after her defeat in the primary elections.

The Reform Sasscer movement is exposing this scandal to show there is a conflict of interest and is cumulative. The scandal is being perpetrated by Dr. William Hite Jr. and Ms. Verjeana Jacobs to mobilize school Principals and the Presidents of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) into supporting a campaign for Ms. Jacobs using student funds in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) using illegal methods. In our view, this is a waste of tax payer money, bribery of the highest order and corruption. Why does Chairperson Verjeana Jacobs suddenly feel the need to have a community engagement breakfast with the unions and other leaders she has not reached out to in 6 years? On top of all, the event is taking place in an expensive restaurant. The invitation went out to PTA/PTO/PTSO Presidents, Vice Presidents and Principals in the entire PGCPS District on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at 4:07 PM. (see attached breakfast). This is an attempt to undermine the smooth political campaigns and pressure the Principals and the PTA Presidents at Tax payers’ expense. This is unacceptable. We demand an immediate investigation and a full reimbursement of the tax payer’s money.

We are astounded by the turn of events by Mrs. Jacobs and Superintendent Hite.  Why invite members of a union that did not endorse or support her after she was exposed for engaging in corruption in the last 6 years as the chairperson of the Board of Education in PGCPS?  The  reasons for her actions may include an effort to undermine the solidarity of the union or fear of exposure. She seem to have run out of steam!  The Board of Education, led by Verjeana Jacobs and the administration of Dr. William Hite has been in bed with some corrupt union members as well as the former county executive Jack John for sometime. Their relationship with both Leslie Johnson  and Jack Johnson  have been compromising the quality of service in Prince George’s County schools. “This is another attempt to interfere and break the union inorder to  maintain status quo” said one union staffer recently.  However, “It will not work!”, she continued to say.  Members of the public are fed up with what is going on in our schools  and they are too smart to take the bait. Mrs.Verjeana Jacobs, your desperation is showing and come November 2012, the voters will speak loud and clear. They will send you home packing for good!

Dr. William Hite Jr. (Pictured here) resigned from the PGCPS system this last summer.

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Vote 2012 Primary Election Results BOE

BOARD OF EDUCATION 1

Murray, David Henry
Epps, Zabrina
McLaughlin, Michael
NP
NP
NP

3514
1974
813

55.77%
31.33%
12.9%

Total:

6301

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 4

Watson, Micah
Vaughns, Sandy John
Eubanks, Patricia
Smith, Dennis C.
Kitchen, Joseph
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

2077
1320
1310
1269
157

33.87%
21.52%
21.36%
20.69%
2.56%

Total:

6133

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 5

Ahmed, Raaheela
Jacobs, Jeana
Jackson, Deidre Nata
Theodore-Lewis, S.
Taylor, Sherine Nata
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

3606
2634
2165
1150
901

34.49%
25.19%
20.71%
11%
8.62%

Total:

10456

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 7

Fellows, Carletta
Armwood, Henry P JR
Richardson, John Edw
Walker Thompson, Lyd
Perkins, Lykisha
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

2143
1492
1007
922
765

33.86%
23.57%
15.91%
14.57%
12.09%

Total:

6329

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 8

Burroughs,Edward III
Nottingham, Andre T D.
Walcott, Erika
Hurley, Eric R
Bego, Orlando J.
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

6693
1555
887
562
328

66.76%
15.51%
8.85%
5.61%
3.27%

Total:

10025

100%

 Courtesy: Prince George’s County Board of elections

TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE INCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS IN PGCPS.

  1. Restore sanity to PGCPS discourse (Addressing corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct at Sasscer Administration Building).
  2. Re-Evaluate Dr. William Hite’s contract.
  3. Evaluate unprofessional relationship between Dr. William Hite and various unions representing employees as well as some young female Principals.
  4.  Review activities of Chief legal counsel Mr. Roger Thomas and Chief Human Resources Officer - Synthia J. Shilling (formerly deputy legal counsel). These two have cost the school system millions of dollars.  
  5. Create a strong antidiscrimination and harassment policy in PGCPS. Obey state and federal laws.
  6. Access certification credentials held by senior management including Dr. William Hite, Ms. Monica Goldson etc.
  7. Limit the purchasing power for Dr.William Hite when purchasing school system merchandize. ( He abuses this power and he is currently without oversight).
  8. Find ways to address and help reduce high suspension rate throughout the PGCPS District. Suspended students become a problem to the community.
  9. Examine closely all contracts over $10,000 signed off by Dr. William Hite and Ms. Verjeana Jacobs (Corrupt BOE Chair).
  10. Consider the following points as they impact the entire school District.
  • A.)   Adding tighter campaign finance rules to avoid repeats of the Thatcher campaign donations fiasco. 
  • B.)    Lobbying the county council and the county executive (Rushern Baker) to appoint an Inspector General (IG) to address waste, fraud, and abuse issues for all county agencies at Baker’s Office (including School Board). (These steps necessary because an I.G. has not been appointed and there are an abundance of attorneys). Yes we can!
  • C.)    Enforce the existing Codes of Ethics for all central office employees. Report infractions that go unpunished to MSDE.
  • D.)   Report all concerns to MSDE so the state department is more accountable to us in enforcing state laws and policies at the local level.
  • E.)    Ask tough questions about Ms. Elizabeth Davis, alleged lover to Tony Liberatore. His wife allegedly walked up on those two kissing at Sasscer. Ms. Davis does EEOC hearings/mediations. What are her qualifications and credentials for that role with such low morals?

11. Consider rules and regulations by federal, state and BOE policies.

  • A.)   Abide by state law for Hite’s contract. The verbage for the state law is on the BOE webpage.  see the attached link.
  • B.)    Establish more precise criteria so we can get a better leader. Attract qualified, traditional candidates from other than Broad Group and other such organizations.
  • C.)    Elect a BOE that will supervise rather than fraternize with Superintendent.
  • D.)    Complete THOROUGH background checks to avoid embarrassment of incidents like Deasy’s questionable doctorate.

12.  Examine closely appointments of personnel –

  • A.)   Look into the growing number of personnel in PGCPS like Jim Whattam, Esq., and Baker’s appointees like Mr. Christian Rhodes, Education Liaison, who have extensive ties to Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA). Be fair to all unions without over representing the teachers.
  • B.)    The serious allegations of misconduct with Dr. William Hite and some female employees need to be investigated. The concerns need to be put directly in writing to the BOE members and a demand for an investigation launched right away. A Copy needs to be forwarded to Mr. Rod Rosenstein’s office if the BOE does not act. The man is worse than Dr. Hornsby.

13.  Require Hite to appoint only qualified, credentialed personnel according to state law. BOE should supervise him and force HR compliance. In the current format, Dr. Hite tells the BOE what to do. This is unacceptable.

14.  Review the following deals:

  • A.)  WashingtonPlaza, lobbyist ties and campaign donations
  • B.)    H-1B
  • C.)    The 27 administrators currently in arbitration
  • D.)    Lack of due process among ALL employees for hearings, terminations, etc under Mr. Roger Thomas, Synthia J. Shilling and Mr. Jim Whattam
  • E.)    OIA number of lawsuits and EEOC complaints. There are so many EEOC complaints, they now have outsourced to other field offices throughout the country.
  • F.)    Review overlap of Legal department for attorney duties for waste
  • G.)    The Thatcher contract was a no bid contract, totally against BOE policy. It needs to be cancelled.
  • H.)   The $90 million Dr. Hornsby left behind that has been squandered.

15.  Contact state and federal officials (FBI, DOJ) about the broken laws, policies and procedures.

16. Go to Dept of Labor, MSDE, EEOC and any other organizations like NAACP, Casa de Maryland and La Raza about discrimination and hiring. Demand to know about credentials and licensure. The State Dept is already doing an audit.

17. Report any information to Miranda Spivack or Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post so they may do a story on misappropriation of funds. (After the incident with Dr. Hornsby occurred, BOE policies/procedures were implemented to prevent a reoccurrence. These procedures have yet to be followed.

18. Stop empowering Principals who harbor strong biases and use the system to destroy teaching credentials in order to remove teachers who don’t appeal to them. Test scores rise because of teachers and not because of the Principals. Administrators should be receptive helpers and not feared executioners.

19. Investigate Office of Constituent Services which acts as a campaign tool for Dr. William Hite and does very little to promote the interests of the PGCPS. The said office was only created to promote William Hite’s personal agenda and the staff overpaid to sit around to help put out fires touching on Dr. William Hite. Several staff members were given huge raises with no justification by Superintendent Hite personally.

20. Investigate IT Department and the relationship between some BOE members connected to fired IT Director Mr. Pierre Dickson. Verify what damage caused by the said Director and his lover Ms. Shanita Anderson.

21. Investigate nepotism beginning with Dr. William Hite’s office for the following reasons;

  • A.)   The Director of communications Mr. Briant K. Coleman is a close family member to second in command.
  • B.)    Several Instructional Directors have spouses who are either Principals or administrators within PGCPS.
  • C.)    The previous Director was fired to create room for the current Communication Director, who is family member of  the Deputy superintendent.
  • D.)    Previous Director of Communication was unjustly terminated in pretext for raising a discrimination issue.(see attached ~>    Breedon vs PGCPS Bd. of Ed Hite)
  • E.)    Investigate Ms. Monica Goldson Assistant superintendent for High School Consortium. She has several relatives in high level positions beginning at Sasscer – HR and in various schools.

Investigate, investigate and change things immediately.

Thank you and Keep up the pressure!

PRINCE-large

Friends –

Thank you for your support!  We are humbled by your faith in the reform Sasscer movement to carry out your message to the Pg county voters  forward.

Now the second phase of our fight begins in earnest.  We are going to carry our message to every nook and cranny in the Pg county School District. The future of our county and our children is at stake and we look forward to discussing these issues with citizens from every Council, town, and village in Prince Georges County (Pg).  Join us in this endeavor–contact our Headquarters to find out how you can help. Email (reformpgcps@gmail.com) &  blogs.

We would also like to thank Mr. Edward Burroughs, Mr. David Murray, Ms.  Raaheela Ahmed, Ms Carletta Fellows, Mr. Micah WatsonMr. Dennis Smith,  Mr. Sandy J. Vaughns , Ms. Deidre N. Jackson and others for running a smooth campaign.  Their sincerity, honesty, and sportsmanship are commendable and made the races enjoyable. We invite them to join our campaign in our effort to give the citizens of  Pg county school  System – Board of Education members who will better represent everyone. The fight against corruption, proffessional misconduct and nepotism at Sasscer Administration Building and in the schools should be a concern to everybody especially the voters.

Once again, thank you for your vote of confidence in helping advance change, innovation and transformation in Prince George’s county public schools (Pgcps).  Together, We look forward to making sure that Ms. Verjeana Jacobs ( Board of Education Chairperson pictured below) loses her seat in November 2012.  She is and has been the epicenter of corruption in Pgcps and has failed to address the issues brought to her attention through the blogs (read more) etc.

Sincerely,
Reform Sasscer Movement.