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Family demands answers after 9-year-old PGCPS girl defends herself in altercation against boys

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By Mikea Turner

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — A family in Prince George’s County is demanding answers after a nine-year-old girl was caught on camera defending herself against a group of boys at her bus stop.

A camera mounted on Ailea Arrington’s home captured disturbing video that sparked outrage last week when a family member posted the April 5 incident online.

The video shows Arrington, a fourth-grader at Barack Obama Elementary School, throwing and taking hits from a boy who also rides the bus.

She tells WUSA9 she was involved in a couple of altercations with one boy on the bus before it stopped at her bus stop, which is less than five minutes away.

“I had to defend myself,” said Arrington.

The altercation that started on the bus ended on the sidewalk in front of her home, but it was not a one-on-one fight. Arrington said a few boys got off the bus to help their friend. Before she knew it, she was surrounded by a group of boys. Arrington said the bus driver got off and told everyone to stop, but they didn’t.

“I’m just angry, I’m very angry,” Bonnie Scott, Arrington’s grandmother, said. “My baby could have hit her head on that concrete and couldn’t get back up, then what?”

“It’s not just about Ailea, it’s about all kids,” Scott said. “What do we do to protect the babies on the bus and when they get off the bus?”

Scott was home at the time, but was asleep after suffering from an injury the day before. She learned what happened after a parent close by helped Arrington get home. Now, Scott meets her at the bus stop every day and takes her to school.

“I checked her and she said they pulled her hair and her head was hurting a little bit, so I greased her scalp and just held her,” Scott said.

She said Arrington cried for hours.

It’s not clear what the initial fight was over on the school bus, but Scott has requested to see camera footage from beginning to end.

Scott had a meeting with the school principal lat week, but none of the parents or boys showed up. She was told the incident is under investigation.

A spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Public School System told WUSA9 in a statement:

“We are extremely concerned about the events depicted in the video. While we cannot discuss individual student disciplinary measures, we will take appropriate action according to our student code of conduct once the investigation is complete. The principal has met with families of the students involved and will resolve the matter with the seriousness that it deserves. Every Prince George’s County Public Schools student has a right to be safe while they are in our care.”

This is a developing story. More information will be added as it becomes available.

Via WUSA9

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Former PGCPS Executive Shawn Joseph Forced out of Tennessee dotted with legal, ethical issues – ties to local corruption

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former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

One of the former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph who helped cover up corruption through Dr. Lilian Lowery and transferred the same shenanigan in Nashville, Tennessee has been forced out of the job.

On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a widespread scheme involving high level executives at Sasscer. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal affianced in a wide ranging plot and bribery to defeat justice for employees. Dr. Shawn Joseph who later joined the PGCPS District at the beckoning of Dr. Lilian Lowery was also part of the mix in the same scheme.

The fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer.  Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed and omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even acknowledged extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County ties to discrimination. The public corruption in Prince George’s county public schools starts on an administrative level and is interconnected to local lawyers with ties to some local politicians, which has been an ongoing concern for many years.

In retaliation for exposing their shenanigans in this blog, the current interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson ordered this blog to be blocked in the PGCPS network and other parts globally on or around November 2018 in order to minimize their expose of their illegal agenda.

Shawn Joseph’s departure from Tennessee, due to similar issues and public corruption fiasco connected to Maryland and Denver, Colorado is a wake up call in Maryland. While major issues are interconnected, local issues are playing out around this case. The recent indictment of Gregory B. Craig, President Obama’s first White House Counsel shows that while Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, its effects will continue to ripple outward across the Washington DC metro area for a long time. Paul Manafort’s prosecution was a wake-up call for Washington lobbyists and Craig’s indictment is sounding the alarm for attorneys engaged in a widespread bribery using unaccountable money meant for public schools in a town full of them.

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Attorney Ardra O’Neal is involved in criminal undertaking of defrauding employees while working closely with employers including PGCPS in malicious undertaking. Employees and other citizens be aware of her shenanigans. She is involved in Self-dealing and fraud. Self – Dealing may involve misappropriation or usurpation of corporate assets or opportunities.  Anyone who has been a victim of her mischief is asked to report her fraudulent schemes to the law enforcement agencies at the earliest opportunity. In addition, she needs to be reported to the bar counsel ASAP!

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Monica Goldson (seen here) The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) under Dr. Monica Goldson as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster according to the reports from Tennessee. The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee in high level corruption. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee. Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. Tennessee citizens just like Maryland citizens are demanding for Transparency,  accountability and sanctions to the corrupt executives after state and Federal laws were broken willfully in both states.

We reprint the report by newschannel-5 article below:

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Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph

By: Phil Williams

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s the end of the road for Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph — a road dotted by legal and ethical potholes.

Under the terms of his buyout deal with the school board, Friday, April 12, is his last day.

But Joseph’s journey as Nashville’s first African-American director of schools began in July 2016 amid high expectations — with the school board essentially giving him a blank check.

“I think that Dr. Joseph needs to do whatever he needs to do to make sure that we are successful,” then-chair Anna Shepherd said.

Within months, there were ethical questions.

When NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked about the qualifications of the people he brought with him from Maryland, Joseph directed staff not to answer those questions – saying the district should wait and attack the reporter’s methods.

A school maintenance worker was also directed to work on Joseph’s house.

An email showed he would be “on the clock,” working at taxpayer expense. Joseph blamed his assistant.

“I hold myself to the highest level of integrity,” the schools director told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in October 2016.

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

“No,” he insisted, “and that’s what I corrected it in an email.”

Joseph still ordered the man’s supervisors to allow him to modify his work schedule to work at the director’s house.

That fall, our investigation caught the schools director using a bus driver to chauffeur him around town — including for personal errands — with taxpayers paying for the driver to wait and wait .

But when we tried to show him the video, he walked out of the interview.

“This is one of the few districts where I’ve ever worked where the number of vacancies goes up instead of down,” former Metro Schools administrator Mo Carrasco told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in December 2017.

“People are leaving. People are not happy. And we keep saying to people that everything is great and we’re making progress. We are not making progress.”

Those comments come just before Carrasco, one of the director’s longtime friends, resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.

On his way out, Carrasco raised questions about how Joseph was spending the district’s money.

“I made a statement one day to some of the executive staff that we have too many contracts, too many consultants in the district,” he added.

“They are running into each other, and I don’t think that was taken very well.”

Our investigation later discovered Joseph’s team had hired consultant friends , sometimes without contracts, sometimes without getting the required board approvals .

When two school board members, Jill Speering and Amy Frogge, requested an independent audit last April, Joseph lashed out, accusing them of behaving inappropriately and risking a potential lawsuit.

“It’s a lawsuit when you are inappropriately pointing people out and making comments that are not appropriate,” he argued.

Frogge responded, “I am doing my job, and I am not inappropriate.”

Last summer, two Metro Schools employees went public with horrific sexual harassment allegations against principal Sam Braden .

The district’s own files showed there was lots of evidence.

Still, Joseph’s team did nothing until after our investigation aired and then only under pressure from school board members.

After repeated interview requests were declined, NewsChannel 5 Investigates tracked down the schools director.

“Did you drop the ball?” we asked.

“I did not drop the ball,” he answered, refusing to answer any specific questions.

To try to calm the controversy, Joseph later convinced the school board to sign a $100,000 contract with a Nashville law firm to review the district’s Human Resources Department.

Then, a secret recording caught him hinting to school bus drivers that they should vote against vice mayor candidate Sheri Weiner, potentially in violation of state law.

In September 2018, new school board member Fran Bush had questions about Joseph’s continued use of a school bus driver as a chauffeur while a bus driver shortage left kids sometimes waiting for long periods to get home from school.

Our investigation discovered that Joseph’s account of how he used the driver did not match records provided by his office.

“I clearly think, at this point, learning about this information, we need to open up an investigation,” Bush told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

As Joseph’s relationship with a few board members continued to sour, our investigation uncovered new questions about his ties to a company that got a $1 million, no-bid contract in violation of state law.

The district bought the student assessment software, then did not require schools to actually use it.

Then, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained the law firm’s confidential HR report, which warned the district is facing a morale crisis that threatens its ability to attract and keep good employees.

And a group of teachers decided to go public, suggesting that Joseph’s discipline policies were making their jobs harder.

“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” guidance counselor Constance Wade said during a Teacher Town Hall.

Through it all, the schools director never took personal responsibility for any of the controversies.

In fact, he blamed NewsChannel 5 Investigates of trying to create hysteria over the sexual harassment issue.

“Let me tell you, what I don’t respect about you, my friend, is that you like to try to create unnecessary narratives on very important topics to try to create this hysteria,” Joseph told us last year.

“You should be ashamed of yourself.”

More recently, he had suggested to support employees that they should not be airing the district’s business in public — a lesson he said his mother taught him as a child.

“I told you about my mom with her little belt thing,” Joseph said during a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union, Local 205.

“She said, ‘I wish you would tell somebody our business outside in the streets. We handle stuff right in this house.'”

Via NEWSNEWSCHANNEL 5 

 

 

 

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Fiasco after 1 person dies, 6 Taken to Hospital in Crash Involving PGCPS System bus with students

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A car was sandwiched between a truck and a Prince George’s County school bus. The driver of the car is dead.

A woman in a car was killed and more people, including two students, were injured in a crash in Clinton, Maryland, involving a truck and a Prince George’s County school bus, police say.

Six people, including two high school students and the bus driver, were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening, Prince George’s Fire Department spokesperson Mark Brady said.

Two people refused transportation to the hospital.

A preliminary investigation shows that a tractor-trailer was traveling south on Route 5, or Branch Avenue, and all other vehicles were travelling near the intersection on Surratts Road when the crash occurred about 6:15 a.m., police say.

The school bus was headed toward Charles H. Flowers High School, Prince George’s County Public Schools says. Video shows it was struck on the side and faced serious damage to the front.

The truck was knocked onto its side, spilling its contents over the road. A Hyunday was smashed between the bus and the truck, badly mangled.

The driver of the Hyundai was killed, police said. Her body was extracted after several hours.

Witness Marvin Simpson, who caught video of the impact on his dashboard camera, said the driver of the truck quickly climbed out and went to check on the car.

The truck driver’s wife, Jeanine Guzman, said her husband is a safe driver who has driven trucks for a long time.

“He doesn’t smoke; he doesn’t drink. Nothing,” she said.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski pointed out that the intersection is sloped on each side and compared it to the bottom of a bowl, making it extra dangerous.

“If you’re texting while driving, if you’re not buckled up, this is one of those places that because of the geography you can have worse outcomes,” Stawinski said.

A hazardous materials team was called to clean up fluids leaking from the vehicles, Prince George’s County Fire said.

All southbound lanes were closed during the investigation and clean up; only one northbound lane was open for a time.

Maryland State Police initially said there were no students on board the bus.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The collision closed Maryland Route 5/Branch Avenue for much of the morning, and a hazardous materials team assisted with the cleanup.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Below is dashcam video of the fatal crash, which some might find disturbing.

A dashboard-mounted camera caught the moment a truck slammed into a school bus headed to Flowers High School in Prince George’s County on Wednesday, sending six people to the hospital and killing one woman. The crash occurred at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Surratts Road. (Dash camera video credit: Marvin Simpson III)

(Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019)

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D.C. accuses another batch of PG families for fraudulently enrolling children in city schools

 

sasscer1Due to mismanagement, cronyism, corruption, nepotism, etc. within the Prince George’s County public schools (PGCPS), a big number of PGCPS parents are choosing to enroll their children in Washington DC Public Schools fraudulently and at high risky to their families. It appears parents in Washington DC public schools who have been monitoring the situation and might have reported the practice to the office of D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine after countless observations. One parent wrote, “I love this. We DC residents pay a ton to live here and I see car after car of MD plates dropping off kids at DC schools.” Another one wrote “Same here! I notice a surprising amount of MD plate cars dropping kids off at the schools in my neighborhood and that I pass on my commute to work.” Another wrote, “This is important work…I see MD plates on cars dropping kids off every day when I walk my child to school.”

There is also a greatest Twitter handle in the DMV: @MD_Driver_in_DC which boosts of violations of the residency rules from Maryland to Washington DC . (Read the descriptor of the Twitter account here www.twitter.com/MD_Driver_in_DC

Political corruption, theft, and incompetence have been the hallmark of PG government for as long as anyone can remember. There’s a reason that our school system is the worst in the state of Maryland (with the possible exception of Baltimore City). The recent audit which painted the county in bad light shows why each of the 24 Public School systems should be required to do a periodic compliance and performance audit. Big systems like PGCPS and Montgomery County should have a permanent audit group; smaller systems could select a contractor from a list of such firms approved by the Maryland State Board of Education.  “The state’s audit is not done frequently enough and is only a compliance audit which looks only for conformance to applicable laws.  Each audit should also include a performance audit to question whether various actions are effective.  For instance, if an organization acquires 100 printers, a compliance audit would show if all laws and regulations were followed.  A performance audit would ask why they bought 100 printers when they have only 50 employees,” stated one observer on social media.
“Each public school system eats up half the budget of their jurisdiction.  It’s high time we have accountability,” he concluded.

“Dr. Monica Goldson is not the leader you want in charge!  Note her saviour style language i.e. giving the system procurement leadership it has not had in 15 years?  Note the effort to take the approval authority away from the School Board.  Systems don’t cheat people do!  Whenever people talk about improving systems most time they are attempting to hide personal indulgences or ineffectiveness,” another parent stated on Facebook. She added that, “Is the sky blue? Have you ever tried washing clothes with dirty water? Does the clothes ever get clean and fresh? Gimme a break – Corruption County and then they want to get after folks who call them out. I say when you have clean hands its your duty to expose this cancer-like riddled infected administration. Are their employees succinctly fit to be in the positions they place them in or is this completely pay to play all the way? IJS Just run around the county and hold coffee and chat … about what …..when you already are compromised – get in there and fix it…”

It’s a pity and a shame that many black-run governments and school boards mismanage the trust placed in them. Over the years, PGCPS has been paying off lawyers and there are clear cases where judges have been paid off too in Maryland to maintain the status quo at the expense of the public. These illegal activities must be discouraged at every opportunity by both state and Federal governments as they deprive people of life, liberty, and property, without due process of law.

We reprint the report by Washington Post article below:

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“Our office will continue to bring actions against any individuals who try to fraudulently take advantage of free schooling for District students,” said D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine. (Win Mcnamee/Getty Images)

By Perry Stein

For the fourth time in the past year, the District is accusing families from the Maryland suburbs of fraudulently claiming to live in the city so their children could attend D.C. public schools. And three of the seven adults named in lawsuits worked for the school system at the time of the alleged fraud.

The lawsuit is the latest sign that District officials are more stringently enforcing residency fraud laws, which require families attending a D.C. public school to pay tuition if they live outside of the city.

The families skirted paying the required tuition, and the city’s attorney general said he is seeking more than $700,000 in unpaid fees and penalties, according to the lawsuit.

This is the fourth batch of residency-fraud lawsuits the city has filed in D.C. Superior Court in the past year, collectively seeking more than $2.6 million in unpaid tuition and damages.

“Residency fraud not only cheats our taxpayers, but it also hurts District children who play by the rules, and frequently rely on the school lottery process to attend the schools of their choice,” D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine said in a statement. “Our office will continue to bring actions against any individuals who try to fraudulently take advantage of free schooling for District students.”

The District alleges in three lawsuits that the families collectively sent six children to city schools between 2009 and 2015 without paying tuition.

Schools attended by the children include the now-closed Potomac Preparatory Public Charter School, Maury Elementary, Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School, Noyes Education Campus and Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School. Annual tuition at the schools for students from outside the city ranges from $10,000 to $14,000.

Under D.C. law, authorities wanting redress from lawbreaking suburban parents can seek to triple the amount of tuition those parents avoided by using a fraudulent D.C. address.

Named in the lawsuits Wednesday are April and Nicholas Fennell, residents of Oxon Hill, Md.; Chantese Alston, a former resident of Capitol Heights, Md., and current resident of the District; James Alston, a resident of Oxon Hill; and Rasaki Shittu and Rashidat Shittu of Upper Marlboro, Md.

Asaki Shittu, identified as the sister of Rashidat Shittu and a former employee of Noyes Education Campus, was also named in a complaint. The lawsuit alleges that Asaki Shittu handled enrollment matters at the school and helped her sister fill out false forms claiming D.C. residency to send her child to the school.

April and Nicholas Fennell are employed by Imagine Hope Community Public Charter School as a front desk liaison and physical education teacher, according to the D.C. attorney general’s office.

The families could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Residency fraud has been an ongoing problem but came under increased scrutiny last year after a city investigation alleged that more than 30 percent of students at Duke Ellington School of the Arts — more than 160 teenagers — lived outside the city and were not paying tuition. But in October, administrators and parents at the school said the city had determined at least 90 of the accused students live in the District.

The Ellington investigation laid bare the complicated lives of students in an urban school system and the complexities that come with investigating residency fraud.

The D.C. Office of the Attorney General says it has dedicated additional resources to combating residency fraud over the past two years, including more investigators and attorneys.

Via Washington Post

Unless the Prince george’s county parents demand better leadership for their school system and reject current leaders advancing mismanagement, cronyism, corruption, nepotism, etc., they will be crying like a donkey shown here many years to come.

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Former PGCPS Executive Shawn Joseph asks school board in Tennessee to negotiate his departure

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embattled Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph advanced corruption in Tennessee and might have broken state and Federal laws willfully. State officials recommended license suspension for Dr. Shawn Joseph

The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster in waiting according to the reports from Tennessee.  The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee when corruption was high. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee which promises to have both fronts exposed while “water” is already beginning to pick up as corruption spreads. Dr. Shawn Joseph who worked closely with former corrupt Maryland state Superintendent Lilian Lowery is facing his own medicine of sorts after he was caught red handed violating the laws. During his tenure in PGCPS, Dr. Swawn Joseph worked closely with Dr. Monica Goldson after Dr. Crawley left to Alexandria City Schools. Corruption in PGCPS has been very high since then. (See email from Donna Young below).

Systemic corruption erodes the legitimacy of laws and political leadership and makes a flourishing economy impossible. Approaches to combating corruption include improving integrity standards, advocating policies that limit opportunities for corruption, and designing institutional reforms that level the playing field for all businesses.

Tennessee and Maryland citizens are demanding accountability and sanctions after state and Federal  laws were broken willfully by corrupt leadership engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity connected to an enterprise in Maryland.

We reprint the report by newschannel5.com below:

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State officials recommended license suspension for Dr. Shawn Joseph

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Dr. Shawn Joseph told the Metro School Board that it’s time to start discussing the terms of his departure as Nashville’s director of schools.

In remarks at the beginning of Monday night’s board meeting, Joseph told the board that it’s time for “a mutual conversation to figure out how to best transition” to new leadership.

Joseph’s remarks followed months of controversy – a sexual harassment scandal, questionable contracts, and low teacher morale – that led one board member this week to give notice a vote in two weeks on terminating his contract.

It came the same day that NewsChannel 5 revealed the State Board of Education was proposing a one-year suspension of his state license for failing to report teacher misconduct cases.

“If there was a mistake that I made it was that I pushed too hard with too little resources and, as a result, people made errors,” Joseph said.

“The errors were not intentional or willful, as our audit communicated. They were just errors.”

He lashed out at NewsChannel 5 for what he called “biased” reporting and took swipes at his critics on the board.

“This is not a time to point fingers or to blame people,” Joseph said. “It’s a time for action and it’s a time for you to remember your civic duty to vote.”

The schools director also invoked images of Jesus in describing what he had experience.

“I’ll go ahead and leave you with the great rapper and philosopher Tupac Shakur,” Joseph added.

“I ain’t mad at ya. In due time, everybody tends to get what they deserve.”

Via  NewsChannel5 >>> Shawn Joseph asks school board to negotiate his departure

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Major Mess in Tennessee: Former PGCPS Executive license proposed for one-year suspension

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embattled Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph.

The culture of corruption which began in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) as part of an organized scheme promises to be a disaster according to the reports from Tennessee.  The well connected individuals saw several executives transfer to Tennessee when corruption was high. The current fiasco currently in progress in Prince George’s County in which millions disappeared has ties to Tennessee which promises to have both fronts exposed while “water” is already beginning to pick up as corruption spreads.

Corruption erodes trust in government and undermines the social contract. This is cause for concern across the globe, but particularly in contexts of fragility and violence, as corruption fuels and perpetuates the inequalities and discontent that lead to fragility, violent extremism, and conflict.

Corruption impedes investment, with consequent effects on growth and jobs. Countries capable of confronting corruption use their human and financial resources more efficiently, attract more investment, and grow more rapidly.

Tennessee citizens just like Maryland citizens are demanding for accountability and sanctions to the corrupt executives after state and Federal  laws were broken willfully in both states.

We reprint the report by newschannel5.com below:

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embattled Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Staff for the Tennessee State Board of Education have proposed a one-year suspension of the license of Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph for failing to report teacher misconduct cases, NewsChannel 5 has learned.

Joseph’s lawyer, Chuck Cagle, said the schools director plans to fight the allegations.

“Dr. Shawn Joseph was given notice by the State Board of Education of its intent to seek action against his Tennessee teacher license,” Cagle said in a statement first released to NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

“Dr. Joseph has been in contact with the State Board of Education and will vigorously defend the actions of his office against any allegations.”

Metro Nashville Public Schools rules require the director of schools to have a “professional educator’s license.”

Cagle told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that Joseph plans to ask for a formal contested case hearing to challenge the staff recommendation, which could potentially delay a final decision for months.

However, the latest development comes at a time that Joseph is fighting to save his job.

The State Board of Education’s review of Joseph’s license was prompted by a NewsChannel 5 investigation into the director’s handling of the case involving an Overton High School teacher who was involved in a physical altercation with a student.

Joseph rejected the principal’s recommendation to fire the teacher, giving him a five-day suspension instead.

Under state law, that suspension should have been reported to the State Board of Education for possible action against the teacher’s license.

According to a March 12th letter from the State Board, investigators later discovered that a dozen teacher misconduct cases that Joseph failed to report.

Among them:

  • A teacher who failed to notify anyone about a sexual assault that had been reported to him by a student.
  • A teacher who sent inappropriate Snapchat messages to a student.
  • A teacher who put a student in a choke hold until the student passed out.

During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Joseph downplayed the allegations against him.

“It’s unrealistic for the head of an organization as large as ours to know that individuals have not done their work,” he told board members.

In a response filed with the State Board of Education, Joseph’s lawyer blamed former human resources employee Scott Lindsey for not filing the proper paperwork.

Lindsey recently told NewsChannel 5 Investigates that he was “stunned” when he first heard that Joseph was blaming him.

He is now suing the district saying that Joseph’s team turned against him as a result of a sexual harassment investigation he conducted against the director’s friend, Mo Carassco.

And after Lindsey tried to put principal Sam Braden on leave for another sexual harassment investigation, the lawsuit says the retaliation continued until he was ultimately forced to resign.

“It was very cowardly, you know, for Dr. Joseph to blame somebody who was not there,” Lindsey said.

“Plus, some of these things happened when I didn’t even work at MNPS anymore – and he apparently blamed me for those as well.”

Joseph’s lawyer gave the state the report on the Overton teacher’s suspension that was prepared by Lindsey, signed by Joseph and sent back to the H-R employee.

But Lindsey said it was always the director’s office that submitted those reports to the state.

“First of all, I don’t have the authority to send anything to the state,” he said.

“If I had the authority, there would been a lot of MNPS teahcers that probably would have been reported to the state. But I simply don’t have that authority.”

Joseph also argued that Metro Schools is a big organization and it’s tough for one man to make sure every single report is properly filed.

He said the controversy has highlighted the need to have an attorney specifically assigned to work on human resources issues.

“In a district with over 11,000 employees, for the director of schools to potentially receive such a consequence is a bit extreme,” he told the board.

The State Board of Education gave Joseph 30 days to request a contested-case hearing to challenge the staff recommendations.

via Channel5.Com >>>State proposes one-year suspension of Shawn Joseph’s license

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Hogan Calls For Accountability Before Funding Kirwan Commission Recommendations, Blasts Thornton

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Gov. Larry Hogan

Reform Sasscer Staff:

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday wants lawmakers to ensure accountability for local school systems before appropriating the billions in education funding called for by the Kirwan commission.

“My concern is that the recommendations of the Commission will lead to massive increases in expenditures without any assurance that our kids will receive a better education,” Hogan wrote in a letter Thursday to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch.

Last week, Democratic leaders backed a 10-year package that would require $1 billion in state money over the next years. To implement all of the commission’s recommendations, it would cost $3.8 billion each year for the next 10 years.

The recommendations include expanded full-day pre-K, increased teacher salaries, more special education funding and support for struggling schools. Lawmakers said they would appoint a commission to figure out how to fund those proposals, but Hogan called for assurances accountability would be on the front end.

“The Commission’s purported aim was to adopt strategies that have been proven in a top-performing state, such as Massachusetts,” Hogan wrote. “Yet, the Commission failed to include any of the strong accountability strategies used in that state to achieve that success.”

In September, Hogan used an executive order to form an Office of Education Accountability as an independent watchdog. That followed a grade-fixing scandal in Prince George’s County and the perjury guilty plea by former Baltimore County Superintendent S. Dallas Dance. Dance failed to disclose tens of thousands in consulting income, including from a company that then won a no-bid contract with the county.

Department of Budget and Management Secretary David Brinkley expressed concerns in his own letter to top lawmakers. He said that a budget analysis by his office foresees a shortfall of $21 billion in all from fiscal year 2021 through 2025 if legislation mirroring the recommendations is passed, as well as other legislation increasing the minimum wage and pay to state employees.

“To put it another way, Maryland households will have to pay an additional $7,000 per family in state and local taxes over the next five years to cover this shortfall,” Brinkley wrote.

Both letters blasted Thornton commission as having been a waste of time after it failed to address problems which continues today. Below are the letters written to senior state officials in the Maryland legislature expressing reservations due to ongoing public corruption within the Maryland school systems.

In Prince George’s County, there is a major need to scrutinize the role of Dr. Charlene Duke – (President of PG county community college) in the whole saga in Prince George’s County  and the millions of dollars she is handling on behalf of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). Dr. Dukes has had a long history with Thornton and the Unions involved in major willful violations of law in Maryland.

Several citizens in the community expressed strong support for accountability with one concerned citizen Tonya Wingfield stating the following: “The school budget increases every year yet we continue to lay-off school-based personnel while increasing central office staff and pay them six figures while they leave a trail of scandals. It’s time for accountability,” Tonya stated on Facebook. She further added that, ” There have been several audits that showed mismanagement in transportation funds, poor procurement practices, the secret issuance of bonuses, waste of books in warehouses due to inadequate inventory management and the increase in central office staff every time there’s a scandal. PGCPS funding has steadily increased. If PGCPS would start making the Master Plan and local School Improvement Plans available to the public everyone would see more than enough money is going to our schools. This marching for money is like crying hungry with a ham in your mouth.” Tonya stated on social media.

Alvin-Thornton

Alvin Thornton (seen here) returned to the Prince George’s County Board of Education in 2018. There are concerns that, problems might continue to occur unless something is done to address the issues in Prince George’s County.  There is a major need to scrutinize the role of Dr. Charlene Duke – (President of PG county community college) in the whole saga in Prince George’s County  and the millions of dollars she is handling on behalf of PGCPS. Dr. Dukes has a long history with Thornton and the Unions involved in major willful violations of law in Maryland.

 

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