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“Rushern Baker and Segun very dishonest family” Reports say.

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Rushern Baker and Eubank Segun very dishonest family. (Photo and caption courtesy Mr. Edward Burroughs III

Listening to County Executive Baker, CEO Kevin Maxwell, and School Board Chair Segun Eubanks testifying on concern report on academic progress and improvement that was required by HB1107. The Hybrid law led the school system takeover by the county executive Baker III and his brother in law in order to benefit personally to the detriment of the wider population. Mr Baker contended there should be no changes during the hearing according the participants in the meeting.

He also presented that improving academic achievement was not a reason for the takeover of the schools. The report was to also come from the Board of Education. The School Board has not approved the report shown below. According to Board member Edward Borroughs III. There was no data presented that showed the current structure has improved student achievement despite widespread fraudulent reports to falsify outcomes.

The General Assembly must deliberate and determine whether the provisions of the legislation should be continued, modified, or terminated. If the General Assembly does not take action the Act remains in full effect. The issue is accountability and Mr. Baker made it clear he is the one to be held accountable. So it shall be done.

 

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BOARD QUESTIONS GRADUATION INVESTIGATION RESPONSE

school-board-pic4UPPER MARLBORO –  The Dec. 19 Prince George’s County Board of Education special meeting was scheduled specifically to discuss the school system’s response to the graduation audit, but it quickly turned into an interrogation.

Just hours before the meeting, reports came out about a 2016 internal Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) audit report that showed the school system was struggling with consistencies in student record keeping more than a year ago that have not been fixed.

Board members Edward Burroughs, III and David Murray, along with several Prince George’s County residents, came to the meeting prepared to ask questions and throw accusations.

“Did you hear? They knew the whole time,” Burroughs said continuously to residents as they filed in before the meeting started.

The audit findings sent to the school system on May 4, 2016, detail many issues with PGCPS’s handling of student records. The letter was sent to Gwendolyn Mason, and Adrian Tally, both with student services and cc’d to eight higher-ups in the school system including Board Chair Segun Eubanks, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell, and two deputy superintendents.

The internal audit specifically noted issues with system-wide student record keeping, detailing 72 instances of noncompliance with the Office of Student Records, Transfer and Archival Services (OSRTAS) record management.

There were 213 instances of noncompliance with “PGCPS registration documentation requirements” and found no system-wide operating procedure to “ensure full compliance with the state of Maryland mandate regarding student records.”

Meaning there was no “documented process to prevent or respond to instances of errors resulting from the improper or untimely completion of the Graduation Standard Credit Summary.”

Burroughs, Murray and several members of the public pointed to this audit during the Dec. 19 board of education meeting as proof that the school system administration knew about graduation fraud and lied about not knowing.

However, Maxwell said he was not directly responsible for combing through that audit, as it was sent to him and while he is informed about audits his only action comes if he is told corrective measures have not been taking to address issues brought up in audits.

“The responsibility to make those corrections, as several of us have stated, rested in the department of teaching and learning with the folks in student records and internal audit,” Maxwell said.

“There are a lot of reports that people get in the divisions of this organization and there’s an accountability responsibility for people to respond to the audit to be notified if things don’t happen, and when I’m notified that things don’t happen…then we take care of those things. If that doesn’t happen, I am not the one, its internal audit and others who are responsible for tracking the response to those audits.”

Maxwell said it is not possible for him to directly respond to every internal audit, noting there are “thousands and thousands of audits that get done in this district every year.”

Monica Goldson, a PGCPS deputy superintendent, said she was not made aware of the audit until October 2017 and worked with student services to craft a response and action plan. That action plan is now being monitored monthly.

Although a significant portion of the meeting was used to ask about the previous audit, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the school’s system response to the most current state findings regarding possible graduation fraud.

That audit also found that the school system was not adhering to its own policies regarding student record keeping and that there were students who had graduated from PGCPS without meeting the requirements to do so.

About 4 percent of the 1,212 student sample size was found to have not met requirements, though the auditors could not determine if nearly 25 percent had rightly graduated or not due to poor documentation.

“The findings were sobering,” Maxwell said. “They focused our attention on the need to strengthen our governance structures, policies, procedures and school-level record keeping.”

To address those issues, the school system plans to update its policies and procedures to ensure clarity over what is required and then retrain and provide continual training on those policies to improve and ensure adherence.

Maxwell and Chief Operating Officer Wesley Watts said PGCPS also plans to update its technology to automate “archaic processes” and ensure the greater ability of control and oversight of grade changes.

“Currently staff and IT are working on upgrading the SchoolMAX student information system to improve graduation certification, and we’re also creating a grade change for electronically,” Watts said.

Goldson said before the current school year, PGCPS began limiting the number of employees with access to student records, bringing the number of grade and transcript managers at each school down to two.

As 2018 continues, the school system plans to select a third party to monitor the steps taken toward correcting the issues laid out by the audit.

PGCPS also plans to continue updating policies and procedures, determine criteria for excessive absence, work on revamping the multiple pathways to success program, and launch the pilot of the electronic grade change forms.

Maxwell said the action plan would be submitted to the state in December as work continues, but Murray is wary change will come and said he sees a trend in the school system.

“Do we not see a trend here? This is very similar to what happened to Head Start,” Murray said, pointing to the fact that PGCPS was unable to correct issues Head Start found in the school system in time to preserve the federal funding. “Is this not a concerning trend that outside organizations have to get involved for us to do our job?”

Via thesentinel.com

This scandal will become a focal point of the race for Governor as Baker uses his record on education as a keystone of his campaign. Sadly, Baker’s record is one that focused on doctoring the results of grades in order to make Baker look good politically rather than actually improve education and the ability of Prince George’s County students to succeed.

Please feel free to check out the remarks of these concerned parents in their own words:

 

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Bowie council member Glass gets probation on DUI charge

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Bowie City Council member Courtney Glass has pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was given probation before judgment by a Prince George’s County judge. (Courtesy Photo)

A Bowie City Council member Courtney Glass pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was given probation before judgment by a Prince George’s County judge.

District Court Judge Vincent J. Femia set aside the plea and sentenced Glass to six months of unsupervised probation and assessed $645 — a $500 fine and $145 in court costs, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Glass could not be reached for comment. She was represented by attorney Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the state Senate, online court records show.

The traffic incident involving Glass took place in May of last year. Bowie police responded to a call about a possible hit-and-run accident near Annapolis Road and Grenville Lane at about 11:15 on the night of May 18, police said.

The motorcyclist, identified at Christian Streeter of Bowie, was not seriously injured, police said.

In addition to the fines and court costs, Glass was ordered to pay $1,020 in restitution to compensate Streeter for the insurance deductibles he paid for treatment and rehabilitation of the minor injuries he sustained. The nature of his injuries was not made clear.

Streeter could not be reached for comment.

A witness was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist. Bowie police officers eventually traced the vehicle to Glass, police said

Officers went to Glass’ home in Bowie shortly after midnight, where they encountered her after she had parked her car. Officers said they smelled alcohol on her breath, according to police, and administered a field sobriety test.

Glass, a legislative analyst for the Prince George’s County government, declined to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

She was cited for driving under the influence, driving while impaired, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and failure to return and remain at the scene of an accident, online court records show. All of the charges were merged into a single county of DUI.

Glass, 34, is in her first term on the council, representing District 3. She won the spot in 2015, during the most recent citywide election.

Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said he did not anticipate any sort of official reprimand for Glass, because she received only probation and a fine for the incident.

“I don’t think we’ll be doing anything,” he said. “It’s a matter between her and the court.”

via capitalGazzette

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attorney Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the Maryland state Senate.

PGCPS investigating allegations coaches bullied, harassed members of C.H. Flowers HS cheer squad

344FBAC8-A4EB-4474-B029-7CBB0000D00CSPRINGDALE, Md. – In a 6-page letter obtained by FOX 5, a group of at least a half-dozen parents allege that coaches bullied, harassed and hazed members of the novice cheer squad at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Prince George’s County.

The letter outlines allegations of coaches calling students profane names, mismanagement of program fees and physical retribution in the form of extra exercise for students whose parents complained about the practices.

The parents did not speak on the record with FOX 5 for fear of retribution aimed at their daughters, but they chose community activist and Maryland State Senate candidate Everett Browning to speak on their behalf.

“We all understand tough love, understand coaching, but calling a young lady who has come for a cheerleading team, constantly calling her a b***h, constantly calling her other words to her face, calling her dumb, stupid and telling her she’s not good enough to be a part of the program is unacceptable,” said Browning.

The letter also details student complaints about being pushed to exercise to the point of absolute exhaustion.

“[They are] pushing some of these ladies to where they are throwing up and physically sick and ill, and they are threatened not to tell their parents about it because if they do, they are threatened, they will be thrown off the team,” Browning said.

He said when the parent complaints to coaching staff continued, the novice squad was disbanded.

“This has been going on for almost a year and unfortunately when the parents decided to stand up together, the coach decided to disband the team,” Browning said. “So instead of addressing it, they just told these girls you are no longer going to be able to come here and participate.”

Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson John White confirmed the school district is investigating the allegations and conducting interviews with staff and students. The principal is in the process of meeting with parents to address their concerns.

“We always want to make sure that our staff and our coaches are treating children with the same respect that they would want to receive and so we take the allegations seriously,” said White. “We have begun to interview students as well as adults in the building to find out exactly what has occurred.”

The parents are asking that the coaches be replaced, their money be accounted for and the school to guarantee their daughters can participate in cheer and be protected from harassment.

via Fox5DC

Police investigating large brawl at Suitland High School

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– Prince George’s County Public Schoolsofficials are taking action after a weapon was brandished during a school fight.

According to district officials, the incident happened after school Tuesday at Suitland High School.

The large fight was captured on video and sent to FOX 5. In the video, several students are seen punching each other while others film with their cell phones.

School district officials tell FOX 5 the students planned the fight and positioned themselves between buses so they were not immediately seen by security officers in the area. Once the school’s security officers saw the fight, they broke it up.

According to a letter emailed to parents, a weapon was used during the brawl and three people got hurt.

FOX 5 showed the video to several parents at Suitland High School who said they hadn’t seen the email.

“It’s scary,” said one parent. “I mean, it’s something to think about. To have my daughter come here every day and deal with stuff like this.”

“Wow,” said another parent reacting to the video. “It’s rough. It’s rough.”

District officials tell FOX 5 the students involved have been identified and will be disciplined. According to the student code of conduct, that discipline could range from suspension to expulsion. At least one person could be facing charges for the weapon.

Prince George’s County police confirmed the school’s special police officer (SPO) responded to the incident and not the school resource officer (SRO).

The SRO is employed through the police department, whereas the SPO is employed through the school. Both have the ability to file charges.

via Fox5DC

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Nashville public schools administrator resigns amid harassment investigation

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

According to Tennessean,  a Nashville schools administrator under investigation for harassment by the district announced his resignation on Friday, adding that he would also retire from education entirely. He was part the team which transferred corruption in Tennessee. We covered their story here previously.

Moreno Carrasco, Metro Nashville Public Schools executive officer of organizational development, said the allegations against him were unfounded, but the investigation had drained him.

“It has been very hard for me,” Carrasco said in a telephone interview in which he also confirmed he would be retiring. “This has been the hardest challenge of my life. I stand by my innocence. I did not do anything wrong.”

Carrasco has worked in education for 34 years. He earned $155,000 at Metro Schools.

The district placed Carrasco on administrative leave on Nov. 16 following allegations he harassed female employees. In the letter sent to him by the district’s human resources office about the accusations, it said the leave was procedural.

► More: Nashville schools administrator placed on leave amid harassment allegations

“Please know that this period of administrative leave is not a form of disciplinary action, it is just for the purpose of the investigation,” Scott Lindsey, executive director of employee relations, said in the letter.

The district will continue its investigation until the process is concluded, district spokeswoman Michelle Michaud said.

Carrasco, in the interview, questioned the investigation, calling the process flawed.

“I am concerned that I was setup in a way where I couldn’t defend myself,” he said.

He said he has no interest in fighting the district legally.

“I have no interest in fighting this because it would be painful for everyone and it would be disruptive to the district,” he said. “I don’t think it is necessary to fight this. I only regret that I end my career with false a allegation.”

A statement from the district at the time said it takes all such complaints seriously and immediately began an investigation.

Carrasco’s position is overseen by the Human Resources chief, but he was hired in July 2016 as the district’s priority schools officer.

He was one of several Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators that the state flagged earlier this year for not obtaining his Tennessee administrative license upon his move from Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. He had since received an administrative license.

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

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Former Professor Alleges Hostile Work Environment

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Charlene Dukes was sued for allegations of showing bias and racist tendencies in Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) after her staff engaged in retaliation. The case is current pending in Federal Court.

A former Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) professor is suing the institution for what he calls a culture of favoritism and hostility. Frank Phillips taught public relations at the school from 1997-2016, when he retired to avoid being dismissed for performance that did “not meet college standards and is, in fact, unsatisfactory.”

According to Phillips, his firing was a direct result of retaliation that occurred after he filed complaints about unfair scheduling and inquired about illegal grade changes made for two students in the school’s communication and theatre department. He also alleges the department’s former chairwoman, Tammy O’Donnell, coerced students to write letters bashing his teaching abilities. O’Donnell, who is no longer employed by PGCC, did not respond to the AFRO’s request for comment.

“I noticed the hostility and scheduling inequities in fall 2012, but the retaliation occurred after filing a grievance in March 2015,” said Phillips, an Army veteran and former press secretary for Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). “There were no negative employment actions prior to this time. Faculty evaluations were at least ‘meets expectations’ and student evaluations were well above average.”

Phillips claims O’Donnell approached at least two students during the Fall 2015 semester and urged them to file complaints attacking his teaching style and personal character. In return, Phillips alleges O’Donnell boosted grades from a C to a B for a female student, and a B to an A on two incidences for a male student. Phillips said he was not aware of the changes until another student inquired about rumors that classmates received higher grades without merit.

“Three students in my PRJ 2210 class approached me with concerns. They were very adamant about ensuring I knew they were not part of an attempt to write a letter of complaint about me. I was surprised, but I later assured the students that I was ok with it, but I would have preferred if students just shared their concerns with me,” Phillips said. “I told them I am here for students and that I don’t hold grudges. All three of those students have made statements confirming a conspiracy between Ms. O’Donnell and others to have me removed.”

A student present for Phillips’ public relations course said she believes O’Donnell and other members of the faculty were involved in a “conspiracy to get [Phillips] out.”

“They were trying to recruit people to say something negative about Mr. Phillips, but nobody had anything to say,” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, told the AFRO. “He maintained his professionalism the whole way through. Even with the nasty e-mails [the administration] was sending him.”

Documents reviewed by the AFRO show O’Donnell did, in fact, sign a grade change approval form during the Fall 2015 semester. The form cited “grade miscalculated” as the reason for the change. In most cases, the student’s instructor signs the grade change approval form, not the chair of the department, Phillips said.

The AFRO also reviewed numerous e-mails, text messages, grievance reports and other school documentation showing Carolyn F. Hoffman, the school’s dean of liberal arts; Charlene Dukes, president; Alonia Sharps, chief of staff; and Sandra Dunnington, vice president of academic affairs, were all made aware of the grade change, which allegedly occurred without Phillips’ knowledge.

Phillips suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and said hostile exchanges with O’Donnell, Dunnington, and Hoffman triggered “anxieties that take me back to places I care not to remember.” Phillips also alleges he was unable to complete doctoral studies due to an overwhelming course load deliberately created by O’Donnell.

Marcia Pearl, a former assistant professor of visual communications at PGCC, said she also experienced intimidation, harassment and racism at the hands of school officials during her 11-year tenure. Pearl claims a White administrator in the Art, Music and Philosophy Department regularly made racially insensitive jokes and referred to her as “Buckwheat” while calling Black students “niggers.” After the administrator and another White colleague continued to call Pearl “Buckwheat,” she filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and wrote a letter of complaint to Dukes. She said PGCC did little to address the complaint and she resigned from her position at the school in 2015.

According to PGCC’s most recent “Performance Accountability Report,” three-fourths of its students identified as Black and 8.6 percent identified as Hispanic or Latino. When asked if she thought school officials corroborated to oust Phillips, Pearl adamantly said, “yes.”

“It’s obvious to me that both Carolyn Hoffman, dean of Liberal Arts, and Tammy O’Donnell worked to undermine professor Phillips’ classroom authority. As a faculty member, I experienced unwarranted sanctions leveled against me by Dean Hoffman and others following the filing of my complaint of racial harassment and discrimination. As such, I am familiar with their unethical tactics.”

Phillips’ initially filed a lawsuit against Dukes and Board Chair Samuel Parker, Jr. on June 9 for employment discrimination. The lawsuit is still pending in Maryland District Court. You can review it here ~~~>>COMPLAINT

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s website, PGCC’s graduation rates are sluggish at 7 percent and well below the national median. A report issued by the Department of Education and the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found full-time community college students graduate at a rate of 39 percent. “The system totally failed. It failed for me, definitely,” said Phillips. “It’s failing for the students. Their objectives don’t seem to be in line with cultivating our future.”

Via Afro News

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Frank J. Phillips, former Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) professor. (Screengrab from YouTube video)

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