‘A ticking time bomb’: MS-13 threatens PGCPS school, warn teachers, parents, students

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Prince George’s County police cruisers were parked outside William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, Md., in May. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

Michael E. Miller

The boys had once been friends before MS-13 began recruiting one of them. Now, as other students streamed to class one April morning at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, Md., the two teens squared off in the third-story bathroom — a fight captured by another student on his cellphone.

The MS-13 recruit threw a punch at his former friend’s head. His opponent ducked and tackled the 15-year-old, their sneakers squealing as they tumbled to the green tile floor.

“I like that,” someone shouted off-camera as the recruit tried to cover his head.

“That look like it hurt,” someone wrote under the video, which was uploaded to Instagram on April 19 and has been viewed more than 400 times.

Gang-related fights are now a near-daily occurrence at Wirt, where a small group of suspected MS-13 members at the overwhelmingly Hispanic school throw gang signs, sell drugs, draw gang graffiti and aggressively recruit students recently arrived from Central America, according to more than two dozen teachers, parents and students. Most of those interviewed asked not to be identified for fear of losing their jobs or being targeted by MS-13.

Although administrators deny Wirt has a gang problem, the situation inside the aging, overcrowded building has left some teachers so afraid that they refuse to be alone with their students. Many said they had repeatedly reported incidents involving suspected gang members to administrators, only to be ignored — claims supported by documents obtained by The Washington Post.

“Teachers feel threatened but aren’t backed up. Students feel threatened but aren’t protected,” one educator said. “The school is a ticking time bomb.”

The gang’s presence at Wirt comes at a time when the Trump administration has declared war on MS-13, and communities throughout the country are confronting a surge in MS-13-related violence.

Nearly a dozen parents told The Post they were worried about gang activity at the school, which is located 10 miles from the White House. Many said they were intent on transferring their kids. Several said they were scared their children would be killed.

One eighth-grader said she had been raped in the fall by a schoolmate in MS-13 — an attack that took place off school property and that she reported to police, but then recanted out of fear of the gang. Prince George’s investigators concluded the report was unfounded, but the girl said she now lives in fear the gang will stab her as she leaves school.

Rhonda Simley, the principal at Wirt, declined repeated requests for an interview.

“The principal is aware of concerns about gangs in the community, but has not experienced any problems in school,” Prince George’s County school system spokesman John White wrote in an email.

Prince George’s police, which has an officer stationed at the school, declined to discuss the allegations of gang activity.

“This is their house, so we’re going to defer to school leadership,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan. “If school security isn’t telling us about something, then we don’t know.”

As of May 1, police had been called to the school 74 times this school year, according to a police department tally requested by The Post.

Five students had been arrested for assault, drug possession and bringing a BB-gun into the building, White said in an interview.

Although teachers estimate there are only a dozen or so MS-13 members at the school, other students have banded together to resist them, leading to an arms race of sorts. Teachers said at least four knives and four BB-guns were found at Wirt this year, although White put the tally at two knives and one BB-gun.

“If someone doesn’t do something soon,” said the eighth-grade girl’s father, “there’s going to be a tragedy at that school.”

‘Completely out of control’

Evidence of MS-13’s sway at Wirt isn’t hard to find. Just follow the dirt path that winds from the edge of the school’s parking lot into the woods, across a stream and towards the rear of Parkdale High.

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A tree defaced by an MS-13 tag in the woods between William Wirt Middle School and Parkdale High School, where there was a near-fatal gang-related stabbing in February. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

Here, a few hundred feet from both schools, the trees are covered in MS-13 graffiti. Empty beer cans, candy wrappers and crumpled assignments surround a stump blackened by fire. One tree trunk appears as if it has been used for knife practice.

Ten MS-13 members attacked a gang rival in these woods in February, hitting him in the back of the head with a baseball bat before stabbing him three times in the stomach, according to police. Eight Parkdale students were arrested, although only one had attended Wirt. Two months earlier, a shooting involving another Parkdale student and MS-13 sent both schools into lockdown.

Dozens of schools from Northern Virginia to Long Island to Boston are dealing with a resurgence of MS-13, which has been linked to a string of grisly killings throughout the country. The gang’s growth has been fueled by a wave of 200,000 teens who traveled to the United States alone to escape poverty and gang violence in Central America. The vast majority enroll in school and stay out of trouble, but a small percentage get involved in MS-13 here.

Nearly 5,000 of those unaccompanied minors have arrived in Prince George’s since 2012, affecting schools in Langley Park, Hyattsville, Beltsville and Riverdale. Wirt was struggling before the influx of so many vulnerable kids helped swell the school’s population by 50 percent.

Around 1,200 students now pack a building designed for 750, many housed in a dozen dilapidated trailers. Nine out of 10 students who walk up Wirt’s rainbow-colored front steps receive free or reduced lunch and most are not reading or doing math at grade level.

They are being educated at one of the county’s oldest middle schools, slated to be replaced by 2020 after years of leaks and mold. Simley, a first-time principal who arrived at the school in 2016, is the school’s third leader since 2014.

Many teachers said they care deeply about the school’s unaccompanied minors, who are often traumatized by the journey to the United States, alienated from relatives here and isolated by their limited English. But they also said a small number of these children are more than troubled: They are MS-13.

One educator was stunned when, at the beginning of the school year, a handful of students continually shouted obscenities and threw objects around the classroom. The educator soon noticed the same students scrawling “MS-13” on papers, desks and their skin. They bullied Spanish-speaking classmates and sexually harassed the girls in class. Several students openly counted cash, allegedly money earned from selling marijuana in Wirt’s bathrooms, transactions that a student and several parents also described to The Post.

But administrators brushed aside complaints, the educator said, and the behavior spread to other students.

White denied administrators have ignored complaints of gang activity, adding that neither school security guards nor the police officer there had reported problems.

Documents obtained by The Post supported the educator’s account, however. And other employees offered similar stories. One recalled how MS-13 members bullied a girl so badly she dropped out of the school.

Fights have increased dramatically as MS-13 pressures recent arrivals to join the gang, teachers said. Several said suspected MS-13 members have burst into classrooms and attacked students.

“We now have two to three fights per day,” one instructor said. “At this point, it’s completely out of control.”

White played down those reports.

“Do fights occur at the school? Yes, but they occur at schools across the country,” he said. “Until we have evidence that [gang activity] was the cause of the fight, we don’t know. And so far, we haven’t found that evidence.”

White said there have been 32 suspensions this year for fighting.

In a recent emergency staff meeting, the principal attributed an uptick in violence to a “race war” between Hispanics — who make up roughly 80 percent of the school — and black students, according to people present.

White acknowledged Simley used those words but said she was urging her staff to intervene to prevent a “race war.”

Teachers said the fights haven’t been over race but resistance to MS-13.

One Hispanic eighth-grader told The Post that he and other U.S.-born students — black and Latino — banded together after an attack by knife-wielding MS-13 members last summer.

Many fights are arranged ahead of time via social media, filmed in the bathroom and then uploaded to private accounts on Instagram or Snapchat with names like “William Wirt Fights.” The videos are a recruitment tool for MS-13.

“They only post them when they win,” the eighth-grader said.

White said the school is aware of the videos but did not consider them gang-related.

Fighting tends to intensify in the spring, which teachers call “recruitment season.” They described seeing older kids — including former students now at Parkdale or other local high schools — loitering just beyond the boundaries of the school.

In the past, officers from Prince George’s police gang unit came to the school to teach employees to recognize indicators of MS-13 affiliation, like hand signs, light blue clothing, colored rosaries and Nike Cortez shoes.

But this year, the gang unit never came, leaving first-year teachers to figure it out on their own — in some cases, too late.

“The jumping, the recruitment, they are trying to do it here,” said Maureen Williams, an eighth-grade science instructor. She said she was familiar with MS-13 from years of teaching in Los Angeles, where the gang was founded in the 1980s. But at Wirt, she said administrators and police didn’t seem to be taking the issue seriously.

“They are not doing enough,” Williams said. “They need to get a grip on it before it proliferates.”

One of her colleagues described the administration’s stance on gangs as “don’t ask, don’t talk about it.”

White said the school takes gang activity seriously, but the situation has improved since last year to the point that the principal no longer felt the need for a gang unit meeting.

Some employees said they are worried the school’s inaction will result in bloodshed. One recalled watching school officials pull a large folding knife from a student’s pocket after receiving a tip he intended to stab someone. But that student was back in class two weeks later.

“These kids are getting a slap on the wrist,” that educator said. “The school has enabled the gang through its lack of enforcement.”

Teachers said they frequently aren’t informed when students were suspended — even for bringing weapons — and that serious incidents often aren’t entered into students’ records.

White said the school follows county guidelines on discipline and that teachers aren’t required to be notified why students are suspended. Students had been suspended 168 times this year, he said, but none had been expelled.

“Without metal detectors, which we do not have, we do our best . . . to identify any dangerous activity at schools,” he said.

Several educators said they have been threatened by students in MS-13. Two teachers said they are worried gang members have identified their cars and could follow them home. At least one female teacher was sexually harassed by a suspected gang member, her colleagues said.

“There is a genuine risk,” one said, “but the school is pretending the problem doesn’t exist.”

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William Wirt Middle School seen from the woods where there was a near-fatal MS-13-related stabbing in February. (Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)

‘Look what I have here’

It began with a photo.

The girl had recently arrived in the United States, one of about 1,000 unaccompanied minors placed with relatives in Prince George’s County last year. When her uncle gave her some Nike Cortez sneakers, the 14-year-old posted a picture of herself wearing them online.

Then the threats began.

“Which [gang] do you represent?” asked an older girl in Spanish on Facebook last fall. “If you wear Corteses you know what kind of trouble you’re in.”

The girl said she didn’t mean anything by it, but it was too late.

“I already have you being watched,” the older girl said. “You go to William [Wirt] and you’re in 8th [grade] and I also know where you live.”

Days later, the girl was sleeping when she began receiving messages from a boy, she recalled. It was well after midnight, but the seventh-grader told her to come outside, where he and some friends were waiting in a car. When she didn’t reply, he began angrily calling her. They were MS-13, she recalled him saying, and if she didn’t come out then they would come in and kill her and her family.

They took her to an apartment where the boy showed her an array of knives.

“He said he could cut my guts out,” she told The Post.

The girl described the attack to Prince George’s and Bladensburg police that day. She said her assailant chose her from several girls at the apartment.

“He said, ‘I’m taking this one,’ ” she told a female officer, according to a recording her father made of the interview. “He began to touch me. The other ones left, and he began to take off my clothes.”

When she told him to stop, he took out a knife and said, “Look what I have here,” she said.

“Then he began to rape me,” the girl told police. “I began to cry because it hurt.”

Later, when a male officer questioned her, however, the girl began to worry the gang would come after her so she recanted, she told The Post.

The girl spent the next couple of weeks at home, angry and depressed, she said. When she returned to school, she and her father met with school officials. She said she told them she had been raped by a student in MS-13, and identified him, but the school took no action.

White said the school was aware the girl had disappeared from home but not of her rape allegation. It was up to police to investigate incidents outside school, he said, although the school offers students counseling and support.

Other families told similar stories about MS-13 violence and intimidation. One Honduran mother said her 15-year-old son came home with a broken hand at the beginning of the school year. When he was injured a second time this year, she pressed him for details. The eighth-grader eventually told her that MS-13 members had made him fight another student in the bathroom.

Then he suffered a concussion after another fight this spring, and she took him to the hospital for the third time. A psychologist who spoke to her son came away so worried, he gave her a note to take to school.

“He said, ‘If you don’t protect your son, the next time you bring him to the hospital he’s going to be dead,’ ” the mother recalled.

The school assigned one of its three security guards to watch over her son when he changed classes or ate lunch, she said. But as soon as the guard was absent, her son was jumped by MS-13, she said.

She has seen videos of him fighting inside the school and fears that he is now being pressured to join the gang. When she peeked at his phone, she found a message from an MS-13 member saying the devil was angry with him and to watch his back. “I don’t know how to make him understand that I’m worried about him, worried for his life,” she said.

Another mother said she had brought her son to America as a baby to escape gang violence in El Salvador. So she was shocked when her boy, now 13, told her MS-13 was trying to recruit him at Wirt.

“They told me if I didn’t fight, they’d stick the knife in me,” she recalled him saying. She, too, saw videos of her son fighting in the school’s bathrooms. And she, too, went to the school to demand it do something.

“Many kids have disappeared because of this gang,” she said she told a school counselor. The school assigned a security guard to watch over him, too, she said.

Some parents said they had tried taking away phones or deactivating social media accounts to prevent their kids from being recruited. When one mother let her son use her phone, she received a message from an MS-13 member saying the gang was going to cut out his tongue.

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Bullets allegedly left in the hoodie of an eighth-grade student at William Wirt Middle School by an MS-13 member. (Obtained by The Washington Post)

The girl who alleges she was raped said the same boy also threatened her with a gun he brought to school, and another MS-13 member put two bullets in her hoodie as a warning.

The girl said she reported the gun incident to security but not finding the bullets. White said the gun incident was not reported.

The girl is now being recruited by members of MS-13’s rival, 18th Street gang, her father said. He panicked when she disappeared from school in early May. Police found her at an 18th Street hangout.

Her father has started driving her to and from school each day for protection. Next year, he said, she will be attending a high school where the gang has less of a presence. But first, she has to finish eighth grade.

As she walked down Wirt’s rainbow steps one May afternoon, she passed the MS-13 member who had left the bullets in her hoodie.

“I’m going to give you such a beating, girl,” he muttered in Spanish, she said, as a Prince George’s police officer sat in his squad car a few feet away.

Before she could react, her father appeared at the end of the stairs. He put his arm around her and guided her to the car. She slid into the back seat and slammed the door, staring out the window as Wirt slipped out of sight.

Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

via Washington Post

Read more:

‘I’m not going anywhere,’ rapped a defiant MS-13 gang member. Days later, he was dead.

She thought she’d saved her daughter from MS-13 by smuggling her to the U.S. She was wrong.

‘You feel the devil is helping you’: MS-13’s satanic history

Trump’s MS-13 crackdown: Going after suspected gang members for immigration violations

‘Vying for control’: How MS-13 uses violence and extortion in America’s jails

Scandals Affirm Maryland As an emerging Union Corruption Capital.

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PGCPS Bus aide charged with assaulting child en route to school for students with special needs

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DeQuan Brooks (Prince George’s County Police Department)

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A school bus aide was charged with assaulting a 7-year-old boy on the way to his school for children with special needs — an attack Prince George’s County police said they learned about only after reviewing bus security video that told a different story than the one provided by three adults on the bus.

Those adults, according to police, first told officers that the child had “acted out and attempted to throw [the aide’s] cellphone out of a window.” Officers found no evidence to support that claim, police said Sunday.

Instead, police say, surveillance video showed the aide grabbing the child, shoving him into several seats, and assaulting him “about the head and neck.” The child suffered bruises to his neck.

Police charged the aide, DeQuan Brooks, 22, of Laurel, with second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault, according to court records. He was being held Sunday on no-bond status.

The three adults on the bus, including Brooks and the driver, “have been reassigned and removed from contact with students, pending the outcome of the investigation,” said John White, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Public Schools system.

He said the system’s security and transportation departments are cooperating fully with the police on the case.

The incident unfolded Thursday morning.

Transportation officials called 911 to report a disorderly student aboard a bus headed to the Foundation School in Largo. Officers met the bus at Annapolis and Bell Station roads, where it had stopped.

“Once on scene, our officers were advised by the three adults on the bus that a student had been acting out and had attempted to throw Brooks’ cellphone out of a window,” police said in a statement. “Officers found no evidence to support the allegation against the student.”

The next evening, school security officials gave police the surveillance video.

The video showed Brooks sitting next to the 7-year-old boy, police said, before he began grabbing and shoving him. Detectives contacted a parent of the child, who had been told earlier the boy had acted up on the bus. The parent was advised to take him to a doctor.

“We still have an open investigation,” said Jennifer Donelan, a police spokeswoman. “We’re looking at everything, to include the actions of the other adults on the bus.”

According to a website for the Foundation Schools, with locations in Largo and Gaithersburg, the schools’ mission is “to provide a highly specialized educational and therapeutic program for students identified with emotional disabilities, as well as those with social, emotional and learning challenges, preparing them to be lifelong learners.”

via Washington Post

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Scandals Affirm Maryland As an emerging Union Corruption Capital.

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PGCEA Legislative Breakfast in 2016 from left to right Dr. Kevin Maxwell, Charles Wheeler, Darryl Barnes, Theresa Mitchell Dudley (center), Curtis Valentine and Christian Rhodes (far right).

The scandal that is currently sweeping Maryland with the bulls eyes of all four unions in Prince George’s County is the latest in a series of stinging labor setbacks, stemming from an unusual combination of forces, that have made the Prince George’s County and Maryland the national capital of union excess and corruption besides New York.

The major drivers of Union corruption in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is Mr. Christian Rhodes and Labor relations Director Lewis Robinson. Both of these individuals previously worked for Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA). Mr. Rhodes was a universe Director for a long time before moving on to Maryland State Educator Association (MSEA). Mr. Rhodes was hired by the county Executive Mr. Rushern Baker III to be Education Director for the county before resigning to work for PGCPS as the chief of Strategic and External Affairs. Mr. Rhodes received nearly $50,000 in three years for a total of $188,058 as part of illegal pay raises by Dr. Maxwell.

On the other hand, Current Labor relations Director Lewis Robinson who was the Executive Director for PGCEA for a long time before being hired by Dr. Maxwell in his current role is faced with a number of conflicts of interest. Mr. Robinson’s and Mr. Rhodes activities have not been good for the PGCPS as they have misused their positions to undermine union grievances brought about by staff. In each of the union, they have their own persons who either worked for MSEA previously or AFSCME International who act as their eyes and hears for their shenanigans. In ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 for example, they have James Spears who is also involved in similar scandals concerning pay raises within the union. Their illegal activities is covered up by Union lawyer Mr. Damon Felton who “carries water” for the executives involved in violation of law in Maryland.

Mr. Damon Felton and his ongoing shenanigans is supported and covered up by the Labor relations Director Lewis Robinson who also works closely with former PGCPS Chief legal counsel Mr. Roger Thomas Esq and his friends.

Some of these concerns were highlighted to the unions and other stakeholders previously but all of them have failed to act. In the latest saga involving the salaries, Even though there is difference between how salaries are calculated, Dr. Kevin Maxwell clearly is on the wrong here. He requested an increase in the school budget and used the money for unjustified compensation for senior management that has left Prince George’s County system scandal ridden and our student performance at the bottom of all county schools due to fraud.

”I don’t think there’s any question that Prince Georges County, because of some historical reasons and some unfortunate traditions, has the unfortunate rank as the No. 1 labor racketeering county in the nation,” said a concerned parent Mike Thompson.

Labor corruption is so widespread in Maryland that union locals representing thousands of workers — nearly one-fourth of the Maryland’s unionized work force — have been in trusteeship at some point over the last two years.

Maryland’s union scandals stem from many factors, among them more aggressive policing by parent unions, a continuation of prosecutors’ longstanding cleanup efforts, and a push by union dissidents to expose their leaders’ misdeeds.

A confluence of factors — historic, demographic, economic and political — has made Maryland the mother lode of union corruption at the moment. Those factors include the Baltimore city’s entrenched Mafia like presence, its huge construction industry, many immigrant workers and the juxtaposition of muscular unions and small, vulnerable businesses.

”Public employee unions are cash cows at election time such as now,” said Mark Reed.  ”They feel they can keep Democratic and Republican politicians off their backs. They feel untouchable because of that.”

Other cities are well known for union corruption, of course, among them Chicago, Boston, Providence, R.I., and several New Jersey locales. But labor investigators and experts say no other city today comes close to New York in the number of officials under investigation or the dozens of union locals under trusteeship.

For labor leaders, there is concern that all the corruption is souring the public on unions and eclipsing the positive developments that point to a rebirth of labor. Those developments include last year’s 100,000 increase in union membership nationwide, labor’s successes in electing union-friendly candidates to Congress last Election cycle and the continuing campaigns to unionize hotel maids, home health aides and doctors around the country.

”The high-profile episodes of corruption and skulduggery in Maryland and elsewhere are unquestionably hurting efforts to revive the labor movement around the country. Parent unions have often been very slow to act. In many unions, there is great reluctance to recognize that corruption is a problem.

However, on a positive note, the endorsements of Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA) appears to be having an impact in the State’s Attorney, Governorship, County Council and School Board races. It has shaken the political machine in Maryland and especially Prince George’s County that has grown comfortable with steam-rolling over all the competition to ensure establishment puppets gains victory at whatever cost.

Let us stay focused on the war on corruption here and the personnel involved — voting out the picks of the political machine that oppresses Prince Georgians and Marylanders as well. This to us is a high priority.

More to come!

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Christian Rhodes is among the senior personnel driving union corruption in Prince George’s Country. Mr. Rhodes thinks, he is untouchable due to his close links with Rushern Baker III and the union executive driving corruption in Maryland.

 

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Rushern Baker III: Wrong for Maryland’s Kids

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In March 2013, Rushern Baker asked the state to give him the political and bureaucratic authority over the public school system. As a part of that effort he wrote a bill and got it through the State Legislature  (HB-1107).  The law gave Baker the power to appoint several school board members, including the Chairman of the School Board, the Vice Chairman, and the school Superintendent. In June 2013, the new law took effect.

Rushern Baker asked for and was granted the power to run Prince George’s County school system.

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Rushern Baker III (Seen here) has been a total disgrace for the school system in Prince George’s County. Time has come for him to retire.

The results have not been good for our kids.

The school district lost 6.4 million dollars in federal grant money that was used to fund Head Start.

“Prince George’s County’s Head Start program lost a $6.5 million federal grant after complaints of abuse and poor teacher training surfaced during an investigation. The county’s public schools system and board of education were notified that the grant was terminated due to failure to “timely correct one or more deficiencies,” a spokesperson said. The program was apparently under a federal investigation for months after a review by the Administration for Children and Families allegedly revealed poor instructor training and alleged abuse of students. (NBC, Channel 4, Washington DC, 8/17/16)

The federal Department of Health and Human Services sent a13-page document stating “The [school system] did not ensure staff abided by the standards of conduct requiring them to use only positive methods of child guidance and not engage in corporal punishment, emotional, or physical abuse, or humiliation or employ methods of discipline involving isolation … or denial of basic needs,” Brenda R. Hewitt, regional program manager with ACI] wrote in the letter. (Washington Informer, 8/25/16)

“Several central office employees received hefty, unauthorized pay raises”

In April 2018, three members of the Prince George’s County Public School Board looked into how much executive cabinet members are paid, and found one received a 36 percent pay hike between 2015 and 2017, amounting to almost $50,000. Another cabinet member saw a salary increase of $46,409 between 2013 and 2017, and a third received a $35,758 increase between 2015 and 2017.  In a letter sent to County Executive Rushern Baker, Burroughs and fellow board members Raaheela Ahmed and David Murray call the increases “excessive and reckless.” (WTOP, 4/12/18)

And last year, a probe found that grades for over 5,000 students were changed to push kids along just prior to graduation.

In November 2017, a 211-page independent audit was released. It revealed that ”grades for nearly 5,500 students (in Prince George’s County) were changed days before graduation during the past two years, according to results from an investigation sparked by concerns that educators were fraudulently boosting graduation rates.” [The Washington Post, 11/3/17]

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Rushern Baker III (Seen here) has been a disaster for Prince George’s County in Maryland.

Rushern Baker said,

“Whoever is the leader of the county should be accountable for every operation of government.

“If it doesn’t work out, people will know who to blame.”

The people now know.

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Baker told the public at the time he took over the schools that he was up to the task.

He told the Washington Post:

“Whoever is the leader of the county should be accountable for every operation of government….”

“If it doesn’t work out, people will know who to blame.”  (Washington Post, 4/3/13)

Source: 

Read more>>> Panicked Rushern Baker III-Embry campaign in total disarray – Major fallout currently underway!

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Panicked Rushern Baker III-Embry campaign in total disarray – Major fallout currently underway!

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Elizabeth Embry (pictured) at College Park Marriott in Maryland on Tuesday, June 5th during a poorly attended fundraiser for Rushern Baker campaign. Ms. Emry is very worried of rival team of Ben Jealous according to her mother.

Rushern Baker-Embry’s campaign is increasingly falling into disarray as the Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III braces for a major loss in Maryland primary on June 26th, that could set him on course for an uncertain future and permanent political retirement.

Since March, the campaign run by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III — is running a lackluster primary campaign, analysts say. He has struggled to raise money and has relatively little cash on hand a month before the primary, according to reports filed in May.

Campaigns are a team sport, and Mr. Baker doesn’t have that mentality,” one high-level Baker operative said at College Park Marriott in Maryland on Tuesday, June 5th during a poorly attended fundraiser. “That’s why they’re missing a lot of these opportunities that are passing them by. [Baker] might not be a great quarterback, but every quarterback still needs a strong offensive line which is missing in this team.” a lady sitting on the sidelines bewildered by the expected loss told this reporter.

Baker’s canvas campaign manager flatly rejected the idea that the campaign is in disarray or suffering from low morale but the mother to Elizabeth Embry wearing a red dress was very very worried and kept talking about how Ben Jealous campaign team has taken over Baltimore to their dismay. Elizabeth Embry lives in Baltimore which might be a major factor the Baker campaign picked her.

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Baker’s lauded school chief was mired in corruption, overpaid his own staff while stiffing teachers, and allowed a grade fixing scandal. Maxwell resigned in disgrace, marring Baker’s proudest achievement.

Embry also happens to be the father of Elizabeth Embry, Rushern Baker’s running mate. And Baker has admitted that he relied on Robert Embry’s counsel early in his career.

So now in addition to questions about his oversight of education, questions about corruption in his county, and weathering attacks in the Democratic primary, one of the members of Baker’s inner-circle is now promoting tax increases in the state’s largest paper.

Hardly a good day for the purported front runner in a jumbled, messy, race full of underachievers. Hopefully for his sake, Baker is starting to realize that it isn’t going to get any better from here. The presence of so few people in a much publicized fundraiser was an indicator of a crumbling campaign. Very little money was raised and in many cases the cashiers hired for the event stayed idle.

The food was nothing but hamburgers without cheese and hot dogs.

It’s no accident that this series of events has coincided with Martin O’Malley’s post-Governor-ship bump: Whenever Rushern Baker III is down in the polls, he starts to act up and lash out. But this time it does seem to be different. Unable to justify Baker’s attacks on Ben Jealous of the working families or their party’s leadership, higher-profile Democrats are starting to break with Baker. And Baker’s campaign itself seems like it’s starting to crack. A covert operation found out the Rushern Baker Embry is clearly in major trouble and the boat is taking water as Ben Jealous carries the torch as a flag bearer of Maryland Democratic party in 2018 governorship race.

Here are some pictures taken at the College Park Marriott in Maryland on Tuesday, June 5th event which clearly shows kicks of a dying horse towards June 26th, 2018 democratic primary in Maryland. Rushern Baker’s Campaign is clearly in disarray based on real observations.

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PGCPS Union President Busted – Got 61 Percent Raise, Audit Says – She must resign!

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Beleaguered PGCPS Union President Theresa Mitchell Dudley must resign ASAP after receiving 61% raise.

The Prince George’s County Public Schools teachers union criticized pay raises that schools CEO Kevin Maxwell gave out. However, an audit obtained by News4 says the president of the union got a 61 percent raise herself, from $75,094 to $120,930.

According to Union members familiar with the situation, there has been a lot of meetings that have been called outside the Union rules and by laws permit. That, there are many members who are dissatisfied with the way the Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA) union is being run. Many Union members feel as though there is a lot of inter-county politics and a culture of “pay for play” within the union led by beleaguered leader Theresa Dudley and connected to government officials, politicians, and those seeking offices. In a time of fiscal crisis, Maryland Union members and especially in Prince George’s County cannot afford these patronage programs.

On February 10th, 2018, we published a blog post  to highlight an ongoing scheme involving the PGCEA Union, “A Plan to Make PGCEA a quasi-judicial body must be resisted by members and the public at large.” Since posting the information, a lot has happened to shield the members of the union and the public at large from understanding the truth due to illegal cover ups.

On March 29th, 2018 a post by Theresa Dudley caused Senator Anthony Muse to argue that members of PGCEA should stay involved due to wide ranging corruption in Annapolis because of cover ups. The post stated in part the following…

…..“I am puzzled that not many are putting pressure on Delegate Jay Walker and Delegates for allowing the My bill on returning us to an elected school board and the other put a lockbox on the casino funds, thus making the money go ONLY to education DIE. Mike Miller has ordered that they Die without a vote. How can this be. I need help in getting these bills out but I am not hearing much against them.”  – Anthony Muse

In a series of emails, the current Education Chairman for Prince George’s County Education Subcommittee Delegation Mr. Darryl Barnes has demonstrated lack of commitment to the fight against corruption in the county due to his conflicts of interests. This blog has encouraged members of the public not to reelect him and his close friends who are working to derail justice in the Maryland legislature.

Despite these reservations, Theresa Dudley through Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) has endorsed these questionable delegates led by Delegate Mr. Darryl Barnes and Delegate Dereck Davis who have acted to suppress the voice of the people in Annapolis by failing to advance the cause of justice, among other issues, as follows:

  1. Failing to schedule hearings or giving a very limited time of less than 10 minutes for hearings in an effort to limit public participation due to conflicts of interests in Prince George’s County.   (see a series of emails from Delegate Barnes creating a pattern of cover up)
  2. Accepting endorsement of Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) in a classic case of  quid pro quo to keep every illegal activity under the table in Prince George’s County while keeping several illegal activities such as money laundering and other illicit activities under wraps. PGCEA reports to MSEA and is currently involved in major litigation over violations of employees grievances and MSEA has been sued.
  3. Promoting candidates with a criminal past including embezzlement, robbery and sexual harassment. (See Here) (here)
  4. Cover up of criminal activity involving Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) union due to an ongoing scandalous affair at Laurel High School. When the issue was first raised in Upper Marlboro, the transcriber failed to record and tampered with transcripts in order to cover up violations involving Mr. Dwayne Jones who is the ASASP Union President. The company BDR has never answered anything in Court due to a wide ranging scheme involving elected officials in Prince George’s County.
  5. Duping the public to stay in power. Recent events have revealed that, Delegate Darryl Barnes acquired a fake PHD which he bought under the table in New York for the sake of duping the public. Mr. Barnes has never responded to the breaking story.
  6. Promoting a culture of cover ups to advance illegal activity.  In order to help these questionable delegates (Mr. Darryl Barnes and Dereck Davis) get reelected, beleaguered PGCPS Union President Theresa Mitchell Dudley has continued to provide them a platform including providing space at the PGCEA Headquarters to advance their illegal activity.
  7. Using union members dues like a toilet paper to advance personal interest.  Look at her proposed expenses (See below). A close look shows that the increase in dues go to her proposed expenses.  This was adopted without a quorum too and goes against rules and bylaws of the Association.
  8. Abandoning duties of Union President to run for another public office in Prince George’s County hence creating a conflict of interest with the group she is supposed to monitor. On February 27th, 2018, on facebook, Ms. Theresa Dudley declared the following…..”I filed yesterday to continue to serve on Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee representing the 47th District. Thank you for the past support. The position is volunteer. It is important that we move forth as a party with a clear platform of issues that will be reflective of the needs of the people-education, safety, and adequate public facilities.” 

Corruption erodes trust in public institutions and in democracy, it undermines our internal market, it hampers foreign investment, it costs tax payers millions, and in many cases it helps organized crime groups do their dirty work. As everyone can see here in Prince George’s County Board of Education,  people without a sound education are like society without a sense of direction.

Corruption is estimated to costs Member States no less than 120 billion dollars each year.

Every dollar that a corrupt official or a corrupt business person puts in their pocket is a dollar stolen from a pregnant woman who needs health care; or from a girl or a boy who deserves an education; or from communities that need water, roads, and schools. Every dollar is critical if we are to reach our goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity.

Let’s not mince words: In all countries of the world, corruption is public enemy number one. We should never tolerate corruption, and we all should pledge to do all in our power to build upon our strong fight against it.

How do we build institutions with greater integrity so we can help more people lead better lives?  We believe there are three important elements in our approach: First, we need to improve the way we share and apply knowledge about building institutions with greater integrity; second, we need to empower citizens with information and tools to make their governments more effective and accountable; and third, we need to build a global movement to prevail over corruption.

Needless to say, it will take more than one report to root out corruption. But as Maryland is finding its way out of the economic crisis, we cannot afford to drag our feet. PGCPS needs to completely clean house of the administration, HR, Accounting, etc.  In the past, HR did not comply to contracts, employment law and their own rules and policies.  Employees reading the newspaper and novels at their desks.  They pass you to department to department because no one wants to work.  No accountability and transparency.  But then again, most of the Superintendents have been way below par too.

Long story short, for the past 25+ years, PGCPS admin, HR, accounting, etc. have been a joke.  Hopefully after Maxwell leaves, PGCPS can find a way to review and replace at least 90%+ of the admin, HR, accounting, etc. staff at Sasscer and others covered up by others.

PGCEA members, ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 and ASASP should raise up and demand that Delegate Barnes, Delegate Dereck E. Davis and others involved in the cover ups in Annapolis should not be endorsed by MSEA or any other union in PGCPS because they promote a culture of corruption. Theresa Dudley, as President of PGCEA, should resign now that, she has failed to distance herself from endorsing these questionable delegates who have hurt the community and the union members. The PG County NAACP Chapter must follow suit and denounce corrupt activities currently prevailing in the Prince George’s County. There should be no pretense that all is well when the truth is, it is not.  Continuation of corrupt administration practices can only lead to the degradation of our school system and quality of education for our students and community many years into the future.

It is time!

More to come.

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Mr. Darryl Barnes and Dereck Davis are pictured here bribing teachers with free food at PGCEA Headquarters. Despite reservations, Theresa Dudley through Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA) has endorsed these questionable delegates led by Delegate Mr. Darryl Barnes and Delegate Dereck Davis who have acted to suppress the voice of the people in Annapolis by failing to advance the cause of justice, among other things,

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Major disaster for Rushern Baker III as he fails miserably in the new poll.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – One of the candidates running to be a governor for Maryland Prince George’s County Executive Mr. Rushern Baker III, has received a huge blow after a Washington Post Poll found him trailing badly behind Mr. Ben Jealous.  How did Rushern Baker lose this? From front runner to middle of the pack to third from the last is not an impressive showing. “Part of the problem was cover up of criminal activity by Rushern Baker III in Prince George’s County which is now coming up to light, said Diana James at Langley Park.  “Rushern Baker has been a huge disappointment as County Executive.” she added.

In many ways, Prince Georges County still lags far behind the rest of DMV in economic growth and prestige and it’s still largely shabby and unkempt.

”Hogan’s broad support — nearly two-thirds of Democrats approve of his job performance — defies a national political climate… His 71 percent job-approval rating among all Marylanders matches his previous record high, and residents are more optimistic about the state’s direction than in any Washington Post poll over the past quarter-century, the poll finds.

Despite months of campaigning, multiple forums and two televised debates, none of the seven major Democratic contenders except for Ben Jealous have distinguished themselves as the most experienced or electable, the poll finds.

Michael J. Hanmer, associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship, conducted the poll with the Post.”

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