Prince George’s teachers union backs Donna Edwards for county executive


Prince George’s County executive candidate Donna F. Edwards. 

By Arelis R. Hernández

The Prince George’s County teachers union endorsed former Democratic congresswoman Donna F. Edwards for county executive on Tuesday, supporting her calls for change in the Washington suburb’s scandal-battered school system.

Edwards’s opponents in the June 26 Democratic primary include state’s attorney Angela Alsobrooks and state Sen. C. Anthony Muse.

All three major candidates have been critical of the school system leadership appointed by outgoing County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who is term-limited and running for governor.

If elected, they say, they would replace schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell, Baker’s handpicked superintendent, following the loss of millions in federal HeadStart funding, the arrest of a school aide charged with producing child pornography, a grade-tampering scandal, questions about administrative pay raises and, most recently, the discovery of a surveillance camera inside a school office.

“It is time to restore accountability and transparency to our school system, and we are confident that Ms. Edwards is the right person for the job,” said union president Theresa Mitchell Dudley, whose organization represents 9,000 educators and took a vote of “no confidence” in the school system’s leadership in February. “We look forward to mobilizing our members — and all voters throughout Prince George’s County — on behalf of the candidates we have endorsed.”

Edwards said educators are “ready for new leadership” in Prince George’s. “It’s time for someone to show up for them, like they show up for our children.”

Edwards also has the backing of several progressive labor unions across Prince George’s County, some of which were instrumental in persuading her to make a run for the top job in the county. But Alsobrooks won the endorsement of Service Employees International Union 1199 and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26, both of which had backed Edwards in previous races.

Via Washington Post 

Read more >>> Angela D. Alsobrooks, accused of finger to the wind, Bowing to the interest at the expense of our children’s futures!



Angela D. Alsobrooks, accused of finger to the wind, Bowing to the interest at the expense of our children’s futures!


Angela D. Alsobrooks

One of the candidates running for the County Executive position Angela D. Alsobrooks is accused of a myriads of issues by former congress woman Donna F. Edwards.

In social media postings seen by Reform Sasscer movement Secretariat, Angela Alsobrooks is accused of wavering and only jumping into the serious issues after getting permission from her handlers; part of the post reads in part. She has had to finger to the wind, bowing to the interest at the expense of our children’s futures! The post made it clear, the kind of leadership Ms. Alsobrooks is displaying isn’t the kind of leadership the county deserves.

In addition to these pointers, during the State Attorney Forum at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland on April 17th, 2018, Rushern Baker’s own cabinet candidate for the position of the State’s Attorney office Mr. Mike Lyles stated “the State’s Attorney office currently is mismanaged.”

There have been major fallout within Ms. Alsobrooks’ campaign and elsewhere. In a campaign supported by outside forces who have fueled her campaign to a tune of close to a million dollars if not more. The undue influence of the county Executive position by outside forces mostly developers must be scrutinized for the good of the county. Otherwise, if this is the kind of corrupt Executive you want, you deserve the kind of government you get.

Anthony Muse who is also running for the County Executive seat has also called on voice for the Voiceless and is also calling for similar issues to address corruption as Donna Edwards in many ways.

One parent Donna Goodman from Upper Marlboro stated the following message in part through social Media.

….Well, I for one, can appreciate Donna Edwards boldness!!

I for one, am sick and tired of our elected officials ignoring all the corruption in our county! I for one, feel if we fail to use our voice, then , when our taxes increase and our children still remain uneducated, we lose our voice. I for one, get sick and tired of Maxwell, Davis, Boston’, Eubanks, Goldson, Battle and the rest of those Baker Blockers on the Board, remain in power inside the schools and outside our Elected Officials like Baker give them cover! I for one, get sick and tired, that officials use our schools as their personal pocketbooks and pimp the tax payers with the “more money means better schools” line each year! I for one, get sick and tired of the pay to play, being so blantaly displayed, impacting our ability to prepare our students for the future, yet pumping up an unqualified 6 figured administration, that accepts No Responsibility, No Accountability and promises have No Reliability! And I for one have witnessed political influences within the school system, direct contracts, funding and programs at the expense of our children, teachers and support staff!! 

No more! Go for it Donna Edwards, yes call out names. Let them answer to their deeds! The rest of us need to be as bold, name names and speak the truth in love for our children and community!! People, PLEASE – Lets make our voices heard and our Votes count! Clean House in 2018!

Other reactions are listed below.

  • Titan Troy  … Well it’s about time!! I mean what was the hold up? She was ELECTED by the people. She wasn’t appointed by the Exec. Is this her leadership style, hmmmm”
  • Sean Michael Wilson She probably apologized to Baker right after she called him out
  • Robin Jones It is obvious to everyone that the our school system is controlled by mismanagement! Prince George County mismanagement! We need a fresh start! County Executive, County Council, School CEO & School Board! We need people of integrity who will be Public Servants to do what’s right! I have only encountered one candidate that fits this bill and she is running for State Delegate! LaTasha Renee Ward! We need people who will work to make our County better for all!
  • Kendra Elizabeth Wood I’m deceased. ⚰️💐 oh no Angieeee what is you doing baby
  • Melvin B Johnson I thought I was the only one that heard that. Understaffed. Over booked. Failing to prosecute certain crimes ie. white collar local government employee fraud! That is why the establishment loves her!

It is imperative that we maintain the public’s trust in these positions. Hopefully this will be a lesson to other administrators with similar tendencies to over look critical areas of the administration into covering up crimes. She isn’t the first. She just got caught with major cover up, a parent in Upper Marlboro added.

Public Corruption in the county

This blog was among the first to educate and share information with Angela D. Alsobrooks concerning issues about public corruption in the county starting in 2011, when she first became State Attorney. However, instead of tackling the issues, she appears to have engaged in a  systematic cover up at the beckoning of Rushern Baker III (current County Executive) to the detriment of the families, children and staff of the county School system.

As the FBI continues to investigate the current fiasco involving illegal recording in a local high school, Angela D. Alsobrooks should show independent leadership skills by inviting  the same agency to review concerns shared with her long ago or even better, join cases as an interested party together with her office in already ongoing cases in Maryland to help fix ongoing major violations committed in PGCPS. This is due to crimes committed under color of law and the parties involved are influential. This will also clarify to the public that, Angela D. Alsobrook means well for the county.

More to come







Dr. Oz pulls over to help Prince George’s County school band during bus fire on New Jersey Turnpike

PGCPSA Prince George’s County high school band received some help from TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz after their bus caught on fire along the New Jersey Turnpike during a trip to New York.

Prince George’s County Public Schools said students from Northwestern High School’s visual art programin Hyattsville attended an event in New York over the weekend.

While heading back to Maryland on Sunday, the band’s charter bus blew a tire and the bus caught on fire along the New Jersey Turnpike.

Dr. Oz just happened to be driving by as the bus became engulfed in flames and stopped to help. Officials said everyone got off the bus safely and some students were checked at the scene, but refused treatment.

“I’m just so thankful everyone made it out safe and sound,” Dr. Oz wrote on Facebook.

Dr. Oz’s video showed flames roaring from the bus as people rushed to move instruments away from the blaze.

Officials said the students grabbed what instruments they could, but reported some instruments were lost during the fire.

Music & Arts, Washington Music Center and Baltimore Brass came forward to help donate instruments or repair instruments for the students, according to Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Via Fox5DC  >>>Read more >>> Dr. Oz Films Bus Fire Involving Students From Maryland



Shock as Young Democrats former boss, Joseph Lynn Kitchen, finally comes out of the closet.


Young Democrats former boss, Joseph Lynn Kitchen has finally come out of closet.

This last weekend, Maryland Young Democrats former boss, Joseph Lynn Kitchen, finally came out of the closet and announced he was gay in a Facebook post. The social media followers went wild with some of the comments very funny. In other words, he “came out of the closet.” This expression for revealing one’s homosexuality may seem natural. Being in the closet implies hiding from the outside world, and the act of coming out of it implies the will to stop hiding. But though the closet has long been a metaphor for privacy or secrecy, its use with reference to homosexuality is relatively recent.

According to George Chauncey’s comprehensive history of modern gay culture, Gay New York, the closet metaphor was not used by gay people until the 1960s. Before then, it doesn’t appear anywhere “in the records of the gay movement or in the novels, diaries, or letters of gay men and lesbians.”

“Coming out,” however, has long been used in the gay community, but it first meant something different than it does now. “A gay man’s coming out originally referred to his being formally presented to the largest collective manifestation of prewar gay society, the enormous drag balls that were patterned on the debutante and masquerade balls of the dominant culture and were regularly held in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Baltimore, and other cities.” The phrase “coming out” did not refer to coming out of hiding, but to joining into a society of peers. The phrase was borrowed from the world of debutante balls, where young women “came out” in being officially introduced to society.

The gay debutante balls were a matter of public record and often covered in the newspaper, so “coming out” within gay society often meant revealing your sexual orientation in the wider society as well, but the phrase didn’t necessarily carry the implication that if you hadn’t yet come out, you were keeping it a secret. There were other metaphors for the act of hiding or revealing homosexuality. Gay people could “wear a mask” or “take off the mask.” A man could “wear his hair up” or “let his hair down,” or “drop hairpins” that would only be recognized by other gay men.

It is unclear exactly when gay people started using the closet metaphor, but “it may have been used initially because many men who remained ‘covert’ thought of their homosexuality as a sort of ‘skeleton in the closet.'” It may also have come from outsiders who viewed it that way. It seems that “coming out of the closet” was born as a mixture of two metaphors: a debutante proudly stepping into the arms of a community and a shocking secret being kept in hiding. Now the community is the wider community, and the secret is no longer shocking. “Coming out” is a useful phrase, but it need not imply a closet.

In the past, Mr. Kitchen who calls himself “Reverend” acted like an Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views and resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office.

Mr. Kitchen has also been a major influence of the local chapter of Prince George’s County NAACP which has been in a disarray for a while.

Read more >>> Lopez goes lethal on Young Democrats former boss, Joseph Lynn Kitchen, calls him part of the Swamp.





Arizona: Why Teachers Plan to Walk Out


Arizona teachers and education advocates march last month at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix to protest low teacher pay and school funding. (Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press)

By dianeravitch

Dana Goldstein writes in the New York Times about the looming teachers’ strike (walkout) in Arizona, a right to work state, where most teachers do not belong to the Arizona Education Association. The state has cut $1 Billion out of the K-12 education budget since the 2008 recession, and is currently among the lowest-spending states in the nation on education. The tax-cutting Governor Doug Ducey has promised a 20% raise by 2020, but has offered no new taxes or revenue source to back up his promise. The New York Times is fortunate to have Dana Goldstein working the education beat because she is knowledgeable, having written “The Teacher Wars,” a history of the teaching profession in the U.S.

She writes:

Arizona educators voted late Thursday in favor of a statewide walkout, as teacher protests over low pay and school funding continued to sweep across the United States.

The spread of the protests to Arizona from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky, all Republican-dominated states with weak public sector unions, signaled the depth of frustration from teachers and parents over years of education budget cuts.

The movement first arose in West Virginia, where teachers walked off the job in February, winning a $2,000 raise. In Oklahoma, the threat of a walkout garnered a $6,000 raise for teachers, but they still picketed the Capitol for nine days, calling for additional school funding that mostly did not come. In Kentucky, teachers have rallied outside the State Capitol to protest changes to their pension plans and to demand more money for schools.

“It’s clear that our educators are inspired by what they’ve seen in West Virginia and Oklahoma and Kentucky,” said Joe Thomas, president of the Arizona Education Association, the state’s largest teachers’ union. “They see educators rising up and lifting their voices for their students, and doing so in a way that can’t be ignored.”

The vote in Arizona followed weeks of protest across the state and promises from the governor to raise salaries. The Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United, a group of teachers who organized independently on Facebook, said that 78 percent of the teachers and school workers who cast ballots supported a walkout.

The groups said the walkout would take place on April 26 if legislators and the governor did not meet their demands, not only for a raise for teachers but also one for school support staff. They also called for an end to tax cuts until Arizona’s per-pupil spending reaches the national average.

Unlike West Virginia and Oklahoma, Arizona has never before had a statewide teacher walkout, and has experienced only a handful of districtwide strikes over the past four decades.

The state has cut approximately $1 billion from schools since the 2008 recession, while also cutting taxes. It spent under $7,500 per pupil annually in 2015, the last year for which census data was available; only Utah and Idaho spent less.

As in the other states where teachers have picketed, many districts in Arizona are facing teacher shortages in subjects like math, science and special education, with principals reporting that staff members are moving to deeper-pocketed states to earn up to $20,000 more per year, or to work in better-funded classrooms.

Noah Karvelis, an elementary school music teacher and the founder of Arizona Educators United, said he was sympathetic to the disruption that widespread school closings would cause students and parents. But, he said, that should not forestall a walkout.

“If we maintain the status quo, that is way worse than missing a couple of days of school,” Mr. Karvelis said at a news conference outside the union headquarters in Phoenix. “The biggest disservice any of us could do for our students right now is to not act in this moment.”

Across Arizona, tens of thousands of teachers, parents and students, clad in red, participated in protests outside schools on April 11. Gov. Doug Ducey said he was “impressed” by the movement, which calls itself #RedForEd. He promised to provide teachers with a 20 percent raise by 2020, and to restore school budgets to pre-Recession levels over the next five years. He said he could do so without raising taxes, because the state’s economy is improving and existing state programs could be cut.

But many teachers rejected that plan, or said they distrusted Mr. Ducey, a first-term Republican.

“You don’t rob Peter to feed Paul,” said Kassandra Dominguez, who teaches kindergarten and first grade in the Pendergast school district, near Phoenix. “That’s so wrong, and I wouldn’t want that money.”

Alternate proposals for raising school budgets include increasing an education sales tax from six-tenths of a cent to one cent, or closing corporate tax loopholes.

The average teacher salary in Arizona is about $47,000 per year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But starting salaries are much lower, and many teachers leading the protest movement are in their 20s and 30s.

Ms. Dominguez, 27, earns $38,250 per year, and says that because of low education budgets, she has had to pay out of pocket, or raise money from private donors, to buy her students science supplies, chairs and snacks. She voted in favor of a walkout. Her district had lost a total of $1.6 million over the past five years because of budget cuts, according to administrators, and the school board had come out in favor of the #RedForEd movement.

In San Tan Valley, an exurban area an hour southeast of Phoenix, Mary Stavely, an elementary schoolteacher, said she had also voted in favor of a walkout. Ms. Stavely, 34, earns $36,800. Thirteen of 38 teachers at her school, Circle Cross Ranch K-8, are planning to resign at the end of this academic year, she said, because of factors like low pay and a lack of rental housing in the area.

“It directly affects students” when teacher turnover is high, Ms. Stavely said, because children “lose morale and the connections that were made” with caring adults. Ms. Stavely, a single mother, is currently living with her parents, and said she has considered looking for a higher-paying job. Still, she said she had spent her spring break going door to door to recruit parents to enroll their children at her public school. Arizona has aggressively expanded charter schools and private school vouchers in recent years, leading to enrollment declines — and potential budget cuts — for some traditional schools.

More than 57,000 educators filled out a ballot in the Arizona walkout vote. There are approximately 90,000 certified teachers in the state, but only 20,000 members of the Arizona Education Association, the union. As in the other red states that have had recent teacher protests, union membership is optional for Arizona educators, and labor organizing is new for many of them.

Among those who oppose a walkout is Jim Segar, 64, a colleague of Ms. Stavely’s at Circle Cross Ranch K-8 and a physical education teacher.

Mr. Segar said the proposal from Mr. Ducey was the best teachers could realistically hope for. “You can’t get everything at once after years of neglect,” he said. “I think people would be crazy to walk or strike now.”

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BREAKING NEWS: Bus transporting PGCPS Northwestern High students catches fire


A bus carrying Northwestern High students caught fire on the New Jersey turnpike. Photo courtesy of New Jersey 101.5

By ROSANNA WEAVER — One of the three busses that transported Northwestern High School students to New York City this weekend caught fire today on the New Jersey Turnpike. The students were headed home. No students were injured but many lost their possessions, including instruments. The fire temporarily shut down all lanes in the southbound direction of the New Jersey Turnpike, just north of Route 168. The incident happened just before noon. The students have not yet made it back to Northwestern High.

Approximately 175 students from Northwestern High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program (VPA), had travelled to New York City for the weekend. It was on their return that, according to initial student reports, a tire came off one of the three busses and it burst into flames.

Students are texting friends that they have lost all their possessions, including laptops. The bus that caught on fire was the band bus, so instruments are also presumably lost.

For many the annual trip to New York City is one of the highlights of the year. This year the students saw the musical “Wicked” and visited a Jim Henson exhibit. The VPA program is named for and supported by the Jim Henson Legacy. Henson was an alumni of Northwestern High School.

Students in the program, a bit of a school within a school, major in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and television production. Their program includes an extra hour of classes, and many evening performances. Northwestern High School is one of the largest high schools in the state of Maryland, with 2,576 students. Over 70 percent of the students attending the school are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program.

The PTSA plans to set up a GoFundMe account to help with costs.

Via Hyattsville times


Troubled administration of Dr. Kevin Maxwell (center) and brother in law of Rushern Baker III (Dr. Eubanks) left, plus Baker himself (right) have not responded to the mess they have now put the children due to ongoing malfeasances in the county.

Political Corruption and trading in influence in the Maryland legislature causes Franchot to seek help.


Treasurer Nancy Kopp will continue in the job or might be replaced by House Speaker Michael Busch.

Legislation that started as an innocuous law to set the oath of office for members of the state pension board somehow morphed into yet another swipe at Comptroller Peter Franchot, Bryan Sears reports in the Daily Record. Franchot is asking Gov. Larry Hogan to veto the bill that would ensure no Maryland comptroller would ever again chair the pension board. Instead, under the legislation, that role would fall in perpetuity to the state treasurer — a change that raises questions about whether Treasurer Nancy Kopp will continue in the job or might be replaced by House Speaker Michael Busch.

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House Speaker Michael Busch