One of the former PGCPS Executive and current Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph who helped cover up corruption through Dr. Lilian Lowery and transferred the same shenanigan in Nashville, Tennessee has been forced out of the job.
On or around June 2011, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) in conspiracy with Association of Supervisory & Administrative School Personnel (ASASP) headed by Dwayne Jones Principal of Laurel High School engaged in a widespread scheme involving high level executives at Sasscer. The scheme involved Dr. Monica Goldson and other external parties led by O’Neal Law Firm of Ardra O’Neal affianced in a wide ranging plot and bribery to defeat justice for employees. Dr. Shawn Joseph who later joined the PGCPS District at the beckoning of Dr. Lilian Lowery was also part of the mix in the same scheme.
The fraudulent scheme and conspiracy involved Office of the legal counsel and Thatcher Law Firm in which a transcriber company was hired to sabotage the hearings of employees at the systems Headquarters at Sasscer. Transcripts for the hearings involving employees where changed and omitted major facts to advance the shenanigans and protect Dwayne Jones. Some of the omitted facts even acknowledged extra marital affairs involving Mr. Dwayne Jones and Debrah Toppins. Shortly after the hearings, any lawyer who tried to represent these employees was bribed after the Thatcher Law Firm was given a “no bid contract” for more than $5 million dollars. Many local employees are not getting the justice they deserve due to public corruption in Prince George’s County ties to discrimination. The public corruption in Prince George’s county public schools starts on an administrative level and is interconnected to local lawyers with ties to some local politicians, which has been an ongoing concern for many years.
In retaliation for exposing their shenanigans in this blog, the current interim CEO Dr. Monica Goldson ordered this blog to be blocked in the PGCPS network and other parts globally on or around November 2018 in order to minimize their expose of their illegal agenda.
Shawn Joseph’s departure from Tennessee, due to similar issues and public corruption fiasco connected to Maryland and Denver, Colorado is a wake up call in Maryland. While major issues are interconnected, local issues are playing out around this case. The recent indictment of Gregory B. Craig, President Obama’s first White House Counsel shows that while Robert Mueller’s investigation may be over, its effects will continue to ripple outward across the Washington DC metro area for a long time. Paul Manafort’s prosecution was a wake-up call for Washington lobbyists and Craig’s indictment is sounding the alarm for attorneys engaged in a widespread bribery using unaccountable money meant for public schools in a town full of them.
We reprint the report by newschannel-5 article below:
By: Phil Williams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s the end of the road for Metro Schools Director Dr. Shawn Joseph — a road dotted by legal and ethical potholes.
Under the terms of his buyout deal with the school board, Friday, April 12, is his last day.
But Joseph’s journey as Nashville’s first African-American director of schools began in July 2016 amid high expectations — with the school board essentially giving him a blank check.
“I think that Dr. Joseph needs to do whatever he needs to do to make sure that we are successful,” then-chair Anna Shepherd said.
Within months, there were ethical questions.
When NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked about the qualifications of the people he brought with him from Maryland, Joseph directed staff not to answer those questions – saying the district should wait and attack the reporter’s methods.
A school maintenance worker was also directed to work on Joseph’s house.
An email showed he would be “on the clock,” working at taxpayer expense. Joseph blamed his assistant.
“I hold myself to the highest level of integrity,” the schools director told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in October 2016.
We asked, “So where did she get the idea that he would be on the clock? Did that come from you?”
“No,” he insisted, “and that’s what I corrected it in an email.”
Joseph still ordered the man’s supervisors to allow him to modify his work schedule to work at the director’s house.
That fall, our investigation caught the schools director using a bus driver to chauffeur him around town — including for personal errands — with taxpayers paying for the driver to wait and wait .
But when we tried to show him the video, he walked out of the interview.
“This is one of the few districts where I’ve ever worked where the number of vacancies goes up instead of down,” former Metro Schools administrator Mo Carrasco told NewsChannel 5 Investigates in December 2017.
“People are leaving. People are not happy. And we keep saying to people that everything is great and we’re making progress. We are not making progress.”
Those comments come just before Carrasco, one of the director’s longtime friends, resigned amid a sexual harassment investigation.
On his way out, Carrasco raised questions about how Joseph was spending the district’s money.
“I made a statement one day to some of the executive staff that we have too many contracts, too many consultants in the district,” he added.
“They are running into each other, and I don’t think that was taken very well.”
When two school board members, Jill Speering and Amy Frogge, requested an independent audit last April, Joseph lashed out, accusing them of behaving inappropriately and risking a potential lawsuit.
“It’s a lawsuit when you are inappropriately pointing people out and making comments that are not appropriate,” he argued.
Frogge responded, “I am doing my job, and I am not inappropriate.”
The district’s own files showed there was lots of evidence.
Still, Joseph’s team did nothing until after our investigation aired and then only under pressure from school board members.
“Did you drop the ball?” we asked.
“I did not drop the ball,” he answered, refusing to answer any specific questions.
To try to calm the controversy, Joseph later convinced the school board to sign a $100,000 contract with a Nashville law firm to review the district’s Human Resources Department.
Then, a secret recording caught him hinting to school bus drivers that they should vote against vice mayor candidate Sheri Weiner, potentially in violation of state law.
In September 2018, new school board member Fran Bush had questions about Joseph’s continued use of a school bus driver as a chauffeur while a bus driver shortage left kids sometimes waiting for long periods to get home from school.
Our investigation discovered that Joseph’s account of how he used the driver did not match records provided by his office.
“I clearly think, at this point, learning about this information, we need to open up an investigation,” Bush told NewsChannel 5 Investigates.
As Joseph’s relationship with a few board members continued to sour, our investigation uncovered new questions about his ties to a company that got a $1 million, no-bid contract in violation of state law.
The district bought the student assessment software, then did not require schools to actually use it.
Then, NewsChannel 5 Investigates obtained the law firm’s confidential HR report, which warned the district is facing a morale crisis that threatens its ability to attract and keep good employees.
And a group of teachers decided to go public, suggesting that Joseph’s discipline policies were making their jobs harder.
“Students are in school and they are disruptive and they are running through the halls and they are using profanity and hurting other students,” guidance counselor Constance Wade said during a Teacher Town Hall.
Through it all, the schools director never took personal responsibility for any of the controversies.
In fact, he blamed NewsChannel 5 Investigates of trying to create hysteria over the sexual harassment issue.
“Let me tell you, what I don’t respect about you, my friend, is that you like to try to create unnecessary narratives on very important topics to try to create this hysteria,” Joseph told us last year.
“You should be ashamed of yourself.”
More recently, he had suggested to support employees that they should not be airing the district’s business in public — a lesson he said his mother taught him as a child.
“I told you about my mom with her little belt thing,” Joseph said during a town hall hosted by the Service Employees International Union, Local 205.
“She said, ‘I wish you would tell somebody our business outside in the streets. We handle stuff right in this house.'”