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Kevin Maxwell, PGCPS CEO, gets four more years in Suspicious Circumstances

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Kevin Maxwell, Prince George’s County schools chief executive officer, speaks at a 2016 press conference regarding an abuse case. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, left, seen with Board of Education Chairman Segun C. Eubanks, extended Maxwell’s contract Friday. (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced Friday he was extending the contract for Kevin Maxwell, the schools chief executive officer, giving the educator another four years to continue reform efforts despite recent abuse scandals that led to calls for Maxwell’s resignation.

It is the first time in nearly 25 years that a superintendent in Prince George’s County will get a second term. Before Maxwell, the state’s second-largest school system had seven superintendents in less than two decades.

Maxwell is paid just under $300,000 a year. He was appointed by Baker in 2013, shortly after the state legislature awarded the county executive broad new power over school-system governance.

His leadership is a central part of Baker’s plan to overhaul and stabilize the system after years of scandal, poor performance and dwindling public trust.

Maxwell, who grew up in and began his career in Prince George’s County, has seen graduation rates reach record highs at some schools. Enrollment and some test scores also have increased.

 He expanded full-day prekindergarten and language-immersion offerings, and increased participation in dual-enrollment programs that allow high school students to take college-level courses.

But the system faced sexual-abuse and child-abuse cases last year involving school personnel, including a one-time aide who now faces decades in prison. The allegations led to a federal investigation and the loss of control by the school system of millions of dollars in Head Start funding.

Maxwell cited letters he has received from grateful students, the number of strategic business and philanthropic partnerships that school officials have brokered and a more than $44 million increase in the value of scholarships offered to county graduates in 2016.

More than three dozen business, government, philanthropic leaders and school board members attended the announcement, giving Maxwell a standing ovation as he ticked off his administration’s accomplishments.

Absent were at least three elected members of the Board of Education, including Edward Burroughs III, one of Maxwell’s most strident critics. He led calls for Maxwell to step down following revelations that a Head Start worker forced a child to mop up their own urine and texted a photo to the child’s mother.

Amid the fallout, Maxwell asked his chief of staff to resign over an email that appeared to suggest that school administrators tried to keep the Head Start scandal quiet.

There were separate allegations of abuse, involving a school bus aide accused of molesting students.

Baker, who is term-limited in 2018, said he “never lost confidence” in Maxwell through all the “bumps and stumbles.”

“Have we had problems? Yes,” Baker said. “The question is how we react. . . . I want him to continue the work he is doing.”

via Washington Post 

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There has been a complete lack of accountability under County Executive Rushern Baker III that extends to CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell. Mr. Baker came in with promises of an Inspector General (IG) style oversight program because of all the illegal and ethics issues within the county leadership. He also said judge him by school performance but he has been failing and only being protected by Maryland politicians.

Maxwell and the Board of Education for Prince George’s county were among the first people notified by the mother when the teacher forced the son to mop up urine. There have been scapegoats but no accountability at the highest levels for the loss of 6 million dollars. What they have done is “study” the issue with the strategy of waiting for the news cycle to shift away from the rampant abuse in schools and loss of funds. The County also lost over a million dollars in state funds when Maxwell started his tenure. He said things like that would never happen under his watch, but it has gotten worse. Many of us in the reform movement are disappointed, not on the concept, but on the disrespect to the democratic process, violation of rights, unjust enrichments, conspiracy involving well connected political leaders advancing corruption,  the tortious interference of legal process and counsels in prince George’s county inter alia  #HB1107 #Rushhour

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Pr. George’s schools programs trimmed to fit scaled-back budget

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A divided Prince George’s County Board of Education adopted a downsized $1.8 billion budget Thursday night, cutting programs that would have been funded by a proposed property-tax increase rejected by the County Council.

Schools chief Kevin Maxwell presented a revised budget to the board last week after County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) failed to generate the support needed for his ambitious plan to raise the tax rate 15 percent and increase school spending by $133 million.

The council instead approved a smaller tax increase that would produce about a quarter of the funding Maxwell says he needs to expand programs and boost student achievement.

Maxwell’s latest plan was approved by the school board on a 7-to-3 vote, with two abstentions. It maintains existing programs but does not include the rapid expansion he had sought for several initiatives. These included universal pre-kindergarten, dual-enrollment in high school and college courses, talented and gifted programs, digital literacy and the hiring of parent-school liaisons.

In addition, teachers will not receive increased retention pay or stipends for national board certification. Arts and foreign language programs will also not spread to all county schools, and an effort to provide free breakfast to all students will not come to fruition. >>> See changes here >>>(bbe491_8d2b4f2cb1e043f991186593dc93bca5)

“This is our best recommendation of how we move forward,” Maxwell said.

Board Chair Segun Eubanks said he was “satisfied, given our limitations, that we made the best choices we could make.”

But the cuts infuriated some board members, ratcheting up a controversy about funding schools designed specifically for first- and second-generation immigrants.

The budget preserves funding for two international high schools that would cater to English-language learners who are struggling in traditional classes. One would operate at a separate Bladensburg facility and the other within Largo High School.

The NAACP has criticized the schools, calling the initiatives segregation. Immigrant advocacy organizations such as CASA of Maryland say such schools exist across the country and provide options for a challenged population. PGCPS is not performing well because the work has not been about the students’ success, but rather it is about adults and their political agenda. Ejecting several staff members well connected to Mr. Rushern Baker III and Dr. Kevin Maxwell to “eat” from students reserve fund is not the answer!

Report was compiled By Arelis R. Hernández of the Washington Post and Reform Sasscer Movement contributed.  

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County Council wants more assurances from school system before approving increased budget

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UPPER MARLBORO – Although Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) officials have promised to hold themselves accountable if County Executive Rushern Baker III’s budget proposal passes, some members of the County Council remain unconvinced.

At a council worksession last Wednesday to discuss the school system’s budget, schools officials promised accountability in the form of annual report cards. The school system is slated to receive $1.93 billion in Baker’s proposed budget, which includes a $133 million increase from the county. In order to fund the increase, Baker has proposed raising the real property tax rate by 15 percent—above the charter limit. He also proposed raising the county’s personal property tax rate from $2.40 to $2.78 per $100 of assessed value. Telecommunication taxes will be raised from 8 percent to 12 percent on top of those increases.

But Councilwoman Mary Lehman said the school system has not done a good job of convincing the council and constituents that the increases are necessary. She said the school system and the Board of Education have done a lackluster job when discussing the budget with residents at town hall meetings. She also criticized school system officials’ time commitment after PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell left a worksession early a couple weeks before, which angered Councilwoman Karen Toles at the time.

“We need you to stay here when you come here for as long as you possibly can and if we need you to come back then you need to come back,” Lehman said. “I was the first councilmember to have a town hall meeting on this and Mr. (Segun) Eubanks came. And, frankly, I don’t think he was a good emissary for this. He came with no formal presentation.”

Constituents were really annoyed with Eubanks being unprepared, Lehman said, and were not sold on Maxwell’s plan with no presentation.

Toles agreed that the school system and Maxwell need to be held accountable because the council is not asking for money from the school system.

“We’re not asking for $2 billion dollars—you are,” Toles said. “Be here. Be accountable. We all have late nights. Some of us even get sick. This is an important topic and an important discussion. We have to balance the budget for the tax payers and make sure we’re using their money right.”

During the worksession, Toles said she wants to make sure that each and every school in the county gets the same benefits and that the increased funding would not just reach schools in certain areas of the county. Toles questioned officials on why they have not implemented International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) programs at the feeder schools for Suitland High School, even though Suitland has an IB program.

There is a “major problem” with Maxwell’s strategic plan. Toles said, because it does not improve the schools in her district.

“What I’m concerned about is improving my community,” Toles said. “You have Suitland High School that has been an IB school for a long time but you do not extend IB programs to elementary and middle schools there.”

While she is supportive of language-immersion programs, Toles said students need opportunities to develop in educational programs that can help them succeed.

“I feel like we are dumbing down my community by not giving them a chance with those programs,” Toles said.

Maxwell said before he arrived in the school system, there were no IB programs. It is the school system’s intention to develop a support structure for every high school program they have, he said, through middle and elementary school education.

“It takes funding and training to do those things,” Maxwell said. “The expansion of IB programs, over time, will take place.”

Toles said it is not fair to some programs and services in certain parts of the county and not others. She requested information from the school system about when it would place an IB program in her elementary and middle schools. Monica Goldson, the chief operating officer of PGCPS, said the county has slated to put IB programs at Suitland Elementary school and William Hall Academy and could provide Toles with a list of other schools slated to get IB programs. However, as of Tuesday Toles said she had not received any information from the school system.

Along with report cards, County Council members said they want to ensure the school system spends money where it says it will. While the County Council approves the school system’s budget allocation, it cannot determine how the school system spends its money.

The school system will send out an annual report card to parents to notify them about how the schools are improving, Maxwell said. The school system has promised to improve its standardized test scores, graduation rate and dropout rate. The school system’s goal is to get into the state’s top 10 by 2020.

“We actually have thought about sending that out with the kids when they get their report cards. We are trying to get a handle on how long it will take to get data back from the state for this,” Maxwell said. “Different accountability pieces come at different times.”

The school system must wait for the state to certify some of their performance numbers before they are put out to the public, Maxwell said, and that can be a potential issue.

Councilman Obie Patterson asked for the school system to clearly identify what numbers it will use to audit its performance. Everyone has different performance standards, Patterson said, but the performance standards for the school system are not clear. Patterson’s constituents are saying the school system has gotten money before, he said, but they have not seen any results.

The accountability for the school system will come through council and the county government, said Monique Davis, deputy superintendent. Because the council approves additional funding, Davis said, councilmembers will be the ones who will hold the school system accountable.

“It comes through our partnerships. Through our partnership with the county council, you guys are going to hold us accountable. I think that’s what you can tell your constituents,” Davis said.

Councilwoman Andrea Harrison said the school system has put council members in a tough position by balancing education needs with increasing taxes on residents without any insurances for positive results.

“You have asked us to put a significant tax increase on the residents in this county. In my opinion, and I think in the opinion of the people of this county, we have not proven that we are making progress,” Harrison said.

The school system will not stop asking for increases, Harrison said, but if there are no results, she said, it will be difficult to continue to give increases if there are no results to show any progress.

“Your children can’t come to you and ask for increases in their allowance if they are not doing something that you can see is worth them getting an increase in their allowance,” Harrison said.

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Some council members do not support Baker budget proposal

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UPPER MARLBORO – Despite two months of fervent discussion and reaction from county residents, members of the Prince George’s County Council remain undecided about whether or not they will approve County Executive Rushern Baker III’s budget proposal.

The council held its final public hearing at the County Administration Building on Monday night—the last opportunity for residents to let the Council know what they think about the proposed $3.6 billion budget, which includes fully funding the school system’s $1.93 billion budget request.

To fund the county’s $133 million contribution, Baker has proposed proposed raising the real property tax rate from $.96 per $100 to $1.11 per $100 of assessed value. The proposal also raises the county’s personal property tax rate from $2.40 to $2.78 per $100 of assessed value. Telecommunication taxes will be raised from 8 percent to 12 percent on top of those increases.

The tax increases are causing emotions to run high, said Council Vice Chair Derrick Leon Davis.

“Anytime you talk about taxes, people’s emotions and sentiments run up. And then, when you talk about education the same happens. The sentiment for raising taxes is, ‘Hell no,’ in most situations,” Davis said. “Is the county executive’s current proposal the best and final proposal? I would say no.”

Prince George’s County Public School’s CEO Kevin Maxwell has requested the funding to support the school system’s strategic plan and goal of getting into the state’s top 10 by 2020. Davis said no one is going to say no to education improvement, Davis said, but he is not sure Maxwell’s approach is the right one.

“That’s what their objective is. Is it right? I’m not sure. I’m not sure at this point,” Davis said. “But we know what it takes to improve learning. We know that improvement costs money.”

The increased spending would result in $639,000 going to every school, Davis, said, but the council wants to ensure all of the funding is used for education and not other purposes.

While Davis could not confirm which way he would vote at this time, other council members have signaled they will vote against the budget as proposed by Baker. Councilwoman Karen Toles questioned PGCPS officials at a recent budget worksession, and said Maxwell’s decision to leave the worksession early upset her.

“I’m more troubled by your boss leaving because it shows the council doesn’t get respect,” Toles said at the worksession. “I’m not the one asking for $1.9 billion – he is. And that just, really, it increases my no even further.”

In addition to Toles, Councilwoman Mary Lehman said she cannot support the proposed budget as currently constructed. The rest of the county and the citizens did not have enough input in the process leading up to the release of the proposed budget, she said.

“Mr. Baker could’ve begun this conversation six months or a year ago and built a case for it,” Lehman said. “Instead he came out of nowhere with it. He did not try to build any consensus. He just sort of lobbed this grenade, of sorts.”

Lehman said school funding is not controversial on its face, but providing funding by circumventing the Tax Reform Initiative by Marylanders (TRIM) creates skepticism from residents. TRIM is a tax cap in the county’s charter mandating that any proposed property tax increase be approved by a citizen vote.

Baker has proposed using what many residents have called a “loophole” in the law which allows districts to increase taxes above the tax cap in order to meet maintenance of effort (MOE) funding requirements for the school system. But Baker is going “above and beyond,” Lehman said, what is required for the county’s MOE funding to reform the school system.

Some of the things in the strategic plan are feasible and necessary, Lehman said, like giving students access to literacy coaches. But there are some inappropriate “one-time” expenses, Lehman said, that need to be taken out of the budget.

“You never, never lump one-time expenses with tax increases. Tax increases are forever. One-time expenses are one-time expenses,” Lehman said. “You find some other way because they are a one-time expense. You find a grant or something for that.”

An example of a one-time expense, Lehman said, are the iPads the school system is providing for students and school renovations.

“You don’t put renovations in with tax increases. That is irresponsible,” Lehman said.

Taxes have risen enough for residents, Lehman said, and the school system already receives more than half of the county’s budget.

“When you talk about $.64 on the dollar, my goodness, how much is enough?” Lehman said. “I don’t know. I’m not pretending I do. But certainly the sky cannot be the limit.”

Councilwoman Danielle Glaros said she is still on the fence and is not leaning one way or another on the proposed budget.

“We want to make sure that we continue to invest in education in a way that we make sure we are fiscally sustainable into the future,” Glaros said. “We are looking very closely at the proposal and looking very closely at what we can do as a county to move forward in education.”

The proposal is very broad, Glaros said, and she wants to make sure it supports the schools and teachers, but the challenge is making that happen with limited resources.

Toles has previously said she would like to “continue the conversation” with Maxwell to find out where the funding will specifically go and how it will be used.

“These are also budgets that we don’t really control once we give the money, Toles said. “They can say what they are going to do with the money, but we have to make sure that we stay the course and we have these conversations because this is an unprecedented amount of money.”

Board of Education member Edward Burroughs said he admires what the county executive is trying to do with his proposed budget but families around the county are hurting already and struggling to keep their homes.

“Of course I love the school system. I’m a product of the school system, but it’s important that I share reality. And that reality is that people are struggling,” said Burroughs, who voted to support Maxwell’s budget request and the school system’s strategic plan. “Every week I get calls from families and parents who are crying because they have to live with having their child displaced due to foreclosures.”

Melody Spruill, a Bowie resident who attended Monday night’s public hearing, said she does not know if she is for or against the strategic plan. Spruill said she polled residents in her neighborhood and her family and found most people were in opposition of the tax increases.

The council is in a difficult position with a decision to make, Spruill said, not just for the school system and the children, but for the community in general.

“Unfortunately, you all don’t only represent children. You represent the community as a whole and you have to make that decision as a whole,” Spruill said. “I am not saying I am for or against it, but I am saying that we have a protocol. I would like for you all to take it to the ballot for people to decide.”

via Prince George’s county sentinel 

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Prince George’s officials unveil suspicious five-year plan for school system.

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Prince George’s County School System CEO Kevin Maxwell is asking county residents to imagine a school system where 90 percent of students graduate on time, all graduates are college and career ready, and test scores meet or exceed the state average — goals he says are attainable by 2020 with increased funding.

“We will move this school system forward and be in the top 10 in the state by 2020,” Maxwell said after unveiling his 2020 Strategic Plan at the March 26 school board meeting, held at Suitland High School.

Over 100 people attended.

The Strategic Plan that Maxwell unveiled identifies five broad areas where improvement is needed to reach his 2020 goal — academics, workforce development, safe and modernized facilities, community engagement and organizational effectiveness — and the improvements needed to reach Maxwell’s 2020 goals.

Maxwell is asking for an additional $133 million in county funding to support the Strategic Plan, which he said is based on data obtained from his Transition Team report and numerous studies and surveys of the school system.

According to the Strategic Plan, additional funding would be used to develop a digital literacy program, expand full-day prekindergarten, expand Gifted and Talented, dual enrollment, career academy, foreign language and International Baccalaureate programs, increase teacher compensation and mentoring, expedite facilities maintenance and other initiatives.

To fund the increase, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has proposed raising property taxes by 15 percent, and to raise the telecommunications tax from 8 to 12 percent. His budget is in the hands of the County Council, which must approve a budget by June 1.

“This is the end of a nearly two-year process, thousands of hours of research, discussion, reflection, designing and planning by over 100 subject matter experts at the school and central office level,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell pointed to last year’s 2.6 percentage point increase in the county graduation rate from 74.1 to 76.6, the highest in at least five years, as evidence the county can make consistent, measured progress toward its goals. The state’s four-year graduation rate is 86.4 percent.

“If we continue to grow at that rate, we should reach our goal in five years,” Maxwell said.

Shawn Joseph, deputy superintendent for teaching and learning, said the school system would report regularly to the public on what progress was being made.

“We will submit a formal report on our progress towards the 2020 goals, our lead indicators at the end of each year and will summarize the work of our strategy teams as we move forward,” Joseph said.

“We need to decide whether we are going to take this opportunity to move towards greatness … or whether or not we will settle for being good, but not great,” said school board chairman Segun Eubanks.

Upper Marlboro resident Tonya Wingfield said that in her experience, a strategic plan should have been released before the budget, which was approved by the board Feb. 24.

“This seems to be backwards,” Wingfield said. “Approving a budget and then scrambling to build a strategic plan to support that budget in any business environment is a formula for failure.”

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Prince George’s school board approves $1.93 billion budget request.

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Segun Eubanks – Brother in Law to County Executive Baker and the board have requested biggest budget to date without accountability initiatives as part of the matrix to the State and the County Council. 

The Prince George’s County school board has doubled down on CEO Kevin Maxwell’s education reforms, approving on Tuesday a $1.93 billion budget for the next fiscal year, which includes expansion of prekindergarten and career academies, despite the possibility of cuts in state funding.

“In order for us to significantly improve as a school district, we can’t just keep pace with everyone else,” said school board chairman Segun Eubanks. “We have to outpace our neighboring counties. If we’re second to last, the only way to get out of second to last is to outpace everyone else, and that requires a significant investment.”

The budget is a 7.6 percent increase over the current year’s $1.8 billion budget.

Eubanks said it was conversations with Maxwell over the budget cuts that led to the increase.

“We had this discussion, and we were asking, what are we going to cut? Jeez, We don’t even have what we need. Why don’t we ask for what we really think would significantly accelerate the pace of improvement?” Eubanks said. “So we said, ‘Let’s ask for it.’”

Maxwell’s original budget froze the rollout of arts integration programs, career academies, full-day prekindergarten and peer teacher review programs, but those programs are included in the new budget, which Maxwell presented to the board the day before it was scheduled to vote on the budget.

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Two Prince George’s County Schools to Close Next Year.

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Thursday night, the Prince George’s County Board of Education approved to close two elementary schools as part of Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell’s changing boundaries and grade structures plan.

The board voted 7-2 to close Kenmoor Elementary and Thomas Claggett Elementary schools at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

The board also approved the remainder of Woodmore Elementary School’s sixth grade students continue their education at Benjamin Tasker Middle School and Ernest Everett Just Middle School.

William Paca Elementary School’s sixth graders will go to Kenmoor Middle School.

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PGCPS School System Facing Sting of Budget Cuts.

dsc_0669Dr. Maxwell hired several close friends and others connected to Rushern Baker III regime awarding six figure salaries to each one of them at the expense of PGCPS Children. Any cuts within the school system needs to start at Sasscer administrative Building where his close friends are based. There is no need to cut teachers who work hard in the classroom. 

 UPPER MARLBORO – County officials are reeling after taking a deeper look into Governor Larry Hogan’s proposed state budget.

County Council Chairman Mel Franklin said the “mixed bag the county received is a worse mix than we thought,” while Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, said cuts could equate to more than 500 teachers’ jobs.

Two weeks ago Hogan announced his proposed budget, cutting the state aid the county receives from the geographic cost of education index (GCEI) in half, resulting in a reduction of $19.7 million, according to PGCPS Chief Financial Officer Raymond Brown, the school system’s chief financial officer. Brown also said the school system will lose out on $12.7 million as a result of Hogan freezing the per-pupil funding for the state’s Foundation program at the level for fiscal 2015. The school system will also receive $4.1 million less than the estimated after Hogan chose to delay the phase-in of the net taxable income (NTI) funding, keeping the funding at 40 percent instead of increasing it to 60 percent. In total, Brown said the school system will miss out on an extra $38 million.

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Mohammed Ali: No one criticizes; no one asks hard questions to the government- It feels as if all media houses are state owned.

PGCPS chief announces spending freeze, then…

 ….demands more cash from the county and the state to Squander.

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Prince George’s County Schools Chief Kevin M. Maxwell announced Thursday night that all schools and departments will be told to limit discretionary spending as the school system braces for possible revenue shortfalls.

The spending and “selective” hiring freeze will take effect immediately, he said.

Maxwell made the announcement as he unveiled a $1.84 billion budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year, which includes a 2.5 percent increase over the current spending plan and a request to receive an 8.5 percent increase from the county coffers.

Maxwell said he hopes the spending freeze sends a message to county and state officials as they address their budget deficits and make decisions on plans that could have an impact on Maryland’s second-largest school system.

“We’re doing what we can internally, but we still need more,” Maxwell said referring to his proposal, which includes a $53.5 million increase in county money and a $33.7 million increase in state aid.

Maxwell said his two deputies and the school district’s chief operating officer will take a close look at all purchasing orders and hiring requests to determine their need.
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Prince George’s County school board chairman Segun Eubanks (Brother in law to County Executive Baker) listens to parents and staff speak at Sasscer in the past photo. The Board of Education for Prince George’s County has become compromised after Board members and senior Employees recently hired immediate family members as well as close friends in management positions.   

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Rushern Baker III Current County Executive for Prince George’s county – Appears to be driving corruption to new heights. The Rushern Baker regime does not seem to see the obvious conflicts of interests surrounding epicenter of corruption at Sasscer – Upper Marlboro! ….Why can’t they see? Because they are or appear to be part of it….

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Lack of accountability and transparency managing public funds has been a major concern in recent years in Prince George’s County….  “call a spade a spade

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As stated in the blogs, this announcement comes on the heels of millions of dollars in salaries for “cabinet” members who were hired recently making over six  figure salaries and some not even disclosed yet. Many new positions have been created by Dr. Maxwell at the beckoning of Mr. Baker and their close friends in order to simpon off cash. Many senior staffers at Sasscer administrative offices are doing duplicative jobs. Then there are those who are secretly brought out of retirement as consultants to collect another income at the expense of the county citizenry. There is nothing wrong to make extra money but its the way the process is being conducted to undermine the county.  The recent hires including former union representatives Mr. Christian Rhodes and others  are in the same league with the ones in the system who continue to live the high life of expensive meals, entertainment and travel expenses all rolled into one.

Dr. Maxwell’s incompetency and ineffective management skills are very clear. Students and teachers suffer the consequences of this superintendent’s hiring and spending practices. When will this ever cease? Is it not enough that superintendent obtains a million dollar package for himself and the rest suffer for it? Is this Dr. Maxwell really worth it? Many staff members especially teachers are running without copiers and supplies yet, Dr. Maxwell administration hires consultants and other personnel all over the place to do the work they were paid to perform.

If only we could stand with each other and expose the Maryland politicians and especially in Prince George’s County for who they are (predators). We need to take the Buffalo approach and deal with these unethical politicians vigorously.  If we unite, we may stand a chance of reducing all these menaces they have been causing. In return, they will respect us. However, some of us think they owe their survival to the con politicians. We need to make them realize they need to resign whenever they mess up or something has been damaged on their behalf or on their watch.

The problem is, we (the victims) are not united neither do we realize we are all in danger unless we join forces and stop this non-sense. We need to adapt the Buffalo approach as far as the Prince George’s County politicians are concerned. We can only survive if we take to rescuing each other, standing together. BUT as it stands now some people think their survivals are intrinsically linked to the predator politicians like Mr. Rushern Baker and others milking the school. Shame.

Most people in Prince George’s county do not simply want to see lies hidden in plain sight because centuries of propaganda have conditioned them to be so. The time has come to rise up and demand answers now that elections are around the corner. Time for easy rides in the ballot box are over. We are tired of this mess. Time has come to demand answers now more than ever before.  Enough is enough.

Largo High top choice for English language learner school.

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A new school for English language learners will likely be placed within Largo High School, even though community members say it might heighten tension between students.

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said that although the location has not been finalized, Largo High is currently the top school under consideration for the site of one of two high schools being designed as an option for students whose native language isn’t English.

“Right now, it’s our first choice, and we’d like to find a way to make it work at Largo,” Maxwell said, citing the school’s proximity to public transit and Prince George’s Community College, as well as its current 62 percent enrollment.

Opponents to the school being located at Largo spoke out during the Nov. 13 school board meeting, which included a presentation on the new schools.

School board member Zabrina Epps (Dist. 1) said the schools should be a starting point for conversations around equity in the school system.

“How do you think the students at Largo will feel knowing and seeing their colleagues getting all of this, and they get nothing?” Epps said.

According to data provided by the school system, the vast majority of the system’s 19,240 ELL students are native Spanish speakers, 86.8 percent, followed by French speakers, 2.1 percent, and speakers of Tagalog, 0.6 percent, a language spoken in the Philippines.

Valerie White, Largo High PTSA president, said she would like to see Largo High’s current students receive the same amount of resources and support as students at the ELL school.

“We’re asking for our students to get the same quality education, and not be left behind,” White said.

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Prince George’s County

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