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A major protest is scheduled for Monday September 26th, 2016 in Upper Marlboro

Education advocates are planning a major rally in Prince George’s County Maryland in an effort to repeal legislation that essentially provided majority oversight of the Prince George’s County Public Schools to the County Executive Rushern L. Baker III.

The protest is scheduled for Monday September 26th, 2016 during the day from 11am-12:30pm in Upper Marlboro Maryland. Protesters are asked to converge at THE CAB, LOWER LEVEL, ACROSS FROM THE LAKE facing the Prince George’s County Headquarters. This event is open to the public and the organizers are asking the members of the public to BRING PROTEST SIGN to help Repeal HB 1107 and to help address other issues.

The questions:

(1) Why repeal legislation that has only been on the books for just over 3 years?
(2) What are the alternatives? And what impact would a change in the law again have on student achievement?

You are invited to listen to  Rosalind JohnsonTonya Wingfield and others who are lead coordinators for the upcoming rally.

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Former PGCPS aide confesses to child porn charges

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Prince George’’s County police say Deonte Carraway, 22, abused at least 17 children. According to police, he made sexually explicit videos of children at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, where he worked as a volunteer teacher’s aide. (Prince George’s County Police Department via AP)

By Dennis Foley | @djfoleyWTOP

WASHINGTON — A former Prince George’s County school aide accused in federal and state court of taking and receiving nude photos and videos of his students at school confessed to the crime while being questioned by police.

Deonte Carraway was questioned by detectives in early February after a family member noticed a 9-year-old sent a nude photo to Carraway through the Kik messenger app.

Carraway was arrested the next day and brought in for questioning.

Within five minutes of the interview beginning, the former school aide admitted to asking the 9-year-old to send him a naked photo, according to documents filed in federal court last Friday. Carraway, who consented to being questioned without a lawyer, also agreed to let investigators search his two cellphones.

Over the span of five hours, Carraway answered questions from two detectives and completed a written statement in steps throughout the interview, detailing his interactions with the students.

During this interview, the former school aide named five students he had solicited and received photos and videos of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He told detectives that in order for the students to be part of the group, they had to watch video of Carraway touching himself inappropriately.

While Carraway admitted to the child pornography, he said that he never had physical contact with the children.

In his written statements, he noted, “I knew what I did would come to light” … “God is mad at me” … and “I know I messed up.”

In the final portion of his written statement, after detectives learned of additional phones and bags that were used by Carraway, offered a final confession. Here are portions of it from the court documents:

“Okay, it’s time I told the truth yes I have videos and yes you will find some on my orange phone basically the same ones. How I get the videos is the kids would send them in the Chat. I would hide them but I really do care for the children. I know it was wrong, I’m a bad person, I’m no child of god for doing this, I know I’m grown. I made a lot of mistakes ….

I only got the orange, white, and little tracfone [phones]. It’s true I directed one video the rest of the videos the kids recorded their selfs…..

you will find videos of the group ….

the videos you see me in are the ones I already had saved in my phone. No matter what the kids say, I have the videos of the group. Everything the group did was recorded, either if its Play fighting, sexual, hide and seek, tag ….

I take full ownership for making A.K.A [the child porn group] and I’m sorry for that ….

For some of the videos the kids used their tablets or cell to send the videos to me and the one at the school was my phone. I know I’m older and I knew it was wrong because kids don’t know better and I just lost it and now it don’t look good on my part.”

Detectives would continue to question Carraway for another four hours.

While Carraway says he did not physically engage with any of the students, prosecutors say at least one victim said the former school aide performed oral sex on him.

Investigators also learned that Carraway provided cellphones to some of the children so they could record themselves. The students also told police the former school aide had at least 10 cellphones that he would hand out to the students at the beginning of the day to record their “dares.” The phones were returned at the end of the day.

Prosecutors say Carraway told the students this activity was a “secret” and would make fake calls to 911 to scare them.

Some of the students used devices provided by parents to communicate with Carraway. Some parents told prosecutors they don’t know from where their children got their cellphones.

The documents filed last week were in response to pretrial motions filed by the defense to suppress Carraway’s statements and the evidence found on two cellphones. The prosecution argues Carraway was in full compliance and signed waivers agreeing to speak with detectives without a lawyer.

Carraway faces eight federal child pornography charges. He also faces an additional 270 charges of child abuse and child pornography in Maryland.

via WTOP

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Police ‘methodically’ investigate molestation of child on PGCPS bus

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Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell speaks at a meeting with parents at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton, Maryland. (WTOP/Michelle Basch)

CLINTON, Md. — Accusations that a Prince George’s County Public Schools bus aide molested a child on a bus prompted a criminal investigation, and Thursday night, police provided concerned parents with an update.

A bus aide for James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton is accused of abusing a 4-year-old boy, and police have video evidence from the bus.

But Prince George’s County Police Capt. Denise Giannino said there is still work to be done.

“We have to gather all the evidence. That video alone is not enough,” she said.

Giannino said she understands that the investigation is not moving as quickly as many people hoped it would.

“I promise you, the reason we’re doing it slowly and methodically is that the goal is successful prosecution, not just to lock somebody up.”

Giannino said police are working in conjunction with the State’s Attorney’s office, which will notify investigators when they have enough evidence to move forward.

She spoke at what was called a family engagement meeting at the school, as did Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell.

“I want you to know that we agree, we believe that these things that have been going on in our county are not acceptable,” he said.

“We’re going to work through these issues, we’re going to get answers, and we’re going to hold accountable those people who didn’t do what they should have done at the end of the process once we know that for sure,” Maxwell said.

via WTOP

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Police: PGCPS 10th grader accidentally fatally shot

 

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Gomez-Martinez was found with a gunshot wound and later died. 

BLADENSBURG, MD. (WUSA9) – Police are investigating the death of a 16-year-old Bladensburg High School student who was accidentally Thursday night.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Thursday in the 4200 block of 58th Ave., Bladensburg police said. According to authorities, the incident happened inside of a home and other juveniles were present. Police said 16-year-old Diego Gomez-Martinez was transported to a nearby hospital where he died Friday morning.

Malik Herbin says he found Diego on the floor in front of the couch suffering from a gunshot wound to the lower torso and tried to stop the bleeding, “I got a shirt from ab and pushed down on the bullet hole until the help got here–he kept trying to move, we kept telling him to stay down and he kept trying to move and I wouldn’t let him move until the police come here to get him.”

Herbin says he didn’t see the shooting but did see someone run out with a gun, “yeah, I heard but I don’t know who it was nobody knows who it was.”

No one answered the door at the victim’s home, but a man who lives in the building described the 16- year-old like this as someone who is very respectful. “He’s very respectful, this is all news to me that he got shot, I feel for his family, I give them my condolences cause he has never been a problem with me.”

A neighbor who lives in the apartment just below the one where the shooting took place says she doesn’t feel safe and frequently smells the odor of marijuana, “It’s not safe for us because we need some protection here because kids from school smoke marijuana, smelling up the whole place, we are not comfortable here and so we need protection from this place.”

The principal of the high school declined to comment on camera, but did a letter home to the parents of her students.

Although the circumstances are still unclear, Detectives are now investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crimes Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information becomes available.

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PGCPS CEO asks Md. Dept. of Education to audit Head Start program

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Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell visits Suitland High school on Aug. 23, 2016. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (WUSA9) – Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell asked the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct an audit of the Head Start program.

“Since the start of the school year, questions and concerns regarding the termination of our Head Start program grant have dominated the public landscape,” said Maxwell in a statement.

All employees will be required to provide documents and supporting information. The audit timeline and results will be made public.

The audit will also include recommendations for improvement throughout PGCPS.

Meanwhile, dissident board of education members continued to call on the school CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell, to step aside.

Just yesterday, Maxwell fired his chief of staff over a leaked email that critics said appeared to show a cover up of child abuse in the Head Start program.

County Executive Rushern Baker said he’ll continue to support Maxwell because of improvements in test scores and graduation rates. But his patience is not unlimited.

In a separate review, superintendents from schools across the state will dedicate teams to review internal communications as well as employee and labor relations protocols, Maxwell said.

“Our significant gaps in these two areas are hindering our efforts towards full accountability, transparency and responsiveness to incidences of suspected child abuse, neglect and inappropriate conduct,” he said.

Results from the additional review will also be made public.

Via WUSA9

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County Executive Rushern Baker said he’ll continue to support Maxwell because of improvements in test scores and graduation rates. But his patience is not unlimited.

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PGCPS shake up staff as system reels from abuse.

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Kevin Maxwell visits Suitland High school on Aug. 23, 2016. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

By Donna St. George September 22 at 6:43 PM

The chief executive of the Prince George’s County school system has asked his top aide to step down, part of the fallout of an ongoing furor over child abuse in the Head Start program.

Kevin M. Maxwell requested the resignation of George H. Margolies — his chief of staff and longtime ally — on Wednesday. At a school board meeting Thursday, Maxwell said the departure was prompted by an email Margolies wrote, which some interpreted as the administration trying to keep the county school board from publicly discussing concerns about Head Start.

Maxwell also announced Thursday that he is seeking a state audit of the county’s Head Start program after alleged child abuse led federal officials to revoke the county’s $6.4 million grant for the program.

Maxwell hired Margolies after taking over the Prince George’s school system in 2013; the two had worked together when Maxwell was schools superintendent in Anne Arundel County. Both previously worked for Montgomery County’s school system, which is where they met.

“I thank him for nearly 40 years of service in public education,” Maxwell said in a brief statement.

The resignation came shortly after the public discovery of an email Margolies wrote in April that appears to suggest keeping the Head Start program out of the public eye by burying it at the bottom of school board meeting agendas and limiting how board members received updates.

Margolies, who said he had no role in overseeing Head Start, said administration critics have misconstrued the meaning of his email. He said he was not trying to suppress board discussion of problems in Head Start.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Margolies said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I am being scapegoated. I am being made a sacrificial lamb. . . . I don’t think this was a necessary response, but he can do as he wishes,” he said of Maxwell’s decision to ask for his departure. “He happens to be making a mistake.”

Maxwell said at the school board meeting that Margolies’s email had an “inappropriate tone” and “did not reflect the type of partnership” he wants with the board. But he said it was not evidence of any effort to keep information from the board.

“Allow me to be clear. This email does not constitute evidence of a conspiracy or coverup,” he said. “It was solely about the format of how information is shared with the board, and not if information is shared with the board related to the Head Start policy council.”

Maxwell said the newly announced state audit of Head Start would come amid a separate, independent review that will assess the school system’s internal communications and employee and labor relations protocols.

“It is clear that our gaps in these two areas are hindering our efforts towards full accountability, transparency and responsiveness to incidents of suspected child abuse, neglect and inappropriate conduct,” Maxwell said at the board meeting.

Maxwell’s actions did not satisfy several on the 14-member board, who called for his resignation as they left the meeting. He has said he has no plans to resign.

Margolies’s departure and the new audits come as the school system reels from recent revelations of child abuse and inappropriate conduct.

In February, a school volunteer was accused of directing children to perform sex acts that he video-recorded at a Glenarden elementary school. The volunteer, Deonte Carraway, was indicted on 270 counts of child pornography and related charges, and the case set off an examination of district safeguards and policies.

Just before the new school year started, the school system lost its Head Start grant after federal authorities found instances of corporal punishment and the humiliation of children in the early- education program. The government also found the county’s response to the problems to be insufficient.

Five members of the school board alleged in August that the school system concealed problems in Head Start, and they called for the resignation of the board’s leaders.

Their complaints appeared to be reflected in an email in April that shows Margolies advised against making Head Start a board discussion item when the program was under federal review after an incident in which a teacher forced a 3-year-old who wet his pants to mop up his urine in front of the class. WUSA9 first revealed the email.

The Margolies email said that board Vice Chairman Carolyn M. Boston was pushing to get Head Start on the agenda for discussion. The email referred to a compromise approach — “for which I have scars on my back” — involving the posting of Head Start policy council minutes on a board website.

“This will not be a discussion item,” the email said, noting that the board’s chairman, Segun C. Eubanks, would “simply make reference” near the meeting’s end to minutes being posted “for the Board members’ reading pleasure.”

It also said Boston was “convinced that she can say that we have satisfied any requirement that the doings and minutes of the council have been shared with the Board as part of its oversight.”

Margolies said Thursday the email has been taken out of context; he said that it came when there had been one troubling incident in Head Start and that he did not know the grant was in jeopardy.

He said he thought that if Head Start became a monthly discussion item, the same would have to be done for programs such as special education and English-language learning. In hindsight, given the problems that later came to light, “I might have advised differently,” he said.

The board’s top leaders said the email did not reflect an effort to impede scrutiny of Head Start.

Eubanks said that “the tone and overall message” were unfortunate but that it “had no direct connection to the incident or the investigation.” Boston voiced similar views and said the conversation about posting Head Start minutes had gone on for a year.

Others said the email showed that Head Start matters were kept from the board and the public.

“It’s a step in the right direction that George steps down, as he should, but George did not do this alone,” said Edward Burroughs III, a member of the school board.

Another member, Verjeana M. Jacobs, said the tone and disdain in the email is typical of a broader attitude toward the board. She said the email “shows the administration and board leadership were complicit in covering up the abuse of children.”

Margolies had a long career in education before Prince George’s. He served as legal counsel to former D.C. schools superintendents Vincent E. Reed and Floretta McKenzie from 1978 to 1989. He then worked in private practice as a consultant before becoming an assistant superintendent for compliance in Baltimore.

Before going to Anne Arundel, Margolies worked for 11 years as the staff director of the Board of Education in Montgomery County.

Via Washington post

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More calls for resignation of Prince’s George’s Co. Schools’ CEO

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell – Current CEO at PGCPS

One person with Prince George’s County Schools (PGCPS) is out of a job, and some say others like CEO Kevin Maxwell need to join them.

RELATED: Prince George’s Co. Schools’ chief of staff out of job

On Tuesday, WUSA9 obtained an email that seemed to suggest members of CEO Kevin Maxwell’s staff successfully lobbied to hide information related to a federal investigation of the county’s Head Start program.

Less than twenty-four hours after denying any wrongdoing Maxwell, asked for the resignation of the email’s author – his chief of staff George Margolies.

 Top aide out of job in Head Start scandal
 State Senator C. Anthony Muse says Maxwell needs to leave next.

“We’re failing,” Muse said. “One incident after another, every time you turn around, and the response is the same: ‘We don’t know anything about it.'”

Muse represents the southern part of Prince George’s County and he says the school system – Maxwell, specifically – is failing the families he represents.

“I think [Maxwell] should resign.”

RELATED: Prince George’s Co. school’s CEO denies cover-up in Head Start urine case

Muse isn’t alone.

The father of a child allegedly sexually abused by a bus aide at James Ryder Randall Elementary, in an incident unrelated to the federal investigations of Head Start, says the latest information makes him ever less confident in Maxwell’s ability to do his job.

When asked if he had any faith in the school system, the father said, “No. Not at this point, until the CEO steps down.”

RELATED: New documents suggest cover-up in Head Start urine case

County Executive Rushern Baker is still standing by Maxwell.

In a statement provided to WUSA9, Baker’s spokesperson said, “County Executive Baker is not seeking Dr. Maxwell’s resignation as CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools system.”

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PGCPS board member calls for CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell to resign.

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DISTRICT 8 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER EDWARD BURROUGHS III

– A school board member called for the resignation of the Prince George’s County School CEO after questioning an alleged cover-up regarding the county’s Head Start Program.

This call for his resignation comes after the Prince George’s County Public Schools Chief Of Staff, George Margolies, was relieved of his duties following a leaked email he wrote regarding ongoing issues in the school system.

“It’s very clear to me based on that email that came to light two days ago that there absolutely was,” said Prince George’s County school board member Edward Burroughs III during an interview on FOX 5 about the alleged coverup.

“In the email, the Superintendent Chief Of Staff details this agreement that was made between the Board Chair and Vice Chair to bury this information from the public and the board,” he continued. Burroughs brought with him documentation of the email and a letter he say was from the federal government addressed to Maxwell.

“In this email, it says, ‘I have reached a compromise with the Board Chair and Vice Chair to hide this information.’ That makes them complicit in the cover-up. That’s not okay. There are other executives that were on this email that should also be held accountable and so his resignation alone does not go far enough,” Burroughs said.

Burroughs says Margolies stepping down is a step in the right direction but others should be held accountable. “I can tell you that it is impossible to govern a system when no one trusts you,” adding that he will call for Maxwell’s resignation at a meeting later today.

“I mean it’s very clear to me that this was covered up and not addressed and it seems like they’re more concerned about ending the scandal than addressing the needs of the students. If you notice, the majority of these students are special needs. They’re inaudible. They cannot speak for themselves. And so it’s important that we work together publicly to get them justice,” he said.

FOX 5 spoke with Margolies Wednesday afternoon just hours after leaving his position and asked him whether Dr. Maxwell was aware of the problems within the county’s Head Start program.

“I don’t have to speak for Dr. Maxwell,” he said. “I believe everything Dr. Maxwell says – when he learned about them and when he didn’t learn about them.”

Margolies said although his leaked email was not part of a cover-up and the email is one of many that continued a discussion that had started back in December of 2014 – well before the allegations.

“It had nothing to do with the issue of corporal punishment for Head Start students,” said Margolies Wednesday. “Ms. Boston was pressing hard that we have a discussion at the board meeting on Head Start. I was suggesting that if we have discussion on Head Start at board meetings on a regular basis, why not have a discussion on Gifted and Talented students, special education students, ELL (English-language learners) students? And that there is another way to transmit information about Head Start.”

Margolies shrugged his shoulders when asked if an email with a contentious tone was enough to seal his fate with the county. He believes he was made the scapegoat by certain board members for a series of scandals surrounding the school district.

“If you’re going to fail to act to protect kids – and when you do – you cover it up. you don’t have the integrity necessary to continue to be superintendent in my view,” Burroughs said Thursday.

Burroughs says he recognizes the risk he is taking by being vocal about these issues. “A lot of these students are special needs. They’re inaudible. They cannot fight for themselves and it is my job to ensure they get their justice.”

Via Fox 5 DC

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Prince George’s County School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell

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PGCPS Staff member dies in a car accident in Capital Heights.

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The woman hit by a car and killed Wednesday afternoon near the Addison Road Metro station was a teaching assistant who worked at a high school nearby, officials say.

Jadene Brooking, 25, died after she was hit on Central Avenue near Cabin Branch Road, Prince George’s County police said. First responders arrived about 2:30 p.m.

Witnesses: Woman Fatally Hit in Capitol Heights Was in Crosswalk

Witnesses: Woman Fatally Hit in Capitol Heights Was in Crosswalk

A woman was hit and killed as she walked in a crosswalk Wednesday afternoon near the Addison Road Metro station. News4’s Shomari Stone reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016)

Brooking, who lived on Lee Jay Court in Capitol Heights, was a special education assistant at Central High School, Prince George’s County Public Schools said Thursday.

Police confirmed on Thursday that Brooking was in a crosswalk when she was hit by a black Nissan Maxima, as witnesses told News4 after the crash.

The driver of the Maxima remained on the scene, with a shattered windshield and damage to the front end. The speed limit on that section of Central Avenue is 30 mph.

Officials will determine if the driver was speeding or using drugs or alcohol. Sources told News4 that there is surveillance video of the crash.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call police at 301-731-4422. Callers who wish to stay anonymous can call 1-866-411-TIPS, send a text message with PGPD to CRIMES or visit www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Source: Woman Fatally Hit by Car in Capitol Heights Was Teaching Assistant | NBC4 Washingtonhttp://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Woman-Fatally-Hit-by-Car-in-Capitol-Heights-Was-Teaching-Assistant-394479291.html#ixzz4L1phQ1OR
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PGCPS nurse allegedly beats special needs student on school bus

ABC7 News has learned of another disturbing incident alleged to have happened on a Prince George’s County school bus.

According to multiple sources a private nurse caring for a student with autism on a school bus is alleged to have attacked another student on the bus.

According to the sources the entire incident is captured on video. It allegedly shows the private nurse who is also a contractor punching the 20-year-old special needs student multiple times. At one point the sources say the nurse uses her shoe to beat the student.

The incident is alleged to have happened on Sept. 1 on a bus heading to the C. Elizabeth Reig school in Bowie. The video has been handed over to Prince George’s County police who are now investigating the case.

The nurse is a private nurse, not a Prince George’s County Public Schools employee.

As of now, no charges have been filed as the investigation remains in its early stages.

via wjla

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