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Fired PGCPS schools employee: ‘There is a lot of cover up going on’

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– Amid continuing turmoil and controversy within Prince George’s County Public Schools, people continue to speak out about their concerns about the school system. FOX 5 spoke with one of the employees recommended for termination after allegations of abuse in the Head Start program led to the loss of $6.5 million in federal funding.

Even as this former staff member tries to save her job and reputation, she said she is concerned the county has not changed its ways to properly protect children.

Demetrius Deal said she was terminated for failing to report incidents of abuse and misconduct. However, she claims that is patently untrue and a mother whose child was involved in one allegation backs her up.

That mother said she is afraid to go on camera as she worries how it will affect her children in other county schools. But she said Deal was the only advocate she and her son ever had at the beleaguered Head Start program.

“There is so much going on,” Deal said. “I’m in disbelief. I can’t believe the climate of this whole organization and it is disheartening.”

Deal is a product of Head Start and worked for the program in Prince George’s County for 18 years. She was prepping for this school year and had events planned for the 80 families on her caseload at H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center in Capitol Heights until she was terminated in September.

Deal has piles of correspondence she said clearly show that she notified her superiors every time an allegation of misconduct or abuse was brought to her attention. But she doesn’t know what happened after that.

“There are a lot of people who knew about these issues,” said Deal. “A lot of reports should have been submitted to principals and program supervisors. They just basically demonstrated willful blindness. There is a lot of cover up going on in these schools that is not reaching the top. They are covering up in house.”

Deal told FOX 5 she was scapegoated after she supported a parent who came forward saying a Head Start teacher had disciplined a 3-year-old boy by forcing him to mop up his own urine as after he wet himself during a nap.

Top Priorities For The Incoming BOE in PGCPS.

TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE INCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS IN PGCPS.

  1. Restore sanity to Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) discourse (Addressing corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct at Sasscer Administration Building).
  2. Evaluate unprofessional relationship between Dr. William Hite and various unions representing employees as well as some young female Principals.
  3. Review activities of previous nefarious Chief Legal Counsel Mr. Roger Thomas and previous nefarious Chief Human Resources Officer -Synthia J. Shilling (formerly Deputy Legal Counsel). These two cost the school system millions of dollars.
  4. Create a strong anti-discrimination and harassment policy in PGCPS. Obey state and federal laws.
  5. Access certification credentials held by senior management including Ms. Monica Goldson etc.
  6. Limit the purchasing power as exercised by Dr.William Hite when purchasing school system merchandize. (Who abused this power and was without oversight).
  7. Find ways to address and help reduce high suspension rate throughout the PGCPS District. Suspended students become a problem to the community.
  8. Examine closely all contracts over $10,000 signed off by Dr. William Hite Jr. and Ms. Verjeana Jacobs previously (Corrupt BOE Chair).
  9. Consider the following points as they impact the entire school District.
  • A.) Adding tighter campaign finance rules to avoid repeats of the Thatcher Campaign Donations Fiasco.
  • B.) Lobbying the County Council and the County Executive (Rushern Baker) to appoint an Inspector General (IG) to address waste, fraud, and abuse issues for all county agencies at Baker’s Office (including School Board). (These steps are necessary because an I.G. has not been appointed and there are an abundance of attorneys). Yes we can!
  • C.) Enforce the existing Codes of Ethics for all central office employees. Report infractions that go unpunished to MSDE.
  • D.) Report all concerns to MSDE so the state department is more accountable to us in enforcing state laws and policies at the local level.
  • E.) Ask tough questions about Ms. Elizabeth Davis, alleged lover to Tony Liberatore. His wife allegedly walked up on those two kissing at Sasscer. Ms. Davis does EEOC hearings/mediations. What are her qualifications and credentials for that role with such low morals? What connection did she have with Ms. Synthia Kucner?

11. Consider rules and regulations by federal, state and BOE policies.

  • A.) Abide by state law for Hite’s contract. The verbage for the state law is on the BOE webpage. see the attached link.
  • B.) Establish more precise criteria so we can get a better leader. Attract qualified, traditional candidates from other than Broad Group and other such organizations.
  • C.) Elect a BOE that will supervise rather than fraternize with the Superintendent.
  • D.) Complete THOROUGH background checks to avoid embarrassment of incidents like Deasy’s questionable doctorate.

12. Examine closely appointments of personnel –

A.) Look into the growing number of personnel in PGCPS like Jim Whattam, Esq., and Baker’s appointees like Mr. Christian Rhodes, Education Liaison, who have extensive ties to Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA). Be fair to all unions without over representing the teachers.

B.) The serious allegations of misconduct by previous Superintendent Dr. William Hite Jr. and some female employees need to be investigated. The concerns need to be put directly in writing to the BOE members and a demand for an investigation launched right away. A Copy needs to be forwarded to Mr. Rod Rosenstein’s office if the BOE does not act. The man was worse than Dr. Hornsby.

13.  Dr. William Hite Jr. should be summoned back to explain what happened when he appointed less qualified, non-credentialed personnel without following the state law. BOE should supervise the future Superintendent and force HR compliance. In the previous format, Dr. Hite always told the BOE what to do. This is unacceptable.

14.  Review the following deals:

  • A.) Washington Plaza, lobbyist ties and campaign donations
  • B.) H-1B
  • C.) The 27 administrators currently in arbitration
  • D.) Lack of due process among ALL employees for hearings, terminations, etc under Mr. Roger Thomas, Synthia J. Shilling, and Mr. Jim Whattam
  • E.) OIA number of lawsuits and EEOC complaints. There are so many EEOC complaints, they now have outsourced to other field offices throughout the country.
  • F.) Review overlap of Legal Department for attorney duties for waste
  • G.) The Thatcher contract was a no bid contract, totally against BOE policy. It needs to be cancelled.
  • H.) The $90 million Dr. Hornsby left behind that has been squandered.
  • I.) A proper investigation needs to be launched ASAP to follow money trail involving Dr. William Hite Jr., Roger Thomas, Mr. Matthew E. Stanski, Ms. Synthia J. Shilling also known as Ms. Synthia Kucner, and co-conspirators.

15. Contact state and federal officials (FBI, DOJ) about the broken laws, policies and procedures.

16. Go to Dept of Labor, MSDE, EEOC and any other organizations like NAACP, Casa de Maryland and La Raza about discrimination and hiring. Demand to know about credentials and licensure. The State Department is already doing an audit.

17. Report any information to Miranda Spivack or Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post or NBC4 Prince George’s County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins so they may do a story on misappropriation of funds. (After the incident with Dr. Hornsby occurred, BOE policies/procedures were implemented to prevent a reoccurrence. These procedures have yet to be followed.

18. Stop empowering Principals who harbor strong biases and use the system to destroy teaching credentials in order to remove teachers who don’t appeal to them. Test scores rise because of teachers and not because of the principals. Administrators should be receptive helpers and not feared executioners.

19. Teachers and staff in PGCPS need a raise like what happened to Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) teachers recently. PGCPS staff have not had a raise for a while now. They work very hard usually without compensation.

20. Investigate Office of Constituent Services which acts as a campaign tool for Dr. William Hite even after he left the system. This office does very little to promote the interests of the PGCPS. The said office was only created to promote William Hite’s personal agenda and the staff overpaid to sit around to help put out fires touching on Dr. William Hite. Several staff members were given huge raises with no justification by Superintendent Hite personally. In this regard, IT Help Desk and Constituent Services needs to be merged to avoid duplication of duties.

21. Investigate IT Department and the relationship between some BOE members connected to fired IT Director Mr. Pierre Dickson. Verify what damage caused by the said Director and his lover Ms. Shanita Anderson.

22. Investigate nepotism beginning with Dr. William Hite’s office for the following reasons;

  • A.) The Director of communications Mr. Briant K. Coleman is a close family member to second in command.
  • B.) Several Instructional Directors have spouses who are either Principals or administrators within PGCPS.
  • C.) The previous Director was fired to create room for the current Communication Director, who is family member of the Deputy Superintendent.
  • D.) Previous Director of Communication was unjustly terminated in pretext for raising a discrimination issue.(see attached ~> Breedon vs PGCPS Bd. of Ed Hite)
  • E.) Investigate Ms. Monica Goldson, Chief Operating Officer (COO). She has several relatives in high level positions beginning at Sasscer – HR and in various schools. As the chief operating officer (COO), She controls millions of dollars and reports to the chief executive officer or the superintendent of schools. She is also responsible for the PGCPS’s day-to-day operating activities, including revenue and sales growth; expense, cost and margin control; and monthly, quarterly and annual financial goal management etc. What did she do to Dr. Hite to get the job without qualifications?

Investigate, investigate and change things immediately.

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Vote 2012 Primary Election Results BOE

BOARD OF EDUCATION 1

Murray, David Henry
Epps, Zabrina
McLaughlin, Michael
NP
NP
NP

3514
1974
813

55.77%
31.33%
12.9%

Total:

6301

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 4

Watson, Micah
Vaughns, Sandy John
Eubanks, Patricia
Smith, Dennis C.
Kitchen, Joseph
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

2077
1320
1310
1269
157

33.87%
21.52%
21.36%
20.69%
2.56%

Total:

6133

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 5

Ahmed, Raaheela
Jacobs, Jeana
Jackson, Deidre Nata
Theodore-Lewis, S.
Taylor, Sherine Nata
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

3606
2634
2165
1150
901

34.49%
25.19%
20.71%
11%
8.62%

Total:

10456

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 7

Fellows, Carletta
Armwood, Henry P JR
Richardson, John Edw
Walker Thompson, Lyd
Perkins, Lykisha
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

2143
1492
1007
922
765

33.86%
23.57%
15.91%
14.57%
12.09%

Total:

6329

100%

Prince George’s County Public schools (PGCPS) District.

BOARD OF EDUCATION 8

Burroughs,Edward III
Nottingham, Andre T D.
Walcott, Erika
Hurley, Eric R
Bego, Orlando J.
NP
NP
NP
NP
NP

6693
1555
887
562
328

66.76%
15.51%
8.85%
5.61%
3.27%

Total:

10025

100%

 Courtesy: Prince George’s County Board of elections

TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE INCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS IN PGCPS.

  1. Restore sanity to PGCPS discourse (Addressing corruption, nepotism and professional misconduct at Sasscer Administration Building).
  2. Re-Evaluate Dr. William Hite’s contract.
  3. Evaluate unprofessional relationship between Dr. William Hite and various unions representing employees as well as some young female Principals.
  4.  Review activities of Chief legal counsel Mr. Roger Thomas and Chief Human Resources Officer - Synthia J. Shilling (formerly deputy legal counsel). These two have cost the school system millions of dollars.  
  5. Create a strong antidiscrimination and harassment policy in PGCPS. Obey state and federal laws.
  6. Access certification credentials held by senior management including Dr. William Hite, Ms. Monica Goldson etc.
  7. Limit the purchasing power for Dr.William Hite when purchasing school system merchandize. ( He abuses this power and he is currently without oversight).
  8. Find ways to address and help reduce high suspension rate throughout the PGCPS District. Suspended students become a problem to the community.
  9. Examine closely all contracts over $10,000 signed off by Dr. William Hite and Ms. Verjeana Jacobs (Corrupt BOE Chair).
  10. Consider the following points as they impact the entire school District.
  • A.)   Adding tighter campaign finance rules to avoid repeats of the Thatcher campaign donations fiasco. 
  • B.)    Lobbying the county council and the county executive (Rushern Baker) to appoint an Inspector General (IG) to address waste, fraud, and abuse issues for all county agencies at Baker’s Office (including School Board). (These steps necessary because an I.G. has not been appointed and there are an abundance of attorneys). Yes we can!
  • C.)    Enforce the existing Codes of Ethics for all central office employees. Report infractions that go unpunished to MSDE.
  • D.)   Report all concerns to MSDE so the state department is more accountable to us in enforcing state laws and policies at the local level.
  • E.)    Ask tough questions about Ms. Elizabeth Davis, alleged lover to Tony Liberatore. His wife allegedly walked up on those two kissing at Sasscer. Ms. Davis does EEOC hearings/mediations. What are her qualifications and credentials for that role with such low morals?

11. Consider rules and regulations by federal, state and BOE policies.

  • A.)   Abide by state law for Hite’s contract. The verbage for the state law is on the BOE webpage.  see the attached link.
  • B.)    Establish more precise criteria so we can get a better leader. Attract qualified, traditional candidates from other than Broad Group and other such organizations.
  • C.)    Elect a BOE that will supervise rather than fraternize with Superintendent.
  • D.)    Complete THOROUGH background checks to avoid embarrassment of incidents like Deasy’s questionable doctorate.

12.  Examine closely appointments of personnel –

  • A.)   Look into the growing number of personnel in PGCPS like Jim Whattam, Esq., and Baker’s appointees like Mr. Christian Rhodes, Education Liaison, who have extensive ties to Prince George’s County Educator Association (PGCEA). Be fair to all unions without over representing the teachers.
  • B.)    The serious allegations of misconduct with Dr. William Hite and some female employees need to be investigated. The concerns need to be put directly in writing to the BOE members and a demand for an investigation launched right away. A Copy needs to be forwarded to Mr. Rod Rosenstein’s office if the BOE does not act. The man is worse than Dr. Hornsby.

13.  Require Hite to appoint only qualified, credentialed personnel according to state law. BOE should supervise him and force HR compliance. In the current format, Dr. Hite tells the BOE what to do. This is unacceptable.

14.  Review the following deals:

  • A.)  WashingtonPlaza, lobbyist ties and campaign donations
  • B.)    H-1B
  • C.)    The 27 administrators currently in arbitration
  • D.)    Lack of due process among ALL employees for hearings, terminations, etc under Mr. Roger Thomas, Synthia J. Shilling and Mr. Jim Whattam
  • E.)    OIA number of lawsuits and EEOC complaints. There are so many EEOC complaints, they now have outsourced to other field offices throughout the country.
  • F.)    Review overlap of Legal department for attorney duties for waste
  • G.)    The Thatcher contract was a no bid contract, totally against BOE policy. It needs to be cancelled.
  • H.)   The $90 million Dr. Hornsby left behind that has been squandered.

15.  Contact state and federal officials (FBI, DOJ) about the broken laws, policies and procedures.

16. Go to Dept of Labor, MSDE, EEOC and any other organizations like NAACP, Casa de Maryland and La Raza about discrimination and hiring. Demand to know about credentials and licensure. The State Dept is already doing an audit.

17. Report any information to Miranda Spivack or Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post so they may do a story on misappropriation of funds. (After the incident with Dr. Hornsby occurred, BOE policies/procedures were implemented to prevent a reoccurrence. These procedures have yet to be followed.

18. Stop empowering Principals who harbor strong biases and use the system to destroy teaching credentials in order to remove teachers who don’t appeal to them. Test scores rise because of teachers and not because of the Principals. Administrators should be receptive helpers and not feared executioners.

19. Investigate Office of Constituent Services which acts as a campaign tool for Dr. William Hite and does very little to promote the interests of the PGCPS. The said office was only created to promote William Hite’s personal agenda and the staff overpaid to sit around to help put out fires touching on Dr. William Hite. Several staff members were given huge raises with no justification by Superintendent Hite personally.

20. Investigate IT Department and the relationship between some BOE members connected to fired IT Director Mr. Pierre Dickson. Verify what damage caused by the said Director and his lover Ms. Shanita Anderson.

21. Investigate nepotism beginning with Dr. William Hite’s office for the following reasons;

  • A.)   The Director of communications Mr. Briant K. Coleman is a close family member to second in command.
  • B.)    Several Instructional Directors have spouses who are either Principals or administrators within PGCPS.
  • C.)    The previous Director was fired to create room for the current Communication Director, who is family member of  the Deputy superintendent.
  • D.)    Previous Director of Communication was unjustly terminated in pretext for raising a discrimination issue.(see attached ~>    Breedon vs PGCPS Bd. of Ed Hite)
  • E.)    Investigate Ms. Monica Goldson Assistant superintendent for High School Consortium. She has several relatives in high level positions beginning at Sasscer – HR and in various schools.

Investigate, investigate and change things immediately.

Thank you and Keep up the pressure!

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Friends –

Thank you for your support!  We are humbled by your faith in the reform Sasscer movement to carry out your message to the Pg county voters  forward.

Now the second phase of our fight begins in earnest.  We are going to carry our message to every nook and cranny in the Pg county School District. The future of our county and our children is at stake and we look forward to discussing these issues with citizens from every Council, town, and village in Prince Georges County (Pg).  Join us in this endeavor–contact our Headquarters to find out how you can help. Email (reformpgcps@gmail.com) &  blogs.

We would also like to thank Mr. Edward Burroughs, Mr. David Murray, Ms.  Raaheela Ahmed, Ms Carletta Fellows, Mr. Micah WatsonMr. Dennis Smith,  Mr. Sandy J. Vaughns , Ms. Deidre N. Jackson and others for running a smooth campaign.  Their sincerity, honesty, and sportsmanship are commendable and made the races enjoyable. We invite them to join our campaign in our effort to give the citizens of  Pg county school  System – Board of Education members who will better represent everyone. The fight against corruption, proffessional misconduct and nepotism at Sasscer Administration Building and in the schools should be a concern to everybody especially the voters.

Once again, thank you for your vote of confidence in helping advance change, innovation and transformation in Prince George’s county public schools (Pgcps).  Together, We look forward to making sure that Ms. Verjeana Jacobs ( Board of Education Chairperson pictured below) loses her seat in November 2012.  She is and has been the epicenter of corruption in Pgcps and has failed to address the issues brought to her attention through the blogs (read more) etc.

Sincerely,
Reform Sasscer Movement.