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PGCPS student robbed after being dropped off at wrong bus stop

pgcps-busesLANDOVER, Md. – A Prince George’s County middle school student says after orientation day at his new school, his bus driver dropped him off at the wrong stop and he was robbed of his new Nike sneakers and cell phone.

The seventh grader’s mother says her son was left at Kenilworth Avenue and Eastern Avenue on Tuesday, which is nearly two miles from their home in Fairmount Heights.

Tameika Jackson didn’t want her 12-year-old son to be identified, but she let him speak with FOX 5 about what happened. He says a group of men approached him soon after he got off the bus.

“This one guy, he came up to me and then he said, ‘Give me your phone and then your shoes,'” the boy said. “And they were at least 20 years old, so I didn’t know what else to do. So I gave them my shoes and my phone. And after that, there was this one girl at the [Metro] bus stop, I walked up to her and asked her if I could use the phone to call my mom.”

The boy said he had told the bus driver where he lived, but was dropped off there anyway. Jackson says she is furious.

“I picked him up, he was barefoot, no shoes on,” she said. “And there was a bunch of junkies out there. He was upset, he was shaking and I just told him everything was going to be fine, but I will get to the bottom of it. And I brought him home. He says he doesn’t want to go back to school tomorrow.”

Jackson says she called FOX 5 because she couldn’t reach anyone at G. James Gholson Middle School in Landover where her son attends.

A Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesperson says they are now investigating what happened and alerted the school’s principal to the situation.

The principal later called Jackson and apologized, saying she will personally make sure the boy is on the correct bus headed to the correct location on Wednesday and in the days to come. The transportation director also contacted Jackson by phone Tuesday night.

Jackson says she never got bus information in the mail prior to the start of school, so her son’s father drove the boy to school Tuesday and spoke to school staff about which bus he was supposed to be on.

She says the child got on the bus he was told to ride. Jackson says she has an older child who attended Gholson and he got dropped off at a bus stop two blocks from their home.

“I’m to the point now that I don’t want to go to work the rest of the week because I want to make sure that he feels comfortable getting on the bus and getting off the bus,” Jackson said.

School officially starts on Wednesday in Prince George’s County, but some students had orientation on Tuesday.

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State lawmakers from Prince George’s seek broad probe of graduation rates

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Members of the Prince George’s County’s legislative delegation joined the call Thursday for a state investigation into charges that county school officials doctored grades to increase promotion and graduation rates.

In a letter dated Thursday, the delegates called upon state Superintendent of Schools Karen B. Salmon to examine the claims. The letter was signed by Dels. Jerry Walker and Geraldine Valentino-Smith, a Bowie resident and vice chairwoman of the delegation.

The claims were made by four members of the county school board, including David Murray and Raaheela Ahmed of Bowie.

“Given that the Maryland State Department of Education has oversight over public school districts in Maryland and the educational interests of the State, we respectfully request the resources of the Maryland State Department Education for purposes of an in-depth audit and further investigation of such serious allegations,” the delegates wrote.

The allegations of grade tampering came to light this week when county schools CEO Kevin Maxwell revealed that four school board sent a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan, asking him to conduct an investigation into possible irregularities. He dismissed the claims as “politically motivated” and revealed that a similar probe conducted last fall turned up no evidence of grade-tampering. However, Dr. Maxwell has refused to sit down with reporters as such fox for on camera interview despite repeated requests.

At a jam-packed and often heated school board meeting Thursday night, during which the $1.9 billion school budget was passed, Maxwell repeated his defense of the school system.

“The false allegations about our graduation rates strike at everything that Prince George’s schools stand for – past, present and future,” Maxwell said. “These allegations denigrate why teachers teach and why principals lead. They are a personal attack on every teacher, counselor administrator and employee in this system.”

In their letter, the delegates said the state probe of anonymous allegations last fall did not go far enough because the school personnel interviewed in that investigation were selected by Maxwell.

“It has come to our attention that a high level of concern exists for those schools that experienced a significant change in graduation rate or that have a significant disparity between graduation rates and the performance of students on high school standardized tests,” delegates wrote. “We are also aware that the local change in grading policy may be causing both confusion and disagreement among teachers and parents and this issue could certainly be clarified through a careful MSDE review.”

County officials adopt slightly increased budget for FY 2018
The other nine school board members and a group of county high school principals released statements this week denying the charges and supporting Maxwell.

But Ahmed and Murray stood by their claims, saying Thursday they’d heard and seen enough evidence from system employees to indicate that something was amiss with the grading system. Hogan’s office has forwarded the letter to state education officials.

“There was enough information that I had received – testimony, having seen documents – that there convinced me there was reason for some of these things to be true,” Ahmed said. “I had reason to expect issues – widespread issues.”

Tracie Miller, principal of Gwynn Park High School, was joined by several other high school principals at the board meeting in Upper Marlboro as she spoke out in defense of her colleagues at the meeting.

“We, as high school principals, are extremely offended about the allegations and hurtful accusations that we pressure teachers to to give students grades in order to (increase) the graduation rate,” she said. Such claims, she added, “stain all of us.”

Many parents have come forward with information that their children grades appear suspicious after receiving an A in their report card. Other students who skipped school for many days got A’s and B’s as part of their grades in a shocking revelation to make the adminstration look good.

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Students say PGCPS administrator bullied them at Oxon Hill graduation

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Dr. Monique Davis is the school’s deputy superintendent

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (WUSA9) – Cell phone video posted to Twitter showed graduates swaying hand in hand and they sing their school song.

It was an all-out kumbaya moment at Oxon Hill High School’s graduation Wednesday but not everyone’s feeling the love. Two students said they were bullied by administrators.

Monet Key-Passmore was the class president, Destiny Richardson was the student government association president; between the two of them there are a bunch of awards and countless volunteer hours.

They were left off the speaking program at commencement, so they asked school board member Ed Burroughs for help.

He said the principal gave him the green light to share his time with the ladies.

“We walked up and I was going to start my speech and the mic wasn’t working,” recalled Key-Passmore.

But this was no technical glitch because it happened twice. WUSA9 obtained cell phone video of the awkward moment. Then the graduates said it got worse.

“Dr. Monique Davis charged at me and said ‘sit down and don’t say nothing, don’t get up,” Richardson recalled, “every time I would attempt to she would cut her eyes at me to intimidate me and that’s when I got emotional and started crying.”

Dr. Monique Davis is the school’s deputy superintendent who did not return our calls for comment. But the graduates said more than an apology, they want to make sure this doesn’t happen to another graduating class.

“We have employees on leave for similar behavior and I just can’t believe we would treat children this way I’m very disappointed in Monique Davis, the deputy superintendent,” said Edward Burroughs, “this is unacceptable!”

Burroughs later told said he feels like the school department is retaliating. He tried to attend another graduation ceremony Thursday when he was surrounded by police. He said they were directed by the superintendent to arrest him if he approached the stage or administrators. A school spokesperson agreed it sounded unusual but has yet to offer an official response.

The school department did release the following statement about the Oxon Hill graduation:

“High school graduation ceremonies in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) celebrate students and their accomplishments. The ceremonies are planned by school administrators in advance with the help of a standardized template. Speakers are notified well in advance. Changes or additions to the program should be approved by school administrators well before the graduation ceremony. Day-of requests cannot be accommodated to ensure the ceremony remains on schedule and aligns with the printed program.”

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Dr.Kevin Maxwell is Said to have ordered police to arrest School Board Member Edward Burroughs III.

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PGCPS Parents protest over District Heights Elementary School air quality concerns

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Parents protest over District Heights Elementary School air quality concerns (ABC7)

“Repair our schools! Save our children!”

Those were the cries for help from parents, students, and community leaders outside District Heights Elementary School Monday night.

“I am not here to point fingers at anybody because I just want to call attention to the situation because we do want what’s best for our children,” said Lisa Gordon, whose nine-year-old son had to vacate his classroom because of problems with the air inside it.

On Monday morning, Prince George’s County School District CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell toured the school. The tour followed outrage from parents who claimed their kids and teachers were getting sick because of the air.

Testing confirmed there was inadequate ventilation, so several fans have been replaced.

“He guaranteed me today that it was 100-percent safe for the kids to come back to school,” said parent Phyllis Wright.

But the parents who showed up to Monday’s protest are still concerned their kids are in a school that is still being tested.

“Well it makes me feel sad because this is the school where our children have to come,” said Gordon.

Via ABC7

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PGCPS School safety questioned – in the wake of Crossland stabbing

C7YQOjIUwAA4_KFTEMPLE HILLS, MD. (WUSA9) – In the wake of a stabbing at Crossland High School Monday, at least one parent is coming forward with video saying weapons in school are a serious issue.

Rachell Lewis provided video she said shows a young man wielding a knife inside Crossland during a fight in October.

School officials say they cannot verify that the video occurred at the school.  No one was injured in the fight, the mother said.

“A lot of youth come to these schools with weapons,” Lewis said.

Crossland Principal Dr. Theresa Moseley Fax says her high school is secure.

“We have not had any issues of violence at Crossland High school, inside the school,” Mosley Fax said.

An 18-year old student was injured at about 8:25 a.m. Monday when he was stabbed outside the school during a class activity that had moved outdoors.

A former student, 18-year-old Nathaniel Coates was tackled by a teacher and taken into custody with the help of a police officer on duty at Crossland at the time. Coates will be charged in the attack, according to Prince George’s County Police.  A knife was recovered.

The injured student was taken to a hospital for treatment with non-life threatening injuries.

The stabbing happened as a masonry class was working on repairing a damaged brick wall.

The attacker “did not like the way the student looked at him, and just stabbed him,” according to Principal Mosley Fax.

Moseley Fax said Crossland students and staff have had an ongoing anti-violence campaign during the 2016-17 school year. On Tuesday, staff and students will wear red T-shirts supporting the campaign, the principal said.

https://www.scribd.com/document/342518216/Prince-George-s-County-Student-Safety-Action-Plan#from_embed

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1 Arrested After Student Stabbed at Maryland High School

C7YQOjIUwAA4_KFTEMPLE HILLS, MD.- A student was stabbed during class at Crossland High School in Temple Hills Monday morning, Prince George’s County police said.

Police said the victim was stabbed after a verbal argument turned violent with 18-year-old Nathaniel Coates. The stabbing occurred during a class that was happening outside on campus.

Officers arrested Coates and recovered the weapon. Police said Coates is a former student.

According to authorities, the victim has been taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Crossland High School was not put on lockdown since everything happened within a short time frame.

See more >>> NBC4

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PGCPS Community Activists Want To Repurpose Shuttered Schools In Prince George’s County

if you missed the story about PGCPS Vacant schools in Prince George’s County by Tracee Wilkins, see it here >>> Community Activists Want To Repurpose Shuttered Schools In Prince George’s County

Some Prince George’s County citizenry have put pressure on their elected officials including area Board of Education member Mr. Alexander.

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