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Trial of former PGCPS aide facing child porn charges postponed

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The trial of a former elementary school volunteer accused of producing dozens of pornographic videos of students and other children has been postponed until next year.

 

Deonte Carraway was scheduled to go to trial in Prince George’s County Circuit Court on Nov. 1, 2016 but attorneys on both sides will likely ask for a continuance this week to have more time to prepare, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, Carraway coerced the children to perform sexual acts so he could record videos of them. The videos show Carraway engaging in sex acts with the children as well as the children engaging in sexual behaviors with each other.

Carraway volunteered as a school aide at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden and also led a children’s choir in the community where he met many of his victims.

He was indicted on state charges of child sexual abuse and other sex offenses in Prince George’s County. Police and prosecutors say he handed out cellphones to children and communicated with them through an anonymous social media app to solicit recordings and photos of children performing sexual acts at an elementary school, private homes and other sites.

A new date for Carraway’s trial in Prince George’s Circuit Court has not yet been set. Carraway’s trial in federal court is currently scheduled for March 2017.

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Standardized Tests Under Fire in Maryland

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Maryland School Assessments, a set of standardized tests for elementary and middle-school students, are under fire by some parents, teachers, lawmakers and school officials who say the tests are outdated and meaningless in the age of Common Core academic standards.

Two state lawmakers from Montgomery County say they’re drafting bills asking the state to seek a waiver this school year from a federal requirement to give standardized tests.

“I’m just not convinced that giving a test for the sake of giving a test is the right thing,” state Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery, told The Washington Post.

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery opposes the move.

“Absolutely not,” Lowery said. >>> Read More CBS News

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Read our previous coverage here concerning a Montgomery County Teacher Ms. Tiferet Ani who started a Petition to stop Maryland School Assessments (MSA) this year.  As exhibited in her blog, the MSA tests are outdated and meaningless in the age of Common Core academic standards and a waste of Tax payer money. >>>Read More and sign up >>  Teacher of the Year.

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Call your elected officials now and the media. Demand investigations and initiation of changes within the Maryland State Board of Education. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire!

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In our opinion, We aver and therefore believe Maryland State Board of Education President Dr. Charlene Dukes shown here has demonstrated a culture of corrupt leadership style and continues “an integrated pattern of pay to play” and manipulation during her tenure. Both leaders need to resign to create room for new leadership.

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Dr. Lillian Lowery Embattled State Superintendent is currently presiding over deep-seated corruption in Maryland school system. She has demonstrated a culture of discrimination and racism while on the job.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Read more about the homeless youth population on the rise in Maryland as their leaders above squander their money. >>Homeless Youth