County Education (Demo)

School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell to implement 6-month plan for school turn-around, movie theaters airing Public service announcements to educate on safe sexual behavior in the county where HIV rates are second highest in Maryland, Penn National Gaming tries to entice PGCo educators and nonprofits with promises of big bucks if they get the casino contract, Teachers Union endorses Lt. Governor Michael Brown for Governor (insert sudden look of surprise here)
Condoms on Movie ScreenNews channels are reporting that two movie theaters in Prince George’s County are airing public service announcements aimed at promoting safe sexual behavior. The ads are running for 14 weeks at the movie theater at the Greenbelt Mall and the Phoenix Big Cinemas Marlow 6 Theatre In Temple Hills. The commercials feature Tray Chaney, a Prince George’s native and actor who appeared in the HBO series, “The Wire.” He’s scheduled to appear at a November 16 promotion event at the Marlow 6 theater in Temple Hills. The county health officer says Prince George’s ranks second in the state of Maryland for HIV cases and sexually transmitted diseases.
Hollywood Casino Penn National Race CoursePenn National Gaming is so geeked to open a casino in Prince Georges that the company has offered to give $100 million to the county hospital system over nine years and an estimated $219 million over 14 years for the creation of a ­retirement-benefit plan for county educators. An additional $200,000 would “be committed annually to community organizations and nonprofits” in County Council District 8, where Rosecroft Raceway sits, the Washington Post Reported. Penn National, which opened the state’s first casino in Perryville in 2010, spent more than $40 million trying to persuade Maryland voters to defeat last year’s gambling-expansion plan. Analysts believe that the company was trying to protect its profits at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, W.Va.  PGC Blog isn’t buying into this proposal at all. We’re still on the record as not wanting a casino but the majority has spoken, and alas, PGC Blog was not on the winning side.  Since a casino is going to open, it should be high-end and Penn National Gaming is NOT going to bring it.  Ironically, they are the only company that didn’t have a bunch of ties to illegal dealings come up during the investigation process.  I still believe that MGM will get this contract.

PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell
PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell

On Monday morning, Dr. Kevin Maxwell held the first meeting for his transition team of experts, parents, students, union reps, teachers, and principals. He is seeking their input on how to best implement a six-month plan to fix the school system. WJLA reported, that Maxwell  has laid out four specific goals: produce college-prepared and career-ready students, transform community trust, create a skillful team centered on enhancing teaching and learning, and properly manage operations and finance.  It’s an ambitious plan and I hope it works but I’ll be on the lookout for any Michelle Rhee-ish inflated scores and politically charged firings.   If you’d like to hear more about Maxwell’s plans, come out to the Kenhill Center TONIGHT  from 7pm to 8:30pm for an education forum hosted by the City of Bowie.  The Kenhill Center is located at 2614 Kenhill Drive.  The forum will include a school system update and a question and answer session with Maxwell.
Brown and Prince George's Educ. Association VP heresa Mitchell Dudley.  Photo courtesy of Maryland Reporter
Brown and Prince George’s Educ. Association VP Theresa Mitchell Dudley. Photo courtesy of Maryland Reporter

The Maryland Reporter did a great job summing up the Maryland Teachers Union endorsement for the Brown-Ulman Governor’s ticket.  “…at the Maryland State Education Association in Ocean City Friday, four candidates for governor came seeking the endorsement of the largest union in the state… Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown walked away with the prize less from what he promised in a brief 10 minute speech — spending $500 million a year on public school construction, for one — than for what he and Gov. Martin O’Malley delivered to public schools over the last six years — the most massive increase in funding in Maryland history, $1.5 billion more in school aid, 35% higher over six years.  Brown even overcame understandable grumbling over the O’Malley-Brown administration moves on teachers pension that produced the largest State House rally in recent memory, or even the partial shift of teacher pension costs to the counties. Brown’s running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, had opposed that move.”  I must admit that I have to research Brown more because I’m just not getting the enthusiasm for this ticket.  For that matter, let’s take a better look at Republican candidate for governor and Hartford County Executive David Craig.  We have to vote carefully for a fiscally responsible candidate folks.

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