Education: White Teacher Wins, Network Deployed, 800 New Teachers (Demo)

teachers appleBack to school time is here and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has hired 800 new teachers.  An ABC report says that a good amount of these teachers are new to the profession. Even still, that’s still a lot of new teachers.  Attrition, by way of retirements and teachers seeking better paying jobs, has driven the numbers of teachers in the county down while the student enrollment number is projected to increase by over 1,200 students this year. 
 

Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus
Dr. Angelique Simpson-Marcus

One teacher who will not now or possibly ever be returning to Prince George’s County’s Public Schools is Jon Everhart.  He’s a white teacher who sued PGCPS for racial discrimination and creating a hostile work environment and won compensatory damages of $350,000; the jury found in favor the PGCo on Everhart’s charges of creating a hostil work environment.  In his lawsuit, Everhart alleged that Largo High School Principal,  Angelique Simpson-Marcus, called him white trash, told faculty and students that she was going to fire him, and gave him undeserved poor performance appraisals.  A judge will decide if Everhart should also be awarded back pay, retirement and health benefits, and the restoration of his teaching certificate.  The Washington Post reported that Simpson-Marcus went from being the physical education instructor one year to being the principal the next year.   The Post didn’t report that Angelique Simpson-Marcus is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University and Trinity University with a Doctorate in Education Administration and Policy Studies from George Washington University.  From the Post article: “Everhart, 65, speaking by phone from Ohio after the verdict in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, said he faced years of racial harassment from the Largo High School principal, who he said repeatedly told staffers and students that she planned to fire him. “She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white b—-,’ ” Everhart said of the principal, Angelique Simpson-Marcus, who leads the 1,100-student school in Upper Marlboro. “Her behavior was so outlandish.”Simpson-Marcus said in an interview that the allegations are baseless. She declined to comment on the reason for Everhart’s termination, but she said the complaints of ill treatment and retaliation were “unfounded.”  “I never said any of those things,” she said. “I don’t use that kind of language.”  Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus “routinely called her secretaries names, such as ‘chicken heads,’ ‘ghetto’ and ‘hood rats,” according to a 2011 article
Well here’s some language we all can understand.  From 2010 to 2013, the graduation rate at Largo has dropped from 86.94% to 83.49%.  Our schools have to get better. There are 12-15 more cases of discrimination pending against PGCPS and now that leadership has changed at the top, the top needs to trickle down and let some drops of better leader ship fall on the local schools. 

Computer NetworkPrince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has put in place a computer network to support more than 65,000 mobile devices, including 16,000 iPads the they’re rolling out to classrooms this semester. PGCPS plans to connect all 204 of its schools, 20 administrative and maintenance buildings, and even school bus lots, to the new Aruba network.

During the past three years, PGCPS has experienced a massive increase in mobile devices – both personal and district-issued – across its schools and district buildings. The district has moved away from having its schools use traditional desktop systems in computer labs to, instead, issuing Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and iPods for students to use in the classrooms. PGCPS has also seen an influx in personal mobile device with staff and teachers, in particular, wanting to use their smartphones and tablets on campus and in administrative buildings. Simultaneously, the district has moved from paper-based to electronic communications and has sought to reduce costs and improve efficiencies by using mobile devices for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) related tasks, safety and security applications and even in its maintenance department for work orders. With this new focus on mobility district-wide, PGCPS sought a new network infrastructure that was capable of handling its new and growing requirements.

 
 

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Comments (1)

It is curious that such a large contract, costing so much money (anyone have the specs?) was rolled out just after the Board of Education pushed the Bring your own Device policy though so fast despite the health concerns raised at the last BOE meeting. Was it waiting in the wings? Was the decision already made?
Technology is very important. Every child should have access but the school has a responsibility to do this in the safest manner possible.
These devices emit microwave radiation. They should not be placed on pockets or bras or on laps according to the manufactures advice in the manual. The school has a responsibility to teach this to the kids if they are bringing these devices in to schools.
Why are we allowing cell phones in schools? There are so many reasons this is problematic starting with more testing, more bullying, more instagraming, more ways for kids to stray from the work at hand.
Please see http://www.nacst.org/cell-phones.html for more.
Any what are we spending all this money when we have schools in states of total disrepair?

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