I read a couple of distressing articles about people fighting with Prince George’s County to receive services. What I’m hoping is that once this has been brought to the attention of the County Executive and some of these people running for school board and county council membership, this type of red tape will be slashed. I’ll be tweeting this out to the various and sundry candidates.
The first case is that of two brothers, now former students of Potomac Landing Elementary School. A Washington Post column told the story, “[Staci Jones’] third-grade twin sons, born two months premature, were flummoxed by reading and were unable to add or subtract three-digit numbers. She reported this to the individualized education program (IEP) team set up for them at the school, but the boys continued to get passing grades while making little progress. Jones, then known as Stacie Brockman, was told they would soon be promoted to fourth grade, where she knew they would be lost…At Potomac Landing, Jones said, the IEP team chairperson dismissed a report from the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, one of the top U.S. providers of care for children with learning disabilities, that one boy had dysgraphia (a writing disability) and dyslexia (a reading disability), and the other had a language disorder that severely affected his speech and reading comprehension.
Long story short, this parent, Staci Jones, filed her own due process case against the county and a day late and $28,000 dollars short, the county finally agreed to pay for the twin sons to receive an education at a school in Fairfax,VA. It’s not a good look for the $1.8 billion dollar budgeted school system. Just not.
Prince George’s County government is refusing to replace a mailbox at the Fort Washington home that a snow plow destroyed in February 2014. The snow plow was driving the wrong way down Lanham Lane and the driver initially denied even hitting the mailbox. Dude, you know you hit that mailbox. The England family even has video of the snow plow nailing the mailbox, so now what. This is what. Prince George’s County’s insurer told the couple via an email that the county is not responsible for private property in the right of way and only as a “courtesy” would it replace the mailbox. So I guess going the wrong way down a residential street puts the mailbox in the snowplow’s right of way. WHAT?!
FOX 5 called the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation for answers and reported the following: Carol Terry, a spokesperson for the department, said the county will replace a mailbox with a standard issue U.S. Postal Service mailbox. That is not what the couple wants. The Englands believe it is only fair they get the same mailbox they already have. I don’t understand why they’re contesting,” England lamented .If the couple isn’t happy with a standard issue, the spokesperson said the claim must go through the county’s insurer. She said her office would investigate the matter further. England’s wife sent another email last Friday to the insurer saying there was no reason for them not to have a mailbox yet. She hasn’t gotten a response yet. “I am angry at the county,” England said. “I’m not asking for bells and whistles.” It’s a $55 mailbox. And even though the snowplow was caught red-handed on video, they have yet to see a cent.