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Board of Education continues to change as District 9’s Donna Hathaway-Beck resigns,  Good news and bad for PGCo schools test scores, School bullying can now be reported online, Saturday community day in Capitol Heights includes a school supplies give away

Donna Hathaway Beck
Donna Hathaway Beck

According to the Washington Post, Donna Hathaway-Beck (Dist 9) resigned for personal reasons, citing the challenges of being a grandmother four times over since 2009, ““It has been too hard dealing with a growing family,” Hathaway-Beck said, noting that she has had four grandchildren added to her family since 2009. Hathaway-Beck, who has served for seven years, was part of the new school board that was elected after the appointed board was dissolved. She is the second board member to resign in less than two months. Carletta Fellows (District 7) cited personal reasons in her resignation last month. Fellows’ decision came after a closed session where board members discussed her background check and unauthorized credit card charges, according to two people familiar with the proceedings. “She had been talking about it for a while,” Eubanks said. “I didn’t think she would pull the trigger, but she did.”
Standardized Test SheetCounty 8th and 5th graders made substantial gains in science test scores but Fewer schools met the state’s “annual measurable objectives,” (AMO), which measure a school’s overall student performance, student growth, closing of the achievement gap and preparation of students for college and careers.  According to the county, 60 schools met the AMO targets, down from 94 schools in 2012.  A lot of the complaints from the Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County NAACP about new PGCo School CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell is that his track record for closing the achievement gap isn’t good.  The Washington Post article cites sharp test score declines in Montgomery County also but Prince George’s County test scores continue to be close to the worst in the entire state.  
Anti Bullying SignAt the Prince George’s County Public School web site HERE, click on the words REPORT BULLYING NOW and it opens to an Adobe document, Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting Form.  Fill out the form and there is a button at the bottom that allows you to directly submit the information to the school system.  Show the site to the parents, guardians and students in your life.  Bullying is a very serious offense and is usually the gateway to more serious crimes.  From the web site, “Bullying is unwanted behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated over time with the intent to cause harm. Bullying behavior may include: making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and deliberately excluding someone from a group.”
Another Level MinistriesIf a child in your life is still in need of school supplies, it’s not too late.  This Saturday, August 31, Another Level Ministries in Capitol Heights, MD, 8839 Walker Mill Road, is having a Give Back to the Community Day.  In addition to there being free food, a FREE CAR WASH, Dora the Explorer, the Chic-fil-A Cow, a moonbounce and fun activities for the children, there will also be a school supplies give away for those in need.  Sounds like a great time for the entire family at Another Level Ministries.

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Am I the only one who thinks that’s an odd reason to resign from the school board at the most pivotal time in the school year?

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