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Beatrice Tignor (Candidate for Interim PGCPS Superintendent) Lacked Judgment on Andre Hornsby

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Thank you to D.C. Russell of PG-Politics for sharing.

A sampling of past press coverage:

  • Sun, 16 Oct 2004: “Ethics questions also were raised when Hornsby worked in N.Y. … Prince George’s school board members say they knew about questions raised by Hornsby’s interactions with vendors in Yonkers … But they said the board did not deem the issues serious enough to disqualify Hornsby … ‘At the end, there was no impropriety, from what we looked at,’ said Chairwoman Beatrice Tignor. 
  • Sun, 20 Apr 2005: “‘I never knew what was going on,’ said school board Chairwoman Beatrice P. Tignor, who has vigorously defended Hornsby for months”
  • Post, 27 May 2005: “Board Chairman Beatrice P. Tignor, who led the search committee that picked Hornsby two years ago, said the board did not force him out.”
  • Post, 7 Jun 2005: “Tignor (Upper Marlboro) and board member Robert O. Duncan (Laurel) reiterated their view that paying Hornsby $125,000 in severance, plus a year of continued health benefits, was a prudent move.”
  • Post, 23 Jun 2005: “Tignor Says Chief’s Job Isn’t for Her; Thornton, Brown Leave Door Open”
  • Post, 8 Jan 2006: “Tignor has said repeatedly that she is not seeking to replace departed schools chief Andre J. Hornsby. But she has not ruled out accepting the post if …”

Tignor’s role in hiring Hornsby despite a questionable background, vigorously defending him as increasingly serious allegations became public, and paying him off when it became clear that he was a crook, all lead me to believe that she is sadly lacking in judgment and either does not recognize or winks at unethical and corrupt conduct.  It was about the same time when one of our assistant superintendents was convicted of drug money laundering.  Tignor may be competent and academically qualified, but does she have the kind of integrity and ethical sense we need, or will misbehavior again be tolerated if she is made interim superintendent..

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August 16, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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What Should Be Remembered About Synthia Shilling’s Departure from PGCPS

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While I was on vacation, The Washington Post reported that Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) Chief of Human Resources Synthia Shilling would resign from her position and was facing criminal charges. It’s unfortunate that it requires a criminal act for her to resign, because she has demonstrated gross misconduct and incompetence throughout her tenure at PGCPS. From her approval of inflated salaries for many of her staff members (read my blog post about that here) to her mishandling of H-1B Visas in recruiting foreign teachers, it has been evident for quite some time that she was incapable of performing her duties. It’s too bad that only the criminal part of her history will be remembered as she leaves the county payroll, because it was really her ineptitude, coupled with the unwillingness of PGCPS leaders to hold her accountable and fire her, which voters should remember. That’s the real moral of this story, and the narrative we all need to focus on as we move forward.

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August 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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In Search of Interim Leadership at PGCPS

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Submitted by Tonya Wingfield

I am a member of the NAACP and while I admire the work our President, Bob Ross, is doing to change the face of the organization, I must respectfully disagree with his endorsement of any candidate except Dr. Duane Arbogast. 
 
Let’s take a look at this realistically.  From the day that Dr. Hite announced his departure the overwhelming consensus of the community was we needed continuity and therefore the school board should promote a candidate from within.
 
I have read many recent article praising this administration for their increase in test scores under Dr. Hite’s administration.  Let’s look at this even closer.  Who is the Chief Academic Officer — the individual driving the curriculum which leads to higher test scores?:  Dr. Arbogast.   Who is currently employed by the Prince George’s County school system?:  Dr. Arbogast.  Who has the most recent experience leading the education of children in a primary and secondary school setting?:  Dr. Arbogast.  Who was recently promoted to Deputy Superintendent?  Dr. Arobgast.  The only thing I can see where Dr. Arbogast differs is that the other three candidate on the list “look” like the majority population of Prince George’s County.
 
If it is the intent of the Board to do what is right by children and not play petty politics, then the choice for Interim Superintendent is a no-brainer:  Dr. Duane Arbogast.

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August 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

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Victory Chapel (in Accokeek) to Host Backpack Giveaway

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On Saturday, August 18, Victory Chapel will host a “Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway” from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Parents or guardians must be present with their children to receive a backpack filled with school supplies). At the event, there will also be a Health and Wellness Fair, free food, games, facepainting, moonbounces, and many other family-friendly activities.

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August 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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