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H O M E
QUERIES TO AND ABOUT MARYLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS
Michael J. Martirano
St. Mary's County
Public Schools
John Q. Porter
Former CTO
Montgomery
County Public
Schools
Current status/
whereabouts:
UNKNOWN
MARYLAND ADMINISTRATORS IN THE NEWS
Jerry Weast
Montgomery County
Public Schools
Q:  
Your budget states, "We must work with the
BOCC to consider paying off the mortgage
on the Moakley Street building. This will add
$500,000 to the base of the budget."  
How
much does St. Mary's County Public
Schools spend each year on any and all
travel and meals
?
Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2008 21:48:59 -0800 (PST)
To: Jerry Weast, Kate Harrison
From: Peyton Wolcott
Subject: MEDIA QUERY, 4th request (1st sent 01.09.08) -
mCLASS/WIRELESS GENERATION PRODUCT -
TIME
SENSITIVE

Jerry and Kate, this is my fourth
request for the following information.

Kate, having asked for over a month now, I will be happy to
hold this until COB Wednesday, February 13, 2008, for your
response and/or any questions you might have preparatory
to responding on behalf of Jerry and/or MCPS.  

After that date, I will begin publishing on my site and in other
venues including my upcoming book, and will note that you
have been contacted on numerous occasions and declined to
respond.

As a friendly heads up, I would like to share with you both
that some folks in your school district who feel MCPS is
being less than forthcoming with information including public
information including but not limited to financials have
contacted me.  Based on my having attempted so many
times to obtain responsive replies from Jerry, all with no luck,
I am beginning to see why these folks might feel as they do,
which makes any journalist all the more curious.

Wishing you both all the best.

Peyton Wolcott
=====================================
(Prior email)  Jerry, perhaps you've been busy.   Looking
forward to hearing back from you as soon as possible.  
Thank you, and wishing you all the best.  Peyton Wolcott
=====================================
(Prior email)  Jerry, I'm preparing a commentary which will
touch on the above named product (for more information
please see press release below) and am hoping you can help
me with a couple of questions:

1. What is MCPS's legal standing for
participation in partnership ?
There appear to be a number of such partnerships around the
country between public schools and private businesses and
many of us are confused as to the legal standing for such,
especially when the selling of data regarding and specific to
MCPS students is involved.  

2.  Royalties ?
What is the dollar amount per annum of royalties received by
MCPS for its partnership?  What is the dollar amount per
annum of royalties received by you for your participation in
the partnership?

3.  Financial and/or other considerations ?
What if any financial and/or other considerations are/did you
and/or your former CIO John Q. Porter receive from the
vendor and/or any other sources for your and/or MCPS'
participation in this partnership?

Could you please fill me in at your earliest opportunity?

This will be published on my website and in Education
News; I will be noting that you have been contacted on this
date.  As a friendly heads up to you, this email is being
tracked.

Thank you, and wishing you all the best --

Peyton Wolcott

=========================================
Press Release
Montgomery County Public Schools
Announces Partnership With Innovative
Technology Company Providing Handheld
Solutions for Teachers
School System Teams with Wireless Generation
to Develop Handheld Computer Assessment
that Saves Time and Informs Instruction

ROCKVILLE, MD, June 3, 2005 - Montgomery County
Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland, one of the nation’s
highest performing school districts, and Wireless Generation,
the leading provider of handheld computer software used by
teachers to perform observational assessments, today
announced the release of mCLASS:Reading 3D software,
developed through a unique collaboration between the school
district and the education technology company.

This new product enables teachers to use a handheld
computer to administer two kinds of assessments commonly
relied upon to evaluate students’ reading development
throughout grades K-3. One is the scientifically research-
based Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
(known as DIBELS). DIBELS has been adopted by many
states and districts since the passage of the
No Child Left
Behind
Act to identify students at risk for reading failure
who need additional support and monitoring to achieve
reading benchmark goals. The other is a set of measures
from the MCPS Assessment Program in Primary Reading
that is based in balanced literacy, an approach to reading
instruction that blends phonics instruction with more holistic
activities that emphasize understanding meaning through
context.

The advantage to having these two kinds of assessments in
one product is that many educators use multiple approaches
in looking at children’s reading progress during the year for
the greatest degree of diagnostic insight. The handheld
computer technology allows teachers to capture easily the
data from both assessments in one central place, for a full
picture of a student’s reading development.

“The instant access to data from these handheld assessments
gives our teachers critical knowledge about their students in
real time. The teachers can immediately turn that knowledge
into action by adjusting their teaching strategies to fit their
students’ needs. So far, we’re seeing great results,” said Dr.
Jerry D. Weast, superintendent of schools.

The mCLASS:Reading 3D software was developed with the
support of and in consultation with the DIBELS co-authors,
Roland Good, Ph.D., and Ruth Kaminski, Ph.D., of the
University of Oregon and Dynamic Measurement Group.
Leading educational publisher Harcourt Achieve is also a key
partner, providing a set of acclaimed Rigby books for
teachers to use in administering reading records. Teachers
use reading records to place students at appropriate reading
levels and identify patterns in errors students make when
reading aloud. Harcourt Achieve has worked closely with
MCPS for more than ten years and plans to support
mCLASS:Reading 3D software with supplemental reading
resources.

As a co-developer of the software, MCPS will benefit on
several fronts. The district will receive a discount on
subscription fees for the right to use the software to assess its
students. In addition, MCPS also will receive royalties on all
sales of the software to other school districts nationwide.

Wireless Generation software makes assessment easier and
more effective, helping teachers to use data to shape
instruction. Teachers turn on their handhelds, select a student’
s name and assessment activity, and follow along as the
student does reading tasks, recording the student’s
performance with just a tap on the screen. Once the exercise
is finished, the teacher receives a student’s results instantly
on the handheld, “syncs” the handheld to a computer to view
Web-based reports on the class and individual students, and
uses the information to tailor instruction to students’ needs.

Teachers and administrators can access additional reports on
a school or district. Use of the software has played a key
role in bringing parents into the student achievement process
by providing easy-to-understand reports on student progress
that can be used in parent–teacher conferences.

Approximately 75,000 teachers in 43 states have switched
from paper to Wireless Generation’s handheld computer
software to assess more than 1 million children.

“From its inception Wireless Generation has relied on the
feedback of the teachers and administrators who use our
software, so it was a natural progression to collaborate with a
top school district for our latest literacy tool. Superintendent
Jerry Weast and his team understood how our technology
and existing assessments could be brought together to create
one product that filled a void for educators, meeting the needs
of MCPS and many districts across the country,” said Larry
Berger, co-founder and CEO of Wireless Generation.

“mCLASS:Reading 3D software puts a remarkable inventory
of reading assessment methods at teachers’ fingertips.”
Harcourt Achieve, publisher of comprehensive and
supplementary early reading programs participated in the
handheld reading assessment collaboration. “We’ve enjoyed
our long standing relationship with MCPS and support their
state-of-the art literacy program as a model for other districts
nationwide,” said Lynn Harris, vice president, national sales
manager, Harcourt Achieve.

About Wireless Generation
Wireless Generation is the leading developer of preK-12
observational assessment software. With its suite of handheld
computer-based assessments for early reading and math, the
company has transformed the way educators collect and use
assessment data, helping to create a culture of continuous
feedback and improvement in classrooms. Wireless
Generation continues to develop new products based on its
mission of using technology to maximize the educational
value of every teacher -student interaction. More information
is available on the Web at www.wirelessgeneration.com.
About Montgomery County Public Schools

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS),
located in the Washington D.C. suburbs, is the 17th largest
school system in the United States. Nearly 140,000 students
from 167 countries and speaking 134 languages are enrolled
in 192 schools. Recognized as a national leader in early
childhood education, MCPS's Early Success initiative in
Kindergarten through Grade 2 has produced substantial gains
in reading skills among students learning English and those
most impacted by poverty-effectively narrowing the
achievement gap by race and ethnicity. Twenty-three MCPS
high schools have been recognized by Newsweek
magazine as among the best in America for the high number
of students taking Advanced Placement and International
Baccalaureate tests. The class of 2004 set a record high
average SAT score of 1102 with an 80 percent participation
rate. MCPS recently has been named the winner of
Maryland's most prestigious award for organizational
performance excellence-the U.S. Senate Productivity
Award. On the Web: www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org.

About Harcourt Achieve
Harcourt Achieve produces learning solutions and content
that fundamentally and positively change the lives of young
and adult learners. Published under the Rigby, Saxon and
Steck-Vaughn imprints, its products are based on a
developmental philosophy that assesses learners' skills,
matches them to appropriate content and accelerates them to
meet and exceed expectations. The Rigby imprint offers
progressive learning solutions for core reading and English
language learner instruction that provide differentiated
instruction to match each student's instructional level. The
Saxon imprint offers the nation's best selling and most
thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for
grades K-12, as well as popular phonics, K-3 spelling, and
early learning programs. The Steck-Vaughn imprint offers
easy-to-use, innovative learning solutions that accelerate
content-area knowledge, reading skills, and preparation for
standards-based tests, allowing learners to meet and exceed
expectations. For more information, please visit www.
HarcourtAchieve.com.

About DIBELS
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills
(DIBELS®) are a set of standardized, individually
administered measures of early literacy development. The
measures assess skills that are consistent with the essential
early literacy domains discussed in both the National
Reading Panel (2000) and National Research Council (1998)
reports in areas of phonemic awareness, alphabetic
understanding, accuracy and fluency, vocabulary
development and comprehension. Each DIBELS® measure
has been thoroughly researched and demonstrated to be a
reliable and valid indicator of early literacy development and
predictive of later reading proficiency. When used as
recommended, the results can be used to evaluate individual
student development as well as provide grade-level feedback
toward validated instructional objectives.
DIBELS has
been included in 45 state Reading
First plans
. More information is available on the Web
at http://dibels.uoregon.edu, or www.dibels.org.
STATUS:  4 emailed queries since Jan.
9, 2008 (plus telephone calls)
RESPONSES AS OF 10.05.08:  NONE
STATUS:  First emails sent 10.05.08
RESPONSE:  RECEIVED 10.06.08  
(SEE GREY BOXES BELOW)
Scroll down for
NCLB &
Reading First
references
Andre Hornsby
Former supe
Prince George's
County
Current status/
whereabouts:
Pamela Y.
Hoffler-Riddick
Prince George's
& Montgomery
County schools
Sentencing date
Oct. 20, 2008
John Q. Porter (R) with his
boss Jerry Weast at
Baltimore County Public
Schools
(PHOTO--Scholastic)
Former OKC
Schools superin-
tendent John Q.
Porter won't face
criminal charges
KFOR
March 6, 2008
Former Oklahoma City
Schools superinten-
dent John Q. Porter
won't face criminal
charges as a result of
an investigation into
possible fraudulent
expense reports and
inappropriate
management.

The resignation of...
Porter from the Oklaho-
ma City School Board
at the end of January
concluded with
Oklahoma County
District Attorney David
Prater saying Thursday
afternoon that Porter
had not committed any
criminal activity.

Prater said that Porter's
actions portrayed him
as a "bully," but that he
had not committed a
crime even though
there have been many
questions about
expense reports filed
by the former
Oklahoma City Schools
superintendent. Porter
resigned from his post
on Jan. 23 based on
accusations of
improper fiscal
behavior.

A full 278-page report
detailing all of the
expense reports that
were included in this
investigation are
available as a PDF
download
here.
Porter left his Maryland
job as chief technology
officer for Jerry Weast
at Montomery County
Public Schools to
become Oklahoma
City's superintendent
last summer.  Despite
having bought a
million-dollar house
(below) in OKC (there
aren't that many) he
was gone by January.
NOTE:  John Q.
Porter has not
responded to several
emails and telephone
calls
sent while he
was still in charge at
OKC including
questions regarding
personal and corporate
profits he may or may
not receive from his
role in developing
DIBELS using
information gathered
from Montgomery
County Schools while
he was an employee
there.
More here
More here from the
U.S. Dep't of the
Treasury re
Operation Blowfish
Now, three years after he
resigned amid a federal
investigation, Hornsby, 54,
faces a substantial prison
sentence. Each of the
fraud counts on which he
was convicted carries up
to 20 years, and each of
the tampering and
obstruction counts carries
a maximum of 10 years.

Hornsby, who was
accused of steering
school system contracts
to his girlfriend and to a
longtime business
associate in exchange for
kickbacks, was convicted
of honest-services wire
fraud, attempted evidence
tampering and obstruction
of justice. He was
acquitted of one wire fraud
count and one attempted
witness tampering count.

In the hushed fourth-floor
courtroom where the trial
unfolded, Hornsby sat
attentive and almost still
as the jury foreman went
down the verdict form.
Next to Hornsby was his
attorney, Robert C.
Bonsib. Across the aisle
were the prosecutors,
Stuart A. Berman and
Michael R. Pauzé, and
one of the case agents
from the FBI, John M.
Sheridan.
Hornsby Convicted
On 6 Counts
By Henri E. Cauvin and Ruben
Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thurs., July 24, 2008; Page A01

Andre J. Hornsby, the
former Prince George's
County public schools
chief whose first
corruption trial ended in a
hung jury last year, was
convicted yesterday on six
of the 22 federal charges
brought against him in his
retrial.
Andre Hornsby
The jury, which had been
deliberating since July 15,
acquitted Hornsby of two
charges and deadlocked
on the rest.

The conviction caps an
extraordinary fall for
Hornsby, who arrived in
Upper Marlboro in 2003
with a reputation for
making waves and with a
mandate to turn around the
county's troubled school
system.
Siena Owens (PHOTO/Robert A.
Reader/Washington Post)
Each of the first five counts, all wire fraud, came back
as deadlocked. It was not until the sixth count,
another wire fraud charge, that Hornsby heard the
word he was dreading: guilty. Five more guilty
verdicts followed, for additional counts of wire fraud,
attempted evidence tampering and obstruction of
justice.

All three wire fraud charges on which Hornsby was
convicted involved e-mail communications from his
ex-girlfriend Sienna Owens that were related to a
deal between her company, LeapFrog
SchoolHouse, and the school system.

U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte set Hornsby's
sentencing for Oct. 20 and, at the request of
prosecutors, ordered him to surrender his passport.

Leaving the federal courthouse in Greenbelt,
Hornsby said nothing, deferring to Bonsib to speak
for him. "We're obviously disappointed," Bonsib said.
The jury struggled with many of the charges, he said,
but not all of them. "Obviously the jury was
persuaded by some of the evidence. We disagree."

After not securing any guilty verdicts in the first trial,
the conviction of Hornsby was a welcome victory for
the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland and for the FBI.

"The evidence in this case demonstrated that Andre
Hornsby abused his power for private financial gain,
tampered with witnesses and obstructed a federal
investigation," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said
in a statement. "Public officials must pursue the
public interest and not line their own pockets at
taxpayer expense."

In interviews outside the courthouse, jurors said the
complexity of the case against Hornsby, with 28
witnesses and hundreds of exhibits, made
deliberations difficult. They said it was particularly so
at the beginning, as they wrestled with how to
approach the evidence and the voluminous
instructions.

"I don't think there was any unanimity at the outset,"
said Larry Boswell, a database systems manager
from Montgomery County. "It was a very complicated
case."

Once they considered the evidence, however, at
least a few of the verdicts were clear, juror Audrey
Stewart said. "With some of the evidence that was
presented to us, we couldn't help but say guilty
because it was right there," said Stewart, who lives
in Bowie and works as a librarian for the federal
government.

Stewart said that she did not think Hornsby set out to
commit crimes but that he let his ambitions get the
best of him. "I know what he was trying to do," she
said. "I know his number one concern were the kids
of Prince George's County."

The case involved Hornsby's role in negotiating two
contracts and the women with whom he negotiated,
Owens and longtime business associate Cynthia
Joffrion.

Owens, a sales representative
for LeapFrog, an educational
technology company, testified
that she gave Hornsby half of
her $20,000 commission
after the two
secretly negotiated a contract with the
school system worth almost a million
dollars.
Joffrion, a consultant who
helped school systems obtain federal
technology grants, agreed to pay
Hornsby $145,000 after he arranged for
her to negotiate a consulting contract
with Prince George's schools,
prosecutors said.

One juror said testimony that Hornsby sent his
oldest daughter to Florida to speak to Owens was
crucial in the decision to convict him of evidence
tampering and obstruction.

"He had to know there was something wrong to go
and send her" to speak to Owens, said the juror,
who declined to provide his name or any other
background details, citing privacy concerns.

What was perhaps the most sensational piece of
evidence in the government's case, a video of
Hornsby pocketing what prosecutors said was a
$1,000 deposit on the $145,000 payoff, was not for
jurors the smoking gun it might have seemed.

On the recording, Hornsby is seen inside a Bowie
motel room taking cash from Joffrion, who was
secretly cooperating with the FBI.

The juror who declined to be identified derided it,
calling it a "setup."

Jury foreman Morgan Bantly was more diplomatic. "It
was another piece of evidence to consider," said
Bantly, 54, who works for the Department of
Veterans Affairs. "It didn't have the impact the public
probably assumed it would."

The jurors indicated Tuesday morning that although
they had reached verdicts on some of the 22 counts,
they were deadlocked on others. As is customary
when a jury first says it is at an impasse, the judge
instructed the jurors to continue deliberating.

The jurors deliberated the rest of the day Tuesday
and most of yesterday before reporting that they
were still deadlocked on some charges. Messitte,
who earlier rejected defense requests to have the
jurors announce whatever verdicts they had reached,
did take the verdicts after the final note, which came
in at 2:59 p.m.

Staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.
Maryland School
Official Charged
With Laundering
Drug Money
Feb. 10, 2005 in print edition A-17
Los Angeles Times

A school administrator
pleaded not guilty
Wednesday to charges
that she laundered profits
made by a multimillion-
dollar drug ring.

Court papers allege that
Pamela Y. Hoffler-Riddick,
43, a regional assistant
superintendent for Prince
George’s County Public
Schools in Maryland,
deposited large sums of
money into banks and
credit unions for the drug
ring.

Hoffler-Riddick declined to
comment on the charges
as she left the courtroom
Wednesday.

Hoffler-Riddick, who has a
doctorate from Virginia
Tech, was charged with
five counts of money
laundering, which carry a
maximum penalty of 20
years in prison and a
$500,000 fine for each
count.

A trial was set for July.

Law enforcement officials
said Hoffler-Riddick had
an association with
another defendant, who
enlisted her to take out
loans for real estate and a
vehicle for a member of
the drug ring.

The loans were repaid
with drug proceeds, the
indictment said.
Although the
headlines
in 2005 read
"Former Norfolk principal
sent to prison for
laundering drug money"
(Tim McGlone, The
Virginian-Pilot/ May 3,
2006) Pam did not
immediately enter prison.  
The denial of her appeal
bond was filed August 17,
2006; here's a
PDF which
details for the PTO moms
who came to her aid more
about Hoffler-Riddick's
role.  The Treasury Dep't
report above references a
second case against
Hoffler-Riddick for
witness tampering.
U.S. Supreme Court
Mon., Feb. 25,2008
ORDERS IN PENDING
CASES:  
CERTIORARI DENIED  
07-8987
HOFFLER-RIDDICK,
PAMELA Y. V. UNITED
STATES
certiorari -- a writ (order) of
a higher court to a lower court to
send all the documents in a case to
it so the higher court can review the
lower court's decision. Certiorari is
most commonly used by the U.S.
Supreme Court, which is selective
about which cases it will hear on
appeal. To appeal to the Supreme
Court one applies to the Supreme
Court for a writ of certiorari, which it
grants at its discretion and only
when at least three members
believe that the case involves a
sufficiently significant federal
question in the public interest. By
denying such a writ the Supreme
Court says it will let the lower court
decision stand, particularly if it
conforms to accepted precedents
(previously decided cases).  
 
(SOURCE--dictionary.law.com)
Current status/
whereabouts:
Presumably prison;
following her Jan. 24,
2005 arrest during
Operation Blowfish and
subsequent trial in
which she was found
guilty of all 5 counts of
money launlaundering,
she was sentenced to
6 1/2 years in 2005 and
has lost all appeals
including the US
Supreme Court.
Assistant Superin-
tendent Arrested In
Connection With
Drug Ring
Prince George's
School Official
Arrested For Money
Laundering
NBC 4
POSTED: 6:30 pm EST January 25,
2005 - UPDATED: 7:06 pm EST
January 25, 2005

WASHINGTON -- An
assistant superintendent
with the Prince George's
County, Md., School
System is caught up in a
drug and money-
laundering ring.

Pamela Hoffler-Riddick
was arrested after a
two-year investigation. As
a regional assistant
superintendent for the
school system, she was
in charge of several
schools.

Authorities said
Hoffler-Riddick is a
member of a drug
ring that pumped
five tons of
marijuana as well as
hundreds of pounds
of crack and
cocaine into cities
from Texas to New
York.

Hoffler-Riddick also
worked as an associate
superintendent for
Montgomery County, Md.,
Schools, and in 1996,
when the investigation
began, she worked and
taught in Virginia Beach
and Norfolk, Va.

"First of all, we're very
disturbed by it," said
Andre Hornsby, CEO of
Prince George's County
Schools. "Number one,
because you care about
the person and she has
children. We care about
all of those things.
Secondly, you have to wait
and let it run its course,
and administratively,
we've just placed her on
leave pending the
outcome of this external
situation."

According to court
documents, Hoffler-
Riddick's role was money
laundering. She allegedly
deposited large sums of
money into banks and
credit unions.
in the financial dealings of a multi-state drug trafficking operation.

Each of the counts on which she was convicted carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, officials have said.

Prosecutors charged that she helped hide about $50,000 in proceeds from drug sales starting in the late 1990s. Hoffler-Riddick
denied the charges and any knowledge of what prosecutors called a $20 million ring that dealt marijuana and cocaine in Virginia,
Texas, Georgia and elsewhere.

Her attorney, Steven D. Goodwin, who is based in Richmond, could not be reached yesterday for comment. A message left on his
office voice mail and an e-mail message were not immediately returned.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, in the Hampton Roads area, reported that Hoffler-Riddick did not testify during the trial and that an
ex-boyfriend named John Cecil McBride testified against her.

The newspaper also reported that Hoffler-Riddick faces another trial next month, on a charge of witness tampering.

"Money laundering is an essential part of drug trafficking," U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said yesterday in a statement relayed by
Shults. "Both money launderers and drug traffickers must be held accountable for their criminal conduct."

In Prince George's, Hoffler-Riddick was hired by then-schools chief Andre J. Hornsby in August 2003. Her region spanned Capitol
Heights, Suitland, Largo, Springdale and Forestville and included about 28,000 students -- more than are in entire school
systems in many smaller counties.

Her arrest shocked her peers in the school system, many of whom praised her as a passionate, engaged educator of
disadvantaged children. They also noted that she is a mother of two girls.

"We've been following the situation," Prince George's school spokesman John White said yesterday. "She served the system well.
This came as a surprise to us when the issue arose."

Before coming to Prince George's, Hoffler-Riddick held administrative posts in Baltimore briefly, in Montgomery from 2000 to 2003
and in the Norfolk area. She began her teaching career in Norfolk in 1984.
Andre Hornsby in hotel room with Pam Joffrion discussing payoff
(SOURCE--FBI tape)
Md. Ex-Educator
Guilty Of Money
Laundering
By Nick Anderson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 17, 2005; B02

A former education
official in Prince George's
and Montgomery counties
has been convicted of
money laundering in
connection with a drug
ring based in Virginia, a
spokesman for federal
prosecutors said
yesterday.

Pamela Y. Hoffler-Riddick,
44, was found guilty of five
counts of money
laundering by a jury in
Norfolk, said Frank R.
Shults, chief of liaison for
the U.S. attorney's office
for the Eastern District of
Virginia. The verdict was
announced late Friday
afternoon after a
two-week trial.

Hoffler-Riddick oversaw
39 Prince George's
schools as a regional
assistant superintendent
at the time of her arrest in
January. Now she faces
imprisonment for her role
NOTE:  In Prince
George's County Public
Schools,
Hoffler-
Riddick was hired by
then-schools chief
Andre J. Hornsby in
August 2003.
 
(
SOURCE--Nick Anderson
/Washington Post)
(more below)

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Q:
Mike, I am writing to you to learn more about
you and your school district including your
Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in
Florida.
 I'm hoping you can help me clear
up some questions raised by the
Washington Post last week plus some
others.  What is the
title of your
dissertation
?  If you substituted work
experience-based practicums, what were
their titles?  
A:
"My concentration was School Management
and Instructional Leadership
in the
Program of Child and Youth Studies.... At the
time, I was employed by the Prince George’
s County Public School System as a
Teacher Specialist.... My practicum papers
and work focused on
instructional
strategies
and student assessments.  The
title of my final practicum research paper
was 'Using Non Traditional Instructional
Strategies to Increase Performance and
Attitudes of 8th Grade Physical Science
Students.' "
Q:
Do you recall to the nearest $5,000 what
were your
total fees and expenses paid to
Nova
for obtaining your Ed.D.?
A:  
"I completed the program 14 years ago....
so...my memory of the actual cost is a little
foggy.   My best guess is between $15,000
and $20,000."
Q:  
What business accounting experience
have you had?  I notice that in addition to
your Ed.D. you have also picked up a couple
of master's degrees, but neither of the
master's indicates any business concentra-
tion other than possibly the "Educational
Policy, Planning, and Administration."  How
much detail did that go into regarding
spreadsheets and other nuts and bolts of
balancing your district's checkbook?
A:
My theoretical experience came from my
course work in Educational Policy, Planning
and Administration.  There were ongoing
discussions about budget development,
budget implications, and the political
implications of funding education.  
Additionally, my school-based experiences
(high school principal and elementary
principal) and central office administrative
experiences immersed me fully into the
financial management and “nut and bolts” of
a school-based budget, a program budget
and an overall school system budget.
Q:
Speaking of which, have you ever
considered
voluntarily posting your
district's check register online
?
A:
[No response]
A:
Mike sent "Approved (Actuals) for FY 2009
Revenues."
Q:
What are your most recently reported actual
-- not projected -- total expenditures for all
funds including state and federal?
FOLLOW UP:  Please describe the research
paper. Do you recall how long it was, words
or pages?  Is this available online?  
FOLLOW UP:   Mike, I wrote you asking for
actuals, not projected; FY 2009 is in the
future.  Likely your most recently reported
actuals are FY 2007 or FY 2006.
Q:  Nova Ed.D. based on research
papers, not a dissertation?
FOLLOW UP:  Mike, could you describe the
fraud prevention and detection training
you've had?  Also, what has been your
training in internal controls?
Q:
Also, your resume states that you're a
"faculty member" at Johns Hopkins. What
is your exact title, such as "adjunct
professor," etc.?  What are the names and
levels of the courses are you teaching at
Johns Hopkins, and when?  Are you paid for
your work there and if so how much?  A
search just now at JH's site using the
"people" function and your name yields "0
results."  Also, your name does not appear
on JH's faculty homepages listing....
Q:
It appears from a casual look at your
district's website that you're in favor of online
learning -- would this be a correct
assumption?  If it is correct, have you looked
into learning online and staying home rather
than incurring taxpayer-funded expenses for
your attendance at professional
development meetings and conferences?
Q:
Have you considered curtailing [all
discretionary] expenditures until the
mortgage is paid off?
A:
[No response]
A:
As for your question about the mortgage of
one of our buildings…..this was an idea that
was generated in one of our public budget
forums by staff, association members and
community members.  As you know, school
systems are feeling the impact of the
challenging economic climate.  This was a
way to look at generating recurring dollars
for our revenues....pay it off as soon as
possible.  Although, a creative idea, it was
not executed.  
FOLLOW UP:  Mike, while I appreciate this
information, you didn't answer whether you
have considered curtailing all discretionary
expenditures in order to pay off the
mortgage?
A:
You ask about on-line professional
development and I am a supporter.  Last
year, I placed a freeze on all conference
attendance…for all staff….including me (the
superintendent) and the Board.  That said,
there is a requirement for occasional travel
to state-wide meetings sponsored by the
Maryland State Department of Education, the
Maryland Association of Boards of
Education, or other state organizations.  
Because St. Mary’s County is located in the
southernmost corner of the State, there is a
need for vehicular travel to such meetings
that are usually held in Baltimore (where the
State Department of Education is located) or
Annapolis (the State Capitol).  This year, we
are monitoring the situation and keeping all
travel to a minimum.  You are correct, on-line
training does save money and we are
utilizing it as well as providing the training
locally.  It has helped save us dollars and
we are aggressively keeping this matter in
front of our thinking as we plan professional
development.
Q:
Mike, what is your total salary including all
perqs?  Here again, I looked on your
district's website and was unable to find this
information.  Here in Texas many public
school superintendents have voluntarily
posted their entire employment contracts
online.  If your salary is in the six-figure
range, wondering why you don't pay for all of
your own professional development
including travel and meals yourself and not
seek reimbursement.  Wouldn't this help
with that mortgage pay-down?
A:  
You ask about my salary and perks.  Thank
you for the idea about posting the contract on
my webpage.  I have not thought about this
idea until you mentioned it.  To address your
questions, the Washington Post did several
extensive articles on this topic a few months
ago.  I have pasted the articles in this email.
You can see a comparison chart of the
superintendents in the Washington DC area.
 My information is included in the chart  and it
is listed below.  I hope that it transmits
completely and clearly for your review.
Per the Washington Post chart Mike sent, his
2007-08 total compensation was $ 230,124.
A:
The correct title is "Faculty Associate."  I will
be sure to change this to reflect the actual
title and dates.  I have taught several
courses (Methods of Teaching in the
Elementary School, Introduction Seminar for
New Teachers, Special Topics in Elementary
Education, and Professional Seminar in
Teaching) for Johns Hopkins University,
since 2001, in the Graduate Department of
Teacher Preparation at the Columbia and
Montgomery Campus. I am only employed
there when I decide to teach a course and I
do not do this every semester.  I leave this as
an active item on my resume to show the
work that I have done and the choice and
ability to do so during any future semester.  I
evaluate this decision, annually, based upon
the demands of my superintendent position.
Any references to experience on my
webpage are in the past tense. I am not
teaching a course this year...that is why I
would not be listed in the directory or
catalogue.  Additionally, I update my resume
on annual basis to make sure it is accurate
and reflects any changes from the previous
year. I have always try to stay connected to
my first passion of teaching by teaching a
course at a college campus.  I love teaching
courses to teachers and administrators and
I look forward to future teaching
opportunities.