He said the investigation would proceed “precisely and expeditiously so that MCPS can take appropriate action.” Our community will learn a fair amount of details over the next few days and weeks. According to the school district, the law firm is “renowned for its expertise in employment and labor law. The Baltimore office in particular is well versed in the intricacies of Maryland’s public education law, and has experience in several rural schools across the state.” I represent the institution.”
Superintendent Monifah B. McKnight addressed the allegations in a letter Monday to Fakhar staff, students and families. She wrote that the reported experiences of several members of the Farquhar community were “beyond personal and professional nuisance to me.” She said the school system works to “rebuild trust that may have been damaged”.
“We understand that these allegations have caused a range of emotions in our community, including anger, confusion and sadness,” McKnight said. “It is important that we recognize these feelings and work together to get through this difficult situation.”
The school system, with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services, is offering counseling services in Farquhar on Tuesdays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Additional counseling services will be offered for various groups, McKnight said.
Beidleman did not immediately respond to texts or emails seeking comment Monday night.
At Monday’s annual management and oversight meeting of about 800 superintendents, principals, assistant principals and other leaders at Montgomery, attendees said McKnight called the Post’s report an “elephant in the room.” reported that he easily admitted to Four attendees, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment on issues within the district, said the school would thoroughly investigate what she called “allegations.”
Many teachers said they were sexually harassed by the principal. he was promoted.
McKnight told the audience that a district employee assistance program counselor was present in case leaders who were friends with Beidleman wanted to speak, attendees said.
District spokesman Chris Crumb confirmed that McKnight mentioned the matter at a Monday morning meeting with the principal and other administrators. “She recognized what everyone knew, expressed her concern for the situation and all of them, and briefly explained how we are working vigorously to address this issue.” said Crum.
Later, while McKnight discussed other, more positive topics, attendees told the crowd to stand up if she was “proud of MCPS.” At her encouragement, the crowd applauded and many shouted, “We are proud of MCPS!” MCPS is proud! ” for about 30 seconds.
An administrator in attendance, who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment, said in a text that some attendees stood up “discreetly.” He said “many” of those present “want change to happen in the right way, not through cover-up, protection or promotion.” The MCPS has a reputation for leaders to ‘fail’, and Badleman’s situation is just the most blatant example of that. “
Farquhar’s former educator Lisa Rodriguez was displeased when she was informed of McKnight’s pledge before administrators investigated. “It’s not them who need to hear it. She needs to talk to the community, staff and us 17 who graduated this year,” Rodriguez said. After 12 years in leadership roles and 36 years in teaching, she retired in June, she said. Please stop abusing me and my colleagues. “
She said, “I was deeply hurt by MCPS’s failure to respond to complaints of sexual content. During the last six months of school, I asked one of my teachers what I expected MCPS to do. and they counseled her to stay in school and they did nothing.They promoted the guy.What a slap in the face.I know these complaints and I’m so mad at McKnight and all the other higher ups for nothing but promoting this guy.”
Jackson-Lewis’ investigative team will be led by employment law litigator Donald “Donny” E. English, Jr., according to the Montgomery School. Carol Ashley has overseen “a number of high-profile investigations, including those involving sexual misconduct and harassment.” Kathleen McGinley, another litigator in employment litigation.
Montgomery is Maryland’s largest school district with approximately 160,000 students.
The district’s efforts to address the Post’s revelations unfolded as elected officials, parents, and school employees reacted to allegations of sexual harassment, bullying, retaliation, and workplace misconduct involving Beidleman.
Carolyn Parker, former president of the school’s Parents and Teachers Association, said the community had no idea at the Paint branch, where she would have assumed the presidency, until the Post sent questions to the school district about Beidleman’s conduct. Residents were “angered and disgusted,” he said.
“We want him cut off from Paint Branch and his name off the Paint Branch roster. I’m looking for a principal to help me get back on track,” she said. This is what she thought. “What will the district do to heal the community of Farquhar and Paint Her Branch?” What are you going to do about the director? MCPS completely dropped the ball on this one and it really sucks. “
PaintBranch parent Michael Foster said he emailed McKnight and other district officials the letter he provided to the Post over the weekend. “As parents of a very proud Paint chapter with three daughters starting school this fall, including a vulnerable daughter with special needs,” he said. My wife and I are very disillusioned, disappointed and disappointed.” He added he hoped that “leaders will take responsibility and answer frankly about past failures.”
Elsewhere in Montgomery schools, after numerous complaints against the principal, teachers vented their frustrations against employers they viewed as negligent.
“We need a #MeToo movement for MCPS,” said Sarah Goodman Confino, a journalism and creative writing teacher at Watkins Mill High School. A 20-year district veteran, she said she had been “severely bullied” by another district principal in the past. “We would have a better working environment if we had a culture where you could report when you felt uncomfortable and know that something was going to happen. People will be shocked to learn how many teachers have similar stories about being bullied or sexually harassed.Many of us have reported before. but nothing happened.”
The Montgomery County Board of Education said in a statement Saturday that it was appalled by the charges against Beidleman. Members say they are “resolutely committed to a safe and fair workplace where sexual harassment and bullying are unacceptable.” It added that it will work with the results of independent research to enhance its processes and procedures so that “our culture reflects our values.”
When elected officials on the county school board reviewed the materials submitted earlier this year to approve Beidleman’s nomination as Paint chapter principal, no complaints about him were mentioned, member Lynn Harris said. (At Large) said. She did not recall reading an email sent anonymously to the committee by a teacher at Farkhhar on May 3, 2022, alleging that Beidleman had sexually harassed and emotionally abused a staff member. She said she searched her inbox to find it, but couldn’t find it. He said the school board’s goal is to “be transparent” and “know the full picture.”
“I want to know what happened, who said it, when, where and how. What was the reaction afterwards?” Harris said. “That’s what Jackson Lewis should do for us.”
Several legislators elected in Montgomery called for greater transparency and accountability in the school system.in Interview with MyMCMCounty executive Mark Elrich, a Democrat, said the school system’s response to complaints filed about Beidleman raised “many questions” about past investigations and whether those investigations were properly conducted. said that
“I think everyone is concerned that this is not a one-time event,” Erlich said over the weekend. “Some people have to take responsibility because it’s kind of surprising that you didn’t talk about this when you went through the promotion process.”
County Council Speaker Evan Glass said on social media on Monday He was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations recorded in the Post. “The public needs to know who knew this information and why it wasn’t investigated promptly,” said Mr. Glass, a Democratic captain.
City Councilman Will Jawand, a Democrat, said in a statement Friday that the school system “should be clear” to Congress and the public how it intends to investigate the allegations against Beidleman. “Such a culture is totally unacceptable in our schooling, anywhere,” added Jawand, chairman of the city’s education and culture committee.
Jawand’s colleagues on the committee, city councilors Gabe Albornoz (D) and Christine Mink (D, 5th Ward), also wrote that they were troubled by what was documented in the Post. there is Mink wrote on social media, “East County deserves better. Employees and students across the county deserve better recognition.”
Jennifer Martin, county superintendent of the Montgomery County Education Association, said the investigation was insufficient. The district “needs a comprehensive review of the MCPS harassment reporting policy,” she said.
Martin said he met with officials who expressed concerns about how the school district would report alleged misconduct against Beidleman. “Unfortunately, MCPS leaders have chosen to dismiss or ignore the petitions of union members and the compelling evidence we have presented,” union leaders said.