UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Prince George's County teachers and parents were fired up at a school board meeting Thursday night as they confronted school district leaders about unauthorized pay raises in the school system along with other issues.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that several employees in the human resources department for Prince George's County Public Schools received 10 to 12 percent pay hikes that were not approved by the school board. There is an investigation underway into whether there were additional unauthorized raises.
"Stop taking our tax dollars, putting it in your pockets, giving you all secret raises, and you know what they are doing because you're here," said parent Phyllis Wright. "How can they get raises and we don't know nothing about it."
Another major topic discussed at the meeting were about five employees from DuVal High School who lost their jobs following the grade-fixing scandal that has plagued the school system. One of those fired employees, guidance counselor Troy Sibila, attended Thursday night's meeting. He previously told FOX 5 in an exclusive interview that he and his fired co-workers were made scapegoats for the scandal.
However, he received a lot of support Thursday night as he continues to fight to get his job back.
"I am here to stand in solidarity with our DuVal counselors who were thrown under bus for political gain," DuVal teacher Cela Gomez-Showell. "They followed orders from up the chain of command."
"Understand that you cannot fire your way out of this," said Theresa Mitchell-Dudley, president of the Prince George's County Educators' Association. "Our members at DuVal High School are afraid for their jobs. Everybody is worrying about what is going to happen next, who is going to get it next, what school is going to be next."
There was a bright spot for parents and teachers during Thursday night's meeting. The school board voted to fully restore spring break and all schools will be closed next week.
FOX 5's coverage on the Prince George's County grade-fixing investigation:
Maryland Gov. Hogan: 2nd state audit of PGCPS could look into wrongdoing, broken laws
PGCPS not monitoring data of students on track to graduate this school year
EXCLUSIVE: Fired PGCPS guidance counselor believes he was made a scapegoat for grade-fixing scandal
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan calls on Rushern Baker to fire PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Maryland State Board of Education to implement full-time employee to monitor PGCPS
PGCPS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell meets with Md. State Board of Education to discuss grade-fixing audit
Prince George's County school board members say emails show pressure to graduate students
Staff changes made at DuVal High School amid PGCPS grade-fixing probe
Rushern Baker, Prince George's County school leaders face tough questioning from Maryland lawmakers
Prince George's Co. Public Schools performed internal audit on student records, documents show
Hogan on grade-fixing probe: Prince George's County and PGCPS have 'refused to take it seriously'
Public weighs in on Prince George's County Public Schools grade-fixing allegations
Prince George's school board chair seeks whistleblower info from board members in grade-fixing audit
Prince George's Co. grade-fixing report says 5 pct of students in sample shouldn't have graduated
Final report for PGCPS grade-fixing probe submitted to Maryland State Board of Education
Whistleblower says employees worked to change students' records before grade-fixing investigation began
Maryland State Department of Education seeks info from public for PGCPS graduation rate probe
Investigation into allegations of fraud, grade-fixing in PGCPS to begin 'immediately'
State Board of Education votes to launch Prince George's County Public Schools grade-fixing probe
Gov. Larry Hogan calls for state investigation into alleged corruption in PGCPS
Md. Gov. Hogan explains why he requested probe on grade fixing allegations against PGCPS
PGCPS board members claim graduation rate 'fraudulently' elevated, call for state investigation
Staff members speak out about pressure from Prince George's Co. Public Schools to graduate students
State investigated grade changing in Prince George's County Public Schools earlier this year
Maxwell: PGCPS grade fixing allegations 'completely and utterly false'
Prince George's County schools CEO denies any fraudulent effort to inflate graduation rate
Rushern Baker says he stands by PGCPS Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Prince George's County NAACP asks county executive to not renew contract of Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Prince George's County Public Schools CEO meets with Md. lawmakers about concerning allegations
Prince George's Del. Walker hopes grade fixing allegations are false, but there's a lot of smoke
Sen. Muse condemns Prince George's County alleged grade fixing