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Baltimore City Schools #1 in America for Admin Costs

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Baltimore City Public Schools is number one in the country. But not for what it may want.

Project Baltimore analyzed recent federal government data and found Baltimore City spends $1,630 per student on administration costs, which amounts to the highest in America when comparing the nation’s 100 largest public school districts.

Maryland spends a lot of money on education. This year, Annapolis alone will send $6.3 billion to Maryland public schools - 18 percent of the state’s budget. Yet, Districts like Baltimore City, say it’s not enough. Yearly budget gaps spark protests outside the State House. School maintenance funding gets cut. Schools lose heat and hot water. Students don’t have enough desks. Teachers get laid off.

Now, a 2017 U.S. Census report on education spending nationally, is giving us a better idea of where your tax dollars are really going.

Fox45 analyzed per student spending for the nation’s 100 largest school systems. We discovered Baltimore City spends the most money in America on administration. For every student enrolled in City Schools, $1,630 goes to administrators - like principals and high-level employees at North Avenue. This is money that does not go to the classroom.

To put that into perspective, other major cities like New York ($615), Miami ($498) and Dallas ($614) spend about a third as much.

And no other District is close to Baltimore City. Boston, which is second nationally in per pupil administration costs, spends 20 percent less than Baltimore. Atlanta is third, at 27 percent less.

Over the last three years, administrative spending in Baltimore City has slightly dropped - about 100 dollars per student. Meanwhile, recent budget shortfalls within City Schools have reached $130 million, which state taxpayers were asked to cover.

Now, those same school administrators that help make Baltimore City number one, have already warned that another budget gap is expected for this coming year.

Project Baltimore reached out to City Schools for reaction to the census numbers. No response was issued.

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