City Schools Shuts Out Project Baltimore 125 Days Without Interview
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- It’s been 125 days since anyone from Baltimore City Schools has sat down for an interview with Project Baltimore. In that time, much of what Fox45 has uncovered about the city school system is hard to believe. Here's some of what we've reported.
-Thirteen city high schools with zero students proficient in Math.
-High School attendance at a 13 year low.
-Baltimore City Schools have the highest administration costs per student in America.
-Multiple internal investigations launched by North Avenue into allegations of grade changing.
Despite all of this, no one at Baltimore City Public Schools has found it necessary to go on camera with Project Baltimore to answer questions, but others are commenting.
"There seems to be a persistent and alarming lack of accountability in local education systems all across the state, and it cannot and will not be tolerated," said Gov. Larry Hogan at a news conference this week, where he announced plans to create a new state office.
The Accountability in Education Act would create an inspector general focused on investigating Maryland's public education system. In announcing the legislation, Gov. Hogan cited several Project Baltimore reports as proof for why this position is needed. He referenced our report that found six City Schools that don't have a single student proficient in any state testing, and a school administrator who told us 70 percent of Baltimore City middle and high schools change grades.
"We simply cannot leave our kids trapped in schools that consistently fail them and cheat them of any real chance," said Gov. Hogan.
Baltimore City Schools not only won't go on camera with Project Baltimore, but last month we had to file a lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The lawsuit came after we filed a public records request with City Schools seeking information on a recent internal investigation into grade changing. Our entire request was denied. We got nothing. So, we sued and asked City Schools for an interview to talk about it, but they declined. Baltimore City Schools has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit, which we filed in late December.