"That's outrageous": Gov. Hogan on 13 High Schools, Zero Math Proficiency
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Governor Larry Hogan didn’t hold back when reacting to Project Baltimore’s latest investigation.
“Zero people proficient? That’s outrageous,” stated the Governor.
Fox45 analyzed 2017 state test scores released this fall and discovered of Baltimore City’s 39 High Schools, 13 had zero students proficient in math. Within those 13 high schools, which include Frederick Douglass, Patterson and Carver, 2071 students took the test, none were proficient.
“And as you well reported,” added the Governor, “we spend more money in Baltimore City than any other jurisdiction in Maryland – two or three times more. And if we get zero proficiency, the taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth and we’ve got to hold them more accountable.”
The Governor is not alone in wanting accountability and better results. Hundreds of you shared this story on Facebook and Twitter. Hundreds more commented.
Victor wrote on Facebook: “Murders at an all-time high. Overdose at an all-time high. More abandon houses than ever. When will it get to the point where someone steps in? It’s obvious the people that have been in charge for years are not doing their job. When will someone care?”
ScrappyBigBird added on Twitter: “Absolutely embarrassing. So what are we spending the $1.32 billion dollars on? It’s an obscene amount of money and they want more!”
Also on Twitter, TruthSpeaker said, “Our elected officials and city schools are failing our children. But, this isn’t new. This has been going on for decades, which is why the cycle of violence and poverty has no end is (sic) sight.”
As for Governor Hogan, he said his office has been in contact with Mayor Catherine Pugh about the state of the school system in Maryland’s largest city. A state forensic audit of City Schools, which Hogan requested, is currently underway. The first results could come as early and January.
“The students are really the ones that are being cheated. They deserve to get the education, that in some cases, they apparently are not,” concluded Hogan.