Another scandal hits Baltimore City Public Schools, as Project Baltimore exposes how a student missed the first 140 days of school but was somehow marked as present and passing classes. "I'm excited for him," said Latasha Phillips, as her son prepared for his first day of eleventh grade on the 141st day of the school year. "I'm just glad he's not sitting here all day, not being productive." Her son, Qwantay Spearman, has physical disabilities. He attends ConneXions, a charter school in West Baltimore, where he's thrived, earning a 3.7 grade point average, until this year. Qwantay missed the first 140 days of school because Baltimore City Schools could not provide him with a nurse, which is required under his federally mandated IEP or Individualized Education Program.
he head of Baltimore City Schools, Sonja Santelises, is now the highest-paid school leader in Maryland. Project Baltimore found as Santelises' salary rose, student performance decreased.
In one of the biggest scandals to hit City Schools in recent years, Project Baltimore uncovered a massive scheme to inflate enrollment at a west Baltimore high school that potentially robbed taxpayers of millions of dollars. Earlier this year, legislation designed to make sure it can't happen again was introduced in Annapolis. But a delegate who represents Baltimore City knew nothing about the school or the bill. For more than a week, Project Baltimore tried to get in touch with Maryland Delegate Maggie McIntosh about an important piece of legislation. McIntosh represents Baltimore City, and we wanted to ask her about House Bill 1365. We called her office and sent emails but never heard back. So, we went to the State House in Annapolis and asked her about House Bill 1365.
A gift from a dead relative raised questions for Nick and Marilyn Mosby, but the campaign donation shined a light on even more areas of scrutiny for Baltimore's top political couple.
Project Baltimore has made some stunning findings in Baltimore City Schools. In the past year, we uncovered high school students reading at elementary school levels, district-wide learning loss after the Covid-19 shutdowns, grade-changing schemes and inflated enrollment. Dr. Ben Carson recently sat down with Project Baltimore to discuss some of the biggest setbacks in City Schools and how to solve them. Carson is a former Johns Hopkins surgeon who spent three decades in Baltimore, before running for president in 2016. When asked what comes to mind when he thinks of Baltimore City Public Schools, Carson replied, "politics."
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