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“Project Baltimore” Investigation: Students Who Missed More Than 100 Days of School Allowed to Graduate

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Published on: September 22, 2019

There are typically 180 days in a school year which translates to roughly 45 per quarter or 90 per semester.

In Baltimore, multiple students that missed 100 or more days of school, or over HALF of the school year, were allegedly allowed to graduate last spring.

Here’s more from Fox Baltimore:

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A Project Baltimore investigation is causing controversy among City School leadership. The CEO of Baltimore City Schools, Dr. Sonja Santelises, released a strongly worded letter attempting to discredit Fox45’s report on Joseph C. Briscoe Academy in northwest Baltimore.

Fox45’s investigation found students who were absent or late to school more than 100 days, including one who failed more than half his classes, still wore a cap a gown at the 2019 Briscoe graduation.

North Avenue declined to do an interview for the story. After it aired, Santelises released a letter on Twitter, accusing Fox45 of “publicly undermining the efforts of students.”

The move sparked outrage on a popular Baltimore morning radio show.

“There is a shoot the messenger type of mindset in this city,” said Clarence Mitchell, on The C4 Show.

“Instead of trying to put lipstick on a pig and continue to say how great we are and how much we’re improving, let’s address the problem, the significant problems in our school system,” he said.

Baltimore City Schools has a history of refusing to answer our questions.

“This is an issue of transparency and accountability. Government is there to serve the people,” says Scott Marder, an attorney with Thomas & Libowitz, who represented Fox45in February when our lawsuit against City Schools went to trial.

Project Baltimore had filed a public records request for all grade changing investigations done by North Avenue since 2010, but City Schools refused to hand them over.  The documents they did give us were heavily redacted.

“This is kind of a poke in the eye. Kind of pretty obnoxious,” said Lucy Dalglish, Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, during an interview with Project Baltimore in November of 2018.

Read the rest at Fox Baltimore…

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What is Project Baltimore?

“Project Baltimore” is an investigative reporting initiative, which was launched in March 2017, by Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.

“Project Baltimore” examines the unique challenges that confront the Baltimore area’s public school systems (city and county). The “Project Baltimore” team of journalists probe a wide array of topics including budgets, school facilities, test scores, teacher pay, school violence, athletics, unions and other components of the education system. Significant emphasis is placed on investigating the Baltimore City Public School System which spends large sums of money on education, but yields sub-standard test score and low graduation rates. The Project Baltimore unit holds leaders accountable and is an advocate for the people. It highlights success stories, but focuses primarily on the troubling aspects of the area’s public school systems.

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We can add this latest controversy to a growing list in Baltimore.

Extreme murder rates and filth certainly aren’t going to be winning Baltimore any national awards, any time soon.

The corruption in politics is so deep in Baltimore that even Reverend Al has worn out his welcome.

Thank God that real investigative journalism has survived in local markets, like Baltimore, because we all know that at the national level it is just a bad joke.

Kudos Project Baltimore!

Nice work!

Article posted with permission from Dean Garrison

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