Sep 3, 2012
In Baltimore City schools, some kids swelter in 90 degree heat with no air conditioning; toilets don’t work in some schools; 22 schools start the year with no principal. But the headquarters staff has apparently been having a ball – at the children’s expense.
A reporter using the Freedom of Information Act uncovered a half million dollars spent over the past year and a half on items like $7,000 for a “retreat,” at a downtown hotel. Yet all Baltimore City administrators live in the area. $13,000 was spent for headquarters catering, while teachers pay for toilet paper and supplies out of their own pockets. The out-of-state hotel for one board member cost $1,800, even though “guidelines” prohibit travel expenses paid for board members. School chief Alonso had a nice little $1,000 lunch to discuss his own contract – a salary of more than $200,000 per year – not including his driver’s $100,000-plus salary.
These fat cats believe they can spend anything they like from city and state tax money. Of course, they justify giving away not just thousands, but millions of dollars taken from public school funding – to go to the real fat cats: construction companies, big developers, tech companies, “educational” book companies, etc.
Those people who really run society, who have starved public education of funding for a decade, will be glad if all our anger is aimed at these local stinkers.