Baltimore City schools received $1.6 billion in taxpayer funding last year, the largest funding it has ever received. The school district also received $799 million in Covid relief funding from the federal government. The public is questioning how the money was spent. There are calls for the school CEO to resign.
COVID policies had devastating effects on schools: more than 8 in 10 public schools nationwide reported stunted behavioral and social-emotional development in their students. In addition, millions of students had missed more than 10 percent of schools days during the 2021-22 year, twice the number seen in previous years.
In early 2022, it was reported that the number of student arrests in Baltimore City Schools plummeted 98%, but whistleblowers reported that authorities are trying to keep the numbers down for political reasons. "Arrests is not being made when they need to be made. We are turning our heads on it," a whistleblower told Project Baltimore.
Videos from inside City Schools showed students fighting and teachers being attacked. Project Baltimore reported that parents are worried the violence has gotten out of control making it difficult for other students to learn. Two Baltimore City Schools police officers turned whistleblowers said the violence has gotten so bad because they were not allowed to do their jobs.
They were told to release students who committed criminal acts to their parents. In the 2008 school year, 971 students were arrested. Ten years later, that number dropped to just 18.
"There is no such thing as a low-level crime when kids are hurting each other," said one of the whistleblowers. "If there is no discipline, the child is going to do it over and over again, because they haven't learned anything."