The Glover Report: Why Does the Baltimore City Public Schools System Keep Sending Money Back to the State of Maryland?

(ANNAPOLIS – September 18, 2018) – I do not claim to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. At the same time, “Doc” Glover (my dad) taught me to “use your head for something other than a hat rack.” Some of you may have gotten that same memo. With that being said, can anybody explain why our beloved Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS)  keeps sending money back to the State of Maryland?

I am perplexed as to how – especially with people making 6-figure salaries – why we keep sending money back to the state. I just don’t get it.

Having run a small business for the past 16 years, again – I am no Warren Buffet. However, I do understand numbers. Now, unless I am missing some key information, it is absolutely antithetical to continuously leave money on the table. It’s like a quarterback leaving time on the clock when we are behind: Makes no sense at all!

On this chart, we are leaving $14 million on the table. Further, in 2015, BCPSS reverted $28 million to the contingency fund and in 2017, they reverted $29.9 million because they could not commit the money within 2 years after approval by the Board of Works (BPW). Currently, the Maryland state legislature is taking BPW out of this process. Is this to hide incompetency? 

I do not pretend to have the answers, based on the information I have thus far obtained. A broader question is, though, who does have the answers to these troubling questions? The schools CEO?

Federal Hill Prep alone sent back over $4 million? City College returned over $4.5 mil? Edmondson nearly a mil? What in the world are we doing? We’re failing the next generation, that’s what we’re doing. And we’re doing it with flying colors. I am so ashamed to be a parent and a citizen of Baltimore, that is, unless there is some good reason. At present, admittedly, I have millions of reasons to think otherwise!

All I know is that I am tired of the smoke and mirrors and want answers. I think taxpayers deserve that much. And please, pray tell me, what is up with the leadership of the city’s schools and why do we keep foregoing improvement projects when the entire world knows we need them? Any time you have 13 high schools where not one student is proficient in math – you can do all of the “dog and pony” shows you want, but the people can see right through such chicanery. We need answers and we need them now! Our future depends on it. Furthermore, somebody is not doing their job!

The community expects changes and immediately so!