Editorial: Back to the Future? BCPS’s Long History of Scandals with No Accountability
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 15th October 2020
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“Hello? McFly?”

There comes a time when someone has to say Great Scott! And enough is enough!  When the mainstream media consistently fails to hold people accountable due to who their advertisers are or who they are allegiant to, politically, it breeds more of the same.  And, if you have been paying attention over the last several years, you already know that Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is no stranger to scandals.

As publisher of this publication, I see it as my job to call it as I see it. What happened during the Oct. 13 school board meeting was, frankly, disgusting. And when I was a child, I was taught something about apples: That they don’t fall far from the tree and that one bad apple can spoil the entire bunch.

So, when there is a consistent lack of accountability and internal investigations that go to the land of nowhere, one must take a look into the apple basket to see where the sources lie. Who is it at BCPS that is allowing accountability to fall by the wayside?  Whose job is it to investigate these matters?  And if there is such a person, is he or she part of the bad crop?

During a meeting involving 115,000 school children (school children!) someone during the virtual live streamed meeting had his or her mind on other things: adult content during a meeting about kids!

Does this not alarm BCPS’s “investigators?” The Baltimore Sun? Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski?  The Baltimore County Council? Or other mainstream media besides WBFF-TV and The Baltimore Post?  Hello?  Is anyone out there?

But let’s review for a moment to see if BCPS’s past “investigations” can demonstrate that the latest debacle stands any chance of future resolutions.  Will the latest result in lack of accountability? Too?

  • BCPS’s now-former HR Director, John Mayo, traveled to Chicago with disgraced former BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance. They both do work off the radar for a school system vendor. Both fail to disclose the extra income on their financial disclosure statements. BCPS’s ethics panel administrator and law office, once notified about the oversight, said and did nothing.  But they did destroy Mayo’s financial disclosure statement which showed the omission.
  • Not only did they do nothing, but they destroyed almost 2,500 financial disclosure statements while they were: 1) being actively requested, 2) prior to and during an audit, and 3) while Dance was being tried for perjury. What’s the status of THAT investigation?
  • BCPS allowed a 21-year-old registered sex offender to enroll at Parkville High School. WBFF-TV Fox 45 reported that no fewer than three girls were raped when he was enrolled.  Where is the accountability there, folks?
  • The school board voted to instruct BCPS’s Office of Internal Audit to investigate the shredding of other financial documents that occurred during a stand down order which aimed to preserve them. What ever happened to that investigation?  Hello? McFly?

The list goes on and on.

So, what can we expect from the latest faux pas – sexually explicit sounds coming from a hot mic during a school board meeting involving children? The truth is: if we base the future on the past, my guess is nothing.

This is embarrassing, folks.  It’s a sad fact and that is unfortunate. As if history has taught us anything, it’s that BCPS is damned to repeat it.

If BCPS’s central office can’t do it, and most of the mainstream media fails to hold them accountable, then it may be incumbent upon you to change BCPS’s future.

Just take it from Dr. Emmett Brown and Marty McFly.

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