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.