ERIC Number: ED410356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Restructuring the Baltimore City Public Schools. Research Note.
Banks, Crystal L.
In June 1992, the firm of Towers Perrin/Cresap released its management study of the Baltimore (Maryland) City Schools and offered numerous recommendations to restructure the school system. The Maryland General Assembly accepted most of this report and directed the State Department of Education to monitor implementation of the recommendations. In January 1995, an independent consulting firm found that the Baltimore County Public Schools had not fully implemented most of the Cresap recommendations. A number of lawsuits have been filed concerning the provision of an adequate education for the children of Baltimore. In 1995 the city actually sued the state, claiming that it had failed to provide a thorough and efficient education as required by the Maryland constitution. The state countered that the problems resulted from poor management by the city school system. After extensive negotiation the Maryland State Department of Education, the Baltimore City Public Schools, and other parties in the litigation reached a settlement that infused more funds into the city's schools while giving the state more control in running the city's schools. If the Maryland General Assembly does not approve the funding by May 1997, the agreement will be voided and the state must go to trial. If the funding is approved and modified, all parties may challenge the changes. (Contains three tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Problems, Public Schools, School District Autonomy, School Restructuring, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship, State Standards, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Legislative Reference, Annapolis, MD. Research Div.