Inspector General probes enrollment issues at city schools

Originally published in FOX45 News

MPPI in the News Jeff Abell | FOX45 News Apr 9, 2021

BALIMORE (WBFF) - It appears Maryland's Inspector General is now investigating allegations of ghost students at Baltimore City Public Schools.

A Project Baltimore investigation recently revealed that 21 students were on the rolls at Augusta Fells Savage Institute in West Baltimore, however, the students didn't exist.

Schools receive state funding for every student it enrolls.

On Friday, Maryland's Public Policy Institute called on the Inspector General to investigate enrollment at all city schools.

"We have looked at what the city schools have done in the past and the recent reporting has shown that they continue to fudge the numbers to this day," said Sean Kennedy with Maryland's Public Policy Institute.

In a reply, Inspector General Richard Henry wrote, "my office is aware of this and is currently investigating the matter."

Kennedy estimates the school district could have received as much as $25 million a year for students that don't exist.

"The idea that they'd have any incentive to defraud taxpayers to get any money to do a worse job is a travesty," said Kennedy.