Today, The Sun published a database with the salary and overtime for every school system employee--by name and job title--dating back to 2008. It's part of a series of databases that we will be compiling on public employee pay in the city. So far, we have published the same information for Baltimore City government, and the Baltimore County School System.
More school districts will join the bunch in the coming months.However, the Baltimore City school system salaries that you see only tell part of the story about how much system employees make--particularly administrators at North Avenue, whose salaries can shift more than school-based personnel.
I feel compelled to offer a glimpse into a rather tortured journey to transparency in obtaining this information--and why the public still doesn't really know what they're paying the stewards of the city's public education system, and the $1.3 billion budget it takes to run it. The journey began when The Sun requested the school system's salaries--normally, the most basic public information request you can make, and the most readily available--on Nov. 16.
After blowing the 30-day response deadline outlined by the Maryland Public Information Act--a law--by nearly three weeks, the city school system produced inconsistent, and incomplete data...