Purchase of grammar desk reference in county
We report in today's paper the story of a failure of the Baltimore County school administration to get board approval before spending $300,000 on The Little, Brown Handbook. The book is a well known reference guide that can be used to look up grammar questions that was handed out to elementary and secondary school teachers.
There are two issues here. The first is that county policy states that expenditures of more than $25,000 must be approved by the board. The second is that books, which unlike other items that the school system buys, aren't bid and so textbooks have to go through an evaluation before they can be purchased. PTA and union leaders say there hasn't been enough vetting of the textbook purchases recently. The administration says that the Little, Brown Handbook didn't need to go through that process because it wasn't being purchased for students.