Baltimore County slow to release information
Two weeks ago, I requested that the Baltimore County school district provide me with the salary of Renee Foose, who was hired to be a deputy superintendent of schools recently. I got no response so last week I asked again and was told I had to file a Freedom of Information Act request. The county now has 30 days to provide me with the information. Salary information is routinely provided by government agencies to newspaper reporters without such unnecessary delay because tax dollars go to fund these salaries. The public has a right to know how much top officials make.
A good example of this access is the hiring several months ago of a Sun editor by Howard County. A Sun reporter wrote the story and the salary information was online that day.
If I had asked the same question of the Baltimore City schools, the information would be provided the same day or at most the next day. The same would be true in most other large county school districts in Maryland.
So what reason does Baltimore County have in holding off for as much as six weeks to make this information public? They say they have a policy. We'll let you know when we see it.