City schools to release school system earnings on Friday
Baltimore city school officials said this week that they will be releasing the gross earnings for its employees on Friday. If you remember, The Sun made a controversial decision last year to begin publishing the salaries of all public employees in the state of Maryland and the City of Baltimore (this will continue with other government entities), and this year we began including our educators.
The information initially provided by Baltimore City was incomplete, with school officials providing general salary scales for its positions rather than what employees actually earned--as in, how the system paid out 52 percent (salaries and wages) of it's $1.3 billion fiscal year budget.
While this doesn't change much for school-based employees and educators, I anticipate that we will learn a bit about how the systems payouts for overtime, sick-leave convergence, bonuses, stipends, etc.
While the publishing of salaries caused backlash from the city school community, many have hoped that we would use the information to tell real stories. That has been difficult with the information we have been provided, some of which is inconsistent or flat out inaccurate.
We've also received a number of questions from the public (even those who were highly upset about our decision to do this) about some of the information they've seen, a lot of which we hope we can answer once this information is provided.Beginning Friday.