What’s happening?

WYPR obtained a 759-page study that found Baltimore County Public Schools suffer from low employee morale, high turnover rates, poor communication, a dysfunctional school board, and an ineffective central office.

What can be done about this? 

The report, which was created by the consulting group Public Works LLC, makes proposals to reorganize and streamline the system, which could save it nearly $40 million. Some of the recommendations are as simple as closely reading staff surveys about the culture of the system. 

In a statement to WYPR, School Superintendent Darryl Williams said his goal is to create a timeline to implement changes but ensuring that “we do not disrupt services and supports to schools and offices during this process.” 

Anything else I should know? 

The report pointed out more than 50 positive efforts from the school system including its recovery from a recent ransomware attack, distribution of food during the pandemic, and an initiative to improve bus safety. 

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