‘School administrators in Baltimore, Maryland, have spent $500,000 in the last year and a half to party hearty on the taxpayers’ dime, according to a recent report in the Baltimore Sun entitled “City school credit, procurement cards show culture of spending.” They even spread the wealth at such noted educational establishments as Hooters.
Even more surprising, the Sun reported, school officials defend most of the spending, which includes expensive gifts, lunches, and dinners for employees. Still, some officials did admit that dropping nearly $300 in a “breastaurant” didn’t look good for the schools.
The Sun reported that the spending, which violated city rules, comes at a time when the schools are angling for taxpayers to spend almost $3 billion in renovations to repair schools that are falling apart. And the latest report follows another that revealed a lavish renovation of city school offices, again, while the city’s schools crumble.’