Baltimore City Public Schools ordered to pay $122K for withholding public documents


    Baltimore City Public Schools ordered to pay $122K for withholding public documents

    BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- A simple request for information leads to a lengthy court battle.

    But now... a ruling has been made. The school system has been ordered to provide the documents and pay up.

    The request to the Baltimore City Public School System for public information nearly two years ago led to court battles more than $100,000 in legal fees and a ruling this week.

    Project Baltimore's lead investigative reporter Chris Papst discussed a circuit courts judges decision to award a monetary reimbursement and a fine that is connected to violating the law.

    The battle for public information stemmed from teachers saying grade changing is taking place.

    Sinclair filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore City School system in 2018.

    In February 2019, a civil court trial took place before Judge Jeannie Hong in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

    On March 4, 2019, Judge Hong issued her ruling. She said that the Baltimore City School System acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" by giving Project Baltimore heavily redacted documents.

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    The judge required the school system to provide Sinclair with unredacted documents (except where individuals identities are apparent).

    She ordered the school system to pay Sinclair $1,000 dollars in statutory damages and $122,000 dollars in legal cost reimbursements.

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