Many Baltimore City residents gave Maryland Governor Larry Hogan the side eye for declining to bail out public schools now strapped with a $129 million deficit. As of July 1, $80 million cuts happened for individual schools, teachers and staff. 1,000 teachers and staff were laid off effecting approximately 82,000 students currently enrolled. Larger class sizes and favorite teachers missing will be the new normal for many in the Fall.
Another missing will be self proclaimed civil rights activist Deray Mckesson. He recently announced he will be leaving his position, not to be confused with staff that was let go due to budgeting issues. As the head of human resources, Deray was raking in $165,000 a year. CEO Sonja Santelises praised McKesson’s work exclaiming he showed great attention to detail, and worked late nights on complex staffing and payroll issues. So basically Deray was paid three times his salary to manage, well, payroll.
The CEO’s comments are intriguing, considering you can find Deray Mckesson on Instagram working late nights on furthering his agenda during the school year. February 24, Friday, during business hours, Deray shared a panel with former Attorney General Eric Holder discussing race in Atlanta. April 5, Wednesday he attended an event in New York alongside Yara Shahidi. On December 2, 2016, a Monday, Deray was speaking at the BoFVoices ‘Race, Inequality, and Privilege summit. Next photo shows later that night he was with his “Crew. BOFVoices” he writes. Next day, he was again speaking at the summit, definitely not in his Baltimore office that Tuesday. November 9, Wednesday, a great day in American history if I may add, Deray posted a few photos of himself consoling Cher at the Javtis Center in New York as the votes did not roll in for Hillary Clinton. On September 14, Wednesday, not sure if the CEO recalls seeing him that evening, he posted a photo hanging out New York at a CBC event? On July 9, 2016, Deray made headlines for being arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting with his organization, Campaign Zero. He missed work on July 11th, Monday, and his colleagues were unsure if he would be released by Tuesday to attend a Baltimore City Public School Board meeting to take notes. You get the picture.
While collecting Baltimore City tax dollars, Deray managed to start a podcast, “Save the People”, receive notice via federal lawsuit that he is being blamed for inciting a riot that resulted in the deaths of three police officers and wounding three others, partied at the Essence Festival the day the new budget cuts went into effect, and one of the most offensive, tried to make the male romper a fashion statement. Perhaps Governor Hogan knows just how much fraud and senseless spending is going down in Baltimore City and found no reason to throw more money at the worst school district in the state of Maryland.
I can’t help but wonder how much of Deray McKesson’s salary went toward funding political campaigns? If Deray Mckesson is any indication of the waste, CEO Sonja Santelises should be one of the 1,000 let go this summer.