Currently in the news: Three elected school board members allege widespread fraud in grading and graduation rates. School CEO Maxwell, selected as a patronage employee by county executive Rushern Baker (not by the board), denies all charges, claims they are politically motivated. Baker continues to support Maxwell.
Recently in the news: Over 800 school employees have been suspended, often not told why. Suspension rate is many, many times that of nearby school districts.
Question: How many of the suspensions were politically motivated, retaliation against whistleblowers and critics, or just based on personal dislikes?
May and June 2005: Post and Gazette report on FBI raids of county offices, some involving people later charged in connection with the schemes for which county executive Jack Johnson was eventually convicted. During June Oxon Hill Library reopening ceremony Johnson claims to have the most ethical administration ever.
Question. Are denials by Baker and cronies more believable than those by Johnson? Why?