A double-standard on ethics in county schools

March 04, 2010

I taught in Baltimore County public schools for over 30 years. During that time, I produced an album titled "Kindergarten Blues." The children at my school wanted to own this CD, and I was willing to sell it to them at cost, making absolutely no profit. It would have cost $1 per CD.

The Board of Education denied that request, citing their ethics documents. I was fine with that decision, and still am.

It amazes and amuses me that an assistant superintendent, Barbara Dezmon, has developed a program, called AIM, that the district tried to force teachers to use, but has now backed off on under pressure from teachers, legislators and parents. Still, the county says it will be implemented on a voluntary basis. This will be a selling point for Ms. Dezmon who, by her own admission in various interviews in print and on radio, says she plans to market it to other systems upon her retirement. I guess ethics are only for the lower rung of school employees.

Another point is that this program was developed along with other employees and, in part, on company time. Seems to me that the taxpayers of Baltimore County should be the beneficiaries of any future sale of this program.

Ken Shapiro, Baltimore

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