Sinclair Broadcast Group Sues Baltimore’s Public School System Over Rejected Public Information Request

12/21/17

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

Local TV news conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group has filed a lawsuit against Baltimore City Public Schools over the school system’s denial of a public information request from one of Sinclair’s reporters.

Chris Pabst, an investigative reporter hired by the conservative-leaning media firm to head up “Project Baltimore,” wrote on Fox45 on Wednesday that his team has sued City Schools “over the withholding of information FOX45 believes taxpayers have a right to see.”

Pabst had filed a Maryland Public Information Act request for the entirety of an internal investigative report about allegations of grade-changing at Northwood Appold Community Academy in Northeast Baltimore’s Hillen neighborhood. Teachers there told him after the 2016-17 school year that grades they submitted for students were altered so their pupils could graduate, allegations that school administrators denied.

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