As school starts for many Marylanders Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan expresses his displeasure with the use of Maryland's local education management.
"And so I'm issuing an executive order which will establish the office education accountability, an independent watchdog unit," said Governor Larry Hogan.
Hogan proposed an investigator general to overlook education spending during the past legislative session, but the general assembly voted that down. Hogan sited mold problems in Howard County, administrators jailed in Baltimore County, and grade fixing problems in Prince George's County as examples of a broken school system.
"This isn't about politics. This is about our kids and their futures. It's about giving every Maryland child the hope for their a better future and the opportunities they deserve."
The Office of Education Director will be Valerie Radomsky.
Some of the responsibilities of this office will be to establish an electronic tip system to report concerns about the Maryland public school system and maintain a database to track those concerns and their resolution.
Democratic Delegate Eric Luedtke has often challenged Hogan on education.
"He has people working for him that are responsible for already doing these things. So this is a bunch of window dressing, this is much ado about nothing new," said Delegate Luedtke.
Hogan says this new office will be paid by existing budgetary monies.