Baltimore City student misses first 140 school days, marked present and passes classes

Another scandal hits Baltimore City Public Schools, as Project Baltimore exposes how a student missed the first 140 days of school but was somehow marked as present and passing classes.

“I’m excited for him,” said Latasha Phillips, as her son prepared for his first day of eleventh grade on the 141st day of the school year. “I’m just glad he’s not sitting here all day, not being productive.”

Her son, Qwantay Spearman, has physical disabilities. He attends ConneXions, a charter school in West Baltimore, where he’s thrived, earning a 3.7 grade point average, until this year. Qwantay missed the first 140 days of school because Baltimore City Schools could not provide him with a nurse, which is required under his federally mandated IEP or Individualized Education Program.

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