The Baltimore County School District abruptly ended its contract with edCount, LLC last summer after school officials declared the educational service provider incapable of delivering its promised language arts program for the district's 53,000 elementary school children.
In an investigative report for The Baltimore Sun, Liz Bowie reports that through the use of the Public Information Act, records were gathered revealing the school district and edCount got into a war of words over the quality of edCount's product, the lack of communication between the two entities and difference of opinion over expectations and timelines.
School officials severed the contract with edCount LLC after criticizing the company for missing deadlines, not giving the project adequate staffing and refusing to communicate with key employees. The company, meanwhile, argued that school staffers were "abusive," imposing unrealistic deadlines and making changes that required extra work.Even though school officials described the work as "unsatisfactory" in an email, they continued to pay the company — a bill that rose to $2.1 million by the time contractual ties were cut in June. For its money, the school system got the first six weeks of the elementary language arts curriculum, an outline of a second six-week unit and an unfinished digital platform.