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Gov. Hogan Announces Maryland’s First Education Inspector General

February 17th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday Richard P. Henry has been appointed as Maryland's first inspector general of education.

Henry currently is the executive director of the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Compliance and Monitoring and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience at the federal level, according to Hogan.

"For five years, our administration has been working hard to root out corruption, wrongdoing, and the mismanagement of state tax dollars by local school systems," Hogan said in a released statement. "With the appointment of the first Inspector General for Education in state history, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing more accountability for parents, teachers, and taxpayers and better results for our children. Henry has the experience and the passion to serve as a tough but fair watchdog in this new role."

After working to establish this post, Hogan said the inspector general is appointed to a five-year term by himself, the state treasurer and the attorney general. 

To further accountability in Maryland school systems, Hogan said he introduced the Community and Local Accountability for Struggling Schools Act, or CLASS Act. 

The proposed legislation is based on a model developed by the governor of Massachusetts to empower local communities to enact changes in leadership and curriculum in failing schools. 

"Far too many of our deserving children continue to be stuck in persistently failing schools. Much tougher accountability measures are still desperately needed," Hogan said in a statement. 

Henry will officially take on his new post March 4.

2 Responses to “Gov. Hogan Announces Maryland’s First Education Inspector General”

  1. February 18, 2020 at 10:24 am, mac said:

    Mr. Henry is currently in the position of Executive Director of the Maryland Department of Education”s Office of Compliance and Monitoring and he is now being promoted to the position of Education Inspector General.
    Governor Hogan says that “Far too many of our deserving children continue to be stuck in persistently failing schools.”
    It seems to me that Mr. Henry’s job was always supposed to be determining compliance to standards in Maryland schools. If he had been doing his job the Governor wouldn’t have to start up this new position and now that he has why promote the person who wasn’t doing the job to begin with?


  2. February 18, 2020 at 12:25 pm, j.r. lepley said:

    maybe with the new job and pay raise he will try a little harder !!!!


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