This is an update on the Board of Education’s progress in addressing the conduct reported by the Washington Post regarding the promotion of Dr. Joel Beidleman to principal of Paint Branch High School.
The Board engaged the firm of Jackson Lewis to conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dr. Beidleman’s promotion. Jackson Lewis conducted a thorough, careful and comprehensive investigation that found significant and troubling failures by senior management in MCPS.
While the Maryland Public Information Act prevents the Board from releasing the confidential personnel information contained in the report, we have tasked the investigators with summarizing their findings in a manner that can be shared. That summary is provided here. We have also forwarded the full report to the Montgomery County Inspector General and the Maryland Inspector General for Education for their review.
The Board is committed to addressing the failures outlined in the report and conducting a full and clear-eyed review of the promotion process within MCPS. The Board has tasked the superintendent with developing a comprehensive corrective action plan to ensure accountability and will use that as the basis for systemic improvements.