Governor Larry Hogan Supports Call For Howard County Public School System Audit

Who says the Democrats and Republicans can not agree on things these days?

On June 20th Howard County Government issued the press release “County Executive Ball Calls For School System Audit” calling for a performance audit of the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). Yesterday Maryland Governor Larry Hogan posted the following statement on Facebook:

Kudos to Howard County Executive Calvin Ball for ordering a state performance audit of the county’s $894.2 million public schools budget. “I believe that every educator, student, parent, and resident in Howard County deserves to know exactly how and where our money is being spent,” Ball said in a statement Thursday. I wholeheartedly agree!

Here is that post:

It is nice to see members of different political parties on the same page. It does not happen often these days…but nice to see.

Interestingly I have not seen any comments from the seven Howard County Board of Education (HoCoBOE) members about this proposed bill to audit the school system. The Baltimore Sun article on June 21st did note that HoCoBOE member Kirsten Coombs stated notification of this came out so late in the day that the HoCoBOE was not going to discuss it yet.

While I will not be surprised if the HoCoBOE and/or the HCPSS releases a statement at some point…I am hoping that we hear thoughts from the individual board members on this topic. The 2020 Primary Election is 311 days from now…and each individuals thoughts are something I am interesting in knowing.

If the HoCoBOE members would like to reach out to me with comments…I will be happy to gather them all and publish them all in a follow up post…otherwise I will monitor social media for future statements.

Scott E

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One comment

  1. Don’t be naive. Superintendent Mike Martirano supported Calvin Ball’s republican opponent in the last election. This is most likely political payback, not bipartisan cooperation.


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