I came across this post from Howard County Council Member Rigby on Facebook and thought it would make a good post for this morning:
The Howard County Public School System recently announced their School Boundary Review process for the 2020-2021 school year, outlined in HCPSS’s flyer below. It is my hope that the Board of Education takes this opportunity to truly look at achievement gaps in our schools as they consider redistricting to balance capacity in Howard County.
Please consider attending some of the upcoming public input opportunities taking place next week, as well as the Board of Education’s public hearings and work sessions occurring this Fall.
We are still a decent way away from the Howard County Board of Education (HoCoBOE) from dealing with this topic…the Superintendent wont present his recommendation to the board until August 20th. Then the board will have their public hearings in September…work sessions in October and November…and then late November we will get the new layout of which polygons go to which schools.
While I agree we should not ignore the achievement gap issues when looking at schools…I seriously hope the school boundaries do not look like Maryland congressional districts based on that fact alone. Keeping kids in our school system with their neighbors is important…and I hope the HoCoBOE takes into consideration as well (I am sure they will).
I also am hoping that the school boundary for HS13 is looked at seriously during this process. It is included in the documentation and is a bad plan (in my opinion) right now. Here is the map as provided in the documentation:
Here is a close up of that map showing that kids that live on Guilford Rd and some that live on Mission Rd are not districted to go to that school…How in the world is that a good plan?
Maybe for the first time I understand the statement that kids are not polygons…because this seems silly to me. Kids could literally walk to that school…but not currently planned to attend that school.
Wonder why we need someone on the board from District 3…here ya go!!! This should be an issue that someone on the board speaks out about…but I have not heard it yet. If I am wrong…let me know.
I am going to give them all a pass because we are still kind of early in the process…but my hope is that someone on the board takes this up before it is to late. If this becomes the plan for HS13…then I will be disappointed.