Councilwoman Christiana Mercer Rigby released the following press release yesterday afternoon: (Note – I took the original image of the release and ran it through an OCR program…hopefully it got every character correct):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Felix Facchine, 410-313-2001
flacchine@howardcountymd.gov

Councilmembers Mercer Rigby, Jones, and Jung Call on
Howard County Public School System to Develop Integration Plan

Ellicott City, MD (August 13, 2019) – Howard County Councilmembers Christiana Mercer Rigby, Dr. Opel Jones, and Deb Jung will introduce a council resolution in September calling on the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to develop a county-wide integration plan to desegregate its schools. Currently, school district boundaries in Howard County are drawn in a manner that concentrate students participating in the Free and Reduced Meals program (FARMs) into certain elementary, middle, and high schools.

This socioeconomic and racial segregation in the school system is contributing to increasing achievement gaps and decreasing graduation rates for low-income students and students of color. Historic systems have created these achievements gaps and it is incumbent on the County to introduce new systems that foster necessary change.

“I’m extremely proud of this resolution because it recognizes the past and promotes a fair and balanced future for our Howard County Public School System students,” said Dr. Jones. “We are working together to resolve the Problematic and systematic inconsistencies that lower-income students face every day. This resolution helps to enhance, promote, and encourage a unified and socioeconomic blended education system for all.”

“While we often claim to prioritize diversity and inclusion in Howard County, our school districts do not reflect the values of integration and community that we have built our county on,” said Councilwoman Mercer Rigby. “For decades, Howard County public schools have become increasingly segregated by race and socioeconomic Status. Redistricting is a civil rights issue here in Howard County, and it’s time to take meaningful strides toward
integration in our education system.”

In the last three years alone, graduation rates for students participating in the FARM program have dropped from 83% to 78%, which is 17% lower than the graduation rates for non-FARM students. During the same time frame, FARM program students have become increasingly concentrated in the same elementary, middle, and high schools in Howard County. These disparities in student outcomes can be found in the Howard County Public School System’s 2019 Feasibility Study and 2019 Equity Report presented to the Board of Education.

“As Chair of the Howard County Board of Education, capable of casting only one vole. | support this resolution that focuses on the socioeconomic and racial desegregation of Howard County Public Schools,” said Mavis Ellis. “Many have called for equity, and it’s the Board of Education’s hard decisions that will make equity happen for all students in Howard County.”

“There’s a strength in diversity that benefits our community. Legislation and resolutions alone cannot solve socioeconomic challenges of promote true racial integration; however, they can provide platforms that allow us to correct past errors,” said Candace Dodson-Reed, founder of the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County and education advocate. “I applaud Councilwoman Mercer Rigby’s and Councilman Jones’ leadership and effort as they work with the community to ensure that each child in our public school system has. everything they need to be successful.”

“Let’s reclaim Columbia’s dream of equal opportunity for all by rebalancing the socioeconomic and racial profiles of Howard County’s public schools,” said Councilwoman Jung. “We know what we have to do. and we know the time is now.”

Numerous academic studies indicate that diverse, integrated classrooms lead to better academic outcomes for all students, while increased segregation leads to greater achievement gaps for low-income students and Students of color. While the school system undergoes its School Boundary Review Process, Councilmembers. Mercer Rigby, Jones, and Jung call on HCPSS to comprehensively address the socioeconomic and racial segregation in Howard County Public Schools through a meaningful redistricting process.

The proposed resolution will be pre-filed on August 23, 2019 and will be introduced al the Council’s legislative session on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Testimony will be accepted al the legislative public hearing on Monday, September 16, 2019. To sign up to testify, visit https://apps.howardeounlymd.gov/otestimony/. If you would like to submit your testimony electronically, email councilmail@howardcountymd.qov.

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Here is the original image of the news release:

I could write and write and write on this topic for a long time…but instead I am going to just provide a few comments (and be as brief as I can) on the items that struck me with this release:

  • Timing – The HCPSS Superintendent is scheduled to release his recommendations to the Board on August 20th…so why is this coming out now? The School Boundary Review Process has been going on since early/mid June and this could have (or should have) come out much earlier in the process. It is also odd that this press release comes out when the Howard County Council is on recess during the month of August. MACo’s Summer Conference starts today and I am betting that some of the councilmembers will be attending. So the timing of this announcement is just a bit odd.
  • Blame – These three county councilmembers have squarely pointed the blame at the school system for this problem. I find it odd that there is no mention on the role of the County Council and the development process, policies and practices that have lead to the concentration of low income families in certain areas of this county. I guess to do that would be to point the finger at themselves and past members of County Council…some who hold other positions now (County Executive Calvin Ball, State Senator Guy Guzzone and State Delegate Courtney Watson to name a few that have been on the Howard County Council). Will this County Council also provide a resolution to change the things that have lead to the current or future concentration of low income families in any one area of the county?
  • Details – There are no specifics in this press release on what the councilmembers are looking for specifically. Maybe this has been discussed behind the scenes…but nothing out to the public about the specifics. Are they looking for the school system to come up with a plan that has no more than x% of student receiving FARMS at any one school? What will be the consequences if the school system does not comply? Is the council looking for school districts in Howard County to look similar to Maryland congressional districts…imagine for a second if our school boundaries in the county looked like some version of this (map of congressional districts in central Maryland):

I like the idea and practice of keeping communities together in schools and hope something like the map above is not what is intended going forward for our school boundaries.

  • Adversarial Environment – Is it just me or does there appear to be an outright adversarial environment in our county right now between the county elected officials (County Executive and County Council) and the school system? I mean we just got through the whole school audit issue that required legislation…and now this. Why does it take legislation for these folks to work together on important issues?
  • HoCoBOE Chair Mavis Ellis – I was shocked to see a statement from HoCoBOE Chair Ellis in this release. I wonder if she knew the content from all of this statement in advance. This looks like (to me) she is publicly stating the yes, the school system is solely responsible for the grouping of students receiving FARMs into certain schools and yes, we need to have legislation to make us do the right things going forward. On the other hand maybe this is cover for the future by being able to state “don’t blame us for the radical redrawing of the school boundaries…the Howard County Council made us do it this way”.
  • Other statements from elected officials – I have not seen anything publicly from our County Executive (Calvin Ball), two Howard County Councilmembers (Walsh, Yungmann) or six of the other HoCoBOE members (Delmont-Small, Taj, Coombs, Mallo, Cutroneo and Wu) at this point. Really looking forward to hearing their thoughts on this topic in the near future.

Look…don’t get me wrong…I fully support balancing out the income levels of the various schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in Howard County. It is an important thing to do and it should play an important factor that the HoCoBOE and school system should be looking at in this redistricting process. There is no question more could be done and my hope is that what we see on the 20th from the Superintendent reflects work that addresses this as well as keeping communities together in local schools.

I am sure much more will be coming on this topic…especially if and when the resolution comes out from the Howard County Council.

Have thoughts…let me know in the comments.

Scott E

24 COMMENTS

  1. Great. Now the boe has a convenient excuse to delay redistricting. Just what they want to avoid the hard choices needed to relieve overcrowding.

    I am really looking forward to the redistricting plan in response to this resolution that moves a significant population from centennial high to say, oak mills. I foresee centennial parents marching on the boe and county council with pitchforks etc.

  2. I agree that the timing is off, but it is better late than never. Furthermore, I think we should ask why the school system has made it so difficult to provide timely input, and why they haven’t already drawn up balanced plans as an option. It actually only took me, one person not paid by anyone and with no financial interest, a matter of a few days effort to devise a balanced plan for high schools as an example. They have hundreds of thousands of dollars in staff and consultants and haven’t been able to take the first step. It has been something they were going to do since the initial forced desegregation in the 1960’s. howardcounty640805081.wordpress.com

  3. Great!! It’s about time that this comes to the surface. HoCo has the most segregated schools in the state according to data (ALL of the data…..not just what they want the public to see). Schools are NOT equal and this needs to change. There are certain schools that get privileged treatment due to the socio economics of the parents…..FACT! There are certain people that have been elected to the BoEd that have another agenda other than the education of ALL HoCo children. Title I funds are NOT being used properly. The only way that this can be addressed is when the BoEd members are elected by district. Let the fighting begin!!!

  4. Agreed. BOEd member elected by district and additionally, publish student performance by percentiles. A student performing at the 40th percentile is a year behind, and yet still labeled “on-grade-level” by the school system and “proficient” by the standardized tests. The parents have no idea their student might be behind and to what degree.

    • Yes, ‘Better’ news is that in order to make our school performance seems better, we are withdrawing from PARCC test which is the only test told us the truth that about half of the Howard County Public Sstudents fail to pass 9th/10th grade ELA and Math test. Reason? Because the test takes too long!

      We are going to swtich to homegrown test, which will magically make everyone performs better. And by the way, wr are going to bus poor kids into rich school , and rich kids into poor school.

      So instead of have one school of 95% passing rate , and one school of 25% passing rate, now we are going to have two school both with about 60% passing rate. Now we have an acceptable school performance sheet, and abosolute equalness without anyone getting better , just the tax payers need to pay more tax to support the busing , and the kids need yo suffer from the tearing up of community.

      Who is the best beneficiary, our elected officials, they have gained significant political capital to help they move to a higher position in the next round of election.

  5. Sadness… multiple increases to Class sizes, multiple rounds of decreasing support staff/ paraeducators, years of deferred maintenance to existing buildings especially older ones, delays in building new schools to decrease overcrowding severe is some cases… and the focus of state and county elected officials is on redistricting of students and adding a new grade pre-K (Kirwin statewide Commission) to presumably make up for the other actions? Excellence in the school system is what disadvantaged kids need the most, Redistricting and pre-K would not be my first choices on how to help a disadvantaged student especially at the loss of all the things that would help them. They may have some type of short term benefit although Redistricting might have some short term losses as well… but increasing class sizes would be the best help.

  6. It’s about time things change for HCPSS. I hope they continue training with staff members on racial equity as well. As a former educator for this county I was shocked to see how many administrators and teachers were so out of touch with students that were brown/black. I never experienced racism until working in Howard County. Hopefully things will change by desecrating its schools. Sad this is a “thing” in 2019. Just goes to show how out of touch this county is. Let’s see if change will occur. I have a feeling things will not, because HCPSS sweeps many things under the rug. I’ll be waiting until then.

      • Fortunately, as a minority and people of color, my children never have the same bitter experience you mentioned in public school. For 8 and 6 years respectively , if you want to count in their daycare years , then it will be 12 and 10 years in different neighborhood within Howard county.

        Probably not because we are so lucky that none of our teachers is racist, it is more likely because my children behaves really well, respect the teachers, and take personal responsiblilities. Why, we, as parents, discipline them at home, not waiting for the teachers to complain. We notice and address the issues even before the teacher noticing it. Did you?

  7. The problem is not necessarily the districting. The problem is the location of the affordable housing for low to moderate income families. Maybe require apartments in, for example, Clarksville/Riverhill to rent a percentage to lower income residents. Doing something like that throughout the county can be a start of desegregation. For example, why would there be a number of county housing in a certain area of Columbia and there be an expectation that the respective schools would not be consumed with FARM students? No redistricting is needed, just start providing some families vouchers to move to other areas that aren’t as diverse. Otherwise, the pedestrian friendly areas will be taken over by school buses. I’m all for desegregating the schools, but there are other ways to go about it. Stop saturating only certain areas with affordable housing.

  8. Unfortunately I have to say even though this initiative sounds ‘morally right’, it lacks basic logic.

    As far as my personal experience, Howard county public school teachers/principles rotate among different schools on regular basis. No school gets better teachers or facilities than others. Same school bus, same school lunch, same curriculum. Isn’t that equal opportunity already?

    If you are talking about the resources students get from home, that is not in the realm of public education. As a middle class, my children never got and will never get such equal opportunity as Obama’s children who went to top private school. But for students attending hoco public schools, I don’t see much inequality opportunity wise. If the parents work hard and be successful , hence able to provide more to their children , why not. It is the American dream, being independent, being successful, support one’s own family, contribute to the community. Everyone should strive to achieve that, starting from getting off welfare and get a real job. From when American dream becomes a sin that need to be ashamed of? Not to mention, it is these tax payers’ money that makes all the welfare program possible, should the tax payer at lease get some appreciation, instead of hate?

    It seems that what this initiative is trying to achieve is ‘Equal outcome’, not ‘equal opportunity’. Frankly, equal outcome can never being achieved, it is immoral and it is against the fundamental American value. Even my own 2 children raised in the same household can not have equal outcomes because of the difference in talent and effort. Our elected officials are trying to confuse the public by equating equal opportunity and equal outcome, intentionally or subconsciously I am.not sure.

    The real problem that the drafters of this initiative do not dare to call out is that even when we already have equal opportunity , we still see significantly unequal outcomes. Our elected officials are blaming our teachers, blaming our school, blaming those who did just well (so called ‘the privileged’ , a lot of them are people of color and immigrants based in Howard county demographics), blaming lack of resources, but I never heard them blaming themselves, never mind blaming the irresponsible parents of those underachieving students (how dare you say that!)

    If Ms Marvis and Mr Calvin Ball are real educators that want to introduce real change, they should know school and teachers can only do so much (may be 1/3 at most) to a student. Parents are the first and the most important teacher of their children. Family value makes huge difference on children especially those come from low income families. I never once heard any of the council members , county executive Mr Ball , and BOE chair Ms Mavis call out the real problem like Single motherhood, anti-intelligence culture, bad working ethics, dependency on welfare, violence & crime in pop culture, drug /alcohol abuse life style of parents. All these set a horrible example for our next generation ,especially low income family students, from day one of their life. Never to mention the well-Intended victim mentality which have and will continue to disable and kill our young African American youth mentally. Instead, they turn a blind eye to the recent year influx of low income families from Baltimore city with a different culture background, and turned around blaming county residents on segregation and low achieving FARM students.

    If our county council members really care about the well being of county residents, why they continue to approve development that will further stress out our already overcrowded schools. If the county council members really care about segregation and the financial health of the county, why they continue to approve low income government housing in Columbia which created the segregation problem and is not sustainable based on current county budget. Do not forget we just approved cutting on technology teachers from our public school.

    Yes, it is not easy and need tremendous courage to call out the real issues, but that is why we elected you to do the job. Instead , our elected officials play the popular political game, standing on the moral high ground, pointing fingers to those who elected them, trying to tax more without providing better service, ripping apart communities, now they are trying to force people out of the school they have been invested in, spending tax payer money on useless busing instead of more in classroom on one to one help. (Yes, there are at least equal amount unpopular research showing that busing and redistricting based on FARM does not improve outcomes. Even more research and real life cases will tell you parents is the major factor in a successful education, not schools ,at least at public school level.)

    Parents, Get a book of your child grade level, make sure you are on the same page with what is taught in school, and reach out to the teacher when needed. You have to invest your own money, time, and energy before blaming others. No one can educate your children for you, not teachers, not government, it has to be you!

    Elected officials, stop fooling around and trying to take the easy way of simply dumping more tax payer money on an initiative that does not even name the real problem correctly. Educate people do the hard work in the classroom and at home, and take personal responsibility of ones’ own education. This is the secret of so-called ‘previleved
    Unfortunately I have to say even though this initiative sounds ‘morally right’, it lacks basic logic.

    As far as my personal experience, Howard county public school teachers/principles rotate among different schools on regular basis. No school gets better teachers or facilities than others. Same school bus, same school lunch, same curriculum. Isn’t that equal opportunity already?

    If you are talking about the resources students get from home, that is not in the realm of public education. As a middle class, my children never got and will never get such equal opportunity as Obama’s children who went to top private school. But for students attending hoco public schools, I don’t see much inequality opportunity wise. If the parents work hard and be successful , hence able to provide more to their children , why not. It is the American dream, being independent, being successful, support one’s own family, contribute to the community. Everyone should strive to achieve that, starting from getting off welfare and get a real job. From when American dream becomes a sin that need to be ashamed of? Not to mention, it is these tax payers’ money that makes all the welfare program possible, should the tax payer at lease get some appreciation, instead of hate?

    It seems that what this initiative is trying to achieve is ‘Equal outcome’, not ‘equal opportunity’. Frankly, equal outcome can never being achieved, it is immoral and it is against the fundamental American value. Even my own 2 children raised in the same household can not have equal outcomes because of the difference in talent and effort. Our elected officials are trying to confuse the public by equating equal opportunity and equal outcome, intentionally or subconsciously.

    The real problem that the drafters of this initiative do not dare to call out is that even when we already have equal opportunity , we still see significantly unequal outcomes. Our elected officials are blaming our teachers, blaming our school, blaming those who did just well (so called ‘the privileged’ , a lot of them are people of color and immigrants based in Howard county demographics), blaming lack of resources, but I never heard them blaming themselves, never mind blaming the irresponsible parents of those underachieving students (how dare you say that!)

    If Ms Marvis and Mr Calvin Ball are real educators that want to introduce real change, they should know school and teachers can only do so much (may be 1/3 at most) to a student. Parents are the first and the most important teacher of their children. Family value makes huge difference on children especially those come from low income families. I never once heard any of the council members , county executive Mr Ball , and BOE chair Ms Mavis call out the real problem like Single motherhood, anti-intelligence culture, bad working ethics, dependency on welfare, violence & crime in pop culture, drug /alcohol abuse life style of parents. All these set a horrible example for our next generation ,especially low income family students, from day one of their life. Never to mention the well-Intended victim mentality which have and will continue to disable and kill our young African American youth mentally.

    If our county council members really care about the well being of county residents, why they continue to approve development that will further stress out our already overcrowded schools. If the county council members really care about the financial health of the county, why they continue to approve low income government housing in Columbia which created the segregation problem and is not sustainable based on current county budget. Do not forget we just approved cutting on technology teachers from our public school.

    Yes, it is not easy and need tremendous courage to call out the real issues, but that is why we elected you to do the job. Instead , our elected officials play the popular political game, standing on the moral high ground, pointing fingers to those elected them, trying to tax more without providing better service, ripping apart communities, now they are trying to force people out of the school they have been invested in, spending tax payer money on useless busing instead of more in classroom on one to one help. (Yes, there are at least equal amount unpopular research showing that busing and redistricting based on FARM does not improve outcomes. Even more research and real life cases will tell you parents is the major factor in a successful education, not schools ,at least at public school level.)

    Parents, Get a book of your child grade level, make sure you are on the same page with what is taught in school, and reach out to the teacher when needed. You have to invest your own money, time, and energy before blaming others. No one can educate your children for you, not teachers, not government, it has to be you!

    Elected officials, stop fooling around and trying to take the easy way of simply dumping more tax payer money on an initiative that does not even name the real problem correctly. Educate people do the real hard work in the classroom and at home, and take personal responsibility of ones’ own education.

    People are doing better not necessarily because they have more resources. It is more about making right choice, and put priorities in the right order.

    • Yes. Parents are key. That being said, if you had spent about 5 years in a Title 1 school, you would figure this out: fair does not mean equal. Moreover, the Title 1 schools do not provide the minimum equal opportunities to the less affluent students in comparison to the schools on the west side. I know this to be true, because I worked in both types of HCPSS schools. You have to work within the closed culture (bringing with you a varied work history) to understand the closed culture – without becoming indoctrinated yourself. The research supports this: less affluent students perform better in affluent schools, without hurting their affluent classmate’s performance.

      • Thank You, CarolA!! You can speak the truth because you have “lived” the truth . I have had children in Title I schools and there really IS a difference that is unequal AND unfair compared to other wealthier school zones. The BoEd will fix 1 big problem that rises to the surface but will go no further to right all the wrongs…. or the cause of the wrongs (segregation). This county is a “bubble” of entitled, privileged people and it is no wonder why we are having all of the racial problems with students. “Choose Civility” is only afforded to those that have the wealth and power to own it. Education is not a good to be bought by the highest bidder (wealthy taxpayer)….it is a social cause for the betterment of the county as a whole. Time to desegregate! Let the fighting begin!!

        • That explains that you only see one side of the story -the title one school side. Your impression about ‘wealthy’ school is more from your assumption. Every Howard County School is about the same. They may have slightly different programs , but that was scattered into different schools , not only ‘wealthy’ schools.

          Actually it is exactly this kind of mentality that make me not crazy about mandate busing – students from wealthy school do better because they have more resources. Instead of find out what other people did right, learn from them to improve yourself, claiming unequal resources is a lazy excuse. No two people have exactly the same resources. You may have advantages other people not have, and you never appreciated.

          If you children get bused to a highly competitive ‘wealthy’ school, and did not get in the program or good grade as you wish for, is that still because rich people have more resources? What we do to solve that inequality then? Mandate equal distribution of family wealth?

          Equalness is only relative speaking. Even communism country can not provide the equalness you requested.

    • Jessie K. — You forgot to add, “Make America Great Again” and “Send them back to your post.” From your statements made about the school system. I know the very few brown/black teachers and administrators and many are scared to speak up about what goes on behind closed doors and how they are treated. The fear of losing their job if they tell the truth. Public education is free and should be equal and fair to all children. Again, its 2019 and Howard County is still segregating students. That is a problem. Let’s move forward not backwards.

  9. BTW,

    BOE chair and members, mandate a free plain textbook at home especially for low income family, no more expensive iPad or gadgets (enough kids addicted to games already). More communication between teachers and parents, so the parents know where their children should be. Abolish the no homework policy, parents need to see and check their children’s homework everyday to have a clear idea how they are doing in school. Provide real homework practices and weekly test without watering down or hand-out easy grades, students from disadvantaged families need to be held at the same standard in order to catch up and eventually close the achievement gap.

    • Jessie K….it is people like you who keep segregation (and its privilege) alive and well in Howard County and it is deplorable. Unfortunately, you and others like you have been coddled by elected officials and it’s time that it stops.

      • It is not a good to call people deplorable when they disagree with you, Lisa. To be fair to your argument, people could equally claim it is people like you who seems to be compassionate and well intentioned, but was actually doing more harm to disadvantaged families by not admitting the real problem, and not telling the hard truth, hence not coming up with real effective solutions that actually works on the ground.

        I respect people who try to help, and I respect more if people put their own money to where their mouth is, instead of just talk the talk at other people’s cost, as long as it is not in my backyard.

        A more noble move that will win me over is for people to actually move their family with children to the most needed community in Baltimore city. I believe that is the quickest and most efficient way to break the segregation, and balance FARM rate. The best part is that you do not need anyone’s approval to do it, could well be tomorrow.

        If our county council members could consider moving, they could help people more directly and on everyday basis. I know they do not care about ‘deplorable’ people like me, anyway.

        Love to see the real action , not just talk. Too much hypocrocy already.

      • Could you give some solid examples what ‘rich’ school offers that ‘poor’ school do not have?

        Another side of the story, the competition is much stronger in so called ‘rich’ schools. You could get into the top programs easily if you are not in a ‘rich’ school , while students in rich school need to work double hard to get into the same program. Does this sound true to you?

        Multiple students and teachers told me Wilde lake high is a hidden germ since you could be a top student much easily and get in to a great college, comparing to those ‘rich’ schools.

        Everything has two sides, you only see the bright side of ‘rich’ schools , and think ‘oh, they have all the great stuff, that is not fair’ , but you did not see the double effort you have to pay in ‘rich’ school.

        And by calling them wealthy school, could you give me a concrete definition? Do you consider a couple of first generation immigrants came to America with nothing but 2 suite cases of clothes and books privileged? They are not native speakers, who never on welfare, who works from day 1, and pay taxes from day 1. Accumulate 15/ 20 years to buy in a good school district for their children’s well being. Do they belong to your stereotype of wealthy school parents? There are plenty of these parents of immigrant , of color in the so callef ‘wealthy’ school. They deserve to be respected.

        People need to realize Bigotry could be from both sides, not only ‘rich’ people

  10. It is really inappropriate for Ms. Mavis to make public comment in the name of BOE Chair on an initiative before discussing and getting consensus from all the board members. I noticed this is not the first to she did this which is neither professional nor respectful, but clearly showed that she has her own political agenda.

  11. Agree 100%, Jessie K, thank you for bringing some sense to this issue.

    I notice that those opposed to you are quick to label you as a deplorable, Trump supporter etc. (looking at you LisaM and DJ) just to muddy the discussion and skirt addressing the meat of your point of view.

    Six days ago, you posed the question: “Could you give some solid examples what ‘rich’ school offers that ‘poor’ school do not have? ”

    I’d like to see that answered by someone with a well-rounded, unbiased perspective, and specifically answered with regards to the so-called “rich vs. poor area” Howard county schools. Just what are these terrible secrets that students and staff at the high FARM schools are supposedly “scared to speak up about what goes on behind closed doors and how they are treated”, according to DJ? Just how will bussing FARM students far from their classmates in their adjacent neighborhoods magically educate them better, in a district that already is uniformly the #1 county in the state for education?

  12. This explanation takes many words, and an exchange of ideas. I invite you both, Jessie K and Jae T, to meet with me. I will give you solid examples. Lets do it as a mental exercise. Lets see if I can convince you. I’m sure Scott will facilitate such a meeting.

    • We do not need private conversation. Bring it to the table publicly so everyone can see and discuss the solutions. We do not need any deal behind the curtain.

      If there is an issue, let us see if it is something so big that it could not be addressed by our current school policy. Also let the public discuss if bussing students out of their community school is the necessary solution and the only effective solution to the problem.

      I will fight for my children for their right to stay in our community school to the end. They should not become the white mice in your social engineering expetiment. If you have to force this non-sense down my throat, I will pull my children out of public school and pull out my support for the Howard county public school by moving to another place.

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