The following was posted on Councilwoman Christiana Mercer Rigby Facebook page:
Last week, I joined Councilman Opel Jones and County Councilmember Deb Jung in pre-filing CR112-2019, a resolution supporting the Board of Education’s efforts to integrate Howard County Public Schools.
In recent years, achievement gaps have increased across our school system as schools have become increasingly segregated by socioeconomic status. It is vitally important that equity is prioritized as the School Boundary Review Process moves forward both this year and in future years.
We would love to hear your support for this resolution. You can contact the County Council by emailing CouncilMail@howardcountymd.gov and/or testify at the Council’s Public Hearing on Monday, September 16th.
You can read our full resolution below:
Here is that post with the images of the resolution:
I originally wrote about this CR back on August 22nd (Howard County Council Resolution CR112 calls on HCPSS to develop a plan to ensure schools are integrated by socioeconomic factors).
I have been reviewing the HCPSS Superintendent Presentation of Attendance Area Adjustment Plan and providing some high level summary details:
- HCPSS Superintendent Redistricting Plan for High Schools – The Data
- HCPSS Superintendent Redistricting Plan for Middle Schools – The Data
I know…I still have to break out the elementary school data…that will be coming before the end of the week.
My question is this…do the councilmembers that introduced this legislation believe that the proposed plan goes far enough to address “segregation by socioeconomic status” in the school system? I would think that they have to have some sort of opinion at this point…I hope they make their thoughts known publicly as they discuss this resolution.
What do you think? Is this resolution needed at this point now that we have the plan from HCPSS? Did the HCPSS Superintendent plan go far enough to address this issue?
Let me know in the comments.