The following statement was released on September 7th from the Howard County Democratic Central Committee (via email) about CR-112 2019:
Statement on Council Resolution 112-2019
Equity and inclusion are not just buzzwords; they are actions meant to be lived out through policy and practice, ensuring that all members of our community have access to the same opportunities and a quality education regardless of their background, race, or socioeconomic status. The Howard County Democratic Party affirms these critical values of equity and inclusion throughout our entire community.
Recently, Howard County Councilwoman Christiana Mercer Rigby, Councilman Opel Jones and County Councilmember Deb Jung introduced Council Resolution 112-2019 citing significant disparities in student outcomes that correspond with increasing concentrations of students participating in the free-and-reduced meals (FARMs) program in certain Howard County public schools. A Council Resolution serves as a meaningful call to action and though not enforceable by law, it expresses the intent of the council on policies that impact Howard County residents. Many in our community believe that the need for socioeconomic integration would be a true example of equity in action.
As Democrats, we know when students have the opportunity to learn together in diverse environments, all students thrive. As a Central Committee, we support the Council’s Resolution, and join calls from community members for the Howard County Board of Education to elevate the priority of diversity of socioeconomic status as a priority in the Howard County Public School System’s School Boundary Review Process.
It is our hope that all members of our community will respect the value and dignity of everyone in Howard County. We appreciate the thoughtful and deliberate process that the Howard County Board of Education will undergo in ultimately determining a path forward.
The foundation of our democracy is making our voices heard and included in the democratic process. We encourage supporters of CR 112-2019 and all members of the community to contact the council and submit testimony electronically or testify in person at the public hearing which will be held on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7pm.
Let’s demonstrate how we put our values into action.