Statement on HCPSS Boundary Review Process by District 12 State Legislators

As the elected representatives of District 12, we recognize that the strength of our public school system is a fundamental component of the success and vibrancy of our community. Education drives the future health of our economy and our democracy. From this perspective, we have a deep interest in the school boundary review process currently underway in the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS).

We commend HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano on offering a redistricting proposal that prioritizes balancing capacity utilization, advancing equity, and planning ahead for the upcoming boundary adjustments associated with the opening of High School #13. We also commend the Board of Education for its patience, consideration, and willingness to listen to the outpouring of community input. As the Board of Education works through its review and decision-making process, we encourage the members of the Board to balance all three of these key priorities in the final approved redistricting plan.

We understand that this is a complex and intense process for the Board and can appreciate the extreme pressures that Board members face from members of the public with different perspectives and preferences. Change of any kind, even positive change, can be challenging, and the prospect of change can be concerning, even alarming. In response to the resistance raised against previous redistricting proposals, prior boards have missed opportunities to make meaningful progress, allowing the imbalances in our system to be further exacerbated over time. We hope and trust that the current Board will use this opportunity to take critical corrective action, making its highest priority the strength and needs of our entire school system as a whole.

We have confidence in the caring and dedicated staff of every school in Howard County to provide a high quality education and a supportive learning environment for the students they serve, including the new students they will welcome warmly. For students who may experience school assignment changes, we have confidence in the strength and resilience of Howard County’s youth to grow and learn as they adapt to the changes they face, and we appreciate the support and guidance that parents will provide to help their children navigate change and thrive in their new schools.

Although the Board’s public hearings have ended, we encourage students, parents, and all concerned residents to continue participating in the public process by sharing their comments and suggestions at redistricting@hcpss.org and to listen with open minds to the other perspectives shared. We also encourage interested parties to recognize that the Board is charged with acting in the collective best interest of all Howard County students.

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Here is the full image of the release:

Here are the social media posts I have seen from the D12 members:

Delegate Ebersole also provided me the following statement for the article:

“I am pleased that the school board is using the necessity to balance capacity as an opportunity to create socio-economic balance as well. This will not be a gift to, nor a sacrifice by, any group. Research shows that socio-economic balance improves educational performance of all students. I look forward to the board of education action toward this diversity.”

I continue to agree with this statement “Although the Board’s public hearings have ended, we encourage students, parents, and all concerned residents to continue participating in the public process by sharing their comments and suggestions at redistricting@hcpss.org and to listen with open minds to the other perspectives shared.

Scott E

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