The Honorable Frank S. Turner
Delegate, District 13
October 12, 2011
I want to personally thank each and every citizen of Howard County for sending me e-mails, telephoning and other communication concerning the proposed school board legislation.
At the and through your communication with me and other members of the delegation, we had a very spirited debate on some of the issues that are important to many citizens of Howard County. This debate points to some of the frustration that many individuals experience on a daily basis. Achievement gap, possible loss of voters’ rights, geographic under representation, economic disparity, recruitment of candidates, district vs. at-large seats and appointed seats were thoroughly discussed and I believe that the citizens are more aware of these complex issues as we move forward as a county.
Our continuing understanding of educational landscape and concerns of all citizens will help us maintain our prestigious reputation as the number one school system in the state. Without discourse, debate, and direction, we often lose sight of all the various interests that challenge us on a daily basis. The work now continues to make sure no one is left out or left behind.
After listening to a host of your comments, suggestions and recommendations, I have decided in the best interest of all citizens to withdraw this legislation. Thank you for your views and participation.