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LETTER TO CITIZENS: Del. Frank Turner Withdraws Legislation

Following a public hearing on legislation to change the school board selection process, the delegate who proposed the bill took it off the table.

The Honorable Frank S. Turner
Delegate, District 13
410-978-7088
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, have decided in the best interest of all citizens to withdraw this legislation. Thank you for your views and participation.

JH October 12, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Good to see the legislation pulled. It was just wrong to pander to a few loud and misguided voices. That special interest group was moving to advance their agenda at the expense of the larger community.
John Hannay October 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM
I appreciate that Del. Turner pulled this, as it was clearly "not ready for prime time." That being said, his stated concerns behind the bill (underperforming schools feeling like they're being left out, disparities in student achievement, etc.) clearly need some constructive action by the community. I'm not sure that legislation around methods of selecting the school board is the answer to that. Let's all turn our attention to that now, as that is clearly one of the challenges our local public schools face. John Hannay, Columbia, MD
bill bissenas October 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM
The government can't solve the socio-economic problems that result in under-performing students. The government can however create socio-economic problems through dependency and entitlement public policy.
Michael October 15, 2011 at 10:09 PM
"Two elected at-large candidates? That's still better than current all at-large system..." Why? It serves no purpose except to place two school board political appointees in a situation where they could be influenced to sway their votes,
STEPHANIE October 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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