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School Board Challengers Snag Education Association Endorsement

The endorsements show the educators association's frustration with the current make up of the board.

The Howard County Education Association, which represents more than 5,000 teachers and school staff in the county, has endorsed three non-incumbents—Ann DeLacy, David Gertler and  for the county board of education.

“We need change on the Board of Education,” said HCEA President Paul Lemle in an interview. “These are by far the most educated, best prepared, ready-to-serve candidates.”

In a statement released by the HCEA, Lemle said, “The current members hold each other in contempt. This dichotomy is an inherent contradiction; the two states cannot coexist.”

The association, which is the exclusive representative of teachers in Howard County for collective bargaining, endorsed incumbents Janet Siddiqui, Ellen Flynn Giles and in 2008.

But Lemle said the HCEA chose not to endorse Siddiqui and Giles this year because of their votes in literature and reading classes at the middle school level, entering into the Race to the Top grant process that enhanced and extended standardized testing, and failing to make a "good faith effort" to raise consensus on the Board.

Lemle said Dyer voted the right way on those issues.

"We like Allen Dyer," said Lemle. "We think he's strong for educators, but he didn't receive the required support at our vote."

In order to receive an HCEA endorsement, candidates must receive support from 58 percent of HCEA representatives.

HCEA cited DeLacy’s experience, Gertler’s math and engineering background and Scott’s previous work in education as reasons for endorsing the candidates.

DeLacy serves on the Harper’s Choice Village Board and is co-chair of the Howard County Public School System Operating Budget Review Committee.

The statement cited Gertler’s three different master’s degrees in business administration, electrical engineering and applied mathematics.

HCEA also pointed to Scott’s teaching career. She has taught for 10 years at the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown and serves as a public health policy advisor for the governor and lieutenant governor.

All 14 candidates laid out their stances on a wide range of issues at a forum on March 5. Patch is working on an ongoing series of profiles of the BOE candidates; below are finished profiles.

Other recent endorsements:

The African American Coalition of Howard County announced its support for six candidates: Ann DeLacy, Jackie Scott, Ellen Flynn Giles, Janet Siddiqui, Corey Andrews and Olga Butler, according to Explore Howard.

Bill Woodcock, from local blog 53beersontap, endorsed Ellen Flynn Giles and Jackie Scott.

Columbia Association Board Member Tom Coale and editor of HoCo Rising wrote he wouldn't support Dyer, saying lawsuits filed by Dyer against the board regarding funds for transportation for non-public school students and copyright issues are preventing collaboration on the board.

Blogger Dennis Lane at Wordbones.com wrote that he was impressed by David Gertler and Olga Butler. He also supported Ellen Flynn Giles for re-election.

The BOE primary will take place on April 3, when voters will select seven candidates to move on to the general election on Nov. 6.

Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Towson Professor David Gertler’s love of mathematics, work in education, and experience in corporate governance make him a natural for the Howard County Board of Education. Three distinctly different Master’s degrees (Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, and Applied Mathematics) set him far above the field. A candidate with this level of educational attainment is long overdue, and we believe his expertise in quantative analysis will serve the community well in today’s data-driven world of education policy. His experiences in teaching have helped him understand how to engage students using technology. His unique career as a technology executive, research scientist, electrical engineer, and cryptomathematician bring sorely lacking STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) expertise to the Board of Education. Professor Gertler’s long-term vision for school improvement includes innovative uses for technology in teaching and learning plus plans for research and development in the digital classrooms of the future. He believes front-line educators can drive the actions of the school board and should be engaged from the inception of new initiatives, policies, and procedures. David Gertler has transformed Fortune 500 companies, inspired students at Burleigh Manor MS’s “mathalon,” and served on the PTA Executive Board at Centennial Lane ES. Both of his children have attended Howard County’s public schools.
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 02:14 AM
"If Howard County is serious about raising the school system to a higher level, then Ann DeLacy is the answer." –African American Coalition of Howard County. We concur. With over 39 years devoted to public education, Ann DeLacy has more experience than the current Board of Education members combined. With Ann on the Board, HCPSS would reduce its focus on standardized testing and instead, support career readiness training. She would provide teachers and educational support professionals with opportunities to upgrade their skills and will champion universal access to pre-kindergarten. Ann has a long and decorated history of fighting for greater transparency at the Board of Education, for increased public access to information, and for tailoring education in Howard County to the needs of particular communities. Ann DeLacy currently serves on the Harper’s Choice village Board and as co-chair of the HCPSS Operating Budget Review Committee.
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Senior Fellow and Professor Jacqueline Scott has taught for 10 years at the Harrison Institute for Public Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, in the legal and policy areas of public health law, race and gender equity, and family law. On the senior leadership team of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and as Policy Advisor in the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s offices, she focused on issues including community-based public health policy, women’s health, and juvenile justice reform. Her extensive community activity includes volunteer work at Clemens Crossing Elementary and Atholton High School. Jackie knows quality education starts with great educators, and that their creativity and innovation come from support from the entire community. As a member of the Board, her first priority is to develop a dialogue and a partnership with her employees. Mrs. Scott is also recommended by the African-American Coalition of Howard County. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Government and Sociology from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a Masters in Leadership and Organizational Management from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. The daughter of an educator, she and her husband have three children who are enrolled in Howard County Public Schools.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Popeye, Befor you continue with your endorsements which you admit benefits the hcea because in your opinion is "that this happens because of the relatively high salaries" and your attempt to tie it to student achievement. Would you care to explain how your members sat silently for years accepting those high salaries while our children were taught to the test with watered down curriculum designed to manipulate test scores instead of educate? Why your members were silent while our curriculum was watered down to the point where colleges now find your graduates unprepared and difficult to educate? Why 50% of our graduates need remedial education and for many it is extensive, resulting in failure in college? Why the dropout rate in college is phenomenal with schools like HCC which enroll the lions share of hcpss gradduates posting less then a 20% graduation rate? Why your members have sat silently knowing hcpss offers almost no real life skills, no technical training or vocational training? How can your members sit silently knowing hcpss children are destined for college where the graduation rate is only about 35%? Popeye, 35% is an abysmal failure. The hcpss has failed to educate the majority of the children in Howard county and your members sat with their faces in the trough while it happened. Now you want to cast blame, make endorsements and turn your shameful face from your fair share of responsibility for the failure. Just pitiful. Jack
Jack March 22, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Popeye, You completely disapoint me. You once told me you would join Howardpubliced when "you could do it right". Howardpubliced is a place where all are welcome to discuss educational issues in Howard county and has been at the forefront for years on every issue facing our children. Your idea of "you could do it right" has nothing to do with quality education for our children. Your position is disgustfuly biased with one objective, your members pay. This conversation has been going on at Howardpubliced for some time, every aspect of it. Popeye, you are absolutely pathetic.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Still waiting on Ms. Scott to explain her silence and position on elected vs. appointed but I doubt we will ever here the truth. The last thing our children need on the BOE is a person who lacks the integrity Ms. Scott's silence has demonstrated.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I feel for the candidates the hcea has endorsed because they lack the balls to speak for themselves. This is not what our children deserve. If any of these candidates have any qualities it is not leadership, it is subservient follower.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Popeye the union man After wrongly acusing Mr. Andrews and Mr. Ballinger of teacher bashing at Howardpubliced Mr. Lemle returned to offer a lame apology. Perhaps the hcea will never clean up their organization but they should at least attempt to elect a competent representative befor they attempt to disguise their propaganda as a qualified endorsement. "You probably weren't expecting a civics lecture, but as Popeye would say, I am what I am (a social studies teacher). To Bob: I apologize, and I look forward to our ongoing dialogue." Paul Lemle President, Howard County Education Association
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM
All, it isn't my job to defend the school system, it's my job to represent its employees. That said, the Howard County Public Schools are not good--they are great. We have, by all available measures, the best school system in Maryland. Maryland has, by all available measures, the best school system in the United States. And while we sometimes hear the US is "falling behind," it isn't true. The United States has one of the best systems of public education in the world. (As a nation, we do have great need to address poverty. See http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/research/how-poverty-affected-us-pisa-s.html) I'm extremely proud to have taught in this system and worked with your families for eleven years at Wilde Lake HS, as a special education teacher, social studies teacher, and now labor leader. Our students are the main reason for this pride and sense of accomplishment. I've seen them go to Yale, Harvard, Hollywood, the NFL, and into the Peace Corps. They are making Howard County, and the world, a better place. Paul Lemle HCEA President
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 12:13 PM
All, it isn't my job to defend the school system, it's my job to represent its employees. That said, the Howard County Public Schools are not good--they are great. We have, by all available measures, the best school system in Maryland. Maryland has, by all available measures, the best school system in the United States. And while we sometimes hear the US is "falling behind," it isn't true. The United States has one of the best systems of public education in the world. (As a nation, we do have great need to address poverty. See http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/research/how-poverty-affected-us-pisa-s.html) I'm extremely proud to have taught in this system and worked with your families for eleven years at Wilde Lake HS, as a special education teacher, social studies teacher, and now labor leader. Our students are the main reason for this pride and sense of accomplishment. I've seen them go to Yale, Harvard, Hollywood, the NFL, and into the Peace Corps. They are making Howard County, and the world, a better place. Paul Lemle HCEA President
Jack March 22, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Wrong Popeye, You live in an area where the wealth of the nation slops the trough you have your face in very well. Our schools are not great, they are not even good. You have seen a few of the fortunate but you have failed the majority. You are right about 1 thing, your job is to represent the trough and keep the slop coming. You do not represent our children or their needs. You do not speak for them. Now for your enlightenment, 10 years is a generation in education whether it is crawling to the point we are now in or embracing common core which is a basement floor not a standard to achieve, we are already 89% there and 10 years to implement the rest of it is another generation lost. Popeye the union man let me be real clear. The union was never about holding out their hand while defending and producing inferior work.
Jill March 22, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I don't get the Popeye references. He was a sailor, not in a union. Also, please provide evidence for your arguments. You could post links to the statistics you use in your comments, such as for college drop-out rates of Howard County students. The unceasing union bashing is offensive to a number of people that work hard, every day, in Howard County Schools. If that's what you're going for, nice work. But your arguments would be more compelling if you included evidence rather than simply attacking a group of over 5,000 educators.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
There is no union bashing but there is an illusion of the quality of our schools. Offensive is the lack of quality education our children recieve. 95% of hcpss children score well on assessments, 90% graduate and 90% continue their education in college are the numbers the hcpss spoon feeds the public and people like you apparently suck it down without question. The only thing more offensive is blindly defending it especially from a computer where the truth is a click away. It is one thing for the unsuspecting parent to be tricked, it is another to believe we are stupid.
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The school quality here in Howard County is no illusion. It is real. Virtually all families, educators, real estate agents, and outside observers will confirm this! Obviously some commenters have had negative experiences. Is the system perfect? No. But we need to be honest--we are fortunate to be here, and the educators (even the union ones!) are part of the reason why.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Popeye you are still reaching in denial. Our great schools is an illusion conjured by charlatans like yourself with far more then smoke and mirrors. These children are instructed to the test not educated. The need for remedial education has strained our colleges who can not lower their standards any further to accomodate what our schools send them. Ask any child and they are all going to college, 90% of them says the hcpss so what do we expect? Not the phenomenal dropout rate which leaves these children in debt, disillusioned and unable to support themselves in the county they grew up in. I am sorry Popeye but the people you represent are just as responsible as the BOE and the administration for this failure. The hcpss has failed to educate the majpority of the children in Howard county. Stop posting your propaganda Popeye and do what we hired you to do, educate our children, not pass them out the door to become the working poor.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Want me to be clearer for you Popeye, Does 50% of the children who need remedial education before they can move from K-12 to K-13 adequately express the number of people who have had a negative experience in the hcpss? Perhaps the 65% or more of the children who thought they were going to succeed in college more closely expresses the number of children who have had a bad experience. Then again how could they have a bad experience if they were lied to and believed all the garbage they were force fed. I wonder what the real number of problems in our schools are? Hard to say Popeye when we have the administration hard at work with the white wash. How do we even discuss this when we have the entire east side of the county overcrowded, more developement on the way and no where to put the 6 more schools they need? Negative experience, not the kind of thing the hcpss cares to publicly discuss is it Popeye?
Ann Delacy March 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Jack, I am NOT a coward and have spoken for myself on many occasions. Fortunately, being a female, I do lack the male organs you specified in your post.
Brook Hubbard March 22, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Honestly, it's hard to take anything you (JacK) are saying seriously. 1) Your consistent use of the term "Popeye" (as if it's derogatory) is an ad hominem attack... one that isn't even understandable as I don't see the association between a cartoon sailor and your target. Regardless, how about referring to your opponent by their proper name? To constantly throw a label on them, often multiple times in the same post, shows inappropriate behavior on your part... not their part. 2) You keep throwing out statistics, yet you have been asked for the source of these statistics. Can you please provide any reports or investigations that support your claims to the matter? This is not an attempt to stall, this is an honest request for facts. Note that I am not attacking you or supporting any side of this debate; I prefer to research things before I make decisions. However, this ~is~ a criticism of your argument as anyone with a modicum of common sense would be hard put to take anything you're saying seriously.
MG42 March 22, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Jack, don't you have (or had) something like 8 kids in our public school system? For someone who has taken so much from others you sure do sound entitled.
Paul Lemle March 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
A little history is perhaps in order . . . I moved to Columbia (from Seattle) in 2003, when my wife got a government job. Educators can work anywhere, so I interviewed in Frederick, Baltimore Co, Anne Arundel, DC, Howard, and Montgomery. Being a special educator, I received job offers from all of them. Howard was a very easy choice to make. http://www.hceda.org/life.aspx?details=overview One of the reasons I like the Economic Development Authority's site is the links--all the source information is documented so you can see it for yourself. We've been referring to HCPSS as a great school system, and it is, but it's not the only reason to live here. Literally everything is in place--the best schools in America, high levels of public service and accountability, community involvement, prosperity/job security, absence of crime, access to DC and Baltimore, etc. Perhaps this line of argument is getting tired, but denying the successes of our school system puts one in a pretty lonely condition. Every bit of evidence is to the contrary.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
He is what he is, Popeye the self proclaimed union man "You probably weren't expecting a civics lecture, but as Popeye would say, I am what I am (a social studies teacher). To Bob: I apologize, and I look forward to our ongoing dialogue." Paul Lemle President, Howard County Education Association
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:10 PM
It is the hcpss which throws out statistics, ask the to back them up
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
But Popeye you do realize it is this illusion of our great schools which is repeatedly touted as the engine which drives the county. What is getting tired is how you keep insisting we have such great schools and choose to address any of the issues. Simply pathetic.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Jack 1:59 am on Thursday, March 22, 2012 I feel for the candidates the hcea has endorsed because they lack the balls to speak for themselves. This is not what our children deserve. If any of these candidates have any qualities it is not leadership, it is subservient follower. Reply Ann Delacy 1:15 pm on Thursday, March 22, 2012 Jack, I am NOT a coward and have spoken for myself on many occasions. Fortunately, being a female, I do lack the male organs you specified in your post.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:23 PM
No Ms. DeLacey you are not a coward. You have been purposely drawn into a discussion about the problems in the hcpss. Would care to address some of the issues Popeye has chosen to avoid?
Andrew Metcalf March 22, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Jack, please try not to spam the board with comments, otherwise you will be banned. Also, as other commenters have asked, please try and provide links/ sources to prove your argument.
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Agreed Andrew. There are years worth of research, resources and links compiled at Howardpubliced. The hcpss does not provide a place for public discussion or a resource for information beyond that which supports the system. Many parents have used places like Patch, Explorehoward and Howardpubliced to increase awareness. A ealth of information also exists at American M
Jack March 22, 2012 at 06:58 PM
A wealth of information exists at American Math Forum in New York, Frederickpubliced, Parents-Coalition of Montgomery county and various other parent organizations throughout the country. Simple searches such as remedial education which in Howard county may be more specific by searching Algebra/data analysys or Jerome Dances University of Md. The hcpss does not track our children's success rate in college, providing only a small glimpse such as Brown's statement HCC recieves 25% of their freshman from hcpss of which 50% need remedial ed in math. This does not address the large number of students who for various reasons transfer back to HCC or the number of students which need remedial ed in science, history and english. At one point HCC's website claimed 50% attendance from hcpss and a 50% need for remedial ed. The best I have been able to determine is a college graduation rate of about 35% for hcpss students is probably generous. For the hcpss to simply state 90% of our children go to college is completely inadaquate.
Will Markison March 23, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Jack is obviously bitter about something. It is too bad so many people have engaged this poor soul.
Jack March 23, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Having your child beaten by a teacher or strip searched to speak of but a few incidents would leave most parents with a bad taste. To have the hcpss tell you corporal punishment is legal may disturb a parent. To look beyond what has happened to my children and see children discriminated against and failed, other children abused, entire schools like Cradlerock abandoned for a generation and so much more. Go ahead and call me anything you like and I will just keep speaking the truth.

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