Monday, March 18, 2013
HCPSS was honored with an award for transparency.
The Howard County Public Schools System recently received an award for its website’s transparency. The Sunshine Review, a non-profit entity that gathers and distributes informations on local governments, gave a yearly Sunny Award to the HCPSS. Howard County’s school system was one of two Maryland school systems to receive a Sunny Award for its website, the other being the Anne Arundel County Public Schools System. “The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority,” said Sunshine Review President Michael Barnhart in a release. “The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people.” …
Friday, March 30, 2012
Two incumbents revealed information about process of selecting the school system's new leader.
Some candidates running for the three open seats on Howard County's school board said the Board of Education lacked openness in its decision this week to select Renee Foose, deputy superintendent in Baltimore County, as the new superintendent of Howard County schools. That contention was supported by at least one member of the current school board. “I am very pleased with the candidate we ended up with,” said incumbent Allen Dyer. “However, the process was fatally flawed." School board candidate Ann De Lacy agreed during a forum hosted by the Greater Elkridge Community Association on Wednesday. "I do have a problem with the transparency," she said. De Lacy and some of the 12 other school board candidates at the forum expressed concern …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Removing the Columbia Association from the Maryland Homeowners Association Act may result in less transparency.
Monday, March 26, 2012
The need for more open and transparent governance is just as important an issue at the Columbia Association (CA) as it is at local, state, and federal government agencies. However, there is a recent proposal, drafted by CA staff, that would go in the opposite direction, making CA less accountable to the people of Columbia. The proposal is in the form of a potential State bill, which would redefine CA and Columbia’s village associations. They would no longer be considered “homeowners associations,” under State law. They would be called “nonprofit community service corporations,” a new category that would have weaker provisions. The proposal would remove some State protections of Columbia residents' rights under the Maryland Homeowners …