Parents' role is key, Ecker tells forum

April 11, 1997|By Craig Timberg | Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF

Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker -- sounding more like a gubernatorial candidate every day -- told a League of Women Voters gathering this week that only more attention from parents can stem rising juvenile crime and drug use.

"Too many parents are giving up the responsibility of raising their youngsters," Ecker told the 30 people who attended the forum Wednesday night. "They expect the school to do it, or the police."

All five school board members, three County Council members and Ecker -- who is considering a run for governor -- appeared at the annual forum sponsored by Howard County's League of Women Voters.

They discussed a range of issues, from crime to economic development to Howard's shortage of mass transit.

But several at the forum focused on the importance of attentive parents, particularly in Howard County, where two-career families are the norm and 72 percent of adult women work outside the home.

"Parents are absolutely, positively the key," said school board member Stephen Bounds.

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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