Speak Out!

March 16, 2005

THE ISSUE: SCHOOL BOARD SELECTION

Anne Arundel County legislators are considering a bill that could change the way school board members are selected.

The draft bill would give voters three options on the 2006 ballot: continue with a school board appointed by the governor; give the county executive power to appoint seven members who would be confirmed by the County Council; or allow the county executive to appoint three at-large members and voters to elect four others.

The bill's sponsors say board members need to be accountable for their actions. Critics say that school boards don't behave differently in Maryland whether they are elected or appointed, and that direct elections of board members will limit racial and geographic diversity.

YOUR VIEW

Do you feel Anne Arundel needs a different method to choose school board members? If so, how?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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