We want your opinions

Speakout

October 12, 2005

THE ISSUE:

Jeff Lasser, the student member of the Howard County Board of Education, and other student leaders are lobbying the school board for partial voting rights. Lasser casts an opinion vote, which is recorded in the minutes but does not count. Last week, Lasser presented a proposal that would grant the student member the right to vote on all issues except the budget, disciplinary personnel matters, school boundaries and closings, and collective bargaining. The five-member school board wants to hear from voters about the prospect of essentially adding another voting member to its ranks. That would bring to eight the number of members on the panel next year, when the school board will add two members. What do you think of allowing a student member to vote on many issues? What are the benefits and the negatives?

YOUR VIEW:

Send e-mail responses by tomorrow to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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