I am deeply concerned about the process being used to alter the county school board.
Our county executive says he does not like the way the school board is acting and wants to change the way the school board is constituted. To validate his viewpoint, he appointed a commission dominated by people with the same viewpoint as his. Then, when they recommend exactly what he wanted in the first place, he claims it to be an "independent" recommendation. If there is such a thing as "money laundering," this is certainly its equivalent: "politics laundering." What goes in dirty comes out clean.
The recommendation of the commission is to replace the current seven board members elected at-large with five board members elected from councilmanic districts and two appointed by the county executive. This gives the county executive enormous and unjustified power over the most costly line item in the county budget and, more importantly, over the education of our children. His two appointees, together with just two of the five elected board members, could create a majority that would act counter to the will of the majority of the electorate.