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January 21, 1992
City Council President Mary Pat Clarke wants an elected school board in Baltimore. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is talking about abolishing the school board altogether or reducing it to an advisory role.Neither case is persuasive. Neither change is likely to improve the schools, and an elected board has potential for making things worse.Ms. Clarke's proposal, to be introduced today in the City Council, is actually for a mostly elected board, to be composed of one person elected from each of the city's six council districts and three to be appointed by the mayor.
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March 25, 2014
Regarding letter writer Theodore Levin's idea that to keep politics out of the process the governor should appoint the Baltimore County Board of Education rather than allow voters to elect its members, I would point out that the governor's appointments are already highly political and favor a certain group of campaign contributors and politically influential people ( "School board decisions shouldn't be driven by the political winds," March 21)....
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | February 23, 1995
Most of the 14 people who testified at a public hearing last night supported an elected county school board.One of the strongest proponents was County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb, a former school board member."
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By Greg Kline | February 19, 2014
For years, we at Red Maryland have been covering the issue of various localities seeking elected school boards. We have taken particular interest in the efforts of state Democrats, and too often complicit Republicans, in thwarting every bill to give Anne Arundel citizens the chance to directly elect members of the school board. This year's General Assembly session has continued the trend.  A bill supported by Anne Arundel Republican Senators Ed Reilly (R-33) and Bryan Simonaire (R-31)
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | May 13, 1994
The Anne Arundel County League of Women Voters endorsed the idea of an elected school board last night, and at the same time won a commitment from a state delegate to introduce such legislation in January.Del. Marsha G. Perry, a District 33 Democrat, said she has always supported the idea of an elected school board rather than an appointed one."I'm going to introduce a bill," Ms. Perry said after a two-hour meeting at the Eastport Yacht Club in the Watergate Village Apartments in Annapolis.
NEWS
March 12, 2004
Bill withdrawn on Arundel elected school board vote Sponsors of a House bill that would have allowed Anne Arundel County voters to decide whether to establish an elected school board have withdrawn their proposal. Del. Tony McConkey, a Severna Park Republican who spearheaded the bill, said he failed to draw enough support within the Anne Arundel delegation. McConkey said he will work over the summer with other delegates to craft a version of the bill that a majority of the delegation can support at next year's session.
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By Monica Norton and Monica Norton,Staff Writer | September 4, 1992
An Annapolis organization billing itself as a school reform group wants county residents to choose who sits on the school boards and which schools their children attend."
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | March 5, 1995
Of the four bills to change how Anne Arundel County's school board is chosen, only the one that makes minor changes in the process appears likely to win the support of the county's 13 state delegates.A bill supporting an elected school board, and two others giving the county executive the power to make the appointments, appeared all but dead after the delegates met Friday, some state legislators said.At the meeting, a subcommittee studying the measures recommended support for Del. Michael E. Busch's bill.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | May 16, 1994
Announcements of support by a state legislator and civic organization last week increased backing for the idea of shifting to an elected school board.Brooklyn Park Democratic Del. Joan Cadden of District 31 became the proposal's latest supporter Friday. Del. Marsha G. Perry, a District 33 Democrat, already has committed herself to introduce legislation in January, provided she is re-elected.Support also came from the Anne Arundel County League of Women Voters.Ms. Cadden, a former school board member, said an election is the only way the public is "really going to have the person they choose represent them."
NEWS
August 14, 1999
THE STATE board of education in Kansas jeopardized the future of that state's children by censoring what they learn about the past. This will curtail their education and harm their opportunities as adults.If allowed to stand, the new curriculum would discourage parents of young children from moving to Kansas. The board could not have created a worse impediment to economic development.The board hired a panel of scientists to draw up a state curriculum required of all local schools. Three board members then rewrote the recommendation to banish evolution from the requirement, inhibiting the study of biology and harming that of geology.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Efforts to create an elected school board for Anne Arundel County are likely dead for 2014. Anne Arundel's state senators have voted 3-2 to kill Senate Bill 0148, which would have created a school board with five elected members and four appointed members. The vote spurred the county's delegates to acknowledge it's fruitless to push their own version of the bill. For years, there's been an effort to change Anne Arundel's school board. Anne Arundel is one of four jurisdictions in Maryland that does not have at least a partially elected school board.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2013
A nonbinding referendum on whether residents want an elected county school board and elimination of the county's Orphans Court are among Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold's legislative priorities for this General Assembly session. "We should give the voters the right to have a direct say in who should oversee this 53 percent of the county budget," Leopold said of school system funding, hitting what has been a hot-button issue in the county for more than a decade. Leopold outlined his agenda Friday to the county's General Assembly delegation, giving legislators a mix of items affecting only the county and statewide legislative ideas, and drawing a mixed reception on his wish list.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
The letter by Mel Mintz supporting County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's opposition to elected representation on the Baltimore County school board ("Time to devise better plan for county school board," April 11), has major problems and inaccuracies. The idea that parents have nothing better to do than to elect members to the school board who would "introduce many unnecessary frills" to the school budget is insulting. Is asking for relief for overcrowding, so that all children have a seat in their classrooms and are not taught in the hall or in closets, and climate control, so that teachers and children are not ill and collapsing in hot classrooms, "frilly?"
NEWS
March 3, 2012
It appears The Sun's editorial staff bought wholesale the opinions of the county executive and school board members regarding the proposed changes to how school board members are selected ("Time out for Balto. Co.," Feb. 24.). In doing so they may well have sabotaged years of work by Baltimore County parents who have struggled for elected representation on the board. Arguing that the ongoing search for a new superintendent is reason to delay legislation to create an elected school board is a red herring.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1999
Despite the pleas of two of Anne Arundel County's largest community associations and the County Council of PTAs, the county's delegation to the General Assembly is not likely to press for an elected school board during this legislative session.Neither the new county executive nor the new County Council is pushing for a change, and most legislators say the drive for an elected school board has stalled.Representatives from the Greater Crofton Council, the Greater Severna Park Council and the County Council of PTAs met Friday with the delegation and asked members to at least endorse the idea of an elected board.
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