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October 23, 2013
Here is a list of future meetings that will address middle school redistricting: • Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — Public hearing • Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. — Public hearing • Nov. 15, 10 a.m. — Work session • Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. — Final vote on middle school redistricting All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Department of Education...
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By Joe Burris and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
As the Board of Education gave its blessing last week to Superintendent George Arlotto's $163.4 million capital budget request, officials said some projects in the budget may affect coming redistricting efforts in the Annapolis area. Two elementary schools in the Annapolis school cluster, Rolling Knolls and West Annapolis, are among facilities targeted for upgrades as part of the capital budget plan. West Annapolis Elementary is the subject of a $24 million modernization that will increase enrollment capacity from 274 students to 314. Construction is underway, and the renovated school is expected to open in August 2106.
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January 21, 2010
What the proponents of Proposal G in the West Towson/Rodgers Forge Elementary redistricting matter fail to realize (or won't admit publicly) is that under any of the four proposals, some children who can currently walk to Rodgers Forge Elementary School will be bused to West Towson. It is disingenuous for the supporters of Proposal G to premise their support based on their proximity to the school because Proposal G will still force other people who live nearby to be bused away. The supporters of Proposal G couch their viewpoint in terms of neighborhood unity when it is really little more than neighborhood chauvinism.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
State Sen. Verna L. Jones-Rodwell, the chairwoman of Baltimore's Senate delegation, announced her retirement Monday, effectively ceding her seat to Baltimore County Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam after the state merged their districts. The development marks the latest step of legislative influence leaving the city's limits - the result of a state redistricting process that will leave Baltimore with three less lawmakers. After redistricting moved much of her 44th District into Baltimore County, Jones-Rodwell faced a tough Democratic primary challenge from Nathan-Pulliam.
NEWS
March 26, 1991
There is nothing magical about the redrawn political boundary lines approved last week by the City Council and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. They assure no one an easy reelection. They assure neither white nor black politicians control in the next City Council. That decision still rests with voters, especially groups of citizens who are concerned enough about the city's future to participate in the upcoming elections.The new maps create five majority-black districts and one with a lopsided white majority.
NEWS
September 27, 1991
Despite the high-handed action of House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell in recessing the House of Delegates until Oct. 21, substantial progress was made yesterday on breaking the congressional redistricting deadlock in the State House. A sensible compromise plan, SB14, gained broad support in the state Senate and was winning a growing number of allies in the House. It is the best map on the negotiating table.Speaker Mitchell acted in anger in sending his delegates home for three weeks rather than negotiate with senators to resolve the redistricting dispute.
NEWS
November 12, 1991
County political leaders are expected to file suit in federal court today, challenging a congressional redistricting plan that divides Anne Arundel four ways.Delegate Michael Busch, D-Annapolis, was expected to announce the suit today at an 8 a.m. news conference.Busch is chairman of Anne Arundel County's 13-member House of Delegates contingent.The county's State House delegation has opposedthe redistricting plan, which eliminates the Anne Arundel-dominated congressional seat held by three-term Democrat Tom McMillen, since the General Assembly adopted it Oct. 22.Lawmakers said the plan improperly splits established communities, such as Crofton and Ferndale.
NEWS
March 29, 1994
For a while, it seemed we had devoted so much attention to the subject of redistricting Columbia's Wilde Lake High School, we were in jeopardy of being just one more discordant note in the cacophony surrounding this matter.The last two months, however, have revealed a noticeable drop-off in the amount and intensity of the rhetoric aimed at this problem. Different factions must have had their own reasons for quieting down.Once the screaming subsided, Howard County's school board acted to resolve this contentious dispute.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
I commend Maryland Sen. Allan Kittleman and the Flier for their positions advocating the removal of politicians from the state legislative redistricting process. This once-a-decade, line-redrawing process should be based on population shifts and contiguity and place emphasis on compactness and geographical and natural boundaries, like city and county lines or rivers. They should not be drawn by current office holders to protect cronies who may be vulnerable or help hand-picked candidates.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
A year and a half into the tenure of the superintendent they hired for his communication skills, Baltimore County school board members probably did not expect such an uproar. Protesters rang cowbells, blew horns and chanted in the cold night air outside a recent board meeting while inside the drab administration building frustration and emotion poured out as one speaker after another criticized decisions made by Superintendent Dallas Dance. School board meetings this winter have been filled with expressions of discontent from those who don't believe their point of view has been considered.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
"I am a kid, not a number," says a child's sign in the photograph from the Nov. 28 article "Board passes redistricting plan amid parent outcry. " In a rapidly growing county, clearly redistricting is a necessity. Discontent arises, however, when the board acts simply based on numbers on a map. The redistricting plan passed by the board split the community south of [Route] 216 in two and created a small feed to Hammond Middle. The Board set aside an existing plan that moved the entire community to Lime Kiln Middle.
NEWS
November 25, 2013
It seems strange that parents who objected to the original Howard County middle school redistricting plan had months to provide feedback and work with Superintendent Renee Foose on changes, yet those of us who are now objecting to parts of her revised plan have had less than a month to provide our feedback and, even worse, the county board of education voted recently voted to ignore it ( "Foose's middle school redistricting plan backed by board," ...
NEWS
November 17, 2013
I read with interest the recent article "Carroll conservatives clash with Van Hollen" (Nov. 12). I could readily relate to Carroll County Republican Bill Schroeder's statement - "We have nothing in common with Montgomery County - absolutely nothing" - concerning his representative, Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who lives in and primarily represents Montgomery Co. And, according to the article, that county "accounts for most of the district's population....
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Bill Schroeder, owner of a bustling Italian grocery on Westminster's Main Street, doesn't know Rep. Chris Van Hollen's voting history or many of his positions. But he knows his Democratic congressman lives in Montgomery County. And he finds it appalling. "We have nothing in common with Montgomery County - absolutely nothing," said Schroeder, 56, who usually votes for Republicans. "They depend on Washington. We don't. " Two years after state lawmakers redrew Maryland's congressional map, some voters in Carroll County are still coming to grips with the fact that one of the state's most conservative strongholds is now represented by Van Hollen, a Democrat with roots in the Washington suburbs and close ties to the Obama administration.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
Here is a list of future meetings that will address middle school redistricting: • Oct. 29, 7 p.m. — Public hearing • Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. — Public hearing • Nov. 15, 10 a.m. — Work session • Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. — Work session • Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. — Final vote on middle school redistricting All meetings are open to the public and take place at the Department of Education...
NEWS
October 21, 2013
When the Greater Baltimore Committee asked a roundtable of CEOs for ideas on how to improve Maryland's business climate, many of the answers were unsurprising - lower taxes, a more predictable regulatory system and the like. But at least one of them wasn't so intuitively obvious: reforming the way Maryland draws its legislative districts. The executives' reasoning, according to GBC head Don Fry, is that giving the task of redrawing political boundaries after the census to an independent commission rather than elected officials would reduce partisanship and increase the likelihood that lawmakers would give serious consideration to a wide variety of perspectives.
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