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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2002
Howard County's 28- member Boundary Lines Advisory Committee - the group that led the recent grueling process of reshaping the county's high school districts - has some suggestions for the Board of Education about how the job could be done better in the future. Among the ideas: Future committees should be smaller, possibly no more than 12-15 people. The relationship between the school board and the committee should be clarified and documented. Committee members should not be called "representatives."
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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 Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2003
The Howard County Board of Education reopened the elementary school redistricting process last night when three of the five members voted to hold a public hearing to discuss additional options. "I feel as if we made a mistake," in boundary lines drawn for the coming school year, said Sandra H. French, the board's chairman. New enrollment projections contradict older data the board used in setting boundaries. The latest numbers suggest Jeffers Hill and Bellows Spring elementary schools will be crowded by the 2004-2005 school year, and Waterloo Elementary will be severely under-enrolled.
EXPLORE
March 20, 2012
Our community and our neighbors are frustrated that our voices were not heard and facts were ignored by the Redistricting Commission, County Council, and ultimately, Ken Ulman, the county executive. The Wheatfield neighborhood has consistently worked with surrounding communities and local government to build a livable, viable community for current and future residents. Together with Montgomery Road Citizens for Responsible Growth, we helped bring senior housing to Route 103, worked with the VFW to obtain the land for Veterans Elementary School, and assisted to secure the funding and right of way for the elementary school.
NEWS
February 22, 2009
The board of education will hold public hearings for residents in the southern part of Anne Arundel County and the Mountain Road Corridor in Pasadena on proposed redistricting plans. Hearings are at 7 p.m. as follows: for south county, Wednesday Feb. 25 in the boardroom at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis; Mountain Road, March 11 at Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, Pasadena. Those wishing to testify on a plan must attend the hearing on that plan. Speakers will be limited to three minutes, and can sign up beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the hearing.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2001
Six Baltimore County councilmen introduced a resolution last night calling for a commission to study council redistricting, a process in which they faced strong criticism last spring from community groups who believed there wasn't enough public input. Council Chairman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley, a Catonsville Democrat, said the commission will be appointed next month and will likely include community activists and former elected officials. The resolution sets a target of May 1 for the commission to make its report, potentially allowing amendments to the county's charter to be on the November ballot.
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By From Staff Reports | November 10, 1992
Redistricting plan struck down by judgeELLICOTT CITY -- A judge has thrown out the Howard County Council's new redistricting plan.Circuit Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. said the plan for the 1994 election is "constitutionally defective and invalid" and ordered the election board not to implement the plan.The suit was brought by Republicans David P. Maier of Elkridge and Louis M. Pope of Laurel, who claimed that council redistricting must be accomplished by a bill rather than by a resolution.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff | November 21, 1990
News that Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will draft his 1991 redistricting plan using 10-year-old census data is causing anxiety among City Council members, some of whom are worried that the mayor may draw them out of their current councilmanic districts.The anxiety was apparent yesterday when council members learned that final 1990 census figures will not be available until at least April, two months after Schmoke must submit his redistricting plan to the council. The news came at the first of several planned hearings on the 1991 revision of the boundaries for the city's six councilmanic districts.
NEWS
By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | March 14, 2002
A panel studying Baltimore County's redistricting process is recommending that the county's political districts be drawn by an independent commission, in response to complaints that the public was shut out when redistricting decisions were made last spring. The six-member study panel said yesterday that a new board should be created and given 13 months to redesign the county's political districts every 10 years. The commission would conduct political studies, draft recommended districts, hold preliminary hearings and present drafts to the County Council.
NEWS
By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2005
An elementary school redistricting plan recommended by Howard County Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin offers no significant changes to an earlier proposal drafted by the school system's planning office. Cousin's recommendations for filling a new elementary school in Dayton, opening in August, and relieving crowding at neighboring schools follow the boundary adjustments suggested by David C. Drown, the school system's manager of school planning, and a citizens advisory committee. Cousin's proposal was to be unveiled at a school board meeting last night.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
Ellicott City blogger Frank Hecker has spent countless hours researching and writing about the history of council redistricting in Howard County — a topic he acknowledges is somewhat eye-glazing. "In and of itself, [redistricting] is not that interesting. What makes it interesting is it reflects the underlying politics in Howard County," Hecker, author of frankhecker.com, said Monday over hot chocolate at the Pottery Stop off U.S. 40. Hecker, a sales engineer for a California-based cybersecurity company, spent three to four hours writing each of the more than 20 1,000-word blog posts, which garner between 50 and 100 views.
NEWS
March 24, 2011
It's hard to pass judgment on the Baltimore City Council district plan Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake devised. Some neighborhoods that were split apart before are now united in one district; others that were left whole before are now divided. Some politicians may find themselves in more hospitable districts and some in less friendly ones. In some areas, people are complaining that minorities are unduly concentrated, and in other areas that they are too fragmented. Only time and the election cycle will tell whether the mayor did a good job or a poor one in creating districts that will produce a representative council.
NEWS
February 22, 2009
The board of education will hold public hearings for residents in the southern part of Anne Arundel County and the Mountain Road Corridor in Pasadena on proposed redistricting plans. Hearings are at 7 p.m. as follows: for south county, Wednesday Feb. 25 in the boardroom at the Parham Building, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis; Mountain Road, March 11 at Northeast High School, 1121 Duvall Highway, Pasadena. Those wishing to testify on a plan must attend the hearing on that plan. Speakers will be limited to three minutes, and can sign up beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the hearing.
NEWS
By HANAH CHO and HANAH CHO,SUN REPORTER | October 28, 2005
An elementary school redistricting plan recommended by Howard County Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin offers no significant changes to an earlier proposal drafted by the school system's planning office. Cousin's recommendations for filling a new elementary school in Dayton, opening in August, and relieving crowding at neighboring schools follow the boundary adjustments suggested by David C. Drown, the school system's manager of school planning, and a citizens advisory committee. Cousin's proposal was to be unveiled at a school board meeting last night.
NEWS
November 14, 2004
School redistricting protects Centennial I am writing in response to a recent article that discusses contention regarding redistricting for Howard County High Schools. Once again, Centennial High School stands in the controversy's forefront. As the "top" school in Howard County, Centennial attracts the ire and envy of many county residents. Those excluded from Centennial are bitter, including the residents of Worthington highlighted in your article, who contend that they belong in Centennial although they live six miles away.
NEWS
By Hanah Cho and Hanah Cho,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2004
When Howard County school board chairman Courtney Watson votes later this month on a new high school boundary map, she will do so without qualms about a conflict of interest. After an inquiry from Watson, school board's ethics panel and its attorney found that a board member can participate in votes related to redistricting even though that member has children who may be affected by those decisions. "By voting on redistricting proposals, board members are carrying out their statutory responsibility and in that way are performing a usual and customary service," wrote Judith Bresler, the board's attorney, in her opinion delivered last month.
NEWS
By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2001
Decrying what he called a "perversely political" redistricting process, Douglas B. Riley proposed last night the expansion of the Baltimore County Council from seven to nine seats, the establishment of a citizen commission to redraw district lines and mandatory public hearings on new district maps - all in time for a special election in 2004. Riley, a Towson Republican and a former councilman who is running for county executive, put forward the first detailed proposal for an amendment to the county charter since a public outcry over County Council redistricting three months ago. Announcing his plans at a meeting of the Greater Parkville Community Council, Riley said he will solicit input on his amendment and, if there is enough interest, seek the 10,000 signatures it would take to put it on the ballot next year.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2003
The Howard County Board of Education reopened the elementary school redistricting process last night when three of the five members voted to hold a public hearing to discuss additional options. "I feel as if we made a mistake," in boundary lines drawn for the coming school year, said Sandra H. French, the board's chairman. New enrollment projections contradict older data the board used in setting boundaries. The latest numbers suggest Jeffers Hill and Bellows Spring elementary schools will be crowded by the 2004-2005 school year, and Waterloo Elementary will be severely under-enrolled.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2003
In less than two weeks, Mayor Martin O'Malley's plan to reshape the Baltimore City Council will likely become law, altering the course of local elections for the next 10 years. Tonight, the council will discuss minor redistricting plan changes before placing it on the agenda for the meeting March 24 - when passage is all but guaranteed, council members said. Although voters approved the change by referendum last year, council members and political observers have been surprised by what they say is the tamest redistricting process in recent memory.
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