October 22, 2012
All of our Districts 21 elected state representatives endorse David Murray's opponent for school board (Letters, Oct. 11), although, they agree that "David Murray is a bright, hardworking" individual. Why? And why do state politicians get involved so blatantly with our independent county school board election? David Murray favors an independent audit of the Prince George's County schools. Is this demand for periodic audits one reason for their fear? Such a process will make certain that taxpayers' funds are used effectively and properly for our students.
March 19, 2012
I had a number of reasons for suspending my campaign for the District 1 seat on thePrince George's CountyBoard of Education. But high on that list is my regard for Zabrina Epps. After meeting her and talking with her at some length, I realized that we shared a similar vision for education, both the global, big-picture view of education, as well as what is needed at the local, classroom level. That includes a vision of a school system without barriers, infused with a culture of achievement and held to high standards of transparency and meaningful, two-way communication with families.
March 15, 2012
For someone who has never run for public office, Jackie Scott apparently knows how to make an impression on the local electorate. This week, the Howard County school board candidate from Columbia picked up an endorsement from the Howard County Education Association, her second of the campaign. She was recently endorsed by the African American Coalition of Howard County. Also receiving endorsements from both groups was first-time candidate Ann De Lacy, the former HCEA president.
February 7, 2012
I am writing to address Ken Ulman's recent letter, "School board must reflect makeup of Howard County. " I strongly disagree that "race, ethnic and geographic" characteristics should factor in the selection of Board of Education candidates. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision that people "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. " I believe we live this dream, especially in Howard County. Perhaps that's why the task force's proposal met such strong opposition.
September 7, 2010
I leafed through the usual junk mail the other day, ready to consign most of the world's hard-copy correspondence with me to the recycling bin. Then, I noticed that one piece of "junk" was my sample primary ballot for the Sept. 14 Maryland primary. I paused. As someone who cares about public service, government and politics, my initial reaction was: I know who I'm voting for at the top of the ticket, and who cares about the state senators and delegates, county council members, school board candidates and others at the bottom.
September 5, 2010
David Gertler knows that sometimes you can inspire young people with just one word — especially when it's uttered three times. The Ellicott City resident and Howard County Board of Education candidate says that when it's his turn to take the youngsters in his parent carpool to school, he always drops them off with the words his mother uttered to him as a child: "Learn, learn, learn. " He has learned how infectious the word can be. "One of the kids switched out of the car pool because her mom and dad moved, but I ran into her the other day, and it had been at least three years since I saw her, but she said, 'Mr. Gertler, learn, learn, learn,' " he said.