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August 30, 2011
Editor: I'm writing to offer an argument against the editorial collective wisdom reflected in the "Let 'em vote" appeal found in the Wednesday, Aug. 17, edition of The Aegis . The Aegis seems to agree with the assertion of the current occupant of the student seat on the Board of Education that "What's the point of his membership if he can't vote?" It seems that no one has attempted to answer that question except to assume that there is no purpose. I propose that the current occupant is unqualified if he sees no purpose; he could be conducting surveys of students to determine issues of importance for him to bring to the attention of the Board; at the meetings he can listen carefully and report to students on all issues before the board; he can ask questions and make his findings from surveys known to the board.
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June 10, 2014
Dan Furman Age: 30 Occupation: Delegation Counsel, Howard County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly and Attorney/Owner Dan Furman, Attorney at Law, LLC. Education: J.D., Catholic University of America, B.A., Political Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County Previous elected office/community investment:   Nearly two years as Student Member of the Howard County Board of Education, Maryland State...
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December 29, 2012
The Carroll County Student Government Association is accepting applications from current ninth- and 10th-grade students interested in serving as the student representative-elect on the county Board of Education for the 2013-14 school year. The student representative is elected by the CCSGA for a two-year term. This year's student member is O'Reilly Miani, a senior at Francis Scott Key High School. During the first year, the student representative-elect will shadow the current representative to learn the responsibilities of the position.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Else Drooff says you can learn a lot about how government works as a student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. On Wednesday, the Broadneck High School senior, who is nearing the end of her one-year term, offered a glimpse into being a member on the only local school board in the nation where students have full voting rights. School board member-elect Ayesha Chaudhry was more than willing to listen. "You definitely have to find your own leadership style," said Drooff during an impromptu sit-down with Chaudhry at the school board offices.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Even after placing her name in the running to become the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board, Broadneck High School junior Else Drooff wasn't certain she wanted the job. In fact, she said so during her campaign speech. "Up until that point, I've always done a little bit of everything," said Drooff, a four-time recipient of the Carson Scholarship Fund Award, an honor given to students who maintain good grades while being active in their communities. Initially, she said, she was reluctant to make a commitment to the school board but "realized that this is something that I really wanted to put all of my time into.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Else Drooff says you can learn a lot about how government works as a student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. On Wednesday, the Broadneck High School senior, who is nearing the end of her one-year term, offered a glimpse into being a member on the only local school board in the nation where students have full voting rights. School board member-elect Ayesha Chaudhry was more than willing to listen. "You definitely have to find your own leadership style," said Drooff during an impromptu sit-down with Chaudhry at the school board offices.
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June 16, 2011
While reading the article on Allen Dyer's fight to stay on the school board I found two major questions came to mind. Why is a high school student who is not elected by the voters of Howard County able to vote on the Board of Education? School is a time of learning, and the process of being voted in by classmates and other high school students is great learning experience. However, at 16-18 years of age, Alexis Adams does not have the maturity she will have 20, 30 or 40 years from now, which puts her at the same age of those elected by taxpayers onto the board.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,sun reporter | April 11, 2007
The Maryland General Assembly has taken three actions that affect the Howard County school system, including one that would allow the student member on the Board of Education to vote on some matters. Another would enact a mandatory union fee for the majority of system employees, and a third would increase funding for construction projects. House Bill 513, which grants voting rights for the student member, and House Bill 881, which allows unions to charge a service fee to the majority of employees in the school system, require final approval by Gov. Martin O'Malley to become law. For the past year, the student voting rights issue has been hashed out within the school system.
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By HANAH CHO | October 30, 2005
Supporters of suffrage for the Howard County school board's student member run the gamut. From alumni to teachers to local politicians, they made their argument loud and clear to the school board last week. "Student leaders have demonstrated their worth," said Rosemary Mortimer, a former president of the Howard County PTA Council. "Give them voting rights. They have earned the right and will serve us well." The public hearing on a proposal to grant partial voting rights to a student board member drew 26 speakers, a high turnout considering most hearings on policies bring out fewer than a handful of people.
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By John-John Williams IV | January 14, 2007
The Howard County legislative delegation will vote this session on voting rights for the student member of the Board of Education. The bill was approved Thursday night by the Board of Education and was the subject of a public hearing by the county's delegates and senators in Ellicott City. Howard's legislative delegation will consider the measure and vote on it. If approved, the bill will move to the full General Assembly for consideration. The bill generated discussion at the Board of Education meeting and later at the Howard County legislative delegation's public hearing at the George C. Howard Building on Thursday night.
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April 6, 2014
Student awarded for art North County High School senior Vivian Tejada was honored this week by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who presented her with a Maryland Masters Award and a Making a Difference Medallion. Tejada was honored for her work in art — specifically Franchot noted a Renaissance-style portrait in profile she created emphasizing dramatic lighting of a friend, using pastel, chalk and charcoal. "This award honors their outstanding artwork, which exemplifies the creativity, passion and determination," Franchot said.
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May 22, 2013
In Howard County, there is very little student involvement in Board of Education decisions, despite the fact that we have a Student Member of the Board who advocates for us. But how can we know that the students of Howard County schools are being represented in the best way for them, if we have no contact with him. I am working to make interaction between the students of Howard County and the SMOB mandatory. At least once a month the SMOB must go to a high school, and talk to the students in an open assembly after school, about upcoming BOE decisions, and get their opinions on what improvements they want to see in their schools.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
Arundel High School junior Christian Hodges was recently selected to serve on the Maryland State Board of Education as its student member, a position that places another item on his already loaded agenda. The 17-year-old from Odenton will serve during the 2013-2014 school year, with his appointment formally taking effect July 1. Hodges is already known in five states for his penchant for multitasking. He currently serves on the Region 2 advisory council of the National Association of Student Councils, representing students from Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Even after placing her name in the running to become the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board, Broadneck High School junior Else Drooff wasn't certain she wanted the job. In fact, she said so during her campaign speech. "Up until that point, I've always done a little bit of everything," said Drooff, a four-time recipient of the Carson Scholarship Fund Award, an honor given to students who maintain good grades while being active in their communities. Initially, she said, she was reluctant to make a commitment to the school board but "realized that this is something that I really wanted to put all of my time into.
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December 29, 2012
The Carroll County Student Government Association is accepting applications from current ninth- and 10th-grade students interested in serving as the student representative-elect on the county Board of Education for the 2013-14 school year. The student representative is elected by the CCSGA for a two-year term. This year's student member is O'Reilly Miani, a senior at Francis Scott Key High School. During the first year, the student representative-elect will shadow the current representative to learn the responsibilities of the position.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
Old Mill High School junior Nick Lefavor was elected several months ago as the next student member of the Anne Arundel County school board. And though he says he's familiar with the issues affecting county students, he's taking a couple of summer programs to fine-tune his leadership skills. Through the programs, Lefavor said, he hopes to learn much about board decorum. "I hope to learn about how to compose myself and handle myself in a professional manner," he said. "I hope to learn some more ways to relate to all people.
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By David Kohn and David Kohn,david.kohn@baltsun.com | December 7, 2008
Every other Monday night during the school year, Fallston High School senior D.J. Sigworth attends the Harford County school board meeting. Like the other eight board members, he sits through jargon-laden curriculum discussions, debates over budget cuts and a string of Power Point presentations. Then, when the talking is done, the other eight members cast their votes. Sigworth, the board's sole student member, cannot. He is prohibited by state law from voting. And he wants very much to change that.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2001
Paul G. Rudolph, president of the Anne Arundel County school board, was appointed yesterday to a second five-year term, as Gov. Parris N. Glendening followed the recommendation of a committee of local citizens. Also yesterday, Brandon Van Bibber, 17, a soon-to-be senior at Glen Burnie High School, was named to a one-year term as the eight-member board's student member, the only student member in Maryland with the same voting privileges as his adult counterparts. Rudolph was the choice of the School Board Nominating Convention, and Van Bibber was chosen by the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Despite a barrage of public comments, many negative, Maryland State Board of Education members said Tuesday that they will push forward with plans to reduce the use of long-term suspensions and expulsions in student discipline. "Everybody gets that kids need to be in school," said board President James H. DeGraffenreidt Jr. "The question is how do we do that?" The board received more than 200 written comments after asking for public input when it released a report in late February, detailing proposed changes that would reduce suspensions for nonviolent offenses.
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