Date: Mon Jan 10, 2005 1:06 am
Subject: School Board Legislation
Attached is a fact sheet describing the current legislative situation and two proposals to change the structure of the elected school board we are supposed to get back in December 2006.
Many people are unaware that the 2006 board will have all members elected at large. Although some would have to live in different parts of the county, they would not represent them.
Citizens for an Elected Board is supporting the bill by Delegate Rosetta Parker, PG 409-05, which would have nine single-member districts. Each community would benefit by having a board member accountable only to its citizens and neighbors. The Parker bill also requires all board meetings to be open to the public. Executive sessions would be limited to a few subjects, such as personnel matters and collective bargaining.
The competing bill by Delegate Doyle Niemann, PG 410-05, would have only six very large districts. Three members would have to run at large. This is worse than Question H.
Please read the fact sheet and then write your delegation members asking that they support the Parker bill. A sample letter will be posted separately.
If you have questions, post them to this group, send us an email message at ElectedBoard at aol.com (please substitute that at sign (@) for the word "at"), or call us at 301-627-5126.
Dave Cahn, Co-Chairman
Citizens for an Elected Board
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