(Posted 21 Mar 2006)
Date: Mar 21, 2006 5:24 AM
Subject: Senators introduce 9 single-member district bill and other news
EXCITING NEWS! Senators Exum and Lawlah introduced a bill reinstating nine single-member districts for the Prince George's County School Board on Friday.
First Things, First: Please call / e-mail both Senators Exum and Lawlah to thank them for their leadership in introducing SB 1094.
SB 1094 Summary: Election of school board members from 9 single-member districts; school board member compensation increases from $18,000 to $23,000 ($24,000 for Chair); reduces the expense reimbursement for each member to $5,000 maximum (from $7,000) per year. SB 1094 does not include House provisions to expand open meetings/public notice requirements or to permit members to take a unpaid leave of absence to run in a Primary. Reinstates Shared-Space Council which was deleted from the House Bill.
Tuesday, March 21, Hearing on HB 1360. Delegate Parker's office notified CEB on Friday that HB 1360 (the Parker Bill) will be heard in the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee at 1:00 p.m. Please plan to attend the hearing to testify or to show your support. You can also submit written testimony by letter to Senator Paula Hollinger. Enclose twenty copies.
Lobbying Continues: Please call, e-mail, fax members of the Prince George's County Senate Delegation immediately. Pass information on to ten friends, family members and neighbors.
Complete a postcard to your Senator and have 10 others complete the postcard. These cards will be delivered to Annapolis to the Senators' offices or they can be mailed. The more bright green postcards the Senators see, the more they will know that Prince Georgians want the return of the elected school board with its members elected from nine single-member districts - no appointed, no at-large.
Watch for information about a news conference in Upper Marlboro in support of HB 1360 and SB 1094.
Also consider joining other community groups to organize a welcome reception for Dr. John Deasy, the new Superintendent, to the Prince George's County Public Schools, on April 30, 2006. For more information, contact 301/464-5168.
What Irony: Just as the ink dries on Dr. Deasy's contract, two former CEOs - Metts and Hornsby - get approved to work in Prince George's schools AGAIN. Despite questions about their past records as adminstrators, budget and audit fiascos and those ethical questions that still cloud Hornsby, they're B A A A C K! . Metts has been hired to oversee charter school(s) and Hornsby has been approved by the MD State Department of Education to operate an instructional supplemental services program in Prince George's and Baltimore City [Washington Post, March 20]. Both will be paid by Prince George's taxpayers.
Speak Up Prince George's. As the saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame of ME." Call Howard Burnett, the appointed School Board members, the Maryland State Department of Education. Protest these decisions and the lack of concern about accountability to the public.
What's this? Dr. Beatrice Tignor to become HR Director of Prince George's Public Schools? Rumor, just rumor (for now).
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